Hello Arigato @ Upper Thomson Road – New Japanese-Inspired Cafe with Thicc Japanese Sandos

Japanese sandos seem to be in vogue these days, with cafes and restaurants alike offering their take on the popular convenience store snack. One such place, Hello Arigato, recently opened its doors along Upper Thomson Road

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Opened by the team behind hipster stalwart The Refinery, Hello Arigato is already seeing snaking queues for its thick sandos and Japanese-inspired treats. 

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Mitte Hot Chocolate Pack – Korean Instant Hot Choco Original with Cute Sloth Marshmallows

Weekends are for sleeping in and flipping through your favourite book while armed with a cup of hot chocolate. And when it comes to hot chocolate, nothing tops it better than a couple of marshmallows for that added sweetness! 

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Korean brand, Mitte, is selling adorable marshmallows shaped like sloths, bunnies, and pandas with its instant Hot Choco Original ($15.80 for 1 box) to help you add a touch of kawaii to your cuppa. 

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Kin Hoi Thai Food @ Holland Close, Buona Vista – Authentic Thai Cuisine in the Heartlands (Media)

Residents of Holland Close, Buona Vista can now savour the taste of Thailand minutes from their doorstep. Kin Hoi, whose name literally translates to “eat cockles” in Thai, is a stall specializing in Thai shellfish and other authentic dishes from the Land of a Thousand Smiles. 

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Helmed by a couple of former media executives who took a brave plunge into the world of F&B, Kin Hoi is also staffed with Thai cooks and servers, so its fare it as close as you can get to the real deal in the heartlands. 

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Dosukoi x Donpachi Sake Bar @ Cuppage Plaza, Somerset – Hole-in-the-Wall Japanese Bar and the New Home of Fuwa Fuwa Kakigori

Every so often, you’ll stumble on a hidden gem that you would want to keep to yourself, as your secret go-to spot for your favourite food or drink. While I was admittedly a little hesitant to put this accidental new find of mine in the spotlight, sharing is caring. 

So without further ado, let me introduce you to my new favourite Japanese izakaya in Singapore: Dosukoi x Donpachi

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Tucked away in the basement of Cuppage Plaza (also affectionately known as Little Japan), away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, Dosukoi x Donpachi is a cozy hangout spot that looks to be run by a husband-and-wife team. The izakaya is home to an extensive line of homemade umeshu that is prominently displayed at the counter. 

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Little Rogue Coffee @ Tanjong Katong Road, Tanjong Katong – Cozy, Open-Air Cafe with Aesthetic Brunch Plates

Tanjong Katong has become somewhat one of Singapore’s meccas for cafe-hopping, with hipster hangout spots and coffee joints aplenty. And with dine-in restrictions easing *once more*, there’s no better time to head out and explore than now!

Little Rogue Coffee is a Melbourne-inspired cafe that recently opened its doors on Tanjong Katong Road. Helmed by a husband-and-wife team, the cafe took inspiration for its name from the cheeky and playful nature of the owners’ children. You can apparently even donate or exchange books at the cafe’s community library! 

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