Thomson Plaza Food Guide: 15 Places For Chirashi Don, Collagen Hotpot And More
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15 Thomson Plaza Food Places For 1-For-1 Chirashi Don, Cheap Dim Sum Buffet And More

26th August 2021

Thomson Plaza Food Guide

When I was growing up, Thomson Plaza was a place for tuition classes and nothing more. It was almost like a forgotten mall, as not a single soul could be seen. Fast forward to present day, this mall has come back to life—thanks to its newly renovated interior and extensive selection of food. 

From cheap chirashi don to collagen hotpot, and Peranakan chicken curry to lu rou fan, here are 15 Thomson Plaza food places for you to choose from. 

1. Omoté

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Omoté, formerly known as Sushiro, is known for serving a multitude of fresh and affordable Japanese fare. If you are spoilt for choice, try their renowned chirashi don, which comes in 11 different varieties. Go for their classic Omote Chirashi ($12.80++), for a simple but moreish meal. If not, feast on the Second-Gen Mount Chirashi ($38.80++) with your dining partner. This toothsome rice bowl comes with a mountain of assorted seafood so packed that it can feed more than two. 

If sashimi is not for you, Omote also offers a range of fully-cooked mains such as Garlic Yakiniku Don ($18.80++), Salmon Belly Teriyaki Don ($25.80++) and more. Do remember to reserve a spot before heading down to avoid the queue!

Unit number: #03-24A 
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am to 1:30pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am to 1:30pm, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 9450 1020
Omote is not a halal-certified eatery. 

2. IKURA Japanese

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It is rare to find a restaurant that has daily in-house promotions all year round, and IKURA Japanese is one of them. Situated at the entrance of Thomson plaza, this Japanese izakaya welcomes you with its red lanterns decor and multiple posters, displaying their 1-for-1 deals and weekly sake promotions. 

Head down on Mondays with a dining buddy and enjoy their 1-for-1 Bara Chirashi Don ($15+). This bowl features a variety of toppings: diced sashimi, tamago and cucumbers, topped with a generous scoop of ikura and tobiko. If you are a fan of Japanese donburi, visit on Thursdays for their 1-for-1 Salmon Ikura Don ($15+), or Saturdays for their 1-for-1 Unagi Don ($24+).

Unit number: #01-43
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 6253 2792
IKURA is not a halal-certified eatery.

3. Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen

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Helmed by Singapore’s first tonkatsu chef, Tan-San, Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen boasts an authentic yet affordable Japanese menu. As the name suggests, they are known for their tonkatsu and ramen items. Purists can opt for the Premium Pork Loin, which either comes in a set ($22.90++) or as an a la carte ($18.50++) option. The former includes an appetiser, a bowl of miso soup,  free-flow rice and cabbage, and slices of watermelon to end the meal on a refreshing note. 

If you can’t pick between tonkatsu and ramen, opt for Hajime’s Tonkatsu Ramen ($15.90++). This dish includes a rich tonkatsu base broth, with specially made Nama noodles, and a portion of crispy tonkatsu on the side. 

Unit number: #01-110
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11pm
Tel: 6253 2792
Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen is not a halal-certified eatery.

4. Tsukada Nojo

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Another Japanese restaurant to consider in Thomson Plaza is Tsukada Nojo, best known for their Bijin Nabe, AKA golden chicken collagen soup. 

If you are a fan of hotpot, and a first-timer to Tsukada Nojo, stick to their Bijin Nabe Set ($25++ per person) to enjoy a fool-proof concoction. This set comes with a soup base of your choice, a spread of fixed vegetables, meatballs, and four condiments to pair with your meal. 

However, if you are looking to enjoy their collagen soup without burning a hole in your pocket, opt for their selection of Beauty Collagen Ramen. For something simple, try their Bijin Men Shio ($16++) or Bijin Men Shoyu ($16++), which includes slices of chicken, a runny onsen egg, and a spoonful of bean sprouts in a milky broth. Alternatively, go for their Bijin Tan Tan Men ($18++) for a fiery kick. 

Unit number: #03-50
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tsukada Nojo is not a halal-certified eatery.

5. Tingkat PeraMakan

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For a comforting and homey meal, consider Tingkat PeraMakan for authentic Peranakan fare. Their menu sees a comprehensive range of mains, soups, vegetables, proteins, and desserts that are perfect for sharing.

Signature dishes include Ayam Buah Keluak ($10.80++), Beef Rendang ($11.80++), and Ikan Garam Assam ($13.80++). Complement the robust flavours with additional portions of Nyonya Chap Chye ($6.80++) and Chinchalok omelette ($5.80++). If you are dining alone, fret not, as these items are also available in their set menu. All you have to do is select one main, two side dishes, one drink, and a dessert, all for just under $16.80++!

Unit number: #03-43
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6291 3474
Tingkat PeraMakan is not a halal-certified eatery.

6. Xi Men Jie

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If you are hankering for a Taiwanese meal, head down to Xi Men Jie, which offers an extensive selection of Taiwanese food. Ranging from mee sua to rice bowls, and Taiwanese street snacks to milk tea, a  visit here will certainly fix your cravings! 

Priced at $6++ a bowl, their range of mee sua comes with either oysters, clams, crabmeat or shredded chicken. If not, the classic and all-time favourite, Signature Braised Pork Rice ($6.50++), is also available. You can add the Signature Crispy Chicken Cutlet ($6++) on the side and end on a sweet note with a cup of Milk Tea ($2.60++).

Unit number: #01-K9
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6255 1400
Xi Men Jie is not a halal-certified eatery.

7. Na Na Curry

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First started as a humble hawker stall in 1989, Na Na Curry has since expanded to eight more outlets across Singapore, including their latest branch in Holland Village. Through the years, they have been recognised by many media outlets, including the Michelin Guide Singapore. 

As their name suggests, they are best known for their rich and fiery curry. So while you’re there, try their signature curry, which comes with fish (from $28.90++), chicken ($8.90/$14.90++), or mutton ($11/90/$18.90++). This curry will favour the ones who have a high tolerance for spice as it is said to pack a punch. 

For non-spicy lovers, fret not as Na Na Curry also has a range of non-spicy dishes for you to share with your friends and family. Popular dishes include Chye Poh Beancurd ($9.90/$12.90++), Signature dishes Salted Egg Chicken ($10.90/$14.90++), Pork Floss Prawn ($14.90/$19.90++) and more. If you are planning to have carbs on the side, simply top up $1.20 for a bowl of rice. 

Unit number: #01-107
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 9640 2326
NANA Curry is not a halal-certified eatery.

8. San Ren Xing

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San Ren Xing is a family-style restaurant that serves a slew of Fujian and Sichuan-style dishes. Go straight for their signature item and crowd favourite, Braised Nanping Noodles ($11.90++). It’s served in a pot of seafood, pork, and vegetables, submerged in a cloudy broth. This dish is foolproof and definitely a must-try, as many customers have returned just to get their hands on this pot of noodles.

While you are there, consider adding on the Stir-fried Cabbage with Pork Strips ($16.90++) and SzeChuan Style Spicy Chicken ($24.90++) for a more substantial meal. If you are feeling lost on what to order, opt for San Ren Xing’s set meals that can feed two ($59.90++), four ($89.90++), and six ($148.90++) people. 

Unit number: #01-122/123
Opening hours: Daily 11.00am-3pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
Tel: 6970 2128
San Ren Xing is not a halal-certified eatery. 

9. Hokkaido-ya

Hokkaido Ya Aburi mentai

Opened by Sushi Tei, Hokkaido-ya is a fast-casual and wallet-friendly restaurant. Although the menu is priced affordably, Hokkaido-ya ensures that the quality and quantity of each dish is not compromised.

We recommend trying their Aburi Mentai Bara Chirashi Don ($14.90+) for an assortment of sashimi, dressed with beautifully torched mentai. Otherwise, go for the Shirobuta Pork Katsu Hokkaido White Curry Rice ($12.90+). Thanks to the addition of Hokkaido milk, the white curry is milky and creamy as compared to the usual Japanese curry we are used to. This dish will surely be a hit with the kids! 

Check out our Hokkaido-Ya review!

Unit number: #03-49
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6254 0010
Hokkaido-ya is not a halal-certified eatery. 

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10. Kong Cafe

Kong cafe chicken and waffle

Relatively new to Thomson Plaza is Kong Cafe. After its successful first launch in Bukit Timah, Kong Cafe has since expanded and landed on Thomson shores! This new outlet features exclusive items such as the Thomson Waffle ($23), Rainbow Cake & Coffee ($9.80) and many more to come. It’s also said to have new weekly promotions, so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for more updates. 

In the meantime, consider their signature dishes—Bulgogi Bagel ($18.80), Bulgogi Beef Ramyun ($15), and 10 Wings in Signature Honey Butter Sauce ($20)—to share. If you’re looking for something lighter, go for their best selling Grilled Chicken Salad ($16) or Avocado, Scramble Eggs & Sourdough ($15)

Check out our Kong Cafe review!

Unit number: #01-96
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11am to 7:30pm, Wed-Fri and Sun 10:30am to 8pm, Sat 10:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 8108 6600
Kong Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery. 

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11. The Coriander Cafe

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Not to be mistaken by its name, The Coriander Cafe is nothing like most Western cafes we are accustomed to. Here you’ll find red plastic chairs and long rectangular tables dotted throughout the space, as The Coriander Cafe is a zi char-style eatery. Their menu sees a myriad of dishes, ranging from soup to vegetables, and seafood to mains. There’s definitely something for everyone. 

Start your experience with their specialty Fish Head Curry ($22), which comes with a mix of vegetables. You can consider pairing it with the Broccoli with Mushrooms ($10/$15), and the Sweet & Sour Diced Chicken ($12/$18) on the side for a substantial meal.

If you are looking for a quick meal, opt for their noodle dishes: Fried Hokkien Mee ($4.50), Sinchow Bee Hoon ($4.50), Mee Sua Soup ($5) and many more. For those who prefer rice, try the Sambal Prawn Ball with Rice ($6), or Beef Fried Rice ($5.50)

Unit number: #02-08/09
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8:30pm, closed every alternate Mon
Tel: 6458 1811
The Coriander Cafe is not a halal-certified eatery.

12. The Grumpy Bear

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For an all-rounder Western fare, check out The Grumpy Bear. Here, a must-have item is their speciality—chicken chop. Available in 11 different flavours, purists will enjoy the classic Black Pepper Chicken ($14.90++), which sees a generous portion of grilled chicken thigh, thick-cut fries, salad greens, and thick, brown black pepper gravy on the side. Meanwhile, the more adventurous folks can try their locally-inspired flavours: Chilli Crab Chicken or Salted Egg Chicken, both priced at $18.90++ each.

Alternatively, you can also explore their range of pasta dishes, which includes the Classic Beefy Bolognese ($13.90++), Garlic Aglio Olio ($10.90++), and Classic Carbonara ($13.90++). 

With any mains purchased, you can top up $6.90 to complete your meal with a soup of the day and a refreshing cup of homemade ice lemon tea.

Unit number: #02-10
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm 
Tel: 8299 6261
The Grumpy Bear is not a halal-certified eatery. 

13. Shi Li Fang

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If Tsukada Nojo’s Bijin Nabe hotpot is way out of your budget, Shi Li Fang is a great alternative. If you don’t know yet, the chain is known for being one of the most affordable hotpot restaurants available in Singapore. 

Priced from $9.90++, Shi Li Fang offers a range of set meals that cater up to four diners. With the current COVID-19 situation, the most practical way to enjoy a hotpot meal is to have the whole pot all to yourself! So, consider the Single Value Set Meal ($9.90++), which includes combos such as Superior Marbled Pork Slices, Pork and Chicken, and many more. For an additional $0.80, you’ll get a free flow of refreshing drinks to wash away any greasiness from the hefty meal.  

Unit number: #01-40/41/42
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6870 8882
Shi Li Fang is not a halal-certified eatery. 

14. Engs Heritage

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For local food options, visit Eng’s Heritage, an eatery that houses two local delights: wonton noodles and Hainan curry rice.

If you are in the mood for a bowl of wonton mee, go for Eng’s Wantan Noodle’s Dry Wantan Mee (from $4.50). It’s lightly tossed in a house-made sauce, and topped with blanched greens and lean char siew. To add an extra oomph, lightly drizzle their house-made chilli sauce as it is said to elevate the dish to a whole new level. But be warned: this chilli packs a punch, so go easy on it! 

While you are there, consider adding on a portion of prawn fritters and ngoh hiang (from $6.60) to share. Do note that this is an Eng’s Heritage exclusive, so give it a try while you can! 

Alternatively, visit Old Hainan Curry Rice for a selection of curry set meals. Priced from $4.80, you can opt for one of their pre-made sets which comes with a portion of rice, mixed vegetables, a fried egg and breaded pork cutlet. Alternatively, you can choose to make your own meal by ordering from their a la carte menu.

Unit number: #01-104/105
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Engs Heritage is not a halal-certified eatery.

15. Peach Garden

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Another family-friendly dining option in Thomson Plaza is Peach Garden, which serves a slew of authentic Chinese dishes and dim sum options. Currently, they have lots of ongoing promotions for you to enjoy with your friends and family. One promotion that has made a comeback due to popular demand is their Afternoon Tea Dim Sum Buffet. Visit Peach Garden during the weekends between 3pm to 5pm, and the fourth diner dines for free with three paying adults ($25.80++ per person). You can feast on their signature Roasted Crispy Peking Duck, Steamed Live Prawn, Handmade Dim Sum, and many more! 

Dim sum aside, another promotion you should check out is their $2 lobster noodles. All you have to do is spend a minimum of $50 on weekdays and $80 on weekends to enjoy this deal. Do note that this is only available during dinner timings and for dine-in orders. 

Unit number: #01-88
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 5pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am to 5pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Peach Garden is not a halal-certified eatery. 

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Thomson Plaza food guide

Instead of visiting the rows of cafes along Upper Thomson Road, stop by Thomson Plaza for a wider variety of food options. 

If you are looking for more eateries around the North, check out our Marsiling food guide. If not, alight one MRT stop after and head to Woodlands to try out one of these hidden food gems

Address: 301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408

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Featured image adapted from @prettyflavorsonly, @sssssdotcom@twofatkids, and @jianzhongthegreat’s post.

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