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New Cafes We’re Crushing On – July 2017

Why do we love cafes? Let us count the ways. Besides providing a much needed caffeine fix or a spot of afternoon tea with cake, the newest cafes in Singapore offer such pretty spaces - good for hanging all day long.

By SALT Magazine | 11 July, 2017 | Food, Restaurants
2017-07-11 10:13:12 2017-10-10 14:24:04
KARA Cafe interior
KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar interior

KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar
Once a popular yogurt chain store frequented by uniformed teens, Sogurt has transformed into KARA Cafe & Dessert Bar. Awashed with Millennial Pink, tropical plant motifs, and all sorts of feel-good vibes, the place now offers Los Angeles-inspired “all-day dining” comfort food and next-level sweet treats. Of course, the all-time favourite Sogurt soft-serve in Original and Dark Chocolate ($3.20 per 100g) are still available. But adding to that are a slew of new botanical inspired scoops like Maple Lavender and Strawberry Thyme (both $3.20 per 100g), that you can top with like sesame puff pastry sticks, cacao nib sables and salted gula melaka sauce. For savouries, tuck into cheesy grilled toasties ($10.50-$17), soups ($6) and a range of hearty grain bowls ($13-$17). Save room for the chewy Cacao Mochi Waffle ($12.50) crowned with a softie swirl, cacao nibs and warm chocolate sauce.

Kara Cafe skillet Peanut Butter CookieKara Cafe Grain Bowls

617 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269718. Tel: +65 6468 8940 

Keong Saik Bakery range of cakes and pastries
Keong Saik Bakery’s modern fusion cakes and pastries

Keong Saik Bakery
Nostalgia hits hard at Keong Saik Bakery, a retro café offering modern fusion bakes. And it couldn’t come at a better time – what with National Day just a month away. The shophouse unit along Keong Saik Road is a throwback to 1940s Singapore and so are pastries like the Sor Hei ($3.20), a black and white Danish stuffed with chocolate chips, shaped to look like a hair bun to represent the hair combing ceremony of the Majies (a group of migrant women from China who worked as domestic helpers between the 1930s and the 1970s). Sliced cakes like Chendol Delight ($6.50) take inspiration from the coconut milk shaved ice dessert while the Golden Blossom ($5.50) combines the essence of chrysanthemum flowers and pear for a delightful afternoon treat. You’ll also be able to get a kopitiam style breakfast here, comprising of kaya toast, two soft-boiled eggs, and coffee ($5+).

41 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089146. Tel: +65 6534 7800

Lunars Coffee Brewers

Lunar Coffee Brewers
Today’s third wave coffee bars are gallery-like spaces that take their vibe seriously. Sleek black and white marble tabletops, minimalist décor and dried wildflowers on display – like at the new Lunar Coffee Brewers – makes you want to spend your whole day there. Opened by the team behind Atlas Coffeehouse, Lunar Coffee Brewers is their latest venture into the Central Business District (CBD) at Downtown Gallery. The usual café fare can be found here. Think fusion rice bowls that run the gamut of Braised Pork Belly Don ($14.50), Miso Nori Salmon Don ($14.50) and Gochujang Chicken Don ($14.50). You can also nosh on Truffle Fries ($8), Chilli Beef & Nacho ($12) and Tater Tots ($7.50) served with spiced herb dips. It goes without saying that the coffee here is rad. They source speciality beans from Two Degrees North Coffee Co., a blend with nutty caramel fragrance. Don’t miss the Bottled White Cold Brew ($7) which is also available as a soft serve ($5.90).

6 Shenton Way, #01-49, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815. Tel: +65 6224 4500

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