Be it Japanese omakase, a hearty brunch or a quick-fix in the CBD, we’ve got it covered.
Straight from the Netherlands to Holland Village is Martin Zwerts’ mouth-watering, sauce-laden Dutch Frites. The thickly cut potato treats come in 13 flavours, including the highly recommended Kerrie Sauce with Onions and an indulgent Meat Sauce ($6.90/regular and $7.50/large). Hint: there’s a salted egg sauce coming soon.
#B1-07, Holland Piazza, 3 Lorong Liput.
Columbus Coffee Co.
If you loved Atlas Coffeehouse and Lunar Coffee Brewers, you won’t want to miss out on Columbus Coffee Co. The sprawling space is home to an extensive menu of brunch favourites, quick bites and brew-tiful cups of Joe (from $4.50 for a Long Black) from Two Degrees North Coffee Co. Come hungry and dig into the Instagram-worthy Cheese Burger and Curlies ($19), a hearty combination of brioche, beef patty and fried sherry onions, or work your way through their range of buttermilk waffles. The latter comes in five flavours, including an exciting Candied Bacon Waffle ($14.50) and an Earl Grey Caramel Waffle ($12.50).
220 Upper Thomson Road. Tel: 6253 6024
How does an eight-course omakase meal from $48 sound? Then, head on over to Rakuya which has just joined the bustling Katong district. Executive chef Derrick Ow brings his experiences from working at Jaan and Tippling club to an elaborate (yet wallet-friendly) menu, which includes anything from Salmon Carpaccio to a decadent Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Mapo Sauce. Don’t expect a completely Japanese dining experience here, but allow Ow’s myriad influences, east and west, to pamper your palate.
89 East Coast Road. Tel: 6440 7071
Chirashi King Kong
Perfect for busy bees in the CBD is Chirashi King Kong, a quaint eatery on the second floor of Tanjong Pagar Plaza. They offer cheap and easy meals, like an Unagi Truffle Rice Box ($11.90) for those who can’t brave the lines at Man Man, but it is the King Kong Bowl ($14.90) of fatty tuna slices, tuna mince, ikura, jellyfish and seaweed that piques our interest. Cheaper options include the Swordfish bowl ($10.90/light; $13.90/regular) and the Salmon and Tuna ($7.90/light; $9.90/regular). Note: The Japanese rice comes with an appetising mix of flying fish roe and truffle oil.
#02-06, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Block 1. Tel: 8551 1544
Twenty Eight Cafe
From the folks who brought you fancy Italian restaurant, 28Wilkie, comes Twenty Eight Wilkie, a brightly-lit space perfect for students nearby. You get a sense of its high quality from their coffee beans from Kintamani, roasted by an Australian company in Bali. The Flat White ($5.90) is a dream with their Berrilicious Pancakes ($15.90, a three-stack beauty topped with berries and handmade whipped Greek yoghurt. Pasta dishes are, of course, included. Expect the usual suspects of Seafood Aglio Oli0 ($15.90) and a Classic Carbonara ($14.90).
28 Wilkie Road. Tel: 9720 2828
Korea’s favourite ugly pretzel a.k.a. Kwabaeggi has finally arrived in Singapore. Made with glutinous rice and seven fermented grains (two to three hours), the oddly-shaped, deep-fried dough offers a chewy, savoury outer that’s a perfect match with the Premium Cheese ($1.90) or Yuzu ($1.70). The latter uses yuzu paste imported from Korea, keeping with the brand’s top-notch quality. While traditionalists can go for the Korean Red Bean Pretzel ($1.40), which features a sweet, creamy red bean paste, keep a lookout for special flavours like good ol’ Nutella.
#B1-48, Hong Leong Building, 16 Raffles Quay.
Afternoon Three Sum at Tiong Bahru Bakery
Dig into Tiong Bahru Bakery’s East-West take on dim sum in a three tiered afternoon tea ($23.40) at their sprawling Raffles City branch. As the afternoon sun shines in, take a bite into the trio of Tiong Bahru Bakery favourites (top tier), including an eye-catching Smoked Salmon in Squid Ink Bun and the crowd-pleasing Croque Monsieur. Or, go for classic French pastries like the luscious Valrhona Dark Chocolate Tart and locally-inspired treats, such as a savoury Pandan Tartlette and Blue Pea and Yuzu Verine Pannacotta.
#B1-11, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6333 4160