6 trendy new food and drinks to try in untrendy malls

Despite all the train breakdowns, we’d ride a few extra stops on the MRT – and venture into these oft-overlooked malls – to dine at these hip new eateries. Would you?

Deep dish Korean pizza at Pizza Maru
Deep dish Korean pizza at Pizza Maru
09 Jan 2018

Deep dish Korean pizza at Pizza Maru

Located at: Northpoint City (Nearest MRT: Yishun)

The good news: The world’s largest Korean pizza chain, which sets itself apart by infusing its dough with green tea and black rice, opened in Singapore last month. The bad news: It’s located all the way in Yishun, meaning it’s far more likely that we’d try this in Seoul than on our own shores.

But for those of you who are up for the journey (or who reside in the north), Pizza Maru’s ingredient-laden, cheese-stuffed pies will be a gastronomic delight, and certainly a guilty pleasure. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can load up on Korean treats like spicy fried chicken (obligatory), the Bibimbap Tower, the Carbonara Toppoki and the Spicy Seafood Toppoki.

Other things you can eat or drink in the mall to make the journey worth it: Get in line for Gong Cha. You spent so much time getting here in the first place, so what’s 20 more minutes queuing for your beloved bubble milk tea?

Sexy soybean and matcha latte drinks at Kazo
Sexy soybean and matcha latte drinks at Kazo
09 Jan 2018

Sexy soybean and matcha latte drinks at Kazo

Located at: Chinatown Point (Nearest MRT: Chinatown)

Hubba hubba. Taiwanese bakery Kazo, which opened in Chinatown Point just last Friday (Jan 5), offers – among its bestselling cream puffs and Ice Cream Danish Polo Buns – Matcha Latte and Organic Soya Bean drinks served in collectible “Kazo Man” bottles.

Other things you can eat or drink in the mall to make the journey worth it: Chinatown Point isn’t exactly off the beaten path, but it’s not exactly a social hotspot either. Might as well double up on meals while you’re there! Once you’ve whetted your sweet tooth at Kazo, treat yourself to a bowl of savoury truffle mazesoba (dry ramen) at Kaneta Shoten.

Myeongdong delights at On The Grill
Myeongdong delights at On The Grill
09 Jan 2018

Myeongdong delights at On The Grill

Located in: City Square Mall (Nearest MRT: Farrer Park)

Believe it or not, this Korean import was actually started by a Singaporean who moved to Seoul for his girlfriend. And just this last week, in a joint venture with Dasmond Koh, he’s introduced it to our very own City Square Mall. Scent-conscious diners will appreciate how all the meats are grilled in the kitchen, and served on wooden trays, meaning you can enjoy your meal without smelling smoky afterward.

What else you can do at the mall to make the journey worth it: While City Square has enough food you leave you stuffed for the next several hours, we can’t talk about this mall without bringing up AirZone, the world’s first suspended playground, due to open within the first quarter of this year. While we found the thought of sliding from level to level, protected only by nets, to be a little terrifying, there’s no denying that this attraction will make an otherwise unhip mall a worthy destination.

Cheap tempura at Natsu
Cheap tempura at Natsu
09 Jan 2018

Cheap tempura at Natsu

Located at: Clementi Mall (Nearest MRT: Clementi)

As if the words “tempura kiosk” weren’t enticing enough, Natsu’s takeaway offerings are easy on the wallet. Prices start at $0.80 for a piece of sweet potato tempura, while tendon bowls start at $5.90. At just $1.50, you can swap your Japanese rice with matcha soba. And an onsen egg will set you back just another $1.50.

Other things you can eat or drink in the mall to make the journey worth it: Feeling full? Wash down that meal with….

 

Photogenic bubble tea at Bobii Frutti
Photogenic bubble tea at Bobii Frutti
09 Jan 2018

Photogenic bubble tea at Bobii Frutti

Located at: Clementi Mall (Nearest MRT: Clementi)

Look out, Gong Cha: Entertainer-turned-foodpreneur, Nat Ho, has brought Taiwan’s insanely Instagrammable Bobii Frutti bubble teas to Singapore. The first outlet, which opens in Clementi Mall tomorrow, Jan 10, features adorably layered drinks with names like Mermaid’s Tears and Don’t Want To Work. Bubbles come in three flavours: Original, Butterfly Pea, and Brown Sugar, and are flown in from Taiwan to ensure consistent quality. 

What else you can do in the mall to make the journey worth it: See previous slide!


Jiggly castella cakes at Grand Castella Cake
Jiggly castella cakes at Grand Castella Cake
09 Jan 2018

Jiggly castella cakes at Grand Castella Cake

Located at: NEX (Nearest MRT: Serangoon)

Looks like there’s room in town for yet another castella cake, and this time, it’s Taiwan’s famed Grand Castella Cake, a favourite among tourists in Tamsui Old Street in Taipei. These fluffy, jiggly pastries are not only baked on the spot, but they come in four varieties, including a new Pandan flavour exclusive to Singapore customers.

What else you eat or drink in the mall to make the journey worth it: Later this month, homegrown (and Taiwan-inspired) tea chain, Yuan Cha, will open its fourth shop at NEX. Unlike most other bubble tea chains, this one’s menu includes traditional brews like Tieguanyin and Pu Er tea, as well as a range of vinegar teas and osmanthus drinks. Definitely a must-visit for tea snobs islandwide.

 

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