Singapore’s dining and culinary scene has been especially lively lately, with a crush of openings this year in what used to be our city’s sleepy town, Punggol. Situated at the northeastern part of Singers, Punggol is now not only home to young couples and parents, but also groovy cafés and restos set in a tranquil and relaxing backdrop. Yes, good things are happening in the area’s dining scene – so good, in fact, that we had to bring them all together just for you. One restaurant for every day of the week, and then some.
Anyone yenning for desserts and waffles really needs to visit Cravings stat. Tucked in Tebing Lane with a rustic vibe, the café is a spot that appears to be “movin’ on up” in the scene. Serving up a curation of desserts that will tantalise your sweet tooth, the menu of treats here are vibrant and flavourful and the Paddlepop Cheesecake will steal your hearts with its soft rainbow colours and texture. The other standout dish on the menu that’s attained must-try status is the Earl Grey Cheesecake. The chewy salted crust complemented the flavour and aroma of earl grey so perfectly that you’ll definitely go for second helpings. Coolest trait of this place? It offers a kitchen rental service to home bakers and established online bakeries who are looking for a licensed kitchen to establish a production base. How’s that for supporting local and the community?
Cravings, 6 Tebing Lane, #01-05, Singapore 828835, 4pm-1am (Wednesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday and Tuesday, www.cravings.com.sg
Fur Kicks is exactly what the Punggol area needs – a friendly and casual gastropub that makes it easy for people to come and get together for beers on tap, lagers, wheat beers (from $9 for a pint) or beer cocktails such as Paulaner beer mixed with lime or lychee juice (from $23). Whether you’re hankering for some malt whiskies or fried chicken wings with barbecued sauce, or if you’re ready to take on the delish spicy BBQ ribs ($28), Fur Kicks has your every wish covered. Late kitchen hours in the heartlands? Score!
Fur Kicks, The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-03, Singapore 828694, 6702 6366, 5pm to midnight (Monday to Thursday), 5pm-1am (Friday to Sunday), www.furkicks.sg
This super stylish trés chic French restaurant is pulling out all the stops with its cuisine and lovely ambience (try and catch the sunset if you can). Located just next to Fur Kicks, Horizon Bistronomy has a variety of yummy French recipes under its belt that renders multiple visits because ordering them all in one sitting is just not possible! Order the Chilled Crab Meat Angel Hair pasta that’s well cooked and seasoned and peppered with salmon roes and fresh crab meat. We also heard patrons raving about the Horizon Pork 2 Way (a dish we will come back again for!) and Pan Seared Cod Fish, both hearty mains. Complete the meal with the super chocolate-y warm Lava Cake that’s baked to perfection.
Horizon Bistronomy, The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-04, Singapore 828694, 6702 2855, 6pm to midnight (Tuesday to Saturday), 11am-230pm and 6pm to midnight (Sunday), Closed on Monday, www.facebook.com/horizonbistronomy
Rilek 1 Korner
Zul and his crew at Rilek 1 Korner (loosely translated from Malay as chillin’ at a corner) can cook up one hell of a feast. The only Halal eatery at the Punggol Settlement, this casual restaurant was created for friends and family to get together and hang out over some delicious food. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by friendly hosts who will then seat you and take your orders. The key dishes at Rilek 1 Korner are butter prawn fried rice, sambal prawns, cereal prawns and the seabass. Don’t forget to order a refreshing cup of Lychee Cucumber Tea to cool yourself down too!
Rilek 1 Korner, The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-02, Singapore 828694, 8201 4214, 4pm-1030pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday, www.facebook.com/rilek1korner
Whisk & Paddle
This open-air joint has decidedly chill and laidback vibe, offering all day breakfasts and hearty meals till late. Relish in the tranquil ambience of this riverside café in the day and enjoy a day out with your honey brunching on French toasts, pancakes or waffles or kick back with your girls under the stars out at the veranda with a pint of ice cold beer. Whisk & Paddle also serves homemade desserts and pastries made fresh daily in their pastry kitchen so be sure to order a cup of freshly ground coffee to go along too.
Whisk & Paddle, 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 828836, 6242 4617, 330pm-1030pm (Tuesday to Friday), 930am-1030pm (Weekends), Closed on Monday, www.whiskandpaddle.com.sg
Located at the second level of The Punggol Settlement, Wayne’s Chill-Out al-fresco dining area overlooks the beach, the perfect quiet place if you needed some downtime away from urban life. Here, you can enjoy some freshly made pizzas, ice-cream, milkshakes and coffee. Many who pop by this ice-cream parlour are regulars and usually stop along their daily or weekly cycling trips to cool off from the hot sun outdoors. The perfect time to swing by Wayne’s Chill-Out? Right at dusk when the sun is setting. Picture perfect.
Wayne’s Chill-Out, The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-11, Singapore 828694, 2pm-11pm (Monday to Friday), 11am-11pm (Weekends), www.facebook.com/wayneschillout
Just The Place
Just The Place are giving people good reason to come out of their cozy abodes for a romantic dinner or casual brunch overlooking the straits. Serving wholesome German food with French finesse topped with the warm hospitality of the Italians, this friendly bistro is hot favourite for the families who live in Punggol. Many can attest to the Mozzarella Sticks and Truffle Fries and there’s also a full menu, ranging from light bites to pasta.
Just The Place, The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-07/08, Singapore 828694, 5pm-midnight (Tuesday to Sunday), 10am-4pm & 5pm-midnight (Weekends), Closed on Monday, www.facebook.com/justdplace
Bacon & Booze
Just as the name clearly states, this resto is all about the bacon and booze. And honey chicken wings. With a dedicated section on the menu called “Bacon Lovers”, you’ll get anything from bacon wrap enoki to bacon wrap sausages and even bacon wrap chicken sticks. Other items on the menu worth trying is the Smoked Salmon Cold Soba and the Homemade Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream. If you’re planning to pop by on the weekends, do swing around on Saturday because that’s when accoustic duo Deborah and Marcus will be playing their set every week at 9pm! Great food and good music? We’re sold!
Bacon & Booze, 900 Punggol End, Singapore 829168, 6489 5679, 3pm-1am, www.baconbooze.com
Wild Oats @ Punggol Park
The brainchild of local celebrity chef, Wilin Low, Wild Oats @ Punggol Park brings with it a hodgepodge of customers; from residents who live in the area to curious folks who are always on the hunt for the next best restaurant in town. This quiet restaurant serves casual-style local and western fare set amidst the lush tropical greenery. Open till late on weekends, we can definitely see ourselves tipping back a few drinks with a couple of friends enjoying the quiet night away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Wild Oats, 1 Punggol Park, Hougang Avenue 8, Singapore 538792, 6858 2987, 4pm-midnight (Sunday to Thursday), 4pm-1am (Friday), 4pm-2am(Saturday), www.facebook.com/WildOatsPunggolPark
Uncle Leong Seafood
Now what’s a good hood without a seafood joint? Uncle Leong Seafood restaurant is a name that’s so popular in estates like Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Toa Payoh that it had to set up shop at Punggol too! Welcoming a daily haul of local and foreign customers, this is the go-to place for crabs. The signature Shimmering Sand Crab Delight (it’s all in the name) has garnered a great following since Uncle Leong’s humble beginnings in 2002 and is drizzled with its thick and tasty signature sauce topped with a sprinkle of oats. Is your mouth watering yet? Wait till you get a hint of the aroma…
Uncle Leong Seafood, 6 Tebing Lane, Punggol East, #01-03, Singapore 828835, 6441 1848, 430pm-1130pm, www.uncleleongseafood.com