Cafe Review: Breezy brunch with a view

Posted by Stella Cochrane on

The first thing that hits you as you step into Panamericana is the huge windows which allow an expansive view of the ocean. Yes the ocean is dotted with container ships, but hey, this is Singapore and we’ve come to think of these as part of the beauty right?!?

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Situated right on the edge of Sentosa set against the lush green golf club, Panamericana is a casual eating and drinking spot, perfect for those long weekend brunches with friends. It’s menu, inspired by the 14 countries that the Pan-American Highway crosses, offers up small and big plates during the week and evenings, as well as a brunch menu on the weekends perfect to soak up last night’s booze or line your stomach ready for the day ahead.

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Whilst the menu is predominantly an ode to meat (with an Argentinian fire-pit in middle of the dining room!), we were impressed by the number of great vegetarian dishes on the brunch menu.

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Along with the usual suspects of pancakes, salmon and poached eggs, there is also a chickpea quesadilla and scrambled eggs with smashed peas and avocado.

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When it comes to drinks, as we've already hinted at, it’s the booze that takes centre stage at this joint with a comprehensive beverage menu of cocktails, spirits (two pages dedicated to whiskey!), wines and beers. The bar regularly mixes up new concoctions such as ‘Grown Up Fanta’ and ‘Tommy’s Margaritas’ depending on the mood of head bartender, Ricky Pavia, alongside refreshing juices, smoothies and of course, coffee if you aren’t in the mood for some booze. They are currently pouring some delicious San Fransico, from Guatemala as Nitro cold brew! 

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So weather you are looking for a breezy spot to while away your weekend or fancy watching some ships pass in the night, take a trip down to Sentosa; we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, 099892

Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 12pm – 11pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9am – 11pm

t: +65 62538182


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Cafe Review: New Found Gem in a Hidden Valley

Posted by May Espino on

Market Valley

In recent times, River Valley has become one of the most bustling streets in Singapore where some of the best cafes and restaurants are located.  From Australian-inspired cafes, authentic Japanese restaurants to French bistros, name it and this area have it all. Before 2017 ended, another small café opened along River Valley and jumped on to the long list of new Singapore café’s you have to try.


Market Valley is a family run business, which was started by Sam Ong and his other siblings when they realized that despite the volume of F&B in River Valley there was an unmet market for a simple coffee and sandwich concept. Sam had been spending a lot of time in the area as his brother worked at a local barber shop, it wasn't long until he was inspired to fill the gap and open a place himself.  Sam felt confident in undertaking this task after living in Melbourne for some time which gave him the opportunity to learn more about specialty coffee and taste some of the best coffee he has ever tasted.

Although Sam does not consider himself a person who essentially needs caffeine fix everyday, coffee is still a very important part of their menu. Expect to be served with 22 Martin from the hopper, or if you are lucky enough, be surprised with blends like Lucky Basterd or CMCR Espresso on some days. Sam knows that his cafe is only a small place yet he understands the importance of investing into a Synesso to provide only the best coffee to their customers.


I love how simple their menu is, yet everything is so delightful. They offer different varieties of sandwiches, wraps and healthy salad bowls too. A personal favorite was the Philly Cheese Steak, which did not disappoint at all with that generous portion of beef and cheese! After having this tasty dish, I ended it with a well balance cup of flat white well made by their in house barista.


Market Valley is sure in my list of places that serves amazing food and coffee with a really affordable price tagged in it. If your office is just around the corner or you happen to be in the area, make sure to drop a visit and try some of their awesome sandwiches and coffee too!



222 River Valley Rd, Singapore 238280

Operation Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am-8pm

Saturday: 8:30-4pm

Sunday: Closed 



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The Best Mylk's in Town!

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Not a fan of dairy, but also don’t like your coffee black? There’s no need to despair in 2018 with more and more cafes serving up delicious alternative milks, many of them filled with added nutritional benefits helping you boost your vitamin intake while the caffeine kicks in!

 So what’s on offer?

First of all there’s soy, our go-to has always been Bonsoy, it’s organic and works the best with coffee – in both our humble opinion and that of bearded hipsters world wide.


Bonsoy: We choose a select variety of organic Golden soybeans coupled with superior manufacture techniques give this a high protein level for people wishing to increase their protein intake from a vegetable source; this high protein level is great for staying satisfied for the health conscious especially after a strenuous workout to help repair tired muscles.

You can enjoy Bonsoy anytime, but if you love a soy latte, you have to make it Bonsoy! Not only does it taste great in coffee, but ‘stretches’ like regular cows milk giving you that delicious frothy top we know you love. No wonder good Baristas everywhere prefer it.


Soy is not for everyone though, so when it comes to healthy and whole options, our mind immediately goes to our friends at Kitchen by Food Rebel, who strongly believe in knowing how your food is produced, and understanding the impact it has on your body. When this comes to coffee, it means you can choose from organic soy milk, coconut milk, house made almond or cashew mylk!

All of these milks (mylks) add a unique flavor profile to your brew, along with benefits such as added protein, nutrients and sustained energy.

Seems like almond mylk has become another go-to for cafes looking beyond the soy bean, with Wild Honey, Open Farm Community and Brownice all offering the tasty nut-based option.

Almond milk: Almond milk is made by blending almonds with water and then straining the mixture to remove the solids. It can also be made by adding water to almond butter. It has a pleasant, nutty flavour and creamy texture that's similar to regular milk. For this reason, it is a popular choice for vegans and those who are allergic or intolerant to dairy.


 But what if you don’t do diary, avoid soy and aren’t nuts about nuts? Don’t despair, you can find lactose free milk at Jones the Grocer, and coconut milk at the Lokal!



Lactose-free Milk:  Lactose is sugar found in milk and requires the lactase enzyme, which your body secretes naturally, for it to be broken down into monosaccharides. You are incapable of fully digesting the milk sugar if your lactase level diminishes. Drinking lactose-free milk becomes the only alternative you have if you at all have to consume milk. Even though it lacks lactose, there are benefits of drinking lactose-free milk.


Coconut Milk:

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.


What about CMCR, I hear you say?! We may be a little late to the party, but when people talk, we listen, so we’re excited to share that we now have Oatly oat milk available at CMCR Martin Rd, Grounded by CMCRCommon Man Stan, and over at Forty Hands!



Oat Milk:

Oat milk is a tasty vegan alternative to dairy milks, and it is also nutritious. Oat milk is made with presoaked oat groats, which are hulled grains broken into fragments. Oat milk features a mild, slightly sweet taste, which substitutes well for low-fat or skim milk. Oat milk can also be used in the same way as rice milk or soy milk. Western herbalists recommend oat milk as a tonic for the nervous system. Oat milk is very low in fat and lactose free.




It’s all in the oats. 100% organic Swedish oats that are grown in clean soil and spend the summer getting rained on to grow strong in the never ending Nordic sun. It’s vegan approved, contains no added sugar whatsoever and is full of that big scientific word betaglucans* which are great for your heart.



Go forth and enjoy!

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An Insta-Worthy Weekend Brunch at Fynn's!

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If you are yet to check out Fynn's at South Beach, you're late to the party. This cafe is California-cool and hitting all the right marks with food, coffee, decor and vibes. 
During the week Fynn's is the perfect spot for you power lunch or an escape-the-office caffeine fix. Enjoy the best of homemade hearty salads, sandwiches + burgers, fresh pasta dishes, and grilled meat plates in a lively, buzzing atmosphere.
Sliding into dinner things get a little more grown up, with an intimate vibe and menu designed for sharing with the table, fresh seafood is really the star here once night falls. 
If that's not enough to get you planning a visit, we've saved what we think is the best til last... the range of tasty treats reserved just for the weekend. 
Come by on the weekend to experience Fynn's special brunch menu, with something to suit every craving ranging from Acai Bowls, a Truffle-infused Omelet, Stuffed French Toast or grab their signature Breakfast Board to sample a bit of everything! 
26 Beach Road #b1-21
South Beach Avenue
Singapore 189768
Lunch - Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Brunch - Saturdays: 11:00am to 3:00pm, Sundays: 10:30am to 4:30pm
Reservations: (highly recommended!) 
t: +65 6384 1878
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East Comes West - The Bao Makers' New Digs

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The Bao Makers have recently relocated to a new site in the hip foodie area of Kheong Siak (4 Jiak Chuan Road) and with the renovations has come with another surprise!
Originally located on Horne Road, The Bao Makers was formed in 2013 when husband and wife team, Suyi and Eugene decided it was time to have their own business. With Suyi having a passion for food and coffee, opening a café was a no brainer to them. The couple have a passion for travel and have brought back many ideas from all over the world which all come together at their ventures in Singapore. It was on one such trip to London that the inspiration for The Bao Makers was found - an eastern food meets a western drink - and so the concept was born.
Walking into the café, it’s hard not to notice the gorgeous long-bar made of bright white tiles and finished off with a mahogany wood table top. Balls of light hang from the ceiling creating a whole new feel to the place and making it more sophisticated than it’s last incarnation on Horne Road. I love how the huge windows allow natural light to come in adding warmth to the massive space they have.
If you don’t know the concept, it takes a local delicacy and adds interesting twists to the classic flavours. They have a wide range to choose from and if you can’t decide what to pick some of my favourites include the salmon mentaiko, salted egg chicken and of course, the belly of pork bao. Pair these bad boys with the crowd’s favourite 22 Martin espresso brewed on the classic La Marzocco PB and you are in for a treat! They also serve different types of buns like sesame or steamed, but if you feel like you deserve a treat, they even have deep-fried buns too! If buns aren’t your thing though, or your feeling like something heavier, they have ranges of pastas and rice bowls to choose from too – something to suit every mood. 
So here’s the surprise, the new location houses not only a café and bakery during the day, but also a steak bar at night. As Keong Saik transforms itself into a nightlife destination so does The Bao Maker’s becoming Butler’s Steakhouse - the new kid on the block which I think you should watch out for. Of course steak is the best thing on the dinner menu, which you can pair with one of their many wines. If you are the kind of person who loves drinking but not such a fan of the alcohol taste, they also have some delicious cocktails (mojitos, yum!) to choose from.
The Bao Makers and Butler’s Steakhouse are both products of Suyi and Eugene’s passion for food and coffee. I admire the relationship they have with their staff, treating all of them like family which you can feel filters down to the service they provide. So, make a date to drop by for a delicious latte or settle in for a feed any time of the day - these people know how to welcome you!

The Bao Makers
4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3.30pm
Saturday, Sunday & PH: 12pm - 5pm

T: +65 6291 2330
Instagram: @baomakers
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