The man behind halal Western food chain and social enterprise Eighteen Chefs is set to launch a new halal restaurant. 

This time, it's a "kopi place" (or well, cafe) called Seng Kee the Black Seed.

When it opens end-April, it'll be located at #01-71/72 Bugis Junction, where Pet Lovers Centre used to be.

Seng Kee the Black Seed cafe in Bugis

According to Chef Benny's numerous Facebook posts, the Bugis outlet will be the concept's "first", suggesting that there'll be several more. The outspoken entrepreneur also offered: "We don't squeeze you in a bloody small table like other kopi joints do (hoping you will leave asap)". 

Preparations for the cafe, which seems to specialise in Mod-Sin food (Hainanese chicken sandwich, anybody?), took 14 months, Chef Benny added. 

Chef Benny's posts show the cafe is run by Kopi Solutions, a company he only registered in September last year. In March this year, the man known for championing the Yellow Ribbon Project put out recruitment posters, one of which says, "Don't say I never jio."