New restaurants and cafés in Singapore
Put yourself in the shoes of Song Joong Ki or Song Hye Kyo, from popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, when you visit Dal.Komm Coffee. The Korean café chain was where scenes from the drama were shot. Beyond its wide range of drinks and snacks, music plays a key role in the café's identity. You'll find vinyl covers on the walls and an area dedicated to open mic events. Find a cosy seat and sip on your drink, choose from espressos ($4.50), cappuccinos ($6/$6.50) and caffé lattes ($6-$7.50) brewed from three exclusively sourced Arabica bean blends. Alternatively, satiate your sweet tooth with refreshing drinks like the honey grapefruit ($8.50/$8.90) or strawberry cube ($8.50), where frozen strawberries are crushed and heaped on top of iced milk.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
The new Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine in ION Orchard is a more refined version of the original, with a spacious main dining hall and six lavish private rooms. Signature dishes include diced abalone and chicken wrapped in egg white ($25), soon hock fish ($10/100g) served in a broth with minced pork and Chinese cabbage, and a combination platter of sliced duck meat, duck tongue, cuttlefish and beef tripe marinated Teochew style ($34-$68).
Charcoal black frozen yoghurt might not sound very appetising but this tangy creation at Kokopanda is tastes better than it looks. The Koko Black Yogo is made from roasted coconut husk, containing edible activated charcoal, that aids digestion while providing you with a tasty treat. Choose to have it plain or twisted with the Koko White Creamo, a soft-serve ice cream made from milk from Korea. Top the soft-serve with dried fruits, imported from Korea, such as strawberries, apples, and Jeju tangerines. Each cup is priced at $4.90 with one free topping or $5.90 for a cup with three toppings.
Pololi, Asia’s first poké chain, is surfing straight out of Hong Kong and setting up shack on our shores in the CBD. Chef-owner Steph Kudus taps into her time living in Hawaii to capture the laid-back 'Aloha Spirit' in the beachy-chic takeout shop. The five flavours available daily are rotated from a repertoire of over 20 different poké flavours so you'll always have something new to try each time you head to the store. Select your bowl size ($17.99/180g and $15.99/150g) and pick from flavours such as the signature traditional spicy or yuzu salmon. Weekly specials include sweet onion teriyaki swordfish, Thai spicy tuna, Korean spicy tako, ginger marlin and even sambal, for those who like their fish with local spices. Also, grab some Hawaiian treats such as Spam musubi, tropical granitas and Kona Brewing Co’s beer while you’re there.