Eat at these Punggol food spots
Update: Inspirit House has permanently closed.
Born and bred in Bedok, I was surrounded by a bunch of great eats for close to 25 years. Seriously, my house was directly opposite Fengshan Bedok 85 Market, while my school was just two bus stops away from Simpang Bedok and all these Tanah Merah food places. So when I moved to Punggol, I was ready to eat home-cooked food daily. That was until I found out about these 18 Punggol food places that made me think my new hood isn’t so bad after all.
1. Izakaya 95
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Hidden at the second storey of Punggol Settlement is Izakaya 95. The no-frills izakaya allows you to bask in the gorgeous sunset, while savouring on yakitori and other Japanese grub. Their Japanese BBQ is a must, and highly recommended are the Chicken Meat Skewer ($3+) and the Chicken Skin Skewer ($3+). For revellers, they have a selection of sake and Japanese whiskies to go with your meal.
Address: 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-05, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm to 12am, Fri 5pm to 1am, Sat 1pm to 1am, Sun 1pm to 12am
Tel: 6384 1132
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2. Inspirit House
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For a buzzing good time, check out Inspirit House at The Punggol Settlement. The gastrobar serves up Asian-Western nosh such as Pork Loin Steak ($24.90++). Sitting on a bed of fluffy mash and caramelised apple sauce, the succulent pork was grilled then baked, resulting in a buttery texture. An interesting dish is the Truffle Chow Mien ($14.90++) that uses KL noodles, which is coated in an earthy-spicy sauce.
3. White Restaurant
White Restaurant has come a long way since starting out as The Original Sembawang White Bee Hoon in Sembawang. The former zi char eatery has since rebranded themselves as a slightly more up-scale restaurant, but still serves up delicious plates of their famous white bee hoon. If you’re feeling a bit more indulgent, be sure to try their Crab White Bee Hoon (seasonal price) that comes with fresh Sri Lanka mud crab.
4. Georges by the Bay
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Inspired by Balinese bistros, Georges by the Bay is a casual bistro pub that serves up hearty fare at reasonable prices. It offers a breathtaking view of the Punggol waterfront, making it a nice place to chill out with your family and friends over the weekend. For food options, make sure to include a portion of the Guinness Beef Stew ($22.90++). This British classic features slow-cooked beef cubes that are tenderly braised together with a potent brew of Guinness stout.
5. Trunk 95 at Bay Seaside Thai Cuisine
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Trunk 95 at Bay Seaside Thai Cuisine serves up Thai food in a lush and comfortable setting. It’s also awarded with the “Thai Select” award, a prestigious seal of approval by the Thai Government after their representatives have anonymously dined at the restaurant. The Red Base Tom Yum Soup ($16++) lets diners choose from prawn, seafood, or chicken and comes with a tangy and spicy kick that’s oh-so-addictive.
6. Huang Hong Ji Porridge
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Food in Punggol does not have to be gimmicky, there are still a couple of value-for-money places that offer the same no-frills experience. Huang Hong Ji Porridge is one of them and their Signature Porridge ($4) is pretty special, thanks to the addition of crispy deep-fried pork intestines. They also have an economical bee hoon section that promises a filling breakfast or lunch.
Address: Blk 269A Punggol Field, #01-197, Singapore 822269
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 3pm, 5pm to 8pm, Sat-Sun 7am to 3pm
Tel: 9006 1071
7. Lau Wang Claypot Delights
Being a new estate also means that there are only a few famous stores around. Luckily for Punggol residents, Lau Wang Claypot Delights can be found in their neighbourhood. This popular joint is a well known name amongst those living in Serangoon and they now have another branch at Oasis Terraces. The store is renowned for its claypot dishes, and tends to attract long queues. My personal favourite here is a simple but delicious serving of Sesame Chicken ($5.80/$7.80) that features juicy pieces of bite-sized chicken that are cooked in a savoury dark-brown sauce.
Address: 681 Punggol Drive, #01-15, Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9:15pm
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Tampopo is an established Japanese restaurant with four outlets that are all conveniently located in the center of Singapore. However, they also have a branch that’s housed inside the modern Oasis Terraces. Their Hokkaido Spicy Ramen ($17.90++) is a must-order, and is a well-balanced meal that comes with a thick slab of pork tonkatsu.
Address: 681 Punggol Drive, #02-24, Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6909 7850
9. Rise & Grind Coffee Co.
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Those looking for a cuppa coffee or a spot to chill out over the entire afternoon should put Rise & Grind Coffee Co. on their list. This cosy cafe serves up locally-roasted coffee and a variety of Western fare such as burgers and pizzas. Their mains such as Mushroom Chicken Chop ($10.80+) come in large portions, and features a side of fries and salad to go with the juicy piece of boneless chicken thigh.
10. Lao Jiang Superior Soup
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Those who visit Malaysia often might be familiar with the comforting seafood soups that the locals enjoy. Lao Jiang Superior Soup offers the same experience and pushes out bowls of their seafood-based soup at Oasis Terraces. The Superior Ipoh Horfun ($9.50) might sound a little pricey, but comprises seven different ingredients that include the likes of grouper slices, fish maw, and even abalone.
Address: 681 Punggol Drive, #01-42/43, Singapore 821669
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6244 0219
11. Seoul Good
Punggol East’s container park is a gem for good food. And one store to look out for is Seoul Good. The Korean eatery comes with scrummy K-dishes such as Beef Spicy Bulgogi Fries ($7.90+) and Myeongdong Chicken Balls with Rice ($9.90+). For dessert, cool down with their Oreo With Ice Cream Milk Nase Bingsu ($17.90+), where a mountain of milky shavings come crowned with Oreo crumbs, banana slices, a scoop of chocolate ice cream and an Oreo biscuit.
Check out our full review of Seoul Good!
Address: 50 Punggol East, #01-K36, Singapore 828826
Opening hours: Daily 4pm to 10pm
12. Big Fish Small Fish
Even on weekday nights, Big Fish Small Fish is always teeming with customers. When you’re here, order their Dory ($8.80+), which comes with a huge, chunky fish fillet and a paper cone overflowing with thinly cut potato crisps. If you are a fan of crispy calamari rings, the Fried Calamari ($8.80+) might interest you. Be sure to help yourself to the free-flowing sauces available, including cheese and salted egg!
Check out our full review of Big Fish Small Fish!
13. Whisk & Paddle
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Overlooking Punggol Reservoir is Whisk & Paddle. An established joint for Punggol food, whether it’s brunch or dinner, this space is a hot spot among those living in the North-East thanks to its gorgeous view and delicious food. From their all-day breakfast menu are items such as Eggs Benedict ($14.80++) and Waffle With Sea Salt Butter And Syrup ($10.80++).
Address: 10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6242 4617
14. Uncle Leong Seafood
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There are several seafood zi char stores in Punggol, but Uncle Leong Seafood at Tebing Lane is widely recognised as one of the better ones. Prices here are reasonable, and they are particularly known for whipping up a tasty serving of Chilli Crab (seasonal price). There’s also another fancier outlet at Waterway Point called Uncle Leong Signatures, but the one at Tebing Lane is more affordable and offers the same dishes.
Address: 6 Tebing Lane, #01-03, Singapore 828835
Opening hours: Daily 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Tel: 6441 1848
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The fried chicken scene in Singapore hasn’t been the same since the Philippines’ largest fried chicken chain, Jollibee, entered in 2003. Since then, they have expanded across the island and Punggol is the only outlet that’s on the North-East line. Their juicy and amazingly crispy fried chicken are a hit among all ages, and popular sets for single diners include the 2-pc Chickenjoy w/Rice set ($6.95) and 1-pc Chickenjoy w/Jolly Spaghetti set ($6.95).
Address: 83 Punggol Central, #B2-06, Waterway Point, Singapore 828761
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
16. Buddy Hoagies Cafe & Grill
Located on the top floor of Punggol Waterway Point, next to the mall’s playground that has both a wet and dry zone, Buddy Hoagies Cafe & Grill offers a simple and uncomplicated Western dining experience. Hearty meaty mains are the name of the game here, and dishes such as Mushroom Steak ($15.50++ for 180g, $18.50++ for 250g) and Ribeye Steak ($16.50++ for 180g, $20.50++ for 250g) are hot favourites. The latter is a value-for-money option that lets you choose two free sides from a decent selection of coleslaw, onion rings, fries, baked potato, and vegetables.
Address: 83 Punggol Central, #02-22, Waterway Point, Singapore 828761
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6385 8328
17. Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi is by far, the most popular eatery at Waterway Point. Its affordable sushi tends to draw a long line at any time of the day, and they’re especially popular among the younger crowd. My go-to dish here is the Dai Man Zoku range of sushi. They’re approximately 1.5 times bigger than the regular ones, making it a fun experience to pop everything in one bite. Each piece is priced at $1.90++, and some of my favourites in this range include the Jumbo Ebi Fry and Maguro Tataki.
18. Dai Lou
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Food in Punggol can also be found in Marina Country Club. You’ll need to drop off at Samudera LRT station to get to Dai Lou. This Cantonese-style zi char restaurant is known for their signature Dai Lou’s Money Bag ($53.90). It’s an Asian-spin on the Cajun seafood dish, with prawns, mussels, clams, crab meat and corn doused in black pepper, salted egg yolk or tomato sauce. They also have an al fresco area facing the sea serving up Lok Lok ($0.50 per stick) and booze.
Address: 11 Northshore Drive, #01-0R, Marina Country Club, Singapore 828670
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2am
Tel: 6920 7494
Visit these Punggol food gems
Whoever said Punggol doesn’t have any food hasn’t really searched the area yet. Grab a bike and cycle around this neighbourhood for great eats!
This article was originally written by Katie Boon and published on 4 December 2018.
It was updated by Suphon Liao on 15 July 2020.