More cafes are springing up in Singapore and this time we will be checking out what the East got to offer!
Blk 84 Bedok North Street 4, #01-25/27
Tel: +65 6445 1011
Tue to Thu, & Sun: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm
Nearest stations: Tanah Merah or Bedok
Tucked away in a cosy corner of the Bedok North, To-gather café, evokes a homey vibe – inspirational quotes and poems line almost every wall of the café, which includes a feature wall plastered with post-its containing notes, confessions and more quotes written by its customers.
This place offers food that is priced very reasonably, with prices ranging from $7.90 for pasta dishes to $3.90 for desserts.
#01-06 Performance Building
158 Kallang Way
Tel: +65 6743 6893
Mon to Sat: 11am – 9pm
Nearest station: Aljunied
Situated in the Kallang industrial area, Backstage café offers a cool respite for those seeking a break from work. Check out the Duck Confit ($18), Roasted Spring Chicken ($15) and Beef Burger ($17) for its mains. For dessert, try the café’s rainbow ($7.50 a slice) and red velvet cakes ($6.50 a slice).
#02-04 Hall 2, 1 Expo Drive Mon to Thu: 8am – 6pm
Fri to Sun: 8am – 8pm
Nearest station: Expo
This café emphasizes very strongly on its presentation of food. Mudpies($5.50 each) are made to look like adorable-looking potted plants and cakes are served in old-school glass jars.
Chock Full of Beans
#01-2090 Blk 4 Changi Village Road
Tel: +65 6214 8839
Tue to Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 10pm
Nearest station: Pasir Ris
A café that serves adorable 3D latte art is Chock Full of Beans which sits in a quiet corner of Changi Village (right next to the hawker centre).
Try the cafe’s Iced Rose Latte and Lychee Lime Cooler. If you’re there for a meal, Chock Full of Beans serves mains and desserts, too.
136 Bedok North Avenue 3 #01-152B
Tel: +65 8259 0316
Mon: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Wed to Fri: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Bedok
With wooden tables and bar-top counters, hanging lightbulbs, flower arrangements in glass bottles and menus on wooden clipboards, Percolate Coffee is located in the middle of a seemingly quiet neighbourhood, which is a boon for east-siders, as there’s no need to travel all the way to the city to get our hipster caffeine/dessert fix.
Its reasonably-priced and pastries are very good. If you want something for a light lunch, try their croissants! Buttery, flaky and warm 🙂
Maple & Market
34 Cassia Crescent, #01-82
Tel: +65 6348 8068
Mon: 12pm – 8pm
Wed to Fri: 12pm – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Dakota
Dessert options include Cinnamon cake with bacon cooked in maple syrup, Victorian Sponge Cake, Carrot Cake, and Chocolate Cake. Most of the cakes are on rotation, and only the two signature creations – Blossom, rose cake with raspberry cream cheese; and 1919, gula melaka cake with kaya cream cheese, are mainstays on the menu. Besides the rustic and homemade cakes, try their waffles too. Either go for the classic option of waffles with ice cream (S$8.50), or have the Maple Bacon Waffles (S$14).
The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road
(Near Changi Village)
Tel: +65 6475 0200
Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30am – 12pm
Brunch is available on weekends and public holidays from 11am to 4pm. Apart from the popular brunch food like big breakfast ($24), steak and eggs ($36), and eggs benedict ($17), there are also main courses like roasted chicken with truffle fries ($25), truffle mushroom fettuccine ($21), nasi lemak ($16), and cheese burger ($26).
#01-68/69 Changi City Point
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
Tel: +65 6604 7669
Daily: 11am to 12am
The emphasis of Table Manners is their drinks. On-menu drinks include a virgin mojito sorbet mocktail ($9) and an enticing strawberry shortcake cocktail ($16, or $12 between 5-8pm daily). They are also able to customise drinks to suit any palate, even if one were odd enough to crave a spicy or bitter drink.
The menu is comprehensive, with a bar bites ranging from the typical truffle fries ($6) and spicy wings ($7.50) to more creative options like ebiko mussels ($8.50) and mushroom risotto balls ($7.50) which comes in crispy little morsels that give way to a creamy mash of risotto. Ask for the accompanying home-made sauce, akin to a less salty version of mentaiko, which brought a whole new dimension to the nibbles.
The aglio olio ($14), a simple dish made exciting by a huge grilled pork sausage, was satisfying if not particularly spectacular. We’d advise going for the pasta al fungi ($14) instead; a generous portion of toothsome, al-dente fettuccine drenched in a luscious pesto cream perfumed with earthy mushrooms and garlic bits.
If you are here, don’t miss out on the King’s Burger ($16), a 70%-beef-30%-pork patty which is juicy and flavourful. The sizeable patty was topped off with a smorgasbord of bacon, gherkins, cheese, and a sunny-side up egg, completed with a serving of truffle fries.
For desserts, try the lemon cheesecake ($5.50) which is a piquant, citrus-tinged treat which is creamy but not overly rich. Another must have is the sea salt chocolate caramel tart ($6.50), which was smooth, sticky and oh-so-decadent.
Singapore has more and more cafes being set up so fill your weekends (or even weekdays) with some delicious, yummy food!