Tiong Bahru Bakery Takes A Walk On The Wild Side With A Safari-Themed Cafe In Dempsey

Tiong Bahru Bakery has done it again. The local pastry and bakery stalwart, famed for their French Croissants, has opened its fifth outlet – a safari-themed space nestled in the lush surrounds of Dempsey.

There may not be any wild animals here, unless you count the illustrations and cushion prints, but there are chickens and bunnies on site!

If you’re planning your next trip to an African Safari, you can finally do so at TBB Safari – a 46 seater cafe serving rainbow lattes and power breakfast jars.

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No Wild Animals Here

Following a trip to Selinda Camp and Gomoti Plains Camp in Botswana, founder Cynthia Chua made use of the previously underutilised space in front of farm-to-table restaurant Open Farm Community. Where there once was an alfresco dining area now sits TBB Safari, with an all new, specially designed wooden gazebo and eco-friendly Airbitat coolers set at 25 degrees to regulate the temperature.

Being outdoors may sound cool in theory to some but not when you’re sweating in Singapore’s sweltering heat. Surrounded by Dempsey’s lush greenery, you can connect with nature in maximum comfort.

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Inspired by her trip to Botsawana, she decked out the cafe with flat-woven kilim rugs, framed butterfly taxidermy and custom-made wooden tables. For a semi-alfresco space, the pseudo-campsite is nothing short of cosy. It’s the perfect glamping experience minus the mosquitoes and heat.

Exclusive to Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari are anti-inflammatory caffeine-free drinks. The Turmeric & Ginger Latte ($6.50) and Beetroot & Ginger Latte ($6.50) are smooth, warm options perfect for a rainy day. You can also switch out the milk for soy or almond nut milk at no extra charge.

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TBB’s signature pastries and breads are also available at the new outlet, along with some Safari-exclusive items. Crafted for the health-conscious are their new power-breakfast jars packed with fruits and herbs plucked straight from the on-site garden. Think: pandan-infused pineapple on rolled oats in black sesame-infused milk ($8.80) and papaya infused with turmeric on a bed of tapioca pearls and coconut milk ($8.50).

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A limited edition Wild Safari Cake ($9.20) – an elegant confection of banana mousse, banana passionfruit confit coated in chocolate, and coconut praline feuilletine will be available until Dec 14.

Dempsey is not the easiest place to get to but it’s definitely worth the trip. However we heard that queues stretched on for two hours at the branch’s opening on 16 Nov, so you might have to plan your trip here!

Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Address: 130E Minden Road
Opening Hours: 8 – 5pm daily
Contact No.: 6877 4876

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From Korean Sandwiches To Steaks, Here Are 10 New Eateries In Century Square Worth Checking Out

Century Square at Tampines reopened its doors after a nine-month long facelift. What most people don’t know is that the newly revamped mall has plenty of new food spots that East Siders can claim “East Side, Best Side”.

Other than the regular favourites such as Ayam Penyet President, Maki San, FatPapas Burgers & Shakes, Men Men Don Don, there’s plenty of new eateries you can look forward to at Century Square.

Here are some of our favourites:

1. Two Hana

Two Hana is a Korean-fusion cafe that stands out from the rest by taking western dishes and giving them a Korean twist.

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They serve everything from rice bowls to pastas and small bites for a quick and fuss-free meal.

Some of the highlights include Kimchi Mac and Cheese ($9) which is a fried cube of kimchi-flavoured mac and cheese. If you’re looking for something heartier, we recommend getting the Striploin Bap ($15) or Korean Seafood Cioppino With Tofu ($12).

Two Hana
Unit number: #01-21
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Contant No.: 6260 4321

2. Seoul In A Sandwich

Korean food is one of the more popular cuisines among Singaporeans, with the food portions being easily shareable and comforting.

The Seoul Garden Group has come up with a new concept in the form of Seoul In A Sandwich. As its name suggests, it serves up sandwiches with a Korean twist. Expect western sandwiches with Korean flavours.

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The Bulgogi Cheesesteak ($8.50) is basically a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, but it uses grilled Bulgogi beef instead. But the most ambitious crossover sandwich has got to be the Army Stew-ich ($8.50) which has stewed chicken hotdogs, chicken luncheon meat, tteokbokki, and daikon slaw slapped between ciabatta toasts.

Seoul In A Sandwich
Unit number: #B1-23
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Contact No.: 6260 4339

3. The Meathouse

Steak lovers, here’s a halal steakhouse set up by chef Benny Se Teo, the man behind Eighteen Chefs.

Just like his previous venture, you’ll find a decently-priced selection of soups, salads, sides, and proteins on the menu, which is actually quite extensive.

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You can order a whole Black Angus 250g Striploin Steak for just $22.50 or the Australian Tajima 200g Wagyu Striploin Steak for $45. If you’re looking for decent cut of steak for under $50, The Meathouse should be your next go-to.

All steaks are served with a side of hot bun, greens and café de Paris butter with a choice of mushroom, black pepper or garlic sauce.

The Meathouse
Unit number: #05-04
Opening hours: Sun – Thur: 11am – 10:30pm, Fri – Sat: 11am to 11pm
Contact No.: 6260 1752

4. Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh

There’re countless of Chwee Kueh’s stall in Singapore but Tiong Bahru Market’s Jian Bo Shui Kueh is always on everyone’s lips when asked where the best is.

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Now east siders no longer have to travel all the way to Tiong Bahru for their Chwee Kueh fix. The chwee kuehs have the right amount of bounce, and the preserved radish topping features a wonderfully savoury and spicy combination of flavours.

This certainly justifies the perpetual queues snaking in front of Jian Bo!

Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh
Unit Number: #B1-28
Opening Hours: 6am – 10pm daily
Contact No.: 6260 2551
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If you’re new to Mahota and not sure what to pick from their menu try out the Signature Mahota 9 Element Box (S$20) which is basically an omakase in a bento box. The nine “elements” in the box is a mixture of items from their Signature Plates (S$12 – S$19) and Small Plates (S$5 – S$9), which are also available on the menu.

Mahota Kitchen
Unit Number: #01-11
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily
Contact No.: 6260 8018
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They’re known for serving hearty soups paired with zhnged-up popiah. Some favourites include Souper Shroomy ($3.90/$5.20/$6.80) and the Boston Clam Chowder ($4.40/$5.70/$7.30).

As for the popiahs, they’re rolled with 100% handmade popiah skin. Get either The Traditional ($2.90) or The Seafood Wasabi Mayo ($5.30) which comes with fresh shrimp, seasoned tune & crabsticks, wakame seaweed and light wasabi mayonnaise.

Unit Number: #01-34
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am-9:30pm, Sat & Sun: 9:30am-9:30pm
Contact No.: 6781 1031

7. Beef Bro

If you were at the Geylang Serai Bazaar this year, you’ll probably recognise Beef Br.

Opened by Mediacorp actor Danial Ashriq, Beef Bro made their debut at the Geylang Serai Bazaar this year and drew crowds with up to an hour and a half of waiting time.

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What they’re known for is, of course, beef. Specifically, flame-grilled beef cubes, like the ones you find in Taiwan.

Each order of beef cubes is seared and cooked with a blow torch upon order and comes with a selection of toppings such as Mentaiko, Cheese, Garlic Chilli, Barbecue Sauce, and even their signature Sambal Belacan!

Beef Bro’s signature Beef Cubes are available in 130g ($7.90)and 200g ($12.90). 

Beef Bro
Unit No: #B1-38
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 9:30pm
Contact No.: 8484 4359

8. Nakhon Kitchen

This Thai eatery needs little introduction, especially since all their branches enjoy long queues.

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If you’re a huge fan of Thai food, you might want to consider adding Nakhon to your list. Be prepared to queue during peak hours though, this place is well known for their affordable yet quality food.

Some of the must-try dishes at Nakhon include Phad Thai, Pandan Chicken and of course the Tom Yam Soup.

Nakhon Kitchen
Unit No: #01-42
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm, daily
Contact No.: 6260 1632

9. Pizza Express

Pizza Express is a restaurant that will impress you with their take on both classic and unconventional pizzas.

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One of their more unique creations would be the Laksa Pizza ($28) which comes with prawns, mussels, squid clams, quail eggs, fried beancurd (tau pok) and homemade laksa sauce.

They also serve handmade pastas. The Lobster and Crabmeat Ravioli comes with a velvety mushroom and pomodoro sauce.

Pizza Express
Unit Number: #02-20/27
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, daily
Contact No.: 6260 6383

10. Cheese Addiction

The cheese raclette trend may be a fad but cheese will always be a favourite for Singaporeans. Cheese Addiction is another kiosk in the basement that sells a variety of baked cheese bites.

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Some favourites include Raclette Tori Karage ($6.50), Mac and Cheese ($5.90) and Kimchi Cheese Tteokbokki ($5.90).

Cheese Addiction
Unit Number: #B1-39
Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm, daily
Contact No.: 9029 5838

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(Header Image Source: Beef Bro, Seoul In A Sandwich, The Meathouse, Two Hana)

Meatballs, Wine and Comfort Food – This Restaurant At Telok Ayer Will Put You In A Mellow Mood

When it comes to meatballs in Singapore, IKEA is usually the first place that comes to mind — thanks to an affordable price point and a hint of nostalgia (who hasn’t bought a chair and ate at their restaurant out of convenience at least once in their lives?), the Swedish furniture company has become synonymous with the dish.

Popularity doesn’t necessarily equate to quality, however, and while IKEA’s rendition is decent enough, it certainly isn’t the best. It’s very much a “you get what you pay for” situation, and if you want some proper meatballs you’re going to have to look elsewhere.

And that’s where Club Meatballs comes in.

A Well-Rounded Dining Experience

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Located in the heart of Telok Ayer, Club Meatballs strives to be a one stop shop for the CBD crowd, operating as not just a restaurant, but a café, bar, wine-cellar and co-working space as well.

For the past three years, the menu has consisted of tapas and Spanish-inspired meatball dishes, and it’s recently been revamped in an attempt to keep things fresh. With New York-based “millennial chef” La Mei Mei now at the helm, the cuisine has transformed into something described as “international comfort food with a meatball twist”.

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“Comfort food” is a pretty apt description, because everything on the menu looks like something you’d want to eat on a bad day to cheer yourself up. The Mac N Cheese Balls ($12) are a good place to start, with its crispy exterior providing a satisfying crunch to reveal the cheesy macaroni within.

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If you’re looking for something a little lighter, the Quinoa Salad ($15) is a solid choice as well, with its refreshing chunks of pomegranate and roasted pumpkin whetting your appetite before you move on to the main course.

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And this is where your options really open up. Meatball lovers should head straight for The Baller Platter ($25-$35), which puts your choice of meatball — beef, pork, chicken, lamb, fish…they’ve got it all — and sauce on a bed of mashed potato. No matter which you choose, you can rest assured that they live up to the Club Meatball moniker, offering a big, juicy taste in a small package.

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Need some carbs in your meal? You could also go for the CMB Spaghetti and Meatballs ($15), a classic dish which somehow manages to provide the comfort of a home-cooked meal.

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If meatballs aren’t really your thing, the menu also includes less-heavy-but-equally-hearty alternatives like Shepherd’s Pie ($18) and Club Meatball Pizza ($22), and even a Tofu Steak ($20) for the vegetarians out there.

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A personal favourite of ours is the Beer Braised Beef Short Rib ($28) which has been slow cooked to nothing short of perfection. The dark beer-infused meat is so tender that it pulls apart at the slightest touch, and the pairing with some creamy mashed potato make for an effortless bite that’s full of flavour. If you’re going to eat one dish here, this is the one.

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On the drinks side of things, the bar provides the standard fare of beer, cocktails and spirits (prices can be found here), but remember that wine-cellar we mentioned earlier? The title might conjure images of things you couldn’t possibly afford, but bottles start from a surprisingly affordable $29, and go up to $259 for those who want something a little fancier.

Despite its meatball-centric name, Club Meatballs’ new menu proves that it can do a whole lot more than just that, offering a wide selection of comfort food while doubling up as a cozy place to hang out and get your Instagram on as well.

If you find yourself in the Telok Ayer area looking for something new to eat, this is definitely one place to check out.

Club Meatballs
Address: 22 Cross Street, #01-35 China Court Central, Singapore 048422
Opening Hours: 8am – 12pm (Mondays to Fridays), 10am – 10pm (weekends)

Website I Facebook

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Friendship Is Magic This September As A My Little Pony Cafe Pops Up At Bugis

For those who believe in magic, unicorns and flying ponies, Kumoya has exciting news for you.

Your favourite characters from My Little Pony are flying from their home in Equestria to Singapore’s shores from 27 September – 30th December as part of Singapore’s first My Little Pony x Kumoya pop-up cafe!

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Friendship Is Magic

In the past, we’ve seen Miffy, Care Bears and Tokidoki-themed character cafes hosted by Kumoya. This time round, the young and young at heart can expect an explosion of rainbows, stars, fluffy clouds and all the My Little Pony stars in action.

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Together with Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento), Kumoya has created a special My Little Pony inspired menu for everyone.

Here are some dishes that will be available at the My Little Pony x Kumoya pop-up cafe:


Magic Friendship Rainbow Big Breakfast ($24.90)

A breakfast designed by Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie just for you – toasted house-made rainbow bread, chicken and beef sausages, crispy turkey bacon, chicken ham, grilled tomato, scrambled eggs, hash brown with a side of fresh garden salad.

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Twilight Sparkle Soaring Skies Chicken Katsu Burger ($22.90)

Head skywards for this juicy chicken katsu on a mantou with wings! Drizzled with house-made teriyaki sauce, cheddar cheese, tomato, fresh garden salad, Twilight Sparkle mantou with a side of curly fries.

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Friendship Meets Love Seafood Curry Rice ($28.90)

If you’re craving for something heartier and savoury, this dish consists of Japanese rice infused with beetroots, accompanied by breaded ebi, calamari and scallop, fresh tempura salmon, steamed broccoli, cherry tomatoes and house-made tempura potato cake hearts.

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Pinkie Pie Pack Pack-a-Punch Strawberry Cake ($17.90)

Just like Pinkie Pie herself, this fully loaded dessert is pony power packed with Strawberry sponge cake with kanten jelly, vanilla Hokkaido soft serve, fluffy cotton candy, sweet pink lollipop, marshmallow, pink chocolate slab, strawberry cereal crunch and fresh strawberries.

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Candylicious Rainbow Fruity Shibuya Toast ($24.90)

Expect a rainbow explosion in this dessert. With a toasted buttery bread tower, vanilla Hokkaido soft serve, Rainbow Dash cookies, colourful rainbow cookie, fresh berries and fruits, rainbow lollipop, fruity candy drops, drizzled with warm dark chocolate sauce.

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Magical Princesses With Magic Potion Galaxy Cake ($21.90)

Whip out your camera as you pour the multi-coloured shiny galaxy glaze over the mango mousse cake right in front of you, complete with magical dry ice – for your Instagram, of course!

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Rainbow Dash Fluffy Clouds Bubblegum Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy/ Twilight Sparkle Sparkling Water Melon Soda with Fluffy Cotton Candy ($12.90)

Make a quick dash for this delicious high-flying soda. Both soda comes with a fluffy cotton candy cloud.

That’s not all, all beverages are served with a limited edition coaster (5 different designs to collect)! While stocks last.

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Like the previous character cafes, dining time is limited to 90 minutes and there is a minimum spending of $10 per person.

The My Little Pony pop-up cafe will run from 27 September 2018 to 30 December 2018.

Will you be heading to the My Little Pony pop-up cafe at Kumoya this September?

My Little Pony x Kumoya
Address: Kumoya Cafe, 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Sunday: 12.00pm – 9.30pm, Friday and Saturday: 12.00pm – 10.00pm, Closed on Mondays

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From Fusion Dishes To Tea Tastings, Grids & Circles Has Everything For The Perfect Date

Grids & Circles

Cafes have become increasingly popular across the island in the recent years, favoured by millennials due to their Pinterest-worthy aesthetics and brunch menus.

However, the truth is, most cafes have a pretty basic food menu. Call me cynical but pretty latte art and a good brew can only go so far.

But there’s a newcomer in town and they’re gearing up to spoil market.

A Cafe And More

As I stepped out of my Grab, I saw the place – an entirely white shophouse save for their pastel-coloured logo and address.

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Stepping in, I feel like I just walked into a Scanteak x MUJI showroom.

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Of the 3 levels in the shophouse, level one houses the coffee bar, cashier, kitchen, and some seating space.

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Level 2 is where you’ll find the Flex Space, which is a larger area that can accommodate up to 32 people comfortably, and can be booked for corporate or private events.

The Flex Space is divided into 2 sections.

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Flex Space 1 is the larger of the 2 and provides additional seating for customers who are simply there to dine.

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Flex Space 2 is primarily allocated as a work space. It can also double as a space for conducting workshops.

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East Meets West

Now, for the part you’re all waiting for, THE FOOD.

The menu at Grids & Circles doesn’t really centre around a specific cuisine. Though the easiest way to describe it would be “East meets West”.

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I managed to try a few dishes specially curated by the Head Chef and Co-Founder, Daryl Lim.

To start things off, I was served a Watercress Potage with Bacon.

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I’m a big fan of vegetables and chunky soups and this reminded me of a chunkier cream of broccoli. All I can say is, it didn’t stand a chance against my spoon – gone in 60 seconds.

The next dish was a Tamago Sando ($12).

A fat slab of Japanese tamagoyaki sits between 2 slices of white bread, one slathered in house made konbu mayo, and the other with a thin but useful layer of pear compote.

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I’m not going to lie. This sandwich comprises everything I love, so I was a little disappointed with the flavour of the tamagoyaki because it tasted a bit bland.

The konbu mayo was generous but did little to elevate the sandwich and it was quickly becoming jelak, 3 bites in. That was until the pear compote came into play.

The sweet pear compote helped to balance the flavours of the sandwich so maybe a little more pear compote and less konbu mayo would be great.

The next dishes were mains in the form of their Summer Pasta ($16) and Almond Bacon Carbonara ($16).

The Summer Pasta has tagliatelle tossed in a bacon cream sauce with fennel, watercress, Japanese cherry tomatoes, and garnished with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.

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The Almond Bacon Carbonara also uses tagliatelle tossed in bacon cream sauce, toasted almonds, an onsen egg, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

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If I had to choose one, I’d go for the Summer Pasta. The textures and subtle flavours from every ingredient made it a very enjoyable dish to eat. 10/10 will order again.

For the vegetarians, vegetarian options are available for all pastas.

The next to arrive was an interesting Modanyaki Slider.

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Modanyaki is a type of okonomiyaki which also contains yakisoba for a double whammy of carbs. What Head Chef Daryl Lim has done, is that he took the key ingredients of a modanyaki and turned it into a slider.

There’s the beef patty, lettuce, katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), okonomiyaki sauce, konbu mayo, spring onions, and a unique “noodle crisp”.

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The noodle crisp is made by blending cooked instant ramen into a paste, smearing it on a baking sheet and toasting. What you get is a thin, pale crisp that looks like uncooked tau kee (beancurd skin). While it’s tasteless, it does add an interesting texture to the slider.

Next, the Salmon Ochazuke ($16).

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Now, I’m a huge fan of Ochazuke and it’s really hard to find good ones in Singapore.

The version here comes with seared sous vide salmon, shredded shiso leaf, nori strips, umeboshi (salted plum), brown rice, and bacon dashi green tea.

If you’re looking for something comforting for lunch, this is it. There’s no other way to describe this. You have to try it for yourself.

Ending off the meal were 2 desserts – the Matcha Affogato ($11) and the Strawberry Wonderland ($16).

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The Strawberry Wonderland comes with 2 pancakes, strawberry compote, basil and mint sauce, and fresh strawberries sitting on a cloud of chantilly cream.

It’s simple, straightforward and so darn good.

You can also choose from their seasonal homemade cakes and pastries in the display at level 1.

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Now, for the drinks, Grids & Circles has a rather extensive drinks menu. Choose from coffees, teas, cold brews, coffee and tea-based lattes, and even craft beers!

I got myself an Iced Hibiscus Tea with Honey and Mandarin Oranges ($7.50) because I’m boujee and I like sweet drinks. Bite me.

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It was great for a while, before the ice melted and the drink started tasting a little like Ribena. But I liked it nonetheless. It’s refreshing for sure.

Finally, what makes Grids & Circles so unique, is that they hold tea degustations for the public, conducted by Clement Lim, a coffee and tea connoisseur and certified sommelier. He’s also the younger brother of Head Chef Daryl Lim.

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The Fine Teas menu is separated into Classic Teas, Artisanal Teas, and Pinnacle Teas, in ascending order of quality.

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Tea degustation ranges from $18 to $58, depending on the set of teas you choose for the session.

I highly recommend the tea degustation if you love your tea.

Despite their rather bustling location, Grids & Circles provides a respite from the hustle of the city. With good food, great coffee and tea, a cosy ambience, and even greater service.

I’m definitely returning for more, and if you haven’t been yet, what are you waiting for?

Grids & Circles
Address: 200 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058749
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 9am – 11pm, Sun: Closed
Contact no.: 6935 3546

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This New Cafe Serves The Dopa-st Gelato In S’pore, And You Can Choose To Have It With Croissant!

We’ve had ice cream paired with waffles, cookies, cones, bread, but thanks to Dopa Dopa Creamery, we now have ice cream with butter croissants!

New to the slew of cafés that have been sprouting on South Bridge Road is a small artisanal ice cream cafe, Dopa Dopa Creamery.

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Dose of DOPAmine

Located just 2 minutes away from Clarke Quay MRT, Dopa Dopa Creamery is the perfect place to unwind on those hot sunny afternoons.

Whether it is a scoop of refreshing sorbet in the middle of the day or an indulgent dessert to end off your night, Dopa Dopa Creamery will please you with their range of ice cream.

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Selling out on their first day of operations, here is why you need to make a trip down to Dopa Dopa Creamery if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Serving only a maximum of 8 ice-cream flavours a day, Dopa Dopa Creamery’s stretchy, gooey and creamy gelato is something for hot days. The thick consistency gives the icy treat a slight chewiness, which makes it great on their crunchy cone, flaky croissant and, of course, on its own.


The Watermelon Mint and Apple Ginger sorbets are refreshing options, but if you’re seeking richer flavours, get the Roasted Pistachio or Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit which features bits and pieces of crushed caramel biscuits mixed into a creamy and milky base, giving it an extra crunchy texture

Premium flavours include Green Tea Toasted Rice, Hojicha, Home Roasted Pistachio, Home Roasted Hazelnut, and Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit.

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Basic flavours like Banana, Apple Ginger Sorbet and Watermelon Mint Sorbet, meanwhile, are lighter and refreshing, making them a perfect accompaniment to the richer, premium flavours.

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We highly recommend skipping the mainstream cups and cones and going straight for their flaky butter croissants instead ($5.50).

Plus, Dopa Dopa Creamery also serves staple coffee selection such as the flat white, black and espresso as well as a range of brewed tea from local tea retailer Leefe Tea. So coffee enthusiasts can look forward to getting a cuppa to complement the sweetness of their desserts.

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If you’re looking for a decent stopover for some grab-and-go ice-cream, then head on down to Dopa Dopa Creamery for a treat.

Dopa Dopa Creamery
Address: 29 South Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 059665
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs : 12.00pm – 10.00pm, Fri – Sat : 12.00pm – 11.00pm, Sun : 12.00pm – 10.00pm
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Have Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Free Croissants And Coffee From Tiong Bahru Bakery Available 27 Aug To 3 Sep

Tiong Bahru Bakery

For those of you who loved the classic 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn, having ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is no longer a dream.

Tiffany & Co. is collaborating with Tiong Bahru Bakery as part of the launch of their Tiffany Paper Flowers collection in Singapore.

From 27 August to 3 September 2018, Tiong Bahru Bakery will be handing out free croissants and coffee from their striking turquoise kiosk outside ION Orchard.


There are, however, certain prerequisites before you proceed to claim your croissant and coffee.

First, you’ll have to take a photo of the kiosk.

Next, upload it onto Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #tiffanypaperflowers and #tiongbahrubakery.

That’s it. You have earned your breakfast. Or lunch. Note that the kiosk operates from 10am to 2pm daily.

But if a croissant and a coffee isn’t sufficient, then you might want to head to the actual OG Tiong Bahru Bakery instead, which has also been taken over by Tiffany & Co.’s signature colour.

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This is a feast for eyes, as much as it is for the stomach.

For those of you who are more interested in the Tiffany Paper Flowers jewellery collection, check out their ad below.


The collection arrives in Singapore on 1 September 2018. In the meantime, can I interest you in some light refreshments? A croissant, perhaps?

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Tiffany & Co. x Tiong Bahru Bakery Kiosk
Venue: ION Orchard, outside Tiffany & Co.
Date: 27 Aug – 3 Sep 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm

Also read Life’s A Beach – Sentosa Offers FREE Entry For S’poreans From 1 to 16 September

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Aqua S Is Bringing Their Famous Sea Salt Soft Serve To S’pore, And It Looks Like A Dream!

Aqua S

For all of you with a sweet tooth, your blood sugar levels are about to go through the roof.

Sydney’s famous turquoise Sea Salt Soft Serve (say it quickly 10 times) brand, Aqua S, will be opening their first outlet in Singapore soon!

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While many foods have claimed to be Instagrammable, this is by far the prettiest we’ve seen, judging from their Instagram posts.

But that’s not why we’re excited – they have some really interesting soft serve flavours!

Sydney Sea Salt Soft Serve

While Aqua S is known for their Sea Salt soft serve, they have over 100 flavours back home in Sydney.

Some of the interesting flavours include Egg Pudding, Tofu, Baileys, and Manuka Honey.

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As you can see, each flavour comes in their own delightful hue, with their signature Sea Salt flavour in turquoise.

Every ice cream cone is black, which makes the colours of their soft serve look more vibrant by contrast.

You can also choose to mix 2 flavours in a swirl, because let’s be honest, with over 100 flavours, you want to try as many flavours as possible.

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After choosing the flavours for your soft serve, next comes the toppings.

Aqua S didn’t neglect this aspect because popcorn and an cotton candy are available as toppings and a freaking TOASTED MARSHMALLOW ON A STICK.

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If you want to get your hands on this stunning soft serve, Aqua S will be opening at Orchard Xchange, 11 September 2018!

Queues are DEFINITELY going to be long so be prepared.

Aqua S
Address: 437 Orchard Road, #B1-01, Orchard Xchange, Singapore 238878
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
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We All Love Laksa, Curry And NESTUM, So Starbucks Turned Them Into Pies And Cakes


Starbucks has always been known as the boujee cousin of our local kopitiams.

However, people still flock to them for their beautiful, whipped cream-topped drinks, or a cold brew. Either way, Starbucks is no stranger to Singaporeans.

This National Day period, Starbucks pays tribute to the Lion City with a range of desserts with local flavours.

5 Stars For Starbucks

From savoury to sweets, Starbucks has got you covered with their local delights.

For something with a spicy kick, go for the “Mai Hum” Chicken Laksa Pie and the “Hiam Ah” Devil’s Curry Pie.

As its name suggests, the “Mai Hum” Chicken Laksa Pie does NOT come with clams. The “Hiam Ah” Devil’s Curry Pie consists of egg, chicken sausage, and potato cooked in curry.

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For the chocolate lovers, the “Orh Orh” KIT KAT® Chocolate Cake actually comes with a stick of KIT KAT® buried on top of each slice of cake.

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Of course, KIT KAT® isn’t exactly a Singaporean flavour. But this next one definitely is.

This is the “Sedap Lah” Pandan Gula Melaka Cake. Gula melaka cream sandwiched between layers of pandan-infused sponge cake, and topped with coconut flakes.

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The last one is my favourite – the “Tok Kong” NESTUM® Cake.

NESTUM® is such a nostalgic flavour. My mother used to make it for me for breakfast when I was younger. I loved it then, and I still love it now.

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This “Tok Kong” NESTUM® Cake comes with creamy NESTUM® sandwiched between layers of almond sponge cake, and garnished generously with a speculoos crumble. Mmm…..

Seen anything that you’d like to try? You better hurry down to your nearest Starbucks to get it before it runs out!

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Taiwan F&B Chain ‘Ten Ren Tea’ Brings Their Popular Bubble Tea To Singapore

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If you’re as done as we are regarding Durian and Nasi Lemak-flavoured stuff, it’s about time we had something more….refreshing.

And this news could not have come at a better time.

Ten Ren Tea will be opening their very first Singapore outlet this Saturday, 28 July 2018, at Chinatown Point!

Leading Taiwanese Bubble Tea Brand

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Ten Ren Tea was established in 1953 and is THE leading tea retailer in Taiwan.

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That’s not all, they have over 2000 outlets in Australia, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, and North America.

If you don’t believe me, they’ve pasted their credentials all over the boards in Chinatown Point.


In China, they’re also known as Ten Fu, a subsidiary of Ten Ren Tea.

The Chinatown Point outlet will have a seating area that can accommodate up to 50 people.

While the menu isn’t revealed at the moment, the global outlets of Ten Ren Tea have been known to serve classic Taiwanese food such as beef noodles, pork cutlet rice, and even desserts like waffles and toasts.

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Some of you might be skeptical as to Ten Ren Tea’s decision to serve food too, after all isn’t this a brand for TEA? Don’t worry, their food doesn’t come at the expense of the quality of their tea.


I personally, don’t doubt the standard of their tea. After all, my grandmother only buys her tea from Ten Fu Tea in China.

Ten Ren Tea will be having a “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” promotion on their first 2 opening days and the first 150 customers will receive a goody bag with products worth over $50.


Don’t miss out on this chance to get their signature Oolong Tea for you and your friend!

For all you KOI purists out there, Ten Ren Tea is legit and you ought to give it a try.

Ten Ren Tea
Address: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, #01-07, Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
Contact no.: 6593 4333

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