Where to eat at Wheelock Place
Strategically located in the heart of Orchard, Wheelock Place offers a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a spot to rest your feet after a long day of shopping, or you’re planning a catchup sesh with friends, our Wheelock Place food guide will have you covered.
1. Nam Nam
NamNam is a Vietnamese hot spot most known for its pho, and for good reason. The best-selling Pho Australian Beef Slices & Balls ($13.90, regular) comes with uber tender, premium beef slices, bouncy beef balls, and a clean tasting broth to warm up your tummy. You can also opt for a smaller portion ($9.90) if you have a small appetite! Another light lunch option is the NamNam Signature Cold Cuts ($9.90), the restaurant’s banh mi baguette.
If you have not tried bun cha, a Hanoi classic of grilled meat with noodles, NamNam makes a yummy rendition. The Pork Two Way Vermicelli, Mekong Prawn Roll ($12.90) features fresh veggies, grilled fatty pork, white rice noodles, and herbs, along with a sweet and savoury dipping sauce.
Unit number: #B2-02
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6735 1488
2. Uya 四代目菊川
Image credit: Uya
Exclusive to Wheelock Place is Uya 四代目菊川, an unagi specialty restaurant offering quality Japanese fare in an elegant setting. Dive straight into their Hitsumabushi ($35++ for medium, $48++ for large), which sees a huge slab of eel grilled over charcoal, brushed with a lusciously sweet sauce, sitting on a bed of short-grain rice.
There are three ways of enjoying it: eat it as it is, add your preferred condiments, or pour in the dashi broth to create your own ochazuke. You can also have it with the provided Mi Sansho AKA Japanese pickled peppers, specially imported from Kochi, Japan.
Image credit: Uya
If you’re more keen on beef, the Rare Wagyu Rice Bowl ($27++) is a great alternative for lunch or dinner. Featuring tender and soft Wagyu slices drizzled with a garlic onion dressing, and sprinkled with fried garlic chips, this dish is complete with a sous vide egg for a creamy finish.
Unit number: #02-15/16
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, Sun-Thur 6pm to 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6732 1096
3. The Zall Bookstore Cafe
Head to The Zall Bookstore Cafe for a quiet respite from the bustling Orchard traffic. This hidden coffee hideout is housed in a spacious two-storey bookstore and art gallery, so you can grab a good read while having your caffeine fix.
A must-try is their Iced Matcha Espresso ($7.50), which sees three distinct layers of matcha, milk and espresso. Pair this with a slice of Brownie with Ice Cream ($7.90-$8.90) or Avocado Lime Cheesecake ($9.90). The former is a sweet pick-me-up that will be a hit with the young ones, while the latter is a light and creamy cheesecake with a hint of avocado flavour, uplifted by a subtle whiff of citrus.
Unit number: #01-02/#02-18
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6232 7549
4. Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Cafe
For a mix of traditional and modern Japanese dishes, visit Sun with Moon. This Japanese restaurant has extensive lunch and dinner menus, along with a standalone cafe menu for specialty teas, as well as desserts such as ice cream parfaits and mochi.
Start with the Spicy Aburi Salmon Roll ($22.80++), a shareable sushi roll of crab and creamy avocado, packed within a layer of torched salmon, and topped with spicy mayo and salmon roe. Another must-try is the Salmon & Tori Kamameshi Set ($23.80++ for lunch, $24.80++ for dinner). This hearty dish comes with grilled salmon and chicken thigh with a sweet soy glaze, along with salmon roe, served in a metal pot with flavoured rice. The set also includes your choice of three mini side dishes, with options including California Roll and Chicken Kaarage.
Something less common is the Yaki Dango ($9.80++), a dessert of sticky and chewy Japanese rice dumplings with a sweet soy glaze, red beans and chestnut paste. End your meal with this traditional treat, or go for the Homemade Warabi Mochi ($7.80++), an equally popular option.
Unit number: #03-15/16/17
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 2:45pm, 3pm to 5:15pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6733 6636
Privé at Wheelock Place is an ideal spot for you to people-watch and hang out with friends. There’s all-day brekkie served till 5pm, alongside Asian-inspired mains such as Nasi Goreng ($23++). The Indonesian rice dish comes with the full works: shrimp, lemak curry chicken, chicken satay, prawn crackers, and a cage-free fried egg, served with sweet soy sauce and chilli padi on the side.
If you’re going meat-free, try their Japanese Tindle Katsu Curry ($19++). The star of this dish is the plant-based chicken alternative, Tindle, paired with a savoury Japanese katsu curry gravy and steamed brown rice. Those who prefer something lighter can go for Tracy’s Favourite Salad (from $18++): a healthy mix of baby spinach, kale, hummus, avocado, hummus, quinoa and more, drizzled with a flavourful chilli-chimichurri dressing.
Unit number: #01-K1
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 11pm
Tel: 6776 0777
6. Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill
On your next special occasion, treat your family and friends to lunch or dinner at Pistachio Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Grill. If you love kebabs, try the Shish Taouk ($26++), an aromatic dish of grilled chicken cubes on a skewer, seasoned with Arabic spices, and served with saffron rice and salad. Alternatively, have a taste of history by sharing the Sultan’s Delight ($42++), a classic Ottoman dish of tender lamb cooked with fresh tomato and thyme in a rich stew, paired with smoky eggplant and cheese.
Vegetarians aren’t left out, too; the Vegetarian Pide ($22++) features a medley of sliced mushrooms, onion, capsicum, and two types of cheeses—mozzarella and cheddar—for the ultimate cheese pull.
Unit number: #02-04/05
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6262 6400
7. Toast Box
Toast Box is a well-loved household name for local breakfast fare, and the Wheelock Place branch opens at 7:30am for early risers. Start your morning right with their Traditional Kaya Toast Set ($5.70)—two pieces of toast slathered with Hainanese kaya and a slab of butter, served with two half-boiled eggs and a hot cup of teh or kopi. If you’re Team Peanut Butter, you’ll love their Peanut Multigrain Thick Toast Set ($6), an all-time favourite featuring a thick chunk of bread with a generous serving of peanut butter spread.
For mains, tuck into the Curry Chicken with Rice Set ($9.50), which includes a hearty bowl of their signature curry served with chicken mid-wings, potatoes and tau pok, plus an iced barley drink and a slice of tea cake.
Unit number: #B2-01
Opening hours: 7:30am to 8pm
8. The Humble Pie & The Ugly Cake Shop
For those craving a hearty slice of pie or a sweet pick-me-up, visit The Humble Pie & The Ugly Cake Shop. This cosy cafe has six to seven cake flavours on rotation, including mainstays such as Tofu Brownie ($3.50), a rich and fudgy treat made healthier. This fat-reduced brownie is eggless and almost zero-sugar, so you can indulge guilt-free. There’s also the house-made Carrot Cake ($7.50), lightly spiced with cinnamon and topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.
On the savoury end, the Chicky Pork Shepherd’s Pie ($7) comes with a well-seasoned, meaty filling made tastier by the addition of fragrant rosemary and thyme. Alternatively, go for the Lasagne ($8.50), filled with beef or mixed mushrooms.
Unit number: #02-01A
Opening hours: 11am to 7pm
Wheelock Place food guide
With an endless array of dining options, plus a central location to boot, it’s no surprise that the mall is such a popular pitstop for shoppers looking to refuel. From XXL unagi bowls to premium Australian beef pho, bookmark this Wheelock Place food guide for your next trip to town!
While you’re there, check out the ongoing promotions, happening from now till 2 January 2022. Spend $30 in a single receipt and receive $4.50 worth of complimentary parking on weekdays, excluding public holidays. This deal is limited to the first 30 shoppers per day. Alternatively, be one of the first 28 shoppers to spend $150 in a maximum of two same-day receipts and receive a $10 Wheelock Place gift voucher.
Photos taken by Emily Teu.
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