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Causeway Point Food: Restaurants, Cafes And Hawker Stalls Beside Woodlands MRT Station

24th February 2020

Causeway Point food spots


Causeway Point Old
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Causeway Point’s Facebook page

I’ve been visiting Causeway Point (CWP) literally my entire life, so I definitely feel a sense of pride in writing about the food in my home turf. Over the last 20 years, CWP has gone through a couple of massive renovations. My fellow neighbours in the North might remember the oldest version of the mall from our childhoods—the kingfisher logo that it used to have, the big fountain in the basement, the huge TimeZone that felt like three times the size of the current one, and the toy exhibitions that were in Metro every other week. I could go on and on about all the childhood memories I had there. 

Causeway Point BuildingImage credit: Causeway Point’s Facebook page

The first big renovation, which lasted nearly three years, got rid of most stores in the basement. In return, the entire B1 was overhauled into a huge food hub, and dozens of new eateries arrived to fill the vacuum—Yami Yogurt, a couple of yakitori places, and other brands that were all the rage back in the 2010s. Sadly, not all of them managed to last through the ages. A steady stream of new contenders settled across the mall over the years, and the latest franchises such as Llaollao and Gong Cha always had a spot. 

And a couple of months ago, the latest set of renovations started. Some old stores said their goodbyes, and a couple of new ones popped up, particularly in the basement and second floor. Now’s a good time to get acquainted with all the Causeway Point food places.


Restaurants


The three main hubs for restaurants are in the basement, on level two, and level five. Some of them are brand new, only having opened a few months ago, and some have been mainstays of the mall for a long time. 


1. Aburi-EN


Causeway Point Aburi EN

Aburi-EN opened its Causeway Point branch on 10 December last year, replacing one of Swensen’s units. The Japanese eatery focuses on rice bowls, filled with heaping portions of grilled pork and Wagyu beef. Their signature item is the Premium Buta Bara Don ($16++), which comprises huge slabs of grilled chestnut-fed pork belly on a bed of pearl rice. From 11am to 5pm, lunch mains include a bowl of miso soup and pickles. 

The pigs from the farms that Aburi-EN sources from are fed a natural diet that includes chestnuts, giving the meat a natural sweetness and tender texture. It’s flavourful, charred lightly, and slightly unctuous.

Causeway Point Aburi EN

Generous servings of pork aside, another affordable option they have is the Aburi Salmon Don ($13++), which contains slabs of lightly torched salmon on rice. The searing is expertly done, making sure the meat isn’t too dried out. Each piece is smoky and slightly crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and tender enough to pry apart.

They also have a bunch of premium options, which include the Wagyu Karubi Don ($19++), a grilled Australian Wagyu rice bowl, and the Premium Wagyu Jyu ($28++), which is a serving of Miyazaki Wagyu on rice. Wagyu from the Miyazaki prefecture is widely considered to be among the best in the world so, despite the hefty price, it might be worth its weight in beef. 

Check out our full review of Aburi-EN!

Aburi-EN Review: Blow-torched and Chargrilled Japanese Rice Bowls In The CBD

Unit number: #02-09B
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6760 2081
Website


2. Tonkotsu Hototogisu Ramen


Tonkotsu Hototogisu

Four years ago, I could never fix my ramen cravings at CWP. There simply weren’t any good ramen joints there, and I could never get my fix on the way back from school. Fortunately, Tonkotsu Hototogisu Ramen opened alongside Aburi-EN last year. Hailing from Japan, where it received a Michelin star, the store is located between Aburi-EN and Teppan-Yaki, and serves only tonkotsu ramen. They have other outlets around Singapore, better known as Konjiki Hototogisu, but they’ve changed their name for the Causeway Point outlet. 

Tonkotsu Hototogisu

The classic option is the Tonkotsu Original Ramen ($13.90++). Personally, I found this dish a little bit plain. I was disappointed that the ramen doesn’t come with Eggs ($2++), but the chashu made up for it by being tender, flavourful, and juicy. The noodles are the more chewy variant, and didn’t get soggy even after sitting in the soup for a while. 

The exclusive items at Causeway Point are the Barbecue Ramen ($15.90++) and Chilli Crab Ramen ($16.90++). The former contains a grilled spare rib, covered in a smoky glaze, as well as grilled vegetables and fried garlic. It also comes with onions that are simmered in barbecue sauce, giving the rich tonkotsu a deeper layer of smokiness and sweetness. The chilli crab ramen contains sous-vide chashu, tangy chilli crab sauce, and a snow crab, complete with generous amounts of real crab meat and sweet roe. 

Unit number: #02-09C
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6219 5792
Website


3. Teppan-Yaki


Teppan-Yaki
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@yusman.tajap

Teppan-Yaki’s name is generic but self-explanatory. You place your order at the counter and have a seat, while the chefs start parcelling out huge portions of food onto the teppanyaki grill. It’s a rather novel experience to watch your food get cooked in front of you and served immediately. The vegetables, usually neglected as sides in most places, are flavoured wonderfully with garlic and sauces. The tender meat is piping hot, and the seafood is grilled to just the right texture—especially the prawns. I would also recommend getting the spicy sauce for the meat.

There are multiple sets available here. It’s better to get a set than a la carte, so you can get both meat and veggies. One of the more premium options is Set A ($21.50), which comes with two large prawns, fish, a sirloin steak, and vegetables. And if you’re here with a friend, get the Double Set A ($35), which contains enough steak, prawns, fish, scallops, and vegetables for two people. Most of the sets come with rice, soup, and a drink. 

Unit number: #02-09D-10
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10:30pm


4. Hot Tomato 


Hot Tomato

It may not be as big a name as Swensen’s, which is a few units away, but Hot Tomato is probably the best place to get affordable Western food in Causeway Point. It’s particularly good for students since their Student Meal only costs $10 nett. The student meal is available from 11am to 5pm, and is a good offer. You can get Sirloin Steak & Aglio Olio, Chicken Chops & Aglio Olio, Fish & Chips, Grilled Salmon & Salad, Chicken & Sausage Marinara, or Carbonara along with a drink. It offers good value for what you’re paying. 

Hot Tomato

Hot Tomato focuses mainly on steak and pasta. Most of their mains come with a free side of flavourful, al dente Aglio Olio ($6.90++). Dishes such as their Steak & Prawn ($14.20++) and Teriyaki Chicken Chop ($9.90++) have heaping portions of spaghetti and a bowl of salad on the side, making it a full meal no matter what you order. The restaurant also has premium options such as the mouth-watering T-Bone Steak ($23.90++), that features 430g of tender and gently charred beef. There’s also the tasty Lobster Linguine ($14.90++) with large chunks of juicy lobster tails. 

For its large portions, relatively affordable price, and high-quality food, Hot Tomato is easily my personal favourite restaurant in Causeway Point.

Unit number: #02-11
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6894 2685
Website
Menu


5. Sushiro


Causeway Point Sushiro

A little disclaimer—Sushiro’s Causeway Point branch isn’t open just yet. The sushi joint is opening in March this year. Sushiro is replacing Paradise Dynasty, which is bad news for those who love their xiao long bao. On the bright side, we get a brand new sushi place that’s a little more affordable than Ichiban Sushi on the same floor. The conveyor belt sushi restaurant has a range of Nigiri Sushi (from $2.20++), such as Broiled Salmon Belly, Fatty Tuna, and Grilled Mackerel. Their prices are similar to Genki Sushi’s, so you can guiltlessly order plate after plate of fresh sashimi and sushi. 

On top of fish, there are also cooked food and appetisers such as Tonkotsu Ramen ($5.50++), Miso Soup with Clam ($2.50++) and Crab Cream Croquettes ($3.50++).

Check out our review of Sushiro!

Sushiro: Japan’s Largest Conveyor Belt Sushi Chain Opening In Singapore This August 2019

Unit number: #05-16-18
Website


6. Jollibee


Jollibee
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Even months after its grand opening in June 2019, Jollibee at the Woodlands MRT Station still sees long queues and massive crowds. The cult-favourite fried chicken chain doesn’t need much explanation; it’s the most popular fast food joint in the Philippines. When it first opened, people camped till midnight to try and get the limited-edition toys that came with the grand opening. While the queues have become shorter now, it can still be hard to get a seat. While it’s not technically at Causeway Point, chicken lovers can make their way to the Woodlands MRT Station, that is connected right next door, to satisfy their cravings. 

Their fried chicken is a lot less greasy than KFC’s, with juicy meat and a crisp layer of skin. The rich and flavourful gravy that accompanies it also tastes delicious. Their cheesy spaghetti is another popular choice among customers. You can get a 2pc Chickenjoy with Regular Sides for $7, which includes two pieces of their signature chicken and either rice, mashed potatoes, or buttered corn. The Value Meal ($7) gets you a piece of their Chickenjoy with a serving of Jolly Spaghetti and a drink. You can also get a big bucket of chicken to share, in the form of their ChickenJoy Bucket ($27.25), which includes six pieces of chicken, three servings of spaghetti, three drinks, and three side dishes.

Address: Woodlands MRT Station
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 11pm
Website


7. Shabu Sai 


Causeway Point Shabu Sai
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@cyleats

Before the latest series of renovations, there wasn’t as much variety in Causeway Point as I would’ve liked. Shabu Sai has been my go-to hotpot place for a long time because of this. It’s rather standard, as far as hotpot goes, but it is still a reliable place to enjoy piping hot soup and free-flow meat. Their soup options include the standard variants— Sukiyaki, Tomato, Spicy, and others. However, they also have a unique soup each month, with special options such as Bak Kut Teh and Gochujang Tonkotsu popping up every so often. 

Dinner is $24.99++ on weekends for a 90-minute buffet. The meat variety isn’t that impressive, with only chicken, beef, and pork, but it’s still enough to satisfy most appetites. You can get free-flow drinks and soft-serve ice cream for another $1.99++ too, so make the most of it after you’re done with your soup and meat. 

Unit number: #05-14/15
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6462 1557
Website


8. Daessiksin KBBQ 


Daessiksin KBBQ
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@hendriagustino

Similar to Shabu Sai’s niche as the only hotpot joint in CWP, Daessiksin is the only Korean BBQ joint in the area. The K-BBQ buffet ($16.90++ for weekday lunch, $25.90++ for weekday dinner, $26.90++ for weekend dinner) has a great variety of meat and other dishes. There’s also salad, kimchi, tons of tteokbokki, soup, rice, and ice cream. You can get an additional Steamboat for $10++

Some of my favourites here are the Spicy Marinated Beef and Marinated Pork Collar. The first is juicy, meaty, and has a solid kick of gochujang spice, while the pork collar is tender, sweet, and flavourful. I also like the seafood, with my favourites being the Squid and Baby Octopus with Gochujang Sauce. The staff members are always friendly, and I don’t recall ever having a bad experience here.

Unit number: #05-11
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Fri 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6760 3797
Website
Full list of outlets


9. Siamese Cat 


Causeway Point Siamese Cat

Siamese Cat is a Thai eatery that serves up affordable dishes, such as Chiang Mai Beef Noodles ($8.80) and Northern Thai Tom Yum Noodles ($9.80). They also have tiny bowls of boat noodles, coming in at $1.90 for their Mini Tom Yam Noodles and Mini Chicken Noodles. The Pad Thai ($7.80) is smoky and fragrant, with bits of prawn, egg, and bean sprouts. When I tried the beef noodles for myself, I found the broth to be a little bland, but the noodles were well cooked and the beef was chewy and juicy.

Causeway Point Siamese Cat

Siamese Cat also has a variety of decadent desserts, such as the Matcha Shibuya ($11.50) and other flavours of ice cream toast. Their dessert range is rather impressive, including scoops of thick and creamy ice cream, sticky rice, and butter toast bites. 

Despite being highly affordable, the eatery is small and doesn’t have that many seats. It’s tucked away in the basement, where Marble Slab Creamery used to be years ago. 

Check out our review of Siamese Cat!

Siamese Cat Review: New Thai Cafe That Took Over Some Tuk Tuk Cha Outlets

Unit number: #B1-22
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Website


10. Bali Thai


Bali Thai
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@evelynmichaljerusha

While Siamese Cat is a budget option for Thai fare, Bali Thai is another place to get Indo-Thai food in Causeway Point. Start off your meal with classic appetisers such as the Thai Prawn Cakes ($7.20++) and a sharing portion of Tom Yum Soup ($14.50++), before moving on to the main courses. The restaurant also has Indonesian staples such as Mee Goreng with Satay ($13.80++), as well as dishes that bring out the best of sour-spicy Thai flavours, such as the Pad Thai with Satay ($13.80++) and Thai Green Curry ($13.80++). I’ve visited with my family a couple of times, and it’s a good place to have a lively family meal. 

Unit number: #05-05
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6894 1363
Website


Kiosks & quick-service stalls


Causeway Point has a copious amount of smaller kiosks, where you can snag bubble tea, desserts, snacks, and bento boxes to take home. These aren’t full-scale restaurants, and they tend to be cheaper and faster. 


11. Lam’s Abalone Noodles


Causeway Point Lam's Abalone Noodles
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@littlechefathome

Lam’s Abalone Noodles is located at Food Republic, on the fourth floor. It’s definitely the most notable stall in the bustling food court. Their signature dish is Lam’s Abalone Noodles ($6.90), which is a plate of mee pok with a fishball, hanjuku egg, assorted meats, and a stick of abalone and scallop in their special sauce. The chilli gives the dish a kick of spice, and the marinated egg has an explosion of flavour in the yolk. The abalone is chewy and succulent, and the whole dish meshes well together. It’s a little pricey, but I rate it as one of the best dishes in the CWP food court. 

They also have other signature items such as the Salt Baked Chicken Thigh ($6.90) set, which includes a tender and juicy leg of chicken on a plate of rice and veggies. Each bite of chicken is flavourful and filled with salty-sweet flavour.

Unit number: #04-01
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6336 0848
Website


 12. Kuriya Japanese Market


Kuriya Japanese Market
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@anthonylohhc

Kuriya Fish Market contains a ton of smaller kiosks within it, offering up a range of low-budget Japanese food. It’s good for grabbing a meal on the go, or to sit down for a quick dinner. The Wadori Yakitori kiosk serves sticks of meaty and savoury yakitori. A box of warm rice, chicken meatballs, juicy pork, and sweet teriyaki sauce makes for good comfort food after a long day. The Wadori Box Combo A ($9.50) comes with a bowl of miso soup and a cup of chawanmushi. The box contains two sticks of yakitori, a fried prawn, and a stick of dumplings. The a la carte version costs $7.50 and come without the sides.

You can get various other options in the same unit as Wadori. You can enjoy an Oyako Don ($8) from the adjacent Ichiban Bento, Salmon Sashimi ($6.90) from Kuriya itself, or even head to the freezer and get some Japanese ice cream for $2 each. The store has imported Japanese ingredients too, such as bottles of sauces, noodles, and condiments for adding a layer of authenticity to your home cooking. 

Unit number: #B1-17
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6893 2832
Website


13. ARTEA


Causeway Point ARTEA

ARTEA is known to be one of those super aesthetic Insta-worthy cafes that sell vibrant food and delightfully light souffle pancakes. Unfortunately, Causeway Point’s version doesn’t have the same decor and ambience. Instead, it’s a kiosk that sells toned-down versions of their souffle pancakes and fancy fruit drinks. Their creamy and sweet Mango Milkshake ($6.80) and Ceylon Milk Tea ($5.70) are available here. This kiosk is a new contender in the bubble tea scene, opening in the basement alongside LiHo, Gong Cha, and a couple of other bubble tea stalls. 

Causeway Point ARTEA

Their jiggly and airy souffle pancakes are still available here, if you’re looking to enjoy them on the go. They range from the classic Original Souffle ($6.80) to the deluxe Strawberry Souffle ($9.80) that comes with a scoop of ice cream and edible gold leaf scattered on top.

Check out our full review of ARTEA!

ARTEA Review: New Soufflé Pancake And Tea Latte Cafe At VivoCity

Unit number: #B1-K22
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Website


14. Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart


Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart
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@mfp_diaries

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart is often confused with the very similarly named Hokkaido cheese tart shop, Bake, which shut down last year. Regardless, they both sell the same products. Back when cheese tarts were all the rage, there was a lot of confusion about the two.

Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart’s pastries have a thicker crust, and the texture of the custard inside is silky smooth. It’s sweet and sugary but isn’t as distinctly cheesy as some of its competitors. The Original Cheese Tart goes at $2.90, but the dessert kiosk has a multitude of other flavours such as the Strawberry ($3.30), Cookies & Cream ($3.30), and Durian ($3.30). The strawberry flavour is intense, sour, and tart, contrasting against the sweetness of the original custard.

Unit number: #B1-K25
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6760 3757


15. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak


Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
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@daveltk

There’s no need to make a long journey to the West, as the legendary Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak has a branch at Causeway Point’s basement. All the ingredients are cooked daily and you can get their signature Nasi Lemak Chicken Wing Set ($4.50) with its fragrant rice, spicy sambal and crispy fried chicken. You can add on other sides such as sausages and hash browns for another $0.50. After 4pm, you can get a Value Meal ($4), which comes with fried chicken, egg and ikan bilis.  

Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak has also recently set up nasi lemak vending machines, so you can get a chance to taste it even if there aren’t any outlets near you!

Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak Vending Machines Are Now Found Across Singapore

Unit number: #B1-K15
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Website


16. Big Bird


Big Bird
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@jungtae_21

This modern takeout joint serves up boxes of rice with their signature salted egg chicken. Big Bird is located right at the entrance of Causeway Point, between McDonald’s and Old Chang Kee. They only have takeaway options, such as the Mongolian Crispy Chicken ($6.30) and Salted Egg Chicken ($7.90) sets. Each box comes with a sunny side up and a side of veggies, and you can upgrade the white rice to their Kampung Fried RIce for an extra $2

If you want to grab a hearty and comforting dinner on the way home, this is a good choice.

Unit number: #01-K10
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 8363 3226
Website


17. Nine Fresh


Nine Fresh
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@ninefresh

Nine Fresh offers traditional Taiwanese desserts, such as grass jelly and ai-yu jelly. Their desserts are affordable, filling, and wholesome. The Nine Fresh Signature ($2.80) has a little bit of everything, with two kinds of jelly, assorted beans, roasted peanuts, and chewy, gooey taro balls. The little morsels of yam and glutinous rice are their signature item. 

My favourite is the Black Sugar Ai-Yu Special ($3.50), with a second portion of Taro Balls ($0.60) added on. The jelly is a lot lighter and delicate than its competitors, while the dish also comes with chewy pearls and six taro balls. It’s a lot more affordable than other desserts too, making it a great treat you can get any time. While they may not be as flashy and modern as a cup of bubble tea, Nine Fresh’s desserts are still tasty and refreshing.

Unit number: #01-K06
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Website


18. 9pm Kkochi


9pm Kkochi
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@9pmkkochi

Similar to Wadori and Big Bird, 9pm Kkochi serves food in takeaway boxes. The main difference is that 9pm Kkochi’s dishes are based on Korean street food. The most affordable set is Set A ($5.30), which comes with two sticks of chicken yakitori, seaweed rice, and a pile of kimchi. The more pricey meals, such as Set D ($9.80), comes with beef belly, kimchi dumplings, and a choice of rice, ramyeon, or jajangmyeon.

I like getting the larger sets, and the springy noodles go well with the sour funkiness of the kimchi dumplings. The beef belly is tender and juicy and comes with lots of delicious fats. Their boxed set meals are warm, comforting, and convenient, especially if you’re on a budget. You can also get sides and add-ons, such as Tteokbokki In A Cup ($3.90) or Pork Belly Zig Zag ($1.60) skewers. 

Unit number: #B1-K11
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6219 5884
Website


19. Wooshi 


Wooshi
Image credit:
@saccharphile

For an interesting spin on sushi, check out Wooshi. They serve up rice bowls and maki rolls that aim to push the boundaries of what’s considered sushi. Their creations are rather unique, and customers get to customise their very own rolls or bowls for $7.90. The most unique among the default options for seaweed rolls are the Fiery Fatima ($8.90) and Psycho Kim ($6.90). The Fatima is a nasi lemak roll, filled with spicy sambal and otah. Those who prefer Korean flavours should try the latter, which contains Cajun chicken, gooey cheese, as well as spicy and sour kimchi.

When it comes to rice bowls, Wooshi also has equally unique options, such as Angry Lee ($8.90)—a noodle bowl filled with spicy and numbing mala sauce, with smoked duck on the side. They also have a healthy poke bowl, in the form of the spicy Surfer Sherry ($9.90).

Unit number: #B1-K01
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 9098 1070
Website


20. Tai-Croissant


Tai-Croissant

Tai-Croissant sells taiyaki, which is a Japanese snack comprising a fish-shaped shell and various fillings. Their taiyaki croissants are made a la minute, so you might be waiting a little while for your snack. The trade-off is that you’re guaranteed a piping hot morsel at the end of your wait. Traditionally, Japanese taiyaki are filled with red bean, but Tai-Croissant has a ton of other flavours, such as Apple Cinnamon ($3.90), Hokkaido Custard ($4), and savoury Ham & Cheese ($4.60)

The snacks here have interesting fillings and pack a buttery and crispy crust. My personal favourites are the custard and cinnamon, and I’m a fan of how generous they are with the stuffing. They have promotions and unique flavours quite often, so keep an eye out for those.

Unit number: #B1-K27
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6893 0316
Website


Causeway Point food directory


Causeway Point is the source of many of my childhood memories. It may sound a bit cheesy, but the mall feels familiar and homely to me, and I’ve grown up alongside it for nearly two decades. It’s always sad to see stores close down, since plenty have been around as long as I can remember, but it’s exciting to see what opens in their place. For example, I’ll be missing out on the xiao long bao at Paradise Dynasty since it’s now closed, but at least we’re getting the famous Sushiro to replace it. 

The empty lot next to McDonald’s also has pasar malam popping up all the time, so even if you don’t live near the mall, it might still be worth a visit to check out the ever-changing food spots. I’m glad that I was able to grow up with a sprawling shopping centre like this, and that I have pretty much everything I need close to home—a cinema, good food, an arcade, and tons of places to shop at. 

For more food directories, check out our guide to Clarke Quay that features 30 lunch and happy hour deals! Also take a look at our Orchard Central food guide to see what there is to eat in town. 

Address: 1 Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
Nearest MRT Station: Woodlands (NS9/TE2)

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