Tokyo donuts, green curry emulsions and everyone’s favourite KL chilli pan mee, we’ve got it all covered.
Singapore’s cafe culture won’t be the same without Forty Hands. Teaching Singaporeans the wonders of a finely brewed cup of Joe, from beans to brewing methods, in a cosy corner of Tiong Bahru, for almost a decade, they’ve finally taken the leap and opened a branch along East Coast Road. Their popular brunch menu of Banana Bacon French Toast ($18) and Big Boy Breakfast ($23) will remain alongside our go-to toastie, the Pesto Chicken Panini ($16). Of course, we’re not forgetting the freshly roasted beans, courtesy of Common Man Coffee Roasters. Go ahead, ask the barista for the blend of the day.
226 East Coast Road. Tel: 6877 4860
American Taproom is a casual spot for hearty western fare and American craft beers. Like many other craft beers spots, the menu of beers will vary from day to day, but with 32 kegs on tap, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Expect to see the usual suspects of Brewlander, Garage Project and Stone Brewing. For the more adventurous, keep a look out for tap takeovers or unique pours from the other side of the globe, like To Øl from Denmark.
#01-23, 261 Waterloo Street. Tel: 9632 1570
Scissors Paper Stove
You’d almost forget you’re along the homely stretch of Tech Chye Terrace when you step into the vibrant interiors of Scissors Paper Stove. The brainchild of 26-year-old chefs Chomel Yang and Januver Chow, the space is influenced by their experience at Fratini La Trattoria (where Yang still works) and their love for Melbourne’s cafe culture. It offers a slew of Spanish tapas, served with a touch of Asian and Greek influences, as well as Chow’s own cocktail creations. The Lamb Kebab ($11), infused with lemongrass, goes swimmingly with a side of Nim Jiom ($13), a whisky-based tipple with Pi Pa Gao. Grab a couple of friends as they have an amazing deal of $20 for two tapas, $36 for four and $48 for six. Should you still be hungry, they’ve got a delicious Cartafata ($28), a tomato-based dish which includes seafood and an entire seabass. Yang spices the dish up with Asian herbs and red chillies – incredibly appetising.
9 Teck Chye Terrace. Tel: 6242 0021
Chilli Pan Mee
The BiTES team wept when the neaby KL Chilli Pan Mee (MacPherson) shut its doors. Good news? Malaysia’s famous Restoran Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee Batu Road has finally opened a branch at Far East Square. The same winning combination of thick, chew noodles, fried anchovies, runny egg and the fragrant dried chilli is here to entice – and throw – our diets out the window ($7.80). Each table comes with an additional container of that addictive chilli, but tread carefully as it has already taken one of our team members down (she may have put too much). Save space for the sides, like Sweet and Sour Pork ($5.80/9.80) or Deep Fried Dumplings ($4.80/8.80).
#01-01, Far East Square, 22 China Street.
With the school holidays just around the corner, Thirsty4Balls couldn’t have launched at a better time. Giving young’uns in Singapore a taste of Korea’s nightlife in the form of a beer-fueled carom billiard bar. The pastel-hued interior is a dream for Instagram. There’s even a ball pit for that winning shot with your besties. Best of all, the beers start off at a low, low price of $8 with the fourth one for free. There are only five pool tables available so make your bookings early.
#04-12 to 17, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road. Tel: 9189 6975
CBD-dwellers have a lot to celebrate with the opening of Marina One. From Pizza Express to 1855 Bottle Shop, its got everything to satisfy from day to night. Our favourite happens to be The Spot, an all-day bistro by executive chef Lee Boon Seng (formerly from Osia and Curate). This means you can expect the same fine dining experience without breaking the bank. Fans of Thai cuisine can try the Pan-fried Red Snapper ($28) that’s served with a frothy yet cream green curry emulsion and Thai ping pong eggplant soaked in white vinegar, but those looking for comfort after a hard day’s work will love the Local Skate ($25), which features a umami bomb of a dried sole coriander broth. As for the the drinks, the Curry Oh ($16) takes the cake with its ingenious blend of single malt whisky with curry bitters and galangal syrup.
#01-26/27, Marina One, 5 Straits View. Tel: 6284 2637
Haritts Donuts & Coffee
Tokyo’s beloved chewy donuts are finally in town. Haritts Donuts and Coffee founders, Haruna and Ituski are baking up to 300 doughnuts a day, including the Plain, Choco, Cream Cheese and Matcha. Keep an eye out for special flavours like Choco Banana or Pineapple Cheese. To go along with these delectable treats are lovely cuppas from Homeground Coffee Roasters.
#01-08, Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road.