If you haven’t been on top of your Instagram game for the past year and you’re trying to eat your way through our little isle, we’ve got a comprehensive list of all the foods to make sure you’re worthy of that #foodporn hashtag. From froyos that have 20-minute lines to lobster rolls that literally started a trend, we’ve got the top food items that have been Instagrammed in 2014, so you can try make sure your feed is on point for what’s left of the year.
Hanare’s Bara Chirashi Bowl
Anybody who knows about the famous Omakase restaurant Teppei (which you have to make reservations for almost six months in advance) would have probably been to the frills-free sister cafe, Hanare. Located just a hop and skip away from Teppei, Hanare is home to the most famous bowl of Bara Chirashi in Singapore. The bowl, priced at only $17.60, comes in a set of unlimited servings of five sides including miso soup and steamed edamame. The star dish is topped with generous cuts of fresh fish, roe, scallops and whatever else is in season then. The cafe is literally no frills – we suspect the furniture came from IKEA and it feels like you’re having a dinner party in someone’s home. But the Bara Chirashi is phenomenal and definitely worthy of space on your Instagram feed.
Hanare Japanese Cafe 99B Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088520 (+65) 6222 1976
Pince & Pints’ Lobster Roll
The brainchild of Instagram darling Velda Tan and her husband, Pince & Pints’ saw three to four-hour lines when they first opened their doors on Duxton Road earlier this year. Pince & Pints sells nothing but lobsters; they have three dishes on their menu – steamed or grilled live whole lobster, chilli lobster, cooked in the style of chilli crabs and lobster rolls. For some reason, the launch of this lobster joint created an avalanche of lobster obsession all over Singapore with foodies clamouring to try the best rolls they city have to offer.
Pints & Pints 32 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089496 (+65) 6225 7558
Juice Cleanse from Anywhere, Really
The juice cleansing trend, despite the backlash, seems like it’s here to stay, at least for awhile. Part of the obsession may be because you do get a really flat tum after you’re done putting yourself through the torture, but we suspect it’s mostly because it gets your bragging rights on Instagram, and that they tend to photograph really, really well.
Llaollao frozen yogurt
The Spanish frozen yogurt chain launched in Singapore more than a year ago but the snaking queues at all their outlets prove that the froyo obsession in Singapore is showing no signs of stopping. As froyo lovers ourselves, we have to admit that llaollao (pronounced as “yow-yow”, because it’s Spanish) is actually one that’s worth standing in line for. We’re not going to claim it’s healthier than ice cream, because it’s still frozen milk laden with a ton of sugary toppings, but when you’re craving for cold and sweet somethin’ somethin’, a froyo from Llaollao would do the trick. We recommend the Raffaello sauce, which we suspect has been inspired by the same-named spherical coconut-almond confection created by the geniuses at Ferrero.
Llaollao, 6 outlets in various locations www.llaollaoweb.com/sg
Honey Creme Soft Serve
Replacing the snaking queues for bubble tea at 313@Somerset is the latest dessert craze to hit Singapore, the Korean style soft serve ice cream, Honey Creme. What’s different about this soft serve ice cream is the toppings; the menu board includes things like Comb Honey, Honey Comb, Affogato, Organic Cotton Candy, PopCorn and even Organic Mixed Grains, a soft serve masquerading as something healthy, topped with flax seeds, black sesame, barley, oats and rye.
Honey Creme Singapore 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #01-37 Singapore 238895 (+65) 6884 8468
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