14 New Cafes & Restaurants In November 2021 - Korean Garden Cafe, Hidden Bar, Japanese-Inspired Pastries
So we've made a wee bit of progress - those who dwell in the same household can finally dine out in groups of 5. Status quo remains for those who don't live together, but look at the bright side - at least that means that your favourite eateries will still be less crowded for the time being. Take advantage of this temporary quietness, and explore the new cafes and restaurants in November 2021 in Singapore before the F&B scene gets busy again!
P.S.: You’ll also want to try this new pink $36 nett afternoon tea by Goodwood Park Hotel before it ends its run on 30 November!
Read on for 14 new cafes and restaurants in Singapore for November 2021!
#1: Leckerbaer flagship - famous Danish pastries in a cosy Scandinavian setting
Famous Danish pastry store Leckerbaer has just opened a new flagship outlet in the busy district of Chinatown, offering a cosy spot of calm for those who need a breather or little treat. More spacious than their existing Shaw branch, this Scandinavian-style establishment also has a different menu from its predecessor.
Of course, their signature Småkagers ($2.80) - which offer a twist on the traditional Danish butter cookie - are not to be missed. But this time, you can also look forward to more filling savoury Nordic-inspired sandwiches in flavours like Parma Ham & Truffle ($21), Crab & Avocado Salsa ($20), and Maine Lobster & Cherry Tomatoes ($25).
Specially for this festive season are also limited-time Christmas Sets ($34) with up to 8 småkagers and your choice of beverage, suitable for sharing among two.
Address: 14 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089121
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am - 10pm | Friday: 10am - 11.30pm | Saturday: 12pm - 11.30pm | Sunday: 12pm -
#2: Cafe Q Classified - pink cafe with multicoloured floral decor
Cafe Q Classified at Ngee Ann City is the talk of the town right now, especially among ladies who love pink and all things floral - which is most of us here. The pastel cafe teeming with multi-coloured blooms in every corner serves all-day breakfast, including dishes like Q Classified Spud ($23.80) - a platter of rosti with bacon, eggs, greens, and granola with fruit yogurt on the side. We also tried their Q Famous Truffle Lobsterwich ($26), a lobster roll.
Their Dutch Baby Pancakes (from $9) seem to be pretty popular, and there are over-the-top Freak Shakes ($14) and Korean Dalgona Coffee ($8.80) for the trend-seekers.
Read our full review on Cafe Q Classified here.
#3: Analogue - sustainable restaurant-bar with “tidal wave” bar counter
Analogue prides themselves on being an “initiative bar”, that is, a bar that does good through a sustainable plant-based menu that’s fully vegan and nutritious. We’ve seen reviews from meat-lovers stating that they went in without expectations and were pleasantly surprised, so don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried ‘em - you might just be in for one of the best meals of your life.
At the centre of it all is a futuristic bar counter that goes in an undulating loop and resembles a tidal wave with its various shades of blue and white. Tree-huggers will be glad to know that this was actually 3D-printed using a whopping 1,600kg of plastic bottles - how impressive is that!
Other than preventing wastage of resources, this bar counter also serves as a stellar backdrop for all your food shots, and will make all your dishes like Pumpkin Dumplings ($20), Jackfruit Tacos ($25), and Mushroom Ceviche ($15) look extra avant garde even if you’re a novice at photography.
You’d be remiss not to try their quirky cocktails, all priced at $25 each. There’s Spaceman, made with Kyoho grapes, Adzuki with red beans and gula melaka, and Carob with pumpkin seeds and coconut nectar, among other concoctions.
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-31 Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 5pm - 10.30pm (Closed on Monday)
#4: Covet Coffee - zen coffee joint
Call us basic, but we’ll never say no to sipping coffee in a minimalist zen cafe. The latest one that’s caught our eye isn’t one of the many located in the CBD, but rather, Covet Coffee that’s located in a quiet HDB estate, not too far from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park.
Soak in the zen vibes as you nurse a comforting caffeine-packed beverage ($5 - $6.50). Patrons have praised their Hojicha Latte ($6) and Matcha Latte ($6), so those are some options to try if you’re a fan of Japanese flavours.
Complementing your brews are small bakes like their flaky Kouign Amann ($7) and Cinnabun drenched in sticky sweet dulce de leche.
Address: 284 Bishan Street 22, #01-207, Singapore 570284
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10am - 7.30pm | Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 7.30pm
#5: You Are My Sunshine - Korean botanical-themed cafe with hair salon
If the 2-in-1 Korean cafe-salon concept of You Are My Sunshine sounds all too familiar, that’s because they’re the sister outlet to the highly successful Walking On Sunshine, which operates in the same way.
Spanning across a whopping 8,000 square feet with 3 zones in total - with 2 for the cafe and 1 for their beauty salon - this relaxing space is one to drop by when you’re feeling frazzled and need to get away from the hustle. While Walking On Sunshine has a more feminine outlook with pampas and dried flowers dangling from the ceiling, You Are My Sunshine has more emphasis on verdant greens, with potted plants and garden trellises.
On the menu are Korean-Western fusion dishes such as Alfredo Bulgogi Fettuccine ($26), Crispy Korean Fried Chicken With Signature Yangyeom Sauce ($28), and brunch fare like Royal Bacon Benedict ($21). Also available are their all-time fave Kroffles (from $18) and Korean-style Sweet Potato or Chestnut Lattes (from $7).
Once done, head on over to their salon section for a hair makeover!
Address: 391B Orchard Road, #05-05A Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm daily
#6: Skinny Bunny - pink rabbit-themed cafe that opens till midnight
It’s all things pink and cute over at Skinny Bunny, a rabbit-themed heartland cafe at an unassuming void deck spot of Yishun. Think bunny wallpaper, bunny cushions, bunny wall art, and even a neon bunny store signage out front - all paired with a pastel pink and white colour scheme that brings to mind strawberries and cream.
Don’t be fooled by their name - Skinny Bunny does not sell diet foods like salad or veggie sticks. Instead, you’ll be loading on the calories in the most sinful way with their carb-heavy comfort pastas like Aglio Olio with Prawns ($9.80) and Carbonara ($10.80), as well as baked rice in flavours like Smoked Salmon ($11.80) and Chilli Crab ($14.80). Don’t be surprised if you walk out slightly heavier - and less skinny - than when you stepped in!
They also serve creamy gelato from $3.80 per scoop, in flavours like Black Sesame, Banana Cream, and Wild Strawberry - which you can opt to have with Buttermilk Waffles ($5).
Animal-lovers will be glad to know that the cafe isn’t just bunny-themed in name and decor - there are actual living rabbits here, in a pen towards the back of the cafe. While the little critters aren’t free-roaming, they have enough space to hop about and hidey-holes to burrow in. We did see photographs of some patrons petting the bunnies, so perhaps you’ll score a chance to do so if you ask the owners nicely.
Address: 468A Yishun Street 43, #01-67, Singapore 761468
Opening hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 12pm - 11pm | Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 12am (Closed on Tuesday)
#7: Dont Yell At Me - minimalist bubble tea cafe from Taiwan
“Take a sip, calm down and Don’t Yell At Me please!” - that’s the slogan of Dont Yell At Me, the newest bubble tea store in Singapore hailing from Taiwan. Founded by Taiwanese celebrity Yako Chan (丫头), this famous drink cafe has been met with much excitement from locals. Other than their calming, minimalist interiors, the store is known for their strange-looking mascot, and relatable quotes in traditional Chinese on the cups.
Unique flavours to try include Roselle Honey Chrysanthemum Tea, Tiramisu Thé Au Lait, and Fibre Fruit Teas infused with fresh fruits and real fruit extracts. They also have small bites like Sea Salt Dark Fudge Brownies and French Butter Almond Cake.
Read our full article on Dont Yell At Me here.
#8: Stay Gold Flamingo - flamboyant dual-identity cafe and bar
Coffee cafe by day, alternative bar with rock ‘n’ roll vibes by night, dual-identity establishment Stay Gold Flamingo brings diners the best of both worlds - separated by mysterious curtain drapes at what only appears to be the back of the establishment.
Flamingo, the cafe portion, serves standard brews like Black ($4) and Mocha ($6), but less typical of a coffee bar are their fruity cocktails ($19) like Espresso Martini, Aperol Kombu Spritz, and Pink Guava Bellini. They also have fresh daily pastries and sandwiches like the Cheese Toastie ($12) with cheddar, blue cheese, and gouda, and Shiso Chicken ($12).
From 5pm onwards, enter the hidden dark zone of Stay Gold that’s packed with attitude. Take your pick between the high booth seats against a neon light signage, or a semi-private alcove for those VIP feelz, and clink glasses of Asahi Dry ($10) or Champagne ($21) as you munch on Longganisa Scotch Egg ($21), Steak & Chawanmushi ($32), and bar bites like Mala Quail Eggs ($6).
Address: 69 Amoy Street, Singapore 069888
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10am - 10.30pm | Sunday: 10am - 5pm
#9: Curate Cucina Pisana - rustic Italian cuisine at Sentosa
Bringing you rustic flavours of Italy is Curate Cucina Pisana at Sentosa, helmed by chef Davide Bizzarri who actually hails from Pisa so you know it’s the real deal.
Using recipes passed down from generations in his family and further fine-tuned with his own interpretation, his traditional dishes like lily-shaped pasta dish Gigli ($26) and classic Spaghetti ($28) with white clams, candied lemon, olives and potato cream sauce are all made using pasta that’s handmade from scratch - and the open kitchen allows you a peep into that process.
Discerning sweet-tooths are in for a treat with decadent Torta co’ Bischeri ($16), a dark chocolate risotto cake, and Pera del Chianti ($16), a poached pear soaked in wine with panna cotta filling and gold flakes.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-231/232 The Forum, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore 098138
Opening hours: Lunch: Friday to Sunday: 11.30am or 1.30pm seatings | Dinner: Friday to Tuesday Dinner: 5pm or 8.30pm seatings
#10: Shabu-GO - mini Japanese hotpot from $9.90 for couples or solo diners
After months of renovation, the Japanese food street at NEX has been revamped into &JOY Dining Hall, a multi-concept gastronomia galore that keeps its roots of Japanese cuisine, and with it comes a slew of new casual dining eateries, one of which is Shabu-GO.
Designed with single diners and couples in mind, their hotpot sets come in petite portions, with affordable prices from just $9.90. This includes a serving of meat, vermicelli noodles, a veggie basket, and your preferred soup base out of 9 options including Sukiyaki, Refreshing Yuzu Dashi, Nourishing Gingent Tonkotsu, and Fiery Spicy.
Those with larger appetites can opt for ala cart add-ons like Beancurd Ring Rolls ($5), Iberico Pork Collar ($10), and Half Shell Scallop ($8) among many others.
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-80 NEX, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm daily
#11: Le Jardin - pet-friendly garden oasis in the middle of Fort Canning park
By the same people behind Cafe de Nicole’s Flower comes Le Jardin, another botanical-themed eatery. While the former is more on the whimsical side, this one sports a grander and more sophisticated atmosphere, with crystalline chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings and jungle-like plant styling.
The food here is French and European-inspired, with hearty steaks, pastas like Forest Mushroom Tagliatelle ($20), and brunch fare like Fig & Salted Caramel French Toast ($21.90).
There are also espresso-based drinks with impeccable presentation such as Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($10.90), but those who prefer to stay away from caffeine can go for unique concoctions like Purple Fantasy ($11.90), a sweet potato smoothie with coconut, Floral Cucumber ($9.90), and Peanut Butter ($11.90).
Great news for paw-rents: The al fresco area of the restaurant is pet-friendly, so you can drop by with your dogs or cats after a stroll through the hilly park.
Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Level 2 Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9am - 3.30pm, 5.30pm - 9pm (Closed on Monday)
#12: Minion Cafe - cute character-themed dishes
The Minions from Despicable Me have landed in Clarke Quay, bringing with them plenty of cheer in the form colourful decor and adorable character-themed dishes in the Minion Cafe pop-up - Southeast Asia’s first. Collaborating with 1-Group, which is responsible for restaurants like Monti, 1-Atico, and The Alkaff Mansion, this themed cafe is designed to look similar to the MINION SUMMER CAFE in Japan.
Try their Minion Wagyu Cheese Burger ($28), Minion Big Pan Breakfast ($28), and, of course, banana-infused drinks and desserts such as the Minion Banana Boat ($18) before heading over to their merchandise area with exclusives imported from Japan.
Read our full review on the Minion Cafe here.
#13: Delicatesse - Japanese-inspired pastries
Delicatesse 巧彰 can be described as a hole-in-the-wall - their narrow storefront is one you could easily miss if you’re in too much of a hurry. This small but homely joint is where you can slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life, quite literally, with their dainty Japanese-inspired pastries.
Their Framboise Puff ($10.50) and Mango Cake ($10.50) are just as much a treat for the eyes as the stomach, and their Black Forest Cake is done the traditional way with wine-soaked cherries.
Address: 102 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088523
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 3pm - 10pm (Closed on Monday)
#14: Space Box - galaxy-themed bistro bar
For an out-of-this-world dining experience, visit Space Box (串梭時空) - a galaxy-themed bistro bar with glowing planet decorations and neon lights with astronaut designs. They’re basically a zi char-style establishment with affordable dishes like KL Hokkien Noodle ($6.50) and Sichuan Spicy Chicken ($15), but the dark, cosmic interiors certainly take things up a whole notch.
Lok Lok from $1 per stick is also on the menu, with options for BBQ or Mala Tang cooking styles. Another highlight? An extensive beer library that also includes soju, with prices from $6.80 per bottle.
Read our full article on Space Box here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG