Is the East Coast Singapore’s new foodie capital? With a spate of new bakeries and restaurants joining some longtime stalwarts, it’s a haven for gourmands!
We’ve long been fans of the food options along East Coast Road, Joo Chiat Road and surrounds, but it’s typically been local favourites like laksa, thunder tea rice and Peranakan staples that have tempted our palates. Now suddenly everywhere you look there’s a new artisan bakery or master butcher — not that we’re complaining! East Coast mamas: here’s a roundup of all the fab gourmet shops right in your backyard!
We’re kind of nerds about sustainable seafood, and this awesome seafood shop is one of the only places we know in Singapore where you can get yourself wild-caught salmon (for more about the benefits of wild vs. farmed salmon, click here). The shop is actually run by some former Alaskan fishermen (just like the guys on The Deadliest Catch!); you can also nab yourself fabulous King Crab, Cod, Halibut, Shrimp and other regional products.
The Alaska Guys, 201 Telok Kurau Road #01-05 Kurau Court, 423910, www.thealaskaguys.com
The Italians are flocking to the East. The reason? Bottega, a new all-day deli selling affordable imported goodies like buffalo mozzarella, Italian wines and pasta as well as good quality Italian cheeses and cold meats. Come dinner, the kitchens open. Bottega is modest in appearance and size. It is one of many shops on Tanjong Katong and the setting is very casual – a few alfresco bar stools and high tables perched on the narrow pavement outside the shop with minimal decor. Italian conversation and Italian music add to the authentic buzz. Pizzas are tip top, made by a Sardinian pizza chef. Prices are affordable too, from the simple Napoli to the most expensive: Bologna pizza.
263 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437050,
Tel: (+65) 816 1834
31 Hong Kong Street, 01-01, Singapore 059670
Tel :(+65) 98503630
This chainlet (they’ve also got locations in Holland Village and River Valley) carries a topnotch range of organic and gluten-free meats, along with a nice selection of frozen seafood. Modelled after a traditional Aussie butchery, The Butcher naturally carries a nice array of Aussie and Kiwi sauces, condiments, and even beers. And they’re small but selective assortment of ready-to-go meals are a huge hit (we’re particularly partial to their yummy sausage rolls).
The Butcher, 80 Marine Parade Road, #B1-83B, Parkway Parade, 449269, www.thebutcher.com.sg
Our own Foodie Mama, gourmand Ghillie James, is a huge fan of The Cheese Shop’s wide selection of high-quality British Cheeses, along with their excellent party platters and the convenience of online orders! You’re totally sorted for entertaining with much more than just cheese, too: The Cheese Shop also sells wine, tea and coffee, charcuterie and patés, chips, jams and spreads, olives, and plenty of sweet treats!
The Cheese Shop, 267 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427521, www.cheeseshop.sg
Many argue this is the best bread you’ll find in Singapore, let alone on the East Coast. The brainchild of French pastry chef Frederic Deshayes, Do.Main’s pastries are in fact rivalled by the super-yummy sandwiches and baked dishes.
Do.Main Bakery Café, 226 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015, Tel: (+65) 6348 1406, www.do-mainbakery.com
Our in-house Dutchie, Carlijn, swears by this gourmet coffee shop, which serves up a wide range of quality coffee beans from around the world, all freshly roasted and brewed. How do we know they’re legit? They even have their own roasting academy!
This local artisan bakery specialises in handmade breads, pastries and cakes, with a special emphasis on authentic sourdough levain. Pastries are baked fresh and hand-rolled daily using only French sheet butter (ooh la la!), while cakes are made from scratch without any emulsifiers or stabilisers. In short: you won’t find any nasties here, mama, only some truly delicious treats!
Enjoué Bakery, 174 Joo Chiat Rd #01-01, Singapore 427445, www.facebook.com/enjouebakery
Bread making as an artisan craft is taken to the max here by owner and food & beverage consultant Konstantino Blokbergen. Here sourdough is made using European historical methods and honest, unprocessed ingredients. The hand-built ovens were made with 37 tonnes of material including volcanic stone, reclaimed wood, brick, sand and mortar. These bad boys bake sourdough used for tartines, sandwiches and bread-centric salads, as well as slow-cook main dishes such as grilled meats, fish, and even desserts.
Firebake, 237 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428930, www.facebook.com/firebakesg
East Coast mamas rejoiced when this Tiong Bahru mainstay recently opened up a new outpost on Tanjong Katong. Now you, too, can stock up on high-quality frozen meats, veggies and other slightly less healthy frozen goods, along with delicious coffee, cheeses, ice creams, yogurts, and a variety of seasonings and condiments. Foodie Market Place is such a godsend for busy familes looking to get their meals organised!
Foodie Market Place, 313 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437096, www.facebook.com/FoodieMarketPlace
As the name suggests, Meat Collective specializes in high-quality meats that are perfect for everything from barbecuing to shabu shabu. Their stuff is flown in from top spots around the world, including Australia, the USA, Argentina and Japan, and it’s only available in limited quantities. Savvy mamas know this is the spot to go when you want to feed your fam the best.
Meat Collective, 342 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437112, www.meatcollective.ecwid.com
Whether you’re looking for antibiotic-free meat or organic veggies fresh from Australia, hard-to-find gourmet cheeses, or just some super yummy sandwiches, swing by this spot co-owned by the four Oh sisters and you’re sure to come away satisfied, mama!
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore 429008, Tel: (+65) 6440 4409, www.ohdeli.com.sg
A premium butchery and specialty grocery store that’s also Halal-certified, ZAC imports fresh quality meats primarily from Australia, New Zealand and South America while also producing their own in-house selection of hams, cold cuts and sausages, all under the watch of their German Master Butcher. We’re also big fans of their yummy breads and cheeses!
Lead image sourced via Dutch Colony Coffee C0.