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10 JB City Square Restaurants At Least 35% Cheaper Than Their Outlets In Singapore

18th June 2017

Head down to JB City Square for cheap food


As much as I love cheap hawker food, there are days I want to feel atas and dine at a restaurant. Unfortunately, in Singapore, spending at least $20 is more or less expected when we head to a mall for food, and that’s not something my bank account would like.  

But this doesn’t mean we always have to leave a restaurant feeling penniless – just make your way across the border. Besides being beauty junkies’ heaven with Watsons and Guardian products sold up to 73% cheaper than in SingaporeJB City Square also houses many restaurants that charge much less than their outlets in Singapore.


1. Bornga Korean Restaurant


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A South Korean BBQ chain, Bornga, has opened its doors in Singapore and Malaysia a while back. Woo Samgyup (RM44.52/~S$14.14) is BornGa’s signature meat – thinly sliced beef brisket marinated in a special sauce. Packed with light aroma and flavour that doesn’t weigh down your palate, a serving of this addictive beef is definitely not enough. In Singapore, the same dish costs S$28++ for 200g, so head down with your chingu for your next K-BBQ sesh to reap the lower prices.

Unit number: Level 3, Lot MF-23
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-207 2334


2. Din Tai Fung  


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Din Tai Fung is my go-to for Chinese food, and I’m sure many out there agree that their baskets of XLB are one of the best. But if you’re not careful, you might order way too many of those precious soup dumplings and get a shock at the counter. With the opening of their outlet at JB’s City Square Mall, you no longer have to hold back when ordering their signature Xiao Long Bao (RM13.20/~S$4.20 for six pieces), which is priced at S$7.80++ for a basket of six in Singapore.

Unit number: Level 2, Lot J2-06, 07, 08, 09 and 09A
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sun & PH 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-207 0069
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3. Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant


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Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant serves dishes you can expect at a cha chaan teng (casual eateries) in Hong Kong. Priced at S$10.50++ in Singapore, their Hokkaido Fish Fillet Curry Rice (RM16.90/~S$5.50++) is a comforting, albeit simple, dish. Omelette and fried fish are served atop rice and drenched in a robust curry sauce. For something sweet, opt for their Peanut Butter Thick Toast with Sweetened Condensed Milk (RM5.80/~S$1.90++) that costs S$3.50++ in Singapore.

Unit number: Basement 1, Lot MB-06
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-221 3116
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4. Secret Recipe


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It is no secret that Secret Recipe’s cheesecakes are to die for, but their puff pastries are equally delicious too. Sold at S$6.90++ in Singapore, Spicy Chicken Cornish (RM10/~S$3.16) makes a great afternoon snack. Shaped like a curry puff, this crunchy pastry is stuffed to the brim with shredded chicken meat, diced potatoes, and vegetables in creamy bechamel sauce. This makes a decent snack, or even a light meal in between all your shopping! If you have a sweet tooth, opt for their Chocolate Banana Cake (RM8.80/~S$2.78) that costs S$5.90++ in Singapore.

Unit number: Basement 1, Lot MB-02A
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-224 8110
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5. Nando’s


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Meat lovers, Nando’s is your go-to. This South African-Portuguese restaurant is known for flame-grilled chicken and PERi-PERi sauce. Order ¼ Chicken with 1 REG Side (RM18.97/~S$6) to fuel yourself for more shopping! The same dish costs S$12.90++ in Singapore – more than double the price there!

Unit number: Basement 1, Lot MB-07
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
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6. PappaRich


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PappaRich’s Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken (RM14.90/~S$4.90) comes with a succulent chicken drumstick instead of the usual fried chicken wing. Doused in a generous helping of aromatic curry sauce that you can use to coat the rice with, this dish is one that’s easy to wipe clean. A portion costs S$10.90++ here, so grab it while you’re in JB to reap the much lower price!

Unit number: Level 4, Lot J4-08
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-222 2887
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7. Paik’s Bibim


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Opened by the same person behind BornGa Korean BBQ Restaurant, Paik’s Bibim takes a spin on traditional Korean bibimbap by including a variety of other ingredients. Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap (RM16+/~S$5.40) is my favourite here – fluffy rice topped with stir-fried marinated beef and vegetables. Unfortunately, as much as I would like to have this every day, my wallet would resent me as it costs $8.50 in Singapore.

Unit number: Level 3, Lot MF-21A
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
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8. Seoul Garden


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We all want to make the best out of our bucks, and Seoul Garden gives us that. For RM38/~S$12 instead of S$21.99++ in Singapore, you get to enjoy their Weekday Lunch Buffet. With a wide variety of meat, drinks, desserts and ice-cream, you will be leaving the buffet with your belly and wallet full. Check out their prices for dinner or on weekends.

Unit number: Level 3, Lot M3-05 and 06
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: +60-7-221 8559
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9. Ayam Penyet Ria


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Ayam Penyet (RM12.50/~S$4) from Ayam Penyet Ria is almost half the price across the border.  Your choice of marinated chicken thigh or drumstick is pounded in a pestle and mortar before deep-frying, ensuring that the meat is tender and succulent. Topped with belacan, tauhu goreng, cucumber slices and served alongside rice, this Indonesian dish is full of flavour that will keep you salivating and spiciness that might make you tear up. It’s S$7.90 in Singapore, so bring along your passport the next time you’re craving for this!

Unit number: Level 2, Lot J2-16
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-221 2546
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10. Kenny Rogers Roasters


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Kenny Rogers Roasters‘ signature chicken is featured in House Favourite Meal (RM19.50/~S$6.20), which comprises a quarter roast chicken, two side dishes of your choice and a corn muffin. Their muffin is light and moist with the right amount of sweetness that highlights the mild corn flavour. In Singapore, this meal goes at $20++ on weekdays from 11:30pm to 4pm as part of their lunch deal and $21.15++ at all other times.

Unit number: Level 3, Lot J3-21
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +60-7-221 2546
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Hop onto the next bus for JB


Drop by City Square during your next trip to JB, and go restaurant-hopping to make full use of the cheaper prices!


Featured image adapted from Instagram user zixin_zx‘s post.

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