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, though we recommend Meat Lovers ($16+) and Ajiya’s Combo ($17+). 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 Potato Cheese Mentai ($10+) – dishes I would highly recommend as well.
Check out our full review on Ajiya Okonomiyaki!
Address: 104 Jalan Jurong Kechil, Singapore 598603
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6463 3461
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: Thurs-Tue 10:30am 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.
Address: 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B1-16/17/18, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179
Opening hours: Daily 10:15am to 9pm
Tel: 6463 2637
4. Pink Candy
Located in the rooftop of Beauty World Centre is Pink Candy, an al fresco, rooftop Korean hawker stall. The owner herself is Korean, and has been in F&B in Singapore for years now, with the goal of bringing “homemade-style Korean food” to our city. With that, she serves a broad, affordable variety of Korean dishes, from house-made fresh kimchi ($4), to fried chicken, in flavours like Soy Sauce, Original, or Spicy Sauce ($13.90 for nine pieces). When dine-in is permitted, the stall also offers K-barbeque.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-60, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10:30am-2:30pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 9170 2365
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 on the menu, has a broth similar to the taste of sliced fish bee hoon.
Address: 8 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599733
Opening hours: Sun 11am to 12am, Mon-Thurs 12pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 12:30am
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 ($5.50) and Laksa ($5.50) since I was a kid. 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 ($7.50). 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 11am 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 10am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 9pm, Sun 9am to 8pm
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 ($30 for four 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 10am to 3am
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.
Pair their unique brews up with one of their Western-style mains, including our personal favourite—the Chicken Parmigiana ($15). 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, Mon 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: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 8:30pm
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 $8 for 10 pieces. 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 10:30am to 9pm
Tel: 9239 1598
12. Liu San Ge
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Liu San Ge offers Taiwanese bites reminiscent of foodie tours through Taipei. Their signatures include their Braised Pork Rice ($7.30), aka lu rou fan, as well as their selection of pancakes. These morsels are available in Onion ($8) and Chive ($7) flavours, both of which see crispy batter meet aromatic filling.
Address: 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #01-09, Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6463 1833
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.
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 Seafood Stew ($40+) to Army Stew ($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: Tue-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
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 The Breakfast Burger ($16++) or The French Toast ($16), their menu comfortably matches up to the expectations set by their signature muffins. Lunchtime dining is also available, to which you can order tortilla pizzas, pasta, and sides to offer you a midday pick-me-up.
Address: 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-01, Sun Court, Singapore 598123
Opening hours:Tue-Sun 9am to 3:30pm
Tel: 6463 0919
16. Micasa 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 grandmother. Micasa 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 (from $30), 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.
Address: 102C Jalan Jurong Kechil, #01-01, Singapore 598602
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11:30am to 1:30pm, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 6463 0263
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 ($4) 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 to 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
19. Buta Kin Ramen
Restaurant-quality ramen under $10 is the reason why Buta Kin remains a popular choice for ramen in Singapore. Choose from their rich, flavourful Tonkostu Ramen ($7.50), where the umami pork broth is the star, or their Tonkostu Black Ramen ($6.50), given more depth with black garlic. They also have Japanese curries on the menu if you prefer some spice for your meal.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-28, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 8:45pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 8:45pm
20. Mentai SENS
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Another option for affordable Japanese food in the Beauty World ‘hood is Mentai SENS. They serve up mainly mentaiko-dressed donburi bowls, priced from $5.70 with chicken. Also, they sell cheese don, including a decadent Cheese Gyuniku Don ($6.50), and an Unagi Don that goes for just $9.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-K1, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 8pm
Tel: 9820 6216
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Run by The Local Bakers, Dimanche49 is a dessert takeaway stall that specialises in deconstructed desserts in a cup. Prices start at $7, and you get to choose from flavours like Tiramisu, Black Forest, and Praline. All of them include a scoop of house-made gelato, and then come topped with tasty treats reminiscent of the dessert they nod to, from ladyfinger biscuits to crushed macarons.
Address: 68 Jalan Jurong Kechil, #01-07, Singapore 596180
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 1pm to 8pm, Sat-Sun 1pm 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!
This article was originally written on 15 March 2018.