Tiong Bahru Guide - As seen in What's Hot in Singapore Volume 4
4 Apr 2013
Tiong Bahru Guide, Where to Eat in Tiong Bahru, Where to Drink in Tiong Bahru, Good Food Tiong Bahru, Good Restaurants Tiong Bahru, Good Bars Tiong Bahru, Coq & Balls, Drips Bakery Cafe, IKYU, Open Door Policy, PoTeaTo, The Orange Thimble, Two Face Pizza & Taproom, 40 Hands
Step into the front room of Bincho and you may think you’ve got the wrong place. Surely this cool dining concept by the Unlisted Collection isn’t an old school kopitiam place serving up bowls of mee pok? That it is. But head on through to the back and you’ll also find a chic yakitori bar serving up donburi sets for lunch, savoury skewers, and Japanese set dinners by Chef Asai Masashi. The bar also offers over 30 types of Japanese whisky and a range of Asian-inspired cocktails.
78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-19 / +65 6438 4567 / Kopitiam & Japanese Yakitori Bar
Open Door Policy (<$100)
Sidle into one of the long booths at Open Door Policy and bunker down for a delicious brunch of divine dishes like the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg Sandwiches with caper berries and pickled shallots, and the Eggs Benedict with poached chicken, spinach and green curry hollandaise. Dinner is not so shabby either with prime pickings like the Guacamole Risotto with fresh chilli and a poached hen’s egg, and the Braised Beef Cheek with cinnamon pumpkin puree.
19 Yong Siak Street / +65 6221 9307 / Global Cuisine
Por Kee Eating House (<$50)
The energy is high at this heritage restaurant run by a charismatic family who know more than a thing or two about classic Chinese cuisine. You can expect the old school dining room to be busy and buzzing, the auntie-like waitresses to regale you with special dish suggestions, and the food to come out piping hot and fast. Regulars rave about the Champagne Pork Ribs with tender meat that slips effortlessly off the bone, and the Cereal Prawns lightly battered and fried with heads on and all.
69 Seng Poh Lane / +65 6221 0582 / Chinese Cuisine
PS. Café Petit (<$50)
This is the smallest of the PS. Cafe collection, and when we say small, we mean so small that you might not even want to squeeze into one of their tiny tables for a full-on meal. However, you will want to grab some of their awesome take-away pizzas like the Smokey Margherita, Bolognese, and Four Cheese Porcini along with a nice bottle of wine. And for weekend brunch, who could pass up the Breakfast Grand Slam Bunwich with fried egg, crispy bacon, pork & thyme sausage, and caramelized onions?
78 Guan Chuan Street, #01-41 / +65 9226 7088 / Cafe
Sin Hoi An Seafood Restaurant (<$50)
This sanctuary of seafood sits in one of the oldest restaurants in the Tiong Bahru area, and since 1984 it has been drawing in the crowds for its mouthwatering menu of fresh fish and crustaceans cooked using traditional Chinese and Singaporean recipes and spices. Favourites here include the Spicy Crabs, Fish Head Curry, and the Claypot Prawn Herb Soup. Insider Tip: If you come in a group, be sure to request the private dining area on the upper floor.
Block 55, Tiong Bahru Road, #01-59 / +65 6223 0810 / Seafood and Chinese Cuisine
Coq & Balls (<$50)
The cheeky name may draw you in, but the excellent craft beer list will keep you er... rooted to your seat at this laid-back gastropub. Peruse the menu and you’ll come across out-of-the-ordinary brews like Tennent’s Whisky Oak, Magic Hat Dream Machine IPL and Little Creatures Pale Ale. Ciders and classic cocktails round out the list. Should you want some grub to soak up all the suds, the kitchen puts out easy-going comfort food like truffle fries, popcorn chicken, pizza, pastas and burgers.
6 Kim Tian Road / +65 6276 6609 / Gastropub / Cocktails and beers $12 and above
Lin Rooftop Bar (<$50)
Located atop Link Hotel, this casual al fresco watering hole abounds with Asian elements. Grab a seat at one of the tall tables under the stars and indulge in Asian-inspired cocktails made with ingredients like chili padi and sour plum. If you’re hungry, try some of the tempting bar bites that represent both East and West flavours like the Wu Xiang Pops, deep fried popcorn chicken tossed in five spice powder and crispy thai basil leaves, or go for the Juicy Lucy Burger.
50 Tiong Bahru Road, Link Hotel / +65 9487 4290 / Rooftop Bar
Part liquor store, part convenience store, Booze Pharma-C is your go-to spot when you’re looking for bevvies that break the mould. Peruse the shelves for over 100 bottles of craft beers and ciders including brands like Hitachino, Brewdog and Buxton, as well as premium spirits, sakes, soju and wines. Can’t find what you’re hankering for? The staff will be more than happy to order it in. You can also sample your purchases in the shop or at the limited outdoor seating area.
78 Guan Chuan Street, #01-41 / +65 9226 7088 / Craft Beer
Flock Café (<$20)
Run by sisters Edith and Elaine Lee, Flock is a cozy neighbourhood cafe where you can grab all-day brekky, light lunches and sweet treats. The decor and design here is minimal with clean white walls and warm wooden furniture, and the coffee counter serves steaming cups of Liberty Coffee and iced caffeine creations.
78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25 / +65 6536 3938 / Cafe / Caffe Latte: $5.50
fOrty h4nds (<$30)
If you’re serious about your coffee, you’ll definitely want to check out fOrty h4nds. They pretty much started the third wave coffee craze in Singapore with their own blends of beans sourced from sustainable coffee farmers around the world. It should go without saying that the baristas here know their stuff, so they can pull the perfect shot of espresso and whip up dream cappuccinos and lattes. They also have great brunch and lunch menus with hearty egg dishes, toasties and fresh salads.
78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12 / +65 6225 8545 / Cafe / Caffé Latte: $5
Tiong Bahru Bakery (<$20)
It’s hard to walk by Tiong Bahru Bakery and not go inside after getting a whiff of their amazing baked goods coming straight out of the oven. Among the baskets and in the display case you’ll find flaky, buttery croissants, rustic loaves of bread, colourful fruit tarts, and gooey chocolate donuts. They also have great gourmet sandwiches and serve a mean cup of coffee, which makes this the perfect place for a mid-day break or a weekend catch-up with friends.
56 Eng Hoon Street / +65 6220 3430 / Bakery / Caffé Latte: $5.50
The bright white interiors of this cool cafe allow you to focus on what is really important, and that is the coffee and cakes. Owner Trisha Lim is a graduate of the New York International Culinary Centre, and her training shines through in her sweet creations like the tangy Orange Cranberry Cake, moist and nutty Carrot Cake, and the Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, all of which can be paired with an aromatic cup of Stranger’s Reunion coffee.
58 Seng Poh Road, #01-15 / +65 6222 6543 / Cafe / Caffé Latte: $5.50
Plain Vanilla Bakery
It’s all about cupcakes at this cute little bakery, and not just the plain vanilla variety. On any given day you will find a wide range of flavours to choose from like Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Strawberry White Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. They also do specials that reflect the holiday seasons like White Chocolate Peppermint for Christmas and Almond & Mandarin Orange for the Lunar New Year.
1D Yong Siak Street / +65 8363 7614 / Bakery / Cupcakes start at $3.90
Foodie Market Place
Just like the name suggests, this is your one-stop food shop where you can get all sorts of gourmet goodies like organic beef, veal and lamb from Australia, delicious cheeses from France, Spain and Italy and fresh fruits and veggies. They also have a huge selection of Italian products like pastas, olive oils and balsamic vinegars, plus a great canned goods and frozen foods section. As an added bonus, the prices here are pretty reasonable compared to many other supermarkets and butchers around town.
225 Outram Road / +65 6224 3290 / Specialty Grocery Store
Secrets Fine Food
Whether you’re looking for gourmet goodies to create your own gastronomic creations at home, or a gorgeous gift hamper filled with artisan goods for your foodie friends and family, Secrets Fine Food is a treasure trove of fine produce and products from around the world. Think heirloom tomatoes, pink pomelos, fresh oysters, foie gras and champagne. You can even order online ahead of time, and then pick up your items at their boutique shop.
55 Tiong Bahru Road / +65 6221 2107 / Gourmet Grocer
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