Eat at these Tai Seng food places
Fun fact: I used to work at Tai Seng for close to two years. Then, one of my favourite places to eat was this quaint Korean restaurant which is now, sadly, permanently closed. Aside from the selection of rickety kopitiams, there are actually more great eats around the area. Check out these 10 Tai Seng food places that are easily accessible via the Circle Line.
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Look forward to Japanese-inspired pies at KobePi. Here, the house-made pies deliver a slice of comfort with their homey taste. While they may not be super cheap, the five-inch pies are generously packed to the brim, ensuring you get more filling than flaky crust. Our favourite is the Wasabi Seafood Pie ($9.90) and Teriyaki Toriniku Pie ($8.90). The latter reveals juicy chicken, celery, carrots, onions and shiitake mushrooms, all cooked in a moreish teriyaki sauce and accompanied by cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella.
2. Meat & Malts
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Situated beside Food Republic in BreadTalk IHQ is Meat & Malts. As its name implies, this gastrobar serves up meats and booze. A must-try is their Bourbon & Maple BBQ Pork Ribs ($18.80++). Slow-baked, the meat falls off the bone easily, and its housemade glaze is moreish and not too sweet. Wash it all down with a pint of beer; on tap are Heineken ($14++), Erdinger ($15++) and Guinness ($15++)
Address: 30 Tai Seng Street, #01-07, BreadTalk IHQ, Singapore, 534013
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 12am
Tel: 6909 0010
3. Claw Industry
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On the third floor of The Commerze is hidden Muslim-owned restaurant, Claw Industry. They do seafood buckets and offer a 1x Flavour Shell-Out ($17 per person), which includes crabs, prawns, squid, mussels, clams, corn, paella with garlic corn rice, and a choice of sauce. For the sauce, you get to choose from BBQ, Black Pepper, Cajun Creme and more.
Check out these other halal seafood bucket places in Singapore!
Address: 1 Irving Place, #03-01, Commerze @ Irving, Singapore 369546
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 3pm to 9pm
Tel: 9169 2268
4. Muslim Delights
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Join the fast-moving queue at Muslim Delights for their nasi padang. Each item on display is executed well, but if you have trouble deciding, we highly recommend their sambal goreng, sotong hitam and ayam masak merah. Don’t forget to request for a side of their sambal chilli!
Address: 117 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534834
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am to 9pm
Tel: 9633 0261
5. The Good Boys
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Refresh yourself with a glass of juice or fruit bowl at The Good Boys. Served in a heart-shaped wooden bowl, their TGB Super Bowls are a gorgeous sight. Aside from the usual Acai Bowl ($12), we recommend trying their signature Fruity Matcha Bowl ($12) that’s made with pineapple, matcha, baby spinach, mango and bananas, and finished off with seven healthy toppings. If healthy grub isn’t your thing, they also do thin crust pizzas, double patty burgers and savoury donuts.
Address: 1 Irving Place, #01-26, The Commerze Building, Singapore 369546
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 6pm
Tel: 8130 1083
6. Jie Bakery & Confectionary
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Jie Bakery & Confectionary legit does the fluffiest bread. One time, my 14-year-old cousin bought a loaf of their Rainbow Bread ($1.50 plain, $2.80 with spread) and ate it all under 10 minutes like it was cotton candy. Around since 1988, the breads here are made the traditional way; they are baked till they are burnt on the top, before someone deftly trims off the crusts.
Address: 123 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534837
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 11pm, Sun 10am to 11pm
Tel: 9818 8386
7. La Teh Cafe
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Hidden at the side of The Commerze building is La Teh Cafe. The small eatery reminds me of Hong Kong’s chaa chaan teng, with no-frills bites such as Nutella Toast ($2.50) and Luncheon Meat Burger ($4). A dish that’s simple yet comforting is their HK Noodles ($6.90), where curly dry mee is served with luncheon meat and fried egg.
Address: 1 Irving Place, #01-33, The Commerze, Singapore 369546
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 5:30pm, Sat 8am to 3:30pm
8. Flame Cafe
Head to halal-certified restaurant Flame Cafe for their Pagoda Steamboat Buffet. Prices start at $19.90+ for a deluxe weekday lunch, and comes with over 70 ingredients such as sliced beef and lamb. Included in the buffet is free-flowing iced Thai milk tea. Prices go up if you want to enjoy more premium items such as flower crab, king prawn, lobster, and mini pizza.
Check out our full review of Flame Cafe!
Address: 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Level 1, Singapore 534818
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 1am
Tel: 6282 0251
9. GLC Restaurant
If you’re still crying over the demise of Bugis’ Tong Seng Coffeeshop and their delicious halal Chinese zi char grub, you will be pleased to find this alternative: GLC Restaurant. This halal-certified zi char spot is popular for their Salted Egg Chicken Dice Rice ($5.50) and Hokkien Prawn Noodle ($5.50). Everything is done well, although we wish the Hokkien mee had more wok hei.
Check out our full review of GLC Restaurant!
Address: 121 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534836
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6581 9338
10. Everton Creamery
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You no longer have to travel down to Everton Park for Everton Creamery. Located at BreadTalk IHQ, cool down with a single scoop, which ranges between $4 and $4.80, depending on the flavour you pick. A popular flavour to order is Pistachio ($4.80), for its nutty tang.
Address: 30 Tai Seng Street, #02-01A, BreadTalk IHQ, Singapore 534013
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9436 3479
Travel down for these Tai Seng food spots
Bookmark this nifty food guide if you’re starting work at Tai Seng and need to know where to eat on your first few weeks. Alternatively, head down to these nearby Macpherson food places for more good nosh.