9 hidden eateries in Thomson only residents know about

9 hidden eateries in Thomson only residents know about
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Thomson is a treasure trove of great eats.

By day, the hip crowd hit up the popular cafes for brunch; by night, dress down to find a light bite at one of the many eateries open till late. Or, hunt down one of these hidden foodie spots only the residents know about.

Even if you don't live around the area, you'll find these nine cafes and restaurants worth the travel.

9 hidden eateries in Thomson only residents know about

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    Off the main road - where only the knowing venture - is this homely hideout serving artisanal pies.

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    Perennial favourites include the Strawberry Lemon Pie and Banana Almond Brittle Pie, but our favourite is the Grasshopper, a mint-chocolate and brownie flavoured pie, topped with chocolate cookie crumbs.

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    If the mark of a good Indian restaurant is a good Naan, then Spice Sutra is second to naan.

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    Their six different types of naan, from butter to garlic and more, are fluffy and buttery, yet not oily. Use it to scoop up the well-marinated Butter Chicken, or pair it with the spicy Mutton Masala.

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    We wouldn't know that these sweet treats are dairy-free, vegan, and all-natural, made from a base of organic brown rice milk if we weren't told so – they taste as rich and indulgent as the real thing.

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    Must-tries include the Earl Grey and the French Chocolate, or flavours like Pumpkin Coconut for the more adventurous.

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    This container cafe's ambience is as fun as its menu, with cheekily named dishes like Lett-uce Feed You for a salad dish, Blur like Sotong for fried calamari, and Cut The Crab for crabcakes.

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    Wash your food down with the WORD. Concoction, an interesting take on ice-cream soda with lemongrass, sour plum, lemon and mint.

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    Many know about this laid-back cafe serving hand-pulled brews from Melbourne's Axil Coffee Roasters beans, but few know that they share the space with Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar which opens only in the evenings.

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    Best of both worlds!

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    This stall in a humble HDB coffee shop serves one of the best prata (Malay/Indian fried pancake) in town.

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    Skip the fancy variations and go for the coin prata, mini nuggets of goodness that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Best eaten dunked in curry!

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    Japanese foodies flock to this tiny 14-seater sushi bar for one of the cheapest Bara Chirashi Don (marinated sashimi on a bed of rice) in Singapore.

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    Also try their aburi (blow-torched) sushi, or the Glazed Duck with Onsen Egg rice bowl if you're not a seafood fan.

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    This cafe-bar might be small, but their menu is big - European and contemporary picks include the Irish Stews, Buffalo Wings, crepes and more.

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    Plus, an extensive beer menu featuring a selection sourced from Belgium, England, Germany, and beyond.

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    Okay, so this is no secret, but this cafe deserves a spot on this list by way of its mouth-watering brunch fare.

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    Dishes like Crab Benedict and Duck Confit Hash stray from the norm, and delightfully so; those with a sweet tooth will love the indulgent French Toast or Sticky Date Pancakes.

1. Windowsill Pies

Off the main road - where only the knowing venture - is this homely hideout serving artisanal pies.

Perennial favourites include the Strawberry Lemon Pie and Banana Almond Brittle Pie, but our favourite is the Grasshopper, a mint-chocolate and brownie flavoured pie, topped with chocolate cookie crumbs.

95 Soo Chow Walk, Singapore 575382
http://windowsillpies.sg

11 hidden restaurants in Singapore

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    This remote halal restaurant leads to beautiful sunset views from a jetty.

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    Pick from hearty local fare like satay (barbecued meat skewers), chilli crab, mee goreng (fried noodles with seafood) and barbecued stingray.

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    Housed in the former quarters of the fire chief of the Hill Street fire station, the black-and-white colonial mansion that holds this restaurant is obscured from view by lush greenery.

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    Fine-dining Japanese-French fusion is the star here, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. You can also enjoy the multi-course sampling menu, or wine-pairing.

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    Kick back in this unpretentious eatery tucked inside a quaint wooden shophouse on the outskirts of Little India.

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    As its name suggests, Morsels dishes up small plates of fusion fare. Highlights here are the Hokkaido scallop ceviche and Firecracker Duroc pulled-pork shell pasta.

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    Offering a hearty, carnivore-friendly menu, this joint by the Kallang river is a great place to get away from the bustle of the city.

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    Seating is outdoors-only, so dress comfortably to enjoy the atmosphere and food. Don't forget to snap an Instagram shot of the majestic 30kg hog roasting on a spit.

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    Yorimichi (which means detour in Japanese) has its hidden entrance located right before the ramp leading to the carpark.

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    This dimly-lit, narrow joint could be mistaken for one found in a Tokyo alley. Wash down affordable sushi and yakitori (grilled skewers) with ice-cold Kirin beer. Favourites include grilled scallop with cheese.

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    Traditional and modern Thai cuisine is prepared skillfully here.

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    Housed in a colonial mansion in verdant Labrador Park, this off-the-beaten-track spot makes for a romantic night out.

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    Blink and you may miss The Flying Squirrel. The hip eatery with a concrete-meets-brick interior has its entrance located in a narrow alley off Amoy Street.

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    Savour Japanese fusion food here, especially its chirashi dons (sashimi rice bowls).

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    This humble joint in the heartlands of Toa Payoh is run by a Nepali.

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    It serves up lip-smacking Nepalese fare like chicken momo (dumplings), as well as value-for-money comfort Western food like steaks and lamb chops.

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    The Boiler brings Cajun boiled seafood to the warehouse-filled estate of Tai Seng.

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    Here, you can messily dig into bags of boiled seafood – including seasonal crabs, prawns, mussels and clams – without shame. The Boiler also has a good selection of sides, including crispy fish skin (coated in salted egg yolk).

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    Overlooking Changi Beach, Meyer House occupies a colonial bungalow built in 1927.

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    Inside, the decor recalls the 1930s with an elegant bar and dark wood panelling. Enjoy generous portions of pizzas, pastas and burgers.

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    Ensconced in a quiet residential neighbourhood, Cacio e Pepe serves up rustic Italian fare in a cosy space with cheery yellow walls.

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    Dishes here feature time-honoured pairings like prosciutto ham and melon, while there are also sumptuous pizzas, pastas and risotto. Look out for their weekend specials like hearty lamb shank.

2. Spice Sutra

If the mark of a good Indian restaurant is a good Naan, then Spice Sutra is second to naan.

Their six different types of naan, from butter to garlic and more, are fluffy and buttery, yet not oily. Use it to scoop up the well-marinated Butter Chicken, or pair it with the spicy Mutton Masala.

Pro tip: the menu is huge (and you'll want everything), so go with a big group and order several dishes for the table.

#01-03 Thomson Imperial Court, 200 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574424
http://spicesutra.com

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3. Brownice Ice Cream

We wouldn't know that these sweet treats are dairy-free, vegan, and all-natural, made from a base of organic brown rice milk if we weren't told so - they taste as rich and indulgent as the real thing.

Must-tries include the Earl Grey and the French Chocolate, or flavours like Pumpkin Coconut for the more adventurous.

#01-03 Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Rd, Singapore 575628
http://www.brownice.com

20 best places for ice-cream, froyo & gelato in Singapore

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    At $8 per cone, GODIVA's chocolate soft serve is probably one of the most expensive soft serves out there, but if you're hankering for a really indulgent soft serve and have mad love for chocolate, then you're going to want to get your hands on it. It's super smooth, extra chocolaty, rich, creamy drizzled with more chocolate sauce - does it get any better than this?! Fun fact: get it at Changi Airport (Terminal 2 Departure Hall) for only $7.50 (thank you, GST absorption)!

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    FatCat has been making waves in the local creamery scene with their Gourmet Waffle: charcoal waffle with salted egg yolk sauce that seems to go with just about everything, and their popular Butter Beer Ice Cream. The buttermilk waffles here are crisp, light and airy. The Butter Beer Ice Cream will delight those who love beer, with its strong flavour. If you're not a fan of beer, opt for Watermelon Soju or Hay & Honey! They also do interesting plated desserts like the Banana Nutella (pictured) and Tarte Au Citron (brandied Cherry Sorbet, cherry gel, crumble, laksa leaf meringue, lemon curd and yogurt gel) that vary daily, with limited servings.

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    A healthier take on honeycomb soft serve, Beegurt serves up creamy froyo with raw honeycomb imported from New Zealand. It's slightly more balanced compared to honeycomb soft serves because of the tartness of the yoghurt, which goes exceedingly well with the honeycomb. At $6.80, the Beegurt Special comes with honeycomb and a choice of two toppings ranging from caramelised biscuits to granola and fresh fruit, and is finished with a drizzle of honey.

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    Originally from Hokkaido, Milkissimo uses the finest milk from Hakodate City and fresh quality ingredients to churn out luscious gelato that's milky yet incredibly light so you don't feel too guilty for indulging. The gelato here scores full marks in flavour and isn't overly sweet. They have standard flavours like Uji Matcha, Black Sesame Milk, Sakura and Fresh Corn and more interesting ones like Pineapple and Basil, Purple Sweet Potato and Pumpkin. Frappes are served here as well, but expect prices to be steeper than usual because of the imported premium ingredients.

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    Plus39 Gelato Bar is the first live gelato concept in Asia Pacific, and their gelato is freshly made in-house everyday with ingredients sourced both locally and from Italy, without any added preservatives or stabilisers. Prices are slightly steeper here but you really do get what you pay for - silky smooth gelato, intense in flavour that is rivalled by few. Flavours are rotated daily but if you can, don't hesitate to go for the undeniably good Pistachio or the intriguing Chilli Chocolate. Alternatively, go for their alcohol-gelato pairings, such as Aperol Apple Sorbet or Prosecco Strawberry Sorbet.

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    If you've tried and fallen in love with the coconut ice-cream served in husks when you visited Thailand and miss it desperately, don't despair - you can now get it at Pong! Get their bestseller - Coconut Gelato and Sorbet ($5.50) with toppings like corn, red ruby and nata de coco in a flesh-filled coconut husk, served with a cup of fresh coconut juice. Their coconut gelato is smooth, creamy and dairy-free, and their sorbets made from fresh fruits complement the gelato well. It might not be as good as the one you get at Chatuchak, but it makes for a perfect pick-me-up on a warm day.

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    This gem in Yishun will more than please heartlanders in the North. Expect bold flavours like Mr Potato Head (vanilla ice-cream infused with salted caramel, studded with chocolate coated potato chips), Orh Nee (Teochew yam paste) and Mao Shan Wang, but also more classic flavours like Earl Grey Lavender and Rum and Raisin. The ice-cream here is creamy and milky, but the waffles may not be the best you can find. That said, the combination of waffles and ice-cream is always a match made in heaven. They serve coffee and milkshakes as well.

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    Anyone who's on Instagram would probably have come across Sunday Folks' ever-picturesque soft serve on waffles. You can find Creamier's signature flavours such as Roasted Pistachio, Earl Grey Lavender, and Sea Salt Gula Melaka in soft serve form. Choose to add handcrafted toppings like nama chocolate, gula Melaka mochi and souffle cheesecake to complement your soft serve and waffles, but if you get it in a cone, toppings are included. The space is very pretty but usually packed, so it might not be a good idea to hang for long!

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    By the good people behind Montana Brew Bar, Nookie Yogurt is a home-grown froyo place that manages to incorporate unique flavours so you get more than just the usual froyo toppings. Some of the more popular and interesting flavours you should check out include the Red Velvet (red velvet crumbs, strawberries, granola and chocolate sauce), Mango Sticky Rice (mango and kiwi, coconut cream, mango passion fruit spheres and mochi), and Matcha Black Sesame (black sesame crumble, watermelon, kiwi, mango passion fruit spheres and matcha sauce). All parfaits are $6.90, but you can customise your own if you like.

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    This humble little stall at SMU churns out high quality, artisanal gelato and popsicles that pack a punch in flavour. Fresh, premium ingredients are used and the gelato here contains less sugar, and the pure sorbet popsicles are perfect for the wellness-minded and lactose intolerant. Expect out-of-the-box gelato flavours like Shiro, a white miso gelato with butterscotch and almonds, and Shiok!, a coconut gelato with gula Melaka and pandan jelly - sure to satisfy your local taste buds.

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    Tsujiri is best known for its matcha desserts for all the right reasons. It's arguably the best place to quell your cravings for anything matcha. The soft serve here is dense, smooth and not too sweet, such that you can taste the slightly bitter matcha/hojicha. You can get just the soft serve in a cone, but if you're feeling a little more indulgent, go for the parfaits that come with a mixture of toppings such as mochi, azuki paste and matcha chiffon cake. As long as you're a fan of matcha/hojicha, this place will satisfy you; they have other treats too like cakes, drinks and floats.

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    Honeycomb serves both froyo and soft serve so you can have both options under the same roof. Opened by the people behind Stateland Café, this place offers five flavours of milk soft serve/froyo ($6-$7) such as caramel, chocolate and matcha, all topped with real honeycomb that's flown in from Korea and liquid honey served in an adorable syringe so you can add as much as you like! Go for the froyo if you want something zippier, and the milk soft serve if you're in the mood for something sweeter.

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    You can always count on Creamier for good ice-cream and waffles. If you love ice-cream or waffles and haven't been here, you're doing it all wrong. The ice-cream here is exceedingly creamy, smooth and dense, and the waffles are crispy, fluffy and eggy. Go for the Banana Chocolate Chip Crumble, Thai Milk Tea and Roasted Pistachio - almost every flavour is good, actually. However, Creamier is also known to be awfully packed all the time due to space constraints, so it'll do you good to visit during off-peak hours!

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    The snaking queues at almost every llaollao shop are testament to how popular and good this Spanish froyo is (also, they have 14 outlets and counting). The Sanum ($6.90) is a customisable parfait of froyo, fresh fruits, crunchy toppings and sauce that could very well serve as a meal. The frozen yoghurt here is incredibly smooth, dense, slightly tart, and a perfect pick-me-up no matter the weather. Go for the Rafaello sauce if you love white chocolate and coconut! Other sauces include fruits of the forest, apple and cinnamon, dark chocolate and caramel. If you're not very tolerant of sweet stuff, go easy on the sauce as it can overpower the taste of the froyo. They also have smoothies and froyo floats.

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    At $1.60 a cone (or $1.90 in a cup), Mr Bean's Soya Ice Cream is the ultimate cheap thrill on a scorching hot day. Made using premium, non-genetically modified and identity preserved soybeans, the resulting soft serve is very smooth and creamy with just the right level of sweetness. With only 9.5g of sugar and 4.7g of fats per 100g serving, it comes as no surprise that this soy milk-based treat has been awarded with the Healthier Snack label under the Singapore Health Promotion Board every year since it was launched in 2004. So give in to that ice-cream craving and lick away!

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    Your taste buds might just get a little bit confused here, with all the unusual ice-cream flavours like Miso Gula Melaka, Pineapple Coconut and Cloves, and even Hoisin! Incorporating hoisin into a dessert is a daring move, but hey, it works. You can also choose sweet or savoury waffles; the savoury one has blue cheese and ham, which actually balances out the sweetness of the ice-cream. For something more familiar, go for the Lychee Rose or the Pandan Kaya ice-cream. Expect the texture of the ice-cream here to feel less creamy and more slushy-like.

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    Hidden in Purvis Street, Rabbit Owl Depot is a small industrial-themed ice-cream parlour dedicated to serving quality ice-cream made with only the freshest ingredients. The flavours here are pretty conventional and may not stand out from the crowd, but the quality is outstanding. Their crispy, mad fluffy buttermilk waffles will keep you coming back for more, and should definitely be paired with ice-cream - go for the Thai Coconut, Roasted Black Sesame or Earl Grey ice-cream! At $9.50, you get two waffles and a scoop of ice-cream - not shabby at all.

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    Alfero is an oldie but goodie; you can tell by the way they store their gelato - in a pozzetto to ensure freshness. What's outstanding here is the raved about Pistachio gelato, intense in flavour with a good dose of pistachio nuts. The Bacio (hazelnut and chocolate) is a safe bet, but Durian and Gula Melaka are excellent choices if you feel like something more local. Rest assured that you're getting premium gelato as Alfero freshly churns the gelato using natural ingredients imported from Italy and other parts of Europe, resulting in a super smooth authentic gelato. If you are lactose intolerant, they have dairy-free fruit sorbets too!

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    Hopping on the froyo bandwagon is Yogart, serving froyo and artisanal popsicles. The concept is familiar - yoghurt parfaits that can be customised with your choice of fresh fruit, crunchy toppings and sauce. The Yogurt Bliss allows you to choose three types of fresh fruit, one crunchy topping and a sauce to complement the creamy, slightly tangy froyo. They also serve waffles and yoghurt popsicles, perfect for when you're in a group and not everyone feels like froyo.

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    Group Therapy's sister cafe, Regroup x Scooptherapy serves both hot food and some of Group Therapy's signature dishes, as well as ice-cream made in-house, which is great for those who want everything under one roof. Go for the Butter Beer Ice Cream, a decadent combination of butterscotch and beer, the Red Velvet, which has red velvet cake bits, or the Pineapple Tart, that features bits of buttery crust and candied pineapple. Pair your ice-cream with waffles - it never goes wrong. If brownies are more your thing, go for the Goldrush, an indulgent plate of vanilla bean ice-cream atop a rich and chocolaty brownie, with honeycomb crumble, chocolate soil and salted egg sauce.

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4. WORD.

This container cafe's ambience is as fun as its menu, with cheekily named dishes like Lett-uce Feed You for a salad dish, Blur like Sotong for fried calamari, and Cut The Crab for crabcakes.

Wash your food down with the WORD. Concoction, an interesting take on ice-cream soda with lemongrass, sour plum, lemon and mint.

906 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787110
https://www.facebook.com/wordbistro

5 good cafes hidden in the HDB heartlands

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    01-315, 38 Telok Blangah Rise, tel: 9127-7147.

    Squirreled away at the old housing estate of Telok Blangah, this cafe is also a vintage collector's haven. It not only serves up good old cafe food like pasta, sandwiches or casserole, it also sells wares ranging from old license plates and antique posters and signage to vintage toys and decor pieces.

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    Food-wise, they have comfort eats such as Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($14.50), featuring a tempura chicken fried that is "fried to max crisp" and sandwiched within a multigrain toast as well as a local fusion dish Simply Salmon ($15.50), where a spicy pan-fried salmon is set atop spaghetti mixed with belachan olive oil. For desserts, a must try is the Coconut Kueh ($6.50). Topped with vanilla ice cream, the hot-and-cold sweet treat is just like a bread and butter pudding, except it has an old-school vibe to the taste. Coconut flakes in the pudding base give it a nice texture.

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    01-73, 346 Jurong East Street 31, tel: 6425-1517.

    If you think the good eats are only in the East of Singapore, you'll be pleased to hear about this HDB cafe located in the wild west of Jurong East. This cafe stands out among the neighbourhood shops with its grungy, industrial-style façade. But what makes this a hidden gem to go back again and again are its prices and no GST or service charge policy!

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    Cafe staples such as its Eggs & Cheese Benedict ($9.90, and only available during the weekends) and Truffle Fries ($7) are a steal for its generous portions. Another must-try is their Salted Egg Prawn Pasta ($12.90). The salted egg sauce is creamy and flavourful with an amount that is just enough to cover the pasta.

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    01-49, 915 Tampines Street 91, tel: 9185-8173.

    Shibuya toasts seem to be catching on in Singapore. And there's no better place to get them than in Meet & Melt, which offers an arresting array of flavours. These includes the savoury dessert Mentaiko Toast ($14.90) which is topped with mentaiko sauce and bonito flakes. Another recommendation is the Ferrero Rocher Lava Toast ($12.90), which is drizzled with Nutella sauce and is topped with a thick and rice chocolate and hazelnut ice cream. The toasts are huge, so you can choose to share or have it for lunch all by yourself.

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    Other items on the menu include their over-the-top milkshakes and waffles, which, while decent, are but not as Instagram-worthy. While this cafe isn't the most accessible or the most conducive (there is very, very limited air-conditioned seating), its appeal lies in its innovative desserts that you can't help but want to come back for more.

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    01-1881, 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, tel: 6452-0810.

    If you love salted egg everything, then this cafe is the place to be. They have Salted Egg Chicken Pasta ($15.90), Salted Egg Chicken Burger ($16.90), Salted Egg Wings ($12.90) and Salted Egg Potato Wedges ($11.90). If you plan to only try one, our recommendation is for the burger, which comes with an ultra juicy buttermilk fried chicken patty that complements really well with the salted egg sauce and the curry leaves and chilli padi bits in it.

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    Dessert choices are fun. There's the S'moreffles Supreme ($29.90), where three waffles are stacked atop one another and then liberally festooned with marshmallows, strawberry jam, Oreo biscuits, whipped cream and four scoops of ice cream. If you prefer a less heart-stopping dessert, the TWB Purple Sweet Potato Waffle ($12.50 with ice cream) is good choice. The treat features sweet potato waffles drizzled in homemade gula melaka sauce and paired with a scoop of ice cream.

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    01-63, 462 Crawford Lane, tel: 6648-0178.

    Tolido's Espresso Nook is perhaps better known for its coffee rather than its food. They use Yahava coffee blends here. The Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($6) is smooth, creamy and not too acidic, with a sweet and salty amalgam that has us hook on the first sip. The Mocha ($5.90) is also decent with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Besides drinks, they do have a couple of mains worth a try.

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    The Rosti ($14.90) is comfort on a plate. Their rosti, which comes with a pair of cheesy sausages, is handmade with shredded russet potatoes, so they are fresh and crispy. Want a taste of something local? Try the Pandan Pancakes ($10.90), which comes with a couple of pancakes topped with a vanilla ice cream and gula melaka sauce. It feels indulgent because of how fluffy the pancakes are.

5. One Man Coffee

Many know about this laid-back cafe serving hand-pulled brews from Melbourne's Axil Coffee Roasters beans, but few know that they share the space with Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar which opens only in the evenings.

Best of both worlds!

215R Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349
http://www.onemancoffee.com.sg

8 cafes in Singapore for cheap brunches under $15

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    100 Guillemard Rd, Singapore 399718

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    Never mind that the menu here isn't the most extensive - the Oven-Baked Molten Eggs on tortilla and melted cheese ($9.80, pictured) is all you need. The rich flavours all come together decadently, only without the guilt, because 1) avocado and salmon are healthy fat, right? And 2) it costs less than a tenner!

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    #01-23/24 Galaxis, 1 Fusionopolis Place, Singapore 138632

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    Bread Yard's pancakes ($10) are made using wild yeast and lactobacilli harvested from the local environment - no baking powder, baking soda, or the like. This means better flavour, all the better to pair with the charred candied bacon and grilled mozerella cheese.

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    94 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088515

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    Drury Lane's Eggs Benedict ($12) is served with turkey bacon as a healthier alternative. Add-ons, from beef sausage to mushrooms to avocado, cost no more than $2 for a portion, too. For those with a larger appetite, even the big breakfast platter will set you back by only $15.

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    #01-25/27, 84 Bedok North St 4, Singapore 460084

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    East-siders don't have to travel far for a filling plate of pasta - none are priced in the double-digits, including the crowd favourite Seafood Spaghetti Aglio Olio ($9.90, pictured). With a soup of the day ($3.90) to start, it'll still cost less than a simple eggs on toast in some cafes.

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    23 Haji Ln, 189216

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    If nothing else, head here for the ambience. This Haji Lane gem is hip and happening, but peaceful in the day. It's perfect for brunch, with bagels for less than a tenner. Take your pick: cinnamon raisin, hummus, smoked salmon, pastrami, and more.

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    #01-25, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, Singapore 162078

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    It's a bold claim, but one we're making with confidence: Flock Cafe serves one of the best french toasts we've tried on the island, served with caramelised bananas, crispy bacon, and smothered in maple syrup. We'd willingly pay more, but it's only $13.90! More a savoury bruncher? Cheeky Eggs ($16.90), an rendition of everyone's favourite Eggs Benny, but with braised pork cheek.

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    20 Foch Rd, Singapore 209261

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    The menu here is labelled "Everyday Food". True in some regards - the dishes are uncomplicated and honest, like French Omelettes ($11) and Avocado on Sourdough ($10), but they're done so well we'd consider brunch here a treat. Don't go without a coffee - these folks are serious about their cuppas.

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    215R Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574349

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    Some love it for the coffee, others love it for their specialty Gashouse Eggs ($10) or filling Big Brekkie ($12, pictured). We say try both - you haven't got much to lose, seeing that this cafe is one of the more affordable ones in central Singapore. Fun fact: it's a cafe by day and pizzeria by night!

6. Sin Ming Prata

This stall in a humble HDB coffee shop serves one of the best prata (Malay/Indian fried pancake) in town.

Skip the fancy variations and go for the coin prata, mini nuggets of goodness that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Best eaten dunked in curry!

#01-51, Jin Fa Kopitiam, 24 Sin Ming Rd, Singapore 570024

10 best places for prata in Singapore

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    Located strategically at the corner of the Thomson shophouses, The Roti Prata House is a popular supper hangout for residents within the vicinity. Tuck into their classic yet highly raved about Plain Prata, which comes in a giant coin-shaped and is said to be so crispy you can use it as a Frisbee!

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    Another popular favourite would be the Mushroom and Cheese Prata, in which the cooks definitely do not scrimp on the amount of cheese used! Other favourites include the Milky Prata and Egg and Cheese Prata. The Roti Prata House serves up many various prata flavours and other savoury delights such as murtabak, nasi goreng and more as well.

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    Casuarina Curry Restaurant Pte Ltd is arguably the most famous prata place in Singapore, well-known for their crispy and buttery yet light prata. One of their signature pratas is the Banana Prata, which is generously topped with banana bits and drizzled with caramel sauce!

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    There are other signature prata flavours such as the Chocolate Prata and classic Egg Prata. Casuarina Curry even holds prata workshops for the die-hard prata fans! Here is your chance to learn the secrets and tricks behind their award-winning pratas!

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    Getting to Mr Prata at Evans Road might be slightly out of the way, but the journey is definitely worth it! Choose from unique prata creations such as Tissue Prata with Cheese or Blueberry Prata!

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    Mr Prata is also known for its wide selection of Indian food, the likes of thosai, briyani, murtabak and many more! The best part? It is open 24 hours every day - so you can get your prata fix even at ungodly hours!

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    Thasevi Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant is one of those places where every Singapore foodie should visit at least once. It is best known for its Prata Bom - which essentially is prata drenched in condensed milk. Another highly raved about prata is their Paper Prata that is amazingly thin and crispy!

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    A must-try on their menu would be the Paper Thosai, which is unbelievably big and thin, and comes together with four different types of curries.

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    The ever-popular Springleaf Prata is well-known among the prata-lovers community for their innovative and gourmet pratas! Featuring their top signature, Plaster Blaster, which comprises of ham, poached egg topped with hollandaise sauce atop a plain prata.

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    Other exotic prata flavours include Plaster Chili Prata, Ice Cream Prata and even a Special Paper (Milk & Sugar) Prata!

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    Catered to the #fitspo and #eatclean prata-lovers, the Curry Cafe is the place for you! Specialising in wholemeal pratas, you can still savour the delectable prata taste without putting on the kilos.

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    Go for their classic Wholemeal Prata, which offers a slightly wheaty taste but still crispy nonetheless. If you happen to be on a cheat day, opt for their Wholemeal Prata Nutella for a sweet yet healthy treat. (Photo: Instagram user @magicaloverture)

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    It seems that Mr and Mrs Mohgan have made a name for themselves by incorporating their own names into their famous prata shop. Consistently ranked as one of the top prata places around, expect super crispy and fresh prata from Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata, just as their shop name promises!

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    Indulge in their crispy, golden-brown Egg Prata, which surprisingly void of heavy traces of oil and ghee. Pair their crispy and fresh prata with any of the three types of curries available - mutton, fish or dhal, and you'll get the perfect prata meal combination!

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    Prata lovers will be delighted to know that Al Jasra Restaurant has the ultimate prata deal: an All-You-Can-Eat-Prata Buffet! Savour their exotic prata renditions such as Honey Prata and Ikan Bilis Prata!

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    Why settle for one prata flavour when you can try all the different versions of pratas available? It is definitely going to be a carb-fuelled meal once you are here!

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    Unusual prata flavours have taken a whole new level right here at Prata Planet! Savour its iconic Maggi Prata, consisting of a huge portion of prata topped with instant noodles and onions.

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    If you are up for a sweet treat, take a gamble with their Ice Cream Prata, with various scoops of ice cream hidden inside a paper-thin prata. Apparently, this seems to be a popular choice among both kids and adults alike!

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    ENAQ Resaturant Pte Ltd is one of the hidden prata gems in the West. Tuck into their crispy yet not too oily Cheese Prata, which is paired with a special ikan bilis belachan chili on the side! All their pratas comes with their signature belachan chili so there is no escaping their spicy treat!

    Other popular dishes include their Chicken Murtabak and fish curry! (Photo: Instagram user @thechoyalicious)

7. Sushiro

Japanese foodies flock to this tiny 14-seater sushi bar for one of the cheapest Bara Chirashi Don (marinated sashimi on a bed of rice) in Singapore.

Also try their aburi (blow-torched) sushi, or the Glazed Duck with Onsen Egg rice bowl if you're not a seafood fan.

#01-113F, Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574408
https://www.facebook.com/Sushiro-Singapore-970518079675008

Chirashi craze: Where to get them

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    Koji’s chirashi don ($17++ with soup and salad) includes Hokkaido rice topped with marinated cubes of scallop, amberjack, tuna, chopped tuna belly, whelk and salmon.

    Mixed-grain rice is available for an extra $1. Add $9 for uni.

    Where: Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street, 01-42
    Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 5 to 10pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday.
    Closed for Chinese New Year from Wednesday to Feb 22.
    Info: Call 6225-6125

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    Besides trying to get a coveted spot for its omakase meals, diners have been flocking to Teppei for kaisen don, rice topped with generous chunks of marinated fish and tempura crumbs for crunch.

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    The lunch set comes with side dishes and costs $17.60 at Teppei.

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    While the other outlets (Teppei Syokudo at Millenia Walk and Takashimaya, closed from Wednesday to Friday for Chinese New Year) sell the bowl for takeaway at $16.

    Add $8 for uni and negitoro.

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    Other options include a mixed fish and sashimi squid don ($17.80). For an upsized version, order the sashimi cake. Prices start at $40 for a 20cm-wide cake, order a day in advance.

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    Where: Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link
    Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday.
    Closed for Chinese New Year till Feb 25
    Info: Call 6222-7363

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    The three-month-old Japanese restaurant by the Les Amis Group features a variety of rice sets for lunch that come with salad, miso soup and dessert.

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    Its kaisen don ($36) includes slices of tuna, salmon, kajiki (blue marlin), hamachi (yellowtail tuna), amaebi (sweet shrimp), ikura and tobiko; and the bara chirashi ($32) has cubed fish such as tuna, salmon and white fish with ikura (salmon roe) and tobiko (flying fish roe). Both sets come with pickles and sushi tamago.

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    Where: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Owen Link, 01-11/12
    Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday.
    Closed for Chinese New Year from Wednesday dinner to Feb 22
    Info: Call 6443-3378 or go to www.sushijin.com.sg

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    Sumiya offers a Mix Bara Kaisen Don (set lunch with salad, appetiser, chawanmushi, miso soup and dessert at $18.80, above) with cubed fish such as maguro akami (lean tuna), chutoro, toro, amberjack, salmon and avocado.

    Tuna fans can opt for the Nama Hon Maguro Mixed Don ($30.80) with various parts of bluefin tuna, topped with ikura.

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    Where: Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, 12-02
    Open: Noon to 3pm, 6 to 10.30pm daily. Closed for Chinese New Year on Wednesday and Thursday
    Info: Call 6509-9618

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    Sushi Mitsuya's signature bara chirashi ($50++ lunch set with two appetisers, soup and dessert) features ingredients such as hotate (scallop), anago (sea eel), akami (lean tuna) and boiled ebi (prawn).

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    Head chef Ryosuke Harada adds seasonal offerings depending on availability, such as boiled ika geso (squid tentacles), sawara (Spanish mackerel)and kohada (gizzard shad).

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    Where: 60 Tras Street, 01-01
    Open: Noon to 3pm, 6 to 11pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday. Closed for
    Chinese New Year from Wednesday dinner to Friday
    Info: Call 6438-2608

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    Those who love salad and sashimi can have the best of both worlds at Japaneseinspired salad bar Shinkansen. Choose from sushi rice, brown rice, soba noodles and quinoa for your salad base. Prices start at $7.50 for one base, five toppings and sauce. (Pictured: Omega Don, $8.80)

    Where: Three outlets at Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, B1-08; United Square, 101 Thomson Road, B1-60A; and 100AM, 100 Tras Street, 03-22
    Open: 10.30am to 7pm (Ocean Financial Centre, weekdays only), 11am to 8pm daily (United Square and 100AM). All outlets closed for Chinese New Year from Wednesday to Saturday
    Info: www.shinkansen.co

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    Thick slices of raw fish such as salmon, tuna, hamachi and swordfish adorn a bowl of rice topped with a slice of blowtorched salmon belly for extra oomph. A normal chirashi don (above) costs $24.90.

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    The premium chirashi don costs $46.90.

    Where: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, 04-28
    Open: 12.30 to 3pm, 5.30 to 9pm (weekday), 12.30 to 9pm (Saturday), closed on
    Sunday. Closed for Chinese New Year from Thursday to Feb 22
    Info: Call 9653-6464

8. Little Part 1 Cafe

If there was a sequel to Little Part 1 Cafe, we'd be the first to jump on it.

This cafe-bar might be small, but their menu is big - European and contemporary picks include the Irish Stews, Buffalo Wings, crepes and more.

Plus, an extensive beer menu featuring a selection sourced from Belgium, England, Germany, and beyond.

15 Jasmine Rd, Singapore 576584
http://www.littlepart1cafe.com

5 places in Singapore for unusual brunch fare

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    From the folks behind the wildly successful Sugarhall and Jigger & Pony comes Humpback, a Seattle-style seafood restaurant. Every Sunday, for a few precious hours, Humpback serves an impressive brunch menu that features insanely fresh Pacific Northwest oysters alongside a medley of seafood served in inventive ways. Some highlights include Fried Egg, which is a crusted hard-boiled white egg set atop fresh octopus, orzo (the grain-shaped Italian pasta), and Tete de Moine cheese. The runny yolk mixed with the smoky flavours of octopus and the pasta makes this a supremely comforting dish.

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    Another dish we enjoyed is the Lobster Roll, where a soft bread roll is packed thick with sweet, creamy lobster before being topped with tobiko fish roe and a dash of pickle. One great feature of brunch at Humpback is how you can customise your own Bloody Mary cocktails. Choose from a wide variety of base spirits, garnishes, and other ingredients for your own creative concoction.

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    If you think Mexican food is just about refried beans and tortilla chips, Super Loco is here to change your mind. Executive chef and Mexico City native Mario Malvaez, says, "Super Loco brunches showcases authentic Mexican breakfast and lunch items that are commonly found on the streets of Mexico City. A crowd favourite is the Huevos Rancheros, a traditional dish comprising soft tortillas layered with cheese and ham, topped with sunny-side-up eggs, sour cream, and guacamole.

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    Esquites is another Mexican street classic - it's a tantalising serving of grilled corn kernels, Mexican cotija cheese, lime, mayo, and chili. Other items on the brunch menu include the healthful Quinoa and Chia Brekky Pot, Mexican Granola, and Avocado on Sourdough.

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    As its name suggests, Artistry is an art gallery and cafe located in the Kampong Glam heritage district.

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    They are well-known for their PB & J french toast, which comes with brioche fresh toast stuffed with peanut butter and raspberry jam, and served with maple syrup, vanilla ice cream, and mixed berry compote, as well as their crab cake burger where a succulent crab cake patty is packed between pillowy squid ink buns and served with truffle fries. Yum-my!

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    Love your New York delis? Sacha & Sons brings you authentic favourites from New York's iconic delis. Here, they cure, smoke, and pickle meats and fish according to time-honoured traditions. Popular items include the scrambled eggs (available with different types of fish), pastrami knishes (an Eastern European snack consisting of a filling covered with dough that is either baked, grilled, or deep fried), and latkes (potato pancakes).

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    Of course, what is New York cuisine without the classic bagel? At Sacha & Sons, you have to try their amazing sesame bagels that come slathered with an inch-thick layer of cream cheese.

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    For a truly decadent brunch experience, head down to Oxwell & Co. for their Four Floors of Frolicks! Held one Saturday every month, from 1pm to 4pm, this boozy brunch extravaganza features gastronomical experiences across each of its four floors. On the first floor, kick off the party with an Estrella Damn lager or a Pimms Cup on tap while nibbling on traditional English snacks like Pork Scratchings and Scotch Eggs.

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    Continue the party on the second floor, The Dining Room, where you can sip on sparkling wine complemented with Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish, Oxtail and Mash Pasties, and Mini Fish 'n' Chips. On the third floor, it's dessert time where delicious treats such as Posset & Shortbread Pots served alongside Monkey Shoulder Old Fashioned cocktails await you. Finally, head up to the Rooftop Bar, where you can kick back with a refreshing Hendrick's long drink and even a cigar, if you fancy one.

9. Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters

Ok, so this is no secret, but this cafe deserves a spot on this list by way of its mouth-watering brunch fare.

Dishes like Crab Benedict and Duck Confit Hash stray from the norm, and delightfully so; those with a sweet tooth will love the indulgent French Toast or Sticky Date Pancakes.

185 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574333
http://pacamara.sg


This article was first published on The Finder.

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