New Year, New Restaurants. City Square Mall, with direct connection to Farrer Park MRT station, is home to several new restaurants and food concept places.
Along with some 200 tenants such as Daiso, Decathlon, Uniqlo, Toys “R” Us, and Golden Village.
Wok Master, Seoul Jjimdak, Meet, Face To Face Noodle House are some of the newer food brands you can find there. Not forgetting Chic-A-Boo Fried Chicken and Châteraisé which will be opening there very soon.
Good news for those intending to find places to dine during the Chinese New Year period (I know it can be hard), City Square Mall will be open on both 28 and 29 January for you to catch a movie, shop and feast with your family.
Here are 9 MUST TRY Restaurants And Food Places At City Square Mall:
Tel: 6835 9096
Local zhi char favourites, claypot and hotplate dishes are such comfort food for the family.
Home-grown restaurant Wok Master, opened by the team behind local coffee chain Coffee Hive serves up affordable Asian-local delights. Most of the food items are value-for-money in the $8 – $12 range, considering this is a sit-down, air-conditioned restaurant with service.
Signature claypot dishes include the Wok Master’s Premium Claypot ($28 or $38), Claypot Curry Chicken ($8), Claypot Crayfish Laksa ($12), Claypot XO Crayfish Tanghoon ($14, $28), Golden Salted Egg Pork Ribs ($12, $18), Coffee Spare Ribs ($12, $18), and Boxing Chicken ($8, $12).
Look out for: NEW Salted Egg, Chilli and Black Pepper Crabs
The chefs at Wok Master, previously from renowned restaurants, have cooked up what they have done best – CRABS.
Must, must have these Chilli, Black Pepper and Salted Eggs at unbelievable prices of $48 for 2 crabs, $65 for 3 crabs!
The salted egg crab sauce was ‘legit’ with grainy texture, cooked with curry leaves. Chef explained that the sauce was cooked with REAL salted egg for better flavours.
The flesh of the crabs was so chunky and sweet, and the server commented that the crabs were, well, still alive (and kicking) before we ordered the food. All to ensure the freshness.
Shi Li Fang
Tel: 6636 7899
Taiwanese hotpot restaurant Shi Li Fang prides itself in its MSG-free soup bases, non-fried cuisine, with over 20 dipping sauces (sauces offered free of charge).
Try their tomato base soup for light tanginess and sweetness in the broth, which would become more flavourful after addition of the meats. Prices are wallet-friendly, plus there is a current 50% off seafood and meat items. Wah!
Look out for: Business Lunch Set Meal At $8.60!
No kidding. A mini steam boat set lunch with soup base (Chicken, Mala, Mushroom, Fish, Picked Vegetables, Tomato, Vegetarian), with 1-2 meat items, 2-4 vegetable items, and 1-2 items from the tofu category with a beverage for $8.60 during lunch time.
Din Tai Fung
Tel: 6634 2322
Din Tai Fung needs little introduction. World famous for its signature Xiao Long Baos; ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times.
Steamed Pork Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), Steamed Chicken Soup, Stir-fried Dou Miao with Shrimps and Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing “Xiao Cai” (I can have two at a seating) count as some of the restaurant’s popular dishes.
Look out for: Fried Rice with Pork Chop
One of my regular orders. The delectable main brings us back to basics with the use of eggs, spring onions, pearl rice and good ‘wok-hei’ to bring out the flavours of the fresh ingredients.
The accompanying signature fried pork chop marinated with a variety of spices, was still downright tender with a good bite.
Tel: 6509 9337
Paradise Inn has recently rebranded itself as Paradise Classic and continues to offer classic Chinese cuisine and nourishing traditional double-boiled soups.
Choose from some family favourites such as the Stewed Silver Needle Noodle with Salted Fish in Claypot, Braised Tofu with Crystal Prawn in Claypot, Steamed Fish Head with Spicy Bean Sauce, and you can end the meal with herb, floral, fruit-infused tea (to feel more cleansed).
Look out for: Espresso Chicken
Typically we may see the dish Coffee Ribs in some Chinese restaurants in this region. Paradise Classic’s Espresso Chicken ($13.80) is another interpretation.
The dish contained deep fried chicken, still moist on the inside, coated with this sauce of unique flavour with light spiciness and conspicuous coffee aroma.
Tel: 6634 2668
Jjimdak is a sharing dish which originated from Andong, made with chicken and various vegetables marinated in a spicy Korean ganjang (soy sauce) based sauce.
Seoul Jjimdak signature ($36.90) is a pot of braised succulent chicken (available with bones or boneless), potatoes, carrots, onions, dried chillies and with chewy glass potato noodles, great for sharing between 2 to 4 people.
Look out for: Gimbap
Gimbap is like a ‘Korean sushi roll’, typically filled with meat and kimchi, wrapped in seaweed.
Seoul Jjimdak has newly introduced 3 types of Gimbap – Beef ($9.90), Chicken ($8.90) and Tuna ($7.90). This would also make a balanced takeaway meal (with carbs, proteins and vegetables) for office workers on the go.
My vote would go to the bulgogi-sauce marinated chicken strips filled roll, in which the stronger-flavoured meats complemented well with the short grain rice.
New-to-market restaurant Meet at City Square Mall is inspired by French and Japanese cuisine. It
carries a wide range of lunch selections, premium beef cuts, tapas and artisan beer, with space suitable for communal dining with family and friends.
You may be surprised at its pricing, not as expensive as I would have imagined, with most of the mains below $20.
Expect Braised Pork Trotter with Angel Hair Pasta ($12), 6 Hours Braised Beef Cheek with Somen, Ginger and Roasted Sesame Seed ($15), Pulled Beef Bourguignon Gratin ($16), Caramelised Miso Pork Belly ($15), and Salmon Fricassee ($15).
Look out for: Mussel. Prawn. Garlic In A Pan (2 To Share)
A generous pan of mussels and prawns cooked with garlic, served with creamy mushroom risotto cooked with beef stock.
Chic-A-Boo Fried Chicken (opening soon)
Wholesome family restaurant Astons started Chic-A-Boo Fried Chicken to offer Southern fried chicken in a cosy country style atmosphere.
Chic-A-Boo Fried Chicken uses only fresh chicken for its signature, accompanied with 11 types of side dishes (such as coleslaw, mashed potato, onion rings, curly fries and potato wedges, soup) and each meal comes with a homemade corn muffin.
Look out for: Hot & Spicy Chicken
The chicken is available in two flavours: Favourite and Hot & Spicy. I preferred the latter with spices rubbed down the crunchy batter.
Boost Juice Bars
Low-fat Healthy Smoothies and Juices
Boost Juice Bars offering juices and smoothies which are free of preservatives, artificial flavours and colours should be familiar to many.
It is a convenient pick-me-up for a protein smoothie after a gym session.
Do you know there is a ‘Seriously Healthy’ range? Developed with the assistance of a nutritionist, all at least 98% fat free, has no added sugar and is free from any artificial flavors and coloring.
Look out for: All Berry Bang, Lean & Green Range
I asked and the all-time best seller, All Berry Bang ($5.50 for original, $5.00 for medium, $4.00 for kids size) is blended from strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apple juice, TD4 strawberry yoghurt and ice. Refreshing and tangy.
For the health-and-green fans, the “Lean & Green” product range offers at least one serving of greens, and at least two servings of fruit in each cup. Way to go. #NewYearResolution
Châteraisé (opening soon)
Châteraisé is a patisserie from the Yamanashi Prefecture Japan (a land rich in nature), which collaborates with Japanese farmers to use high quality ingredients for their cakes and desserts.
Do you know that their cakes in Singapore are delivered over direct from Japan?
Look out for: Happy Cute Bunny Cake and Happy Cute Panda Cake
These two animal-shaped cakes (both $5.10) will bring out the child in you, and should be the cutest food on your Instagram gallery.
Still unsure of what to pick? Get the best seller which is the “Legendary Strawberry Cream Cake” which boasts of light fresh cream and sweet strawberries. Other popular favourites (you should ‘dabao’ back to office) include White Zebra Caramel (that’s like a Mille Crepe Cake), Green Zebra, Crispy Chocolate Cake and Fluffy Cream Rolls.
See Spring in a New Light at City Square Mall this Chinese New Year (6 Jan to 5 Feb 2017)
From now till 5 Feb, spend a min. of $200* ($300* if inclusive of NTUC FairPrice receipts) to receive a chance at the “Sure-Win Fortune Spin” and win bountiful treats such as $50, $10, $5 City Square Mall shopping vouchers, red packets and exclusive premiums. *T&Cs apply.
Head out to the L1 City Green park for some spring fun at the Outdoor Carnival with a giant Rooster inflatable slide, games and rides!
Plus, City Square Mall is opened during Chinese New Year. You can catch a movie, dine and shop during the Chinese New Year on 28 & 29 Jan at selected stores. Check with individual stores for details.
City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6595 6595
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
By train: Farrer Park MRT Station Exit I (North-East MRT line)
By bus: 21, 125, 130 (Kitchener Road before Tai Hoe Hotel)
21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 141, 147, 857, NR6 (Serangoon Road outside Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with City Square Mall.