The variety and sheer number of dim sum restaurants in Singapore is a good indication of the depth and diversity of Singapore foodscape. Dim sum in Singapore can be enjoyed in a luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant like Summer Pavilion, a hip creative restaurant like Janice Wong or in one of the many food courts and HDB kopitiams. For a uniquely Singapore dim sum experience, a visit to Swee Choon Tim Sum is probably one of the best options.
Lavender Food Square, which was next to Eminent Plaza, was one of the most popular food centres in Singapore. Both the food centre and Eminent Plaza had been demolished and replaced by ARC 380, a 16-storey freehold development with office and retail units. The new landmark at the junction of Lavender Street and Jalan Besar has just opened. Fittingly, the first retail tenants of ARC 380 are F&B outlets. Wanton Fu, a wanton mee stall, opened at ARC 380 sometime in July 2018.
Syed Alwi Road has a rich heritage and is said to be an architectural feast. Students of architecture can admire the decorative wall tiles, window openings, arches, columns and pilasters of shophouses built from the late 1800s to the 1960s in a range of styles. We cannot tell the difference between a column and a pilaster but we are glad that in one of the colourful shophouses along Syed Alwi Road we can eat sumptuously and cheaply. 传统大连面家 Da Lian Traditional Noodles at Syed Alwi Road serves a good bowl of Teochew minced pork noodles or bak chor mee and we like their satay bee hoon too; and it is open all day and all night.
Wan He Lou (萬合樓) is a small Chinese restaurant that is famous for its Original Signature Lobster Porridge. Located in a brightly coloured shophouse on Maude Road, the restaurant helmed by award-winning Chef Lau Siaw Dee offers Teochew style porridge with lobster roe and a range of tze cha style dishes.
Lavender MRT Station (EW11) is a Mass Rapid Transit station on the East West Line. It is the stop for those going to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA Building) and the Jalan Besar Stadium and Swimming Complex. In recent years, Lavender MRT Station has also become a key stop for those on a cafe-hopping adventure. The neighbourhood around Lavender Station, associated with hardware business and light industrial buildings, is now home to many coffee shops and cafes – from the traditional and mundane to the trendy and quirky. The Ordinary Patrons (TOP) compile their list of cafes in Lavender which they have visited – The TOP Cafes in Lavender.
FOODHOOD – Jalan Besar now allows you to place multiple items from various local F&B in Lavender in a single order and have them all delivered right to your doorstep.