GR.ID Mall Food Guide
Most 90s kids will remember PoMo as a popular spot in town to chill after school or during the weekends. The mall recently had a facelift, unveiling a brand new look and name: GR.ID. Centrally located along Selegie Road, the revamped mall now offers a great selection of nosh to choose from, including IG-worthy desserts and hearty Taiwanese fare. Read on for eight GRID food places to try in the former PoMo!
1. Smile Dessert
Fans of the IG-worthy Smile Dessert at Bugis can check out the dessert cafe’s latest opening at GR.ID, which is fully decked out in a particular shade of blue: Klein blue. If you love sweet potato, go for the Multi-Layer Sweet Potato Cake ($6.90), layered with crepes, cream, and purple-hued sweet potato, and the Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie ($7.90), topped with whipped cream and dragonfruit.
Matcha fans can also try their Matcha Lava Cake ($9.90), presented with a plastic sheet wrapped around the cake to hold up the molten cream topping. Get your camera ready for the big reveal, as the lava flows immediately after the sheet is removed.
If you’re in Bugis, read our Smile Dessert review!
Unit Number: #B1-12
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
2. Isshin Machi
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Located on the ground floor of GR.ID is Taiwanese casual eatery Isshin Machi‘s third outlet. A signature here is the Hakka-style Braised Meat Rice ($9), their rendition of lu rou fan that sees rich braised meat and egg with salted veggie on top of fluffy pearl rice.
Those who are craving Din Tai Fung-style egg fried rice can try the Fried Rice with Specialty Marinated Pork Chop ($12.30), or the Sunrise Crispy Chicken Cutlet Rice ($12.90). Alternatively, the Signature Taiwanese Braised Beef Noodles ($12) would make an ideal comfort meal on a rainy day.
Opening hours: 11am to 9:30pm
3. Xiao Mu Deng
If you’re in the mood for hotpot can consider Xiao Mu Deng as their next lunch or dinner spot. Specialising in Chong Qing-style steamboat, the restaurant is known for its soup bases and unique ingredients. Hotpot lunch and dinner are respectively priced at $22.80++ and $24.80++ per person, or you can go for the BBQ option, which is $26.80++ and $28.80++ per person.
Read our full Xiao Mu Deng review!
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
4. Chops! Grills & Sides
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Most known for their XXL Platter ($59.90), a massive meat feast that feeds five to six people, Chops! Grill & Sides serves elevated kopitiam-style Western fare at value-for-money portions. The aforementioned platter consists of six meats, such as the Australian grass-fed ribeye steak, and 10 sides including mac and cheese, and potato salad.
Another must-try at this new outlet is the Smokin’ BBQ Lambshank ($15.90), which features a smoky BBQ sauce to offset the gamey lamb flavour.
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9:30pm
5. Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar
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For some of the cheapest skewers in town—$0.90++ each—head to Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar’s second outlet, located in GR.ID. The alfresco rooftop dining spot is great for those who get the midnight munchies, as they open from 5pm to 2am every day.
If you’re still peckish, check out their Asian-inspired pasta dishes, in flavours such as Tomyum Prawn ($9.90++) and Bak Kwa Carbonara ($9.90++). You’ll also find a great selection of donburi here, from Pork Cutlet Katsudon ($9.90++) to Spicy Kimchi Fried Rice With Prawns, Pork Belly and Onsen Egg ($9.90++).
Opening hours: 5pm to 2am
6. Thai Street
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There’s no need to travel to the land of smiles with the array of authentic Thai restaurants available in Singapore. Thai Street is one of such; this new casual eatery focuses on familiar Thai classics including boat noodles, stir-fries and more. The splurge-worthy Wagyu Beef Boat Noodle ($14.90), and less-common Duck Boat Noodle ($9.90) are some of their signatures. If rice is your go-to carb, get the all-time favourite Basil Minced Pork With Rice ($6.90) or Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice ($8.90).
Coming soon to GR.ID is Icebar, a waffle-and-gelato spot popular for their late opening hours and extensive gelato selection, including dairy-free flavours. This is the dessert cafe’s second outlet, following their first opening in Hougang. As they open till 2am from Friday to Sunday, you can get your sweet tooth craving fixed even when it’s late!
Choose from three waffle options: Original ($5.50), Charcoal ($6.80), Coffee ($6.80). Gelatos are priced from $4.20 for Classic flavours, and additional scoops go at $3.70 each. If you prefer to drink your dessert, the customisable Milkshake is a great option. Pick your favourite flavour—Classic is $7, Premium is $8, Super Premium is $9.
Check out our full Icebar review if you’re looking for desserts in Hougang!
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 2am
8. Shinso Ramen
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Hailing from Malaysia, Shinso Ramen opened its first outlet in Singapore at Singpost Centre earlier this year. Set to launch in GR.ID soon, the ramen joint offers both fusion and classic noodle dishes, from Special Black Truffle Flavour ($17.90) to ramen embellished with Pork Ribs with Teriyaki ($19.90). Those who are out to splurge can try their Kuroge Wagyu A4 ($54), which is known for its high quality and marbling, or the Half Rock Lobster ($48) for a rich and buttery seafood flavour.
What’s unique about Shinso Ramen is their soup, which requires a long and tedious preparation process involving six hours of simmering, followed by overnight chilling for a rich and creamy broth that’s brimming with collagen.
Opening hours: 11am to 9:30pm
Where to eat in GR.ID Mall
Bookmark this GR.ID mall food guide for the next time you visit Dhoby Ghaut. If you’re in the area, also check out our Mama Diam review for a cool mama shop-inspired dining experience, located directly opposite GR.ID. Alternatively, read our Plaza Singapura food guide for affordable tempura don, halal chicken rice and more at Dhoby Ghaut.