Paya Lebar Square is conveniently located right next to Paya Lebar MRT station, and you may be wondering about the restaurants and cafes available there.
Some of the more unique food places there include Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke which features charcoal grill dishes with FREE FLOW salad bar; Chicken Run which specialises in chicken stew hotpots; and Delibowl which specialises in Sichuan casual meals.
The first flagship restaurant of popular vegetarian restaurant Greendot; and the first outlet of Korean sandwich shop Egg Stop can be found at the mall as well.
Hungry for more? Here are recommended restaurants and cafes you can find at Paya Lebar Square:
Ginza Tendon Itsuki
Paya Lebar Square #01-02/03
Tel: +65 6214 3345
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Delightful Japanese Tendon overflowing with fried tempura
Ginza Tendon Itsuki (Paya Lebar) is Ramen Keisuke’s 18th outlet and Keisuke’s Singapore second Tendon Itsuki outlet.
It is also one of the three Keisuke-branded outlets located at Paya Lebar Square, the other two outlets being Tonkotsu King and Charcoal-Grill and Salad Bar Keisuke.
At Ginza Tendon Itsuki, you can look forward to Keisuke’s authentic Japanese tendon creations crafted using the freshest ingredients. Tendon aka Tempura Rice Bowl, is often regarded as delightful one-bowl soul food meals for many Japanese around the world especially during summer.
Filled to the brim, the tendon is overflowing with fried ingredients topped on rice. The ingredients are coated in a light batter and are only deep-fried upon order, so you get them hot and crispy outside and succulent inside.
Try the Vegetable Tendon ($12.90) with a medley of Pumpkin, Shiitake Mushroom, Lotus Root, Eggplant and 4 pieces of vegetable tempura; or go for the Special Tendon ($13.90) which comes with 2 pieces of Chicken, 2 pieces of Prawn, 4 pieces of Vegetables, and Half-Boiled Egg.
For the ultimate tendon bowl which is exclusive to Paya Lebar Square’s outlet, order the Deluxe Tendon ($19.90) featuring more premium ingredients like Snow Crab, Prawn, Conger, Squid, 4 pieces of Vegetable Tempura, and Half-Boiled Egg.
Each tendon set is served with miso soup and Chawanmushi (steamed egg), which is value for your money.
Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke
Paya Lebar Square #B1-16
Tel: +65 6241 8588
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Grilled food concept with all-you-can-eat salad bar
Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Kaisuke is a new dining concept by Keisuke Takeda, offering slow-grilled meat items and features an all-you-can-eat salad bar.
What’s special here is the use of sumiyaki (charcoal grill), a cooking method similar to barbecue but more of a slow-grilling over hot charcoals.
The result? Consistently tender and succulent meats. The restaurant uses only Japan-sourced bincho-tan or Japanese white charcoal as it burns cleanly with a high steady heat.
At the core of its menu are traditional fish dishes enjoyed by the Japanese – Mackerel, Salmon, Yellow Tail and Black Cod.
You’ll get to choose from various gozen (Japanese set meal) which comes with the traditional miso soup and onsen egg. For each gozen, there’s also a serving of Japanese rice freshly cooked in a small iron pot.
Some of the signatures include Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki Yellowtail Set ($21.90), Charcoal Grilled Miso Marinated Black Cod Set ($21.90), Charcoal Grilled Dried Atka Mackerel Set ($14.90), Charcoal Grilled Salmon Set ($14.90), Charcoal Grilled Salmon Belly Set ($16.90), and Charcoal Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Set ($10.90).
I will recommend the Miso Marinated Black Cod Set which is wonderfully buttery and fresh, or the Teriyaki Chicken which is a steal at $10.90 for all that you will be getting.
Remember to head for the free-flow salad bar which boasts of more than 30 types of Japanese osousai (side dishes) from potato salad to Keisuke’s famous beansprouts.
Lotus Thai Restaurant
Paya Lebar Square #02-13/14/K1
Tel: +65 6386 7228
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Authentic and affordable Thai fare
Lotus Thai Restaurant is known for its authentic Thai fare cooked up by Thai chefs. Its signature dish is the Fried Seabass or Garouper with “2 faces” – half mango salad and half special Thai chilli sauce.
If you are the type who wants a “sampler” type of meal, this is an excellent choice as you can try 2 flavours in one dish. Plus, this has a range of tasting notes from sweet, mildly salty, sour to spicy.
Recommended dishes include Thai-style Fried Whole Garouper with Thai Chilli Sauce ($28++), with the fish sporting a wonderfully crisp skin and a tender flesh underneath, Steamed Seabass with Lemon Sauce ($28++), Thai-style Stewed Prawn with Vermicelli in Claypot ($18++), Curry Prawns ($12.80++), Thai Stuffed Chicken Wings ($9.80++), and Prawn Roll Lemongrass ($10.80++).
Lotus Thai implements a No Pork and No Lard policy in creating its menu catering to the Malay community. Recognising that its location has a strong presence of vegetarians, you will also find a number of vegetarian options here that are still authentically Thai.
Chicken Run 跑跑鸡
Paya Lebar Square #02-18/19/20/K4
Tel: +65 6702 1373
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Comforting chicken claypot dishes
Chicken Run is a good place for a get-together with family and friends over home-style comfort food.
Why Chicken Run? It’s literally chickens running away from the owners for their lives. During their childhood years living in a kampong, the owners as kids would chase and catch the free-range chickens for their family meal.
It specialises in chicken stew hotpot, including its signature items Chicken Hotpot ($9.90), Chicken Laksa Hotpot ($10.90), the sour and spicy Fish Hotpot ($10.90), and the reasonably portioned Beef Hotpot ($18.90). They also serve a vegetarian Mushroom Hotpot ($9.90) as an alternative to non-meat diners.
Your order comes with a free flow of soup for non-stop hotpot enjoyment.
Add-ons (starts at $1.90) are available such as vegetables, mushrooms, sliced beef, prawns, noodles, etc. Feel free to browse what’s available in their display fridge and hand pick your choices. To maintain quality, chicken, prawns, and vegetables are delivered fresh daily to the restaurant.
The home-grown dish Chicken Hotpot is made using a family recipe handed down through generations. Each pot is prepared individually, and starts with fresh chicken marinated for hours, then stir-fried in garlic, onion, ginger, dry chili, and herbs. It is then stewed in chicken stock and home-made sauces in a claypot over a fire.
The flavourful, thick broth goes well with plain rice. Spiciness level can be adjusted to your liking. Go non-spicy or go extreme and request for the spiciest level.
Other must-try dishes include Egg Fried Rice with Chicken Chop/Pork Chop ($9.80), Homemade Wu Xiang ($6.90), and Laksa Noodle with Prawn ($6.50).
Paya Lebar Square #01-84
Tel: +65 68449915
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese rice bowls topped with fresh sashimi
In the mood for fresh sashimi? Kei Kaisendon is the place for you, a Kaisendon specialty restaurant serving rice bowls topped with fresh sashimi imported straight from the seas of Japan.
Each bowl of Japanese white rice is brimming with a wide variety of sashimi, and a mixture of toppings and seasonings.
Highly recommended is the Kei Signature Kaisendon ($12.90, $16.90, $19.90) which comes with salad or rice or a mixture of both.
Maximise your Kei Kaisendon dining experience by exploring the 4 different ways of eating the Kei Kaisendon Signature Bowl.
First, savour the taste of signature Kaisendon with fresh sashimi and a little bit of shoyu and wasabi. Next, you can combine a dollop of mayonnaise and chili powder on a sauce and blend the mixture into the rice bowl. Enjoy the spicy creamy rice. Once you finish your Kaisendon halfway, pour the special Sakura chicken soup into the remaining ingredients and enjoy the mixture as a porridge – this is the 3rd way. Finally, the fourth way is to take some nori seaweed to wrap a spoonful of rice and sashimi into hand rolls. Four ways to Kaisendon bliss.
For your main dish, you can also try the Unagi Kaisendon Set ($19.90), Salmon Kaisendon Set ($18.90), or Mentaiyaki Kaisendon Set ($17.90).
Complete your meal by adding $3.00 (salad + soup + hot tea) or $6.00 (salad + soup + 3 pieces salmon slices + hot tea).
Paya Lebar Square #01-77/80
Tel: +65 9382 5685
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Delicious Mapo Tofu found in casual Chinese ‘fast-food’ restaurant
From the same owners of Nuodle, a popular hand-pulled noodle stall, comes Delibowl, an eatery where you can savour traditional Chinese food in a fastfood-like setup.
The concept of Delibowl takes inspiration from the eight culinary traditions of China and presents itself as “One Bowl To Satisfy”. It seeks to reinvent the way Chinese food is created and enjoyed, using only the freshest and finest quality ingredients.
Drop by for lunch or dinner and try their signature dishes, including Stir-Fried Tofu in Hot Sauce ($6.85), a classic Sichuan dish and a top favourite at Delibowl. It has chunks of soft tofu and minced meat, combined with a spicy sauce of fermented bean, chili oil and Sichuan peppercorn. This aromatic and numbingly hot and spicy dish is aching for some steamed rice on the side.
Simply add $3.00 to upgrade your Mapo Tofu to a lunch set, which includes 1 main, a side dish and soup.
Other signature dishes are Double-Cooked Marinated Beef Slices ($7.85), Fried Egg with Green Pepper ($6.85), Stewed Beef Brisket with Tomato ($7.85), Steamed Chicken with Chili Sauce ($7.85), and Spicy Popcorn Chicken ($7.85).
All orders come with a bowl of freshly cooked white rice, a much-needed accompaniment. Depending on the crop quality each year, Delibowl imports high-quality rice grains such as Chinese Wuchang rice, Japanese pearl rice, and Thai fragrant rice.
To cater to the Muslim community, Delibowl offers Muslim-friendly Chinese delicacies. All ingredients are already Halal-compliant but Halal certification is still in progress.
5 Little Bears
Paya Lebar Square #B1-09
Tel: +65 6702 1098
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Reasonably-priced Taiwanese meals and snacks
The genesis of this cuddly named shop is a Taiwanese immigrant who relocated to Singapore with his family. Back then, while the family did find Taiwanese food in Singapore, they still missed the authentic taste of their home. The “Big Bear”, the head of the family with 5 children, began to set up 5 Little Bears to bring authentic Taiwanese street food to Singapore.
Recommended item is the Braised Pork Rice aka Lu Rou Fan ($5.00), made with pork belly cubes simmered in Taiwanese soy sauce and spices.
The pork has a well-balanced ratio of fat and lean meat making this traditional Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan full of flavour but not oily.
Another pork dish to try is the Pork Chop Bento ($7.50), a deep-fried battered boneless pork chop that’s crisp on the edges yet still juicy inside.
Those who prefer chicken meat is in for a treat. They have the extra-large Chicken Chop ($4.80) to soothe your huge crunchy chicken cravings.
5 Little Bears not only offers deep-fried items but also soupy ones to slurp on the side. Try their Taiwanese-style Beef Noodle ($8.50) or the Oyster Mee Sua ($4.50) which comes with fresh, plump pieces of oysters to contrast with crunchy fried items.
Paya Lebar Square #B1-45
Tel: +65 6252 1322
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Famous Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik
CRAVE brings together two renowned brands in Singapore’s hawker food scene: Selera Rasa’s Nasi Lemak and Rafee’s Corner famous Teh Tarik.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak is also known as Adam Road Nasi Lemak because of its location. It is one of the most popular go-to places in Singapore for a good plate of this Malay rice dish, made of long-grained Basmati rice cooked in coconut milk.
Rafee’s Corner, on the other hand, is better known as Amoy Street Teh Tarik.
Visit CRAVE’s latest outlet and don’t miss the Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing ($5.90). While the Nasi Lemak is the star of this dish, the crunchy chicken wings are just as delicious. What makes the chicken wings really flavourful is marinating them overnight in a specially prepared home-made marinade with traditional Asian spices.
And you cannot not scoop the accompanying dollop of sambal chili on the side, prepared with a mix of Indian and Japanese chilies but more sweet-savoury than it is too spicy.
Upgrade your nasi lemak by getting the Nasi Lemak Royale ($7.90) which includes not only the chicken wing but also a bergedil (Malay fried potato patty), and fried fish fillet.
Add a hot cup of Teh Tarik ($2.00) to complete your dining experience. This fragrant and smooth cup of tea is a unique mixture of different types of tea dust. You get that strong tea taste and distinct floral aroma without being overly bitter not overwhelmingly sweet.
Ah Long Pancake & Popiah
Paya Lebar Square #01-48
Tel: +65 9018 0516
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Freshly made pancakes and popiah
If you are craving for a savoury snack, go to Ah Long’s stall and order any of its pancake and popiah offerings.
They are popular for their specialty Min Chiang Kueh, a traditional snack item using a special in-house dough recipe, which they serve with egg.
All pancakes are freshly made on the spot upon order, so you get them nice and hot. Ah Long has tweaked tradition a bit and innovated by adding different savoury fillings.
The menu features 9 combinations. If you want some heat in the pancake, go for the Sambal Chili + Carrot + Egg ($2.00). For fish fans, try the Tuna + Egg ($2.80) which comes with a generous topping of tuna flakes. If you want something with chicken, they have Chicken Floss + Cheese + Egg ($3.00). Or try the Chicken Hot Dog or Chicken Ham versions ($2.50).
For non-meat options, you may like the Peanut + Corn + Egg ($2.00) combo for it crunchy-creamy textures.
For the popiah side, the Traditional Popiah ($1.80) is a must-try for first-timers, good as a teatime snack. For the “advanced”, order the Chicken Floss Salad Popiah ($2.50), a dressed-up version of the traditional popiah.
Paya Lebar Square F&B Outlets
5 Little Bears (B1-09)
Ah Long Pancake (01-48)
Ah Mah Homemade Cake (B1-46)
Bee Cheng Hiang (B1-07)
Burger King (01-37/38/39/40/41/42/43)
Charcoal-Grill & Salad Bar Keisuke (B1-16)
Chicken Run (02-18/19/20/K4)
Crave Nasi Lemak (B1-45)
Crystal Jade My Bread (01-30)
Duke Bakery (B1-28)
Eatzi Gourmet Bistro (B1-15)
Four Leaves (B1-18)
Fun Tea (01-01)
Gado & Grill (B1-08)
Ginza Tendon Itsuki (01-02/03)
House of Teochew (B1-06)
J CO Donuts & Coffee (01-78/79/K2)
Ju Hao (B1-29/30/31)
KEI Kaisendon (01-84)
Kraftwich by Swissbake / The Soup Spoon (01-09/10/11)
Lotus Thai (02-13/14/K1)
MOS Burger (01-72/73/K4/K5)
Mr Youtiao (01-85)
Nanyang Chicken Rice & Roast Meat (B1-10)
Nine Fresh Desserts Taiwan (01-49)
Old Chang Kee (01-47)
Pontian Wanton Noodles (01-88)
Ramen Keisuke (01-04)
Sakae Sushi (B1-19)
Toast Box (01-89/90/K1)
Tok Tok Indonesian Soup House (01-71/K6/K7)
Wok Hey / Egg Stop (01-62)
Ya Kun Kaya Toast (01-87)
Paya Lebar Square
60 Paya Lebar Road Singapore 409051
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