Shopping can take a lot out of you. Fuel up with delicious, wallet-friendly nosh at these restaurants at 313@somerset before you hit the stores again for your Christmas shopping.
HONEY CREME #01-37
Make a quick pit stop at Honey Creme for its signature soft -serve ice cream. Thanks to its dedication to handcrafted techniques, and its use of premium fresh milk and cream, the ice cream is velvetysmooth, with no added preservatives or artificial sweeteners. The Tiramisu flavour ($6.50) is a must-try.
Singapore’s first Korean stew restaurant is popular for its saucy meat stews and do-it-yourself rice balls. If you like fiery flavours, go for the Spicy Seafood Beef Stew ($38.80). Otherwise, get creative by making your own rice ball ($10.80) with ingredients like tuna and anchovy, or crabmeat and roe.
BARRIO BY MEX OUT #01-14/15
This casual, friendly taqueria is your go-to for Mexican classics featuring lots of bold flavours and fresh ingredients. The fish taco (from $13.40 for two pieces) with beer-battered sea bass, pickled red cabbage and chipotle aioli, and the protein salad ($15.90) of romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, corn salsa, black beans, chicken and guacamole, are two must-haves.
HAI DI LAO HOT POT #04-23/24
After a long day traipsing around the stores, there’s no better place to refuel than at everyone’s favourite Sichuan hotpot restaurant. Order the speciality cuts like handmade mashed shrimp ($18 a portion), handmade noodles ($4 a portion) and Hai Di Laoflavoured beef ($16 a portion) to dunk into one of the seven soup bases. Top-notch service is the icing on the cake.
SABOTEN #B2- 02/03
Established in 1966, and with more than 500 outlets worldwide, Saboten is one of the largest tonkatsu restaurant chains in the world. Its focus on simple and elegant food preparation to highlight quality ingredients translates into memorable meals. Must-try: the Saboten Special Set ($26), with breaded shrimp, breaded pork tenderloin, halfsize pork loin and crab cream croquettes.
Yayoiken serves teishoku, a set meal with a main dish, miso soup, side dish and the highlight: Japanese Kinme rice, a healthy variation with extra nutrients and flavours. Get your fix with the Chicken Namban and Ebi Fry Teishoku ($16.90) and Wafu Hamburg Teishoku ($15.90) – both are served with a free flow of Kinme rice.
COCOA COLONY #B1-37
Crafted using single origin chocolate from various parts of the world, the signature cocoa beverages here make an indulgent midday treat. Besides the decadent Amazonian Gold Hazelnut hot chocolate (from $8.90), Cocoa Colony serves an array of delicious cakes, including Black Velvet, Chocolate Orange Salted Caramel and Amazonian Gold cake ($8.50 a slice).
Grab Indonesian street snacks like fritters and toast at Tok-Tok, the first Indonesian restaurant in Singapore that focuses on authentic Indonesian soups and small bites. If you’re looking for something more nourishing, try the Sop Buntut (oxtail soup, $8.50), served with rice.
CHIR CHIR FUSION CHICKEN FACTORY #B3-03 to 06
The popular Honey Butter Chicken ($28.90) features crispy battered chicken, potato wedges and pan-fried rice cakes glazed in lashings of honey butter sauce, topped with honey butter seasoning powder, dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Served with a honeyed garlic mayo dip.
HOT TOMATO CAFÉ & GRILL #B3-35/36
For a delicious, fuss-free meal, head over to this casual restaurant. The Top Sirloin Steak ($16.90), a juicy cut served with black pepper sauce and toasted garlic ciabatta, fries and salad is a hot favourite, as is the Norwegian Salmon with Mango Salsa ($12.50).
MARCHÉ MÖVENPICK #01-00
The fun of eating here is witnessing your food being prepared in the casual atmosphere of a typical European-style market square, right before your eyes. Where to begin from the smorgasbord of options?
We can’t get enough of the Swiss rösti, crispy pizzas and hearty Italian pastas, but save room for seasonal specials like Christmas stollen ($19.90) and honey baked pork ribs ($45.90 for 1kg).
O’MA SPOON #04-20 & 32
Tuck into delicious bingsu (Korean shaved-ice dessert) here. The Yuzu Mango Bingsu ($18.90) features honey yuzu imported from Korea, a generous portion of fresh mango cubes, almond flakes, honey citron pieces, cranberries, and vanilla ice cream. Otherwise, try the Yuzu Injeolmi Bingsu ($14.90), which is served with honey yuzu, citron pieces, nuts and green tea rice cake.
MK RESTAURANTS #B3-30 to 32
The Thai steamboat restaurant’s suki sauce is made from a closely guarded secret recipe that requires more than 30 ingredients. Enjoy it with a large variety of vegetable, seafood and meat items. The lunch buffet is priced at $27.50 an adult, while dinner is at $34.50 an adult.
BROTZEIT GERMAN BIER BAR & RESTAURANT #01-27
You can’t go wrong unwinding over refreshing German beers and hearty bar grub at Brotzeit. For something more substantial, order the Brotzeit Platter with Ribs ($98), a hefty dish with a pork knuckle, sausages, honey Bavarian pork ribs, and two sides of your choice.
Love spicy food?
Don’t miss the Yoruton Ramen ($13.90) and its superspicy soup base that’s a result of a blend of special chilli paste and signature tonkotsu soup. Alternatively, go for the popular Chabuton Tonkotsu Ramen (from $9.90), with rich and creamy broth and perfectly al dente noodles.
Singapore’s No. 1 chicken galbi restaurant’s speciality is best shared with a group of friends. You can enjoy the tender, marinated chicken in many dish variations, but the Cheese Chicken Galbi ($55.90), served with a layer of melted cheese, and the Seafood and Chicken Galbi (from $52.90 for two to three persons), featuring baby octopus, squid, prawns and a variety of other seafood, are the top choices.