Tanjong Katong is turning out to be another exciting food hub in the East. There are a number of cool bars, ice-cream parlours, hip cafes, eateries offering fish & chips, roti prata, steamboat and bak kut teh. French bakery, Italian restaurant, Teochew porride stall, million dollar roast meat restaurant, Peranakan fare and Korean bingsu can all be found along the short stretch of Tanjong Katong Road between Mountbatten Road and Dunman Road. There are a handful of places that are popular among the locals for their cheap and good food. These are places where you can get a delicious meal for about $5 or less per person. We list here The Ordinary Patrons’ favourite Cheap and Good Food in Tanjong Katong.
(Updated 2018) Residents in Bukit Timah are likely to be familiar with the quiet existence of a Little Italy in their part of Singapore. Nestled within the well-heeled residential neighbourhood of Watten Estate is a cluster of restaurants housed in shophouses along Greenwood Avenue. The restaurants are a mixed lot, including a bakery and cafe, a local coffee shop, a seafood restaurant, a Japanese restaurant and a few others. But the most prominent cuisine served here is Italian. At last count, there were six of them. Here is a list of the Italian restaurants at Greenwood Avenue Singapore.
(Updated August 2016) According to the book Celebrating SIGLAP, the name of this leafy area around Upper East Coast Road was derived when “a Malay chieftain, Tok Lasam, who upon first landing in the area during a particularly dark thunderstorm, called it Si-gelap, which translated literally from Malay means darkness that conceals“. Today, there is no concealing that Siglap is a unique enclave in the East of Singapore with a laid-back vibe and a bustling cafe scene. The cafes in Siglap range from the new wave coffee joints to the ones serving traditional local coffee or teh tarik.
Frankel Estate is one of the few remaining areas in Singapore where no high rise apartments or flats can be seen. The low density residential area boasts a high concentration of cafes. There may be more bakeries and cafes in Frankel Avenue and Siglap Drive than many average shopping malls.
The old favourite Cedele has been joined by new hip cafes in Frankel Avenue like Dutch Colony Coffee Co. There is no lack of options whether you want some sweet desserts or savoury light bites or when you just want a cup of coffee or tea or something stronger. There are places open as early as 7.30 am and more than a few stay open till 10 pm.
(August 2016 Update – 2016 tenants’ directory inserted at the end of the post) Things are brewing at the Valley Point Shopping Centre. During a recent visit, we noticed that new restaurants have replaced some of the old ones. It is a good sign as the ‘old’ tenant mix of food and beverage outlets at Valley Point was getting tired. Here’s a look at what is new (as far as we can tell) and the familiar that have remained. There is no lack of options when you want to eat at Valley Point.
(October 2015 update – we have updated some details in our post to reflect some changes that have taken place since the opening of Big Box in 2014)
Big Box Warehouse Retail Mall has opened for business today, thereby completing the shopping trilogy (together with Jem and Westgate) that has unfolded in the Jurong East Area. With the Ng Teng Fong Hospital in its final stages of construction, it seems that this area around the Jurong East MRT Station will be teeming with activity in 2015. The MRT station and these buildings are conveniently interlinked by a series of covered walkways, aptly called ” the J Walk”. As usual, the main interest of the ordinary patrons is the food options at the new Big Box mall and so we went down to Jurong East today to check out the place.