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Great World Food Guide: 20 Places For Cheap Oysters, Japanese Bakes, Mala Steamboat And More

15th August 2022

Great World food guide

Great World, formerly known as Great World City, has never really been a mall I’ve gone to just to jalan jalan. That is, until, the mall underwent a revamp, and introduced a whole new roster of dining options. They’ve since levelled up with a focus on Japanese restaurants and kiosks, alongside other offerings such as hotpot, soft serve ice cream, and bakes from renowned F&B names.

The next time you want to head out to a mall for a meal but don’t want to jostle with the town crowd, try out Great World. Here’s our Great World food guide to get you started.

1. 1A Heritage 

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1A Crispy Puffs was first established in 1991 as a humble hawker stall in Eunos, but they’ve since become a beloved franchise, offering their famed curry puffs across the island. Their Great World kiosk offers six different puff flavours, all made with the brand’s iconic flaky puff pastry. Choose from the classic Curry Chicken or Sardine, else opt for a sweet treat with their Yam and Durian options. There’s also a Chilli Crab flavour! Puffs are priced at $1.80 each.

Unit number: #B1-K128
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9100 5940
1A Heritage is halal-certified.

2. The Oyster Bank  

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Enjoy oysters at just $2++ a pop at The Oyster Bank’s Happy Shucking Hour, available from Monday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. Get up to three dozen oysters at $2++ each when you purchase a bottle of wine, sake, or liquor. Else, The Oyster Bank also offers all-day dining, and quite an extensive dining menu. You get oysters, of course, in a variety of flavours, but also small plates, donburi bowls, and an equally impressive booze menu that spans wines to house-made cocktails.

Unit number: #01-111
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 3pm, 4:30pm to 9:30pm, Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 4:30pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6235 5797
The Oyster Bank is not halal-certified.

3. Awfully Chocolate Cafe 

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Awfully Chocolate is one of Singapore’s most well-known chocolate dessert stores. While most malls offer takeaway kiosks, Awfully Chocolate has a sit-down cafe at Great World, allowing you to enjoy chocolatey desserts and other sweets from their menu, along with a cup of coffee or tea. They also have chocolate beverages, including Fat Chocolate (from $8.90++), an indulgent drink prepared with house-made chocolate sauce and dark chocolate truffle.

Unit number: #01-K102
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 6219 4079
Awfully Chocolate is not halal-certified.

4. Luke’s Lobster 

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If you’re craving a quality lobster roll, swing by Luke’s Lobster. The American fast food chain came to Singapore in 2020, and has since established multiple outlets islandwide, including one in Great World. Their bestselling signature Lobster Roll ($29.50) comes with chunks of Maine lobster nestled in soft brioche, but you can also try their crab and shrimp rolls when you order Luke’s Trio ($36.50). From time to time, Luke’s Lobster releases seasonal specials, so keep your eyes out for those.

Read our Luke’s Lobster review.

Unit number: #01-152
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6296 9600
Luke’s Lobster is not halal-certified.

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5. Kuriya Dining 

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Award-winning Japanese restaurant Kuriya Dining is where it’s at if you want to treat yourself to omakase. Their Yuri lunch omakase option is priced at $108++ and comes with the chef’s selection of a variety of sushi made with fresh seafood. If omakase isn’t what you’re looking for, Kuriya also has an ala carte menu and set lunches available daily. Their Chirashi Sushi Gozen ($58.80++) comes with chirashi topped with a heaping serve of premium seafood, as well as a medley of sides.

Unit number: #01-127
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:15pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6736 0888
Kuriya Dining is not halal-certified.

6. Gokoku Japanese Bakery 

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Gokoku is one of the more popular Japanese bakeries in Singapore. They hail from Kobe, and have been around since 1961, selling bread with a Japanese twist. Popular picks include their aromatic Koucha Scone ($2.20), with prominent notes of earl grey tea, and their Jikasei Matcha Cream Bun ($2.20), a fluffy sweet dough bun made with matcha-laced dough, featuring a middle filled to the brim with matcha custard cream.

Unit number: #B1-136
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6235 1741
Gokoku Japanese Bakery is not halal-certified.

7. Din Tai Fung 

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Din Tai Fung’s an easy choice when you’re looking for casual Taiwanese fare and xiao long bao. They’ve got a variety of noodle and rice dishes to pick from, including their celebrated Fried Rice with Pork Chop ($14.30++) and Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup ($15.80++). A DTF meal isn’t complete without a basket of XLBs, so be sure to order some for the table. Prices start at $9++ for six pieces.

Unit number: #01-138
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9pm, Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6737 1366
Din Tai Fung is not halal-certified.

8. elemen Classic 

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Vegetarian restaurant elemen Classic elevates meatless cuisine with their refined dishes. We highly recommend opting for a course meal so you can explore the spectrum of what the restaurant offers. Choose between the five-course ($28.80++) and eight-course ($33.80++) menus, and experience dishes such as their Seaweed Egg Fried Rice, Truffle Broth Ramen, and Braised Tai Lok Mee, all sans meat.

Unit number: #01-122
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 6235 6613
Elemen Classic is not halal-certified.

9. ENG’s Wantan Noodle 

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Image credit: @engswantannoodle

ENG’s Wantan Noodle is widely regarded to sell one of Singapore’s best wonton noodles. If you’ve yet to pay a visit to their Tanjong Katong outlet, then fret not, as they have eateries across the city, including this one in Great World. Choose either Dry or Soup Wantan Mee, priced from $4.50. Sides are also available, including the popular Fried Wantan (from $3.50), where wontons are fried till ultra crispy and served with a mayonnaise dipping sauce.

Unit number: #B1-K122/123
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
ENG’s is not halal-ertified.

10. Ginza Anzu 

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Image credit: GINZA ANZU

Tonkatsu specialist Ginza Anzu is where you want to go for golden-brown, crispy pork cutlets. The restaurant is originally from Kyushu, and takes great care to source their ingredients from the region, as well as parts of the US and Canada. Get the Ginjo Pork Fatty Loin Katsu Set ($38++), where marbled pork loin is battered, crumbed, and deep-fried to juicy ends. Each set comes with rice, a salad, and miso soup. They also have ala carte katsu items, from seafood to cabbage rolls.

Unit number: #01-113/114
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8653 1198
Ginza Anzu is not halal-certified.

11. Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza by Meidi-ya

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Meidi-ya’s Japanese food hall Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza by Meidi-ya is where you can get your hands on a whole variety of affordable, quality Japanese dishes. The food hall has stalls that sell anything from Japanese curry rice to soba, ramen to tempura. Most of the dishes you get here are under $20 too, despite the fact that they use premium produce.

Unit number: #B2-101/107
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza by Meidi-ya is not halal-certified.

12. Goobne Korean Chicken

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This restaurant brings a healthy twist to Korean fried chicken with their selection of oven-roasted chicken. Their birds are roasted to order and prepared without oil, so it’s leaner on calories. Nonetheless, it’s no less satisfying as the meat is still juicy, and the skin, crisp. Apart from their Goobne Original (from $13++), the restaurant also has flavoured oven-roasted chicken. Choose from Deep Cheese (from $16++), Soy Garlic (from $15++), Volcano ($15++), and Pepper Spicy (from $18++). Platters are also available. Korean stars including EXO and Girls’ Generation are apparently Goobne fans to boot!

Unit number: #01-115
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 8879 5898
Goobne Korean Chicken is not halal-certified.

13. Uncle Fong Hotpot Restaurant


Acclaimed Chongqing hotpot restaurant Uncle Fong recently arrived in Singapore, bringing with it authentic Sichuanese steamboat and a medley of native Chinese ingredients. Get their Signature Chongqing Soup Base, an ultra-spicy broth that’s mala, levelled up, thanks to the use of Chongqing Shizhuhong Chilli, Sichuan Hanyuan Pepper, Beef Tallow, Sichuan Pixian Bean Paste, and Yunnan Yellow Ginger in the recipe. A selection of premium meats and unique ingredients, such as ox liver, pig’s heart and sea cucumber intestines are also available on the menu.

Read our Uncle Fong Hotpot Restaurant review.

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-108/109, Great World, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Uncle Fong Hotpot Restaurant is not halal-certified.

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14. Okinawan Diner Nirai Kanai 


Japanese cuisine is far more nuanced than we think. Experience all that’s unique about Okinawan fare at Singapore’s one-and-only Okinawan Diner Nirai Kanai. Get the stir-fried bittergourd and egg dish known as Champuru (from $7++), Okinawan soba dishes, and tender Simmered Pork Belly (from $9.80++), among others here. Get yourself an ice-cold pint of Orion Beer (from $9.60++), served in a frozen mug, for an extra shiok thirst quencher. 

Read our Okinawan Diner Nirai Kanai review.

Unit number: #01-107/108
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6339 4811
Okinawan Diner Nirai Kanai is not halal-certified.

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15. Poke Theory 

Healthy Food Delivery - A Poke Theory

Get your healthy food fix at Poke Theory, which serves DIY poke bowls. Bowls typically start at $13.90 and include your choice of protein. Some choices include Mentaiko Mayo Salmon, Shoyu Tuna, or Dashi Chicken. Then, add on toppings that range from avocado to tobiko to complete the dish. Poke Theory also sells cold-pressed juices and acai bowls, if you’d like something sweet to round off your meal.

Unit number: #B1-K129
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6970 5767
Poke Theory is halal-certified.

16. PS.Cafe 

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Image credit: PS.Cafe

Perennial favourite PS.Cafe is a great choice if you’re stuck on where to eat and just want crowd-pleasing cafe fare. The OG cafe has been around since 1999 and has since expanded across Singapore. Their Great World outlet is bright, airy, and decked out with lush plants for a splash of green. The menu here features all PS.Cafe’s classics, from their Truffle Shoestring Fries ($16++), Double Chocolate Blackout Cake ($16++), and Crab Tart ($32++), as well as their pizzas, pastas, and locally inspired fare.

Unit number: #01-155
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6708 9288
PS.Cafe is not halal-certified.

17. Softhaus 

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Dessert whiz Janice Wong has branched out from chocolates and into ice cream with Softhaus. The kiosk serves up 16 different flavours, including vegan and keto-friendly options. You can choose to pair your ice cream with toppings, picked from a selection of more than 10. Prices start at $6, with flavours such as 100% Chocolate, Pandan Kaya Pistachio or Yuzu Sorbet.

Read our Softhaus review.

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-K135, Great World, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Softhaus is not a halal-certified.

18. Shake Shack 

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Shake Shack opened their sixth Singapore outlet in Great World, giving fans access to their signature burgers, fries, and other bites near Orchard. The classic ShackBurger ($9.70) is a must if you’re new to Shake Shack, along with a side of their Cheese Fries ($5.90), doused in a house-made cheese sauce. Finish off the meal with two Great World-exclusive Concretes—a blended vanilla custard dessert unique to Shake Shack. Choose between Berry Ferris Swell, a raspberry cheesecake combo, or Poppin Good Time’, where brownies, caramel sauce, and pop rocks meet. Each comes priced at $7.50.

Read our Shake Shack review.

Unit number: #01-101
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 9:30pm
Shake Shack is not halal-certified.

19. Zaffron Kitchen 

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Multi-award-winning restaurant Zaffron Kitchen serves up legit Northern Indian fare. The cosy eatery has a menu packed with spicy heavy hitters, including their popular Butter Chicken ($19++), where chicken tikka masala is slowly simmered in a tomato, cashew, and butter gravy. Also try out some dishes from their grilled meats section, which are all cooked in a tandoor oven. 

Unit number: #01-153
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6235 5531
Zaffron Kitchen is not halal-certified, but uses no pork nor lard.

20. Tambuah Mas

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Image credit: Tambuah Mas

Tambuah Mas is one of Singapore’s oldest Indonesian restaurants. Its legacy spans over four decades, grounded in a menu full of recipes from Padang, Sulawesi, and Java. The chefs here are native Indonesians, who bring homestyle cooking to diners’ tables. A must-try is their Tahu Telur ($12.50++), where beancurd is battered, and deep-fried till crispy, before it is dressed in a sweet-spicy dark sauce. Also try their Ayam Goreng Istimewa ($15++), where fried chicken marinated in a secret spice mix, then cooked till crisp. 

Unit number: #B1-110/111
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6235 6713
Tambuah Mas is halal-certified.

What to eat at Great World

The next time you’re looking for Great World food options, check out this guide. For other eats nearby, check out our Clarke Quay food guide, and our Orchard Road food guide.

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