Like green shoots after the rain, new Great World restaurants have sprouted following the major renovations that started in 2018. It is now 2020 and most of the works are complete and Great World City (GWC) has a bright new look and a brand new name – Great World (we wonder how much they paid their consultants who came up with the rebranding of “Great World City” to “Great World”). Change of name aside, if you have not been there in the last 18 months, you may not recognise the place. Here are some TOP Great World restaurants and food places to check out. Some are totally new to Great World restaurants and others are familiar ones that were in GWC but have updated their stores.
According to the Great World website, renovation works commenced in mid-April 2018 and were estimated to complete by the third quarter of 2020, in time for the projected completion of the new Great World MRT Station along the Thomson-East Coast line in 2021.
Great World restaurants and food places
Blue Ginger Great World City is the famous Peranakan restaurant’s second outlet in Singapore. Their first one is at Tanjong Pagar and has been in business for more than 20 years. We had our nonya lunch there and were impressed by how good the food was. Read more.
Blue Ginger Great World
#01-106, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Tel: +65 6235 7042
Mondays – Fridays
Lunch : 11am – 3pm ( last order 2.15pm )
Dinner : 6pm – 10pm ( last order 9.15pm )
Saturdays , Sundays & Public Holidays
11am – 10pm ( last order 9.15pm )
Malaysia Chiak! is a like a mini street scene with stalls offering Malaysian street food. They have outlets in malls all over Singapore including The Centrepoint, Singpost Centre and Northpoint City and Marina One. Malaysia Chiak! at B1 of Great World City is their latest outlet. You can read about what we ate at Malaysia Chiak! Marina One here.
&JOY Dining Hall
&JOY Dining Hall in Basement 1 is a collection of Japanese specialty cuisines including : ROMAN.TEI (beef steak and rice) RAMEN KIOU (roasted chashu ramen), Gokoku Japanese Bakery; Pittarino Pizza & Pasta and Kuriya Japanese Market.
#B1-132 Great World City
Operating hours: 11:00am – 9:30pm daily
Ginza Anzu is a popular tonkatsu restaurant on the first level of Great World shopping mall. It was full of diners when we were there. According to the GWC website, Anzu is a “farm-to-table concept eatery” from Kyushu, Japan and are famous for tonkatsu (deep-fried pork).
#01-113/114 Great World
Yonehachi has more than 90 shops across Japan serving “Okowa,” a type of steamed sticky rice. The Okowa bentos and the set meals look interesting.
PS.Cafe Great World travels down the ‘Spice Route’ as house-blended Indian spices and herbs accompany their menu. Brand new creations, exclusive to PS.Cafe at Great World include Impossible Bombay Koftas, Lamb Pilaf Pie, Masala Roast Chicken, and Spiced Biryani Salad – to name a few.
The new PS. Cafe also features a grab-and-go counter with bakery items ranging from vienoisseries to Giant Eclairs.
PS.Cafe at Great World
Tel: +65 6708 9288
Hours: Weekdays – 8 am to 10 pm
Weekends and Public Holidays – 9.30 am to 10 pm
Cedele is a familiar name that needs no introduction. They are also not new to GWC, but the new and bigger Cedele restaurant is now in Basement 1.
Tel: +65-6836 1426
Mon-Fri: 10am to 10pm
Sat & Sun/PH: 9am to 10pm
A newcomer to Great World, Plentyfull is an eclectic Californian inspired bakery and deli counter which serves freshly baked breads as well as a selection of sandwiches, salads, hot main dishes, and cakes. Read more.
Plentyfull Bakery & Deli
Tel: +65 6721 9952
House On The Moon
House on the Moon wins our award for the most exciting shop design in Great World. Conceived by multi-Michelin starred chef Juan Amador, Hüseyin Turan and The Science Kitchen, House On The Moon is a dessert bar that is just asking to be checked out.
House On The Moon
Tel: +65 6235 0802
Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine
Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine is a Chinese restaurant at Great World that needs no introduction. It has been at the mall for as long as we can remember. They had closed to undergo a major transformation. Re-opened in August 2019, the newly renovated restaurant is more beautiful than the original one. You can read about our lunch at the new Imperial Treasure GWC here.
Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine
Tel: +65 6732 2232
Tambuah Mas is one of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Singapore, having been in business since 1981. Their new outlet, Tambuah Mas Great World is a nice break from the bright new restaurant concepts. Read about our lunch here.
Tambuah Mas Indonesian Restaurant
Tel: +65 6235 6713
MASA by Black Society
MASA by Black Society is a new restaurant at Great World. It is a modern Chinese restaurant serving Chinese cuisine (including dim sum) with a creative twist. You can read about our lunch at MASA (Orchard Road outlet) here.
MASA by Black Society Great World
Tel: +65 6235 9787
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza & Food Plaza and Meidi-Ya Supermarket
Some of the most exciting New Great World Restaurants and Food Places can be found in basement 2. This is where you will find a new Japanese food zone. Meidi-Ya supermarket has opened there in mid 2019. Together with it are the Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza and Hokkaido Food Plaza, a 40-seat food court with 4 main stalls offering Japanese cuisine. Read more about Hokkaido Food Plaza here.
Meidi-Ya Japanese Supermarket Great World
#B2-111 to #B2-121
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza
Opening Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Food Plaza by Meidi-Ya
Opening Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
The Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant is a nice place to enjoy a steamboat meal. The set menus, starting from $118++ for 2 pax, are straightforward ways to order a steamboat meal.
Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
Lunch 11.00am – 3.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Ho Fook Hei (好福气)
Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken (好福气) is a new restaurant by Joyden Concepts to open in Great World. It is a casual Chinese eatery specialising in soya sauce chicken. The noodles are not bad as well. We suggest noodles to go with the Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken. Read about our lunch at Ho Fook Hei GWC here.
Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken (好福气)
Opening Hours: 11.30 am to 3.30 pm; 5 pm to 9.30 pm
Elemen Classic Great World is one of several outlets in the Elemen group of restaurants. They focus on a modern interpretation of meatless cuisine. The “Classic” label indicates a more upmarket version of the regular Elemen restaurant. For example, truffle flavours are found in more dishes in this restaurant. Read about our lunch at Elemen Classic here.
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm; 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jones the Grocer
Jones the Grocer Great World is a good-looking cafe. It does not have the scale or presence of the Dempsey outlet but it is still a nice place for brunch. There are some outdoor tables at Jones GWC which are popular with diners with dogs. Read Brunch at the new Jones the Grocer Great World City.
Jones the Grocer Great World
Issho Izakaya is a casual Japanese eatery at Great World. It has a comprehensive menu, extensive drinks list, friendly and attentive staff. Read about our lunch at Issho Isakaya (Kallang Wave outlet) here.
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Tel +65 6904 6621
Bangkok Jam is not new to GWC, having first opened there in 2007. Expect traditional classics from the Land of Smiles!
Tel: +65 6732 4523
Baker’s Brew claims to be “… Singapore’s leading cake specialist crafting out one of the best birthday cakes in Singapore”. We have not eaten enough cakes to verify that but the cakes on display and on their website do look inviting.
KedaiKueKue is a shop that sells unique and homemade Indonesian Kuehs, Cakes & Cookies. We have yet to try them but they certainly have an interesting array of goodies on display. (The words in the name are stuck together as one. We have checked their website and that is how it is spelt).
Tel: +65 6733 6788
The food court that used to be in Basement 1 of Great World City is now on level 3. Food Junction has a contemporary look and serves a wide range of local and international food selections.
Great World Level 3
Three other familiar favourites
In addition to the Great World restaurants and food places mentioned above, readers may be happy to know that the two familiar cafes at GWC are still there. Their premises have been refreshed – Starbucks and McCafe (McDonald’s) certainly look more modern now.
Another familiar name that is still at Grerat World is Kuriya. The impressive Japanese restaurant at the office tower end of the building has remained mostly unchanged.
Kuriya Dining is a grand Japanese restaurant at Great World. It is located on the ground floor near the office towers and does not appear to have been affected by the renovations. We find the ala carte menu to be quite pricey, but the set menus appear reasonable.
Mon-Sun: 11:30am-2.30pm (Last Order: 2.15pm), 6-10:30pm (Last Order: 10.00pm)
Great World Restaurants and Food Outlets
1 Kim Seng Promenade
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