The newest Singapore cafe elevates eating (along with drinking) at the forefront of another food trend
It’s no surprise living in a foodie paradise like Singapore that certain food trends seem to spread across the island’s restaurants. We’ve seen a waffle craze, a focus on high-end BBQ, and a spate of tapas bars, for instance. One food trend that just might be in its nascent stage is crepes, to which we say “Oui, oui si vous plait!” if the new spot The Daily Roundup is any indication.
It’s sort of an elevated response to the legions of cafes that have cropped up everywhere and anywhere, but while the quality coffee (courtesy of Papa Palheta) is a no-brainer, they’ve put just as much thought and effort into the food menu. With the backing of restaurant group Lo & Behold (they whizzes behind faves like White Rabbit, Tanjong Beach Club and OverEasy, among others), The Daily Roundup’s menu was created by French chef Julien Royer (who will also open a fine dining restaurant with Lo & Behold at the new Singapore National Art Gallery later this year).
Anchoring the ground floor of so-hot-right-now co-working space The Working Capitol on hip Keong Saik Road, The Daily Roundup says the collaboration reflects The Working Capitol’s philosophy around “a constant and routine meeting of minds” and the menu sets out to improve on the idea of a basic café with “lighter, healthier but [still] tasty options for the increasingly conscious palette”.
The result is a curated selection of more than a dozen sweet and savoury crepes and galettes, although we were equally impressed by the menu’s additional healthy lunch items like gazpacho, quinoa spinach salad, and The Salad Printemps (an all-time classic item borrowed from The White Rabbit).
The ingredients are simple and straightforward, but also distinctly premium: buckwheat and wheat flour sourced directly from Brittany (the French home of crepes), for instance, or Iberico chorizo, or juicy vine-ripened cherry tomatoes from Holland (easily the best tomatoes I’ve tasted in Singapore!).
On the drinks front, besides the artisanal coffee there are also freshly-blended juices, rare French ciders, and signature alcoholic wine spritzers hand-crafted by Lo & Behold’s group beverage mentor Julian Serna and bottled daily on-site. My fave was the Nashii Pear Sauvignon Blanc: citrusy, bright, and oh-so-refreshing. And how handy that you can take them home with you!
Seriously every crepe I tried was fantastic (which was kind of a problem, to be honest, since I tried five of them!). If I had to choose a favourite among the savoury galettes, it would probably be The Burrata, with Italian Burrata (so creamy!), lots of green arugula, delicious homemade pesto, and the aforementioned vine-ripened cherry tomatoes. It was almost like a salad balanced out by the light, crisp buckwheat galette. Meat eaters should be totally stoked for “The Complete Chorizo”, though, which in addition to its Spanish pork features imported French Comte cheese and a perfectly cooked sunny side-up egg.
On the sweet side, it’s hard to go wrong with classics like Hazelnut or Butter Sugar crepes, though my fave might have been the Daily Roundup’s unique Asian spin: The indulgent Yuzu Butter, blending just a hint of citrusy tang with rich French Bordier Butter. I was also a huge fan of The Salted Caramel, which combines grated Tonka beans with sumptuous homemade caramel sauce.
Thankfully the portions are just the right size: you won’t leave feeling hungry, nor will you be clutching your sides or need to hit up the gym for a week to work off the indulgence. I’d highly suggest ordering crepes to share with friends, because it would be a shame to not sample the entire, impressive menu, mama!
What’s more, The Daily Roundup opens bright and early at 8am, even on Saturdays, so it’s a great spot to check out for brekkie with the fam as it’ll please both sweet and savoury brunch lovers.
So next time you find yourself in the Duxton-Tanjong Pagar area, whether you’re in need of a caffeine pick-me-up or some hearty – but never heavy – French fare, take a spin over to The Daily Roundup, mama!
The Daily Roundup, 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-02 The Working Capitol, Singapore 089109
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm