Located right next to Buona Vista in the one-north precinct, I must say I am quite familiar with The Star Vista which houses 3 floors of retail and F&B options.
Dining choices there include Awfully Chocolate, Carl’s Jr, Central Hong Kong Cafe, Chi-Bing, CoCo ICHIBANYA, CRAVE, Eighteen Chefs, Fatburger & Buffalo’s, Friends by PONTIAN, Geláre, Guzman y Gomez, Imakatsu, IPPUDO, iSTEAKS Diner, Itacho Sushi, Menya Musashi, Morganfield’s, Nando’s, NeNe Chicken, OMOOMODON, So Pho, WATAMI Japanese Casual Restaurant, YAYOI Japanese Teishoku Restaurant, Yomenya Goemon and more.
Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee Chen’s Mapo Tofu is also expected to open some time during February 2021.
To get you ready for the CNY period, I have compiled 10 restaurants and café at The Star Vista with special festive dishes and goodies, and great for family and group gatherings. Here’s more:
Beauty in The Pot
The Star Vista #02-24
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3am (Mon – Sun)
Beauty in The Pot aims to offer a different dining experience at every outlet. The Star Vista’s BITP spans 6,321 square feet, decorated in pastel blues and reds of Art Deco style.
For comforting hotpot, this outlet serves up six signature soup bases, including Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup (Pork Bone Soup), Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Longevity Wild Pine Mushroom Broth (Vegetarian); and Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth.
I would recommend the Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, which is a flavourful medley of conpoy, chicken, chicken feet, pork bone and pig’s trotters boiled for many hours.
It results in a broth that is rich in collagen and very tasty – good to go with many of the meat and seafood items.
Ebiko Prawn Paste ($18.90)
There are many signature items under BITP’s menu such as the Homemade Fish Tofu ($2.40 per pc) and Soft Bone Pork Meatballs ($5.40 for half portion, $10.80 for full).
But if I were to pick, it would be the Ebiko Prawn Paste shaped out of 100% prawn meat, added with ebiko which lends colour and crunch. After being shaped and cooked, the prawn meat has that delicious, succulent bite.
Fried Beancurd Skin ($5.40 for half, $10.80 for full)
Cook the Fried Beancurd Skin for just a couple of seconds (some say “no more than five”) to enjoy the soaked broth while the exterior still remains slightly crisp.
Accordingly, the chefs thoroughly check the beancurd skin and only the best-quality ones are served.
Le Shrimp Ramen
The Star Vista #02-24
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm Last Order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Sat – Sun)
Le Shrimp Ramen is the first Chinese la mian concept in Singapore to offer shrimp broth, paired with silky ribbons of Chinese noodles.
Specialty bowls served include the Ebiko Prawn Paste Shrimp Ramen ($15.50), Prawn Dumpling with Chilli Vinaigrette Ramen ($12.50), Braised Pork Rib Shrimp Ramen ($14.50), and Crispy Chicken Cutlet Tonkotsu Ramen ($11.50).
Also popular is the Ebiko Prawn Paste with Chilli Vinaigrette Ramen ($13.50), in which the la mian is tossed with specially concocted sauce with a mildly spicy kick.
Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen ($19.90)
This is called “trio” as it is topped with three mains ingredients of big fresh prawns, handmade ebiko prawn paste and prawn dumplings. The ebiko prawn paste is shaped out of prawn meat, and texturally the ebiko lends a juicy crunch.
Other than the intensely prawn-flavoured broth, my other favourite component was the cabbage stir-fried with wok-hei that lent a touch of smokiness and sweetness.
Red Garoupa with Pickled Vegetable Tonkotsu Ramen ($19.90)
This was a bowl I enjoyed too, added with “suan cai” (pickled vegetable) which made the slight-creamy broth uniquely sour and mildly spicy to whet your appetite.
The red garoupa sliced in generous portion were also thick and cooked till tender.
Shi Li Fang
The Star Vista #02-09
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Shi Li Fang is a hotpot restaurant chain offering satisfying steamboat experience at affordable pricing.
You can choose from any of its nine featured soup bases: Ravishing Tomato Soup, Specialty Mala Soup, Tonic Chicken Soup, Beauty Collagen Chicken, Nourishing Fish, Japanese Style Pork Bone Soup, Tasty Pickled Vegetables Soup, Vegetarian Soup and Tasty Mushroom Soup. Make it a healthy meal as all soup bases here are MSG-free.
Load up your selected soup with your preferred meats, and amplify the flavour with any of its 25 different type of dipping sauce and garnishes.
One-Person Hotpot Sets ($9.90)
Whether you’re dining solo, with a friend or a small group, you’ll find a practical and convenient set. They have a variety of one-person hotpot sets (Value Set Meal $9.90 onwards) including sets with superior marbled pork slice, fish slice and superior chicken, mushroom, Shilifang speciality chicken, pork and chicken combo, or the all-in-one set meal.
2-pax Value Set Meal ($30.80 onwards)
If you are dining with a partner, the 2-pax Value Set Meal is just perfect. Get the Pork and Chicken Combo Set Meal, included with two portions of vegetables and two carbs (rice and noodles). Pretty filling yet affordable, I must say.
5 Senses Bistro
The Star Vista #02-21
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Last Order 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
From French fare and Italian pastas to Asian bowls, 5 Senses offers comfort food that are affordably priced.
This bistro is run by local chefs from different culinary institutions, so expect them using the freshest quality ingredients prepared in modern cooking techniques.
Cooking ingredients and materials are made from scratch daily so you can be guaranteed freshness in each plate they dish out.
Try their bestsellers including Burrata N’ Tomatoes ($12.90) and Seared Diver Scallops (16.90), two recommended appetisers.
For mains, they offer Norwegian Salmon ($17.90), Confit French Duck Leg ($17.90), Australian Braised Lamb Shank ($24.90), and its signature White Seafood Crabmeat Pasta (15.90).
White Seafood Crabmeat Pasta ($15.90++)
Beautifully served in crab-shaped bowl, this house special pasta boasts of a medley of seafood, including mussels, squid rings, prawns, scallops, and the name-bearer crabmeat.
Served in a rich, creamy and aromatic Asian style seafood soup, this signature pasta will engage all your 5 senses –from the time it’s placed on your table ‘til you slurp away the pasta.
Australian Braised Lamb Shank ($24.90++)
Let this savoury Australian lamb shank jiggle its way off the bone, its braised meat so tender after 6 hours of slow simmering. Served in a pool of its own jus, the succulent lamb meat carries a luxurious depth of flavour.
Enjoy it with accompanying mashed potatoes and butter glazed carrot batonettes, florets of cauliflower and broccoli, and fresh corn kernels.
The Star Vista #02-17
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Sun – Thur), 11:30am – 10:30pm Last Order 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Don’t have a reason to celebrate? Find one and indulge in some authentic tableside Yakiniku aka Japanese BBQ at Gyu-Kaku.
If you are craving for that exquisite Japanese taste, they offer premium Japanese Wagyu and other quality food items at reasonable prices.
Pair up your barbecued meats with their line-up of mouth-watering appetisers, fresh salads, enticing seafood, all the way down to desserts and drinks.
Gyu-Kaku Platter (260g) ($48.80)
If you’re dining with a group, get this family platter of Japanese premium yakiniku at a fair and reasonable price. The Gyu-Kaku Platter contains 260g of Gyu-Kaku Karubi or boneless short rib (Tare), Australia Wagyu Karubi (Tare), and King! Harami or skirt steak (Garlic Miso).
After grilling, splash some sweet tare or spicy tare, a dipping sauce made of soy sauce combined with ingredients like mirin, sake, sugar, and sesame seeds.
Wagyu Cross “Dragon Karubi” or Zabuton (120g) ($38.80)
Go ahead and try this very popular cut known as Zabuton (Japanese for “little pillow”), taken from the chuck flap thus giving it a flat square shape. This piece of meat between rib cap and shoulder blade weighs only a few kilos per cow, so it is quite a rare cut.
This Wagyu Cross Karubi or boneless short rib is juicy and exceptionally marbled. Unlike regular ribs, Wagyu Cross Karubi are still melt-in-the-mouth tender after being quickly grilled.
The Star Vista #01-19
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun, PH), except CNY Eve 9am – 6pm
A pioneer of healthy food options, Cedele is all about eating well and being well. They promote food not only as physical nourishment but also a major contributor to your entire being.
This food & beverage café specialises in handmade, artisan baked goods.
Health buffs love Cedele’s use of fresh, natural ingredients in creating their wholesome products. To sweeten their baked goods, they use organic, unrefined sugar. You also won’t find artificial, processed ingredients like food colouring, improvers and premixes. Even their soups are thickened with natural ingredients like veggies.
Mala Chicken & Prawn ($22)
Actually, not many people will know that they serve this dish in store – grilled prawns and chicken served with noodles mala-style for that fiery spiciness. The heat, combined with aglio (garlic) and olio (oil), makes this dish a healthy-yet-not-boring pasta dish.
Topped with thin strips of fresh cucumber to counter the spiciness with its freshness.
Kueh Koci Cake ($63 for 7” round)
Inspired by local flavours, the Kueh Koci Cake is a soft black glutinous rice flour cake finished with a white coconut cream cheese frosting, and piped baby pink icing. In between the cake layers are sago pudding & grated coconut sweetened with gula melaka.
Osmanthus Matcha Cheesecake ($48 for 6” round)
New on the menu this season is the lucky jade green cheesecake bursting with matcha flavour. Made with a chocolate cookie base, this cheesecake has a smooth, creamy feel and sweet, buttery and grassy tastes. As a finale, it is topped with a layer of floral-embedded Osmanthus jelly providing a visually stunning design detail. Sliced cakes are also available in store.
The Star Vista #B1-45
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last Order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Canton Paradise is known to serve up fragrant roasted fares, smooth congees, springy noodles and Cantonese wok-fried dishes found in the kitchens of Hong Kong restaurants.
Therefore, expect Hong Kong classics in their extensive all-day menu, with an affordable selection of roast meats, traditional dim sum, congee, wanton noodles, nourishing soups and claypot dishes.
During the CNY period, diners can also expect Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng ($46.80 or $68.80) freshly prepared daily with varying textures from different ingredients such as abalone, topped with house-made tangy plum sauce.
Crispy Roasted Irish Fat Duck ($19.80 regular, $35.80 half, $68.80 whole)
Irish Duck (sometimes known as the wagyu of ducks) is used here, a succulent roast which boasts a good fat-to-meat.
Worthy to note that the duck’s stuffing is included with an array of spices such as star anise, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, garlic, onion and ginger, to make the meat more fragrant.
After roasting, this juice is poured onto the freshly roasted duck to make the it even more flavourful, resulting in crisp skin with tender meat that doesn’t have that gamey taste.
Dim Sum: Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun ($6.90 for 3 pcs)
All-day dim sum items includes a delectable range from BBQ Honey Pork Bun, Siew Mai, Wanton Chilli Oil, Ha Kao, Xiao Long Bao, Glutinous Rice Chicken, Prawn Mango Fritter, Baked BBQ Pork Pastry, Cheong Fun Fritter, Fried Radish Cake, Mini Egg Tart, to Steamed Sponge Cake.
Get the instagrammable Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun which is almost too cute to eat, bursting with molten salted egg yolk lava. The bun is also added with a touch of vanilla essence to enhance the taste of the filling.
Lao Huo Tang
The Star Vista #B1-31A
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
When it comes to healthy soups, Lao Huo Tang has a lot to offer. This restaurant specialises in traditional Cantonese-style soups that are gentle tonics made from fresh veggies, lean meat or pork ribs.
To flavour the soup, they use only natural ingredients. Traditional Chinese soups don’t use MSG, oil, cream or even butter. That’s why they are naturally low in fat, low in sodium and low in calories.
Laboriously simmered for hours, the broths are made fresh daily. And if you enjoy slurping up lots of soup, you’re in luck – it is refillable for all dine-in customers.
Apart from its wholesome soups, they offer many other traditional home-style dishes as well, such as Handmade Crispy Tofu with Minced Meat ($14.80), Deep-Fried Prawn Roll ($11.80), and Fried Egg with Prawns ($10.80).
Lotus Root Soup with Peanut ($9.80)
Nourish up with Lao Huo Tang ‘s rendition of lotus root soup. Known to benefit your liver and lungs, lotus root has a refreshing taste and sweet flowery aroma that go well with the chunks of pork rib and peanuts.
This dish has a light, healthy and flavourful clear soup, fortified with dried octopus for an umami lift.
Ginseng Herbal Chicken Soup ($14.80)
A classic and popular healing soup, the Ginseng Herbal Chicken soup is a must-try for its energy-boosting properties. Not only do you get the power of ginseng but also the warm, comforting taste of chicken soup.
The addition of jujube fruits (red dates), goji berries and ginger give it a slight herbal taste.
The Star Vista #B1-31
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Not just an ordinary chocolate maker, Lemuel Chocolate focuses on unique, handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate-making. Their chocolates are made with only 2 ingredients: cocoa beans and organic cane sugar.
Offering more than 16 different single-origin chocolates, it sources and imports quality cacao beans from cacao farmers and reputable cacao agents around the world.
Aside from single-origin chocolates, they also offer a selection of chocolate drinks, pastries, products and tarts – available in flavours such as Signature (72% Dark Chocolate), Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Liquid Gold (Sea Salt Caramel), Pistachio, and Hazelnut to tease the chocoholic in you.
Lunar Cookie Gift Set ($88)
Show some love this CNY by gift-giving of cookies. Lemuel gift boxes are guaranteed-to-please with its cookies in different flavours.
Get the Lunar Cookie Gift Set ($88), a set of 3 containers with a gift tag, set of 5 Limited Edition Angpows and Orange Peel Filled Bar (72% Dark Choc). While stocks last.
Choose 3 from the following flavours contained in individual canisters: the best-selling Black Truffle Cookies, Cocoa & Thyme, Cashew Cocoa Nib, and Orange Dark Cocoa Cookies.
The Thyme and Cocoa contains crunchy little morsels that are earthy and fragrant, while the Orange Dark Cocoa is more on the chewy side. The dark cocoa is livened up with refreshing and sweet candied orange peel.
If you want something nutty, get the Cashew Cocoa Nib is crunchy, nutty and chocolatey all in one.
The Star Vista #B1-05
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Fragrance in every bite is what you can expect from this Singaporean bak kwa brand, named in Chinese for “fragrance” after the natural aroma of the barbecued meat.
It began as a small bak kwa stall in 1969, and has grown to become one of the region’s fastest growing chains and leaders in barbecued meats.
Not only does it offer various kinds ofbak kwa, but also floss and sausages, pastry mooncakes, and tau sar piah.
Fragrance products are 100% made in Singapore using the highest quality ingredients, following a winning recipe developed by founder Madam Ong.
Signature Sliced Tender Bak Kwa ($56/kg)
A wonderful addition to your CNY spread, Fragrance’s Signature Sliced Tender Bak Kwa is made from the finest pork, crafted with a unique blend of marinades including precious Chinese herbs like ginseng and wolfberries.
They are skillfully grilled to make them appetising, and no preservatives are added.
Fragrance “Black Pork” Bak Kwa ($38/450g)
Fragrance’s Kurobuta Bak Kwa is made using 100% US Berkshire pork, marinated in a special formula of 18 precious herbs minus any preservative.
What’s special with this bak kwa is that it comes from Berkshire hogs or black pigs in Japan, recognised as the world’s best pork for its top-notch gourmet quality.
Comes individually wrapped in 450g packaging for easy snacking. Even the shape of the bak kwa is cute.
Come Home for a Prosperous New Year at The Star Vista (1 – 26 Feb 2021)
Spend a minimum of $100* at The Star Vista and receive a Gift Voucher worth $10. Limited to the 1st 100 redemptions per day.
In addition, shop and dine more to receive the following attractive gifts:
Extra-Ox-dinary Kits: Spend a minimum of $80* and receive a DIY Kit set. Limited to the 1st 68 redemptions per day.
Packets of Abundance: Spend a minimum of $50* and receive 1 pack of complimentary Ang Bao. Limited to the 1st 200 redemptions per day.
The Ride of Happiness: Spend a minimum of $30* and receive 2 hours free parking.
*Max. 3 same-day combined receipts. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper per day. Terms & conditions apply. While stocks last.
Visit www.thestarvista.sg for more details and other promotions.
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with The Star Vista.