(Updated 1 March 2016) East Village Singapore is a retail mall in the commercial and residential mixed use development recently opened in rustic Simpang Bedok. A number of the commercial units in this new complex along Upper Changi Road are still waiting for tenants but there are many interesting eating outlets that are already doing good business. East Village Mall is not run by one of the REITs or one of the usual big mall managers. As such, you will find more indie names at East Village instead of the familiar chain stores. Cold Storage is the anchor tenant. We checked out the food and beverage options currently available at East Village.
Connexion at Farrer Park is an integrated medical and hospitality complex that recently opened in late 2014. It houses the Farrer Park Hospital, the Farrer Park Medical Centre, One Farrer Hotel and Spa together with Owen Link which is a passageway running through the building with restaurants and shops along the sides. Along the exterior of the building is the Food Street where you can find a few more food outlets. Hospitals can be depressing places to go to for both patients and visitors alike. We are sure the availability of good food and beverages can play apart in not only nourishing the body but also improving one’s mental well-being. The good people behind this complex has put together a small but interesting selection of restaurants in this complex. Recently we checked out the place to discover what to eat at the Owen Link, Connexion at Farrer Park.
(Updated on 24 January 2015) Eastpoint Mall in Simei had been given a major makeover. The 6 storey mall, which is owned by NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative and managed by Frasers Centrepoint, looks modern and fresh. The mall is right next to the Simei MRT Station and there is a bus-stop and taxi stand right in front – all connected by covered walkways. Shoppers can enjoy free Wi-Fi access with Wireless SG.
Good news for Simei residents is that an extra 12 per cent of space is being dedicated to food and beverage areas in the refurbished Eastpoint Mall. Interesting new outlets will include Korean porridge chain Juk Story and Four Leaves Cafe. Eighteen Chefs, Hanis Cafe, Penang Street, The Royals Cafe, Saizeriya, Kura Osaka Osho, Paradise Inn, Siam Kitchen and Shabu Sai are a few of the more familiar names that will be there. A large food court by Food Junction is on level 4.
Katong is one of Singapore’s most exciting food hubs – home to hip cafes, popular Peranakan restaurants and famous laksa stalls. Just the short stretch of East Coast Road between Haig Road and Still Road will have more eating places than many decent sized shopping malls. The number and variety of the restaurants you can find there is amazing but the real thrill is finding places with cheap and good food in Katong. These are places that may never be listed in Michelin or Zagat but have long been very popular among the locals. For the about price of a latte from one of the international coffee chains, you can get in Katong a good traditional breakfast, delectable Teochew snacks, sinful lunch, healthy dinner or late night supper. We list in this food trail post The Ordinary Patrons’ favourite Cheap and Good Food in Katong.
Mountbatten Road is named after Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Allied Commander (Southeast Asia) and the first Governor-General of India. The Mountbatten MRT Station (CC7) on the Circle Line serves an interesting mix of commercial, public and residential premises in the Mountbatten-Dakota area – including Singapore School for the Deaf, Cassia Crescent Estate, Goodman Arts Centre and Singapore Sports Council.
The area has an interesting history. Singapore’s first purpose-built civil airport was there. The Kallang Airport opened in 1937 and was in operation until the facilities were moved to the Paya Lebar International Airport in 1955. Dakota Crescent was named after the Douglas DC-3 Dakota, a model of the planes often seen at the Kallang Airport. The low rise flats at Dakota were built by the Singapore Improvement Trust, the predecessor of the Housing & Development Board (HDB).
(Updated on 18 June 2016) The old Kallang Leisure Park familiar to those in the East has been undergoing a facelift and is now known as Leisure Park Kallang! Not much of a change in terms of its name but the new leisure complex is definitely offering a wider and more interesting range of food and beverage options. Leisure Park Kallang, situated near the Indoor Stadium and the new National Stadium – Singapore Sports Hub, has several new restaurants and cafes. A few of the familiar eating places are still there, as are the bowling alley, ice skating ring and cineplex.