Stoke – Singapore’s Gourmet BBQ at Your Doorstep (Invite)

When you think family BBQs, you think burnt hot dogs and limp crap sticks in lots of smoke – gone are the luxuries of dining in a restaurant or cafe setting as you hang up your silverware for charcoal and a cardboard for, shall we say, the more “primitive” method of cooking up a feast.

Thanks to Stoke, BBQs no longer have to be a smoky, sweaty affair. Opened in August this year, this very young startup boasts a gourmet BBQ service, complete with curated, premium meats and a private chef at your beck and call.

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[CLOSED] The Bakehouse @ Alexandra Central – The Savoury Arm of Carpenter & Cook

Update June 2020: The Bakehouse has closed.

We Singaporeans sure are spoilt for choices when it comes to food. I remember back in 2009 when I was working in Alexandra, dining options were limited to IKEA, Anchorpoint and Queensway.

Fast forward to today, and we now have Alexandra Central, home to a range of Asian comfort food and Western brunch places – one of them being The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook.

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The Tuckshop @ Guillemard Road – Now Open For Brunch (Invite)

Ah, the tuckshop – haven of 80-cent bee hoon and Wang Wang biscuits from our primary school days. Who here recalls rushing down to their favourite stall during those precious half-hour recess times? 🙂

Today, it stands for another kind of haven – a bar-cum-cafe tucked away on Guillemard Road. Watering hole by night – and now brunch joint by day, The Tuckshop is now brunching out (ha ha ha) into the cafe scene with an all new weekday and weekend food menu!

With The Tuckshop’s slogan being “All Things Local”, I daresay their brunch selections are dedicated to bringing back the simple, joyous things in life – just like the tuckshops of old. 😉

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10 Indoor Cafes to Chill or Work At While Escaping the Haze

Gosh, it sure looks like the haze is going from bad to worst, with more hot spots than ever in Indonesia, and PSI numbers hitting the hundreds.

But it doesn’t mean that we have to hole up indoors 24/7 just to avoid battling the Silent Hill-esque atmosphere outside. Here are 10 indoor cafes you can still hang out or work at while enjoying good food and company, whether it’s scorching hot or raining cats and dogs.

(Cafes in this list are either located inside buildings or fully air conditioned with no alfresco area and within 5 mins walk from the MRT.)

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Cafe & Meal MUJI @ Paragon – Japan meets IKEA in Singapore’s First Muji Cafe

It’s like IKEA, but for Asians. After a long wait, Japanese lifestyle chain MUJI has finally opened their first cafe in Paragon, to the delight of both their fans and the Japanese community in Singapore.

Knowing that there would be a huge crowd on its first day, I decided to pop by way after lunchtime, at 3pm – but boy, was I wrong. Queues were snaking outside the cafe’s premises long after I had finished my meal. It could have been due to the weekend crowd, but still.

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Grain Traders @ CapitaGreen – Wholesome Rice Bowls in the CBD

I have been to Grain Traders twice and am already planning my next meal there. It’s that good.

Located at CapitaGreen on Market Street, the comfort food joint has been drawing the crowds since its official opening barely a week ago. It is a collaboration between KILO and Papa Palheta, which explains the mix of Western rice and salad bowls and Chye Seng Huat coffee beans.

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TomorrowFree Kafei @ Irving Place – Taking Singapore’s Food Culture Back to its Traditional Roots (Invite)

With its decidedly Singlish name and locally-slanted menu, TomorrowFree Kafei stands out from the belt of Western cafes in Irving Place. It’s a known fact that this place has injected Tai Seng with a bit of Singapore’s cafe culture, so why is this family-run eatery choosing to run the other direction with food that most would say “eh my mother can cook leh”?

Owner Steven Oh believes in evoking the fond memories of yesteryears through home-cooked goodness, hence his desire to preserve the cultures and flavours passed down from previous generations – with a few twists of his own.

(photo credit: Hazel) 

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