Funan Centre had a special place in my heart, because this was a mall I would have secretly gone down during my school days.
It was partly for computer games (remember those floppy disks and files of photocopied game covers – okay, I am revealing my age), and the food centre that was located at Level 7 in which I would always go for the Qiji Popiah (then called Hock Heng Food Stall), Carona Chicken Wings and Beef Noodles.
That was history. How many of you remember that anyway?
In case you have not heard yet, Funan Centre has undergone a 3-year refurbishment and will reopen on the 28th of June, with highlights including Dyson’s first standalone store in Singapore, Wild Rice theatre and studio, TFX fitness centre, and Golden Village multiplex.
As for the food, the headliners include famed Japanese ramen Afuri, Open Farm Community’s Noka, Little Caesar, Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles, and designer store GRAFUNKT’s first bistro.
More than 60% of the tenants are home-grown brand, and you expect the first Sinpopo Coffee concept, Avobites, COLLIN’S, Drumstick, HAWKERMAN, Liao Fan Hawker Chan, Steak & Sushi, The Dark Gallery, and The Travelling C.O.W.
There are also the usual bubble tea and drinks, from Milksha, Gongcha, to GOCHABAR. Here’s more on the restaurants, cafes, and kiosks at the new Funan Centre:
One of Japan’s most famous ramen chains Afuri Ramen 阿夫利 is coming to Singapore, set to open at the basement of the revamped Funan Centre.
Afuri is known for its light fresh chicken broth with a splash of citrusy yuzu, and I would consider it one of the 10 must-try ramen in Tokyo.
Even while I am typically a fan of the rich, creamy tonkotsu based broth, I found Afuri’s soup light and refreshing, with the yuzu adding the delicate-tangy-bitterness to the fresh chicken broth.
“Noka” which translates to “farmhouse” (农屋) in Japanese, operates the first rooftop urban farm & Japanese restaurant in the Central Business District and in Singapore.
It offers Japanese cuisine made with premium rice from the ‘Rice Capital of Japan’ Niigata, with the sushi rice used ranked A for 28 consecutive years.
This is the sister restaurant to Open Farm Community, with urban farm operated by Edible Garden City.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Tiong Bahru Bakery located at the 4th floor, is also part of a 4,000 square feet multi-concept space, shared with Browhaus and Strip.
This 90-seater is the second Tiong Bahru Bakery in Singapore that will also serve hot food.
Milksha 迷客夏, Taiwan’s leading bubble tea that is voted No. 1 by Taiwan university students, is set to also open at Funan Centre.
Milksha is known to use 100% natural fresh milk (no creamer) as well as other natural ingredients such as sugar from sugar cane for their products. No preservatives, chemical ingredients or artificial colourings.
Its pearls are also quite unique, featuring honey pearls freshly cooked, frozen, then air-flown to Singapore. (Effort)
In Singapore, the brand will launch four series: Fresh Milk Series, Fresh Milk Tea Latte Series, Premium Tea Series and Special Concoctions. Milksha 迷客夏
This humble gelato café with its first store at River Valley Road handcrafts their gelato and sorbets in small batches, and you will get diverse flavours and edgy creations.
Some gelato flavours are created just once, and you may never get it again (perhaps only after a long time later).
Wong Kee Noodles
Wong Kee is known for its Wanton Mee, which seems to be a cross between the Cantonese and local Singapore style, served with plump dumplings and thick stalks of kailan.
The 3 coloured noodles at Wong Kee are specially created, imported from a factory at JB, with flavours of Spinach and Tomato. The orange-red tomato noodles have a refreshing sweet aftertaste, somewhat like Italian pasta.
The star of WOLF Burgers is said to be the patty – produced in house with a secret recipe, to ensure a juicy, succulent burger always.
They are known for “The WOLF Burger”, their version of a standard Cheeseburger. Best paired with some Korean-American inspired Kimchi Cheese Fries topped with kimchi, sour cream, cheese and chives.
PPP Coffee by Papa Palheta
We have not heard from specialty coffee roaster Papa Palheta in a while. The group who is also behind the famous hipster coffee place Chye Seng Huat Hardware, will be launching Singapore’s first employee-store PPP Coffee.
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