(Updated 12 September 2015) The Bukit Merah SAFRA (Singapore Armed Forces Reservist Association) Clubhouse at the junction of Alexandra Road and Jalan Bukit Merah had been a destination for badminton, shooting, rock climbing and other sports for many years. The photography club there must have trained a few generations of photographers. Where the SAFRA Clubhouse once stood is now Alexandra Central, a new development comprising a 6 storey podium called the Alexandra Central Mall and a 13 storey hotel, the Park Hotel Alexandra.
The hotel is operational but more than half of the Alexandra Central Mall is still unoccupied. Gain City and Daikin Pro Shop are at the mall and a few nail spas and hair salons have started business. It is supposed to be the new hub in the area for education, electronics and dining. We are of course most interested in the dining part. When we visited Alexandra Central recently, we were glad to note that the food and beverage options there, though limited presently, could be quite interesting.
The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook, the vintage home store and cafe, has a cafe on the ground floor of Alexandra Central Mall serving gourmet coffee and tea, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and pastries. On weekends and public holidays, breakfasts is available. Sandwiches were priced at $12, a pizza was $14 and a long black was $4. See our post Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook.
Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook
Tel : +65 6250 0040
AlibabaR Dining Cafe Bar occupies a prime spot on the ground level of Alexandra Central Mall. The place is run by the folks behind Alibabar The Hawkers Bar in Katong (see Alibabar O Bun Sesame). It has a small indoor seating area as well as outdoor seating. They have a good range of craft beers. All day breakfast, potatoes jackets, burgers, pasta and other Western dishes are on their menu. Their beef burger ($11.70) was good – thick juicy patty and nicely toasted buns. The fries were nice too. In the afternoon they serve High Tea.
AlibabaR Dining Cafe Bar
Tel : +65 62502633
Otoko Ramen offers ramen in a variety of soup bases as well as rice dishes such as curry rice, chasu rice and kaisendon.
Tel : +65 6250 2889
ToastBox is just next to Alibabar. Besides coffee and toasts, local dishes like Hainanese Curry Chicken, Laksa, Steamed Pork Ribs with Yam and Chicken Chop Rice are available. There is a lunch set of Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodles with a glass of barley water for $7.20.
Sat – Thurs: 8am to 8.30pm
Fri – Sat, eve of PH & PH: 8am to 9pm
Tel : +65 6250 2080
Master Prata @ Alexandra serves a wide varity of pratas and thosai as well as dishes like fried rice and mee goreng.
Master Prata @ Alexandra
Opening Hours : 10 am to 10 pm
Tel : +65 8268 8210
Atmosphere Bistro, the bistro bar from Parkland Green, offers cakes, pizzas, baked rice, burgers and mains such as duck confit, baby back ribs, steaks and cajun chicken.
Tel : +65 6250 4863
The Gogi, Fruite, Katong Laksa, Southend and several other food and beverage outlets have also opened in the Alexandra Central Mall.
Southend Beers & Ciders
328 Katong Laksa
Yummy Punjabi #01-07 – Indian/Pakistani Tapas Bars and Vegetarian Restaurant.
The Carvery is a nicely appointed all day restaurant on the 7th floor of Park Hotel Alexandra. It serves roasts of premium beef, lamb, fish and more. Pizzas, salad as well as Asian and local dishes are also available. There is an opening promotion till 30 September 2015 where the 2nd diner gets a 50% discount.
Aqua Luna is a beautiful al fresco bar on the 7th floor of Park Hotel Alexandra. The panoramic view from the poolside bar is wonderful. Bar food is available.
12:00pm to 11.00pm (Sundays to Thursdays)
12:00pm to 1:00am (Fridays & Saturdays)
Tel : +65 6828 8885
The Coffee Belt is located on the ground floor lobby of Park Hotel Alexandra. Toby Estate coffee beans are used and muffins, salad and sandwiches are available for takeaway.
The Coffee Belt
7:00am to 8:00pm
Those are the food and drinks options we have seen so far. The number is small for now but there is a good mix. You can have a quick local meal at Toastbox and a drink at the ultra chic Aqua Luna. Alexandra Central is right next to Ikea; so you can always go for a super cheap breakfast at Ikea (see My $1 Breakfast) if necessary.
The car park entrance of Alexandra Central is at Jalan Bukit Merah. Be prepared for an exciting long ride up the spiraling ramp to the carpark on level 4.
Alexandra Central Mall
321 Alexandra Road
Tel : +65 61003800
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm