Have you heard of the term “mipster”? It stands for Muslim hipster. There’s also the term Gummy – global urban Muslim.
Singapore now has a growing list of mipster and Gummy bistros that serve hip, trendy food. Muslim-owned Word in Upper Thomson serves its signature drink, the Word Concoction ($7), a drink made with ice-cream soda, lemongrass, mint and sour plum, in a light bulb for a glass. How’s that for mipster?
The cafe-bistro serves items such as Blur Like Sotong ($10), calamari rings with aioli; an Aubergine Stack ($12), a delicious vegetarian dish of panco-crumbed slices of eggplant served with grilled vegetables and addictive house-made potato crisps; brunch items; pastas and burgers.
For an Instagram-worthy picture (hashtag us #stfoodtrending), order the Handsome Burg ($20, above). The name of the dish is a cheeky take on Malay slang for a good-looking chap. This hearty beef burger, drizzled with a punchy sambal-like peanut sauce, comes in a soft rainbow bagel. Pretty handsome, if you ask me.
WHERE: Word, 906P Upper Thomson Road, near Springleaf Road OPEN: Noon to 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays TEL: SMS reservations to 9699-4829/9742-9224 INFO: www.facebook.com/wordbistro/