As promised, we are back with the second edition of Hidden Gems. This week we have decided to cover the West side of Singapore. Now, now, hold your horses before the passport jokes make a comeback. As we aim to deliver not disappoint with this mini-series – here we have our top 4 places to head to whilst in the West. Lace up your walking shoes, get that ez-link card fully topped up, empty your stomach and join us on the second part of TFJ’s Hidden Gems!
History buffs, rejoice! First up on the list we have, Colbar. Short for Colonial bar, this quaint café has been around since 1953. Opened by a Mr and Mrs Lim and located within a British army barracks site in 1900s, this eating house used to serve as a canteen for a huge military complex. If you’re a fan of Asian & Westen infused food, do not give this place a miss! Given its ‘ulu’ (remote) location, getting there might be a bit of an issue for non-drivers. However, if your aim is to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city hop on over to the west side for a trip back in time in this rustic hideout. Indulge in an early form of Singaporean fusion cuisine. From the unconventional marmite sandwich to Ox Liver Chips & Peas, this charming place should be at the top of your list.
Add: 9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839
With over a whopping 150 stores in Australia, this famous fast-food chain known for its flame-grilled Portuguese-style chicken, opened up its first branch in Singapore. Located at Holland Piazza, this latest addition to the neighbourhood has been well raved about. If Nando’s has scored well on your palate, it’s only fair for you to check Oporto out and see how they fare. This 30-seater restaurant not only awakens all your senses upon entering but will leave you spoilt for choices. Remember to pair their amazing chicken dishes with their house-made dipping sauces. (Lemon & Herb sauce is our personal fav!) What are you waiting for? Grab a friend or three and check it out now!
Add: No. 3 Lorong Liput, #01-01 Holland Piazza, 277725
Made famous for their ‘Beer O’Clock’ and ‘Beer Floats’, this newcomer has managed to win over the hearts of both the young and the old. If that’s not enough, you get a free tower of beer with each purchase of any premium bottles. Which, we might add, is reasonably priced as well. Apart from that, their bar bites, doesn’t disappoint as well. An added bonus if the west is too far for you, they also have 2 other outlets conveniently located at Upper Thomson and Riverside Piazza.
Add: 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-50, Singapore 120106
Last but not least, we have Birdfolks. This quirky named American-styled fried chicken café has managed to creep its way onto our list by being…..well hidden. As Singaporeans, we definitely love our fried food and this café is worth the visit for exactly that. Do also take note that each order of their American-styled fried chicken is only fried upon order. Be prepared for a 15-20mins wait due to the frying time but trust us when we say, as soon as you lay your eyes on the beautifully golden brown chicken and sink your teeth in the well-marinated and crispy chicken, the long wait will be the least of your problems.
Add: 1 West Coast Drive, #01-75 NEWest, 128020
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