Korio – New York City-Style Donuts and Sandwiches!

Jonathan Goh
Jonathan Goh
February 20, 2020

From the moment I heard “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z, I have been fascinated with New York City. No other city in the world is more famous, with countless movies, music videos and news broadcasts featuring New York. Now you can get a taste of quintessential New York Deli cuisine at Korio, a chic new takeaway cafe!

Korio Shopfront
Korio Store
Korio display

Located in Far East Square in Telok Ayer, Korio stands out for serving up New York-Style donuts and sandwiches. The store is owned and run by Myron, 26, and his wife Shaz, 25. Myron was actually working for eight months in a Pizzeria in Brooklyn, and it was during this time that the couple were inspired by the world-class donuts they had!

Korio Donuts
Korio Dark Chocolate donut
Korio Passionfruit donut
Korio Plain glazed donut

These donuts are a labour of love, being hand fried and glazed every single day. They are available from 11am on weekdays and 11.30 on Saturday. They are some of the fluffiest and softest donuts that I have ever had! Unlike donut chains like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, Korio’s donuts are much less oily. You don’t feel like you need to take a break after just a few bites!

Another great thing about Korio’s donuts is their impeccably-flavoured glazes, which do not load up on sugar. The 70% Dark Chocolate donut ($4.50) had a rich, dark chocolate ganache glaze, which had a bitterness that allowed the natural sweetness of the brioche donut to shine through. The Passionfruit White Chocolate Donut ($4.20) also had its acidity kicked up a notch, accurately replicating the tanginess of the actual fruit. I enjoyed the sourness, but it may be too much for most people. If these flavours seem too exotic, the good ol plain glazed donut ($3.80) is always there for you as well.

Korio Cinnamon Sugar Do'Hole

Ever wondered where the dough from a donut’s hole go? Here in Korio, even these donut “holes” are turned into a sweet treat. The donut holes are fried and coated in cinnamon sugar, creating a crunchy sugar exterior. Fair warning, the cinnamon flavour is quite pronounced here. If you are not the biggest fan of cinnamon, you might want to give this a miss.

Korio Breakfast Sammy

If you work in the Telok Ayer area, then one of Korio’s sammies, or sandwiches, would be a perfect thing to grab for a quick yet tasty lunch! Korio has a daily sandwich menu, with unique creations such as the Peking Duck Sammy ($14), available only on Wednesdays. I decided to go for the Breakfast Sammy ($9), one of two sandwiches available throughout the week. The breakfast sammie consists of crispy luncheon meat, pillowy scrambled eggs and melted cheese, which come together to form an utterly delicious bite. While the luncheon meat was a tad too salty, the sandwich was still really enjoyable.

Korio’s donuts and sandwiches are definitely worth checking out, especially if you work nearby!


Address: 135 Amoy Street, #01-03, Far East Square, Singapore 049964

Phone: 9771 6491

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am to 4pm, Sat: 9am to 3pm.

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