If you like breakfast all day, there is a new bagel and waffle restaurant in Tanjong Pagar for you to check out. Called KM Bagel & Waffle, it opened in October 2021 and serves its homonymous bagels and waffles in a gourmet setting. While you would expect to savor them in a casual cafe, KM is – quite unusual – more of a glam bar.
The bar is designed by architect Quck Zhong Yi, who was also the stage designer and large props for the 2018 National Day Parade. Which may explain the dramatic vibe in the dimly lit place, which may accommodate about six guests indoors and six others outdoors. Located right next to the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Food Center overlooking the Orchid Hotel, the interior of the bar is also circular in shape like a bagel.
It is opened by a former head of the London Olympics
KM Bagel & Waffle is named after its two owners, Keith Poon, 35, vice president of sales for an investment firm, and Mariusz Grzes, 30, relationship manager at a real estate company. The duo had decided to offer bagels because it’s a popular breakfast item in Mariusz’s native Poland, and waffles because it’s Keith’s favorite snack at local bakeries. Before becoming RM, Mariusz also worked as a chef and cook for the athletes of the British team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
As Mariusz has a day job, he does not personally cook at KM’s. Instead, the kitchen is run by chef Jeremy Low, 29, formerly of modern Asian bistro Hathaway in Dempsey Hill. By the way, Hathaway is owned by the folks behind Fusionopolis Bread Yard, which supplies the bagels here (the waffles are made by the minute in-house).
The bar is like a celebrity haunt; Keith tells us that Ann Kok, Patricia Mok, and husband and wife singers Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim have stopped by his bar for a meal.
Be warned that the prices here are on the atas to finish. There are five a la carte bagel dishes on the menu here, plus one Octopus & Waffle ($ 34) with grilled octopus legs. We recommend going for the sesame-crusted bagels here – they’re crisp to the bite, with a good bite. Ideal for rocking fluffy scrambled eggs and pieces of shellfish for the Lobster Scramble (photo, $ 28). The waffle could be better, however. It lacks eggy flavor and is sweet even when freshly served. The fancy plating here is also a bit too valuable for our liking; the food would have been much nicer served without frills in a cafe setting.
If you like bigger bar dishes with your alcohol, there is also a five course Signature chef’s conservation menu ($ 118 per person), where you’ll enjoy bagels and savory waffles and desserts accompanied by a cocktail from head mixologist Richard Li, former Tanglin Club and National Gallery rooftop bar, Smoke & Mirrors. For the price, you also get lobster with your bagel – half a Boston chonk and New Zealand clams, all drizzled with miso butter. There is also a duck waffle course.
Duck & waffle
Address and opening hours
Address: # 02-101, 7 Tanjong Pagar Square, S081007
Opening hours: Open every day Wed-Fri 3 p.m.-10.30 p.m., Sat & Sun 12 p.m.-10.30 p.m.
Pictures: Alvin Teo / KM Bagel & Waffle