myVillage at Serangoon Garden – 9 Restaurants & Cafes To Check Out, From East Bistro, Wimbly Lu To SIMPLEburger Inc.
Serangoon Garden has always been known for its famous hawker food stalls at Chomp Chomp, easy-going cafes and family-style restaurants.
myVillage which lies in the heart of Serangoon Gardens, also contains several dining options – a number of restaurants and cafes not found anywhere else. (I also discovered a hidden shop that sells all the old-school snacks that you may be looking for.)
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The mall marries light-hearted nostalgia and modern convenience, a place you can buy daily essentials, pamper yourself, relax and unwind, and of course, eat.
At myVillage, you don’t just eat – you get the most out of your meal, please your palate, and satiate your appetite.
Here are 9 FOOD Places to check out at myVillage at Serangoon Garden:
East Bistro 东小馆
1 Maju Ave, #02-01, myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6634 2998
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
One of the latest addition to myVillage is East Bistro, this is for those who are craving for Cantonese and Teochew dishes, wholesome zhi-char style food and a variety of dim sum.
The Chinese restaurant is helmed by acclaimed head Chef Tony Wong, who spearheaded well-known Michelin-starred Cantonese Restaurant Lei Garden.
The dishes are created through three main criteria – freshness, fragrance and flavour. Recommended items include Salted Garoupa Slices ($36, $54, $72), Signature Baked Chicken with Salt ($20, $40), “Waxed Meat Claypot Rice” (seasonal price), and an intriguing Sweet and Sour Pork on Ice ($18, $27, $36).
For dim sum, go for the “Mushroom” Char Siew Bao, Egg Yolk Custard Croissant, Rice Rolls with Prawns, Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo – served with a generous amount of freshly cut pomelo and mango for that sweet pleasure.
Crispy Rice with Crab in Superior Soup
A must-order is the unique Crispy Rice with Crab in Superior Soup ($55). Tip: Keep your eyes peeled (or phone cameras focused for a video) for the crackling of the golden fried rice crisps when they are tossed into the porridge.
This made a very comforting dish, warming to the belly, and I thoroughly enjoyed the sweetness of the seafood absorbed within the grains and stock. There is also a Clam, and Prawn & Clams version.
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Staple Food by Krazbikes
1 Maju Avenue, #B1-23/24, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6634 1181
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Wanna know what’s the staple at Staple Food? Fresh, wholesome ingredients made accessible for everyone.
Found at the basement of myVillage, Staple Food by Krazbikes was born out of love for healthy food that tastes great. This translates to the extra care they put in sourcing and preparing the food.
Some of the healthier choices available include Cajun Chicken Salad ($9.80); Smoked Salmon Salad ($10.80); and House Smoothie Bowls of Greek Yogurt ($12) and Acai Bowl served with house granalo, banana, strawberries and other toppings such as goji berries and chia seeds. Can’t say “No” to them.
If you are aiming for a more indulgent treat, there are also other mains and pastas dishes such as Salted Egg Yolk Soft Shell Crab Pasta ($16.80); Pan-Seared Salmon ($18.80); or Breaded Chicken Picatta ($16.80) – served with seasonal vegetables, and base of brown rice, soba noodles or sweet potato fries.
Craft Your Own Bowl
Feeling creative? Then Craft Your Own Bowl ($14.80, regular) is for you. Get a base, 4 toppings, a dressing and wholesome protein such as grilled chicken. Quite a substantial meal for the price.
Gu Thai Noodle Café
1 Maju Ave, #B1-25, myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 8338 5562
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily; Last Order 9:30pm
From the team behind Noodle Cafe at Golden Mile, Gu Thai Noodle Cafe is a winner in the comfort department.
With Thai-style warm noodle, soups, side dishes and desserts, it is the go-to place for value-for-money dishes that satisfy the hungriest of tummies (except if you are ordering just ONE Thai Boat Noodles).
Try any of their authentic Thai Boat Noodles with that distinct galangal-tasting broth. Affordable and flavourful, the Boat Noodle Soup (Small, $1.90; Large $7.50) is available with pork or beef. You can pick from any of the 5 types of noodles and 4 spice levels.
Out of the 4 spiciness levels, I would recommend the “less spicy” which was pretty manageable with a peppery spicy kick. The soup was clear and light, which pretty much went well with the rice noodles.
Other signature dishes include the Braised Pork Noodles ($8.50), Braised Beef Tendon Noodles ($8.50), and Tom Yum River Prawn Noodle ($8.50)
While the Gu Thai’s Duck Noodles ($8.50) looked like it had the same broth as the Thai Boat Noodles (the colour, the aroma), the flavours were actually more layered with some sweetness and nuttiness. The braised duck was sufficiently tender.
1 Maju Avenue #B1-21/22, myVillage @Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6634 2526
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Imagine a hot-off-the-griddle tasty succulent patty from the finest cut of meat. Lay it on a bed of soft, warm, caramelized bun.
Next, a thick and creamy slice of cheese melts and oozes on top. Deck it with all-you-can-have fresh, cool, crisp veggies.
Fresh, tasty… SIMPLE.
If you are one of those who is hungry-on-the-run, then SIMPLEburger Inc. is your quick, accessible fix.
The menu is so simple it features only 4 types of burgers: Beef Natural ($11.00), Beef ($9.00), Pork ($9.00), and Chicken ($8.00). Similarly, there are 4 milkshake flavors ($3.00 for vanilla, $4.00 for banana, cocoa, and berry).
Assemble your own burger-and-shake combo with a pork patty, plus your choice of add-ons: chopped iceberg lettuce, olives, peppers, tomatoes, pickles, salsa, spinach, beetroot, coleslaw, onions, and bacon.
The buns were pillow-soft, wrapping around rather juicy patty. To be honest, a pretty-awesome burger.
Plus it is not big or chunky, good as a grab-and-go lunch.
Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen
1 Maju Avenue, #02-07/8/9, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6509 9952
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 3pm (Daily),
Dinner 6pm-10pm (Mon-Fri), 5pm-10pm (Sat, Sun & PH); Last order 9:30pm
Owner Chef Tan-San started Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen out of his passion for Japanese cuisine.
Hajime is Japanese for “beginning” and the short form for “Hajimemashite” which means “Nice to meet you!”.
He is Singapore’s first Tonkatsu Chef after mastering the art of Tonkatsu in Japan. He returned to Singapore to lead the kitchen of Tonkichi and later on became the Pioneer Chef of the famous Tampopo.
Experience his 25-year culinary mastership through signature dishes at affordable prices, like the exquisitely juicy and tender Premium Pork Loin ($21.90nett) using air-flown Japanese pork.
It is coated with freshly made breadcrumbs for that extra crunch, served with miso sauce from Nagoya and some finely shredded refreshing cabbage. Each order comes with a bowl of Niigata rice, Tonjiru soup, and ground roasted sesame.
Want more iconic dishes? Check out the Nagoya Miso Fillet ($19.50 nett), Ebi Fry Ramen ($16.90 nett) and Katsu Don ($13.90 nett).
Ebi Fry Ramen
A one-of-a-kind ramen developed and perfected after months of R&D.
Its 12-hour Tonkotsu broth is infused with a secret Sakura ebi paste made in-house. Paired with a flavourful Loin Rib Chasu and Chef Tan-San’s famous crunchy Ebi Fry, it is topped with Japanese seasoning menma, bean sprouts, greens, a dash of Japanese chili oil (la-yu), and a sprinkle of crispy Sakura ebi.
The soup which that distinct sweetness coming from the prawns, is the clear winner.
1 Maju Avenue #02-03/04/05/06, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 6285 8839
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thu & PH), 11am – Midnight (Fri – Sat & Eve of PH)
If you are looking for steakhouse quality food at an affordable price, iSTEAKS Diner at myVillage is known for its no-frills Western fare.
This restaurant started from modest beginnings at a coffee shop in Serangoon. Little by little, it invested time and dedication to hone and perfect the craft of cooking steaks. Satisfied customers grew in numbers.
Eventually, it moved into a bigger space but made sure it kept its original warm service and familiar environment.
You will find in their menu a selection of steaks in various cuts and quality, and all meats are sourced from some of the finest butcheries in town.
It is not just steaks. There are soups and complementary dishes all made from scratch – freshness is something that’s taken seriously around here.
Steak House Cut
Steak House cuts available in 350g & 450g, with more than 30mm thickness.
If not, reward yourself with a special Australian Tenderloin ($45.50 for 250g) that’s 150 days and Grain Fed. If you are dining with a group, order the Australian Wagyu D-Rump ms4/5 ($99.00 for 1.2kg) good for 4. The 250g cut New Zealand Ribeye ($23.50), brimming with flavor, is another popular choice. For poultry, try the Mushroom Chicken ($10.00).
All iSTEAK grill specialties come with 2 complementary sides, from mashed potato, crunchy potato salad, baked olive rice, macaroni & cheese, coleslaw salad, and onion rings. I would recommend the country baked beans and buttered corn kernel.
1 Maju Avenue, #01-26/27/28, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel. +65 6509 8184
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9:30pm Daily
Maison Kayser, founded by Eric Kayser in 1996, is a contemporary artisanal bakery that follows French tradition.
His bakeries are located all over the world, with one branch luring bread-lovers to myVillage. He has created new bakery concepts like corner shops, retail bakeries, bakery-café, and restaurant du Boulanger.
Here you will find handmade bread baked in-house daily, early in the morning. What makes the bread special is the use of natural leaven and selected flours. The dough patiently undergoes a long fermentation process, resting for 12 hours before baking. It is this technique that keeps the bread in utmost quality days after days.
Known for their artisanal crusty bread like Sourdough ($14.90) and Baguette ($4.00). Aside from bread, it offers viennoiseries (get the classic Croissant for $3.00), pastries, and sandwiches ($9.00).
Lemon Tart And Chocolate Éclair
Whether you prefer the tang of Lemon Tart ($6.00) or the sweetness of Chocolate Éclair ($5.50) – of spongy pâte à choux with smooth cream in the centre, you can be sure each is a Maison Kayser must-try signature item.
Its tarte au citron is great who loves a moderately zesty version, with softness and sweetness coming from the piped meringue.
Little Wimbly Lu
1 Maju Ave, #01-09/10, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 12mn (Fri – Sat)
Last order 30mins before closing
This quaint café Little Wimbly Lu serves up cakes, waffles and ice cream, all made in-house in small batches.
Not only will you satisfy your saccharine cravings, you are sure to get them fresh.
The signature dessert café hoppers come for is the Waffles with Ice Cream ($7.50). For cakes, the Lemon Meringue Pie ($7.50), Speculoos Cake and Rootbeer Cake ($6.40 each) won’t disappoint.
Waffles + A Scoop of Ice Cream
Crisp-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside homemade waffles, topped with house-made ice cream – get the chocolate truffle flavour. The enjoyment factor of this dish is high.
Hang around with your friends, chit chat over freshly brewed cups of cappuccino and desserts of your choice.
Cleanse Juice Bar
1 Maju Avenue #01-08, myVillage @ Serangoon Garden, Singapore 556679
Tel: +65 9721 1321
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily
A quaint juice bar that specializes in fresh cold-pressed juices, detox cleanses, smoothies, and milkshakes.
Everything here is made fresh upon order and caters to those with busy lifestyles.
Try their signature juices like Krypto ($8.90 for 320ml), a combination of green apple, romaine, spinach, cucumber, lemon, and parsley, and Barnie ($8.90 for 320ml) which blends beet, carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger.
If you are looking for a juice cleanse place, they offer a 1-Day Basic Cleanse ($65.00) which comes with 8 assorted 320ml bottles of juice.
Or a Reboot Cleanse ($90 per day, with 8 assorted bottles) – a greener cleanse with reduced sweetness and calories.
Old School Snacks
This may sound entirely random, but Cleanse Juice Bar also offers shelves and shelves of old-school snacks and toys.
For those of you who grew up in the same era as me (*cough, cough*), this is where you can find your Kaka Corn Snack, Pop Pop, Pola Snack, and Ding Dang Chocolates. Don’t say #bojio.
myVillage at Serangoon Gardens is located at 1 Maju Avenue Singapore 556679, a short walk away from Chomp Chomp Food Centre.
To get here, simply take bus 73, 136, 315 or 317.
Or if you work nearby, go for the Lunch Shuttle Service AMK Industrial Park 2 Route (from ST Microelectronics, North Star, Seagate, to myVillage). Available every 15 minutes from 11:45 am to 2:40 pm, Monday to Friday only (excluding Public Holidays).
For those driving, enjoy free valet service every Friday evening from 6 pm to 10.30 pm and weekends and Public Holidays from 10 am to 10.30 pm. (First 1 hour: $ 2.00* incl. GST)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with myVillage.
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