Bendemeer food places near the DTL station
With our office being in the Bendemeer area, I have always known that this place is filled with undiscovered food gems. However, I still never find myself coming here over the weekends simply because of how inaccessible most of the places are. Even with the purple line, most of the good food places are still too far away for me to drag my lazy ass to.
With the opening of the third stage of the Downtown Line, there is no reason for me to miss out anymore. We have come up with a list of 10 food places located just minutes away from Bendemeer MRT Station that you should also visit!
1. Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak
Nestled among the row of shops between CT Hub and CT Hub 2, Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak is just a few minutes walk away from Bendemeer MRT Station (Exit B). Set up by a pair of brothers, the stall sells a fusion of nasi lemak and nasi kerabu – an idea inspired by their grandmother from Kedah. The fragrant coconut rice at Jia Xiang is white and blue in colour, using butterfly pea flowers to bring about the special hue. At $4, the set comprises fragrant rice, fried chicken wing, sunny side up, sambal sauce, peanuts and anchovies, and a serving of Nyonya acar. Even their drinks, such as Butterfly Pea with Honey Lime ($2) and Butterfly Pea Teh C ($2) are blue and purple in colour!
Find out more about the story behind Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak’s young owners!
Address: 114 Lavender Street, #01-08/09, Singapore 338729
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 3pm, Sat 11am to 4pm
Tel: 9889 3466
2. The Pantree
If you are looking for a quick breakfast fix or simply want to satisfy a mid-day craving, The Pantree is the place to go. In the tiny eatery, The Pantree serves min chiang kueh with unique twists. On top of classic choices like peanut ($1.80) and kaya ($1.80), they also have an extensive selection of savoury and sweet options. Those with a sweet tooth will love their Nutella & Peanut ($3.20) pancake while the savoury must-tries include Chicken floss ($3), Luncheon meat & Egg ($3), and Ham & Cheese ($2.80). To pair with your pancakes, the cafe also serves affordable coffee such as Espresso ($2), Cappuccino ($3), and Cafe Mocha ($3.80)!
Check out our full review of The Pantree!
Address: 114 Lavender Street, #01-19, CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5pm, every last Sat of the month 9:30am to 4pm
Tel: 9003 8703
3. The Snack Culture Company
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Helmed by a wife and husband team, The Snack Culture Company at CT Hub is a cafe that specialises in healthy bento sets. Starting from $9.80, you get to build your own bento set with at least three dishes. Their selection of dishes include bulgogi beef, Chinese herbal chicken breast, steamed quinoa, and tofu curry. A unique feature of the cafe would be their Around The World In 9 Plates omakase meal. For $49 per person, the nine dishes curated by the chef comprises different cuisines and is a two-and-a-half-hour event!
Address: 2 Kallang Avenue, #02-17, CT Hub, Singapore 339407
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 9am to 5pm, Thur-Fri 9am to 5pm, 7:30m to 10:30pm, Sat 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6443 2006
4. Sumo Dog
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Found right at the entrance of CT Hub 2, Sumodog is a cafe that offers both Western and Japanese cuisines. The cafe specialises in sandwiches, bento sets, hotdogs, and even desserts. Some of their bestsellers include Unagi Dog ($9.50), Sumo Tako Yaki Dog ($8.50), and Japanese Curry Bento with Fried Chicken ($10). For those looking for something sweet, Sumodog offers Hokkaido Crepe ($5.80) in flavours such as chocolate, caramel, matcha, and strawberry. They also have unique drinks like Hot Caramel Milk ($4) and Ice Blended Macha Caramel ($5.50)!
Address: 114 Lavender Street, #01-20, CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am to 7pm
Tel: 8813 6733
5. Koon Bak Kut Teh Bistro
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Those staying in the Bukit Timah area would probably be familiar with Koon Bak Kut Teh. However, not many would know that they have another outlet, called Koon Bak Kut Teh Bistro, located just a stone’s throw away from Bendemeer MRT Station. This outlet opens till 3am and has darts machines if you are looking for a game for two while having bak kut teh for supper. Besides their famous Bak Kut Teh ($6), they also serve Singapore Braised Meat Rice ($4.90) and side dishes such as Signature Sesame Oil Chicken ($6.50) and Signature Braised Pork Trotter ($6.50).
Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 3am
Tel: 6299 0119
6. Fisher Tavern Seafood
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Fisher Tavern Seafood is a halal-certified zi char stall that is tucked in a corner of Bugis Village Eating House, which is located at CT Hub 2. Started in 2005 at Pasir Ris Park, Fish Tavern Seafood recently moved to CT Hub 2 and they are especially known for their Salted Egg Yolk Crab (seasonal price). Some other specialities that they pride themselves in include their White Bee Hoon ($20/$26/$32) and Seafood Claypot ($25/$35/$45)! For those looking for something smaller in portion, they also have a rice and noodles menu that includes dishes like Yang Zhou Fried Rice ($5/$8/$11) and Beef Hor Fun ($7/$10.50/$14).
Address: 114 Lavender Street, #01-68, CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat 12:30pm to 10pm, Sun 1pm to 10pm
Tel: 6203 7564
7. Royal J’s Seafood
If you haven’t already heard of fried porridge, it’s time to up your game and try it at Royal J’s Seafood. Occupying one of the units of the kopitiam at Foch Road, Royal J’s Seafood is a zi char stall that offers unique dishes like Fried Porridge ($6), Royal Cheesy Prawns ($28), and Thai Style Pork Knuckle ($20). Their signature fried porridge is made of diced yam, dried shrimps, pork lard fritters, and shredded crab, creating an overall thick and savoury mush with a breath of wok hei.
Find out more about the fried porridge at Royal J’s Seafood!
Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Singapore 209276
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 11pm
Located right beside Royal J’s Seafood, Don is another popular stall that has been drawing crowds to the small coffeeshop. Specialising in Japanese rice bowls, Don is famous for their gigantic Kyodai Don ($28.90) that comes with ingredients like salted egg tempura, wagyu beef, mentaiko salmon, and Iberico pork belly. If you don’t have the numbers to go for their sharing bowl, the stall also serves a variety of smaller bowls. One of their best dishes that got me returning to the stall is their Mentaiko Salmon Don ($9.90)!
Check out our full review of Don!
Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Singapore 209276
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 9119 2619
9. Two Bakers
Image credit: Two Bakers’ Facebook Page
Visit Two Bakers’ website and you will find it impossible to not be drawn to the pictures of mouth-watering desserts that the cafe sells. One of their most Insta-worthy dishes, Unicorn Hotcakes ($14.80), is made of five different flavoured pancakes – raspberry, vanilla, beetroot, pandan, and carrot. Their Pandan Blueberry Hotcakes ($11.80) that comes with gula melaka syrup and grated coconut is another specialty.
Besides desserts, the cafe also serves mains such as Yakiniku Chicken Goma Angel Hair ($14.80), Sambal Prawn Risotto ($15.80) and Bacon Mac & Cheese ($15.80).
Address: 88 Horne Road, Singapore 209083
Opening hours: Mon 9am to 6pm, Wed-Thur 9am to 6pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 6pm
Tel: 6293 0329
10. Lang Nuong Vietnam
Priding themselves as the first Vietnamese BBQ eatery in Singapore, Lang Nuong Vietnam serves various meats and seafood that you can barbeque over charcoal fire. Like Thai mookata, you get to cook your own food over the old-fashioned clay pots provided. For the barbeque, most opt for their Premium Platter ($39.90) that comes with pork collar, chicken thigh, seafood, and vegetables. On top of the barbeque dishes, the restaurant also serves a la carte dishes such as Chicken Pho ($7.90) and Beef Rice Noodle ($8.90)!
Check out our full review of Lang Nuong!
Address: 18 Foch Road, Singapore 209260
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 9235 3548
Everything at one stop
Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even supper, you can literally settle all your plans at this single stop. For something just down the road, check out our guide to cafes in Farrer Park!