Cheap food at Far East Plaza
Staring at the rows of swish restaurants along Orchard Road, it’s reasonable to conclude that meals at the shopping district can be costly. Yet there’s actually plenty of affordable dining options in Orchard, and most of them happen to be in Far East Plaza.
Don’t be fooled by its plain appearance. Step through its doors and you’ll find cheap French food, value-for-money chirashi, and delicious salted egg yolk pork ribs. Bookmark this page the next time you visit Orchard Road and check out these 10 Far East Plaza food places!
1. New Station Snack Bar
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Nothing seems to go wrong with salted egg yolk, and New Station Snack Bar has long proven that with their Salted Egg Yolk Pork Ribs ($12/$18). Redolent of curry leaves, the creamy and savoury sauce adds depth to the meat. Don’t worry about the dish being jelak, as the chilli padi cuts through the rich gravy with a fiery kick.
Unit number: #05-95
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 11:30am to 9pm, Sat 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sun-Mon 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6734 2862
2. Maddie’s Kitchen
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Drop by Far East Plaza during lunch and you’ll notice a snaking queue forming outside Maddie’s Kitchen. This homely eatery has built a growing fan base with their Hainanese curry rice sets. Special mention goes out to their Pork Chop ($4.80), which are coated with hand-crushed cream crackers and boasts a resonant crunch. Another dish worth returning for is their Oyster Omelette ($10.80), which showcases freshly-imported oysters from Korea.
3. Hainanese Delicacy
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Even if you aren’t a regular at Far East Plaza, you probably would have heard of Hainanese Delicacy. Their Chicken Rice ($4.50) is fluffy and fragrant, while also lacking a greasy aftertaste. Although some may find the dish rather bland, it pairs well with both their garlicky chilli sauce and their signature Salted Vegetable Duck Soup ($6).
Unit number: #05-116
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 8pm
4. Kra Pow Thai Street Food
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With most mains priced below $10, Kra Pow Thai Street Food is my go-to place for legit Thai fare in Orchard. Their Drunkard Noodle Pork ($7.90) offers a potent slew of flavours, as the fiery chilli blends with the sweet fish sauce and savoury oyster sauce. What completes this full-bodied meal is the distinct wok hei aroma, which elevates the other elements of the dish.
Unit number: #03-26/27
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9793 3122
5. Hi Tea
If bubble teas aren’t your cup of tea, check out these fruit teas at Hi Tea instead! Their cold brews are prepared from freshly pulped fruits, so gulping down these treats comes without a cloying aftertaste. Wash away the heat with their signature Mix Fruit King ($5.80), which features a refreshing hodgepodge of watermelons, passion fruits, pineapples, and more!
Check out our full review of Hi Tea here!
Unit number: #01-14B
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:45am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11:45am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9339 2822
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Most of us think of Duck Confit ($19++) when we mention Saveur, and their signature certainly lives up to its lofty reputation. The crisp skin is a luxurious treat that unleashes waves of butteriness with every bite. What I appreciate most is the inclusion of orange slices, since it lightens the duck’s gamey taste with its fruity accents.
7. The Sushi Bar
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The Normal Chirashi Don ($24.90++) dished up at The Sushi Bar is anything but normal. This palate-pampering rice bowl includes thick and fresh cuts of salmon belly, mekajiki (swordfish), and scallops. The unsung hero of the set is their hamachi (yellowtail), which is both fatty and flavourful. For a high-SES treat, opt for their Premium Chirashi Don, which tops up the dish with uni and other seasonal catches.
With more than thirty years of history, Nanbantei stands as one of Singapore’s oldest yakitori restaurants. If you’re spoilt for choice, check out their Yakitori Bento ($15.50++), which features negina (chicken with leek) and tsukune (chicken meatball). As their skewers are grilled with Japanese-imported charcoal, they possess a unique smokiness.
9. Puncak Best Noodles & Halal Muslim Food
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Walk into Puncak Best Noodles & Halal Food and you’ll notice their Honeydew Chicken Noodle ($4.50) resting on most tables. The candied sauce neutralises the charred bitterness of the roasted chicken, creating a cohesive medley of flavours.
If that isn’t enough, complete your meal with their crunchy Fried Wantons ($5/$7/$10). With diced carrots mixed into the filling, these dumplings carry a well-balanced taste.
Unit number: #05-94
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6738 4348
10. Cahaya Muslim Halal Restaurant
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Cahaya Muslim Halal Restaurant is one of the few local eateries which dishes up halal Hokkien Mee ($4). Sponging up the copious amounts of robust broth, these noodles are brimming with umami. If you can handle the heat, request for an additional dollop of their sambal chilli. This relish brings the dish up a notch with its volcanic heat.
Unit number: #05-91/92
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6734 8434
Drop by Far East Plaza the next time you visit Orchard
If you’re on a budget after your latest shopping spree, give the restaurants at ION Orchard and Wisma Atria a miss and check out these affordable food places at Far East Plaza instead. Leave us a comment below if we missed out of any of your favourite spots there.
For more value-for-money gems in Orchard, check out Gyu & Tori, which pampers you with a colossal Wagyu Katsu sandwich for just $9.90!