Keong Siak Bakery
Where: 41 Keong Saik Rd Singapore 089146 Keong Saik Rd, S089146
This bakery draws diners like media personality Jade Seah in with its amalgamation of traditional and contemporary flavours and freshly ground coffee. The charismatic model-host chowed down on the eatery’s “hae bee hiam” (dried shrimp) bun that was filled with ooey gooey cream cheese.
Island Cafe and Bar
Where: 4/F TANGS AT TANG PLAZA, 310 Orchard Rd., S238864
This casual dining place takes guests on a gastronomic journey with its menu of signature local and regional favourites with an innovative twist and counts fresh-faced model Fiona Fussi as one of its fans.
It must be their notoriously famous Crayfish Laksa, Soft Shell Crab Tang Hoon and Fish Tacos with Fries. It would be for us, anyway.
HANS IM GLUCK German Burgergrill
Where: 362 Orchard Rd, International Building, S238887
Germany’s most celebrated gourmet burger grill chain attracts celebrities like radio jockey Jean Danker with its health conscious menu and cushy ambience. If you fancy a tipple, their cocktails pack a (fruity) punch too. Favourites include the Olive patty with Parmesan Cheese, Grilled Vegetable Tartare and Rocket Leaves, the Avocado Cream, Orange and Mustard Sauce & sprouts and Beef Burger, and the Brie & Cranberries Burger.
Where: 333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, S238897
Yet another top spot for celebs like former Miss Universe Singapore, Cheryl Chou, to dine in is Wild Honey. Something about the home-made tarts, jams and yogurts and eclectic decor has kept stars coming back time and time again since it first opened in 2010.
Where: 6 Duke’s Rd, S268886
Not only does Atlas Coffeehouse serve up a hearty all day breakfasts, glistening caramelized bacon on waffles, and soulful bowls of pasta, it also hosts “it” girls like radio deejay Sonia Chew. Located a stone’s throw away from the Botanic Gardens, this quaint cafe is the perfect stop to while away a weekend afternoon. When you are there don’t forget to make room for desserts. One of their signature dishes is the Butterscotch Banana Pancakes – toffee-like bananas rest atop a massive heap of fluffy pancakes.
ETL x Quantam Food Lab
Where: Blk 531 Upper Cross Street #02-55 Hong Lim Complex, S050531
Celebs like local actress Michelle Wong are lured in by the restaurant’s comfort food, particularly the Niang Dou Foo, Laksa noodles and herbal soups named after the four seasons. Situated in the Chinatown district, the restaurant that is decorated with artwork by Japanese artist Akinori Oishi, aims to promote clean eating by serving wholesome treats that are free from nasties like pesticide and monosodium glutamate.
Where: 26 Beach Road #B1-21, S189768
Fynn’s cafe, is a modern Australian restaurant with a beach resort vibe at located at South Beach (next to JW Marriott Hotel) known for its rustic ambience and Instagrammable marble furnishing, that has fans like local actress Denise Tan.
Seek respite from the hustle and bustle of city life in the all-day dining restaurant that offer dishes that are lactose- and gluten-free, as well as vegetarian options. You also have the option of creating your own lunch meal with the Market Table (a selection of salad, grain bases, vegetable sides and meat). Fynn’s also pride themselves on delicious home-baked cakes and pastries that are great for brunch, like the signature Fynn’s chia seed pudding and vanilla hot cakes with coconut butter and berry compote. This chic restaurant not only makes a great weekend brunch spot, but also opens early at 9am on weekdays which will be great for those who are working in the central business district area and want a hearty breakfast to start the day.
Bam! Tapas Sake Bar
Where: 38 Tras Street, S078977
Owned by local actress Constance Song, Bam! Tapas Sake Bar is a fill-fledged omasake-only joint that serves a series of tapas dishes cooked to perfection with Japanese techniques and ingredients. The restaurant draws in celebrity clientele and personal friends like fellow “Tanglin” star Kayly Loh. The a-la-carte menu is well rounded, with prices of the dishes starting from $6.
Fresh Fruits Lab
Where: 351 Changi Rd, S419818
Fresh Fruits Lab is a café and bar located in the East that packs in celebrities like “While We Were Young” star Chen Yi Xin. Decorated to resemble a school science laboratory, Fresh Fruit Lab’s extensive menu features mains like burgers, fish & chips, pastas, pizzas as well as fruit infused concoctions like fruit and floral beers. There is also a weekend brunch menu that is offered every weekend and on public holidays from 10am to 3pm.
Where: 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, S160056
This hip lifestyle cafe tucked away in the creative enclave of Tiong Bahru draws in famous faces like radio deejay Kimberly Wang with its Parisian flair. This cafe establishes itself as an all-day dining destination and an independent boutique which features a curated range of offerings such as gourmet food, fine tipple, art and lifestyle products. Merci Marcel believes in using only the finest ingredients – pastries are made 100 per cent with French butter and baked fresh daily while vegetables and other fresh produced are sourced and purchased directly from Tiong Bahru market.
Text: Letty Seah/Herworld