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New eats in Singapore: 5 joints to chow down this week

Our pick of the best new cafes and restaurants to eat out in town

1. Wanna Cuppa
1. Wanna Cuppa
26 Jan 2016

1. Wanna Cuppa

15 NEW BRIDGE RD, S059385. TEL: 6816-2494. OPEN DAILY, MON-THURS 8.30AM-10PM; FRI 8.30AM-MIDNIGHT; SAT 10AM-MIDNIGHT; SUN 10AM-6PM. LAST ORDERS AN HOUR BEFORE CLOSING. WWW.WANNACUPPA.COM.SG

This cafe is next door-neighbours with the popular Song Fa Bak Kut Teh near Clarke Quay, which makes this a good spot to amble over for an after-dinner cuppa brewed with Melburnian coffee beans. The owner, who used to work in finance, decorated her cafe in a The Great Gatsby theme. The food here is unlike run-of-the-mill cafe fare: There are Golden Mantou Sliders ($17.90), mini wagyu beef burgers with crispy fried mantous for buns, a Soft Shell Crab Pasta ($15.90) and Enoki Mushroom Fries ($7.90).
 

2.  Sweet Monster
2. Sweet Monster
26 Jan 2016

2. Sweet Monster

M01-K1 BUGIS JUNCTION, S188021 & B2-49 PLAZA SINGAPURA, 68 ORCHARD RD, 200 VICTORIA ST, S238839. TEL: 9185-7729. OPEN DAILY 10.30AM-10.30PM.
LAST ORDERS AT 10.15PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SWEETMONSTERSG

Another new Korean import in town. This one-and-a-half-month old ice cream brand has 26 outlets in its motherland, where it started out as a food truck. Want something Instagram-worthy for #sgcafehopping? Go for the good-looking Monster Popcorn, a soft serve behemoth in six flavours such as a sweet-savoury Cheese & Caramel Mix ($6.80) studded with popcorn. Its Singapore franchise owner told us that the soft serve is made here with a 75 per cent milk recipe for a richer blend. There are also Monster Ice Cream Milkshakes like the Ferrero Nutella ($7.50 for regular size). While the Plaza Singapura branch is just a takeaway kiosk, the 15-seat Bugis Junction branch even comes with a photo booth area.
 

3. South Bronx
3. South Bronx
26 Jan 2016

3. South Bronx

#01-02 POMO MALL, 1 SELEGIE RD, S188306. TEL: 9833-1790. OPEN DAILY, SUN-MON 11.30AM-10PM; FRI & SAT 11.30AM-11PM. LAST ORDERS 30 MINS BEFORE CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SOUTHBRONXSINGAPORE

This week-old hip hop-influenced burger joint is named after the New York neighbourhood where hip hop became popular. The 30-seater is part of an expansion by the folks behind the now-defunct Nookie Yogurt and Montana Brew Bar (the latter has shifted from the first to the second floor of the mall). This is where you can sink your teeth into burgers with an exotic spin, such as the Red Velvet Burger ($6.90) with hazelnut chocolate ice cream and coconut nutella sauce sandwiched between red velvet-flavoured buns. There’s also a Lemongrass Prawn Burger ($12). Not super adventurous? Just go for the South Bronx Burger ($9.90) with cannot-go-wrong housemade beef patties.
 

4. Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison
4. Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison
26 Jan 2016

4. Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison

#B2-51 CAPITOL PIAZZA, 13 STAMFORD RD, S178905, TEL: 6384-6211. OPEN DAILY. MON-FRI 11.30AM-3PM; 5.30PM-10PM & WEEKENDS 11.30AM-10PM.
LAST ORDERS 2.30PM & 9.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MAMAISONSG

The first ramen eatery by Japanese-Western Ma Maison Restaurant group. It specialises in eight variations of Tonkotsu Ramen with a soup base prepared using pork bones cooked for over 10 hours. Its signature Hokkaido Cheese Tonkotsu Ramen ($17.80) is topped with handmade cheese imported from Hanabatake Bokujo, a popular dairy company from Hokkaido. The cheese melts into the soup as you stir it, adding a creamy richness. Enjoy more porcine goodness with Ma Maison’s Ramen & Tonkatsu Set (from $19.80), which comes with delicious deep-fried breaded pork cutlet.
 

5. First 25 Café
5. First 25 Café
26 Jan 2016

5. First 25 Café

7 HOE CHIANG RD, S089313. TEL: 6221-2565. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN. MON-FRI 7.30AM-10PM, SAT NOON-8PM. LAST ORDERS 3PM & 9.30PM (7.30PM ON SAT). WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/FIRST25CAFE

This cosy 40-seater in the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood is opened by two Lasalle graduates. The food offered here is mainly European fare with an Asian twist, and the three-course set lunch is a steal at just $16. There are four choices of main course, such as the Braised Duck Leg with Polenta, and Oatmeal Fried Chicken with Butter Rice Topped with Katsu Curry. Other noteworthy dishes include the Smoked Uni Pasta ($25) and Yuzukosho Pork Rack ($25). All-day brunch is available on Saturdays, best enjoyed with one of their Premium Chocolate Drinks (from $5) made from West African cocoa beans.  

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