Frozen Custard, probably the first of its kind in Singapore. Prices were $4 for single scoop, $7 for double, $9.50 for triple, and $9 for a two scoop sundae with 2 toppings and sauce. The texture was true to its name ‘denser’, smooth and creamy, won’t feel like there is air or ice crystals ‘trapped’ within. It reminded me of a velvety version of thickened gelato. (Read: Density Frozen Custard Short Street)
Density Frozen Custard
4 Short Street Singapore 188212
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am Mon-Sun
This shop means ‘mother’s spoon’’. While the Patbingsu ($11.90) and Injoelmi ($11.90) are still reasonable in price, the Choco Brownie ($18.80), Mixed Berry ($18.80) to a rather steep Mango Berry Cheesecake ($22.80) may make customers think twice. We tried the Patbingsu ($11.90) and quite liked it. Ingredients such as the red bean ‘Korean pat’ and injeolmi are imported from Korea. The milk shaved ice was smooth and finely-shaved, had a soft yet instantaneous melt-in-your-mouth effect. (Read: O’ma Spoon Marina Square)
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café
6 Raffles Boulevard #01-01/02/03 Marina Square Singapore 039594
313 @ Somerset Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Opening soon)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Despite the hype, Dazzling Café dazzled for their toasts, but razzled out for the savouries. The appeal of Dazzling had to be the décor, and hospitable plus cutesy Taiwanese-style service, where waitresses dressed as Japanese-style French chambermaids serve the signature thick toasts in prettiness. We hear varied comments – the toasts were pretty, the waffles were okay, and the pastas flat-tasting. (Read: Dazzling Café Singapore Capitol Piazza)
Dazzling Café Singapore
15 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm to 8pm
Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House’s new branch is at Bt Timah Plaza, a strategic venue to target the active Korean and expat community in the area. Their bingsu varieties sold here include the popular Milk & Red Bean ($11), Injeolmi ($11), Green Tea ($11) Coffee ($11) and an intriguing Tomato ($11), along with toast, grilled sandwiches and chewy waffles. We liked them, but competition for bingsu, is just too strong. (Read: Bing Go Jung Bt Timah Plaza)
Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House
Bt Timah Plaza (next to taxi stand), 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Singapore 588996
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm
The florist opens a bakery. Ah huh, popular Far East Flora collaborates with Japan’s Signifant Signifé to offer more than 40 types of bread, viennoiseries & snacks. Go for the Hainanese Chicken Bread for chicken rice in a loaf. Made from chicken soup, skinless chicken thigh, garlic, ginger and shallots, best savoured when dipped in garlicky chicken rice chilli sauce. Breakfast doesn’t get that boring anymore. (Read: Crown Bakery & Cafe Bt Timah)
Crown Bakery & Café
557 Bukit Timah Road, Crown Centre #01-03 Singapore 269694
Tel: +65 6463 3066
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9:30pm (Sun-Thurs), 7:30am – 1030pm (Fri-Sat)
While Tanjong Pagar is already flooded with Japanese ramen shops and Korean bars, this is a Japanese restaurant bar which serves bento boxes, hand-rolls and sushi sets.
We were not overly impressed with our Yakiniku Beef ($10.80 for dine-in, $8.80 for takeaway) as the components were overly salty. Service was prompt though, and they probably need some time to fine-tune their processes.
Oka Sushi Bar
Block 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-108 Singapore 081007 (On Craig Road)
Tel: +65 6635 7309, 9853 9657
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm – 11pm
House of Peranakan Cuisine opened this petit restaurant at Tiong Bahru estate as fans requested for another branch closer to the West.
Peranakan favourites can be found on its menu: Ngoh Hiang ($12), Otak Otak ($12), Itek Tim ($10), Garam Assam Fish ($18), Ayam Buah Keluak ($18), Itek Sioh ($18), and Babi Ponteh ($16).
We liked most of the dishes. Nothing overly fanciful, still delicious, even heart-warming as the meal felt like a home-cooked one. (Read: House Of Peranakan Petit Tiong Bahru)
House of Peranakan Petit
42 Eng Hoon Street (Tiong Bahru Estate), Singapore 169785
Tel: +65 6222 1719
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm, Closed Tues
How do you even pronounce this? Fire it is. Main coures and desserts are whipped up using Josper Charcoal Oven. And lychee wood, which gives the dishes a smoky note. Recommended items from them include Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters (S$15), Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days ($32), as well as Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream (S$10).
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc
19 Boon Tat Street Singapore 069619
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun)
Just next door to Neon Pigeon, the team from Lolla at Ang Siang set up this produce-centric restaurant where the menu changes all the time. There are no entrees or main courses.
Signature items include Flatbread ($8-$16), Braised Tuna Eye with Salsa Verde ($440, Dog Cockle Tartare ($30) and Wagyu Ribeye Cap ($55). With these prices, be prepared to spend a small bomb.
1A Keong Saik Road Singapore 089109
Tel: +65 6221 3538
Opening Hours: Lunch (coming soon): 11:45am to 2pm, Dinner: 6pm to 11pm