Although there are over 10 (and counting) speciality bagel shops around the island, our obsession with bagels knows no bounds. Here’s the latest spot to add to your list — B For Bagel, a popular Korean bagel bar from Gangnam, Seoul, which has opened its first Singapore outpost at Tanglin Mall.
The interior is similar to that of the Yeoksam-dong outlet, decked out in striking orange hues and wooden tones. It’s quirky, and vibrant, and makes me feel like I’m not in Singapore.
As expected of a brand from South Korea, the branding here is absolutely spot-on. Feel free to snap photos at the feature wall lined with posters and browse the shelves of merchandise and tableware (yes, you can purchase your very own B For Bagel T-shirts, caps, or keychains).
Mirrors, touches of greenery, and interestingly enough, cans of Patatas Fritas (tinned potato crisps), add personality to the space.
Basic Bagel(s) with Bold Ingredients
B For Bagel encourages you to eat [their] bagels with “your children, mum, dad, sister, best friend, neighbor, colleague, everyone you love” — all are welcome at this Korean-run bagel bar.
Fresh bagels are rolled out at 10am and 1pm daily, but we highly recommend dropping by before noon (AKA peak lunch hour) to snag the flavour(s) you like.
There are 12 varieties of bagels to choose from, including Plain (S$3.90), Soboro (Cookie Dough, S$4.50), Fig Chutney (S$5.20), and Garlicbutter Cheese (S$5.50), accompanied by a selection of flavoured cream cheeses served in adorable little tubs.
We opted for a standard plain bagel, which was the perfect balance of fluffy and chewy, with Blueberry Jam (S$3.90) cream cheese. A stunning shade of lavender aside, the cream cheese was rich, with a “barely-there” sweetness, allowing the delicate berry flavour to shine.
For something more substantial, turn to the savoury bagel sandwiches or bagelwiches we all know and love. The seemingly French-inspired Jambon Butter (S$11.90) only features two ingredients (ham and a thick slab of butter, Kaya toast-style) but there is beauty in simplicity.
To put it simply, it’s a charming, no-frills bagelwich you’d take away for a romantic picnic in the park with your significant other.
Alternatively, load on the flavour with the Red Curry Chicken (S$14.50), comprising chicken, carrots, pickles, and cilantro on a sesame seed bagel, or the Bacon Cheese Omelette (S$14.50), the perfect breakfast staple to kickstart your morning. Make it a full meal with an additional order of Soup (+S$3.90) — extra fuel for the day.
Don’t miss out on the decadent dessert bagels, most notably the Peach Cloud (S$7.50), a creamy dreamy concoction of mildly sweetened whipped cream and peaches reminiscent of the dessert sandwiches you can find at Japanese convenience stores.
Other options include the Banana Cloud (S$7.50) and the unique Black Bean Turtle Mascarpone (S$7.90).
B For Bagel also makes an exquisite Einspenner (S$6.50), the trendy foam-topped Viennese coffee that has been all the rage lately. They also serve drinks popular in cafes in Korea, such as the Americano (S$5.50), Vanilla Bean Latte (S$6.50), and refreshing Green Grape Ade (S$6.50).
Drop by for your fix of delicious bagels and coffee before the crowds start getting too crazy. I’m already planning my second visit.
B For Bagel
📍 163 Tanglin Rd, B1-125,126, Singapore 247933
🕒 10am–5pm (Daily)
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