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Poolside Dining at Chat & Chow, ibis Styles at new MacPherson Mall

ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson

Fancy an affordable meal by the pool of a stylish hotel where cabanas and sun loungers dot a nicely landscaped poolside? We stumbled upon a poolside restaurant where you can do that. Chat & Chow, a casual dining restaurant located on the pool deck level of ibis Styles at the new MacPherson Mall, serves a decent set lunch at only $12 nett.

 ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson

MacPherson Mall or M2

ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson is part of the development known as MacPherson Mall or M2 (MacPherson Square). The new MacPherson Mall is situated at the junction of MacPherson Road and Upper Aljunied Road. The development has a hotel component and a mall which is expected to have up to 57 shops and 29 restaurants. The mall is completed and open for business. However, currently the only shop operating at M2 is NTUC Fairprice supermarket.

M2 Macpherson Mall

Chat & Chow

ibis Styles Singapore on MacPherson is opened and operational. The hotel casual dining restaurant is called Chat & Chow. Located next to a 25m freeform pool, the restaurant has an air-conditioned dining area as well as al fresco poolside dining. The restaurant has a contemporary colourful decor.

Chat & Chow Restaurant

Chat & Chow Casual Dining Restaurant

Chat & Chow Casual Dining Restaurant

Chat & Chow serves a variety of international and Asian dishes at different times of the day. It has daily specials. On Friday nights, there are live band performances; and on Saturdays, there is a Teochew Porridge Buffet. Chat & Chow is also a poolside bar and it screens sports programmes in the evenings.

Chat & Chow Tapas Menu

Chat & Chow Drinks Menu

Chat & Chow Teochew Porridge

$12 Set Lunch

Currently, Chat & Chow has a $12 Set Lunch where you can get a main dish, either Salad or Soup of the day and a glass of Ice Lemon Tea. GST and service charge are included in the price of $12.

Chat & Chow Restaurant Set Lunch Menu


I opted to try their Nasi Goreng and Soup of the Day, which was tom yum soup. Service was friendly and efficient. The ice lemon tea and soup were served promptly.

Chat & Chow Set Lunch

Chat & Chow Soup of the Day

The tom yum soup was just soup with a single prawn. Tastewise, it was not bad with the expected degree of sourness and spiciness. The Nasi Goreng was more substantial and quite nicely presented. The fried rice was topped with an egg and came with two sticks of chicken satay, archar and peanuts with anchioves. On the whole, it was quite an enjoyable dish.

Chat & Chow Set Lunch

We recently had lunch at another poolside restaurant – Il Cielo (see our post Hilton Hotel Italian restaurant Il Cielo set lunch). Although the set lunch at Il Cielo is slightly more than twice the price of the $12 set lunch of Chat & Chow, between the two, I would choose the Il Cielo every time. The quality of the food and the ambience are both a significant notch better at Il Cielo. However, if I am in the light industrial area of MacPherson, then Chat & Chow is a very good option. I can get a good lunch with full table service in a very pleasant poolside setting at just $12.

 ibis Styles Singapore poolside

Food: 3
Service: 3
Value: 4
Atmosphere: 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs    3 Tops


Chat & Chow
Level 4, ibis Styles Singapore
401 Macpherson Road
Singapore 368215

Tel: +65 6622 6000

ibis Styles MacPherson Facebook Page


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