Check out this themed cafe-bistro in the bustling Chinatown area for its intriguing fusion creations
There’s a cafe on every corner in Singapore that serves up just about anything you can think of – waffles, coffee, brunch, salads – but few offer uniqueness quite like Monochrome Fusion Bistro on South Bridge Road, Chinatown. To set itself apart from the other cafes in Singapore, this casual eatery is heavily-themed, and judging by its name, there’s no prizes for guessing its overall concept!
The minimalist black-and-white scheme is classy and simple, yet powerful – a refreshing sight in the industrial chic world we currently live in! Food prices range from $7 to $33, and you can easily choose a main course for less than $20.
Try the starter of “Threesome Wings” ($16) to sample three variations of the sinful treat: honey oat, chilli crab, and Thai chilli sauce. For mains, we thoroughly enjoyed the sweet-savoury chilli crab linguini ($22, comes with a massive piece of deep fried soft shell crab) and the squid ink risotto ($23). The latter (one of Monochrome’s signature creations) consists of pan-seared scallops, crunchy quinoa, edamame beans, parmesan cheese, and alfalfa sprouts. Another item we highly recommend is the country chicken pizza ($19), which was surprisingly impressive with its fresh toppings of juicy Cajun chicken, sundried tomatoes, mayonnaise, and mozzarella.
Desserts at Monochrome are pretty heavy and rich, so you’ll want to keep plenty of room for them. The sticky date pudding and the locally-inspired chendol cake are safe choices, but what really caught our attention was the Churroffles ($12). Churros iron-pressed into waffles and topped with biscuit crumbs, banana slices, cinnamon sugar, and a dollop of ice cream – what a dream!
Monochrome Fusion Bistro, 291 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058836, p. 62211798. Open daily 12pm-10pm.