New places to eat in Singapore: May 2023

By Phyllis Leong May 26, 2023
New places to eat in Singapore: May 2023
Photo (clockwise from left): Mister Donut Singapore, Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere, Cafe Lilac, The Fat Kid Bakery/Instagram
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Looking for new places to eat in Singapore?

Singapore is home to a bustling food scene, with new establishments and fresh concepts setting up shop on our shores every other month. Us foodies are always in for a treat, thanks to the plethora of up-and-coming dining options to choose from. 

Be it a swanky speakeasy with a menu that’s full of mouthwatering surprises, or the opening of acclaimed Japanese donut brand, Mister Donut, these new restaurants in Singapore promise an exciting gastronomic adventure.

Be sure to bookmark this guide for monthly round-ups of the new places to eat in Singapore that opened their doors this year. 

New openings in Singapore: May 2023

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Photo: Mister Donut Singapore

Calling all donut lovers! Famed donut chain, Mister Donut, is now open at Bishan’s Junction 8 shopping centre. The brand is brought in by local food group RE&S, which is behind other Japanese eateries, such as Yakiniku-GO and Ichiban Boshi. 

Launched on May 21, the store has drawn long queues, with wait times hitting more than three hours at one point.

The brand once held a pop-up store at Jurong Point shopping centre back in 2022. Its brief stint also drew long queues daily, with Singaporeans queuing for up to five hours in line – a testament to how popular the brand is in Singapore.  

If you do manage to get to the front of the queue, be sure to grab its signature Pon De Ring as well as its Singapore-exclusive flavour, strawberry chocolate!

Read more about Mister Donut’s opening here.

2. Pang Pang Western Food: Affordable Western grub in Marine Parade

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Photo: Pang Pang Western Food

There’s nothing we love more than affordable and delicious grub. Our cravings are satiated at Pang Pang Western Food, for the joint boasts hearty, local-style Western classics that are a bang for our buck. 

Situated in a coffee shop at Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre, the eatery is helmed by two brothers, Lucas and Bernard Pang. Both siblings have previously worked at Astons and iSteaks, among other establishments. 

Though simple, the brothers take pride in their menu. After all, Pang Pang Western Food was born from their love for Western fare and a dream to introduce more diners to their cooking. 

See what Pang Pang Western Food has to offer here.

3. Elijah Pies: Savour artisanal pies at its new, gorgeous dine-in space

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Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Artisanal pie specialist, Elijah Pies, has opened its first dine-in concept at Tanjong Pagar Plaza. Foodies may have heard of the brand, for it started out as an online bakery in 2014. Thanks to its imaginative and ’gram-worthy bakes, it has skyrocketed as one of the most-talked-about pie brands in Singapore. 

The story of Elijah Pies is a sweet one. Owners Elijah and Limin first operated out of a central kitchen at King George’s Avenue. Their pies were such a hit that they decided to open a dine-in cafe in the heart of CBD, and rightfully so. 

With a menu of tasty, handcrafted pies touting familiar flavours, it’s love (or a bite) at first sight. 

Check out Elijah Pies here.

4. Marmalade Pantry: Latest al fresco concept at Anchorpoint Shopping Centre

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Photo: The Marmalade Pantry

Anchorpoint Shopping Centre has undergone some redevelopments of late, with new F&B entrants entering the fray. The Marmalade Pantry is one of those occupants, and it boasts a stunning al fresco dining concept that seats 28. 

To mark its opening, diners are spoiled with floral afternoon tea sets that are part of a one-for-one promotion. There’re also gifts up for grabs with minimum spending at the restaurant, with terms and conditions applied. 

Menu-wise, it’s an enticing one, with outlet-exclusive dishes such as the tortilla with mesclun salad. 

Find out more about Marmalade Pantry’s menu here.

5. Lian Wah Kopitiam: 77-year-old brand revamps with a vibrant, modern space

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Photo: Lian Wah Kopitiam

Residents in Ang Mo Kio should check out the newly revamped Lian Wah Kopitiam! The 77-year-old brand now sports a new look with vibrant and modern fixtures. 

Diners can expect established food vendors such as Five Star Dim Sum, Heng Heng Herbal Soup and 8889 Chicken Pot, including a welcome addition of craft beer taps.  

Operated by beer bistro, Get Some, diners will be thrilled to know that there are 10 different brews on tap from local and international breweries. 

To mark the coffee shop’s opening, Get Some and Lian Wah Kopitiam are also offering a beer promotion throughout the month of May.

Read more about Lian Wah Kopitiam’s promotion here.

6. Allpress Espresso: International coffee brand opens first-ever pop-up cafe in Singapore

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Photo: Foo Jia-En/HungryGoWhere

Coffee connoisseurs, rejoice! Another coffee house has opened its doors in Singapore: Allpress Espresso. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the brand has been supplying its beans and wares to independent cafes in Singapore. 

It has now joined hands with The Dark Gallery to open its first pop-up cafe in Tanjong Pagar, which will run for six months, starting from May 2. The space is a cosy 25-seater that’s decorated in pastel hues and chrome furnishings.

Customers can expect Allpress’s signature roast blends, as well as a plethora of sweet and savoury nibbles. 

Read more about the Allpress Espresso pop-up cafe here.

New openings in Singapore: April 2023

1. Two Men Bagel House: Bagel specialist opens new outlet at Joo Chiat

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Photo: Two Men Bagel House/Instagram

Calling all bagel lovers! Acclaimed bagel specialist, Two Men Bagel House, is opening its fourth outlet at Joo Chiat on April 29. 

The new branch will be doling out good ol’ hearty, loaded sandwiches that regulars know and love, including classics such as the lox. And of course, one can expect to savour exciting outlet exclusives, though full details have yet to be released. 

Check Two Men Bagel House Joo Chiat out here.

2. BHC Chicken: Famed Korean fried chicken brand opens in Singapore

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Photo: Gaelmaine Hoong/HungryGoWhere

The wait is finally over, as BHC Chicken has officially opened its doors in Singapore. This is its fourth overseas outpost, with two located in Hong Kong and another in Malaysia. 

The brand is not titled the maestro of fried chicken in South Korea for nothing. Its menu sees eight different tantalising chicken flavours that are fried to perfection, as well as a myriad of Korean snacks and mains. 

Popular flavours include the Bburinkle and Macho King that are both available boneless or as wings.

Read on for BHC Chicken Singapore’s must-orders here.

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Photo: The Fat Kid Bakery/Instagram

Loyal supporters of The Fat Kid Bakery will be ecstatic to know that the beloved sourdough bomboloni (stuffed Italian donuts) brand has relocated to Amoy Street! 

Previously situated at an ulu (secluded) spot in Ang Mo Kio, the establishment has now moved to a much more convenient location that’s a mere few minutes’ walk from Telok Ayer MRT station. 

There’re both sweet and savoury options to choose from. The latter comprises a drool-worthy torched mentaiko and roasted garlic mascarpone – who knew that savoury donuts could get this good? 

Read about The Fat Kid Bakery here.

4. Krispy Kreme: New donut cafe at Suntec City with store-exclusive flavours

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Photo: Gaelmaine Hoong/HungryGoWhere

What is it about donuts that we simply can’t say no to? If you have a sweet tooth like we do, then Krispy Kreme’s latest donut cafe at Suntec City is right up your alley. 

The world-famous donut brand has given the outlet an overhaul, which comes complete with brand-new furnishings and a seating area that fits around 16. 

Beyond its cosy new space, diners are also spoiled with three store-exclusive flavours that are unique to the Suntec City outlet. Think: Matcha Crunch, Choco Bomb and Espress-o. 

Tap to find out about Krispy Kreme’s launch here.

5. Coach Cafe: World’s first Coach Cafe opens in Singapore

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Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Luxury fashion house, Coach, has just opened its world’s first Coach Cafe in Singapore! Located along Keong Saik Road, the three-storey establishment boasts gorgeous bubblegum hues and retro American diner vibes. 

It’s a multi-concept store that serves more than just breakfast items and mains, for there’s even a retail space and immersive exhibition to look forward to. Foodwise, the iconic fashion label has collaborated with homegrown cafe brand, Brawns and Brains, for its food and beverage offerings. 

Tap to read about Coach Cafe here.

6. Cafe Lilac: Taro-themed cafe with beautiful purple desserts

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Photo: Cafe Lilac

Foodies who’re into the next big Insta-worthy fad should check out Cafe Lilac, a taro-themed cafe touting stunning purple desserts. Think: Purple-hued taro mochi swiss rolls and lavender taro crepe cakes – they’re bound to attract both the young and old! 

The cafe is opened by the same folks behind Whisking Bakes. The popular homegrown pastry shop underwent an overhaul in February and rebranded to Cafe Lilac, a full-fledged taro haven that’s also serving hot and savoury dishes. 

Besides yummy taro-themed desserts, savouries include all-day breakfasts, stews and sandwiches. 

Check out Cafe Lilac here.

New openings in Singapore: March 2023

1. Pretzel Planet: Aesthetic American-inspired joint serving sweet and savoury pretzels

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Photo: Pretzel Planet

Joining the bustling F&B scene in Singapore is none other than Pretzel Planet. Situated in the newly opened Sengkang Grand Mall, the outlet is retrofitted in a vintage, cinema-store aesthetic that’s covered in bubblegum pink and bright LED decor. 

It’s not just the interior that’s fantastic for the ’gram. Its array of sweet and savoury pretzels is picture-perfect, too. There’s the umami mentaiko, s’mores supreme and almond crunch – all of which are tasty and highly addictive. 

Check out Pretzel Planet’s opening here.

2. 2KulGuyz: Affordable Muslim-owned handmade pasta bar

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Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

If you’re on the hunt for wallet-friendly pasta options, be sure to check out 2KulGuyz. The latest occupant in One-North, the bistro is 100% Muslim-owned and spearheaded by chef-owner Sazali Ahmad. 

Ahmad was previously the head chef at Pezzo Group and corporate chef at The Black Hole Group. He has also worked in fine-dining restaurants such as Italy’s acclaimed Cova Pasticceria-Confetteria Singapore.

Here, pasta is handmade in-house and dried. There’s also a wide variety of sides and snacks for you to choose from, which differ at lunch and dinner. A staple that’s available during both lunch and dinner is the smoked duck aglio olio, which comes with a kiss of chilli, housemade herb butter, and at dinnertime, an extra dose of smoke from a smoke chamber.

Find out what to order at 2KulGuyz here.

3. Wild Crumbs: Casual sando venture by the “Beng Who Cooks”

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Photo: Wild Crumbs

The chef behind the now-shuttered poke stall, Beng Who Cooks, Jason Chua, is back in the game with his latest venture: Wild Crumbs. Singaporeans will be familiar with the man, who was a former boxer that represented Singapore internationally. 

Wild Crumbs marks Chua’s return to the F&B scene. It’s his take on a lunch-only, casual sando joint for workers in One-North. The eatery serves mainly fuss-free sandos and hearty rice bowls. 

The sandos are go-to fixtures at the eatery, especially the bestselling egg mayo and pork katsu. There are also other indulgent options, namely the crab roll and pulled pork sandos. 

Read more about Wild Crumbs here.

4. Luckin Coffee: China’s largest coffee chain serving affordable beverages

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Photo: Gaelmaine Hoong/HungryGoWhere

China’s biggest coffee chain, Luckin Coffee, has just opened its first-ever overseas outpost in Singapore! Its outlets are conveniently located in town, at Ngee Ann City and Marina Square. 

The popular coffee brand is set to open other branches on our sunny shores, including Guoco Tower, Aperia and Jewel Changi Airport. 

Coffee aficionados can look forward to affordable, quality brews, such as its acclaimed ice coconut latte. All beverages are capped at S$6.80, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to sip on a cup of joe. 

Find out more about Luckin Coffee here.

5. 808 Eating House: Casual eatery boasting fusion fare

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Photo: 808 Eating House

If you’re roaming the streets of Joo Chiat, be sure to pop by 808 Eating House. The newly opened establishment is helmed by Chef Eugene Chee, who previously trained at Michelin-starred restaurants. 

Expect a casual, inviting space at 808 Eating House that seats 29 – it makes for the perfect spot to chill with friends on a Friday evening. The menu also touts Southeast Asian cuisine, with stellar dishes such as the sweet XL clams and seasonal oysters. 

Read more about 808 Eating House here.

6. Synthesis: Stunning speakeasy hidden behind a TCM shopfront

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Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Helmed by Sebastian Ang, the owner behind popular retro gastrobar Mama Diam, Synthesis is an oriental-themed speakeasy hidden behind a Chinese medicine (TCM) shopfront. Here, diners can look forward to delectable mod-Sin fare, where nostalgic local classics are reimagined into creative new twists. 

Synthesis offers a unique sensorial experience that’s a refreshing breath of fresh air; it’s not quite like anything we’ve seen in Singapore.

Read more about Synthesis bar here.

7. Cantine Corner: Muslim-friendly food court with S$3 budget meals

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Photo: Ravin Thiruchelvam/HungryGoWhere

There’s nothing we love better than affordable meals, and Cantine Corner serves just that. Located at Admiralty Place, the Muslim-friendly food court sees nine curated food stalls that offer dishes at wallet-friendly prices. For those seeking a bang for their buck, each tenant has the option of a budget meal that’s priced at S$3. 

Here’s a pro tip: You save more when you pay with the FairPrice app.  

Check out the article about Cantine Corner here.

8. Dakga: SG’s first chicken-only BBQ

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Photo: Dakga

If you’re craving a good ol’ plate of grilled chicken, new barbecue joint Dakga will impress you with its flavoursome dishes. It’s a chicken-only restaurant, so you can find quality meats and all manner of parts here. 

Besides the typical thigh, there’re unusual cuts for adventurous eaters, such as the gizzard, neck and heart. The Korean eatery also serves hearty rice-based and noodle dishes, if you’re not feeling barbecue. 

Read all about Dakga here.

9. Mutiara Seafood: Muslim-friendly seafood restaurant by Jumbo Group

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Photo: Mutiara Seafood

Hands up if you love seafood! Jumbo Group has just launched its first Muslim-friendly seafood restaurant in Singapore: Mutiara Seafood. The eatery is nestled in Wisma Geylang Serai, where diners can feast on a plethora of succulent seafood dishes. 

There’s the signature chilli crab that we know and love, as well as a grilled section with options such as the grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce. 

To celebrate its opening, Mutiara Seafood is giving away vouchers to take S$50 off your next meal. 

Check Mutiara Seafood out here.

For more ideas on what to eat, check out our guides on places to get all things black sesame or creative and unusual waffles in Singapore

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Phyllis Leong

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Phyllis is a sweet tooth with a love for all things dessert. If you are looking for a sugar buddy, you know who to call.

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