There is plenty of good food in Farrer Park, you just have to know where to find it. In 2018 I 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 2018 foodie roundup and top 10 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!
Hand in Hand
143 Jalan Besar
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 tasting. 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
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 Kitchen is the best brunch place in Farrer Park. The brand originally started as Old Hen Coffee, a smaller establishment located on Rangoon Road, that served only coffee and sweets. Caffeine lovers soon fell in love with the place. Their hot white coffee is mild and creamy (just how I like it) and their range of bottled cold brews that include mocha, matcha latte, black and white coffee are big sellers. If there was one thing I could change about their coffee it would be the size. The cups are smallish and you cannot order a large coffee.
Old Hen Kitchen was setup shortly after on nearby Owen Road. It has a large open kitchen and serves an all-day brunch and lunch menu that is influenced by Western and Japanese cuisines. They do the best Avocado on Toast for $15, which comes with both sliced and pureed avocado on sourdough, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and dukkah and served with 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 have tried most of the lunchtime options and I’m not really a fan of any of their pasta dishes, which try too hard to be fusion dishes they end up being neither European or Asian enough. However I do recommend the Pork Belly Rice Bowl. Whilst it is a tad expensive for $19, it comes in a sturdy stone bowl with rice berry, apple chive salad and pine nuts.
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! This is a fairly new establishment, less than two years old, and located only a couple of blocks from Farrer Park station. The la mien are made on site by a Muslim chef from mainland China and they are the silkiest and finest 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 Chinese 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.
Yi Zun Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
波东巴西146 佳加 is a no frills place for good seafood laksa at a reasonable price. Most locals will say that you shouldn’t pay more than $4 for a bowl of laksa in Singapore. Nearly every hawker centre and food court serves it and it is considered a staple street food. However at 波东巴西146 佳加 a medium-sized bowl of laksa costs $6. Now I have heard people say that this is a rip off but hold on a minute. This laksa is far better quality than anything I’ve ever tried at a food centre. The soup is a perfect balance of spiciness and rich, coconut creaminess and it comes served with a generous dollop of chill paste to mix into the soup for greater kick. Plus there is a very generous amount of fresh seafood. King prawns, fish cake, cockles, fish cake and fish balls… yummy.
波东巴西146 佳加 is located in a shophouse on Jalan Besar road. The woman who runs the joint is cheerful and takes great pride in her special recipe seafood laksa as well as her signature prawn noodle dish. Sometimes food arrives a bit slow because she doesn’t have anyone to help her. But I would much prefer to eat my laksa under cool air-conditioning with clean chopsticks than go to a hawker centre any day!
279 Jln Besar
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 along with thick, round slices of succulent pork and soft noodle. You can add egg, seaweed and fungus to your ramen as well. 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, which is a stall inside the Tyrwhitt Road hawker centre. 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 pork belly, known locally as 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. I think they also have the best roasted duck in Farrer Park. Now, it is not the best roasted duck in Singapore, but it is not as boney as some of the other offerings in the area. The meat is sufficiently tender and the skin is crispy. The ducks hanging in the window do not look too old or shrivelled like in some of the other neighbouring hawker stalls.
I usually visit 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist to 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.
88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
153 Tyrwhitt Rd
CSHH Coffee Bar
Located just of Tyrwhitt Street, this is popular with locals thanks to the amazing coffee. Amazing is not an overstatement and the coffee at CSHH ranks right up there amongst the best coffee in all of Singapore. The coffee is strong and the baristas are expert in maintaining the coffee machine as well as creating the perfect cuppa. There is also a coffee roastery on site so you can see learn about the coffee bean roasting process – these guys are dead serious about their coffee! I’ve listed CSHH Coffee Bar in my top Farrer Park foodie places because besides the caffeinated offerings, it is also an awesome place to hangout. The venue has a very art deco feel to it as it is housed in an old warehouse and there is both indoor and outdoor seating.
Unfortunately, the food doesn’t quite live up to the coffee. I always struggle with what to order here. The vegan muesli which has oats, honey, flax seed, almond milk, fresh fruit and nuts is beautifully presented however doesn’t really hit the spot. Whenever I order this for breakfast I still feel hungry afterwards. The only other item on their breakfast menu that is appealing is the Papa’s Breakfast, which comes with mushroom chicken sausage, portobello mushrooms, eggs, hash brown, sourdough toast, rocket and cherry tomato confit. However that is too much food! All the other main menu items tend to be quite expensive, costing around the $20 mark. This place could be really good if it introduced some artisanal sandwiches as well as light snacks.
CSHH Coffee Bar
150 Tyrwhitt Road
This is the most expensive restaurant on my list but it remains a firm favourite of mine and it is definitely worth a visit. Their menu is very 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 and expectations. 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. My only criticism of the food is that it could be more spicy.
What I most like about Creatures is the fact you can order decent wine here 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 and disappointed at 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 setup there and 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!