Some of us may feel far from home but we can get a fill of fabulous Aussie food and coffee year-round in Singapore. Missing the old barbie? There are always grilled goods at your fingertips. Craving a seasonal lamington? No need to suffer! Dreaming of beans by the beach? We hear you. Whether you want to go meaty or leafy, mocha or latte, here are some of our favourite spots to find Australian food and Australian coffee in Singapore.
ROOS, VIBE Singapore
If you like to get straight into bed for a long, leisurely nap after eating or drinking, the new VIBE Hotel could be the destination for you. You may know Aussie-born brand from their hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, and their first foray into Singapore is now open on Orchard Road. ROOS is their all-day dining restaurant offering a winning menu of Aussie-inspired dishes and a real home-from-home.
24 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228518. vibesingapore.com
Carrotsticks & Cravings
Carrotsticks & Cravings is the brainchild of Melbourne-born expat Terri-Anne whose mission is to serve the Singapore masses delicious and nutritious food lovingly prepared to recharge and nourish body, heart and soul. Her penchant for healthy eating and cooking means that the menu is fresh, innovative and feel-good, and there’s plenty of veggie options available too. Favourites include Dukka Salmon, Red Shakshouka and the Minute Steak. This Australian-inspired cafe started at Dempsey Hill but now has locations at Roberston Quay and Stanley Street.
If you’re looking for a barbecue fare that won’t serve sand in your sausage sizzle, Burnt Ends is a winner. Being a perennial World’s 50 Best nominee and Michelin Star recipient, book in advance and prop yourself up at the counter-top table for some casual dining and a direct view of the hot action in the open kitchen. While it’s famed for its quality cuts like 65-day dry aged Aussie beef and Blackmore from Victoria, you’ll also find king crabs and freshwater marrons, plus sides such as Smoked Quail Egg with Caviar.
Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore. Tel: +65 6224 3933, burntends.com.sg
Want surf with your turf? Wooloomooloo plays to one of Australia’s biggest culinary plus points – the pastures and sea together. Located at Swissotel the Stamford, this Singapore Stalwart serves an extensive range of cuts from Australian Black Angus beef to USDA prime beef. Complement your meats with sides such as Truffle Mac & Cheese, Creamy Spinach or Wild Mushrooms. For those who want to keep it light, the appetisers put a keen focus on premium seafood, from Tuna and Spanner Crab Tartare to Kilpatrick Oysters.
C Australia’s Coffee Club
Originating from Brisbane, C Australia’s Coffee Club launched on the red dot last year with its first flagship outlet at Tanglin Mall. Using only sustainably sourced coffee and with beans roasted by an award-winning Melbourne roaster, it’s a go-to for a taste of home. Alongside the bean, there’s also an assortment of pastries that pair perfectly, and if you’ve got littles, they’ll love the Cotton Candy Frappe – a mix of neon colours that resembles a rainbow or a unicorn.
Tanglin Mall #02-152, 163 Tanglin Road, 247933. tanglinmall.com.sg/shop/c-australias-coffee-club
The Whole Kitchen
Australians, Anne and Susan, joined forces to create the healthy and tasty foods they were struggling to find in Singapore themselves. Together, they set out to prove that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless, and tasty doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Come here for bakes which are are gluten-free with options such as dairy free, vegan, paleo and keto. Besides sourdough, toast and sandwiches, there are also bowls such as granola and muesli bowls.
11 East Coast Rd, #01-16, Singapore 428722 and 120 Robinson Rd, #01-01, 068913. thewholekitchen.com.sg
“Cafe Melba” comes from a combination of the words “Melbourne” and “Asia”. Serving up strong lattes, this cute cafe is the third in the chain and only opened last year. In line with the other venues, it offers the same fabulous activities for little ones, a relaxed feel, delicious coffee and great Australasian nosh. Try the Melba French toast or ribeye steak and fries while submerged within a leafy ambience. A true hideaway.
Cafe Melba Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road Block N, #01-56, Goodman Arts Centre, 439053
If you’re new to Singapore, or have perhaps suffered some kind of memory loss, you need to know about Boomerang. Located in Robertson Quay along the Singapore River, this cafe-bar-bistro combo is a banger of a Singapore stalwart serving up a wide variety of Aussie faves including Pan Fried Meatloaf, Peppered Kangaroo Loin and grilled Fillet Mignon. It’s also a top place to watch the sport while you sip a beer too!
60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 238252. boomarang.com.sg
What started out in Queensland as a coffee plantation is now one of the most famous coffee institutes on the island. The fine Arabica beans here are still sourced from Dimbulah Mountain Estate plantation on the Atherton tablelands, offering a rich coffee with a sweet chocolate caramel body and long finish. Beans are roasted weekly alongside modern Australian cuisine. Enjoy a Big Aussie Toastie with a latte for breakfast with a caffeine-kick.
Find locations across Singapore. dimbulahcoffee.com
Toby’s Estate launched 16 years ago in Sydney. Founder Toby Smith learned to grow, roast and brew coffee at coffee plantations in South America and Singapore’s outlet was opened in 2011. Dedicated to keeping it real, Toby’s Estate uses unwashed or natural coffee, also known as dry processing, as it lifts the aromas without stripping the flavours (unlike wet processing). The house blend at Toby’s Estate uses the Rodyk Blend, a 5-bean mix of Costa Rica, Uganda, Panama, Brazil and Ethiopian beans. As if this isn’t enough, they also pride themselves on amazing tea and chocolate.
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04. Tel: 6636 7629. tobysestate.com.sg