Get away from your usual haunts and explore what other parts of the island has to offer when it comes to good food.
Ready to switch up your weekend plans? These cafes in the ‘hoods will have you coming back for more.
Opened by the same people behind Penny University, this unpretentious bistro which is tucked away at the second level of Tampines West’s Community Club has a brunch menu that serves mouth-watering yet affordable dishes such as Scrambled Peruvian Eggs ($8), Builder’s Breakfast ($15) — that comes with sausages, beef bacon, assorted veggies and toasted sourdough — and Peanut Butter Jelly Toast ($10). If you’re there for dinner, try the beef with beetroot thyme puree ($15) and squid ink rice ($17) for a hearty meal. The interior is basic, but the food is satisfying, given the price.
5 Tampines Avenue 3, West Community Club, #02-07, 529705
Tel: 6909 0502
Surrounded by the lush greenery of Bishan Park, Canopy Garden Dining is the cafe to visit if you’re living in the North. With an all-day brunch menu that offers really cool dishes such as Avocado Wraps ($15), Español Bomba Rice ($22) and Burger Benedict ($21) until 4pm, we dare say that this place, aside from the food and scenic location, is worth the travel. They’re also pet friendly, which means you can bring along your adorable little pooches and hang out with them all day. Fido will be so pleased.
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, 569931
Tel: 9113 4666
Looking to indulge yourself in a scrumptious, yet healthy meal? You’ll be able to get the best of both worlds at Fresh Fruits Lab. As the name suggests, its menu is crafted to incorporate fruity elements into its dishes for a less sinful experience. You won’t have to fear packing on the calories with their brunch delights (which is available from 10am to 3pm on weekends), such as the Blackstone ($14), which is an updated Eggs Benedict served with fruit salad, and Fruity Berries Pancake ($13). Or tuck into their lunch and dinner menu, which includes a vegetarian-friendly Forest Wrap ($18) and Salmon Steak ($19), for a cleaner diet.
351 Changi Road, Lor Marzuki, 419818
Tel: 6677 6741
Another spot located at the heart of Bishan Park, Grub is the destination to go to if you’re a food and music lover. Conceptualised by four young entrepreneurs, this cafe offers healthy delectables like the Grilled Chicken Salad ($14.80) and Portobello Salad ($13.80), as well as more hearty dishes like the Grub Double Cheeseburger ($19.80) and Har Cheong Gai Burger ($14.80). On certain Friday nights, treat yourself to a pint of draft beer after a week’s worth of hard work — Red Dot Monster Green Lager ($14), anyone? — while you unwind and groove to their live music.
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park, Pond Gardens), 569983
Opened in 2016, you might miss this bistro if you’re walking by, due to its nondescript location. However, if you are looking for a quiet place to unwind, South Union Park’s modestly furnished interior in its quaint and discreet neighbourhood is definitely for you. While you sit back and enjoy some personal time, indulge in some of their dishes that are inspired by fine-dining, such as the Herb Crusted Barramundi ($24), Poutine ($11) and Duck Confit Tagliatelle ($22). All you’ll need is a new book to keep you company for the day.
101 Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419139
Tel: 9061 8703
Folks living in Ang Mo Kio, you’re in for a treat. The Workbench Bistro is all about its unique and eccentric offerings, such as the Purple Sweet Potato Chocolate S’moreffles ($9.50) — which comprises purple sweet potato, chocolate and s’mores baked into a waffle — and Egg Lava Beef Burger ($16.90), which has a deliciously runny yolk in the middle of the patty. Salted egg lovers will not be disappointed with its selection of dishes cooked with the beloved ingredient, such as the mouth-watering Salted Egg Chicken Pasta ($16.90) and Salted Egg Chicken Burger ($16.90). Beverages include Chamomile ($3.90) or Summer Garden ($4.50, comprises of passionfruit and pineapple) tea.
Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, #01-1881, 560332
Tel: 6452 0810
Tampines residents will be familiar with this bar-slash-restaurant that we couldn’t help include in our list, because its retro interior is so worth the visit. Newly opened just this year, this spot prides itself on its co-op cuisine; that means their chefs specialise in different cuisine and are able to whip up anything from pasta to poke bowls to seafood stews to karaage with flair. You are spoilt for choice with their menu of international flavours, such as Steak Frites ($18), Korean Donburi Bowl ($14), Spam Youtiao ($10) and the ever favourite, Salted Egg Fish Skin ($10).
300 Tampines Avenue 5, #01-02A, 529653
Tel: 8223 2983
If you’re one who’s looking to soak up the #weekendvibes with your partner away from the hustle and bustle of city life, head to this rustic veranda-style cafe. Situated near Riviera LRT station, Whisk & Paddle provides a gorgeous view that overlooks the Punggol waterway and scenic forestry — perfect for a romantic getaway. Complete your weekend brunch date with dishes such as the Whisk Breakfast Pan ($20.80), which comes with two eggs of your choice (sunny side up, overeasy, scrambled or poached) and thick cut bacon, the Eggs Benedict ($14.80) and Breakfast Quesadillas ($13.80). Or feast on hearty mains such as Coq Au Vin ($28.80) and Red Bass Fillet ($25.80) as you enjoy a leisurely afternoon together.
10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, 828836
Tel: 6242 4617
By Home & Decor, December 2018
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