Folks working in the central business district can soon look forward to Aussie-inspired sandwiches and salad bowls from Surrey Hills Grocer, a café and grocer brand with outlets in Orchard and Jurong. The popular brand’s third store, designed to be a grab-and-go gourmet sarnie joint with a smaller dine-in section, will open on the first floor of The Bank of China Building in Raffles Place on February 1.
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The eatery boasts a similar rustic-chic aesthetic to its sister cafes, with woodsy decor, greenery and a mural depicting an Australian farm. However, it only has 20 seats unlike the fancier 80-seater at Ion Orchard and 38-seater at Jurong.
The grocery section of the cafe is also smaller here. It offers produce – some of which are directly imported from Australia – such as nuts, salad dressing, olive oil and craft beers.
Third outlet in thirteen months
This expansion marks Surrey Hills Grocer’s third outlet in the space of thirteen months. The brand is founded by Pang Gek Teng, 34, who relocated to Australia for five years after quitting her corporate banking job.
There, she operated a grain bowl chain – establishing relationships with Aussie farms and producers along the way – before selling it off and returning to Singapore when the pandemic struck.
Produce from those farms now stock the shelves at Surrey Hills Grocer’s outlets – the first of…