05 Jan 2016
1. Free The Robot
118 TELOK AYER ST, S068587. OPEN TUES-SAT 8.30AM-4.30PM. LAST ORDERS AT 4PM. WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/FREE.THE.ROBOT
Don’t worry if you can’t find this obscure 26-seat cafe. It actually shares a space with bar Bitters & Love, both run by the same owner who says she had “always wanted to offer coffee as well”.
Bright painted robots decorate the cafe. The owner explains that the inspiration behind the cafe’s moniker is her wish for cubicle drones to break out of their office routine during lunch and grab a coffee. This is where you can perk yourself up with comfort chow like Sous Vide Egg ($5 each) draped in jamon, baby spinach and truffle oil. There’s also a Beef Burger ($12) with house-baked brioche buns and a sunny side up egg. Cuppas like the Free the Robot Signature Coffee ($6) and Latte ($5) are brewed with beans from Toby’s Estate. The ‘free’ in Free The Robot refers to freebies too. Look out for their Instagram contests where winners get free coffee.
05 Jan 2016
12 NORTH CANAL RD, S048825. TEL: 6221-7790. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN 11.30AM-2.30; 5.30PM-1AM. LAST ORDERS AT MIDNIGHT. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DEHESA.SG
This nose-to-tail restaurant is named after the Spanish word for ‘grasslands’, the home of the black Iberian pigs which end up as, well, Iberico dishes here, like the Iberico Jowls ($28). It’s opened by a Spanish-Italian chef, formerly from Una Restaurant and Bomba Paella Bar, who wanted to offer “alternative cuts”. So good news for folks who love gizzards: stuff like Calves Liver ($19) with kale is served here. There’s also a Crispy Pig Head ($25) with egg yolk and capers. If your taste buds are conventional, go for the more local Lalas ($14) cooked in chillies and sherry or Egg Tortilla ($17) with spinach and jamon ham.
05 Jan 2016
3. Sunset Railway Cafe
#01-02, 41 SUNSET WAY, S597071. TEL: 6463-0069. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN 10AM-9PM. LAST ORDERS AT 8.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SUNSET-RAILWAY-CAFE
This fortnight-old cafe is opened by former singer-songwriter Jessica Soo (who’s married to celeb photographer Wee Khim). She used to run a private diner at a black and white bungalow in Bukit Timah serving Peranakan nosh. Here, Jessica offers simple bites like Mee Siam ($6), traditional Kaya Toast ($4.90) and a potent Iced Coffee ($3.70). Yes, it sounds like a Toast Box joint, except there’s a chance you might run into the couple’s famous friends when they come to visit. Mee rebus with a view of Zoe Tay and Jeanette Aw, anyone?