There is plenty of good food in Farrer Park, you just have to know where to find it. During the past few years of living in the area, I have found some real foodie gems in and around Farrer Park, from authentic Chinese dumplings and sautéed eggplant to dukkah sprinkled avocado on toast and hand-pulled Muslim noodles. Please enjoy my foodie roundup and top places to eat good food in Farrer Park.
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand is my favourite restaurant in all of Singapore. It never ceases to amaze me how few people know about Hand in Hand. It’s half-hidden under a shophouse along Jalan Besar road and they boast more than 20 different varieties of dumpling on the menu including steamed, boiled and fried dim sum. The pork filling in their traditional xiao long bao are made according to a special recipe that is closely guarded by the restaurant owners. I particularly recommend trying the squid-ink dumplings with cuttlefish and the pan fried pork and leek dumplings. They also serve other Northern Chinese dishes including home-made tofu and steamed flower grouper. However in all honesty, it’s the amazing dumplings and dumplings alone that keep me coming back for more. Important to note is they also have free corkage so you can bring your own booze!
For more photos, check out my longer write-up about Hand in Hand restaurant here.
Hand in Hand
143 Jalan Besar
For a special night-out I recommend dinner at Mizuya Omakase, a wonderful Japanese gem specialising in sushi and sashimi omakase. Chef Kenny is the creative force behind Mizuya Omakase restaurant and he does a wonderful job of making you feel at home. In true Japanese-style, you can expect to sit facing the kitchen – a privileged position from which to see everything chef Kenny is preparing.
Highlights here include the fatty-fried foie gras sushi as well as the flounder sperm, fatty tuna and sweet prawn sashimi. But everything is truly fantastic and prepared using top notch ingredients. A full-course omakase menu with whisky pairing is $188 dollars per person. For more mouth-watering pictures, check out my full review here.
Mizuya Omakase Restaurant
11, #01-04 Cavan Road
I had walked by Reunion BBQ numerous times before I finally worked up the courage to eat my first meal here. I must admit, the gaudy red seat covers had put me off, but I was proven wrong. The food at Reunion BBQ is authentic, tasty and great value for money. As the name suggests, Reunion BBQ specialises in Northern Chinese barbecue. They serve a variety of barbecued meats and seafood cooked on the skewer and the cuttlefish with chilli is simply divine. The food is cooked on coals rather than over an open flame and seasoned in over 100 different herbs and spices, apparently! Reunion BBQ also have a large selection of hot pots and stews. I ordered the beef with Sichuan chilli and tofu skin in chilli oil that came served in a large wok. It was very tasty and the portion size was generous although it was very oily and fatty.
Reunion BBQ do really good vegetable dishes as well. Both the string beans with pork mince and the sautéed eggplant with green chilli are incredible. Corkage is $40 a bottle but they also serve red and white wine, although it is pretty bad. The menu is predominately written in Chinese and most of the staff don’t speak fluent English, but the communication hurdles are well-worth the delicious and inexpensive food.
298 Jalan Besar #01-01
Mash is a relative new comer to Farrer Park located about ten minutes away from the MRT along Owen Road. When I stepped into Mash for the first time I felt like I was in a time warp, back to a rough and tumble burger shack I once visited in Harlem, New York and where I had one of the best burgers of my life.
Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the burgers at Mash are the best, but they are incredible value for money. A traditional cheese burger is $10 and their delicious hot chicken burger is $12. All burgers come with fries and they have an extensive range of sodas, coffees and teas. This is a great little joint for a quick and easy bite to eat.
44 Owen Road #01-315,
Old Hen Kitchen
I fell in love with Old Hen Kitchen when I first moved to Singapore and the love affair still ain’t over. Old Hen mostly attracts a late-morning brunch crowd however their lunch time food options can also stand on their own two feet.
The menu is influenced by Western and Japanese cuisines so expect a wild fusion of flavours. Some of my favourite dishes include avocado on sourdough, which is served with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and dukkah and a soft boiled egg (I usually ask for my egg to be fried). They also make a unique mochi pancake stack that is sugar laden yet delicious with ice cream and fresh berries. I also recommend the pork belly rice bowl, which is served with rice berry, apple chive salad and pine nuts. Old Hen also serve burgers as well as several pasta dishes. You can read my full reivew of Old Hen Kitchen with more pictures here.
Old Hen Kitchen
127 Owen Road
Yi Zun Noodle
If you haven’t tried the hand-pulled halal beef noodles at Yi Zun yet then you are a fool! The la mien here are made on site by a Muslim chef from mainland China and they are the silkiest hand-pulled noodle in Farrer Park. The signature dish at Yi Zun is the beef noodle, which has a highly aromatic soup base that is seasoned with coriander and clove as well as beef stock. It costs $8 for a bowl which is considered on the more expensive side however the ingredients are good quality, the amount of meat is generous, and I can unreservedly claim it is the best beef soup in the neighbourhood.
The roasted chicken is also worth trying. Whilst the chicken tends to be on the boney side (what do you expect at $12 for a quarter chicken), the flesh is tasty and the skin is cooked to a crispy, golden hue. It makes for a great starter. Whilst I have tried the other soups on Yi Zun’s limited menu, they haven’t impressed me as much as their signature beef noodles. You can read my full review of Yi Zun here.
Yi Zun Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Xiang Yuan Ji
Xiang Yuan Ji is a no-frills establishment along Jalan Besar that serve wonderful Shanghai pan-fried dumplings. The dumplings are have a thick, oily white dough that is slightly dimpled and they are packed full of soupy and delicious pork mince.
Xiang Yuan Ji also make la mien on premise and their menu boasts several soup noodle dishes. However, I love the braised eggplant in brown sauce. Admittedly, I’m a huge eggplant addict, but Xiang Yuan Ji make the nicest eggplant I’ve tried in the area and, I’m happy to report, they are not shy on the chilli! Check out my full blog about Xiang Yuan Ji as well as more photos here.
Xiang Yuan Ji
405 Jalan Besar Road
I never thought a restaurant from City Square Mall would feature on the Bossy Flossie blog. I hate the food at City Square Mall with a passion! However, when Ramen Hitoyoshi opened up less than six months ago it was a pleasant surprise and you can actually spot real Japanese people dining here too! The Ramen shop is located on level three of City Square Mall and is a great place to stop for a pre-cinema meal. The specialty is the Chashu Tonkotsu, which comes with a hearty, peppery soup base and thick slices of succulent pork with soft noodle. You can add egg, seaweed and fungus to the ramen to complete your meal. The gyoza are also a highlight from the menu here.
#03-21/22 City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road
88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
For the best roasted meats in Farrer Park you must look no further than 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist. The roasted pork belly is just the right balance of succulence and fattiness with a delicious dry and crispy skin. The owners spend over two hours braising, drying and roasting the sio bak in order to get it just right. They also have char siew, which is barbecue pork cooked in the Singapore style with a sticky, sweet and darkish coating. They also serve roasted duck.
I usually order a roasted meat plate on its own without any soup, noodles or rice, which costs me around $15. It is a generous portion that can be shared with two or three people and it makes for a great late-night supper after a few drinks at the Druggist bar across the road. For more photos of the succulent meats at 88 Hong Kong, click here.
88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
153 Tyrwhitt Rd
Creatures is expensive however it remains a firm favourite of mine for an exceptional restaurant experience. Their menu is unique because they create fusion dishes that resonate with local Singaporean comfort foods. And whilst the meals seem expensive (the average main is around $30) the portion sizes are huge. As with any fusion offering, some of the dishes are hit and miss depending on your personal preferences. It is best to come here with an open mind. I have tried most of the dishes on the menu and my favourites include the Crayfish Hokkien Mee that has wok fried noodles in a rich, prawn broth served with crayfish, prawns, squid and home made samba, as well as the Green Curry Barramundi served on a bed of blue pea rice with snow peas, wild baby sprouts and garden cauliflower florets. For vegetarians, there is the fantastically creative Italian Godfather Yong Tau Foo, which is chilli, aubergine and okra stuffed with herb feta cheese and drizzled with balsamic dressing.
What I most like about Creatures is the fact you can order good wine at a reasonable price. Most of the wines are New World however they also stock prosecco and moscato, which is rare for Farrer Park. Their house cocktails are also pretty special. The Lavender Martini is delicious, costing only $16 and made from 42 Below Vodka, wild lemons and sprigs of summer lavender.
120 Desker Road,
Singapore 209 639
If you have late night cravings for rich and spicy food, then this is your place. The food here is heavy and unhealthy and I feel disgusted with myself whenever I eat it. But, it tastes good! I believe this is the best butter chicken in all of Little India and Farrer Park. The chicken is tender and the sauce is rich and creamy. The butter chicken goes particularly well with the soft garlic naan bread they also serve. People also queue up for the chicken tandoori.
Punjabi Tandoor is located in the dingy hawker located on the corner, opposite City Square Mall. It is usually full of old men drinking cheap beer until the wee hours of the morning because of the several TVs streaming sports. The good thing about Punjabi Tandoor is that it is open until late and the food is cheaply priced.
There is a lot of good food in Farrer Park. Have you discovered any foodie favourites here? Please drop your comments below!
You can also checking my reviews on best places to drink alcohol in Farrer Park and best places to drink coffee and eat brunch in Farrer Park.