Flava Bistro And Grill, Tokyo Sundubu, Menya Takeichi, The Ice Cream Man, Free The Robot and Ivory Coffee

1 FLAVA BISTRO AND GRILL

The team behind the former Cafe Mondo at Orchard Central has moved to Siglap and rebranded itself. The new Flava is a contemporary Asian bistro & grill.

Light bites include Peking duck buns ($9.90) and Korean spicy mid-joint wings ($10.90). Main course offerings include spaghetti laksa ($15), tebasaki chicken burger ($15), East West beef stew ($20), salmon en croute ($23) and kampung grilled chicken ($15).

Fans of Cafe Mondo can still order the popular Chocolate Indulgence waffles ($15), OMG Lava Cake ($9) and a new range of crispy toast desserts with Kapiti ice cream from New Zealand, such as Strawberry Sweetheart (photo 1).

Flava is open throughout Chinese New Year, with special dishes such as lobster and fruit salad ($18), honey and miso glazed salmon ($18.80) and five-spice roast chicken ($16.80) with baked rice, mushrooms and Chinese sausage. The restaurant is awaiting halal certification.


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Where: 01-03 Springvale 907 East Coast Road

Open: 11am to 10pm (Tuesday to Thursday), 11 to 1am (Friday and Saturday), 9am to 11pm (Sunday), closed on Monday except on public holiday (11am to 10pm)

Info: Go to www.facebook.com/flavaasia or call 6702-0302


2 TOKYO SUNDUBU AND MENYA TAKEICHI

Eat At Seven, which houses seven restaurants under one roof, has opened its two latest brands.

Tokyo Sundubu specialises in Japanese spicy tofu stews served in a hotpot. The tofu is made in-house and hotpot options come with a variety of ingredients that range from vegetables to meat to seafood.

Price start from $14 for a chicken sundubu.

The other restaurant, Menya Takeichi, features ramen in creamy chicken paitan, or white soup ($16,50 ++, white soup, photo 2), made by simmering chicken meat and bones for hours.

The other brands at Eat At Seven are Japanese-Italian Nigiro Cafe, yakiniku restaurant Nikonuhi, Enbu izayaka and Maguro-Donya- Miura-Kuo, which specialises in maguro. The seventh restaurant has not opened yet.

Where: 03-312 (Tokyo Sundubu) and 03-313 (Menya Takeichi) Eat At Seven, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard

Open: 11.30am to 3pm daily, 5.30 to 10.30pm daily, closed for dinner today

Info: For Tokyo Sundubu, call 6884-4435 or go to www.facebook.com/tokyo.sundubu.sg For Menya Takeichi, call 6235-3386 or go to www.facebook.com/menyatakeichii


3 THE ICE CREAM MAN

It started as a gelato shop in 2010 and has now moved to Hotel Boss in Jalan Sultan, featuring a full food menu of Western fusion cuisine, as well as gelato cocktails.

Other items include chicken taco ($12.50), smoked duck quesadillas ($14.50), Irish beef stew ($18) as well as main courses such as roasted New Zealand lamb rack ($28) and red snapper fillet in red bell pepper and carrot sauce ($28).

Gelato cocktails ($18, photo 3, from left) include Faithfully Yours (vodka, Mozart gold chocolate, green mint syrup and chocolate gelato), Salty Doppio (vodka, kahlua, espresso and caramel gelato) and Got Wings (vodka, cranberry juice, soda and Red Bull sorbet).

Where: 01-11 Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan

Open: 9.30am to 11pm (Monday to Thursday), 9.30 to 1am (Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday), 9.30am to 10pm (Sunday), 9.30am to 2pm (today), closed tomorrow, noon to 11pm (Tuesday)

Info: Call 6398-0919 or go to icecrememan.com


4 FREE THE ROBOT

While cocktail bar Bitters & Love shakes up the drinks scene at night, its sister outlet Free The Robot serves cafe fare and coffee in the day.

On the menu are croissant with egg mayo and smoked salmon ($7, photo 4), Free The Robot burger ($12) with sunny side up egg and bacon, chicken meatball linguine with cream sauce ($11) and Big Brekky ($15) with sausage, eggs, bacon, hash brown, salad and toast.

Salad is priced at $8 for greens and five toppings, with add-ons of smoked salmon ($3), smoked duck ($3) and sous vide egg ($3).

Toastie options include avocado pesto ($7), parma ham ($6) and peanut butter ($3.50).

Drinks include coffee (from $3.50 for an espresso), Free The Robot Signature ($6) of coconut, double espresso and milk, Valrhona hot chocolate ($7) and cold pressed juice ($7).

Where: 118 Telok Ayer Street

Open: 8.30am to 4.30pm (Tuesday to Saturday), closed on Sunday and Monday (closed on Tuesday this week)

Info: Call 6438-1836 or go to www.facebook.com/Freetherobot


5 IVORY COFFEE

Those working in the Central Business District can make Ivory Coffee a lunch and dessert spot.

Offerings include scorched mentaiko Eggs Benedict ($16), beer bacon mac and cheese ($14), truffle mushroom risotto ($14, photo 5), slow-roasted pork belly ($15.50), maple butter waffle ($8), salted egg chicken waffle ($12) and toffee apple French toast ($13).

The coffee served is a blend of Ethiopia Sidamo, Brazil Yellow Bourbon and Sumatra beans.

One of the special drinks is Apple Cinnamon ($6), made with housemade apple cinnamon syrup, espresso and frothed milk.

Where: 10 North Canal Road

Open: 9am to 8pm daily, 9am to 4pm (today), closed tomorrow and Tuesday

Info: Call 6532-0341 or go to www.facebook.com/IvoryCoffeeSG


Eunice Quek


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 07, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe