Since 2019 is about to come to a closure, it seems fitting for us to grieve over our losses of acclaimed eateries that have sadly departed our local shores — including those that are about to roll down their shutters for good.
Given Singapore’s competitive F&B industry with high rental fees and ever-changing consumer tastes, it is no wonder many chains have gradually lost their appeal. Though we have witnessed the rise, then fall, of well-loved establishments, rest assured there will be new, upcoming ones that are sure to take Singapore’s market by storm again!
So, brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions, as we announce 11 iconic eateries that we bid sayonara to this year.
If you’re on a see-food diet and are always on the hunt for more of that luscious, crustacean meat, then you will be pleased to know Ginger at PARKROYAL on Beach Road is bringing back their famed crab-themed buffet: Crabs Galore!
From 14 October until 22 November 2019, expect a stellar line-up of succulent crab dishes. Taking centre stage would be their myriad of seafood specialties, such as the Claypot Crab with Pumpkin Broth and the Singaporean favourite, Singapore Chilli Crab.
Helmed by Executive Chef Vincent Aw, Ginger will also be rolling out innovative creations, such as the drool-worthy Soft-Shelled Crab with a specially concocted wasabi mayo and Crab Meat Bee Hoon. Of course, they will be featuring an array of classic local delicacies as well!
These ocean gems are available on both weekends lunch, as well as daily dinner. If you are in for a rollercoaster ride of oceanic flavours, Ginger’s crabby buffet is claw-some for your next seafood hunt.
Stepping in to Sueno—a new ice cream café at 888 Plaza in Admiralty—we were greeted by the aroma of baking waffles and desserts.
If you are looking for a café in the North of Singapore to chill out at with friends to enjoy waffles and ice cream, Sueno is the next place you can go to.
From steaming baskets of siew mai to liu sha baos (salted egg yolk custard buns), dim sum is a well-loved staple among Singaporeans.
Yet, we are firm believers that the best dim sum should not only be yummy, but affordable too. Tang Tea House is a halal dim sum eatery at Simpang Bedok known for their budget-friendly scrumptious dishes.
October is a great month for ramen lovers! Not only do we have the legendary Ichiran Ramen’s pop-up stall and an abundance of other famed ramen booths setting up shop at Takashimaya’s Japan Food Matsuri, there is also the new “Ichiran-inspired” Gangsta Ramen at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.
What sets Gangsta Ramen apart from the usual ramen restaurants in Singapore is that they are the first place in Singapore to emulate Ichiran Ramen’s private ramen dining concept! Their prices are also NETT, with no GST or service charge.
Joining our local café scene is Farmers and Chefs, who has just taken over the premises of former Toast Box at Singapore Conference Hall in Shenton Way! The quaint al fresco establishment resides in a canopy tent, where diners can expect to be close to nature.
Think wood and grass: the entire place is set up with wooden elements, ornaments, plants and birdhouses. It almost seems as if we were transported to a magical garden!
Home to an enclave of mouth-watering cafes and restaurants, Serangoon Gardens is a foodie heaven second to none in Singapore. With new eateries popping up here so often, it is undoubtedly the perfect place to bring out the glutton in you!
The Larder Café first started in Toa Payoh in 2016 and they have recently opened another new outlet in Serangoon Gardens, taking over the premise of the now-defunct Arbite which closed down after 9 years.
Boasting a plethora of mains, brunch, big bites and desserts, you can expect to be torn between their delectable options. There’s even alcoholic drinks and a kids’ menu!
If the name Prodigal Café seems to ring a bell, that’s because the eatery is the sister café of the now-defunct Prodigal Roasters which was previously located in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio.
Now, the charming little café resides in a tiny space underneath a HDB block at Macpherson Lane, where it is home to yummy sandwiches, toasties and specialty coffee.