Barrio by Mex Out

Spanish for ’neighbourhood’, Barrio by Mex Out is the newest place in town to get your South American fix. With fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, load up on snacks like Mexican street corn ($7.90) and fish ceviche ($14.90). Alternatively, chow on more filling fare like tacos, burritos and tortas (from $11.40) while enjoying some sangria or a margarita ($12). Barrio also has a free taco day on the fourth of June, where they give out limited free tacos! 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road. #01-14, Tel: 6634 2102

The Populus Coffee & Food Co.

Opened by the guys behind 2 Degrees North Coffee Co.–so what’s the buzz? Tuck into chicken and waffle ($22.50) where thick waffle is replaced with a light spring onion and corn pancake, seafood linguine ($24-$25) is topped with creamy scallops and crab meat, and dark chocolate sundae ($14) is loaded with passionfruit curd, raspberry puree, hazelnut and chocolate crumbs, and honeycomb. Take away thick housemade Mork Cold Chocolate ($7.50). 146 Neil Road Tel: 6635 8420


Honolulu Café

Cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) concept Honolulu Café open its fifth overseas outlet. Expect unpretentious, affordable fare of deep-fried egg puff ($2), curry fish ball ($3) and chicken wings in Swiss sauce ($4). But the highly anticipated signature 192 layer Hong Kong egg tart ($1.70/tart), with 70 years of history backing it, is the one to bite into while you sip on the special blend of their Hong Kong style milk tea ($3- $3.20). #01-33F/G The CentrePoint, 176 Orchard Road. Tel: 6515 9888

Olivia & Co.

Olivia & Co. serves bistro food, superfruit juices like the mango and coconut based Protein Punch ($7.50), and craft beers (from $8). We were taken with the Tokyo Wings ($9), one of several flavours. Crisp outside and juicy inside, the teriyaki wings are great starters before you opt for a burger (from $14) or an entree like the terrific spring chicken ($14). Sticky date cakes ($12) are a pancake twist on the usual, and don’t miss their range of Australian StrangeLove organic soda pops ($7). #01-481, Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6337 2518