After eating our way through October, we’re back with more new cafes and restaurants in Singapore to recommend for November 2020. This month’s edition features gorgeous garden-themed eateries, $2 Korean buns, and a new sushi restaurant that serves your food shinkansen-style - starting from just $1.80 per plate.
While you’re here check out our article on 18 new events and activities in October 2020.
Read on to find out more about these new cafes & restaurants in November 2020 in Singapore!
#1: Wan Wan Thai Cafe - garden-themed dessert joint that opens till 3am
The next time you find yourself hanging around in Bugis after dinner with nowhere else to go - nowhere that isn’t a bar or club, that is - pop by Wan Wan Thai Cafe for a late-night snack. Open till 3am daily, this ethereal garden-themed joint serves up fruity bingsu and thick toasts topped with ice cream.
Read our article on Wan Wan Thai Cafe here.
#2: HAYO - Japanese-inspired yogurt drinks made with Australian milk
Bubble tea stores may be popping up all over the island, but HAYO brings a breath of fresh air with their handcrafted yogurt smoothies. Made using 100% Australian cow’s milk, these Japanese-inspired beverages come in flavours like Japanese purple yam (HAYO-RO), hojicha (HAYO-JI-CHA), and ceremonial-grade matcha (HAYO-CHA).
Prices range from $7.90 to $8.30 and each drink comes topped with a cute leaf-shaped shortbread cookie.
Location: Middle Road (next to Bugis Plus)
#3: Maxx Coffee - cosy coffee joint with over 30 drink options
Those who need a good breather - and a good kick of caffeine - should pop by Maxx Coffee for a respite. According to their menu online, they have over 30 beverages to choose from. Though they specialise in coffee, they also have a range of other drinks like the Caramel Belgian Chocolate, Iced Shaken Lemonade Hibiscus Tea, and Green Tea Cream Frappe.
They have plenty of cosy little nooks which give you adequate privacy for a study or work session. Fuel your productivity with their snacks like Carbonara Pie ($8.50) and Cruffins ($4.20) in flavours like Oreo and Pandan Gula Melaka.
They are currently located at JEM and NUS, but are soon set to open in a couple of other locations including Toa Payoh and Thomson.
#4: Dolc Patisserie - pretty French-style pastries
Got a sweet tooth? Make a beeline for Dolc Patisserie, where pretty French-style pastries with Spanish influences await in a cosy, minimalist setting.
Prices range from around $7 to $8.50 for tarts and cakes. If you’re in the mood for something adventurous, try the red bulb-shaped Charlotte ($8.50), a mousse cake with strawberry, mascarpone, and basil sponge.
There are also more affordable small bites like Croissants (from $3.80), Donuts (from $3.20), and Curry Muffins ($3.50).
Location: Kampong Bahru
#5: Magic Touch - bullet train sushi from $1.80
It’s always fun eating at bullet train sushi joints because watching our food zoom along to us on a shinkansen makes us feel like a kid on Christmas Day. Magic Touch is another such sushi restaurant to add to your list, with picks like Arctic Surf Clam and Prime Salmon Belly going for the affordable price of just $1.80.
There are also rice bowls and other premium seafood dishes like cheesy Baked Jumbo Scallop ($4) and Snow Crab Roe Gunkan ($3). The pink booth seats here are a major plus point!
Location: City Hall (CityLink Mall)
#6: Cafe Coco - scenic pet-friendly cafe at Gardens by the Bay
Make a date with your furkid and enjoy a chill brunch at Gardens by the Bay’s Cafe Coco, a new pet-friendly eatery that quietly opened a while back. Thanks to its location, you’ll be dining with a good eyeful of the surrounding greenery, which makes for a tranquil experience for both hooman and doggo.
Right now, their 3-course French Lavender Brunch Set is very high in demand, and it’s exclusive to those who make a prior booking. Try it while you still can!
Read our article on Cafe Coco’s Lavender Brunch here.
#7: 82BUNSIK - Korean corndogs and croffles
Enjoy a taste of Korean soul food at 82BUNSIK, by the same management behind PLUSEIGHTTWO - an aesthetically-pleasing dessert joint by K-Pop idol EunKwang from BTOB. While the latter mainly serves sweet items like beautifully plated bingsu and dessert toasts, this one focuses on savoury street food.
Their Korean corndogs and croffles (croissant waffles) are must-tries. Also on the menu are snack-sized bowls of sweet and spicy chicken, tteokbokki, and other Korean delicacies.
Location: Ang Mo Kio
#8: Pints & Cones - gelato cafe with craft beer
A short walk from NEX at Serangoon lies Pints & Cones, a hidden neighbourhood cafe that only those living in the area might know about. Though modest in decor, they do have neon light art fixed both outside and inside their outlet, so you can strike a pose or take strategic photos of your food bathed in that funky purple glow.
Prices are relatively affordable - a single scoop costs $3.50 while a double scoop costs $6.50. Flavours include Banana BIscoff, Roasted Pistachio, and Rocher. They also have bottled craft beer from the States.
Location: Lorong Chuan
#9: Korfe - $2 Korean buns with flavours like red bean injeolmi
When it comes to Korean snacks, a lot of us are probably most familiar with bingsu and most recently, dalgona coffee. But once you drop by Korfe by noodle restaurant Huluruk Myeon House, Korean baked buns might just become your new obsession.
Similar to Hong Kong’s bolo buns, Korfe’s Korean baked buns come with a crisp outer layer and fluffy inside. These come in 4 unique flavours you won’t be able to find at regular bakeries in Singapore: Injeolmi Red Bean, Nutella Cookie, Matcha Cookie, and Korean Garlic.
Break apart the bun and you’ll find a generous amount of filling inside giving extra flavour and texture with every bite. Best of all? Each one costs just $2!
Location: Bishan (Junction 8)
#10: King’s Cart Coffee Factory - caffeinated cocktails and desserts
You know your caffeine fix will be done right at Kings Cart Coffee Factory when their founder is a certified roaster who started brewing at the tender age of 16, and later on managed and built 6 Joe and The Juice outlets across Singapore and Hong Kong.
This new cafe is his own venture, and you can be assured that special care and attention is given to every stage - from the farming to the roasting and extraction, and finally the presentation and flavour of your cuppa.
Other than the standard Espressos ($3.50) and Cold Brews ($6), thirst-quenchers here include specialty options like a rich Coconut Latte ($8) with gula melaka and citrusy Summer Yuzu Tonic ($9). If coffee alone isn’t enough of a kick for you, opt for an alcoholic Coffee Mojito ($18) or Rum Pum Pum ($20) - an unconventional blend of espresso, rum, gula melaka, and rosemary.
Brunch is served on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 4pm, with choices like Ham Egg Benedict ($18) and King’s Breakfast ($22), which is basically a classic English breakfast.
Location: Joo Chiat
#11: Rebel Rebel - wine bar in a refurbished shophouse
On the prowl for wine and a good time? Pop by Rebel Rebel, a wine bar at Tanjong Pagar that’s all about the reds, whites, pinks, and everything in between. It’s never a good idea to drink on an empty stomach so clink glasses over a charcuterie platter ($27) or oysters (from $16 for 2) while you’re at it.
For something more filling, they also have Deckle Steak ($38) made from wagyu, Red Snapper ($26), and Pig’s Head Tagliatelle ($28) with crispy fried pig’s ears.
Location: Tanjong Pagar (Bukit Pasoh)
#12: French Fold - crepes in a botanical-themed setting
By the same people behind popular brunch spot Merci Marcel comes French Fold, whose specialty lies in French crepes (from $7) and galettes (from $9). Note that the two types of pancakes aren’t one and the same; A crepe is made of wheat flour and usually comes with a sweet filling, while galettes are made of buckwheat and can also come with savoury toppings.
Their botanical-themed decor gives off a Parisian vibe out front, but comes with a Singaporean twist inside, with leafy tropical plants lining high shelves and wallpaper bearing images of our island’s native plants like palm and coconut trees.
Location: Telok Ayer
#13: Hub & Spoke - in a glasshouse surrounded by nature
Changi Airport has been abuzz lately - not with flights, but with new openings like the Jurassic Mile cycling connector and Hub & Spoke cafe. Located within a gorgeous standalone glasshouse near Terminal 2, the cafe offers calming views of nature through its wide glass panels.
Expect Western cafe options like Eggs Benedict ($9.90), Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($14.90), and a handful of local favourites like Kaya Butter Toast Sets ($4.20).
Read our article on Hub & Spoke here.
#14: On Dol - KBBQ restaurant with $18 lunch sets
Not everything at Tanjong Pagar is expensive, if you know where to look. New Korean hot stone BBQ restaurant, On Dol, serves affordable $18 Ssam Bap Lunch Sets that give great value for money. Each of these sets comes with 1 type of meat, 1 of 3 choices of soup, assorted fresh vegetables, a generous range of 10 side dishes, and a pot of rice. Talk about worth it!
Location: Tanjong Pagar
#15: Nasty Factory - oozy New York-style cookies
With sinful gooey filling that oozes out with each bite, Nasty Cookie’s sweet treats are so nasty, but so, so good. Though their first outlet at Funan is just a little kiosk, they’ve since opened Nasty Factory, a new sit-down cafe space with the same loaded cookies - and tons of photo ops.
The entire outlet has a tiffany blue coat of paint, with decorative neon lights and feature walls waiting to be snapped for the ‘gram.
Read our article on Nasty Factory here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG