12 Apr 2016
1. Super Simple
OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SAT & SUN. 11AM-2.30PM; 5.30PM-8PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SUPERSIMPLE.SG
Super Simple is the latest addition to healthy dining establishments for the calorie conscious cubicle rat in the CBD. Think of it as a slightly more wallet-friendly version of The Daily Cut. Chef-owner Jasper Jek, who worked at Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa and had a brief stint at three-Michelin-starred Restaurante Martin Berasategui in San Sebastian, helms the kitchen of this fuss-free takeaway food kiosk. He uses honey instead of sugar, no refined flour and favours superfoods such as quinoa and wholegrain for his wholesome lean protein-centric meals. Fret not, veggie munchers, there are some green options too under “supplements”, such as broccoli. Customise your lunch with meal boxes (from $8.90) and choose from proteins such as chicken breast and salmon ($2 each), complex carbs including brown rice, supplements ($1 each) like sous vide egg and confit onions, and a house-made dressing. If you cannot decide, go for one of the four No Fuss Sets where the offerings are fixed. Such as the slow-baked Norwegian farmed Salmon fillet ($10.90) with sweet potato, fennel, baby radishes and chive oil.
12 Apr 2016
2. Larder Café
#01-124, BLK 177 TOA PAYOH CENTRAL, S310177. TEL: 6253-8382. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MON. 11AM-10PM. LAST ORDERS 9.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THELARDERCAFESG
This cosy heartland café is opened by a bunch of siblings. One of them, the chef, has over 25 years of experience cooking in local hotels and eateries. Expect hearty mains such as the Beef Burger ($16) with a beef patty topped with bacon, grilled onions and cheddar cheese for lunch, and BBQ Pork Ribs ($16) slathered in a savoury-sweet sauce for dinner. Try a starter, like The Dowager’s Fingers ($10), moreish crispy shrimp wontons rolled into long pointy “fingers” that vaguely resemble the metal nail protectors worn by imperial consorts in Qing dynasty period dramas. Or a pasta such as Carbonara ($13) with bacon and button mushrooms in a light cream sauce topped with a wobbly raw egg yolk, available all day.
12 Apr 2016
906 UPP THOMSON RD, S787110. TEL: 9685-8468. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MONDAY. TUE-THU 11AM-10.30PM, FRI-SUN 11AM-11PM. LAST ORDERS 10PM & 10.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WORDBISTRO
This Muslim-owned container themed café, complete with corrugated metal walls, re-purposed furniture, exposed pipes and wooden crates, is inspired by similar joints in Bangkok and Melbourne. It boasts a chill vibe, further enhanced by its secluded location (near Springleaf Prata Place). The co-owners, two sisters who were previously artists, decorated the place themselves. The café is currently blocked by major construction works on Upper Thomson Road, so it may not be easy to spot, but once you get here, it’s pretty cosy. The menu is also kept casual and fun with dishes christened with wacky names such as Blur Like Sotong ($10), fried calamari with aioli sauce, and Cut The Crab ($15), mozzarella cheese crab cakes served with a spicy dip. Also try the Chix Lollipop ($14), slow-braised chicken thigh with the bone exposed so as to resemble a giant lollipop resting on vegetable salsa.
12 Apr 2016
4. Mingle Mangle
#02-07, BLK 476 UPP SERANGOON VIEW, S530476. TEL: 9727-6111. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT TUE. NOON-10PM. FRI & SAT NOON-11PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING.
This café is a place for photography enthusiasts (the boss’ husband is one) to network with one another. It’s also a place where non-professionals can showcase their work. For those with zero interest in photography, get busy with some 20 flavours of house-made ice cream, including premium flavours (from $4.50 per scoop) such as white truffle and chilli crab. Or try the waffles (from $5.50) and desserts such as the Banana Caramel Gateau ($12) with lightly toasted brioche, bananas and caramel topped with granola and peanut butter ice cream. We hear that a Foie Gras au Framboisier ($12.50), foie gras ice cream paired with raspberry cake, is also in the works.
12 Apr 2016
5. Big Lazy Chop
#01-04, 1A SHORT ST, S188210. TEL: 6238-8443. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MON. 11.30AM-1.30PM; 5.30PM-10.30PM. LAST ORDERS 2PM & 10PM. WWW.BIGLAZYCHOP.COM.SG
This 90-seater casual eatery along Rochor Road is all about big, bold flavours. Helmed by the former Chinese head chef of Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi, the menu of this Asian bistro-cum-beer garden showcases a wide variety of main ingredients that can be tossed in the wok, all to be paired with selected sauces from a list of 30. Essentially zi char, lah. There’s Drunken XL Spare Ribs ($23), each rib measuring 20cm, paired with Butter Beer sauce. This dish was inspired by how the Vietnamese steam their crab with beer. Or try the Steamed Fish Head ($25) with Prune Sauce, and Sri Lankan Crabs ($70/kg) wok-fried with Indo Curry or Salted Egg sauce. Crowd pleasers such as Sambal Kangkong ($9) and homemade Beancurd ($13) are also available.
12 Apr 2016
#01-16E FAR EAST PLAZA, 14 SCOTTS RD, S228213. OPEN DAILY. NOON-9.30PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CHOTNUNSG
Chot-Nun, which means “first snow” in Korean, offers bingsu on the go. The signature dessert at this Singaporean-and-Korean-owned stall is a handy cup of milk-flavoured shaved ice slotted into another cup of smouldering dry ice. Highly instagrammable! There are 12 flavours to choose from, including the conventional Pat Bingsu ($6.50) with red bean, and more unusual flavours such as Durian Bingsu ($9.50) with biscuit crumbs between shaved milk ice topped with durian pureé and vanilla soft serve with corn flake bits. There’s also a Breakfast Bingsu ($7.50) with honey caramel flavoured corn flakes, mini marshmallows and the same signature soft serve.