There’s nothing too groundbreaking about an Australian-style cafe in Singapore. We mean, Singapore is basically filled to the brim with them. But, one that jazzes up into a swanky Asian bar by night? Now, that’s a head-turner.
S l a t e . is the latest addition to Purvis Street, a small hip district that foodies flock to for a dignified brunch or laidback evening hangout. Opened by the team behind Miam Miam, this cafe-bar prides itself on its evolving menu which goes from hearty brunches to modern Asian tapas.
The founding team had lived in Melbourne for about a year before moving back to Singapore, bringing back with them Aussie-inspired brunches and secrets to a great cuppa.
The Bugis enclave has come a long way since its earlier, sleazier days. Now, things have smartened up for the place with the many slews of hipster cafes, shopping centres and even classy new hotel establishments such as Andaz Singapore.
While the area is evolving into a shopping paradise for both locals and tourists alike, one thing still remains unchanged—the food scene here is immense. Sussing out some of the best from the old to the new, from glitzy restaurants, cosy cafes and humble hole-in-the-walls, here is our list of 50 cafes and restaurants in Bugis.
If you love authentic Chinese street food fresh out of the markets in Shanghai or even Szechuan, then boy do we have a treat for you.
Newly opened Mr Sheng Jian located along Liang Seah Street dishes out a myriad of Shanghainese-inspired food with a modern touch. Their sheng jian baos are just the perfect little tummy fillers and come in a variety of innovative flavours such as cheese and kimchi. Their noodle dishes, on the other hand, although not the best we’ve come across, do give you a sense of warmth from the spicy broth.
Cantonese cuisine, more specifically dim sum, often brings to mind the usual suspects such as comforting porridge, bao, and dumplings of sorts, but over at Song Garden, there is much more than meets the eye than the conventional mix of dim sum treats.
Located on the second level of Mercure Singapore Bugis, this contemporary Cantonese restaurant astounds with its array of elaborate and mouth-watering dishes. Your taste buds are in for a tantalising treat of innovative creations such as Pan-seared ‘Otak’ Seafood Dumpling on Skewer, Baked Abalone Pastry and Deep-Fried Charcoal Chili Crab Meat Ball.
Helmed by Executive Chef Wong Shea Nung and Executive Dim Sum Chef Leung Chi Man—both of whom have decades of experience in Cantonese cooking in Hong Kong—what diners can look forward to is an impressive array of over 30 classic dim sum staples as well as some modern interpretations that are all carefully curated by the chef duo themselves.
From now until May 31 2018 (except for Mother’s Day on 13 May), our readers can quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making your reservation to enjoy 15% off all dim sum (with min spend of S$60++).
Here’s what you can expect from Song Garden’s stellar line-up of dim sum delights.
Royale at Mercure Singapore Bugis has, once again, successfully challenged themselves and raised their own bar for buffet spreads. With an extremely competitive pricing coupled with a scrumptious buffet spread that is set to impress, Royale is ready to dazzle with their Surf & Turf buffet lineup that features the house’s best seafood and meat recipes from March to May 2018.
Leading the culinary team is Executive Chef Nicholas Sia who will introduce more than 30 seafood and meat delights that are inspired by Western and Asian cooking techniques. Be treated to the wonders of both land and sea!
The line-up will feature Nyonya Baked Seabass Fillet with Pineapple Slaw, Homemade Lor Mee with Crayfish, BBQ Pork Ribs with Lychee Pearls, and Duck Confit with Tomato and Garlic. And this isn’t all, of course!
From 08 Mar to 27 May 2018, Surf & Turf is available on Thursdays through Sundays for dinner, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday at only S$58++ per adult and S$29++ per child. And to sweeten things up, quote ‘ladyironchef’ upon making reservations for a 25% discount.
Situated along Haji Lane, Moosh Softserve is the latest addition to the hipster street. Primarily serving soft serve (for takeaways only), this Muslim-owned soft serve shop currently has six flavours including classic flavours such as Strawberry and Blueberry.
Besides the classics, Moosh Softserve also offers unique dessert-inspired flavours such as Apple Crumble, S’mores, and the popular Ondeh Ondeh.
If you are looking for some refreshing sweet treats to cool off in the sweltering heat, Moosh Softserve is where you should head for. READ ON
Singaporeans cannot get enough of Thai wanton noodles, a unique style of wanton noodles comprising springy egg noodles, tender char siew, and crispy wanton tossed in pork lard. But besides the ever popular Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee, where else can you get a tantalising bowl of Thai wanton noodles in Singapore?
Situated along bustling Tan Quee Lan Street, KinMoo is a Thai eatery that opened early this year. Despite being relatively new to the food scene in the Bugis district, KinMoo has been gaining a steady reputation for their mouthwatering Thai food that is not overly expensive.
Just a short walk from exit D of Bugis MRT station, KinMoo is where you will find us slurping up noodles and spicy tom yum goong when our Thai cuisine cravings kick in. READ ON
Sitting along the old-fashioned shophouses that line North Bridge Road is The Dim Sum Place. You won’t be able to miss it because it has this eye-catching bright orange awning.
This place doles out good Cantonese dim sum with a creative local twist that will allow you to sample a unique mix of flavours in a single meal setting.
The best part? It is halal-certified so our Muslim friends can enjoy the dim sum, too!