Last Updated: November 22, 2020
We’ve aall been there—eating our feelings to cope with the stress of the daily grind. I know my proclivity towards that, so there’s no need to be ashamed. But at times, we just need a little boost to keep us going, so why not look at it as a bit of constructive self-indulgence?
The Bukit Timah-Holland belt is teeming with great food options, so if that’s not a call for some systematic indulgence, I don’t know what is.
Here is a list of 20 food places along Bukit Timah and Holland Road that you should know as you eat your way to emotional stability.
Kim’s Family Food Korean Restaurant is loved for their generous free flow ban chan (side dishes). Enjoy 12 assorted sides, such as kimchi cucumber and fish cakes. Ask the staff for refills if you’d like more.
Try the Beef Stew (S$15) for a hearty broth with a hint of welcome sweetness. They’re pretty generous with the beef, enoki mushrooms and glass noodles here. If you’re a fan of sukiyaki, you might like this for its similar taste.
Apart from that, give the Japchae (S$15) a try too. Made with sweet potato, these glass noodles are a refreshing option.
Kim’s Family Food Korean Restaurant: 17 Lorong Kilat, Kilat Court, #01-06, Singapore 598139 | Tel: +65 6465 0535 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 5pm – 9.30pm (Daily), Closed on 1st & 3rd Monday of the month | Facebook
For avid fans of Chicken Rice, here’s one you should check off your list. Chicken House prides themselves in their kampung-reared chickens, which give their soups, rice and meat a more intense flavour. The free-range chickens are touted to be smaller and more muscular. Try the Kampung Chicken Rice (S$6.50) for a taste of their speciality.
Balance your meal with a side of Soya Sauce Bean Sprouts (S$6) that’ll add a fresh crunch amidst the meat.
Sanpoutei Ramen brings you the full ramen experience with ingredients imported from Niigata, Japan and specially crafted bowls that retain heat. With ramen handmade daily to deliver the freshest and springy noodles, there’s nothing to say that Sanpoutei Ramen doesn’t pull out all the stops for their customers.
The Niigata Shoyu Ramen (from S$15) is a house special, made with a clear fish broth instead of the usual pork bone broth. This adaptation creates the more refined taste that distinguishes Sanpoutei Ramen from other ramen joints.
If that’s not enough to satiate your love for carbs, sneak an extra treat with the Butariki Niigata Rice Mini Don (S$5) for tantalising slices of fatty pork and egg yolk over rice.
Named after the island resort of Capri in Southern Italy, Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria brings the age-old taste of Italy to the heart of Binjai Park.
The Fettuccine alla Piemontese ($28) is a creamy pasta infused with truffle sauce. Homemade pasta, porcini mushrooms, air-dried beef and parma ham cubes make for a rich and indulgent meal.
Cut through the cream with a tangy Torta al Limone (S$12). This homemade lemon cake is full of fruity flavours that will give you the best sweet and astringent finale to your meal.
Choupinette, meaning ‘sweetie pie’ in French slang, is a cosy cafe that emulates the quaint aesthetic of European cafes. Open since 2002, the cafe serves egg brunches that everybody cannot stop talking about.
The Le Croque-madame (S$21) and Egg’s Royal’s (S$20) will transport you to the streets of Paris over brunch. The eggs here are nicely runny without being too firm or vinegary, making them very popular among the clientele.
If you’re here for the hot food, do be reminded that the kitchen’s last orders are one hour before the day’s closing time.
If you’re a fan of thin-crust pizza, Peperoni Pizzeria is your guy. Not only that—in times of indecision, they offer the Half & Half option for you to mix and match pizza flavours in one pie.
Combine the Speciale flavours, Portobello (White) and Chicken Truffle (White) in a Large 12” pizza (S$28). Or, if you’re feeling extra ravenous that day, go all out with the XXL 21” at S$62, fit to feed a king and some.
Part of the Les Amis group, Peperoni Pizzeria’s pizzas have enticed loyal customers since 2004. But don’t discount their delicious pasta dishes, like this Pesce Pasta (S$28), for a seafood lover’s dream.
Peperoni Pizzeria: 6 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, Singapore 289195 | Tel: +65 6465 6556 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 11pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri & Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun) | Other outlets | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Crown Bakery & Cafe exudes a regal yet comforting white and blue exterior, perfect for a lazy weekend brunch session.
For a classic egg-on-toast dish with a hearty twist, go for the Chilli Crab Egg & Sourdough (S$14.90++). Featuring a beautifully toasted slice of sourdough bread, the chilli crab sauce goes delectably well with the ricotta cheese and scrambled eggs. Don’t worry about eating an inferno in the early morning; this chilli crab sauce places more emphasis on the tomato so that it’s tangier than it is spicy.
Another highly recommended dish is the Avocado Tartine (S$17.90++). This plate explodes with flavour from the mix of avocado, spices, feta, and pomegranate, exemplifying how harmony can be found in vividly contrasting textures.
Crown Bakery & Cafe: 557 Bukit Timah Road, Crown Centre, #01-03, Singapore 269694 | Tel: +65 6463 3066 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 6.30pm (Sun to Thu), 7.30am – 9.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Fosters might be a steakhouse, but the first thing I associate with them is their delicious scones.
The Devonshire Cream Tea Set (S$11.50++) features a tantalising array of cake, finger sandwiches, and their moreish freshly baked scones. Enjoy the scones with the butter, home-made strawberry preserve and fresh cream served on the side. The set also comes with a cup of coffee or a pot of tea. Do note that this set is only served from 3pm to 5pm.
Of course, if you’re in the mood for something more heavy and substantial, don’t miss out on the steaks that Fosters is named for. Try the US Black Angus Ribeye Steak (S$48) for a tender and juicy Ribeye grilled to perfection.
Located at Serene Centre, La Petite Cuisine is a bistro serving up relatively affordable French dishes in a casual dining atmosphere.
The Confit De Canard with Gratin Potatoes (S$21) comes highly recommended for its crispy skin and succulent meat.
Another mention-worthy item is the Escargots Bourgogne Served on Croissant (S$17). Six pieces of escargot in garlic, basil, creamy sauce sit in a crispy croissant with fresh diced tomatoes, herbs and butter. The flaky pastry and thick, heavy sauce is a delectable combination.
The place seems to boast inconsistent service, but these items still sound like a must-try if you’re willing to overlook that.
La Petite Cuisine: 10 Jalan Serene, Serene Centre, #01-02, Singapore 258748 | Tel: +65 6314 3173 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 9.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Come to Greenwood Fish Market for Oyster Tuesdays, and enjoy fresh house oysters at S$1.95++ per piece and 35% off a la carte oyster orders.
With a wide range of oysters in their a la carte menu, treat yourself to the likes of the Gillardeau No. 3 (S$9.95) for a meaty, tender and crunchy indulgence.
Not a fan of seafood? Greenwood Fish Market still has something for you with their selection of burgers and pizzas. The Angus Burger (S$22.95) features a thick patty cooked to medium-rare, stacked with butter-slicked portobello mushrooms, caramelised onions, fried caper aioli and gherkins inside a pillowy brioche bun.
Now you don’t have to feel FOMO when your seafood-loving friends flock to Greenwood Fish Market without you.
Martin Zwerts from the Netherlands is famous for their fries and fusion flavours. At this takeaway stall, expect unique tastes that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in Singapore.
Try the Regular Fries (S$6.50) with the MZ Special Sauce. Their full range of sauces will touch every inch of your palate with the mix of sweet, savoury and tangy notes.
Apart from that, Martin Zwerts also offers a range of Dutch delicacies such as the Kroket Combo (S$11.90), a deep-fried breaded snack.
Occupying what used to be the old Bukit Timah fire station, Spruce is an attractive restaurant for first dates and languid evenings out.
Try the Spruce Hot Wings (S$17) for a light and crispy quick bite. Spruce makes their wings different from others with a unique batter that retains its crispiness even after the food has been left sitting for a while. The accompanying homemade spicy tomato sauce is also served separately to let you control how drenched you’d like your wings to be.
Don’t miss out on their beers, such as the Beer Bucket Promotion (S$55) with your choice of any five bottles.
Spruce at Fire Station: 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190 | Tel: +65 8201 0211 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 12am (Mon to Fri), 9am – 12am (Sat & Sun) | Other outlets | Facebook | Instagram | Website
From its inception in 2007, locally-grown ice cream outfit, Udders, has been innovating and serving up delicious and punny ice cream flavours to what has become a regular clientele.
Pick your favourite flavour from their Classic, Premium and Connoisseur ranges. Whether you prefer fruity flavours like the Strawberry Fields or more robust ones like the Tira-miss-u, you’ll find something that you like here.
Prices depend on the range you pick from and the number of scoops you choose. For example, you can get a double scoop of Classic flavours at S$6.80.
Also, did you know that waffles here go at S$1 on rainy days?
Udders Ice Cream: 17 Lorong Kilat, Kilat Court, #01-09, Singapore 598139 | Tel: +65 6466 1055 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thu), 12pm – 12am (Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun) | Other outlets | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Enjoy a few lazy hours at Meat n’ Chill over, as their name suggests, juicy succulent steak and tempting desserts.
The New York Strip Flame Grilled Steak (S$19 for 250g) is a smoky and rich option that would go well with a lighter side like Pickled Celery and Green Salad.
If you have space left, don’t miss out on the homemade desserts, such as the Apple Blueberry Cobbler (S$8) or the Affogato (S$6).
Meat n’ Chill: 805 Bukit Timah Road, 6th Avenue Centre, #01-04, Singapore 279883 | Tel: +65 8812 4455 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 9pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Ristorante Da Valentino exudes a posh Italian restaurant vibe with its atmospheric mood lighting and fancy tableware.
For a refreshing start to your meal, try the Burrata e Pomodori Datterini (S$29.90).
If you’re a fan of the aromas of truffle, the Ravioli ai Funghi Porcini (S$35.90) is for you. This dish speaks decadence with its homemade ravioli with quality porcini mushrooms, drizzled in truffle oil.
This place sounds perfect to bring your loved ones for a private celebration, be it a birthday, an anniversary, or simply just to celebrate the end of a challenging week.
Ristorante Da Valentino: 200 Turf Club Road, The Grand Stand, #01-19, Singapore 287994 | Tel: +65 6462 0555 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Facebook | Instagram | Website
Always bustling with customers, Al-Azhar Restaurant maintains its charm with the delectable and kaleidoscopic menu options and open-air dining space. Come hungry and you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to order.
Whatever you do, don’t miss out on trying their naans, such as this Kashmiri Naan (S$4.80). This crispy clay oven-roasted bread is aromatic and satisfying. Topped with raisins, almonds and cashew nuts, you’ll swoon over the sheer fragrance of it.
Al-Azhar also serves a mean Dhall (S$5.90) which I personally am a fan of.
Located on the rooftop of Beauty World Centre, Pink Candy is a humble hawker stall selling homely Korean cuisine.
One of the highlights that I find myself repeatedly ordering here is the Army Stew (S$21.90). Large enough to serve two to three people, this hot pot of bubbling spicy broth is perfect to share on a rainy day with friends.
The sausages, rice cakes and kimchi are particularly memorable for the rich tastiness they add to the whole experience. For that added hit of creaminess, a slice of cheese melts slowly over the entire mixture.
Personally, a Korean meal isn’t complete without a savoury pancake—get the Seafood Pancake (S$12.90) for a crispy side.
They’re very generous with the squid and prawns, which go well with the slightly vinegary dipping sauce on the side. I like how there’s a good volume of pancake dough to chew on despite the generous fillings.
Pink Candy: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Centre, #04-60, Singapore 588177 | Tel: +65 9170 2365 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 9pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue | Facebook | Instagram | Website
For all the proclaimed-authentic and fancy Italian restaurants around, sometimes all we want is a hearty and down-to-earth pasta and pizza. Spizza is the place for that—affordable, delicious, and dependable.
The pizzas here are named after ladies’ names, and though that can get a little confusing especially if you’re beside yourself with hunger, they have their charm. The Laura (S$19 for medium, S$23 for large) is a four cheese pizza with a blend of mozzarella, taleggio, smoked scamorza and gorgonzola.
Against the tangy tomato base, this creamy cheese combo works delectably well with the thin pizza crust.
Spizza also offers the option of customising your own pasta from their selection of dry pasta types and sauces. Prices start from S$17, with the option to top up for fresh pasta (+S$0.50) and sauces under the Favourites (+S$1.80) and Specialty (+S$2.50) sections.
Spizza: 271 Bukit Timah Road, Balmoral Plaza, #01-09, Singapore 259708 | Tel: +65 6333 8148 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun) | Other outlets | Facebook | Instagram | Website
One of Singapore’s oldest Mexican restaurants, Cha Cha Cha is usually lively with customers getting their burrito fix. Try the Shredded Chicken Burrito (S$16) for a hearty wrap filled with melted cheese, refried beans, Mexican rice, lettuce and jalapenos.
If you’d like more action during your meal, opt for the Beef Fajitas (S$24), where you can help yourself to the meat from the sizzling hot plate to wrap in the flour tortillas.
The Affogato Bar takes the affogato dessert to new levels of complexity in their cosy space at Cluny Court. Instead of your usual vanilla-ice-cream-floating-in-espresso situation, think affogatos with cake, sorbets, and even homemade cream cheese.
The Carota Carota (S$13.90) involves carrot cake ice cream, carrot cake, chopped walnuts, homemade cream cheese. Mocharoma espresso tops the entire dessert off, mingling with the spongy and nutty combination to create a robust sweet and acidic flavour profile.
You can also try their savoury offerings with their Breakfast Club (S$13.90) bagel sandwich, which can provide some contrast to the dessert.
So, there we have it—20 food spots along Bukit Timah and Holland Road for you to eat your feelings. With the range of cuisines and price points mentioned, I hope you find something that suits your emotional needs.
As for me, I definitely am not about to burn a hole in my wallet, what are you talking about?