1. ELEMENTS & CO
Let your taste buds take a whirlwind trip around the world with the cosmopolitan food line-up in this 70-seat health food cafe in the Central Business District.
Popular dishes include Bondi Eggs ($15), which has organic free-range eggs and mashed avocado on sourdough bread, served with Roma tomatoes, haloumi cheese and baked beans; and a Tuscan-inspired dish of oven-baked seabass with risotto and shiitake and shimeji mushrooms ($14).
For breakfast, dig into the Bircher With A Twist ($5.50), midnight oats soaked in soya milk, coconut yogurt with almond butter and goji berries.
Those on the go can opt for snacks including chocolate chia seed pudding, made with organic soya milk ($3.50), and sweet potato and kale tortilla with tomato jam ($3.80). The dishes are mainly dairy or gluten-free.
Where: 137 Cecil Street, 01-01
Open: 8am to 6pm, Monday and Tuesday; 8am till late, Wednesday to Friday; closed on weekend
Info: Call 6632-0447 or go to elementsandco.com.sg•
2. PAELLA PLACE BY CHURROS FACTORY
Giving a local twist to the Spanish rice dish is this pop-up cafe that has taken over the space vacated by American restaurant Seasons Bistro. The pop-up ends in June.
It offers five flavours of paella, including Sotong Hitam Paella, which has a fried squid on a bed of squid ink paella, and Beef Rendang paella. Other options include Vegetarian Paella with mushrooms and capsicums, and the classic version, which has cheese and lamb merguez sausages. Each serving comes in a small pan and costs $11.90. It is accompanied by a choice of side dish such as mango salsa, shakshuka or hummus.
The 30-seat pop-up is by the company behind Churros Factory and also serves the Spanish dough fritters (from $4 for three sticks). Chew on the ondeh ondeh churros ($5) and Churro Burger ($7.50), which has cheese, egg, mayonnaise and barbecue sauce, sandwiched between two disc-shaped churros.
Where: 111 Somerset Road, TripleOneSomerset, 01-11
Open: 11.30am to 9.30pm daily
Info: Call 8500-0700 or go to www.churrosfactorysg.com
3. TERRA ROOFTOP BAR
The latest addition to Suntec City's Sky Garden is this 3,800 sq ft Latin American-inspired bar by lifestyle and entertainment group Limited Edition Concepts.
The 27m-long terrazzo-panelled bar serves innovative cocktails infused with botanicals, such as thyme, mint and basil. Sip on the Aloevation ($18), a concoction of gin, aloe vera juice, lime and dill, and Viva Brasil ($18), which blends cachaca (a spirit made from sugarcane juice) with pineapple, agave and rosemary syrup.
Light bites include Chorizo Empanadas ($14), which are fried parcels stuffed with diced chorizo and minced pork; Gambas Con Chocolate ($14), sauteed prawns in a spicy chocolate sauce; and Seafood Chimichanga ($16), which has sauteed mussels, squid, prawns, fish and vegetables encased in a deep-fried tortilla.
Where: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Sky Garden (between Towers 1 and 5), 03-308
Open: 3pm to midnight, Monday and Tuesday; 3pm to 1am, Wednesday and Thursday; 3pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6336-6009 or go to terrasingapore.com•
4. THE ARMOURY
The 64-seat gastrobar has 15 craft beers on tap, including White Ale from Japanese brewery Hitachino Nest ($16 a pint), Dragon's Black Pale Ale from Hong Kong ($19 a pint) and Hazelnut Brown Nectar beer from American brewery Rouge Ales. Pair the beer with pub grub by co-owner and chef Sid Kim, who is one of the founders of Korean-Mexican eatery Vatos Urban Tacos, located next door.
Signature dishes include the 1kg bone-in ribeye, which is a platter of beef perfumed with thyme and rosemary and served with Bandera butter and a whisky-infused mushroom cream sauce ($99); and Cheeseburger Spring Rolls ($8), which are spring rolls loaded with grilled hamburger slices, cheddar cheese, dill pickles, yellow mustard and Sriracha mayonnaise.
Where: 36 Beach Road, South Beach Quarter, 01-0
Open: 5 to 11pm, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 5pm to 2am, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6385-3173 or go to facebook.com/SBQ.Armoury•
5. PAPER CRANE
Another cafe has opened in the arty Waterloo Street district. The 35-seat cafe serves a smorgasbord of cuisines from American to Middle Eastern to Italian.
Tuck into the Southern-style buttermilk deep-fried chicken ($15), which has been marinated for 24 hours in spices, served with slaw and fries; and Falafel Burger ($10), which features a hand-moulded patty made from chickpeas, onions, coriander and parsley. Other popular dishes include kimchi- flavoured fries with grilled steak and cilantro mayonnaise ($15).
The cafe also sells Ubo's Chilli sauce, which is made in-house. The hot sauce ($15 for a 350ml bottle) is a concoction of chillies, chilli padi, ginger, garlic and spices such as cayenne pepper.
Where: 96 Waterloo Street
Open: 11am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday; closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6837-0836 or go to facebook.com/papercranesg
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