Open for Business: Crown Bakery & Cafe, Density Frozen Custard, La Cure Gourmande SG, Opus Bar & Grill

CROWN BAKERY & CAFE

This bakery and cafe opened on Wednesday and seats 60. Premium ingredients such as Hokkaido flour and German sourdough are used and the items offered have no preservatives or additives.

Their signature offerings include Hainanese Chicken Bread ($4.50, above), with ingredients such as skinless chicken thigh, garlic and ginger. It is best savoured with chicken rice chilli.

Or have Kaori Ciabatta ($4), which has a light, crispy crust and mochi-like texture. There is also Crown Bread ($12.80) with four flavours - red wine fig; cranberry and cherry; bacon cheese and mustard; and chocolate.

Where: 01-03 Crown Centre, 557 Bukit Timah Road
Open: 7.30am to 9.30pm (Sunday to Thursday), 7.30am to 10.30pm (Friday and Saturday)
Info: Call 6463-3066 or go to www.facebook.com/crownbakerysg

DENSITY FROZEN CUSTARD

After the frozen-yogurt and soft-serve craze comes frozen custard, a creamy dessert made of ingredients such as milk, cream and eggs. It also has less than half the amount of sugar in frozen yogurt.

As the custard is prepared daily in this 40-seat cafe, just three flavours are offered a day - Madagascan Vanilla Bean and a chocolate-based flavour, and one more such as Buttered Popcorn or Red Velvet.

Have a single ($4), double ($7) or triple scoop ($9.50). Toppings ($1 each) include chocolate chips and fresh fruit, while sauces cost $0.50 each. The sundaes ($9 or $11.50) come with frozen custard, toppings and sauces.

Students enjoy 10 per cent off and, until today, there is a one-for-one promotion.

Where: 4 Short Street
Open: Noon to midnight daily
Info: Call 6268-7918 or go to www.instagram.com/densityfrozencustard

LA CURE GOURMANDE SG

This French confectionery, which was founded in 1989 and has 70 branches in France and countries such as Dubai and Spain, has opened its flagship South-east Asian store in Singapore.

It offers more than 170 types of confectionery, such as filled biscuits - crisp butter cookies with fillings such as apple cinnamon, apricot and fig (100g of loose cookies for $5.50, a 330g pre-packed tin for $29).

There are also madeleines in six flavours such as raspberry and caramel (one for $2, two free with every 10 purchased).

Where: 03-09 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Open: 10am to 9.30pm daily
Info: Call 6684-2983 or go to www.facebook.com/lacuregourmandesg

OPUS BAR & GRILL

Savour delicious meats at this grill, which has a bespoke Himalayan salt-tiled ageing cabinet, where prime cuts of meats are dry-aged for between 14 and 36 days before being cooked over an open-flame charcoal grill.

Its signature dry-aged steaks include the 280g Australian Angus 150-day grain-fed ribeye ($58), which comes with sauces such as a soya, ginger and sesame glaze.

The 180-seat restaurant has been awarded the Marine Stewardship Council's eco-label, which means its seafood, such as the Glacier 51 toothfish fillet ($47), grilled with leek and a dashi stock, comes from sustainable fisheries.

Its bar offers a selection of spirits such as wines, cognac and sherry.

Where: Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road
Open: 10am to midnight daily (bar), 6.30 to 10.30pm daily (dinner)
Info: Call 6730-3390 or e-mail opus@hilton.com


This article was first published on May 3, 2015.
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