13 Jun 2016
1. Café Melba
Two outlets including #03-01, 1 Stars Ave, S138507. Tel: 6352-2721. Open daily. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm. Last orders 9.15pm. www.cafemelba.com.sg
Cafe Melba at Mountbatten has opened a second branch, this time, in the west where the new Mediacorp campus is. The 150-seater is done up to look like a tasteful cafe from Down Under. Expect more of the cafe's hearty Australasian cuisine by Kiwi chef Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts. Breakfast is served all day, with faves like Eggs Benedict ($20). There’s also Asian-inspired grub such as Chilli Crab Pizza (from $21.20 a pie) and Kaya Tart ($14). As part of their opening promotion, kids get to dine for free (one dish from the kid’s menu) with every main course purchased on weekdays.
13 Jun 2016
#01-03 Viva Business Park, Chai Chee Estate, 750A Chai Chee Rd, S469001. Tel: 6241-1866. Open Tue-Thur 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-11.30pm; Sat noon-11.30pm & Sun noon-11pm. Last orders 10.30pm. www.sourcepan.sg
This spacious industrial-chic cafe is a collaboration between a former chef at Italian restaurant Il Lido and the co-owner of Offside Sports Group, which runs a futsal park. Melding sports and food, this wood and steel-clad eatery shares the same space with Offside’s social sports area, where you can hop over for a game of eDarts or automated batting (baseball) after eating. Signature dishes here include the Orange Duck Ragu Pasta ($24) and Spiced Bacon Lollipops ($8 each), skewers of honey-drizzled bacon seasoned with spices.
13 Jun 2016
Kooks Creamery and Seng Kee The Black Seed
3. Kooks Creamery (pictured left)
#01-02 Blk 211, Serangoon Ave 4, S550211.Open Tue-Thur & Sun noon-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-11pm. Last orders 10 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/kooks.creamery
Who doesn’t ‘lava’ a cookie oozing molten chocolate? Nestled in a cosy Serangoon neighbourhood (hello, Swiss roll cafe The Plain Jane just a few doors down), the chic 27-seater serves sinfully yummy lava cookies (with a molten chocolate core that oozes out #foodporn style) paired with scoops of ice cream in their signature Lava Set ($8.50). The buttery ‘kook-ies’ here, baked fresh daily by the owners (a pair of sisters), come with two types of filling: chocolate or matcha ganache. The sisters bake about only 40 lava cookies daily on weekdays (60 on weekends), so get your hands on these babies early in the afternoon, while they're fresh from the oven.
4. Seng Kee The Black Seed (pictured right)
#01-71/72, Bugis Junction, S188021. Open daily. 7.30am-10.30pm. last orders 10.15pm. www.facebook.com/sengkee.theblackseed.benny
The folks behind halal restaurant chain Eighteen Chefs have opened a new all-day dining café in Bugis. Former convict-turned-chef and social entrepreneur Benny Se Teo continues his practice of hiring and nurturing ex-offenders here. The menu features affordable local grub with a mod twist. Such as Hainanese Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich ($6) with garlic chilli sauce and Beef Rendang ($6.50) served in a bread bowl, or with basmati rice, egg and achar. Cool down with a Soursop Sng Bao (ice lolly; $2.40 each).