Last Updated: May 15, 2019
Rangoon Road is one of those underrated locales with much potential to become the next Keong Saik or Holland Village. In the last few years, quite a few eateries have opened along this stretch of road that’s right next to Farrer Park MRT Station.
Regardless of whether you fancy Asian or Western food, or simply want to head somewhere to grab dessert, there’s something at Rangoon Road that’ll satisfy your taste buds. Here’s my list of the eight must-try eats along Rangoon Road!
Perhaps one of the newest additions to Rangoon Road, Western Wrestler is located at Hoe Lye Coffeeshop.
It prides itself on being able to serve up huge portions of delicious Western food (fit for a wrestler!) at relatively wallet-friendly prices.
We absolutely loved the Sumo Curry Chicken Chop (S$7.80). The chicken cutlet was huge and thick, and cooked really well. The chicken was juicy and tender, retaining all that sweet and meaty flavours without compromising on the mouthfeel.
Western Wrestler sets itself apart by pairing this chicken chop with a mildly sweet Japanese curry sauce, which I felt went really well with the meat.
We also had the Ultimate Duo Chicken (S$12.80), which did not disappoint! Matching the high standard of the Sumo Curry Chicken Chop, the Ultimate Duo Chicken features two chicken cutlets for double the satisfaction. You can choose whether you want the cutlets grilled or fried.
I really liked how crispy and generous the breading was, providing a satisfying crunch to each bite without being overly oily.
Lastly, I had the Blue Pea Flower Rice with Chicken Wings (S$5.50). At this price point, you get four pieces of chicken wings/drumlets, paired with coleslaw made in-house as well as fragrant blue pea flower rice.
The chicken was really fragrant and made my mouth water, however, the rice was a tad on the dry side and lacked any punchy flavours.
In any case, Western Wrestler has really left a positive impression on me with the massive servings and good food. You won’t be walking away without feeling absolutely stuffed!
Western Wrestler: 97 Rangoon Road (Hoe Lye Coffeeshop), Singapore 218382 | Tel: +65 9168 9929 | Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Daily) | Facebook
It’s hard to miss Brunches Café when you walk past it, with its retro-themed decoration just screaming at you to come right in.
The interior is decked out with vintage items that you can actually purchase!
I had to try their Golden Risotto Ball with Red Wine Beef Stew (S$19.90). The crispy rice balls were stuffed with bacon bits and a gooey cheese centre, with a generous portion of red wine beef stew.
This was certainly a hearty meal. Crunchy and pleasing, the risotto ball also had a buttery sweetness which I liked.
Surprisingly, the star of this dish was, in fact, the beef. Brunches Cafe did not scrimp here, serving up huge chunks of stewed beef that were super tender and fell apart easily.
The gaminess was turned down a few notches due to the stewing process, though the meat was still full-bodied and sweet.
The Pan-fried Salmon Steak with Hollandaise Sauce (S$18.50) features a thick cut of salmon on a bed of mashed potatoes. The salmon skin was cooked well, with a crispy skin but the meat was on the dry side.
The hollandaise sauce helped to add some flavour to the otherwise bland mashed potatoes. I personally quite liked the honey mustard dressing that came with the salad as it had a zesty tang to it that complemented the delicate salmon well.
Brunches Cafe serves up hearty and filling foods, and I love the distinct “home-cooked” feel to the dishes. The unique theme and cosy ambience make it a pretty great cafe to visit with family and friends.
Non-Entrée Desserts is home to wacky creations inspired by local favourites. You might have heard of foods disguised as ordinary objects, but this place takes it to a whole new level!
You’ll love the Singapore Breakfast (S$13.90). While it looks like a classic kaya and toast set from the neighbourhood coffee shop, you’d be surprised to find out that this is a full-fledged dessert.
The ‘soft-boiled egg’ is completely edible, including the ‘shell’ that’s actually white chocolate. Creamy coconut panna cotta made for a very believable egg white.
On the side is the ‘kaya toast’, consisting of a thick block of kaya parfait sandwiched between two slices of super crispy toast. The kaya parfait was super light in taste and flavour, and the experience was like eating an ice cream sandwich.
Get ready to have your minds truly blown by their new-age bowl of Bak Chor Mee (S$14.90). The mango vermicelli ‘noodles’ and pudding is seasoned with aged balsamic vinegar and raspberry reduction ‘chilli’.
It’s also topped with sesame snow ‘minced meat’, coconut crumble as ‘pork lard’, sea coconut for ‘mushrooms’ and coconut lime parfait for a ‘fishball’.
Everyone should drop by this place for some unconventional desserts at least once. Not only is the quality of food here good, you simply won’t be able to find a concept like this anywhere else!
Non Entrée Desserts: 204 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218451 | Tel: +65 9878 6543 | Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Tue – Thu), 2pm – 11pm (Fri), 12noon – 11pm (Sat), 12noon – 10pm (Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook
Enchanted Café is yet another eatery with a unique theme, where you can get transported right into the pages of a fairy tale here.
It’s famous for the Sorcerer’s Elixir (S$9.90), a punchy lychee drink that slowly dissipated to a lighter, floral taste.
The deep, blue drink turns into a pretty shade of purple after you swirl in a mysterious orange liquid.
What really caught my attention were the little glittery bits that swirl around amidst the tendrils of smoke from the dry ice. Absolutely stunning! You’ll want to have your phones ready to post this all over your social media feeds.
If you like ngoh hiang (five spice pork rolls wrapped in beancurd skin), there’s one item you’ll love here.
Enchanted Cafe has taken the meat filling and incorporated it into a burger patty for their Ngoh Hiang Burger (S$18.90) which I really enjoyed. The bits of water chestnut added a really nice crunch, and the black garlic sauce brought a nice earthiness to the dish.
Drop by with your friends for the aesthetic food and drinks that are sure to enchant you!
Enchanted Cafe: 88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374 | Tel: +65 8813 1086 | Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Sun – Thu), 9am – 10.30pm (Fri & Sat) | Facebook
Old Hen Coffee Bar might be small in size, but it manages to exude a cosy and laid-back charm. Let the calming ambience of this little bar take away your worries as you sit by the bay window, sipping on your coffee.
The Cold Brew Coffee Creamy White (S$6.00) was silky smooth and was mildly sweet, with close to no acidity or bitter aftertaste detected.
It’s the kind of drink that I would want to have over and over again on scorching hot days, which is every day here in sunny Singapore.
Old Hen Coffee Bar might specialize in well-priced and high-quality coffees, but they also offer a rather extensive food menu to go with your drinks.
I tried the Banana Chocolate Waffle with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (S$14), which was pretty good. The waffles had a mild sweetness to it and were super soft and airy.
The banana slices tasted a little odd, perhaps because they left out for a tad too long, but the sunflower seeds and mixed nuts added an extra crunch which I enjoyed.
Make sure you have the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream here as it’s pretty good! It was super buttery and smooth, and since it’s made from real vanilla beans and not the extract, you’re getting your money’s worth.
Most people might already be familiar with Rangoon Road for the famous Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh. Did you know that this charming street also houses another heavyweight?
Previously known as Founder Bak Kut Teh, Legendary Bak Kut Teh serves up bak kut teh that even celebrities love.
Many local and overseas celebrities like Fann Wong, Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou and even Hong Kong actor Emil Chau have graced this eatery with their presence, so there is no way I could have left this place off the list.
It has been said that Jay Chou enjoyed his bowl of Bak Kut Teh (S$8) so much the first time he ate it that he ordered takeaway the very next day!
I love the broth here and would travel down just for it. Naturally sweet from pork, the soup finishes off with a nice peppery kick. The generous slices of pork here have plenty of marbling and are also highly enjoyable when dipped in chilli sauce.
On good days, the pork meat is also fall-off-the-bone tender, but when I went down, the meat was a bit chewy.
Legendary Bak Kut Teh: 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431 | Tel: +65 6292 0938 | Opening Hours: 9am – 10.30pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Website
Tie Fun Wan, opened by Chef Ken Chia of Rice & Fries, is one of the newest additions to the Rangoon Road community.
In a short period of time that it’s been open, business has been booming, with more and more people coming down to this homely space to get local comfort food.
I started off with the Honey Wings (S$8 for 5 pieces). Delightfully fragrant and tender, the chicken thigh fillet tore apart easily.
The chicken paired nicely with a sweet honey glaze, which had subtle alcoholic notes. We later found out that the wings were marinated in rose wine, prepared in-house by Chef Ken.
I then tried the raved-about 72-Hr Slow Cooked Beef (S$14). The first thing I noticed was that the slices of tender Australian Angus beef broke apart easily. This dish came with Japanese pearl rice drenched in a sweet sauce which complemented the beef’s gamey sweetness.
Flame-torching the beef before cooking it sous vide style locks in the subtle, charred smokiness that enhanced the entire dish.
Tie Fun Wan is great for a nice, chill catch-up with your pals over local comfort food. It might get pretty packed soon though, with the hype around it building up!
Tie Fun Wan: 89 Rangoon Road, #01-03, Singapore 218375 | Tel: +65 9738 6648 | Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm (Lunch, Mon – Fri), 5pm – 11.30pm (Dinner, Mon – Fri), 11am – 12midnight (Sat & Sun) | Facebook | Website
It seems to me that every time I go out with my friends, we’ll wrap up the night over a big bowl of bingsu.
There’s just something about this icy-cold bowl of creamy goodness that makes it perfect as a dessert. Luckily, Rangoon Road has the perfect spot for this, at the Oriental Ice Bistro.
This crazy bingsu spot boasts what could be the largest bingsu in Singapore! Their Overdose Bingsu (S$24.90) is practically three normal servings crammed into one massive bowl. The serving size is so large that you might want to have a light dinner (or skip dinner) before coming here.
When I tried the Overdose Bingsu, there were three distinct flavours — chocolate banana, matcha and Oreo. There’s definitely something for everyone, no matter how many friends you bring along.
The flavours here are quite pronounced, and the shaved ice was subtly milky too, which I take to be the mark of good bingsu.
I liked how the little Oreo bits gave some extra crunch and enhanced the entire dining experience.
I was quite impressed with the double chocolate brownie perched precariously atop the mountain of shaved ice, and the injeolmi rice cakes surrounding it. You can even squeeze the condensed milk out of a syringe!
I also tried out the Salty Mr Brown (S$12.90) milkshake which was super Instagrammable. I liked the burnt salted caramel and little kick from the cinnamon here, which rounded out the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream scoop.
If you’re craving bingsu, head over to Oriental Ice Bistro. You won’t be disappointed!
Oriental Ice Bar: 89 Rangoon Road, #01-30, Singapore 218375 | Tel: +65 6635 7426 | Opening Hours: 1pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Tue, Thu – Fri), 12.30pm – 11pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Wed | Facebook
That’s our list of eight eats you definitely should keep in mind the next time you’re in the area!