Enjoy a good cup of Joe at two new coffee houses, delicious modern grub in the CBD, as well as authentic Vietnamese fare at Thomson.
London stalwart Costa Coffee launches its first- ever cafe boasting a hot kitchen, Costa 269. The menu is lean, but big eaters will appreciate The Great Croffle Fry-Up ($17) featuring a juicy beef sausage, mushrooms, eggs and toasty croffles. The fluffy and moist scrambled eggs on their Salmon & Scramble Bagel ($14) are some of the best we’ve ever had too. Beat food coma with Corto Classic ($4)–an intense yet sweet milk coffee featuring two espresso shots that are pulled manually.
269 Holland Avenue. Tel: 6801 4538
Japan Foods Garden
Before you settle for the usual chicken rice or yong tau foo, check out Food Republic Shaw House for pocket-friendly Japanese dishes. Singapore’s first Japanese “food court”, Japan Foods Garden offers a cluster of five concept stalls. Other than classics such as zaru soba ($5.50) and over 10 Japanese small plates ($1.50-$5) to choose from, Akasaka Yukun won our hearts with their unagi seiro mushi ($28.80)–a steamed bamboo box of Japanese rice topped with unagi chunks and shredded egg. Don’t forget the smiling rice teddy in a katsu curry bath ($9.80) too!
#B1-02 Food Republic, Shaw Centre, 350 Orchard Road.
Singapore welcomes the 100th outlet of Caffe Vergnano, marking Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee brand extension into Asia. The eco-friendly 30-seater café serves up the smoothest 1882 espresso ($3.50) with a side shot of sparkling water, but it is the in-house chocolate that steals the show. Savour the rich, glossy cocoa in hot coffee specials like the Bicherin ($6) with a dollop of cream, or have it neat in the cioccolata ($5). They are also rolling out the Vergnano Academy, a global certification programme for baristas.
#B1-17 The South Beach, 26 South Beach Road. Tel: 6100 6328
Popular ten don joint Kohaku’s sister restaurant Tonkatsu Agedoki has opened as the final restaurant at Eat At Seven. The tonkatsu specialist fries their cutlets in a subtly fragrant blend of soy and rapeseed oil, which is continuously filtered in their frying machine so it remains fresh. Their Thick Slice Pork Loin Cutlet set meal ($21.50) gets you an unctuous, crispy pork cutlet, miso soup loaded with ingredients, and unlimited rice, cabbage and appetisers. Seating is shared among both stores, so you can enjoy your tonkatsu alongside some tempura.
#03-331 Suntec City North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6333 4386
Echoing Ho Chi Minh City’s vibrant hipster joints, Saigon Alley is plastered with kitschy wallpaper and quirky graffiti; the alternative-rock playlist switches between Vietnamese and English artists too. A Vietnamese chef leads the kitchen. Highly recommended is the lot leaf beef rolls ($10) stuffed with well-spiced ground beef. Their banh mi ($9) features creamy chicken pate and sliced pork belly sandwiched between a crisp baguette, freshly made in-house.
#01-06 Novena Gardens, 273 Thomson Road. Tel: 6256 0261
Keep up the pace as Plentyfull rolls out a dynamic spread of dishes made from scratch. While wholesome lunch sets ($17-$19) are served in the day, the cafeteria- style restaurant transforms into a modern brasserie by night. Bask in flavours inspired by fresh produce of the season such as the Little Farm’s vegetable dip ($16)– charred vegetables with sambal belachan, Thai chilli jam and cucumber mint yogurt. While the pumpkin pillow gnocchi ($24) is not to be missed, plenty (pun intended) more await such as the dessert trolley of housemade pastries–all hail the Queen’s cake ($9), refreshing tipples and gourmet bites.
#01-79 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6493 2997
Texas Chicken has opened its 500th international outlet at Resorts World Sentosa. Indulge after a long day of exploring Sentosa in their freshly-made honey butter biscuits and world-famous Original and Spicy fried chicken. They’re also re-introducing their Herb & Garlic chicken due popular demand. The crispy, juicy chicken is coated with lip-smacking seasoning.
8 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6659 2115
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