As 2021 winds down, we (and our bellies) are very glad the local food and drink industry hasn’t been slowing down. This month sees many eateries reopening, including traditional bakery Chin Mee Chin and the rebranded Mylo’s. But our appetites are also in for a treat with several new concepts that have popped up around our island.
Whether you crave nostalgia, or something comforting, here are some eateries you can visit to satisfy your cravings.
Thirty Six Brewlab and Smokehouse
With an aim to celebrate food, art, and music, this casual eatery features a wide range of brews and grilled favourites. From its flagship brews to seasonal brews, this microbrewery boasts over 20 taps pouring a fine selection of craft beers.
Complement your beer with some of its open-flame grilled dishes. Each dish is curated by executive chef, Kwek Xiu Rong, which focuses on bold and local flavours. Try its spicy pork belly satay: it’s both aromatic and flavourful, with a hint of sambal lingering after.
Address: 36 Club St, Singapore 069469
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 12pm to 10:30pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 10am to 10:30pm
Contact: 6239 0350
Chin Mee Chin
Finally making a long awaited comeback, this popular Hainanese bakery in Katong boasts traditional coffee and bakes, taking diners down memory lane. Here, indulge in its signature dishes including handmade kaya toast, gula melaka chiffon cake, luncheon meat buns, and hae bee hiam buns.
A signature favourite is its traditional kaya toast: this sweet breakfast treat is filled with traditionally made kaya and a knob of butter between warm and fluffy buns.
Address: 204 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428903
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am-4pm; Closed on Mondays
The Great Mischief
Transport yourself to a Wes Anderson film at The Great Mischief, offering Catalan-inspired brunch and stunning interiors after a two-year hiatus. Indulge in small and big plates, including lamb mezze, battered snapper, turkey croquetas and potato tortillas. A signature is its Bikini Party: Fontina cheese and truffle sandwiched between two soft and fluffy milk bread.
Complement your meal with a cocktail such as its peach sangria, which contains a blend of sangria mix peach and grapefruit. For something more refreshing, go for its Island Bliss, consisting of a mix of mango, lime juice and coconut cream.
Address: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, #01-17 Singapore 178957
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Contact: 8271 3150
Recently rebranded to Mylo’s, this eatery celebrates gathering with loved ones. Tucked away in Gardens by The Bay, this new glasshouse cafe is flooded with natural light and surrounded by lush greenery. Here, sink your teeth into various pastries and more than 20 gelato flavours. Its lemon tart is a favourite among many — the buttery tart is filled with tangy lemon curd, and topped with airy meringue, creating a perfectly refreshing treat in the sweltering heat.
While you’re here, don’t forget to try its gelato, a signature of Mylo’s. Each flavour uses high quality ingredients and is churned on site. Choose from a wide range of flavours ranging from smoked maple bacon to Szechuan peppercorn.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-01 Please visit website for details, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm, and Friday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Contact: 6970 8553
This much sought-after eatery is back and better than ever. Previously a low-key hawker in Beauty World Food Centre, Hambaobao is now decked out in green tables and chairs, with floor to ceiling windows, giving off an industrial vibe. Food-lovers will be able to savour classics including its classic beef, crispy pork belly, and spiced pulled pork.
Its classic beef is a favourite among many. The burger consists of a juicy and tender beef patty between two fluffy buns. When paired together with various toppings, including its homemade tomato sauce, this burger is full of delicious tastes and textures that will keep you coming back for more.
Address: 11 Sam Leong Rd, #03-08 Trio Building, Singapore 207903
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm-3pm, and 6pm to 8:30pm; Closed on Mondays
Contact: 9475 1457
Nestled within Fort Canning is Le Jardin, a pet-friendly restaurant focusing on French and European cuisine. Lined with flowers and Victorian-inspired furnishings, this cafe will take your breath away. Not only will Le Jardin appease your eyes, but also your belly with its delectable creations. Its extensive menu offers both sweet and savoury dishes, including potato rosti, portobello mushroom, fig & salted caramel French toast, and lemon meringue tart.
Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, 179620
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 3:30pm, and 5:30pm to 9pm; Closed on Mondays
Contact: 8338 8281