Jones the Grocer Great World City is the new outlet of this gourmet grocer from Down Under. It has been more than two years since the Straits Times 17 Apr 2015 article “Jones the Grocer’s Singapore stores up for sale“ which highlighted some challenges facing this celebrated cafe. At the end of that article, a loyal and optimistic retail manager was quoted as saying: “If your clientele hasn’t given up on you, why should you give up on yourself?” It would appear that she is right and things are looking up again with the addition of the new store, Jones the Grocer Great World City. Indeed, the loyal clientele has turned up in numbers in support of the new River Valley outpost.
Fynn’s is a casual modern Australia restaurant in Singapore. We had first visited Fynn’s in 2016 when it first opened at South Beach (see our earlier post here). At that time we did not really think about what kind of restaurant was it. We were back there again for brunch recently. This time, it got us thinking – what exactly is modern Australian cuisine?
A new Tiong Bahru cafe has emerged from the same location that used to be occupied by the Orange Thimble cafe. Merci Marcel is a fresh French cafe which is already packed in its first week of operations. We were told that it is run by the same folks behind French bistrot Ô Batignolles at Gemmill Lane and O Comptoir at Circular Road. We dropped in to check out the brand new Merci Marcel cafe for brunch.
Shop Wonderland is a cafe and floral studio on Telok Ayer Street. Its immediate neighbour is the ever crowded Sarnies Cafe. The cafe is located on the ground floor. The flower shop lives upstairs. We had brunch at the Shop Wonderland cafe on a weekend. We were curious to see what the floral studio was like but unfortunately it was closed.
With two barkless coffee trees in its compact shophouse premises, Two Tall Trees signals that it is a cool neighbourhood cafe which is serious about its coffee. Embedded in the unique and charming low rise residential enclave of Serangoon Garden, Two Tall Tress offers specialty coffee and coconut latte as well as comfort food and desserts.
The former Singapore Badminton Hall is now a mixed-use venue. It houses a yoga studio, a rock climbing and gymnasium facility. The only thing that was of interest to us was the cafe on the ground floor – Brawn & Brains Coffee. It takes up the best location directly facing the main entrance on Guillemard Road, near Geylang.