Wait, I realised nobody ever really wrote about Killiney Road. But why?
It is one of the nearest places to Orchard with a wide selection of food, at more affordable pricing. Just a 5 minute walk away from Somerset MRT Station – go out from the other side (away from Orchard), and walk towards SingTel.
This is also the ‘birthplace’ of one of Singapore’s most known kopitiam – Killiney Kopitiam.
So other than SingTel (to pay your bills), cool residences, this is also where you can find bakeries, bars, steamboat, curry puff (also famous), ramen and chicken rice.
Here are some of the 10 Best Eateries found on Killiney Road:
67 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239525
Tel: +65 6734 3910
Opening Hours: 6 am – 11 pm (Mon-Sat), 6am – 6 pm (Sun)>
1st shop of the Hainanese coffee shop chain
Originally founded back in 1919, this place was a small humble shop where you could buy warm beverages and bread toast, as well as well-brewed tea and coffee.
In 1993, Mr. Woon who was a regular customer decided to buy the shop and rename it to Killiney Kopitiam. Today, this has branches all over Singapore and dozens of outlets overseas.
Killiney Kopitiam has many branches, but the main outlet at at Killiney Road remains as one of the best, if not the best in taste and quality. Some of the other branches are questionable.
They have expanded their menu and serve a wide range of local delicacies and of course the signature Hainanese style coffee.
Their freshly homemade kaya and rich kopi concocted from Columbian Arabica coffee beans remain their main selling point. My other personal favourite dish is the fragrant curry chicken with crispy prata.
Warung M. Nasir
69 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239526
Tel: +65 6734 6228
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Popular Nasi Padang eatery
Warung M. Nasir’s main focus is on Padang foods like fried chicken, fish curry, sayur lodeh, sambal goreng, and many more.
For those who don’t know, Nasi Padang is practically steamed rice that comes with a variety of pre-cooked dishes to choose from.
One portion of Nasi Padang costs around $7.00 (or more depending on what you order) and some of the favourites include braised eggplant, beef rendang, and the tahu telur. Although these dishes are quite far from what people consider as healthy, at the same time they can be quite tasty.
They have received the popular Excellent Food Award and attract a large number of both tourists and locals.
75 Killiney Road, Singapore 239529
Tel: +65 6352 6369
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30 am – 3:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm – 10pm Daily
Chicken based broth with thin Hakata ramen noodles
I have visited their branch at Central on several occasions, but this time I wanted to check out their joint on Killiney Road.
This branch of Marutama Ramen is a bit brighter and attracts more tourists. Besides locations in Saitama, Tokyo, and Singapore, they also have restaurants in Malaysia, Canada, and Indonesia.
Marutama’s selection is simple with four types to choose from – Non-spicy chicken soup ($12), Nama Karashi spicy chicken soup ($12), Aka ramen with 7 kinds of ground nuts mixture ($15) and Tan-men chicken soup ramen with vegetable toppings ($13).
What attracts me most is the thin-curly homemade Hakata-styled ramen noodle. It is one of the first stores which serve pure Toripaitan broth (milky chicken broth), which needs to be cooked and prepared about 5 hours daily.
Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee
89 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239534
Tel: +65 6732 1085
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm Daily
White bee hoon with big prawns
Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee is a newly opened eatery on Killiney Road in Singapore. Although the early reviews were indifferent, it seems that this restaurant has managed to improve the quality of their dishes.
The signature food here is definitely the wok-fried big prawn white bee hoon ($16.80). The Prawn Noodle Soup ($5.80) is a good option and comes with fresh pieces of prawns, some lean pork slices, and fishcake slices.
The dish I would recommend would be the Wok-Fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon ($16.80) which combines firm bee hoon, umami-rich prawn stock, and wok-hei.
Artisan Boulangerie Co.
239555, 118 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239555
Tel: +65 6444 8130
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm Daily
Bakery with expanded brunch menu
Opened in 2013 right at Killiney Road, Artisan Boulangerie Co (otherwise known as ABC) used to be a small neighbourhood bakery close to Orchard Road that offered a nice selection of morning treats, breads, and pastries.
As their popularity grew, they decided to expand the menu and besides fresh pastries include signature entrees and some café classics. Today, Artisan Boulangerie Co is considered quite a well-known bakery in Singapore.
The award-winning baker, Eran Mayer is in charge of the recipes of the delicious bread and pastries in the kitchen, from baguettes and croissants to sourdoughs and pretzels.
Some may still have the impression ABC serves only bread, pastries and coffee, but they have expanded to serve brunch items such as Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, and Big Breakfast.
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux
57 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239520
Tel: +65 6735 3298
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 6pm (Sat), 8am- 3pm (Sun)
Delicious breads and affordable brunch sets
Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux is a simply decorated French-Style café that offers a variety of baked goods, sandwiches, and desserts.
Opened in 2007, this Killiney Road café has stood the test of time, and has been a regular place for many in the neighbourhood to have breakfast or brunch.
There are three brunch sets available and range from $9.90 to $12.90, from Soft Scrambled Eggs to Smoked Salmon served with cheese.
One of the most popular dishes is the Deli Corned Beef which comes with burger bread and baked beans. As for cakes and desserts, the favourite seems to be the Cranberry Scone ($2.80) with salted butter and tangy cranberries.
Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
110 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239549
Tel: +65 6884 6884
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Dinner 5 pm – 11 pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 11pm (Sat, Sun)
Famous fish head steamboat opens branch at Killiney
Few people actually known that this famous fish head steamboat place has opened a branch in Killiney.
The story of Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steam Boat began back in 1990 when Mr. Keng decided to get into the food business. Today, Fish Head Steam Boat is a successful restaurant with several branches in Singapore.
Besides the obvious fish head steamboat, the signature orders here are the Prawn Paste Chicken and the Specialty Tofu which comes with eggs and seafood sauce, and Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs.
The Chicken Rice Ex-press
107 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239547
Tel: +65 6736 1928
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Chicken Rice for just $4.20
The truth is that no visit to Singapore is complete without trying Hainanese Chicken Rice. There are many famous brands in Singapore, and actually this eatery serves up quite a decent rendition.
At Chicken Rice Ex-press, the chicken rice set that is meant for two pax comes with lime juice or barley, rice, greens, broth, and chicken will set you back around $9. Pretty affordable.
The Chicken Rice is $4.20, while a Drumstick Rice is at $4.70.
While I thought that the noodles need some work as they are typically soggy, the Chicken Rice served here was fragrant and flavourful, matched up with the smooth, tender chicken pieces.
Killiney Curry Puff
93 Killiney Rd, Singapore 239536
Tel: +65 6736 2011
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm Daily
Famous Malay-style curry puff
Killiney Curry Puff is a Malay coffee shop that serves up familiar local cuisine, such as Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, Ayam Penyet, Mee Siam, Mee Soto and Tahu Goreng.
You can have a filling meal with drink at $6.50.
I used to really like their Curry Puffs ($1.40, or have they increased price again) – used to be handmade and filled with chunky pieces of chicken. They have shrunk in size after rebranding, but well, still a good enough street snack.
Jew Kit Restaurant
105 Killiney Road, Singapore 239546
Tel: +65 6733 5578
Opening Hours: 10:30 am – 12am Daily
Zhi Char place good for Hainanese chicken rice
Founded by Mr. Teo, Jew Kit Restaurant specialises in Hainanese chicken rice and boasts a lovely décor with cool furnishings and posters on the walls. The vibes are like a coffee shop from the 1960s.
Everything on the menu here is reasonably priced. For instance, the Dumpling Noodle Soup costs just $5, while the Jew Kit Special Chicken Wing Rice will set you back $6. There is also no additional service charge.
The menu is really quite extensive, offering items from Thai Style Chicken Chop Rice ($6.50), Black Pepper Pork Rice ($6.00), Beef Hor Fun with Special Sauce ($6.50), Xin Zhou Bee Hoon ($5.50), Crispy Noodle with Seafood ($5.50), Sweet & Sour Pork ($8), to Sweet & Sour Pork ($8, $12).
What I liked about this zhi char place is that it opens late enough for supper with friends.
And one bonus place…
31 Exeter Road B1-10 Singtel Comcentre Singapore 239732
The SingTel basement canteen
The *secret* place. This is also where you can find the HungryGoWhere people. LOL. The Comcentre Centre is hidden from street level, but you can need to take the stairs down for your food.
Generally opened from morning till mid-noon, the stalls serve up anything from Economical Beehoon, Chicken Salad, Ayam Penyet, to Western Food.