With so many yummy spots to choose from, we’re giving you a helping hand with our halal-friendly guide to dining at East Village!
There has been a long-standing debate between the East and West-siders in Singers about which area and neighbourhood is the ultimate foodie heaven. While we’re sitting on the neutral side of the bench, it seems like the East is putting up a strong fight these days, especially with the opening of East Village. Dubbed the Holland Village of the East, this new shopping mall is a new breeding ground for hot restaurants serving up delicious Halal cuisines. Go for the pancakes, nosh on some meticulously chargrilled satay, and don’t miss out on one of the best churro spots in town. West-side, what?
Prepare yourselves for a whole lotta meat. Pulled beef, chicken banh mi, chicken rendang, the list just keeps going. The meats are piled high with fresh vegetables, cheese, onions on homemade buns and breads and then topped off with a variety of homemade sauces (We swear by the homemade sesame sou sauce!). We gotta admit, nothing tastes better than picking out your own food! Wat Sub might just be the godfather of the modern day Singaporean sandwich.
Wat Sub, 430 Upper Changi Road, East Village, #01-12, Singapore 487048, www.facebook.com/watsubsg
Yes, we’ve talked about how yummy Chulop’s churros are in our guide here and we can’t help but to shout out about it again because, it’s located at the heart of Changi East Village! We highly recommend you to pop by this takeaway counter after you’ve had your meal at one of the spots on this list. This way you can have the best of both savoury and sweet!
Chulop, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-93, Singapore 487048, (+65) 9155 3189, www.facebook.com/ChulopSG
Balqis The Bistro
Fancy a slice of the Middle East? Balqis The Bistro features a modern interior and authentic Middle Eastern rice dishes that vary from chicken to mutton and falafel sides. If you’re a meat lover, don’t miss the Bukhari served with either chicken or mutton. Round out the meal with the delicious Mini Kunafa Au Semoule, an in-house specialty with a semolina pudding filling and some fruity malt, and you still won’t break the bank.
Balqis The Bistro, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 487048, (+65) 8545 8132, www.facebook.com/balqisbistro
We can try to live without burgers but we can’t live without pizza! Tasconi’s Pizza is a famous pizzeria from Brunei is now in Singers and we’ve heard nothing but splendid reviews from our Muslim friends. If you’re spoilt for choice, go for the half-half option where you can order two different toppings. We tried the Satay and Rendang combination and the chunks of chicken and beef is seasoned to perfection and tender with every bite. A must-try for all pizza lovers!
Tasconi’s Pizza, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-61, Singapore 487048, (+65) 6341 6691, www.facebook.com/TasconiPizzaSingapore
Sarah’s The Pancake Café
So we’ve already raved about the best stacks around and of course, Sarah’s The Pancake Café is on that list. A hot favourite with people who live in the vicinity, the pancakes here are homemade and a bite into the fluffy, buttery recipe is enough to send us to pancake heaven. West-siders, this spot will be worth that 40 minute commute (by car or taxi of course).
Sarah’s The Pancake Cafe, #01-62, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048, www.facebook.com/pages/Sarahs-The-Pancake-Cafe
Ambeng by Ummi Abdullah
Nasi Ambeng, to those who are not familiar with the dish is a platter that consists of fragrant white rice served with beef rendang, chicken curry, sambal sotong (squid), sambal goreng, begedel and other Indonesian dishes. The essence of this entire dish is to encourage and facilitate communal dining, so do pop by Ambeng by Ummi Abdullah with your family. And to gain the full experience of dining here, tuck into your food with your hands because that’s how the Malays are Indonesians usually eat their rice! What we love about this store other than the fiery yet sweet sambal belachan, is the great service. Great food and even better service makes a winning combination for a restaurant we say!
Ambeng by Ummi Abdullah, #01-65, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048, (+65) 63840495, www.facebook.com/ambengcafe
Cookwerkx by Chef Taj
Whether you go for the Beef Short Ribs, Lamb Shank with Pasta or Baked Salmon Fillet, you won’t be disappointed by this western cuisine restaurant. The large chunks of meat for every dish are served with sides of seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, french fries and a dash of sauce. So if you’re in the area and craving for some quality western food at the fraction of a price, this is the place to go. Our tip? Order a serving of the spiced fries while waiting for your main dish to come. That ought to get your meal started in the most heavenly way possible.
Cookwerkx by Chef Taj, #01-60, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048, (+65) 6702 1360, www.facebook.com/cookwerks
Fineline Bistro Satay and Grill
The atmosphere here may be relaxed, but the food is serious. Fineline Bistro Satay and Grill serves up western food with a touch of local flavour like the Charcoal Grilled Satay which is a Singaporean satay served with traditional peanut sauce. This authentic dish is a hot favourite and is also on the Chef’s Recommendation list. Order the grilled squid with spicy lemon dip to share and the grilled fish with lemon butter sauce that just melts in the mouth.
Fineline Bistro Satay and Grill, #01-10, East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road, Singapore 487048, (+65) 6385 0155, www.facebook.com/finelinebistro
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