Beauty World food gems
Having been a Hillview resident for the past 20 years, I’ve come to discover a good number of things to eat around the vicinity. Separated by one MRT stop, Beauty World is my go-to spot for delicious grub at any time of the day. Here are some Beauty World food places that are worth travelling down for.
1. Ajiya Okonomiyaki
Over at Ajiya Okonomiyaki, you can get the best of both worlds by cooking and eating your own okonomiyaki. The okonomiyaki at Ajiya comes in four different types – Seafood Deluxe ($15+), Meat Lovers ($14+), Ajiya’s Combo ($15+), and Veggie Delight ($12+). If you are not confident in your cooking skills, you can always get the staff to help you. The exterior of the okonomiyaki is grilled till crispy and brown, whereas the interior is relatively softer. Besides okonomiyaki, Ajiya offers other grub such as Garlic Fried Rice ($6+) and Scallop Mentai ($14+) – dishes I would highly recommend as well.
Check out our full review on Ajiya Okonomiyaki!
2. Top 1 Home Made Noodle
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Found within Beauty World Food Centre is Top 1 Home Made Noodles. Although this stall has existed for a very long time, its standards never once dropped. Their Ban Mian Soup ($3) is always served piping hot, and comes with a generous amount of meatballs and braised mushrooms. With an additional $0.50, you can opt to get the dry version – noodles tossed in dark soya sauce. If you are one who loves a fiery kick in your food, feel free to request for their spicy chilli to be added into your dry ban mian.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Thur-Mon 9:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9648 2426
3. Jew Kit Hainanese Chicken Rice
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I used to get my chicken rice fix at either Five Star Chicken Rice or Boon Tong Kee at Beauty World – that was until I discovered Jew Kit Hainanese Chicken Rice. What sets their Steamed Chicken ($18 for half, $35 for whole) apart from the rest is the distinct layer of jelly-like fats between the skin and meat, making the pieces silkier and more succulent. Their chicken is drizzled with sesame oil, and the meat is both tender and juicy.
4. Chun Kee Seafood White Bee Hoon
I’ve been a huge fan of white bee hoon ever since I tried the one at Sembawang. However, I am not one who frequently travels far for food. So when I saw Chun Kee Seafood White Bee Hoon at Beauty World last year, I couldn’t help but squeal in excitement. For just $5, their Seafood White Bee Hoon is served in a huge plate boasting an immense amount of vegetables, sotong, and prawns. What makes this stall special is their introduction of Red Beehoon ($5), a spicy version of the normal white beehoon, where sambal and chilli padi are used to make up the gravy.
Check out our full review on Chun Kee Seafood White Bee Hoon!
Address: 20 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599744
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6463 4155
5. Mong Kok Dim Sum
I often head to Mong Kok Dim Sum for supper whenever a wave of hunger hits me in the middle of the night. Though Mong Kok Dim Sum is well-known for their dim sum such as Custard Bun ($4.20), Spinach Dumplings ($4.20), and Xiao Long Bao ($4), it’s their other dishes that make me go back for more. Their Beef Hor Fun ($6) gives off a smoky charred flavour, as it had been touched by the breath of the wok. In addition, their La La Beehoon ($12), which is not in the menu, has a broth similar to the taste of sliced fish bee hoon.
Address: 8 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599733
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 2am
Tel: 8686 8829
6. Nonya Delicatessen
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Nonya Delicatessen is a humble stall specialising in Peranakan cuisine. I’ve been eating their ever-so-scrumptious Mee Siam ($5) and Laksa ($5) since young. The former contains a broth that is both light and refreshing, whereas the latter has just the right amount of coconut milk added into it. Besides their noodle dishes, Nonya Delicatessen also offers my all-time-favourite Nasi Kunyit ($7). The yellow basmati rice has a strong ginger fragrance, and the huge tender chicken leg that comes with it is doused in a lemak curry sauce.
Address: 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #B1-K69, Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 8pm
Tel: 6469 1166
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Revelry is one of the few cafes based along the stretch of Lorong Kilat. They specialise in both sweet and savoury waffles, and is most well-known for their Chicken & Waffles ($19). The batter of the juicy chicken thigh was done just right, while the buttery waffle is crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. Revelry’s other classics include their Signature Burffle ($19), beef patties sandwiched in between two Belgian waffles, and On Cloud Nine ($16), a waffle topped with blue cotton candy surrounding a scoop of ice-cream and a few pieces of marshmallows.
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-22, Singapore 598123
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 11pm, Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun 10am to 10pm
Tel: 9278 0466
8. G7 Sin Ma Claypot Live Frog
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A popular supper place at Beauty World is G7 Sin Ma Claypot Live Frog, which specialises in Frog Leg Porridge ($22 for five frogs and one claypot of porridge). The frog meat is not only tender, but also flavourful from soaking up the dark soya sauce gravy it’s cooked in. Customers can have the choice to spice up their gravy with chilli. The porridge is thick, but slightly bland; throw in some dark soya sauce gravy to give it a boost in flavour!
Address: 5 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599730
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30am
Tel: 6467 7317
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Nestled along Jalan Jurong Kechil, FlagWhite has emerged as the preferred hideaway for a lazy weekend brunch. Their minimalist interior and floor-to-ceiling windows invite plenty of natural lighting, creating a cosy space for you to chill with a cuppa Himalayan First Flush ($7) or Fossa Single Origin Hot Chocolate ($6).
Pair these unique brews up with one of their Western-style mains, including our personal favourite—the Chicken Parmigiana ($16). A reliable duo of gouda and mozzarella cheese marries superbly with the tomato concasse, empowering the breaded chicken with sweet and savoury undertones.
Address: 106 Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598604
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 9pm
10. BIG BOYS Sizzling
True to their name, BIG BOYS Sizzling at Beauty World Food Centre churns up an array of Western mains with hulking portions that leave one sizzling with excitement. And with a former Ritz-Carlton chef helming the kitchen, you can be pretty confident about the quality of their dishes. Encased in a shatteringly crispy crust, their well-executed Cornflake Chicken ($7.90) unfurls in a potent medley of savoury and buttery flavours. Ridiculously sinful, yes; but also lip-smackingly addictive.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-25, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 8:45pm
Tel: 9383 7475
11. You Peng Noodle Dumpling House
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We all have that one stall to return to for a cheap and delicious plate of xiao long bao. For me, that spot would be You Peng Noodle Dumpling House. Not only are their Shanghai Fresh Meat Juicy Buns painstakingly prepared from scratch daily, but they are also priced affordably at $0.75 a piece. The lightest pressure exerted on these bad boys unleashes a glorious cascade of meaty broth, leaving your tongue reeling from its flavourful punch.
Address: 44 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-23, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 9239 1598
12. Peace Japanese Cuisine
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With a slew of mouth-watering Japanese dishes hidden behind their unassuming storefront, Peace Japanese Cuisine is a well-kept secret known only by locals. From A5 Wagyu beef to premium otoro, the quality of the ingredients shines in their dishes, ensuring that every dollar you spend here is well-stretched. For a brief taste of what this restaurant has to offer, we recommend their Uni Negitoro Don ($35.80++). Comprising uni (sea urchin), negitoro (minced fatty tuna), and salmon roe, this impressive bowl plants you firmly in the lap of luxury.
13. Joo Seng Teochew Porridge
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Opening their doors till four in the morning, Joo Seng Teochew Porridge stands as an alternative supper haunt for those living around Bukit Timah. Drizzled with a dash of braised sauce, their warm bowls of porridge offer a much-needed pick-me-up after a seemingly endless day. And with a bevy of steamed, braised, stir-fried, and stewed items to pair your porridge with, there’s def’ something for everyone here. Kudos especially to their Braised Duck Leg ($6) which never fails to impress with its fall-off-the-bone tender meat.
Address: 14 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599738
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 4am
Tel: 6463 0768
14. Joomak Korean Restaurant
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If Bukit Timah was Singapore’s mini Koreatown, then Beauty World would rest at its centre. A legion of Korean restaurants dot this neighbourhood, including the perennially popular Joomak Korean Restaurant.
From Pork Back Ribs Stew ($40+) to Seafood Kalguksu ($10+), this crowd-pleaser serves up a mean selection of Korean dishes that would easily find its place in the restaurants of Insadong. The crowning glory is their Seafood Pancake ($20+). Fluffy without being overly airy, this pillowy pancake leaves a seafood-like sweetness that lingers on the tongue.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-01, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 2am
Tel: 6466 7871
15. The Signature Patisserie
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While most fans flock towards The Signature Patisserie for fluffy muffins, others return for the lesser known – yet equally impressive – selection at their cafe. Whether it’s the Devil’s Cake with Ice Cream ($9 for single, $12 for double) or the Gula Melaka Hotcake ($14), their menu comfortably matches up to the expectations set by its trendier cousins. The hotcake provides a particularly decadent treat. Think of a meltingly soft cake, enriched by a boost of gula melaka, and topped with a smattering of crunchy pistachios. With desserts like this, your diet def’ can start tomorrow.
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-01, Sun Court, Singapore 598123
Opening hours: Thur-Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm, Mon-Tue 10am to 6pm
Tel: 6463 0919
16. Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar
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Mention Spanish food and you’ll probably think of refreshing jugs of sangria and huge pans of paella – all cooked up by a tender-hearted nonna (grandmother). Mi Casa Kitchen & Bar got all of these details down pat, relaxing you from the get-go with their quaint and homespun interior.
Couple this homely ambience with a plethora of well-executed dishes and you’ll probably understand the hype behind this unassuming eatery. Take their Seafood Paella ($18 for one, $30 for two, $48 for four), which arrives with generous servings of mussels, prawns, and chorizo. While the seafood injects a crustacean richness to the paella, a smattering of raisins brings a much-needed balance with bursts of fruity sweetness.
17. Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant
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Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant is a familiar name for Westies; many of us have probably dragged ourselves there in the wee hours to satisfy our supper cravings. With more than 100 different mains and sides on their menu, it’s probably difficult to single out a particular dish, but most fans swear by their Butter Chicken Masala ($8). Rich, slightly sweet, and oh-so-creamy, this full-bodied masala simply invites you to mop it up with a plate of Garlic Naan ($3.20).
18. Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle Rice
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Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle Rice may not have a Michelin star to their name, but their Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($3.30) tastes just as good as those dished up by Liao Fan Hawker Chan. Flavoured with rose wine, soy sauce, and various herbs, the meat carries hints of sweetness which balance its umami-rich sauce. Their meticulous preparation also ensures that the chicken packs a tender and succulent bite, supplying a delightful contrast of texture against the springy noodles.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-51, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 6pm
Beauty World food for the hungry
There is bound to be delicious Beauty World food up for grabs within walking distance from their MRT station. For more places around the area, check out our list of Bukit Timah Korean restaurants and our list of Hillview food places!