New Cafés to Hop to in Bedok
New to the East Coast Road F&B stretch is Muslim-owned Moroccan-style restaurant, La Fez. The Moroccan theme is clear in its design—its interior bathed in rose pink with brassy-gold accents, and mini palm trees and its exterior adorned with iconic arches typical of the country’s traditional architecture. The fun fact is that Marrakech in Morocco is also known as the red-rose city, because of its pink-hued buildings made from red clay. As you’d expect of any Moroccan restaurant worth its couscous, you’ll find tagine-cooked dishes, like braised lamb stews and shakshuka. However, La Fez is more Moroccan-inspired, and a wellness offering to boot, so obviously a version of avo toast has snuck its way into the menu. La Fez also bakes its own breads and desserts, so you can pop in for a baguette or sourdough loaf too. Don’t leave without trying their “Moroccan whiskey” — a popular mint-forward tea, sans alcohol of course.
Marie’s Lapis Café
The best kueh lapis is always made by an elderly woman who has toiled with the tedious process of making this layered Indonesian cake for decades. Thanks to son Chris Lim, 78-year-old Marie Yeo gets to share her lapis with all of us at Marie’s Lapis Café which opened in November 2020 at Bedok North. She makes a traditional lapis but also a coffee-flavoured one that has found favour with many. But this café serves more than just lapis. Marie’s seems to cater to many tastebuds, with a mix of burgers and sandwiches, desserts like crème brûlée, even a chicken cordon bleu. But they also have some fun with fusion dishes such as a Nonya rendang wrap served in a taco with home-made achar, and penne with home-made ngoh hiang.
537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-575, Singapore 460537
Tel: 6970 8556
Opening hours: 4pm-1pm, Tue, 8.30am-7pm, Wed-Thu, 8.30am-10pm, Fri-Sun, closed Mon
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IG: @marieslapis | FB: @marieslapiscafe | www.marieslapiscafe.com
Who doesn’t need more gelato in their lives? Denzy Gelato recently opened its second branch in Bedok. Co-founded by local boy Damien Yau, who trained in Italy as a gelato artist, Denzy is artisanal at the core, only using carefully sourced quality ingredients and crafting their gelato in-house. Denzy has a fun variety of flavours, including Yoghurt Speculoos, Bergamot Mojito, and a Whisky and Salted Pecan Brittle. Of course you’ll also find classics like dark chocolate, and a mango and yuzu sorbet. Denzy sells keto-friendly gelatos online too which can be delivered to your home. Handcrafted gelatos had in-store are also served with the gelateria’s signature light and crispy waffles.
509 Bedok North Street 3, #01-03, Singapore 460509
Tel: 8876 4925
Opening hours: 12pm-12am, Sun, Tue-Thu, 12pm-2am, Fri-Sat, closed Mon
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Five Oars Coffee Roasters
You might recognise the name of these roasters after the tragic CNY 2021 accident at Tanjong Pagar. Five Oars had at that point shuttered their operations in the CBD, but have since opened a new outlet at Upper East Coast Road. And because you can never have enough good coffee, Five Oars is a welcome addition to the area, as many cafés in the neighbourhood are often filled with the work-from-home crowd. As you probably expect, Five Oars takes great pride in its coffee craftsmanship, roasting its own beans which are served in-café but also sold online in espresso or filter coffee versions for home baristas. While you sip on a warm cuppa or a cold brew, you can also tuck into levelled up brunch bites like up eggs benedict served with shredded Iberian pork and apple slaw, or scrambled eggs topped with crab meat, ebiko and feta.
Yet another new kid in town, Chanterelle Café has taken up residence at Siglap V. It might seem odd to be neighbouring another popular café, Craftsman Specialty Coffee, but Chanterelle is definitely not competing head on. In fact, it’s a vegan haven, offering plant-based eats and foods made with mycoproteins (a type of fungus) alongside its coffees and cakes from Bob the Baker Boy, known for making healthy low-sugar cakes. We’re not surprised by this vegan-friendly vibe as Chanterelle takes its name from the chanterelle mushroom, though you won’t find many chanterelle dishes on their menu. But you will find acai bowls, and even an eggless egg toast, which is made with chia seeds, turmeric and shiitake mushrooms.