Food

17 Must Try Places to Eat in Bukit Timah and Holland Road

Last Updated: December 26, 2016

Written by Nick Chee

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To most Singaporeans, the Bukit Timah-Holland belt is known for the ‘McDonald’s at the now demolished King Albert Park’ or a ‘super expensive housing district‘ with big houses and flashy condominiums. Unbeknownst to many, there’s actually quite a bit of good food in this area, and not all are over the top “atas” prices as many might assume.

Since I stay around the area, I thought it my residential duty to come up with some recommendations around this lively area. Here is my list of must try places to eat in Bukit Timah and Holland area worth paying a visit to.

1. Kim’s Family Food Korean Restaurant

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There are are lots of Korean eateries dotted around the island but quite a number of the good ones are located around the Duxton district. Most of the existing ones around the Bukit Timah-Holland belt are pretty much BBQ places with decent meats but above-average sides. If you are looking for an authentic Korean meal, Kim’s is probably where you should visit. The Banchan (side dishes) here are free and refillable, so eat as much kimchi as you can. Do try the Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake) and the Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew).

There’s a Korean supermarket just a few doors away as well if you are looking for Korean tidbits.

Address: 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-06 Kilat Court, Singapore 598139 | Facebook
Operating Hours: 12pm to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm (Closed 1st & 3rd Mondays)

2. Kampong Chicken Rice Chicken House

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One of the lesser-known (for now!) chicken rice places in Singapore that serves up decent Kampong Chicken (Probably better than Five Star). If strong flavours and firm meats are your thing, do stop by. Also located at Lorong Kilat.

Address: 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-01 Kilat Court, Singapore 598139
Operating hours: 10.30am – Till Sold Out (might be as early as 7pm)

Related Guide: Best Chicken Rice in Singapore You can Find

3. Sanpoutei Ramen

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There are many Ramen eateries in Singapore but few hit the mark. Brought in by Breadtalk/Ramenplay, Sanpoutei traces its lineage to Niigata, Japan. If you are into strong and flavourful shoyu broths, do stop by. If one bowl of ramen doesn’t fill your empty belly, do try the Butariki Niigata rice mini don – slices of fatty pork over rice topped off with a raw egg yolk.

Address: 253 Holland Ave #01-01, Singapore 278982 | Website
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 11pm (Daily)

4. Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria

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Named after the island of Capri in Southern Italy, this casual and intimate eatery in Binjai Park serves authentic Italian fare at very affordable prices. Must tries include their homemade pasta and in house cured meats, especially their homemade pork sausage.

Address: 3 Binjai Park, Singapore 589819 |Website
Operating Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (Tue to Sun)

5. Choupinette

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It’s really hard to find good eggs benedicts; most often they are either too firm or reeking of white vinegar. The cosy cafe called Choupinette does it just right, with nice runny eggs done to perfection. The eggs benedict for brunch is a popular choice for many.  It’s a small outfit with limited seating so rise early or be prepared to queue on the weekends.

Address: 607 Bukit Timah Rd #01-01, Bukit Timah, Singapore 269708 | Facebook
Operating Hours: 8am to 7pm (Tue to Sat) 8am to 6pm (Sun)

6. Peperoni Pizzeria

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Part of the Les Amis group, Peperoni Pizzeria has been serving mouth-watering Pizzas since 2004. Drop by for hearty Italian goodness in a homely atmosphere and do try their wood-fired oven pizzas.

Peperoni Pizzeria also does deliveries as well and it’s much faster than the junk food chains.

Address: Peperoni @ Greenwood, 6 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289195 | Website
Operating Hours: 12pm to 10.30pm (Mon to Sat) 11am to 10.30pm (Sun) Closed from 3pm to 5pm (Mon to Thu)

Address: Peperoni @ Binjai, 7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821
Operating Hours: 12pm to 10.30pm (Mon to Sat) 11am to 10.30pm (Sun) Closed from 3pm to 5pm (Mon to Thu)

7. Mookalicious

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The first and only Mookata eatery in this entire district just opened in early October 2014 and I have already been here three times. Be prepared to queue on weekends!

Parking is quite limited in this area due to the Downtown MRT line works and there’s no MRT station yet. Just park at the Toh Yi Drive private estate and it’s a 5 minute walk away.

Address: 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-01 Kilat Court, Singapore 598139 | Facebook
Operating Hours: 5pm to 12am (Daily)

8. Fosters Steakhouse

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One of the little known places that serves a very reasonably priced high tea set ($11.50++ per set), Fosters steakhouse has been around since the 1960s. Lunch set menus are affordable and they are know for their English-style steaks. This is the place to go for ye good olde Britannia experience.

Address: 277 Holland Ave, Holland Village, Singapore 278994 | Website
Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm (Sun to Thu) 11am to 1am (Fri/Sat)

9. La Petite Cuisine

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Reasonable priced French food? That’s unfathomable! La Petitie Cuisine delivers very wallet friendly and delicious French favourites. Do try the duck confit, crispy skin over succulent tender meat. You might bump into local celebrity Stephanie Sun doing a McDonald’s run just next door.

Address: 10 Jalan Serene, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 9.30pm (Tue to Sun)

10. Hatched

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Eggs. Eggs. Eggs. Baked , boiled , fried , scrambled, and poached, Hatched does it all. If you want an all day breakfast at reasonable prices, this is the spot for you. It’s more wallet friendly than its counterparts. I assume you like eggs if you choose to dine here.

Address: Hatched @ Holland Village, 267 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278989 | Website
Operating Hours: 9am to 11pm(Tue to Sun)

Address: Hatched @ Evans Lodge, 26 Evans Road, Singapore 259367
Operating Hours: 8am to 5pm (Tue to Sun)

11. Greenwood Fish Market

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If you love fish and chips, this is the place to go as it serves one of Singapore’s best. If you love oysters,come on Tuesdays – unlimited fresh oysters at $1.50 each with a main course.

Address: 34 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289236 | Website
Operating Hours: 11 am to 10.30 pm

12. Omakase Burger @ Grandstand

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An American burger joint with a Japanese name; Omakase simply means ‘let the chef decide’, but you still have to look through a menu here. Omakase Burger uses premium grade USDA beef for their homemade patties which are grilled only upon order thus guaranteeing a juicy centre. Just avoid meal times as the quality diminishes and leaves more to be desired.

Address: 200 Turf Club Road #01-05, Bukit Timah, Singapore 287994 | Website
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 3.30pm, 5pm to 9.30pm (Mon to Thu) 11am to 10pm (Fri to Sun)

13. Ristorante Pizzeria Giuseppe

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Photo: CLF

This is a personal favourite of mine. The lasagna and tiramisu are a must to order. Do ask for their secret off the menu dishes (e.g Lamb Risotto, which is really really good), you will be blown away.

Address: 24 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289221
Operating Hours: 12pm to 2.45pm, 6pm to 10pm (Tue to Sun)

14. Spruce At Fire Station, Upper Bukit Timah

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Occupying the compound that was once the old Bukit Timah fire station, this is a perfect place for first dates or just to chill out. Their weekend brunch is delish and absolutely worth it.

Also, beer is reasonably priced here!

Address: 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588213  | Website
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 12.30am (Tue to Thu) 11.30am to 1am (Fri) 9am to 1am (Sat) 9am to 12.30am (Sun/PH)

15. Udders Ice Cream & The Udder Pancake

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Udders has been around for a couple of years serving home made ice creams. The Udder Pancake is the new kid on the block having opened in November 2014. It serves all day breakfasts, hearty mains, and there’s a decent selection of craft beers although that’s not really their focus.

Address: 17 Lorong Kilat #01-08/09, Singapore 280567 | Website
Operating Hours: 12pm to 11pm (Sun to Thu) 12pm to 12am (Fri/Sat, eve of PH)

16. Little Hiro

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Formerly housing the Burger Shack, this eatery has had a menu and brand revamp to feature Japanese-Hawaiian BBQ and grill options while retaining several of its popular burgers and pasta. The waffles and the chicken are must haves especially since the chicken is fried in a lighter tempura style rather than the Southern chicken variety.

Address: 559 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269695 | Website
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm (Sun to Thu) 11.30am to 10pm (Fri/Sat)

17. Meat n’ Chill

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From the inside, Meat n’ Chill’s fully-functioning air-conditioning unit and cozy interior will make you feel like kicking back and spending the rest of the day away from the sultry sun, eating and drinking with friends for hours on end at Bukit Timah.

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From extremely savoury meats to murderous spicy wings, there’s a little for everyone at this laid-back diner. Prices are really reasonable on the meats and platters, and there’s even a free flow nugget and fries deal for $12 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

Address: 805 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 279883 | Tuesday to Sunday 1100-2300, Closed on Mondays | Tel: 6219 7460 | Website

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Editor’s end notes

You may well disagree with me on my selection of the list must-try eateries but these are the ones I patronise on a regular basis as someone ‘in the hood’.  Nonetheless, do share your thoughts and comments as well as more suggestions where else I can eat in Bukit Timah or Holland road – I would be most interested to read them.

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