Somerset is truly a haven for foodies like me, with 4 different malls- 313@Somerset, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway and The Centrepoint- consisting of their own restaurants and cozy cafes. Being spoilt for choices and with only a limited amount of money in your pocket, let me recommend to you the top 10 places in Somerset that’s worth dining at.
#1 Gyu Nami – Orchard Gateway
Gyu Nami is home to the $10 Signature Wagyu Beef Bowl that started out in Amoy Street Food Centre. It is a very simple dish, consisting of tender beef slices, rice, a sous vide egg and a tangy yogurt sauce which comes together perfectly.
The bowl is however, rather small. There is a larger bowl for $13 but the difference in size isn’t significant.
277 Orchard Road
#B2-06, Orchard Gateway
#2 Hokkaido Marche
Hokkaido Marche is a Japanese gourmet hall with a large variety of authentic Japanese food such as Ramen, Rice Bowls and Yakitori at an average price of $13. I highly recommend their Buta-Don Oomori (S$8.80) from Yakitori Tsuyoshi which is a pork-slice rice bowl drizzled with a sweet sauce.
Click here for a more detailed review of the various stores in Hokkaido Marche!
181 Orchard Road
#B2-11 to 29, 44 to 28, Orchard Central
Collin’s, a western cuisine restaurant, is the king of value and taste. For $13, indulge in their Signature Grilled Chicken Chop and add $2 for their lunch promotion which includes a side dish and a choice between a drink and a dessert for only $2. Their menu is not just limited to protein, but extends out to pastas and salads.
8 Grange Road
B1-08/09, Cineleisure Orchard
#4 Honolulu Cafe
Honestly authentic Hong Kong Cafe ‘茶餐厅’ food are so difficult to find in Singapore. Honolulu Cafe, brought over from Hong Kong, definitely gives me a sense of home, with its fragrant milk tea and crunchy bo lo buns. Their stir-fry noodles and baked rice may pale in comparison with the ones you find in Hong Kong, but I would say that they are up to standards. The only thing that disappoints is their egg tarts which falls apart too easily and lacks the flaky texture which is a key component of a traditional Hong Kong egg tart.
176 Orchard Rd
#01-33 F/G, The Centrepoint
#5 NY Night Market
Korean food has been trending in the food market and NY Night Market has managed to take it up a notch by infusing the components of traditional Korean cuisine with inspirations of metropolitan New York street food. Their mains are mostly around $15, leaving you with enough money to share a crunchy fried chicken side or their fancy sandwiches.
NY Night Market
313 Orchard Road
Finally a place where you can get a taste of authentic matcha without having to visit Japan. Unpopular opinion but for those who thinks that too much matcha might be a little boring, Tsujiri also offers the Hojicha flavor. Although they probably all taste the same, there are different varieties of desserts to choose from, ranging from soft-serves to parfaits.
176 Orchard Rd
#7 Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar
For those who value gourmet burgers, Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar is the place to be. Using only the finest ingredients, there is an array of quality burgers to choose from, ranging from the classic cheeseburger, Ollie’s Classic (S$14.90) to a more exquisite tasting one such as the Truffle Cheese Burger ($17.90).
Ollie’s Kitchen and Bar
176 Orchard Road
#01-33M The Centrepoint
#8 Kanshoku Ramen Bar
Catered to the ones who are more health-conscious, Kanshoku Ramen Bar offers lighter tasting and less oily ramen that tastes just as good as the traditional Japanese ones. Their noodles are made daily without the addition of msg or preservatives. Their signature dishes include their Kanshoku Ramen ($13.90), which is a tonkotsu broth based ramen without an overpowering flavor. Of course, not forgetting their truffle ramen series which escalated their fame, Truffle Ramen Dry ($16.90) and Truffle Broth Ramen ($17.90).
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
277 Orchard Rd
Located at the 8th floor of Orchard Central, Som Tam is a perfect modern Thai fusion for a group of friends. Introducing Asian flares and local flavors while retaining its traditional essence, there is surely something surprising in every bite. Some may feel that the dishes are rather pricey at first glance but if you were to order a few dishes and share, the average cost per person should be no more than $20.
Click here to read a more detailed review of Som Tam
181 Orchard Road
#08-13, Orchard Central
#10 NY Night Market
Famous for its appearance in the popular Korean drama series, Descendants Of The Sun (D.O.T.S), dal.komm makes the list with its exquisite Arabica coffee bean blends from Korea. When ordering your coffee, you get to choose from 3 different types of beans, each with their own traits. My personal favorite is the K2 bean which has a mild sweetness and citrus-y element to it.
It doesn’t just stop at coffee. dal.komm also sells traditional Korean snacks such as the injeolmi and bingsu, alongside sandwiches and pastries.
176 Orchard Road
#01-01/06 & 102/103, The Centrepoint