A slew of new cafes and bakeries offer interesting menus for families to enjoy on weekends.
TEXT: MANDY LIM BEITLER
1. Apollo Coffee Bar
The latest venture from the people who brought us Assembly Coffee and Atlas Coffeehouse, Apollo Coffee Bar is quickly becoming the most happening hangout in the north-east. The Mediterranean-inspired menu specialises in creative small and large sharing plates, while brunch offerings include Wurst Rosti, Breakfast Burger, and Lemon Curd and Hotcakes. A table at the highly Instagrammable courtyard provides relaxing al fresco vibes while being comfortably air-conditioned.
Where: 65 Serangoon Garden Way
2. Kamome Bakery Singapore
Located within Goldhill Shopping Centre, Kamome Bakery is a quintessential Japanese bakery just a stone’s throw from Novena MRT station. Be greeted by aromas from the oven and displays of a wide variety of sweet and savoury bakes and chilled sandwiches. You won’t be able to resist the uniquely Japanese Red Bean Butter, Banana and Brown Sugar, or Pork Katsu Sandwich. Hot off the menu, the unassuming Kamome Breakfast and homely Beef Stew are must-tries.
Where: 169 Thomson Road
3. Communal Coffee
Inspired by the ideal of communal living in the city, Communal Coffee operates as a café by day, sharing its location with Stage Music Bar by night. A fine selection of speciality coffee, coffee cocktails and all-day brunch brings together friends, families, colleagues and the community at large. You can’t go wrong with Big Breakfast or Classic Eggs Benedict, both substantial brunch staples. The Classic Carbonara is another hot favourite, along with their signature alcohol-infused desserts. Lychee Martini or Bailey’s and Cream waffles, anyone?
Where: 60 Prinsep Street
4. MOD Café
An extension of MOD Hair Salon, MOD Café was originally designed to provide salon guests with a chillout space before or after hair treatments. Since it opened in August last year, however, the café has taken on a life of its own, with diners seeking it out on its own merits. Unsurprisingly, considering the quality gourmet coffee, premium teas and creative tea mocktails that accompany a very credible menu. The All Day Waffle Breakfast Set and Shiitake Mushroom Pie with greens are must-tries.
Where: 1A Kuo Chuan Avenue
5. Starter Lab
An offshoot of its namesake in Bali, Starter Lab Singapore is a neighbourhood bakery and café that celebrates the humble bread. Observe the bakers working on naturally leavened bread and pastries through large display windows, while tucking into Honeyed Mascarpone on seeded wheat, or Starter Lab 3 Cheese on rosemary lemon and sea salt loaf. You can also build your own breakfast boards with your preferred Starter Lab bread. Optional sides include eggs, ricotta cheese, avocado and smoked salmon.
Where: 721 Havelock Road
6. Merci Marcel
Served till 4pm daily, the brunch menu at Merci Marcel (right) offers organic eggs made every which way, alongside mains, salads, sweets and grains, as well as shareable platters of artisanal French cheeses and cold cuts. Popular choices at its latest multi-concept outlet in Orchard Road include Ravioles de Royans and Barramundi Tartare. Enjoy post-brunch shopping at its retail space for lifestyle items such as Moroccan ceramics and French jams.
Where: #01-03/04 Palais Renaissance; 56 Eng Hoon Street; 7-9 Club Street
7. Bacha Coffee
The iconic restaurant which has been serving Arabica at Marrakesh’s opulent Dar el Bacha palace since 1910, has launched its first international coffee boutique in Singapore, serving over 200 single-origin brews. Start brunch with Moroccan Chicken Pastilla or its signature gourmet croissants – 1910 Coffee & Chocolate and Orange Almond, which are made in-house and served with coffee flower honey and Chantilly whipped cream.
Where: #01-15/16 Ion Orchard; Basement 1, Takashimaya Department Store
8. Caffe Cicheti
Weekend brunch at the establishment offers such popular items as Ricotta Hotcakes (above) and Truffle Omelette, and are joined by a variety of Italian-inspired brunch plates such as Panettone Waffle. Those with hearty appetites should go for the Cicheti Breakfast, complete with traditional Tuscan cannellini bean stew. But first, try the Earl Grey Sour seedlip – made with non-alcoholic spirits – to refresh the palate. The outdoor patio welcomes families with fur kids too.
Where: #B1-21 South Beach Tower, 26 Beach Road
9. Micro Bakery Kitchen
An unpretentious hole in the wall, Micro Bakery Kitchen is a small-batch bakery at Serene Centre. Its genuinely enthusiastic team has fostered a community through handcrafted sourdough bread, artisanal coffee and a thoughtfully curated menu. Regulars recommend the house ricotta tartine (below) or grilled three-cheese with sauerkraut and tomato jam. A recent extension set at a certain historic shophouse along East Coast Road, Micro Red House has halal certification in the pipeline to appeal to a wider audience.
Where: #01-05 Serene Centre,
10 Jalan Serene; 63 East Coast Road #01-06
10. Baristart Coffee
Hailing from Hokkaido, Baristart Coffee is known for showcasing the smooth and rich Biei Jersey Milk in its beverages, desserts and all-day Japanese brunch delights. For instance, French toast here means thick slices of French baguette soaked in the signature milk before being decked out with various toppings. Try the classic Maple and Butter, or savoury Prosciutto and Tomato Balsamic Sauce version (left). Yuki Takeuchi, the chief barista and resident milk connoisseur, churns out bespoke latte art in cups of speciality coffee to accompany your meals.
Where: 65 Tras Street