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20 Low-Key Orchard Food Gems To Impress Your Friends At Your Next Gathering

26th January 2022

Orchard food

Meeting up with my friends in Orchard for a meal used to mean eating at Genki Sushi. But as the food writer among my group of friends, they started asking me for recommendations instead. If you’re always looking out for new places to dine at on Singapore’s shopping belt, here’s our list of 20 low-key Orchard food gems!

1. New Station Snack Bar

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Image credit: @imsohhungry

Nothing seems to go wrong with salted egg yolk, and New Station Snack Bar does a smashing version of Salted Egg Pork Rice ($7). Redolent of curry leaves, the creamy and savoury sauce adds depth to the juicy fried chicken. Don’t worry about the dish being jelak, as the hints of chilli padi cut through the rich gravy with a fiery kick. If you aren’t a salted egg fan, they’ve also got a signature Marmite Chicken Rice ($6.50) and other zi char dishes.

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-95, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 11:30am to 9pm, Sat 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6734 2862

2. Da Shi Jia

Orchard Food - Da Shi Jia

Seafood white bee hoon is a dish most of us have heard of or tried at least once in our life. Da Shi Jia has changed the game by adding big prawns into white bee hoon that is simmered in prawn stock. For $18.80, you can get yourself a plate of their Wok-Fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon.

Expect three fleshy and springy big prawns, drenched in a flavour-packed gravy that comes with strong wok hei. One more good thing is that you’re able to request for a small dish of pork lard to give your white bee hoon an extra oomph.

Check out our Da Shi Jia review!

Address: 89 Killiney Road, Singapore 239534
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6732 1085

3. Hans Im Gluck

Orchard Food - Hans Im Gluck

Hans Im Gluck is a burger-and-bar joint that hails all the way from Germany, adding some variety to your Orchard food options. Bearing the restaurant’s name, the Hans Im Gluck ($21++) is one of their most popular burgers. A juicy grass-fed beef patty, slices of Parma ham, a mountain of rocket leaves, and Parmesan cheese shavings are sandwiched between two multigrain buns. If you’ve got a non-meat-eating friend, you’d be glad to know that they have a range of vegan, and vegetarian burgers as well!

Check out our Hans Im Gluck review!

Address: 362 Orchard Road, International Building, Singapore 238887
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10am to 11pm, Wed 10am to 4am, Thurs-Sun 7am to 4am
Tel: 9750 1488

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4. My Favourite Cafe

Orchard Food - My Favourite Cafe

While I often pop by 313 Somerset and ION Orchard, I seldom visit Lucky Plaza. But that is not the case now with the discovery of My Favourite Cafe.

Have your own pick of ingredients for your bowl of yong tau foo, before you’re charged accordingly. One thoughtful gesture by the chefs is that they’ll put your deep-fried ingredients in a separate bowl to prevent it from turning soggy in the soup. Like most yong tau foo stalls, My Favourite Cafe offers both soup and dry versions. The fried meatballs and braised mushrooms are must-haves here!

Check out our My Favourite Cafe review!

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #06-046/047, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 3pm
Tel: 6734 6935

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5. I Want My Noodle

Orchard Food - I Want My Noodle

Another low-key but good restaurant to check out in town is I Want My Noodle, which serves up Indonesian bak mie. Some of their interesting dishes are My Lor Bah Noodle ($13.90) and My Truffle Oil Noodle ($10.90). The former comes with a gigantic slab of Japanese-style braised pork belly, while the latter wafts with the aroma of truffle oil, matched with their springy noodles.

Check out our I Want My Noodle review!

Address: 1 Scotts Road, 03-14/15, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208|
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11am to 9pm, Thurs 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6235 2331

6. Kim Dae Mun

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Image credit: @low_winnie

Yet another lesser-known locale along Orchard Road, you may have walked past Concorde Hotel on your way to Plaza Singapura. Here lies Kim Dae Mun, an affordable Korean joint run by a whole family of Koreans! The Bibimbap here is priced at just $9, and their Tender Sliced Beef is $11.

Top up $1.50 to get a bowl of red bean rice, rather than plain white. If you like Korean pancakes, the Garlic & Chives Pancake at Kim Dae Mun costs only $4.50!

Address: 100 Orchard Road, #01-03A, Concorde Hotel, Singapore 238840
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6737 6857

7. Nantsuttei

Orchard Food - Nantsuttei

Although I’m a huge fan of ramen, I don’t eat it frequently as the prices at most popular ramen shops can easily go over my budget. When the cravings hit, however, Japanese ramen restaurant Nantsuttei saves the day with their affordable Nantsuttei Ramen ($12++). The broth at Nantsuttei is slightly darker and bears a strong garlic flavour. Even at such an affordable price, you can expect a decent portion of ramen with chashu.

Check out our Nantsuttei review!

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #07-12/13, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6337 7166

8. Gudsht

Decked out in neon lights and colourful murals, Gudsht is a Japanese-inspired bar and restaurant concept boasting affordable booze and bites. Start off with their classic Curry Karaage Don ($10.90+), which has three levels of spice to choose from. For those who prefer noodles, opt for Udon ($11.90+) instead. Pair your meals with their Jim Beam Highballs, available by the tower ($49+) or glass ($8+).

Check out our Gudsht review here!

Address: 8 Grange Rd, #01-04, Orchard Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10:30pm
Tel: 8683 3052
GudSht is not a halal-certified eatery.

9. Mrs Pho House

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Mrs Pho House is the place to go if you want to eat authentic Vietnamese food. Prawns, shallots, crushed peanuts, and a leafy mint garnish the visually appealing Pomelo Salad ($18+). The prawn crackers served also go well with the salad. For something more filling, go for the classic Bun Cha ($15.90+), which comes with rice vermicelli, grilled pork and meatballs, lettuce, fish sauce, and pickled vegetables on the side.

Check out our Mrs Pho House review here!

Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-36A, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 9666 1357
Mrs Pho House is not a halal-certified eatery.

10. Burgs by Project Warung

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Burgs by Project Warung, a popular Muslim-owned burger restaurant, has opened an outlet at 313@Somerset. Here they serve their regular menu as well as exclusive items that are only available at this location. Get their Burgs’ Cheese Fries ($4.90), which come with a chilli con carne sauce similar to bolognese. If you love fish, you can also get the Salmon Roll ($11.90) or the Crispy Fish Burger ($7.90/$10.90).

Check out our Burgs by Project Warung review here!

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #05-01/02/03, Stall 25, Food Republic, 313@somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Burgs by Project Warung is a halal-certified eatery. 

11. Mr Holmes Bakehouse

Mr Holmes Bakehouse - cruffins

Mr Holmes Bakehouse is a must-visit if you enjoy cruffins or croissants. They first opened in San Francisco in 2014, and expanded to Singapore in July 2021. There are plenty of options here, including Singapore’s exclusive Yellowpink ($7.50++) croissant, which features mildly sweet curd and ruby chocolate stripes. There are three sandwich options if you prefer something savoury: Tomato & Pesto Melt ($13++), Bacon Habanero ($13++), and Pulled Pork ($16++).

Check out our Mr Holmes Bakehouse review here!

Address: 9 Scotts Road, #01-01/02/03, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Tel: 6334 0308
Mr Holmes is not a halal-certified eatery

12. Sen-ryo

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Known for their affordable yet high quality Japanese fare, Sen-ryo is a restaurant chain that first launched in Tochigo before expanding to Hong Kong and Singapore. Their lunch menu starts at a reasonable price of $15.80++. For a more upscale dining experience, consider the Sen-ryo Premium Bento ($23.80++), which includes an assortment of premium assorted items, miso soup, and rice. To make your own maki roll, get the Sen-ryo DIY Hokkaido Uni ($58++), which comes with fresh uni, ikura pearls, and cucumber.

Check out our Sen-ryo review here!

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #03-14, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6974 6782
Sen-ryo is not a halal-certified eatery.

13. Rabbit & Fox

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Rabbit & Fox not only offers cafe-style food in Orchard, but also has bubble tea on the menu to curb your cravings. Try their Teapresso (from $3.60), brewed to order using a special tea machine. You get to choose from five tea bases: assam black, jasmine green, huangjin gui, roasted oolong, and osmanthus oolong tea. To go along with the drinks, there are plenty of brunch options to choose from, including Rabbit’s Salad ($9.90), which comes with a mix of raw greens and vegetables dressed in a truffle sauce. For something more hearty, go for the Pork Bratwurst Rosti ($15.90), which features a hefty pork sausage and cheese-crusted rosti.

Check out our Rabbit & Fox review here!

Address: 160 Orchard Road, #K-02/03, OG Orchard Point, Singapore 238842
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 9am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 9am to 10pm
Rabbit & Fox is not a halal-certified eatery.

14. Porcelain Cafe


Porcelain Cafe is not your average acai store; here, they serve aesthetically pleasing acai bowls that scream Instagram-worthy. Their best seller, Unicorn Dreams ($24), comes with a bright pink hue thanks to the blend of dragon fruit and coconut yoghurt. It also comes topped with orange acerola sorbet—a type of cherry that’s native to South America, known for its high Vitamin C content. You can also go for the Starry Galaxy ($24), which is the only smoothie bowl on the menu containing their signature organic acai pulp.

Check out our Porcelain Cafe review here!

Address: 290 Orchard Road, #04-48, The Paragon, Singapore 238859
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm
Tel: 8907 7376
Porcelain Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.

15. Menbaka Fire Ramen

menbaka ramen new restaurants april 2021

Menbaka Fire Ramen is one to visit if you’re looking for a unique dining experience. Here, the chefs perform a dramatic fireshow, blasting fire into the ramen bowls of ramen right in front of the diners. As a result, the charred scallions on top give off a smoky aroma to the broth. The Shoyu Fire Ramen ($17.90++) is made with a 220-year old blend of shoyu imported from Japan, and the broth is stewed with dried fish for an umami aftertaste. For those who are looking for vegetarian options, they have a Vegetarian Fire Ramen ($16.90++), which is said to be clean-tasting with a slight herbal taste.

Check out our Menbaka Fire Ramen review here!

Address: 8 Grange Road, #05-03, Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm
Tel: 9459 9926
Menbaka is not a halal-certified eatery.

16. Tempura Tendon Tenya


Tempura Tendon Tenya takes pride in serving high-quality tempura rice bowls at reasonable prices. It is also semi-automated as they use a robot server as opposed to actual servers. Begin with the Tenya Tendon ($8.50), which combines Aomori Masshigura rice and their signature tare sauce. You can also get the Tori Tendon ($9.90), which is a Singapore-exclusive dish that includes karaage, chicken breast tempura, pumpkin, sweet potato, and a tempura soft-boiled egg.

Check out our Tempura Tendon Tenya review here!

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #B1-01, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm (last order at 9:30pm)
Tel: 6509 6838
Tempura Tendon Tenya is not a halal-certified eatery, but their food contains no pork or lard.

17. #ricesando Tokyo

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Sandos are popular right now, and #ricesando Tokyo offers a unique twist on the traditional sando. Their rice sandos, also known as onigirazu, are made with seaweed rather than bread to hold the fillings. Get their Teri-Mayo Chicken ($5.80), which features a large chunk of grilled chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce for a sweet aftertaste. Make the most of your money by ordering the Una-Gyu ($8.20), which includes slices of pork belly, two slices of unagi, and tamagoyaki.

Check out our #ricesando Tokyo review here!

Address: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-45, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
The #ricesando Tokyo is not a halal-certified eatery. 

18. French Fold

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After opening their first outlet at Telok Ayer, French Fold brings their crepes and galettes to their second outlet, which is located in Orchard. You’ll definitely be spoiled for choice dining here, as they have over 20 items on the menu. For classics, go for the No. 4 ($17), which has sauteed mushrooms, ham, Comte, and a sunny side-up. If you’re into desserts, get their No. 13 ($7), made with French butter and sprinkled with brown sugar and lemon zest.

Check out our French Fold review here!

Address: 390 Orchard Road, #01-02, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 10:30pm
French Fold is not a halal-certified eatery

19. FuFu Pot

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FuFu Pot is not your typical traditional hotpot; rather, it’s a modern take with Asian-inspired flavours. A signature hotpot flavour on the menu is their White Curry ($19.90), filled with an assortment of seafood. Opt for the Stinky Tofu ($24.90) if you’re up for something different, as the broth has been steeped in marinated stinky tofu. This savoury dish comes with a variety of seafood and Angus beef shabu.

Check out FuFu Pot opening here!

Address: 68 Orchard Road, #06-07, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6250 2193
Fufu Pot is not a halal-certified eatery.

20. Dont Yell At Me

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Take a break from all of the food in Orchard and indulge with Dont Yell At Me’s drinks. This quirky bubble tea cafe, originally a pop-up store in Taipei, has expanded to multiple outlets internationally. Their best seller, Winter Melon Chrysanthemum Tea With Sweet Potato and Taro Pearls ($5.60), is known for its light and refreshing aftertaste with a hint of floral notes from the chrysanthemum. For an IG-worthy shot, get their Cherry Blossom Thé Au Lait ($7.50)—a three-layered drink exclusive to their Singapore outlet. 

Check out our Dont Yell At Me review here!

Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #02-24/12A, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

Orchard food options

If your friends ever pass you the baton to choose a place for dinner in town, this list will help you sort the meal out. For more Orchard food options, check out our guide to ION Orchard food, or guide to dining at Plaza Singapura!

Plaza Singapura Food Guide: 15 Places For DIY Pancakes, Wagyu Steaks And More

This post was originally published on 27 June 2018.

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