Osaka cheese tarts, Yunnan mixian, amazake blends, and much more.
PABLO cheese tarts have arrived in Singapore, with the first outlet located at Wisma Atria. The Osaka brand uses precise baking methods to produce their signature freshly baked cheese tart ($9.50/slice, $15/whole) and PABLO minis ($3.50 each), which boast crispy crusts and gooey centres. Also worth trying is the matcha cheese tart ($18/whole), which uses only the finest green tea powder from Japan.
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#01-02 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road. Tel: 6835 9269
2. Amamoto Cafe
Amamoto Cafe is all about amazake. The alcohol-free beverage, made from fermented rice, is a key ingredient in every item on their menu, from drinks to salads. Try the original soy amazake ($4.80)—it’s sweet even though there’s no added sugar. For a vitamin boost, go for the cold-pressed juices (from $5.80) blended with amazake and soy milk. Amazake is also used in their salad dressing (yuzu or sesame), which is drizzled on soba, quinoa and amazake-marinated chicken ($12.80).
#B1-39 One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place. Tel: 96336536
Sandwich specialist Park Bench Deli has opened an all-day café called 1KS. The casual 47-seater is great for a quick lunch break. Fuel up with the short rib ‘Swiss’ hoagie roll ($20) or a refreshing açaí bowl ($13).
The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6221 1792
4. Lotus Kitchen
A new dining concept by Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, Lotus Kitchen features a vegetarian menu of local dishes such as stir-fried laksa ($9.80). We recommend the braised mushrooms in a stone pot ($18.80), a filling meal of assorted mushrooms coated heavily with a sweet-savoury gravy, and the lotus yam paste with purple rice ($6.80).
#01-01/02 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Tel: 6538 1068
5. My Banh Mi Saigon
Perfect for busy bees, My Banh Mi Saigon is a grab-and-go joint that offers a signature banh mi with roasted pork ($7.5) on a toasted bun, topped with fresh cilantro and vegetables, plus an array of house-made sauces for you to choose from. There’s also an option for vegetarians: thick slices of marinated tofu filled with cucumbers and fresh herbs ($6.90).
#B2-23 Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street.
Craving for spicy and authentic Chinese food? Babuxiaomi offers a range of traditional Yunnan-style vermicelli dishes. We love the springy and chewy texture of the mixian imported from Yunnan. Their regular beef mixian ($9.80) has a clear sweet bone broth that pairs well with the tender sliced beef, while spice lovers will enjoy the Sichuan mala beef tender mixian ($9.80). Cool off with the refreshing fresh fruit tea with mint ($5).
#B2-30 Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street.
7. Starker Q
Located along the picturesque Punggol Waterway, Starker Q is a two-storey dining concept with stalls that offer various cuisines: Western, Chinese, Italian and Korean. The first floor has self-ordering systems and offers live music, while diners are served by waitstaff on the second floor. Our favourite stall is Allegra, which dishes up tasty Western dishes such as cuttlefish strips ($2.80) and clams in a pot ($12.90), bathed in a rich garlic butter cream. Wash the food down with a fresh beer flight ($20) of five popular brews.
#01-01, 85 Punggol Central. Tel: 6911 4698
8. Ramen Champion @ Central
Ramen Champion has launched its first full-service restaurant at Clarke Quay Central. Besides ramen offerings from selected brands, you’ll get to try new creations such as the impressive salmon tower maki ($21.80) and maruhi don ($21.80) aka fisherman don—enjoy it on its own or pour the bonito and kombu dashi over the rice and eat it chazuke-style. Top up $4 with every main course order for the free-flow salad bar.
#03-89 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6221 2156