Marina Square food places
If you’re looking for food around City Hall, Esplanade and Promenade, find your way to Marina Square. Doubling as both a shopping centre and an air-conditioned refuge for hungry shoppers, many may already be well aware of the vast amount of choices available here. But with so many options, we are often fumbling to make a decision. Hopefully, this list can help narrow down your picks.
Here we offer some Marina Square food options from a Japanese BBQ buffet to a halal pancake restaurant that are worth a try!
1. Tenkaichi Japanese BBQ
Tenkaichi Japanese BBQ is a value-for-money Japanese buffet with the cheapest option starting at $18.90++ per adult for lunch and $23.90++ for dinner. The Shabu Shabu & BBQ Buffet comes with a selection of beef, pork, and chicken along with sushi and other ready-to-eat dishes such as fried rice and maki. The more expensive options come with all-you-can-eat sashimi, Hokkaido scallops and quality Wagyu of different grades.
They also have a la carte lunch options of Donburi Bowls (12++) and Curry Rice Bowls (12++) that include the same ready-to-eat dishes on the buffet line. Students enjoy a special discount on the Shabu Shabu buffet at $16.90++ for lunch and $21.90++ for dinner.
Check out our full review of Tenkaichi‘s donburi!
Unit number: #03-129
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun & PH 11:30am to 10:00pm
Tel: 6250 8918
2. Hifumi Japanese Restaurant
It’s no secret that every Singaporean loves a restaurant a little bit more when it offers free-flow anything. Featuring mains made from seasonal ingredients, Hifumi Japanese Restaurant serves a signature all-you-can-eat appetiser and salad bar. The buffet line changes monthly with menu updates popping up periodically on their Facebook page.
The Mixed Toji ($16.99++) includes an ebi fry, pork katsu and unagi on a bed of beaten eggs in shoyu broth. If you are looking for their most value-for-money item, go for their Pork Kimchi ($9.99++) from their lunch promo menu. The hot plate has generous slices of fatty pork meat topped with a glistening yolk, and comes with rice and miso soup.
Check out our full review of Hifumi Japanese Restaurant!
Unit number: #02-106A
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6337 4721
3. Mei Heong Yuen Dessert
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Although ice-cream cafes always get all the hype, traditional Chinese desserts never fail to tug at my heartstrings. No matter what your choice at Mei Heong Yuen Dessert is, it will definitely leave you riding on a wave of nostalgia.
Red Bean Lotus ($3) and Sesame Paste ($3.50) are popular orders for those who are looking for a hot dessert. If you want to cool down on a sunny day, the Chendol Snow Ice ($6.50) or Mango with Pomelo & Sago ($5.50) promises to leave you feeling refreshed.
Unit number: #03-207
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6252 1661
4. Beyond Pancakes
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Beyond Pancakes is a halal-certified cafe. As you can guess from their name, pancakes are their main feature. That being said, they also offer dishes that will interest those who prefer something else. The Nachos ($8.90++) is a popular order. In this unique dish, tortilla chips are replaced with Pannenkoek, which is a Dutch-style pancake.
Pancakes here come in Short (two pieces), Medium (four pieces) and Tall (six pieces) sizes. The Original ($5.90++) flavour is a must-get. The pancakes are fluffy and soft, and served with butter and maple syrup. If you want something sweeter, go for the Mount Berry ($13.90++) instead.
5. Gu Thai Noodle Cafe
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Gu Thai Noodle Cafe is a humble eatery offering Thai food at wallet-friendly prices. Go straight for their signature Boat Noodle Beef/Pork that is available in either Small ($1.90) or Large ($7.50) portions.
What I like here is that you can choose from four different levels of spiciness—Non Spicy, Less Spicy, Normal Spicy, Extra Hot. Beware, the ‘Normal Spicy’ option is enough to make you sweat. If you need a drink to cool your tongue, you can get Thai Milk Tea ($2.80) or the refreshing Thai Lemongrass Drink ($2.80).
Unit number: #03-131
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
6. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
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Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh may not be as famous as Founder or Song Fa, but they deliver well in taste. Boasting a good balance of garlic and pepper, the signature Pork Ribs Soup ($9.90) is typically what people come for. For those who want to try something new, the Pork’s Tenderloin Soup ($9.50) and Sliced Fish Soup ($10.50) will not disappoint. Complete your meal with some Plain Rice ($1.10) or Mee Sua Plain ($2.50).
7. Tingkat PeraMakan
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Tingkat PeraMakan offers a more casual and affordable experience for those who want a taste of authentic Peranakan food. The store is designed with a mix of turquoise and pink hues—good for an #Insta-worthy picture.
Set Meals begin at $10+. Get the Babi Pontay Set Meal ($10+), which comes with four dishes and even a dessert. If you’re craving something sweet, the Sagto Gula Melaka ($2.50+) is a crowd-pleaser; this creamy sago pudding is served chilled with gula melaka drizzled over it.
Unit number: #02-223/225A
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6264 1545
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Opened by Grub and DP Architects, redpan is a restaurant where design meets food. The menu here is comprehensive and features unique East-meets-West creations. When you’re here, try their Truffle Floss Fries ($7.50++), where fries are cooked in truffle aioli and topped with chives and chicken floss. The Prawn & ‘Hae Bi Hiam’ Pasta ($17++) deserves a mention, where tagliatelle is tossed with house-made sambal and fresh sautéed prawns.
End your meal on a sweet treat with the Red Date Toffee Cake ($5.50++), which presents an interesting hybrid between a sticky date pudding and toffee cake.
Unit number: #02-03/04
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6255 5850
9. Ma Mère Boulangerie
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Ma Mère Boulangerie is best known for their fluffy buns that are stuffed with a generous filling. The Black Sesame Bun ($1.70) comes filled with roasted ground black sesame seeds tossed with sugar, and encased within a soft and fragrant bun. The Pumpkin Bun ($2) is stuffed with a creamy pumpkin puree. Kids will definitely be enticed by the Milo Bun ($1.60), which comes with a crusty top of the chocolatey powder. Be sure to swing by after 6pm, because breads go at a discounted price then.
Unit number: #02-184/185
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6268 8728
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PUTIEN has been dishing out Fujian home-style food in Singapore for nearly two decades now. Decked out in their signature tiffany blue walls and wooden furnishing, the branch at Marina Square is a safe and solid choice for family meals.
Their signatures include Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon (10.90++) and Ca Fen (10.90++), a warm bowl of noodle soup with a pork-seafood base. The Deep-fried Squirrel Fish (39.90++) is deboned, crisped golden and smothered with a sweet tangy sauce.
Unit number: #02-205
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun & PH 11:30am to 4:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6336 4068
Have your fill at these Marina Square food places
Marina Square is easily accessible from City Hall, Esplanade and Promenade MRT Stations. Home to a wide variety of retail and lifestyle outlets, the mall lets you do plenty of post-meal shopping too!
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594