In the month of October, we welcomed a variety of new cafes, restaurants and some of our classic favourites. Check out October’s Affair With Food, including a Mee Pok Carbonara, Thailand’s iconic Go-Ang Chicken Rice, a DIY Ferris Wheel Delights and more!
1) Benjamin Barker Cafe
If you’re looking for a cool and quiet place to chill in town, recommend planning a date out to Benjamin Barker Cafe. The brand, more commonly known for their menswear collection has recently branched out to food, which is quite an interesting direction accompanying their dapper outfits. From the onset, the vibes here will surely put you in a good mood, with instagrammable decor, lighting and cafe-style food. They’ve done quite well on the food front, with an interesting spread like Loader Umami Fries, Smoke Pepper Ribs, Tempura Mentaiko Pasta, Laksa Pizza and many more. For desserts, recommend trying their BB Apple Crumble!
Benjamin Barker Cafe
Address: 8 Grange Road, #01-01, Orchard Cineleisure, Singapore, 239695 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri), 10am – 12am (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Contact: +65 6732 2123
2) DON HO – Social Kitchen & Bar
Loving the vibe at Don Ho and how they take the focus back to the simple pleasures of life – divine food, exceptional cocktails, and hearty conversations. If you haven’t been to Don Ho yet, this laid back restaurant-cum-cafe feature East-West fusion dishes, with the menu primarily being Australian fusion. We had their classic Fish & Chips – haddock served with homemade tartar, fresh greens, gherkins; amongst other brunch favourites like Eggs Benedict and Avocado Bruschetta. Also a must-try is their Truffle Mac ‘N’ Cheese! Book via Quandoo here.
DON HO – Social Kitchen & Bar
Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109 (Map)
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am (Mon – Fri), 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am (Sat), 10am – 3pm (Sun)
Contact: +65 6223 5001
3) Good Time Eat Drink
From the moment you step into the doors of Good Time Eat Drink, this tranquil restaurant cum bar will transport you back to the 80s! Featuring local fare with a fusion twist, expect your tastebuds to be tantalised with oh-so-familiar home-cooked food blending perfectly with a modern twist. Be sure to try their signature dishes including the Hurry! Hurry! Chicken curry with spices and paste made from scratch, the Mee pok carbonara – a perfect union of well-loved egg noodles with creamy sauce and chunks of bacon and mushroom and the crispy beancurd with chilli crab topped with soft shell crab that adds a crunch to every bite, East meets west happens perfectly right here. After 9pm, the restaurant’s lights are dimmed and the place is transformed to a bar with affordable drink options for you and your friends to sit back, relax and reminisce on the good ol’ golden years. Book via Quandoo here.
Good Time Eat Drink
Address: 889 E Coast Rd, Singapore 459092 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Daily)
Contact: +65 6242 0495
4) Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
Thailand’s iconic Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice has officially landed in Singapore! Available at NEX mall, now you don’t have to travel all the way to Bangkok to enjoy this Michelin Bib Gourmand chicken rice. Taste-wise, the rice and chicken is quite similar but the chilli is starkingly different. Unlike ours, their sauce consists mainly of fermented chilli, fermented bean paste and ginger chunks – which is addictive and packs quite a punch. While you’re there, be sure to try their other dishes including the double boiled soup, stir fried basil chicken and steamed seabass.
Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-05/06, NEX Shopping Mall, Singapore 556083 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)
5) Kota88 Restaurant
Experience the brand-new Kota88 Restaurant, a Chinese-Indonesian F&B concept by Blue Waves Food Empire. Over at Kota88, they serve a delicious mix of Chinese cuisine with local Indonesian influences, in a chic setting exuding retro oriental vibes. Look out for signature selections like the Nasi Campur Babi (mixed pork rice), succulent Sate Babi (pork satay), Kepiting Sauce Padang (Sri Lankan Crab with sweet, salty and sour padang sauce) and many more.
Address: 907 East Coast Road, #01-02 Springvale, Singapore 459107 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 3am (Daily)
Contact: +65 6242 2645
Located on Tras Street, this multi-concept restaurant-bar Kinou, offer guests a home away from home. Serving up a menu inspired by Chef-owner Benjamin Tilatti’s fond memories of travelling around the world, look forward to trying iconic international dishes like the Lost in Peru ceviche and sweet corn guacamole. For sharing, go for their generous platters like the Vegan Nightmare Platter consisting of Wagyu ribeye, Magret duck breast, Wagyu and Lamb Merguez sausages, Kinou’s Signature Burger, and a mixed salad. while you’re there, pair your food spread with over 150 varieties of wine and creative cocktails with cheeky monikers.
Address: 81 Tras St, Singapore 079020 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Tues – Fri), 3pm – 12am (Sat), Closed on Sun & Mon
Contact: +65 6224 0463
7) Miryoku Bistro
Serving up hearty European-Japanese fusion cuisine, Miryoku Bistro has prepared a new menu specially curated by Italian Chef Vincenzo. Highlights include the DIY Ferris Wheel Delights with canapes of of your choice – Foie Gras, Aburi Hotate with Caviar, Ikura, Salmon Tobikko, Salmon Mentai, Chirashi, Ebi Cocktail and Negitoro. Or go for the chef’s signature – Truffle Ravioli Homemade Ravioli – a delicate and tender ravioli stuffed with delicious stuffing made from Chef’s secret recipe.
Address: 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Daily)
Contact: +65 6909 0908
8) Tamaya Udon
If you’re looking for a place to have a taste of authentic Japanese udon, recommend making a trip to Tamaya Udon, one of Japan’s most popular and respected Udon restaurant. Located at Liang Court, the restaurant serves one of the best sanuki udon noodles recipe perfected by udon maker Tamotsu Kurokawa. Besides a wide range of udon choices like Sanuki Beef egg Udon, Tonkotsu Chashu Udon and Oooh-Mami Udon, add on their tempura side orders to make it a complete Japanese meal.
Address: 177 River Valley Road, #01-32, Liang Court 1F, 179030 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Daily)
Contact: +65 6337 0301
9) The Salted Plum
Inspired by Taiwanese diet and home cooking, The Salted Plum – a Taiwanese tze char restaurant at Circular Road has just added 10 brand new dishes to their menu! Featured here is the fried baby shrimp in salted egg, a must-try dish which has a nice blend of sweet, salty and spicy! Another notable seafood item on the new menu is the grilled mackerel in tomato plum sauce ($15), an ingredient commonly found in many food stalls at night markets in Taiwan. Check out their spread of hearty fare at pocket-friendly prices of $5, $10, and $15. Book via Quandoo here.
The Salted Plum
Address: 10 Circular Rd, Singapore 049366 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm (Mon – Sat)
Contact: +65 6260 0155
10) Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop
Located along Pasir Panjang Road, this obscure eatery Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop serves quite a decent fare of Vietnamese cuisine. We’ve been craving for Hanoi’s iconic Bun Cha so we had to try their version, served with a sweet broth, grilled pork slices, pork balls, vegetables and vermicelli. It’s quite a generous portion for the hefty price tag, and the broth was not as sweet for our liking. The meatballs tasted pretty good, though the pork belly slices didn’t come close to the original – it’s still worth a try!
Uncle Ho’s Tuckshop
Address: 100 Pasir Panjang Road, 01-04 Old Behn Meyer Building, Singapore 118518 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 3pm (Sat), Sun closed
Contact: +65 9624 5761
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food