Food Safari Exclusives at CapitaMalls Asia

Great locations and MRT links make going on a food trail at CMA Malls in Singapore a cinch

Issue: Nov 2011

Access to yummy foods like Bread Society is made more convenient at CapitaMalls Asia malls due to close proximity to MRT stations
Access to yummy foods like Bread Society is made more convenient at CapitaMalls Asia malls due to close proximity to MRT stations
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Cafes, restaurants, snack bars, and food and beverage outlets – there is always something to satisfy your cravings or hunger pangs under the roof of a CapitaMalls Asia (CMA) mall. And, with their good accessibility to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations in Singapore, you will not need to drive to have a taste of these gourmets. So, hop on the train and let us take you on a round-island gourmet trail to unravel some food places that are exclusively found in CMA malls.

If you need a warm wake-up call, these fresh-baked bread at Bread Society will certainly rise to the occassion
If you need a warm wake-up call, these fresh-baked bread at Bread Society will certainly rise to the occassion

Get a Great Start

If you are in search of something to kick start your morning, Bread Society might just be what you are looking for. The bakery, whose lone outlet in Singapore is located at ION Orchard that is linked to Orchard MRT, offers over 50 varieties of European-styled bread and baked goods made with a touch of Japanese. Its traditional loaves are freshly baked on site using classic baking techniques and quality, nutritious ingredients like dark rye, wholemeal flour and wheatgrass.

For a sweet wake-up call, try the Chocolate Melon Brioche. The rich, dark bun provides a chocolate flavour that satisfies without overpowering the perfume of the melon while dusting of sugar on top gives the crust extra crunch. For extreme indulgence, we suggest the Chestnut Danish, a tart crowned with a mountain of velvety chestnut puree, chopped pistachio and capped with half a chestnut. The pistachio offers a fragrant burst of flavour that complements the rich, smooth chestnut cream in both taste and texture. The Multigrain Bacon Cheese is a savoury alternative that lets you have your pleasure with less guilt.

Blending East and West is this Five Spices Foie Gras from Chef Daniel's Kitchen
Blending East and West is this Five Spices Foie Gras from Chef Daniel's Kitchen
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Lunch at the Top

After your morning tasks, hop onto the MRT and head to Iluma for lunch, right across from Bugis MRT station. Visit Chef Daniel's Kitchen, its only Singapore outlet sits on the rooftop of Illuma, providing a gorgeous city view. The restaurant features a blend of Eastern and Western cuisine.

For starters, have the Five Spices Foie Gras. The Chinese spice typically used to make ngoh hiang (minced meat rolls encased in fried beancurd skin) enhances the mild, creamy taste of the goose liver. Served with a side of melon balls on a bed of black and white glutinous rice, the Asian treatment of this French delicacy is imaginative.

As a main course, we recommend the Char Siew (sweet, red sauce) Lamb Loin. Seasoned with sauce and slow roasted before being flambéed with rose wine, the use of Asian sauce for lamb that is traditionally stewed in Western cuisine is quite ingenious. End the meal with Baked Alaska, a coconut ice cream dessert served with slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue.

This giant thick toast the size of half a loaf of bread is proof that size matters at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng
This giant thick toast the size of half a loaf of bread is proof that size matters at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng
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Time for Tea

Walk off your lunch by shopping at Bugis Junction, another MRT-linked mall with hundreds of retail shops, before resting at Wong Kok Char Chan Teng for tea. This Hong Kong style café is a hit in Malaysia with nearly 20 outlets. Its only store in Singapore has over 200 items on its menu. For tea, savour their wide variety of finger food and designer drinks that come in exaggerated sizes. The Cappucino Coke is exactly how it sounds – coffee and Coke. It may seem an odd combination but the sweet fizziness of the Coke and the bitter edge of the coffee actually play off one another quite well. Here, the Hong Kong café staple Ying Yang (a mix of coffee and tea) comes in a glass that is well over a foot tall. If you visit the café on your birthday, you can get their Giant Size Hong Kong Milk Tea for free. The jug-like portion can quench the thirst of at least six people.

To go with the giant drink, order the Thick Toast which is drizzled with a generous amount of peanut butter and served with a scoop of chocolate icecream and chocolate sauce. The Omelett Chee Cheong Fun (flat rice noodles) tastes just like white chai tau kway (fried carrot cake) with extra oomph from the wok hei (fragrance from the heat of the pan) flavour.

If you need a warm wake-up call, these fresh-baked bread at Bread Society will certainly rise to the occassion
Desserts and cakes from Cawaii Koohii Maid Café are even sweeter when served by the waitresses who are dressed as French maids

A five-minute walk from Raffles City is Funan DigitaLife Mall, the one-stop haven for IT and electronic gadgets. There, you will find another option for tea that might pique your interests. Cawaii Koohii Maid Café is a novel, concept Japanese café with its only outlet in Singapore on the 5th level. This Japanese restaurant is a Meido kafe, a sub-category of Cosplay restaurants that are all the rage in Japan. Here, the waitresses are dressed in maid costumes and instead of a restaurant environment, you will be treated as if you were in your own home.

The highlights of this café are its mocktails and desserts. All the mocktails are named after popular Japanese anime characters and come in a rainbow array of colours. To satisfy your sweet tooth, try the Pot of Gold - a trio of cream puffs filled with your choice of ice cream flavour – chocolate, strawberry, green tea, mango or vanilla – or the Sumatra, a mousse cake that incorporates dark and white chocolate with Sumatra coffee.

Home-style Taiwanese cooking at Xian Ding Wei offers pure comfort food for dinner
Home-style Taiwanese cooking at Xian Ding Wei offers pure comfort food for dinner

A Place for Dinner

Head to the heartlands for dinner. A train ride from Raffles City will take you straight to Jurong MRT Interchange where IMM is within close proximity. In IMM, you will find Taiwanese chain Xian Ding Wei's only outlet in Singapore. This café offes comforting Taiwanese cuisine that tastes home-cooked. Apart from the usual Taiwanese favourites such as braised pork, oyster vermicelli and sweet potato porridge, Xian Ding Wei offers set meals that are truly value-for-money. Each set meal comes with rice, three generous portions of side dishes, the main course and clear soup. For the main course, you can choose from a selection of meats such as chicken, beef, fish and pork and the style you like it to be done - sweet and sour, kung pao (hot chilli paste), san bei (three cups of seasoning) and salt and pepper. It is like eating at home without the fuss.

So, enjoy these wonderful selections from restaurants and cafes found exclusively at CMA malls. With such great MRT connectivity, embarking on a food safari like this, while going about your daily activities, is truly a cinch.

Bread Society
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard #B2-19
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 4434

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng
200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction #02-50
Singapore 188021
Tel: (65) 8196 5646

Xian Ding Wei
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM Building #01-47/48
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6897 2636

Chef Daniel's Kitchen
201 Victoria Street
Iluma #07-04–06
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6509 9888

Cawaii Koohii Maid Café
109 North Bridge Road
Funan DigitaLife Mall
#05-K1-K3
Singapore 179097
Tel: (65) 6336 0010

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