6 new cafes and restaurants that are perfect for the ‘gram

Stylish cafes, vibrant grain bowls to petite cheese tarts, we’ve got all your Instafoodie needs covered.

1. Benjamin Barker Cafe

Dapper menswear brand Benjamin Barker has opened their own cafe, to much fanfare.

Image: Benjamin Barker Cafe

The stylish establishment is teeming with hearty delights, like their Mr BB ($19), a classic Angus beef burger, and the aromatic Truffle Scented Mushroom & Egg Pizza ($22).

They’ve also introduced a touch of local flavour with the Laksa Pizza ($22) with all the works – squids, clams, quail eggs and, even, fish cake. And, the strong and creamy White Cold Brew ($8) is the perfect accompaniment to a (much-needed) #OOTD shot at the cafe.

#01-01/02 Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road. Tel: 6732 2123

2. LeeU SG

What better way to beat the Singapore heat than with an Icy Merlion Popsicle ($4.80)?

Artisanal ice cream shop, LeeU SG, prides itself on creating icy delights fashioned into iconic landmarks and local experiences.

Image: LeeU

Think Esplanade Ice Cream ($11.80), a vibrant green ‘sculpture’ made of durian, and a citrusy The Zouk-Out Cure ($6.80).

The vibrant Unicorn Float ($8) is also the perfect prop to adorn photos with.

#02-07 Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tel: 9489 7433

3. The Sushi Bar

Serving value-for-money Japanese food in a casual environment, The Sushi Bar opens up its third outlet at Tampines 1.

Image: The Sushi Bar

Here, new dishes emerge every now and then, so there’s always something to look forward to.

Sashimi lovers should go for the Kaisen Chirashi Don ($26.90), while the Salmon Aburi Roll ($16.90) is great for larger groups.

Complete the meal with the light Dassai 50 sake (from $44.90), which possesses a delicate fruity aroma.

#04-09 Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1. Tel: 8877 3535

4. Clan Cafe

Serving up healthy yet comforting Asian-inspired dishes, Straits Clan’s inviting lobby lounge, Clan Cafe, has finally opened its doors.

Image: Clan Cafe

Try the Kakiage grain bowl ($15), a wholesome combination of crunchy kakiage, mushrooms, eggplant, murasaki imo, kale and mixed grains.

Clan Cafe also offers a range of specially developed tea blends ($8) that help to soothe concerns ailments like digestion, anxiety and detoxification.

31 Bukit Pasoh Rd. Tel: 6320 9180

5. PABLO Mini Cafe

PABLO’s second outlet has recently opened at NEX, so now’s the perfect time to pay it a visit.

Image: PABLO Mini Cafe

Exclusive to PABLO mini cafe is the Mini Kaya Tart ($4.20), that is filled with creamy kaya and topped with roasted coconut flakes.

Apart from cheese tarts, the cafe will also be offering variety of boxed confectioneries, soft-serve ice cream, smoothies, and other beverages.

#02-05/06 NEX, 23 Serangoon Central. Tel: 6509 0350

6. Hokkaido-ya

If indulging in affordable Japanese food is your idea of paradise, then Hokkaido-Ya is the place for you.

Image: Hokkaido-ya

The crowd-pleasing Hokkaido Beef Ramen ($15.90) sounds heavy, but its portion does not overwhelm – served with medium-rare Hokkaido beef and a bed of springy ramen noodles, the dish is topped with an egg and bean sprouts.

Diners can also garnish their soups as they please, with condiments like spring onions and togarashi chilli powder.

For a more decadent option, pick the Truffle Salmon Don ($10.90), a satisfying salmon sashimi rice bowl, drizzled with just the right amount of truffle oil.

#02-153 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk. Tel: 6376 8387

This article was written for BiTES magazine.

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