Cafes in Mountbatten

MountbattenMountbatten 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).

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Leisure Park Kallang Refreshed : New F&B Choices

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Leisure Park Kallang F&B

(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.

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Seletar Mall Opens – We check out the restaurants and find out what to eat there.

Seletar Mall

Seletar Mall

(Updated on 28 Nov 2014) The Seletar Mall finally opens for business! After watching the construction of the mall taking shape over the last 24 months or so, residents of North East Singapore now have a mall of their own. According to the Business Times report on 3 November, the mall, which is jointly developed by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd and United Engineers Ltd, obtained its temporary occupation permit on 28 October. More than 99% of the space in the mall has been spoken for. The anchor tenants are Fairprice Finest, Shaw Theatres, Foodfare foodcourt and department store BHG. For those of you who are not so familiar with the area, Seletar Mall is located on Sengkang West Avenue at the junction with Fernvale Road. The Fernvale LRT station is just right at its door step. If this is still Greek to you, then I am sure you will know where it is if I tell you it is a couple of minutes drive towards the East from the famous Jalan Kayu roti prata stall.

We are as usual, interested only in finding out what to eat at the mall. Today we take you on a walkabout to check out the F&B outlets. Other than some of the outlets which are still doing their renovations, most of the F&B outlets are in operation. It was extremely crowded in this rather compact mall. For those who arrive by public transport, they have it easy as there is direct access to the bus stop, taxi stand and LRT station. Those who drive should be prepared to wait especially during the first few months as many curious residents come to take a look. It is also a long drive down to the carpark which is in basements 3 to 5. We suggest you take the travellators and escalators. The lifts are slow.

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Restaurants and food outlets at Chijmes – an f & b oasis in the city

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Chijmes is a cloistered F&B oasis in the heart of the city of Singapore. The former location of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus had embarked on a $45 million makeover earlier this year following a change in ownership. It appears that most of the ground level renovations have been completed with a bit of work still happening at the basement level. We recently checked out the restaurants and food outlets at Chijmes that were ready.

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The new and improved Shaw Centre re-opens

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[October 2016 update – see new entries Japan Foods Garden and Lucky 8 Chinese restaurants at the bottom of this post]

Shaw Centre’s retail section re-opened in September 2014, after undergoing a period of renovation. We check out the F&B outlets that have commenced business. Some of the units are technically located in the adjoining Shaw House, but they are so interlinked that we treat them all as part of the same mall. Continue reading →

One KM Mall : F&B + More

One KM Mall(Updated on 1 June 2015) One KM Mall in Tanjong Katong is situated where Lion City Hotel and Hollywood Theatre once were. It has 4 levels of retail and food & beverage outlets. The mall is linked to the residential tower known as Katong Regency and is a five minute walk from the Paya Lebar MRT station.

There is no lack of eating places at the new Mall – whether you just want dessert or something more substantial. Cold Storage, J-Mart and HockHua Tonic are also in the mall.
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