Orchard Towers food
Singapore’s shopping district, Orchard Road, boasts trendy malls like ION Orchard and 313@Somerset. Tucked at the very end of this retail paradise is also Orchard Towers, a mall with a seedy history, but also affordable food that won’t bust a hole in your wallet. Read our Orchard Towers food guide for Thai food, nasi padang and more from $3.50. These make great dining options after a long day of shopping in the area.
1. Thai Tantric
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For affordable, no-frills Thai fare, check out Thai Tantric. Their Tom Yum Talay Thick Soup ($12) comprises prawns and fish, swimming in a tangy, spicy broth. Continue the seafood goodness with their Pla Muk Paad Prik Gaeng ($12), which sees squid stir-fried in Thai red curry sauce.
Meat-lovers can opt for the Moo Dad Diew ($12) with crispy deep-fried pork, or the Nua Paad Prik Thai Dum ($12) for tender, peppery beef slices.
Unit number: #03-44
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9625 7523
Thai Tantric is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Korat Thai Cafe
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Another place to get comfort Thai food is Korat Thai Cafe. Start with a Raw Prawn Salad ($11.90) to refresh your palate. For mains, their Signature Crispy Omelette (from $7.90) is a must, and comes with a customisable protein of chicken, beef, or prawns.
If you’re not keen on eating zi char style, they also offer single-portion meals like Pineapple Fried Rice (from $6.50) and Thai Style Beef Noodles ($5.50).
Do note that they’re closed every second and fourth Monday of the month.
Unit number: #03-28
Opening hours: Daily 12:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6736 2282
Korat Thai Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Cafe Supunsa Thai Cuisine
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We continue the Thai food hype with Cafe Supunsa Thai Cuisine. Get the chef-recommended Pad Grapow Lard Kao ($8), an iconic Thai dish with stir-fried basil and a protein of your choice, atop white rice.
They’re also known for Cafe Supunsa’s Signature Deep Fried Chicken (from $6) which comes in a platter of six or 12, and makes for a moreish side. Wash everything down with a light Tom Chuet Tofu Soup (from $12), a clear vegetable broth with tofu.
Unit number: #02-36
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6737 0223
Cafe Supansa Thai Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Senor Taco
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You might have seen Senor Taco around Clarke Quay, but they also have an outlet within Orchard Towers, with a slightly cheaper menu.
Get Fish Baja-style ($8++), a plate of tacos, to share. It’s got beer-battered fish nestled within corn tortillas, and chipotle-mayo sauce on top. If you have a bigger appetite, opt for the Tenderloin Quesadillas ($11++), starring 100-day grain-fed Angus beef, and melty cheese.
Unit number: #01-06
Opening hours: Sun-Mon 6pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 6pm to 2am
Tel: 6337 6376
Senor Taco is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. The Drunken Poet
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Hidden away on the first floor of Orchard Towers is The Drunken Poet, an Irish pub with drinks and scrumptious bar bites.
Sink your teeth into the Poet’s Burger ($22++), consisting of juicy beef, bacon, and all the fixings. It’s sure to make a hearty meal alongside your preferred alcoholic beverage. They also do roasts, such as the Traditional Irish Roast Beef ($28++), with Yorkshire pudding and whisky-spiked brown gravy on the side. If you’re here with a group of friends, order the Buffalo Wings ($15++) to share.
Unit number: #01-29C
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 3pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6734 2924
The Drunken Poet is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Chopstix & Rice
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Workers in the area may be familiar with Chopstix & Rice, a lunch spot for affordable nasi padang. A plate with rice and three dishes will set you back at about $6, cheap especially in the Orchard area, where most meals cost upwards of $20. What’s more, they’re halal-certified.
Choose from a plethora of dishes including flavourful beef rendang, creamy bergedil and crunchy lady’s fingers.
Unit number: #B1-02
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 8pm
Tel: 9681 1966
Chopstix & Rice is a halal-certified eatery.
7. ISLE Eating House
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Yet another popular grub spot for nearby workers is ISLE Eating House, serving up a wide variety of dishes ranging from starchy Lor Mee ($3.50) to comforting Prawn Mee Soup ($3.80).
They also do cai png. A plate with two meat and one veg costs around $3.50, though prices can be slightly higher for specialty proteins like prawn paste chicken.
Unit number: #B1-07
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 8pm
Tel: 6836 3887
ISLE Eating House is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat at Orchard Towers
Get past the dingy appearance of the mall and you’ll find a pocket of affordable eateries in town. From hearty nasi padang to comfort Thai food, Orchard Towers has got your cravings covered.