Best food in Orchard
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 on Singapore’s shopping belt, here’s our list of 22 low-key Orchard food gems!
Table of Contents
- Best food in Orchard
- 1. New Station Snack Bar
- 2. Da Shi Jia
- 3. Hans Im Gluck
- 4. My Favourite Cafe
- 5. I Want My Noodle
- 6. Kim Dae Mun
- 7. Nantsuttei
- 8. Gudsht
- 9. Mrs Pho House
- 10. Burgs by Project Warung
- 11. Mr Holmes Bakehouse
- 12. Sen-ryo
- 13. Porcelain Cafe
- 14. Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill
- 15. Tempura Tendon Tenya
- 16. TO.GO Soup
- 17. French Fold
- 18. FuFu Pot
- 19. Dont Yell At Me
- 20. Kra Pow Thai Restaurant
- 21. Puncak Best Noodles
- 22. Gyu Nami
- Where to eat in Orchard
1. New Station Snack Bar
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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
New Station Snack Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. 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
Da Shi Jia is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. 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: Daily 11am to 2am
Tel: 9750 1488
Hans Im Gluck is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. 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 5pm
Tel: 6734 6935
My Favourite Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. 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: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6235 2331
I Want My Noodle is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Kim Dae Mun
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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: Tue-Sun 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6737 6857
Kim Dae Mun is not a halal-certified eatery.
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 10pm
Tel: 6337 7166
Nantsuttei is not a halal-certified eatery.
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
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: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 9666 1357
Mrs Pho House is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Burgs by Project Warung
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 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
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. 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 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 8pm
Tel: 8907 7376
Porcelain Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill
For some Middle Eastern fare, check out Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill in Wheelock Place. Kebab lovers will enjoy the Shish Taouk ($28++), which features grilled chicken cubes on a skewer, served with saffron rice and salad. Patrons can add on the Homemade Harissa Chilli Sauce at an additional $2++.
The restaurant’s signature Sultan’s Delight ($42++) is also worth a shot. This classic Ottoman dish stars tender lamb cooked with fresh tomatoes and thyme in a stew, and is accompanied by smoky eggplant with cheese.
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #02-04/05, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6262 6400
Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill is a halal-certified eatery.
15. 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 uses no pork or lard.
16. TO.GO Soup
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If you’re ever in the Orchard area on a rainy day, treat yourself to a comforting bowl of soup. Head down to To.Go Soup, a quaint restaurant specialising in herbal soup that’s affordable, comforting, and delicious. Those who enjoy broths that are rich and peppery can go for the Lotus Root Pork-Ribs Soup ($6.80). Alternatively, we recommend the White Fungus Pig Stomach Chicken Soup ($6.80) for something filling yet clean-tasting.
Address: 150 Orchard Road, #01-150, Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 8892 0053
To.Go Soup is not a halal-certified eatery.
17. French Fold
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: Sun-Mon 9am to 10.30pm, Tue-Sat 9am to 11pm
French Fold is not a halal-certified eatery
18. FuFu Pot
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.
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Address: 68 Orchard Road, #06-07, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 11pm
Tel: 6250 2193
Fufu Pot is not a halal-certified eatery.
19. Dont Yell At Me
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: Sat-Thurs 11am to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 10:30pm
20. Kra Pow Thai Restaurant
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Kra Pow Thai Restaurant is where you can find affordable and tasty Thai food. They are best known for their Minced Pork Drunkard Noodle ($9.80+), which features stir-fried flat rice noodles with chunks of pork, basil, and Thai bird’s eye chilli. This dish is said to pack a punch, so if you can’t handle spice, we recommend going for the Chicken Chunk Thai Style Fried Rice ($8.60+) instead. Alternatively, the Crackling Pork Belly ($19.70+) comes highly recommended, as it stars crispy skin with thick, fatty layers of pork. Do note that there are limited portions of this dish served daily.
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-26/27, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228123
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6734 1946
Kra Pow Thai Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
21. Puncak Best Noodles
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For my fellow Muslim friends who would like to try Chinese cuisine, check out Puncak Best Noodles. This casual eatery has been open for several years, and many patrons claim that they have the cheapest and best halal noodles in Singapore—-just as their name suggests.
A must-try dish is the Honey Dew Chicken Noodle ($5), which we recommend accompanying with a side of Fried Wanton for $6. Besides noodles, you can also try the Claypot Rice, which comes in either seafood, chicken, or beef options from $7.60 onwards.
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-94, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: Wed-Fri, Sun-Mon 11:30am to 9pm, Sat 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6738 4348
Puncak Best Noodles is a halal-certified eatery.
22. Gyu Nami
At $10, you’ll score yourself an indulgent bowl of the Signature Wagyu Roast Beef Donburi at Gyu Nami. The beef is served medium-rare in large, tender slices, and is topped with a sous vide egg. You can make it a set meal at an additional $2, which comes with miso soup and mochi for dessert.
For a non-beef option, go for the Unagi Don ($12) instead. It sees a thick slab of unagi glazed in teriyaki sauce, paired with Japanese pearl rice.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #B2-06, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 8pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 8pm
Tel: 9684 3412
Gyu Nami is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat in Orchard
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!
This post was originally published on 27 June 2018.