On the surface, AEIOU seems like yet another vintage café in Singapore. It’s true, these cafés have become a dime a dozen across the island. However, AEIOU has a level of authenticity that other cafés have not managed, in part thanks to the owners salvaging and repurposing much of the furniture and decorations inside. The café is easy to miss, because the storefront sign is in fact still the one from the old antique shop that was housed there the 1970s. The menu is more sophisticated than your standard vintage café, with offerings such as beef cheek and pan seared sea bass. They are most famous for their avocado coffee, which is served in a repurposed Absolut vodka bottle.
The Bao Makers take the classic Singapore bun snack and modernize it with successful results. Their main focus is mantou buns, either steamed or fried, with different fillings including the classic pork belly, a Korean-inspired bulgogi, the ever-popular salted egg shrimp and the classic Singaporean flavor, chili crab. Besides bao, they also offer a menu of both Asian- and Western-inspired sides and main dishes, such as fish and chips and yakiniku don, a rice bowl with stir-fried beef slices and an onsen egg.
The Bao Makers Café and Bakery, 78 Horne Rd, Singapore, +65 6291 2330