14 New Cafes & Restaurants In March 2021: MUJI Vibes, $17.50 High Tea, & IG-Worthy Private KBBQ
Valentine’s Day may be over, but we’re sure that’s not going to be the end of your foodie dates! A couple who feasts together, stays together, for there’s nothing more lovely than having a good heart-to-heart talk with your partner (or bestie!) over a shared meal. Besides, trying out new spots always adds some fresh excitement to the relationship, so here’s our list of new cafes & restaurants in Singapore to visit in March 2021.
While you’re here, check out our list of 16 things to do in March 2021 for outing ideas.
#1: Madame Ooze - boho-chic dessert cafe with Bali vibes
Missing Bali? Pretend you’re in the island of sun, sand, and scrumptious cafe nosh at Madame Ooze, a bohemian chic dessert joint at Chinatown with eclectic furniture from all over the world, thrown together with a dash of leafy tropicals.
Their star item is the Crocream (from $8.70) - a buttery croissant with 2 scoops of ice cream and toppings like raspberry, pistachio, and salted butterscotch sauce. Some ice cream flavours you can choose include New York Blueberry Cheesecake, Kyoto Houjicha, and Toasted Marshmallows.
Pair that with a coffee, tea, or mocktail, and if you’ve got calorie allowance to spare, you could even convert any iced drink into a float with a scoop of ice cream .
Read our full article on Madame Ooze here.
#2: Equate Coffee - minimalistic all-white coffeehouse
CBD office slaves who rely on a jolt of caffeine to function each day now have a new haunt. Equate Coffee at Tanjong Pagar, which opens at 8.30am on weekdays, is where you can drop by for a quick cuppa with your equally tired colleagues and hopefully refresh yourself in their minimalistic space.
Save for a quirky grey stone archway that looks like the entrance of a cave, the entire cafe is all white, allowing you to clear your mind and get in the right headspace before tackling the work day.
Despite its town location, Equate Coffee’s prices are pretty reasonable. Local Kopi starts from just $2, while White costs $5, with a mere $0.50 top-up for the Tall size. Iced Chocolate ($6.50) is available for those who want to stay away from caffeine jitters.
For an extra sugar rush that will get you awake, try their canelés ($4) which are small enough such that they won’t pack on too many excess calories.
Address: 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-25, Singapore 082001
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm | Saturday: 8am - 3pm (Closed on Sunday)
#3: Hanjip - Korean BBQ with premium meat and private dining rooms
When it comes to Korean barbecue restaurants, many Singaporeans tend to make a beeline to affordable buffet options to get the best value for money while eating to their heart’s content. But if you’re seeking a more luxurious experience with premium meat and a classier ambience than regular Korean BBQ joints, Hanjip at Clarke Quay is where you want to be.
Don’t expect an all-you-can-eat feast here, for their KBBQ ingredients and dishes are sold individually for maintenance of standards. Beef here ranges from $32 to $68, with options like Wagyu Striploin, USDA Prime Ribeye, and Marinated Boneless Short Rib. You could also go all out with the Hanjip Platter ($158), with 2 types of beef and 2 types of pork for variety.
Planning an intimate soiree? Book one of their private rooms which come with oriental-style botanical decor and luxe black and gold furniture. Otherwise, their regular seating is also pleasing to the eye, where tradition meets grunge with a touch of swankiness.
Read our full article on Hanjip here.
#4: Teahouse 1973 - affordable afternoon tea at $17.50
Housed at the foot of a HDB block at Aljunied, Teahouse 1973 serves what they call modern versions of traditional Malaysian dishes like Sambal Prawn Nasi Lemak ($13.80) and Curry Chicken Roti Prata ($8.80). And yes, we know that there’s been a never ending debate between Singapore and our lovely neighbour over the claim of such dishes - but does it matter when they’re so beautifully plated?
If you’re not up for kopitiam food at cafe prices, opt for Western mains like Honey Chicken ($13.80), Sous Vide Pork Chop ($10.80), and Beer Fried Fish Steak ($13.80).
Or, live the tai tai life on a budget with an afternoon tea set for 2 at just $35 ($17.50 per person), served with a complimentary pot of fruit tea. Do note that afternoon tea is only available from Tuesdays to Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, and the cakes differ daily so you’ll get a surprise each time.
Address: Blk 53 Sims Place, Singapore 380053
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11am - 8pm (Closed on Monday)
#5: Sumikkogurashi Cafe - character-themed food at Somerset
After more than half a year, the Rilakkuma Cafe at Orchard Central is shedding its adorable cartoon bear theme - but don’t despair, because the characters from Sumikkogurashi are soon to take over this month from 12 March onwards. Operated by Kumoya, this new Sumikkogurashi Cafe is also a pop-up with an unspecified end date.
The cafe’s wooden furnishing is reminiscent of that found in a Japanese teahouse, but with a colourful modern twist of pastel prints featuring Shirokuma, Neko, Penguin?, and the rest of the crew. There’s even a private room with tatami seating for special occasions like birthdays!
Almost too cute to eat are their character-themed dishes like Gone fishing Tokage Salmon Croquette Cream Rice ($25.90) with mushroom sauce, creatively-plated desserts like the Yama and Friends Blueberry Chiffon Cake ($22.90), and 13 types of drinks including Lattes (from $11.90) with cute latte art.
Read our full article on Kumoya’s Sumikkogurashi Cafe here.
#6: At3 - Nordic cafe
If IKEA’s meatballs are your only impression of Nordic/Scandinavian cuisine, expand your horizons with At3, a Nordic-style cafe. This description applies to both their interior and their food.
Mains include the Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($20), Avo Shrimp Sandwich ($24), and Viking Breakfast ($21). And while green tea may not be something you’d expect to find at a Scandinavian eatery, we hear their Matcha ($5.50) drink is pretty darn solid.
Those who love Daim chocolates should not miss out on the Daim Cake, which is surprisingly affordable at just $4.
Address: 63 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169369
Opening hours: Monday & Thursday: 9am - 3pm | Wednesday, Friday to Sunday: 9am - 2pm (Closed on Tuesday)
#7: CAF Clickafood - multi-concept pastel eatery with 5 types of cuisine
Problem: Everyone in your squad wants to eat something different
Problem 2: Everyone is dressed up nicely so no one wants to go to a food court
Solution: CAF Clikafood, a 5-in-1 concept cafe with pastel decor at Paya Lebar.
Serving an extensive menu of Korean, Thai, local, and Western dishes, along with whole pizzas, CAF Clikafood is perfect for the fussy and fickle-minded. Prices are reasonable too - you can expect to spend an average of $10 to $12 per person, with Jajangmyeon at $9.90, Thaitanium Fried Rice at $12.90, and Army Stew for 2 at just $19.90.
We love how pastel plates and cutlery are used, to match the faded retro-esque turquoise and pink furnishing of the outlet. Sit on the steps by the bar counter for a good photo op - no need to be shy!
Read our full article on CAF Clickafood here.
#8: House Downstairs - an airy MUJI-esque space in the heartlands
Despite its name, House Downstairs isn’t located at a void deck, but it is right in the heartlands at Ulu Pandan CC. Dining here is a homely MUJI-esque experience, with flat Japanese-style cushions on built-in wooden seats, and an overall airy feel thanks to the ample natural lighting and light colour palette.
Those who like to people-watch can grab a seat by the window counter, with open blinds that look out to the carpark and greenery outside.
Food served here is a mix of different cuisines - there’s Laksa Goreng ($16), Korean Riceballs ($9), and House Signature Craygee ($18) - pao fan with crayfish, clams, and Thai prawns. Brunch traditionalists can opt for classic Western-style dishes like the Bacon, Egg & Cheese croissant sandwich ($10).
Address: 170 Ghim Moh Road, #01-03 Ulu Pandan CC, Singapore 279621
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm | Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 6pm
#9: Mocchi - adorable bear-themed pastries and drinks
The hot weather has been unforgiving lately and we’ve got just the thing to help you cool down: The beary adorbz lattes from Japanese-inspired patisserie, Mocchi. In flavours of Matcha and Hojicha, each one is respectively topped with matcha and cream cheese-flavoured soft serve, moulded to look like teddy bears!
Another icy treat is the Strawberry Kuma, a strawberry cream cheese parfait with strawberry jelly, compote, and crumble. Other bear-themed creations here include the Kuro Kuma, a brownie with chocolate mousse, and Shiroi Kuma, a pound cake with yoghurt mousse ($9.80 each).
Have a massive sweet craving? Indulge in the Mocchi Bundle ($41.80), with 5 of their signature petit gâteaus, namely: Chestnut Blackcurrant Cake, Crepe Matcha, Strawberry Short, Soft Cheese Cake, and Royaltime - a chocolate sponge cake with mousse and popping candy.
True to its name, this hidden cafe at Chinatown also serves Warabi Mochi at $10.80 for 18 pieces ($0.60 per piece).
Address: 37 Smith Street, Singapore 058950
Opening hours: 12pm - 9pm daily
#10: Cornercove - acai with unlimited toppings at fixed prices
Don’t you wish you could just pick every single topping available when ordering an acai bowl, instead of being limited to just a few options because of price? Health nuts, your dream has just come true because Cornercove at Beach Road lets you pick unlimited toppings at a fixed price - no strings attached.
Choose from $9.80 or $14.80 bowl sizes, mix and match your preferred bases including Acai, Pitaya, Coconut, and Matcha, and go on to select your fruits, nut butters, and sprinkles. You can have as much variety as you fancy - so long as everything fits into the bowl!
Cornercove’s all-white space decorated with framed prints of surfers and shores really packs on those vacay vibes, making us think of those smoothie shacks by Australia’s beaches!
Read our full article on Cornercove here.
#11: Grain Alley - pet-friendly Orchard joint that opens till 12am
If you’re ravenous after a day out at town, Grain Alley will be open till as late as 12am for you to sate your hunger pangs. And your furkids can come along too, ‘cause their al fresco area is pet-friendly.
For a hearty breakfast, try the Big Bad Oeuf ($19) which comes with eggs, brioche, bratwurst, an array of greens, and even orange juice. Also worth trying is the Duck Confit with Mash, said to be extremely tender and flavourful with little hint of gameyness.
The cafe sports a tropical theme with lush botanical wallpaper, as well as fixtures like old-timey hanging lamps, textured tables, gold accents and marbled surfaces. With comfy sofa seats and potted trees, their indoor space is equally aesthetically pleasing as the exterior.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #01-10 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, Sunday: 9am - 11pm | Friday & Saturday: 9am - 12am
#12: Yakiniku-GO - smoke-free Japanese BBQ
Tuck into high quality Japanese BBQ meat on a budget at Yakiniku-GO. Starting from an affordable $9.80, their set meals are served with rice, miso soup, kimchi and sauces. As the grills are small in size, they’re perfect for sharing with a date or lone dining.
Don’t worry about walking out smelling like a piece of meat, because this place uses only electric grills, which means it’s smoke-free.
Address: 33 Sengkang West Avenue, #01-49/50/51/52/53 The Seletar Mall, Singapore 797653
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm daily
#13: Cookie & Cuddle - new dog petting cafe with cookie dough brownies
By now you’ve heard of Chow Cute, a dog cafe at Seletar, but if travelling to that end of the country is too much of a hassle for you - even with the promise of getting to pet cute puppers - then perhaps Cookie & Cuddle might be more accessible for you. Located an easy 5-minute walk from both Farrer Park and Boon Keng MRT stations, this new dog petting cafe has 3 resident Chi-Poos (Chihuahua x Toy Poodle) who love to play!
True to its name, the cafe serves cookies as well as other small bakes, including their specialty Doggyakis ($12) - a French bulldog-shaped taiyaki served with 2 scoops of ice cream and a chocolate bone.
Also not to be missed out on is their decadent Cookie Dough Brownie ($5.50).
Read our full article on Cookie & Cuddle here.
#14: Molang Cafe - Korean bunny-themed cafe
You may not have heard of Molang, a fat bunny character from Korea. Even so, you’ll want to pay a visit to the new Molang Cafe pop-up at Kumoya’s Bugis outlet because it’s simply too cute to resist! Now with a sweet new coat of pink, the cafe sports candy-coloured wall decals featuring the round bunny and its best friend, Piu Piu the chick, along with plenty of whimsical motifs like rainbows, floating balloons, and cupcakes in the sky.
One of the most aesthetically-pleasing main dishes on the menu is the Nighty-Nite Sleep Tight Chicken Katsu Curry Rice ($25.90), which has rice moulded to resemble the rabbit character underneath a blanket of egg.
The desserts are equally eye-catching; Above is the Love is in the Air Mango Berries Churros Fondue ($24.90) which comes with soft serve.
Read our full review article on Kumoya’s Molang Cafe here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG