10 best food spots in Tampines Mall for the whole family

Tampines Mall was built in 1995, and it has stood the test of time. For the past 30 years, it’s been the go-to family mall in the area, with over 5 levels of retail space housing more than 160 tenants that span F&B, retail and entertainment.

I’ve spent most of my childhood trawling through Tampines’ trifecta of malls (the OG Tampines Mall, Century Square, and Tampines 1), as well as the relatively newer Our Tampines Hub, and I can safely say that Tampines is one of the reasons why the hashtag #EastSideBestSide exists— because you will never run out of food options here.

Looking for the next place to hit up with your family this weekend? Here are 10 best food spots in Tampines Mall that’s perfect for the whole family.

1. White Express (#B1-K17)

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Did you know that the original white bee hoon was founded by Mr Tay King Huak in 1999? This famous dish comprises rice vermicelli soaked in a rich broth and comes with egg, seafood and vegetables, and most will associate it with White Restaurant and its snaking queues at Jalan Tampang in Sembawang.

Want to grab a taste of the well-known white bee hoon without travelling to Sembawang? White Restaurant has now expanded to 7 outlets in Singapore, including Jewel Changi Airport and Suntec City. Its first-ever White Express, can be found at the basement of Tampines Mall. 

This express concept caters to smaller dining groups or busy individuals looking for a quick and fuss-free meal, with a much tighter one-page menu.

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What goes into a plate of White Beehoon (S$4.80)? Vermicelli cooked in a secret broth that’s packed with flavours, prawns, squid and vegetables such as chye sim

Though this might look incredibly simple, the broth is said to be the hero of the show, with a sweet yet full-bodied stocky flavour that many have tried to recreate, without success.

If you’re not up for White Beehoon, White Express also sells dishes from its sister brand, Fei Lou Fatt, so you can grab a bowl of Prawn Noodle (S$6.80) or Big Prawn Pao Fan (S$8) here too.

+65 6908 1023
Daily: 11am – 10pm
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2. So Pho (#04-30)

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Halal-certified So Pho is where you can head to if you’re craving a piping hot bowl of pho. This popular Vietnamese noodle soup dish is my ultimate comfort food— I love the savoury, beefy soup that’s packed with fresh notes from the herbs and garnishes. 

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So Pho offers 2 main types of phoPho Noodle Soup and Pho Spicy Noodle Soup, all of which use broth that’s cooked with cinnamon, star anis, ginger, and a bunch of spices and herbs. 

Prices go by the type of protein you’ve picked, and it can range from the classic Sliced Beef (Pho Noodle Soup) (S$9.80) to the Marbled Sirloin Beef w Beef Balls (Pho Spicy Noodle Soup) (S$17.50).

Pair your pho with authentic Vietnamese side dishes like Summer Rolls w Prawns, Grilled Chicken and Chicken Ham (from S$5.60), and don’t forget to try the Vietnamese Egg Coffee (S$6.50) too!

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3. Seorae (#B1-02)

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Seorae first started out in South Korea in Apr 2007 as Seorae Galmaegi, the leading brand for skirt meat. 

Also known as galmaegisal, this particular cut of meat was so prized for its perfect distribution of fat and meat that it was only reserved for monarchs and royal families. To put it into perspective, a fully-grown pig or cow produces only 250g of such meat!

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At Seorae, grab a taste of the elusive Galmaegisal at just S$23.90. You can try its Original, which features 170g of pork skirt-meat marinated with authentic Korean spices, or go for other options like Spicy and Garlic for a kick of flavour. 

Want the best of the best? Seorae offers the King Galmaegisal 3-in-1 (S$32.90 for 270g, S$59.90 for 500g), which has all 3 flavours.

Apart from galmaegisal, Seorae has a wide variety of meats and cuts to cater to your preferences. For example, there’s the Black Pork Samgyeobsal (S$23.90), aka pork belly, Woosamgyeob (S$25.90), which is U.S. beef short plate, and even ox tongue, or Wooseol (S$24.90).

For a list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.
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4. Itacho Sushi (#04-32)

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Located on the 4th floor of Tampines Mall is Itacho Sushi, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant with a total of 7 locations in Singapore. 

All food ingredients for Itacho Sushi are mainly sourced from Tokyo, Hokkaido and Kyushu, and directly shipped to the restaurants for maximum freshness.

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There’s only one thing I get while I’m at Itacho Sushi— the sashimi and sushi. From fresh Salmon Sushi (S$2 per piece) to Blue Fin Tuna Sushi (S$3.80 per piece), Itacho Sushi has got most of your sushi needs covered. 

If you’re ordering to share, go straight for its rolls and assorted sets, like the Avocado & Soft Shell Crab Roll (S$7.20 for 2 pieces) and Ume Sashimi Set (S$32). There are also plenty of Japanese main dishes like the Bara Chirashi (S$16.60) and Udon/Soba in Soup w/ Beef (S$14.50).

For a list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.
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5. Swensen’s (#03-30)

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I’ve been dining at Tampines Mall’s Swensens for close to a decade now, ever since I was in secondary school, so trust me when I say that this particular outlet is more of a legend than anything else.

Apart from the lovely light streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the restaurant, what I love most about Swensens’ Tampines Mall outlet is how spacious it is, making it a really ideal and fuss-free spot for a family dinner or date, no matter what day of the week.

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Apart from a range of affordable main dishes like its Baked Spaghetti Bolognaise (S$15.60), Fish and Chips (S$15.60) and Southern Style Chicken ‘N’ Waffle (S$14.90), what sets Swensen’s apart from other Western restaurants are its dessert offerings.

Of course, this is due to Swensen’s history, when Earle Swensen opened his first ice cream shop in San Francisco in 1948 offering ice cream as “good as Father used to make”. Ever since then, more than 180 flavours of ice cream have been created!

My personal favourite (and the one I always insist on ordering whenever I’m at Swensen’s) is the Sticky Chewy Chocolate (S$11.80), a delicious combination of sticky, chocolatey ice cream with hot fudge. Other hot favourites include Earthquake (S$23.80), which features 8 scoops of ice cream and 8 toppings, and Swensen’s Banana Split (S$12.80).

For a list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.
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6. Alley Wei (#B1-K21)

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Dishing out unique Taiwanese-Chinese food in the basement of Tampines Mall is halal-certified Alley Wei. They also have a second outlet at Northpoint City!

Alley Wei specialises in beancurd (both sweet and savoury), as well as other popular Taiwanese dishes like beef noodles, pancakes, dumplings and buns.

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Feeling adventurous? You should try Alley Wei’s Beef Beancurd (Hot) (S$5.80). Yes, this actually features silky soft beancurd with beef! 

While our writer wasn’t a fan when he tried this at the Northpoint City outlet, his dining partner polished off the entire bowl, as she enjoyed the interesting textural combinations of beef slices and beancurd.

You can always fall back on Alley Wei’s traditional Sweet Beancurd (Hot) (S$2.60) or Almond Soybean Milk (Hot/Cold) (S$2.50), and pair that with Scallion Pancake (S$4.20) or Youtiao (S$1.80).

Daily: 11am – 9pm
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7. Express Teppan-Yaki (#B1-K22)

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Walk along the basement of Tampines Mall, and you’ll smell Express Teppan-Yaki even before you see it. With live chefs cooking your food right in front of your eyes, Express Teppan-Yaki offers diners an affordable and fuss-free teppanyaki experience.

This is a simple yet classic teppanyaki eatery that I remember visiting when I was still schooling. Its wallet-friendly set meals were a lifesaver!

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Express Teppan-yaki’s prices start from S$10.50 for the Grilled Mushroom Teppan-Yaki, with popular options like the Sliced Pork/Beef with Chilli and Garlic Teppan-Yaki setting you back by S$12.60.

Depending on your choice of protein, it can even go up to S$23.90 for options like the Seafood Varieties (Fish, King Prawn, Squid, Oyster & Scallop) Teppan-Yaki. All teppanyaki sets come with soup, rice, bean sprouts and vegetables.

+65 6781 5340
Daily: 11.15am – 9pm
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8. Tokyo Shokudo (#04-02)

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Tokyo Shokudo can be found on the 4th floor of Tampines Mall, and this halal-certified Japanese restaurant brings the best of what Japan has to offer to the Muslim community in Singapore. It sells ramen and tendon, both of which utilise a no pork no lard recipe.

You might be interested to know that the folks behind Tokyo Shokudo (aka Japan Foods Holding) are also responsible for well-loved Japanese eateries like AFURI, Akimitsu, Ajisen Ramen and Menya Musashi, and that Tokyo Shokudo is the group’s first halal-certified concept!

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There’s something for everyone at Tokyo Shokudo, starting from its Original Chicken Ramen (S$9.90) and Signature Tendon (S$13.90), the latter of which comes with prawn, fish, egg, nori, assorted vegetables and rice. You can also pick between Signature Sauce and Spicy Sauce for your choice of tendon sauce.

Feeling bougie? Go for its Asari Spicy Ramen (S$14.990), which comes with clams, the loaded Ebi Tempura & Beef Shabu Don (S$13.90), or the Beef Suki Ramen (S$14.90).

+65 6786 3221
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
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9. Nando’s (#01-46)

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To get to Nando’s at Tampines Mall, you’ll have to walk along the outside of the mall, until you reach where it faces Century Square. Nando’s hails from South Africa, and it’s a restaurant specialising in flame-grilled chicken. In fact, the first Nando’s opened in 1987 in Johannesburg! 

The one thing you should definitely order while you’re at Nando’s is their PERi-PERi Chicken. This is their signature item, featuring fresh chicken that’s been marinated in PERi-PERi sauce and flame-grilled till juicy and tender.

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Pick between different sizes such as 1/4 Chicken (S$14.90 for 1 regular side, S$16.90 for 2 regular sides), Boneless Thighs (S$15.90 for 1 regular side, S$17.90 for 2 regular sides) or even Chicken Butterfly (S$17.90 for 1 regular side, S$19.90 for 2 regular sides).

You can also try Nando’s Classic Thigh Burger (from S$14.50) or Nandoca’s Choice (S$15.90), the latter of which is a rice bowl with boneless thigh. 

Whatever you’re having, be sure to pair it with Nando’s famous PERi-PERi sauce, which comes in flavours like Lemon & Herb, Mild, Hot and Extra Hot.

+65 6789 5052
Daily: 10am – 10pm
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10. Genki Sushi (#03-26/27)

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With over 18 outlets in Singapore, the Genki Sushi we know and love today has proved to be one of the more reliable sushi chains in Singapore, serving quality sushi on its iconic revolving conveyor belt that resembles Japan’s bullet train.

What you might not know is that Genki Sushi was the one who pioneered the use of a revolving conveyor belt to serve sushi! It all started in 1968 when Fumio Saito, a 24-year-old Japanese sushi chef, dreamed of creating a modern sushi restaurant with a revolving conveyor belt.

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Apart from its conveyor belt concept, what I enjoy most about Genki Sushi is the ability to order sushi directly from the kitchen. This ensures that the sushi you receive is freshly made— yes, even for well-loved items like Maguro Sashimi (S$6.50), Hana Sushi (S$4.50) and Salmon Belly Sashimi (S$8.20).

Don’t forget to try Genki Sushi’s Aburi Maguro (S$3.60), Tamago Mentai (S$3.20) and other flame-torched delights, such as the fan-favourite— the Salmon Mentai (S$3.30). You can also order makimono in the form of Spicy Salmon Roll (S$4.80) and Mentai Roll (S$5.50)!

For a list of locations, opening hours and contact numbers, refer here.
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Tampines Mall

4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510

Tampines Mall

4 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529510

Telephone: +65 6788 8370
Telephone: +65 6788 8370
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