Newton food places with good grub
If you were to catch me with a friend or relative from overseas, chances are we would either be at Newton Food Centre or Chomp Chomp Food Centre. For the former, that’s pretty much the only time you’d finding me hanging out in the Newton area. Otherwise, I’ve always thought the place has nothing much to offer. That was until I decided to dig deep and look out for other food places aside from those in the food centre. Here are some eateries found near Newton MRT Station for the next time you find yourself there!
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For a #treatyourself cheat meal, check out Smiths’ Cod or Haddock and Chips ($23+). Those who like your fish to have a melt-in-your-mouth texture, I’d suggest going for the cod. If you can’t decide between the two kinds of fish, the cafe also serves Fish Cake And Chips ($14++), which is made from a mix of haddock and cod, potato, and flecked parsley. Other popular alternatives include Pork Chop Cutlet With Chips ($15+) and Sausage And Chips ($16.50+), where you can choose to have your sausage battered.
Address: 271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02, Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10:15pm
Tel: 6737 9313
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Back in my secondary school days, Waffletown was where I settled most of my meals at. Most days, I’d hop in to get their Single Scoop Ice Cream Waffle ($4.20) or Combo Waffle ($5.80), which comes with egg, ham, bacon, and sausage. Although the place specialises in waffles, an equally popular dish is Clucky Lucky Fried Chicken ($4.90 for two pieces). If you are looking for full meals, some value-for-money plates you can find include Black Pepper Steak ($7.80), BBQ Chilli Fish with Butter Rice ($7.80), and Super Value Meal ($6.20), which comes with a fried chicken leg, butter rice, sunny side up, and a soft drink.
Address: 271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-08, Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6836 6536
3. The Big Bird
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Started in 1998 with just three items on their menu, The Big Bird now serves more than 30 dishes. They specialise in Chicken Rice ($6.80), which also comes in double ($13.60) and triple ($20.40) portions for small groups. Similar to a zi char stall, The Big Bird also serves up a variety of seafood such as Chilli Prawn ($14), Assam Fishhead ($28), and Crab Bee Hoon ($48/$58). For something less common, you can try their Ayam Buah Keluak ($18) and Nyonya Popiah ($5.80)!
Address: 271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-07, Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10pm
Tel: 6734 6022
4. Thai’d Me Up
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Opened slightly more than a year ago, Thai’d Me Up is a cosy Thai restaurant helmed by a chef from Chiang Mai. Personal favourites here would be their Glass Noodle Salad ($13.90+), Minced Meat with Basil ($10.90+), and Pineapple Fried Rice ($12.90+), which comes topped with cashew nuts, raisins, and chicken floss. Other Thai classics that you can expect at this restaurant include Grilled Pork Collar ($16.90+), Tom Yum Goong ($14.90+), and Phad Thai ($12.90+)!
Address: 271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04, Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat 12pm to 12am, Sun 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6235 5110
5. Daily Affairs Dining & Bar
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A five-minute walk away from Newton MRT Station is Daily Affairs Dining & Bar, a cafe specialising in Asian-Western fusion cuisine. One of the top recommended dishes is their Sous Vide Chicken Laksa ($11.50) that comes in a clay pot packed with chicken, thick bee hoon, tau pok, bean sprouts, fishcakes, and thick gravy. Those looking for slightly healthier options can go for their Smoked Duck Salad with Soba ($12.50) or Atlantic Pink Salmon ($15.50), which is glazed with honey miso to give a hint of sweetness.
Address: 1 Anthony Road, #01-02, Cairnhill Community Club, Singapore 229944
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6262 4342
6. Indocafe – the white house
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While driving along Scotts Road, you’d definitely have taken notice of the elegant white building with a huge sign that reads Indocafe – the white house. Indocafe is a Peranakan restaurant that serves a wide variety of traditional dishes, from Indocafe Signature Kueh Pie Tee ($18++) to Organic Ayam Buah Keluak ($24++) and Assam Laksa ($9++). To finish off the meal, try their Bubur Cha Cha ($10++) and Pulut Hitam ($9++), as well as the interesting Chendol Panna Cotta ($12++), which is coconut pudding with green jelly, atap chee, red bean, and gula melaka.
Address: 35 Scotts Road, Singapore 228227
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6733 2656
7. The Song of India
If you prefer Indian food, hit up The Song of India that is located on the same street as Indocafe. This Michelin-starred restaurant is a posh one so do be prepared to splurge a little while you’re here! At $49++, you can try Song’s Art Palette, a seven-course menu that gives you tasting portions of most of the chef’s recommendations. Otherwise, some unique dishes that can be found on their a la carte menu include Laksa Chicken Kebab ($38++) and Tandoori Pepper Scallops ($34++)!
Address: 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6836 0055
8. Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine
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For a change from your usual dim sum restaurants, try Teochew food at Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine. A Teochew classic and also a signature dish of the restaurant is their Teochew Braised Duck ($32++ for half, $60++ for a whole duck). If you don’t have the numbers to finish half a duck, you can also order a single portion at $18++. Other side dishes to share would be their Deep Fried ‘Ngoh Hiang Rolls ($12++) and Teochew Pig’s Trotter Jelly ($12++).
Address: 190 Keng Lee Road, #01-02, Chui Huay Lim Club, Singapore 308409
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm
Tel: 6732 3637
Good food at any time of the day
If Newton has always been just a supper spot for you, these places can change your impression. Before Newton Food Centre comes alive in the evening, these eateries are where you can satisfy your belly even in the day! For those who are still craving for hawker food, we’ve also got you covered with these must-try stalls at Newton Food Centre.
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