[SINGAPORE] 7 Places (Cafes and Restaurants) You Should Go To in Singapore

There are plenty of new additions to the Singapore cafe scene lately, and we stumbled upon some tasty eats which worth to revisit again one day. As you may already know from my Instagram account, I just returned from my last trip to Singapore in early December 2015 and thought to write a summary of my trip with my friends on this article. If you have a plan to visit Singapore and still confused about where do you have to go, it’s time to add these places to your cafe-hopping list! I hope this list can be a good reference for you to catch-up with friends, or spending time with the people you love while in Singapore.

Singapore Cover Culinary December 2015

1. Lady M Confections at Orchard Central

Lady M, the famous cake boutique from New York, made its debut in Singapore since 2013. The one that we visited in Orchard Central is the latest establishment (third boutique) after successfully opened in Marina Square and One Fullerton. I fell in love not only with their stylish, elegant, and white ambiance but also with their signature Mille Crepes. We chose to sit on the Mezzanine level that offers a window view facing Orchard Road through its floor to ceiling glass windows. The Chocolate Mille Crepe ($9 SGD/slice), which is exclusively available at Orchard Central, topped with chocolate shavings atop twenty paper-thin chocolate infused crepes, layered with chocolate cream. It was rich and so smooth. Then I fell in love with Signature Mille Crepes ($9 SGD/slice) which is made of twenty paper-thin handmade crepes stacked with layers of light pastry cream was still the best for me. I also loved the light almond flavor from Gateau Aux Marrons ($8.50 SGD/slice), almond flour cake that topped with cross-hatched piping of chestnut-infused cream. All Mille Crepes were incredibly moist, not overly sweet and had the right amount of cream between each of its 20 layers.

Lady M Cake Boutique
181 Orchard Road 01-27/02-07, Singapore

Ambiance Lady M Orchard Central by Myfunfoodiary Nice Tea Time Moments at Lady M Orchard Central by Myfunfoodiary Signature Mille Crepes at Lady M Orchard Central by Myfunfoodiary

2. The Pantry at Shop Wonderland, Hajilane

I immediately fell in love with this cake shop when I first stepped in. It was almost Christmas, and the whole ambiance in the cafe equipped with a lot of beautiful Christmas decorations, and the Christmas background music made us feel so comfortable that we could sit in all day long. I ordered the special edition cake for Christmas, called the Apple Caramel Cake (for $8.60 SGD nett), and I really liked it! The cake was fragrant, moist and not too sweet. And the Hot Peppermint Mocha (for $6.50 SGD nett) was nice to accompany this cake. Apparently, there’s a small flower shop on the second floor where you can buy fresh or dried flowers for home decor. Thank you, Hans, for the recommendation! Guys, make sure you do not miss this hidden gem if you’re planning to visit Haji Lane!

The Pantry at Shop Wonderland
30 Hajilane, Singapore

Cozy Christmas Ambiance at Shop Wonderland Singapore by Myfunfoodiary Christmas spirit at Shop Wonderland Hajilane by Myfunfoodiary Apple Caramel Cake and Peppermint Mocha at Shop Wonderland by Myfunfoodiary Hot Peppermint Mocha at Shop Wonderland Singapore by Myfunfoodiary

3. Maison Ikkoku at Hajilane

There’s also another hidden gem situated amongst the shophouses in Hajilane area, named Maison Ikkoku. We chose to sit outside because the cafe is quite small and there’s no space left to sit inside. This year, Maison Ikkoku awarded as Top 3 Best Brunch Restaurant in 2015 voted by AsiaOne readers, so my first intention was to try any of their brunch dishes. A lot of interesting breakfast menu is available on the menu, but, unfortunately, they are only available for a limited time. So I ended up with a cup of Signature Maison Ikkoku Latte ($6 SGD nett) and Oreo Cheese Cake ($6.50 SGD nett) that day. The cheesecake was perfect as was the coffee.

Maison Ikkoku Specialty Coffee
20 Kandahar Street, Singapore
Phone: +65 6294 0078

Maison Ikkoku at Hajilane Singapore by Myfunfoodiary

4. Wheeler’s Yard at Balestier

Nestled in the heart of Balestier, Wheeler’s Yard is like a hidden gem that’s waiting to be discovered, housed within a huge industrial warehouse. This cafe is unique where bicycles, coffee, food and the vintage things are all available in one place. That explains why we immediately liked the ambiance as we walked in. I was quite surprised by the crowd on a Saturday afternoon to this hipster cafe, but thankfully, we managed to find us a table for 6 persons. We tried the Hazelnut Matcha ($6 SGD) and a cup of Hot Latte ($5 SGD). The latte was good, and it came with traditional meringue biscuits. While the cake was light and not overly sweet! Meanwhile, my best friend, Welly Caslin, who was so kind to invite me to join him, ordered the Brownie with Ice Cream ($9 SGD), and Homemade Buttermilk Waffle ($9.90 SGD) served with honey and butter. All these food tasted good, especially the Waffle. Overall, Wheeler’s Yard is not a typical cafe that you will commonly find in Singapore, so you’ll probably want to add this cafe to your list!

Wheeler’s Yard
28 Lor Ampas, Singapore

Unique and cozy ambiance at Wheeler's Yard by Myfunfoodiary Fun moments at Wheeler's Yard by Myfunfoodiary Matcha Cake and Hot Latte at Wheeler's Yard by Myfunfoodiary

5. Monster Curry at ION Orchard

My friend, Alex, recommended me to try the Monster Curry when in Singapore. Apparently it’s a Japanese curry joint under En Holdings Group, and we visited the Ion Orchard branch among five other branches. Much like Coco Ichibanya, there are five levels of spiciness that we can choose from, ranging from Normal Hot to Monster Hot. We were tempted to try the Flame Monster Curry ($24 SGD), which consists of pork shabu-shabu, Tori-kara age, Shrimp Tempura, served with cheese and beautiful onsen egg on top. The portion was surprisingly huge as the name suggests. Though all the toppings were not as big as displayed on their menu, it was still enjoyable! The curry sauce was quite thick, creamy and smooth, a typical Japanese curry that I like. If you are looking for a Japanese comfort food like this, don’t forget Monster Curry!

Monster’s Curry
2 Orchard Turn S #B4-52 Ion Orchard, Singapore

Huge Portion of Curry Rice at Monster Curry by Myfunfoodiary Flame Monster Curry at ION Orchard by Myfunfoodiary collage -1

6. Boon Tong Kee

Since we’ve been in Balestier area, we immediately went to Boon Tong Kee for lunch after visiting the hipster coffee shop at Wheeler’s Yard in the same area (scroll up to find out more). Boon Tong Kee has long known and famous for its chicken rice, and I’ve been here several times. Of course, we ordered the famous Steam Chicken ($15 SGD half portion), Fried Spinach with assorted egg ($10 SGD), Plain Rice ($0.60 SGD), and Chinese Tea ($2 SGD per cup). The chicken was flavorful, smooth, tender, and all the bones have been removed. Not to forget, the spinach that came with a century, duck and chicken eggs also tasted good to complement the chicken. We loved it!

Boon Tong Kee
399 /401 /403 Balestier Road, Singapore
Steam Chicken at Boon Tong Kee and Fried Spinach by Myfunfoodiary Steam Chicken at Boon Tong Kee Singapore with Friends by Myfunfoodiary
7. Crab in da Bag at Kallang
Crab in da Bag has become Singapore’s popular Louisi-Asian Seafood Restaurant since they opened the first outlet at Big Splash in September 2013. But for me, it’s not a big surprise because here in Jakarta, several restaurants has the same concept, such as The Holy Crab for example. However, the way they serve all seafood was slightly different, and the freshness of all the seafood here was amazing! We had this Caboodle Boil, one of their signature dishes, where the waiters came to our table and did a massive show-stopping Southern Louisiana Seafood Boil Speciality; a celebration of seafood in a gigantic pot, drained from the boil and ceremoniously poured directly on our table to enjoy. If you are craving for great and fresh seafood in Singapore, you should try this restaurant. You can opt in for Caboodle Boil Titanic (serve up to four persons, $299 SGD) consists of Boston Lobster, Sri Lankan Crabs, Boston Bay mussels, Venus Clams, Bratwurst Sausages, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes, Onions, and Lemons boiled in their secret blend of Louisiana herbs and spices. It comes with Louisianna Garlic Butter Dip, Malaysian Sambal Dip, and a Thai Green Bird Dip. Best eaten with all the dipping sauces, and Louisianna Garlic Butter was my favorite of all! For the drink, go for Fresh Lemonade ($5 SGD per cup), and last but not least, Caesar Salad in da Bag ($12 SGD) is a must try!!! We all loved it!
Crab in da Bag
8 Stadium Walk, #02-05 Water Sports Centre, Singapore
Ambiance at Crab in The Bag Singapore by Myfunfoodiary Caesar Salad and Fresh Seafood at Crab in the Bag Singapore by Myfunfoodiary Awesome Fresh Seafood at Crab in da Bag Singapore by Myfunfoodiary
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Mullie at Wheeler's Yard Singapore

Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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