Looking for a dining place with your family and friends at downtown Orchard?
Here are 9 restaurants in Singapore that you will only be able to find in Orchard Central, many of them are inexpensive and great for sharing (ie jio more people down).
These include Korean BBQ restaurant K.Cook which just introduced a ‘pocha’ concept; famed Chengdu hotpot restaurant Da Long Yi famous for its mala butter broth; highly instagrammable Korean brunch café Walking on Sunshine; and Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant which houses 6 Japanese dining concepts in one place.
Read on to find out what tantalising food Orchard Central has to offer:
K.Cook Korean BBQ Restaurant
Orchard Central #07-01
Tel: +65 6884 7282
Opening Hours: Buffet 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun), Ala Carte 9:30pm – 3am (Mon – Sat)
K.Cook is an inexpensive Korean BBQ joint located at the 7th level of Orchard Central.
Affordable pricing goes by the tune of $16.90++ and up for a weekday lunch for adults.
To achieve its Korean BBQ look, it is designed with both indoor and outdoor rooftop dining spaces. You can either settle comfortably in the air-conditioned section, or dine with the natural breeze kissing your face as you grill those samgyeopsal (pork belly) and chadolbagi (beef brisket) over a night view of Orchard Road.
To complete the ambiance, the outside seating area has a large screen playing K-pop music videos to entertain you.
Celebrating something? K.Cook has started a new ‘pocha’. Pocha is an abbreviation of Korean words which translates to “Korean Street Food Wagon”. From 9:30pm to the wee hours of the morning (3am!) you can enjoy a night of drinking with your friends. In case you get hungry, they have an ala carte menu for your bar chow.
Offerings include Korean Army Stew ($35), Korean Fried Chicken ($30), Smoked Duck and Chives Salad ($35), Spicy Stir-Fried Squid ($25) and Crispy Seafood Scallion Pancake ($25).
Try their Pork Back-Bone-Stew ($40) aka gamjatang, a traditional spicy and hearty Korean tang (stew) that combines pork bones, gamja (potatoes), and other veggies. The stock is made by boiling pork backbone for many hours to create a savoury base for the stew.
Slurp this soup with a bottle of soju on the side and dine like a true Korean.
Orchard Central #08-13
Tel: +65 6238 6872
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
If you are suddenly craving for Thai food after shopping, head to Som Tam and treat yourself to a modern Thai Fusion dining. Its minimalist interior speaks modern, so you can dine in style.
The menu spreads across Street Delights, Salads in a Bottle, Rice, Noodles/Pasta, Soups/Curries, and Mains. Som Tam chefs combine different culinary types, traditions, and cooking methods to give you lots of food options.
The Tom Yum soup ($12.80 and up), available in black, prawn or chicken, will perk you up with its spicy-sourness.
Feeling too warm for a soup? Go for the Aglio Olio Style Tom Yum Pasta ($15.80) or nibble on some flame-grilled Thai Chicken Satay ($9.80 for 6 pcs).
Don’t miss the Pla Muek Yang ($17.80), a bestseller of the house featuring a grilled whole squid served with Som Tam’s signature Thai seafood sauce. Bite into the tender squid as you season it with Thai nahm jim (fish sauce), the perfect complement.
Still hungry? Order their classic Pineapple Fried Rice ($13.80) or the Olive and Chicken Fried Rice ($13.80) which uses Chinese olive leaves to create an aromatic flavour. Be ready to explore something different here.
Joie by Dozo
Orchard Central #12-01
Tel: +65 6838 6966
Opening Hours: 12pm – Last Order 2pm, 6pm – Last Order 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Located at the enchantingly beautiful Roof Garden of Orchard Central, Joie by DOZO is a remarkable place to celebrate special occasions with your loved ones.
Joie (pronounced ‘joy’) specialises in Modern Japanese-French gastronomical vegetable cuisine.
Yes, vegetable cuisine – a totally unique dining experience that focuses on vegetables, fruits and herbs to share that joy of dining.
You should be amazed by the different tastes, styles, and presentation they could have – all meatless.
Get your midday recharge with their 6-Course Set Lunch ($38.80++) with the family, or reserve a table to share with your beloved for a special 7-Course Set Dinner ($68.80++).
The Grill Summer Mushroom Steak is the highly recommended main. This succulent grilled monkey head mushroom is cooked to a sizzle over a “Pu-Ye” hot lava stone. Served on the side is truffle mashed potato and a tangy and smoky truffle mustard dip which complements the mushroom’s deep, earthy taste.
Another clever dish to watch out for is the Vegetable Sashimi on Ice with Oyster-Leaf Shooter Glass. This cold dish (available only for dinner) will challenge even the most discerning taste buds.
It is amazing to know the “salmon sashimi” is actually made of aloe vera, coconut, konjac, and huai san (Chinese yam). The briny and buttery texture is replicated so well, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Walking On Sunshine Cafe
Orchard Central #03-07
Tel: +65 8877 0088
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Walking On Sunshine or WOS, the newest beauty and dining hub in the block, is located at the 3rd floor of Orchard Central. It is one of the biggest you can find in Singapore, juxtaposing a salon and a café in one location.
The beauty salon is powered by top-notch professional hairstylists, barbers, make-up artists, and nail artists from all around the world.
As for the garden-themed café, it offers lots of food choices for its diners. Even vegetarians will be delighted in the range of options, aside from its line-up of beverages.
If you could just pick one item from the food menu, make it the Instagram-popular Soufflé Pancake ($20.50).
Imagine a stack of three light and fluffy pancakes topped with a special cream, nuts, and fresh fruits like berries, grapes and strawberries. Good for sharing (or save all for yourself), this dish is loved by kids and adults alike.
Or have a savoury pancake for a change. The Crab and Kimchi Pancake ($20.50) is definitely on the other side of the flavour spectrum, but its spicy-sour taste is just as inviting.
More hunger pangs? Order the meat-loaded Beef Salami Pizza ($17.50), Strip Loin Steak ($21.50) or get the Spicy Pork Panini ($17.50) for takeaway.
Sip famous teas from Korea as you delight in the sight of beautiful flowers and plants around you, while enjoying time with your family and friends.
Orchard Central #B2-11/29
Tel: +65 6509 9383/
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm, Last order for food 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Some of Japan’s well-loved food stores from Sapporo, Hakodate, and Asahikawa have reached Orchard Central.
Welcome them in their home in Singapore at Hokkaido Marche, a marketplace-style gourmet food hall.
Located at Basement 2 of Orchard Central next to Don Don Donki, Hokkaido Marche combines 7 different Japanese F&B brands from Hokkaido.
First, they have Café & Bar Dot which introduces its Hokkaido Premium Soft Serve Ice Cream to Singaporean foodies. They also serve an ice-cold Sapporo Beer at just $6.50 alongside a wide variety of sake, whiskeys, wines and non-alcoholic beverages.
Next up, Natsume. It has a seasonal menu using Hokkaido-sourced fish and seafood. Order their Special Kaisen Don for only $17.50.
Maruya is a famous Donburi joint in Hokkaido, Sapporo operating for over 130 years. You have many choices here but the Pork Katsu Don/Curry ($13.50) is recommended.
If you like pork, you have to go for the Hokkaido Buta Don ($13.50) at Tsuyoshi. Its tender grilled pork coupled with its secret sauce makes for a delicious and wholesome meal.
If you’re hankering for noodles, head to Maruki for its soba made with all-natural ingredients, and no MSG! Try the Mori Soba ($8.50) which is available cold, and best paired with sake.
Ajisai, acclaimed for its shio (salt) ramen, is where you can savour the Hakodate Shio Ramen ($12.00). Enjoy its clear, flavourful broth made with pork, chicken, and natural rock salt on a base of kelp from southern Hokkaido.
Lastly, Shirakaba Sansou offers its signature clear miso soup with a thin layer of oil to keep the heat. Try their legendary Sapporo Miso Ramen ($13.00) and taste how well-balanced and rich its broth is.
Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant
Orchard Central #12-02
Tel: +65 6634 2803
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm, Dinner 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant is perfect for those who want the convenience of choice under one roof. This dining concept gathers 6 unique brands in one location giving you a wide selection of popular Japanese fare.
First, you get the freshest seasonal fish and sashimi air-flown from Japan’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Get the sampler Sashimi on a Boat ($67.80) with 7 kinds of sashimi good for sharing. Or 6 pieces of Fresh Oysters for only $26.80.
Feel like having some Japanese barbecue? Get your fix from Ikezaki Yakiniku, which specialises in Wagyu beef. You can’t go wrong with their Wagyu Roast Beef Don ($24.80).
For tempura, Ebi-Zo Tempura will dish out tempura using only fresh, not frozen, meats. Taste how fresh they are with the Signature Ebizo Tendon ($24.80).
Tori-Sho Chicken Cuisine will give you plenty of chicken options, like the Black Pepper Chicken Wings Karaage ($2.80/pc). UnaSho handles the unagi department. Try the Hitsumabushi ($32.80), grilled eel on rice 3-way.
Lastly, Hamakaze Ramen centralises the best Japanese ramen in one spot. The Spicy Tori-Kotsu Miso Butter Ramen ($16.80) is a must-try.
Prices are affordable, considering the portions are quite generous.
With all these dizzying choices, focus on THIS signature item: Tsukiji Special Foie Gras Bara Chirashi Don ($25.80). It consists of fresh sashimi cubes (salmon, tuna, swordfish), salmon roe, flying fish roe, foie gras, and tamago all atop sushi rice. What makes this extra special is the chef’s secret ingredient in the vinegar mix for the rice.
Da Long Yi Hotpot Singapore
Orchard Central #08-06/07/08
Tel: +65 6509 0002
Opening Hours: 11am – 6am (Mon – Sun)
Feast together with friends and family over a special steamboat meal at Da Long Yi, a prominent Chinese hotpot brand. Its first outlet opened in 2013 in Chengdu, China and swiftly grew to more than 200 restaurants in Mainland China.
Conveniently located on the 8th floor, Da Long Yi is on the left side as you step out of the elevator. Occupying 3 units, it is quite spacious with impressive interiors.
If you are after an authentic Szechuan experience, the quality of food here will not disappoint.
Pick the Butter Mala Soup Base as this is the signature of Da Long Yi. I thought this was more ‘la’ (spicy) than ‘ma’ (numbing), and may make some break out in sweat. Quite shiok.
The Shrimp Paste ($16), Mountain Marble Beef ($24), Kongfu Potato Chips ($7), Spicy Pork Ribs ($24), and Rose Beef Tongue ($20) are other recommended items.
You can find a variety of hotpot spices and sauces from the sauce station ($2.50 per person). Check out their own customised sesame oil, which is the hallmark of an authentic Chengdu hotpot restaurant.
Did I mention hotpot till 6am?
Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Orchard Central #08-01/02/03
Tel: +65 6736 1216
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30am – 3pm, Last Order 2.30pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm, Last Order 9.30pm
For enormous appetites, Kiseki is a wonderful option. This Japanese buffet restaurant brings more than 200 buffet items over 29 item categories.
Plus, you get to enjoy the breath-taking sky view of Orchard landscape as you dine in their al fresco dining area. And when you get your bill, you can smile as the prices here won’t break your wallet – it is a MEGA Japanese buffet at MINI prices.
Give in to all your Japanese cravings from Sushi, Sashimi, Teppanyaki, Robatayaki (Japanese grill), Yakitori (skewers), Nabemono (hot pot), Agemono (deep-fried items), Mushimono (steamed items) to Japanised Western dishes like pasta and pizza.
Make sure you look for their signature items from sea of buffet items, like their fresh Salmon Sashimi, and Grilled Salmon Head. The Assorted Sushi is a must, with a dozen hand roll varieties, as well as the Assorted Agemono.
Love fresh seafood? Head to the Seafood on Ice and grab those premium Snow Crab Legs, which are available only during weekend dinners.
Then, cap off your meal with their extensive Japanese Desserts from Mochi to Tofu Cheesecake.
Buffet prices start at $22.80++ for a Weekday Lunch for Adults ($12.80++ Child). Menu items are on rotation basis so be ready to discover new dishes when you visit.
Orchard Central #07-12/13
Tel: +65 6337 7166
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Another dining spot worth exploring at Orchard Central is Nantsuttei, a Japanese restaurant famous for its ramen. Its main location is in Hadano, Kanagawa and has branches in Tokyo.
Their signature ramen is a simple combination of a rich and creamy tonkotsu (pork bone) soup, fresh ramen noodles from Hadano, aromatic ma-yu (black roasted garlic oil) floating on the surface, and a topping of homemade char siu.
The black ma-yu, an essential component, is made by frying garlic over seven phases and mixing it into a balanced blend. This combination of ingredients has created its trademark Nantsuttei flavour, which has not changed since it first opened.
You can find a wide array of toppings in their menu; this way you can refresh your orders every now and then.
Go for the Maru-toku Negi Chashu-men ($15.80 or $17) which features aromatic garlic oil on creamy pork soup.
The Kara-miso Ramen ($14.80 or $16) reminds me of a sumptuous bowl of tan tan noodles. Plus, you can pick your preferred spice level and texture of noodles.
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