Funan (previously called “Funan Centre” and “Funan DigitaLife Mall”) has 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 has undergone a 3-year refurbishment and has reopened on the 28th of June (11:30am to the public), 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, Nayuki, Gongcha, to GOCHABAR. Here’s more on the restaurants, cafes, and kiosks at the new Funan:
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.
The two other ramen restaurants at Funan are Kara-men Ajisen and Tsuta,
“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
Nayuki is first tea brand to pioneer the new concept of pairing euro-inspired bakes with fresh fruit blend premium teas in a stylish café setting.
The signature products to get are the Supreme Cheese Strawberry Tea ($8.30) and Strawberry Fresh Cream Bread called Strawberry Blush Mystique ($6.80).
These products are so immensely popular that the brand invested in a strawberry field to ensure premium strawberries of consistent quality are available all year round.
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).
For the opening special at Funan, it will re-launch its Chicken Rice Gelato with limited quantities.
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.
Liao Fan Hawker Chan
“The cheapest Michelin meal in the world” Liao Fan’s Hawker Chan is opening up its first outlet in a Singapore mall,
The humble hawker stall at Chinatown literally received stardom when it was awarded one Michelin star in the Singapore Michelin Guide.
Signature items include Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle, Soya Sauce Chicken Hor Fun Roasted Pork Rice, Char Siew Rice, and Pork Ribs Rice.
Prices will remain affordable, with most items $5.00 and below, making it a suitable place for the family for a casual meal out.
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. That means a portion of the profits will go to the staff.
A highlight of the space is an experiential brew bar for customers to have a go at brewing and interacting with coffee apparatus
The selection also incorporates some local Nonya Kuehs (applied by One Kueh At A Time), and you can look out for the Ondeh Ondeh with coffee infused gula melaka filling.
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