We have reached the end of our 4 part mini-series of Hidden Gems. Today TFJ will take you to the South. Albeit there are many places that are unheard of in the South, we have efficiently picked the best out of the long list we had and are delighted to share them with you. As we aim to deliver nothing but the best, join us on this journey of exploring Singapore with this special list of makan places. Hold on to your growling tummy and get ready for a list of as we aptly put, hidden gems.
Fancy a cuppa there, mate? If you, like us, are a fan of Australia and Australian-esque places, Jimmy Monkey is the place to head to. Nestled in the heart of One-North and merely a few minutes walk away from One-North mrt station, this quaint café has evidently made its way on our list due to the location it’s on and the fact that quality beans is readily accessible here. One step into this café and bar will definitely intrigue your inner Madhatter. From their quirky designs (they have a toilet bowl placed on their ceiling…what???) and the array of unheard of food and drink items, this quaint space has managed to pull us in further than expected. If you’re a fan of alcoholic shakes, remember to try a cuppa Violent Crumble. Which is basically a concoction of vanilla ice cream with cocoa, butterscotch schnapps, milk and amalgamated with chopped kapiti chocolate ice cream finish with of course, a generous serving of crushed violet crumble. Over at Jimmy Monkey’s the Melburnian owner thrives in bringing a bit of his home over to the sunny shores of Singapore.
Add: #01-51 One-North Residences, 9 One-north Gateway, 138643
Singing along to Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, we stumbled upon this gem located in Telok Blangah. Owner Donovan Goh, has a vast collection of vintage items like clocks, toys and vinyl records placed in this café guaranteed to bring back nostalgia to the lot of us, old birds. Only in his 30s, he has surprised us with his collection and the old-feel this café has to offer. As we immerse in and embrace the antiquity and old-school ambience Old Habits has to offer, pick up the classic View Master and have a go at it whilst waiting for your grub. Situated in the very ulu Telok Blangah Rise, don’t give this place a miss. Think of all the amazing Instagram-worthy shots you’ll be able to snap here!
Add: 38 Telok Blangah Rise, #01-315, Singapore 090038
Tamarind Hill Restaurant
If you’re constantly looking for excuses to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life, this is an ideal place for you to hide out at. Located in Labrador park and crazily inaccessible to make your way down to unless you’ve a car but that didn’t stop us from venturing to this beautiful place. Located atop the forested Labrador Nature Reserve, Tamarind Hill serves traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine. Apart from it being housed in a gorgeous stand-alone historic colonial bungalow, the staffs here wear sarongs as well! You certainly cannot get that anywhere else in Singapore, can you? Their extensive menu is vegetarian-friendly too. And well-organised in sections to make the ordering of dishes, simple. Do be warned, come equipped with mosquito repellent for where there are humans in luscious greenery, there’s bound to be an abundance of the annoying mozzies.
Add: 30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
With that, we have officially reached the end of TFJ’s Hidden Gem mini-series. Till the next time. Au revoir!