One of the most anticipated malls in Singapore, The Star Vista has finally opened at Buona Vista! Are you excited or what? The Star is quite unlike any other. From a distance, the architectural design is spectacular and looks like a ship – probably inspired from the story of Noah’s Ark.
The lower 3 levels are operated by CapitaMalls Asia, and makes this the first naturally cooled mall in Singapore. That means no aircon when you walk outside the shops (and I was sweating a little)! But, it does feel like you are taking a stroll in the park with natural air.
Located above The Star Vista is The Star Performing Arts Centre, owned and managed by Rock Productions, and is one of Singapore’s largest performance venues with a 5,000 seat auditorium. This is also where New Creation Church ministered by Senior Pastor Joseph Prince will have its weekly Sunday services at the upper room after it moves out of Suntec.
For friends working at the Buona Vista, Rochester, One North, Biopolis and Fusionpolis, The Star Vista is probably a long-waited new lunch spot. And for church-goers at New Creation, this is where you will enjoy your blessed meals. (Read other eats at Rochester: B@Rochester, Obolo Galeria & Pies & Coffee.)
Here is a mall directory of the various Food places at The Star Vista. Good news as from the list, you will know there is no lack of food choices (Note: Not all shops are opened yet).
-18C, Canton Paradise Teahouse, Four Leaves, Fresh-Healthy Café, Marble Slab Creamery, Menya Musashi , Nando’s, Shake a treat, SOFRIES, Subway, Texas Chicken, The Manhattan Fish Market, Wrap & Roll, Xi Men Jie
Boston Seafood Shack, Chewy Junior, District 10 Bar Tapas Restaurant, dr Café, espresSOUP, Gong Cha, Hot Tomato Café & Grill, iBake, Itacho Sushi, Jamaica Blue, PappaRich, Pinocchio, Riciiotti-Pizza Pasta Grill, Sogurt, Trip-O’s by Whiteshop, NeNe Chicken
Awfully Chocolate, BlackBall, Bornga, Brotzeit, CoCo ICHIBANYA , La barra, Lee’s Taiwanese, Morganfield’s, Owl Café, PORN’s, Senor Taco, Shiraz Lazziz Bistro & Bar, The Kitchen, Watami, Ya Kun, Youmenya Goemon
This brand new lifestyle destination does have a mix of tenants quite unlike the other malls in Singapore. For fellow foodies, here are 5 interesting food finds at The Star Vista. (And I still can’t believe I ate all of these in a single day. Abundance indeed.)
Morganfield’s has a cosy relaxing ambience which offers both indoor and alfresco seating. The food served is traditional American style, such as its signature Sticky Bones ($24.90 for half-slab, $36.90 for full-slab) which is old-fashioned barbeque pork ribs basted with special sweet and tangy hickory barbeque sauce. Surprisingly, the set lunches are very affordable, starting with $9.90 for a main course with soup and drink. Unfortunately what I wanted (both the Black Pepper Chicken and Quarter Honey Stung Chicken) were sold out during lunch time of Day 1 of operations. Settled for a Sirloin with Caramelized Onions ($16.90) which is decent though not spectacular, and a tiny tad small-portioned for guys like me. (Read: Full review of Morganfield’s)
Boston Seafood Shack #01-46
Boston Seafood Shack has the exterior design that caught my attention most – a fun colourful carnival type of décor. The food offers hearty flavours of the Bostonian harbour such as Golden-Battered Fish & Chips, Boston Clam Chowder and Boston Premium Lobstar Rolls. The Battered Cod ($12.90) comes wrapped in paper (so Aussie, I like) with servings of vinegar on side (so British, I like). The batter is deliciously crisp, but the fries reek of a fishy after-taste which is quite a spoiler. Has potential.
Owl Café #02-10/11
One of Singapore’s most familiar coffee brand Owl has its developed its first Owl café, which serves toast and an array of Asian-fusion delights such as Hainanese Curry Chicken, Assam Mango Chicken, Chicken Meat Ball Soup and Soft Shell Chill Crab Pasta (very similar to Old Town White Coffee’s concept). The Toast is unexpectedly tasty, with crispy evenly toasted sides, and generous topping of kaya and fragrant butter. Both the Kopi and Teh, unfortunately, were bad – one too thick and saccharine sweet, the later diluted and watery thin. We know this is first day on its job, and should deserve a second and third chance.
The Kitchen #02-25/26
The Kitchen by Koufu is the only food court at the Star Vista, with well-loved local favourites like Chicken Rice, home-made Yong Tau Foo, Ban Mian and Mixed Vegetable Rice amongst others. There is also a wide variety of International cuisine represented by the choice of Japanese, Korean, Western or Hong Kong delights. My main question is: Why is the dessert and fruit juice stall outside the food court in the open? This will probably be my default eating place for cheaper eats.
Sogurt and Sofries are sister companies, with Sofries selling a variety of fries (cereal fries anyone?) with 15 different flavoured dips. They were unfortunately not ready to serve us. Sogurt is a yogurt-by-weight shop, with more than 10 different flavours of low-fat, high calcium yogurt as well as an spectrum of toppings to choose from. Considering the mall can be rather warm during the day-time, having a yogurt here felt like heaven. The chocolate is my favourite, managing to balance a thick chocolate taste with light yogurt. (Read: Review of Sogurt)
“When they saw The Star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
With The Star Vista now opened, which is that one Food Outlet that you want to try first?
The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
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