The Middle Road food scene can be best described as underrated. Here are eleven gems for the insatiable foodies!
Whether you are having your lunch break on a weekday, or on a food hunt come Saturday’s afternoon, we’ve got you covered on the best food places along Middle Road.
1. Where is Middle Road?
With an eclectic mix of modern and old-fashioned commercial buildings standing on both its sides, Middle Road is situated in Singapore’s art district. Hotels, offices and art institutions can be found on this stretch of road which juts from Nicoll Highway, runs perpendicular to the gridlocked Victoria Street, before ending at its junction with Selegie Road.
1.2 Middle Road nearest MRT Stations
Middle Road is within walking distance from three MRT stations:
- Bugis (East-West Line)
- Bras Basah (Circle Line)
- Bencoolen (Downtown Line)
2. Ten Best Middle Road Food Places
Here are ten must-try places from the Middle Road food scene.
2.1 Tom’s Palette
This home-grown ice cream parlour has been serving up artisanal ice cream since September 2005. Best known for its experimental and sometimes zany flavours like chee cheong fan, taur sar piah, and nasi lemak, Tom’s Palette has over 190 flavours on rotation!
Their ice creams are handmade without artificial flavouring, premixes, or stabilisers. A small cup costs $4 while a single scoop cone will set you back $5.
Address: 51 Middle Road, #01-01, Singapore 188959
Contact Number: +65 6296 5239
Weekdays: 12.00pm – 9.30pm;
Friday – Saturday: 12.00pm – 10.00pm;
Sunday: 1.00pm – 7.00pm (Closed on the last Sunday of the month)
“Many ice cream places in Singapore serve good ice cream in our hot weather. But no other places have such interesting flavours of ice cream. It’s good for those who always want to try something different. it’s crowded during the weekends as well but good on weekdays afternoon. You can enjoy a leisure cup of ice cream at your own pace. Love the creative atmosphere in the restaurant too.”Chern Wei See
2.2 Mellower Coffee
Originated from Shanghai, Mellower Coffee strives to offer you the best coffee experience by appealing to your senses. Apart from your usual cup of cappuccino (or frappe), Mellower Coffee offers creative concoctions that excite even the most fastidious of drinkers.
Introducing Sweet Little Rain ($9.80). Each order comes with an Americano coffee and a side of white cotton candy suspended above the mug. This cloud “rains” sugar when hit by the steam from the coffee, adding a touch of sweetness to your drink. Talk about a literal storm in a
teacup coffee cup!
Other signatures to be on your to-try list include the Ondeh x Latte ($9.80) and alcoholic coffee ($9.80).
Address: 108 Middle Road, #01-01 Bernhard Schulte House, Singapore 188967
Contact Number: +65 6255 0820
Sunday – Thursday: 9.30am – 8.00pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.30am – 9.00pm
“The café’s ambience is quiet and nice – very suitable to study, catch-up or get some work done. The coffee is very nice and they sell drip coffee filter bags (with their own roast) too!”Ho Ping Ting
2.3 HAYO Yogurt
Imagine 100% Australian homemade yogurt blended with your favourite fruit. That’s right, gutty goodness comes best in a velvety cup of HAYO yogurt smoothie!
The artisanal yogurt is consistently cultured from scratch using only premium Australian milk. Each cup is paired with a green shortbread that tastes oh-so–good when dipped into the irresistibly-thick smoothie. Newly opened in early 2020, HAYO yogurt currently offers 10 different flavours, including avocado ($7.70), purple rice ($6.30) and oat ($6.30).
Address: 112 Middle Road, #01-00C Midland House, Singapore 188970
Contact Number: +65 6255 5744
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm, daily
“My favourites are the Avo-Cardio and Yuzu Beautiful. The avocado is thick and creamy, while the latter is tangy and reminds me of Coffee Bean’s California Sunrise! The Strawberry Crush is good too,”Jack Lai
2.4 En Sushi
Truthfully, there’s no shortage of Japanese restaurants on Middle Road (or its vicinity). However, what sets En Sushi apart from its competitors is its extensive menu of affordable and fresh seafood.
Fresh and delicious Japanese cuisine can be expensive. But at En Sushi, you get deftly-made dishes that won’t put a hole in your wallet. The restaurant brings in a daily seafood import that weighs at least 28 kg, and more than 20 types of fish to create your favourite sushi, sashimi, donburi, maki, hand rolls and yaki!
Address: 112 Middle Road, #01-00B Midland House, Singapore 188970
Contact Number: +65 6259 8548
Monday – Thursday: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Friday – Sunday: 11.30am – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm
“A simple unnoticeable entrance on the first floor hides a spacious and beautiful restaurant upstairs. The food is on the pricey side, but quality of the ingredients make it worthwhile on occasion. Sashimi cuts were thick and fresh, beef was tender and cooked perfectly. Sushi rice could have been a little more flavourful to match the fish. Slightly understaffed and service could improve a little.”Kenneth Wan
Nestled behind Objectifs and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is Artichoke, a chic restaurant that serves hearty Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine. It is started by celebrity chef Bjorn Shen back in 2010. And if the name sounds familiar, that is because he is that kooky judge on Masterchef Singapore!
Self-proclaimed as the “least authentic Middle-Eastern restaurant around”, Artichoke takes pride in adding funky twists to classics. Think shawarma, but with cuttlefish. Or beetroot falafels. But hey, food does not need to be authentic to be moreish, right?
Address: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
Contact Number: +65 6336 6949
Tuesday – Friday: 5.00pm – 9.45pm (Closed on Monday)
Saturday – Sunday: 11.30am – 2.45pm, 5.00pm – 9.45pm
“Hidden behind some old buildings but not difficult to find. Went for dinner and it was cooling. The place has an old rustic, kampong, romantic feel. The menu looked foreign because it’s our first time trying Middle-Eastern food so we ordered based on instinct and waiter’s recommendations.
Roasted Cauliflower Mandi was heavenly. It’s a main course by itself, best shared among friends. The basmati rice below the Cauliflower was super fragrant and packs texture with onions, nuts, raisins and even pomegranate!
Black Angus Ali Nazik was damn good too, my daughter loved it with the yummy scallion yoghurt.
Price is on the high side but actually still quite worth it, for the ambience and new taste. Don’t forget to make a reservation!”Ricky Ong
2.6 Yatkayan Dessert
If you feel jaded with chained dessert shops but still craves a hearty bowl of cheng tng, check out Yatkayan Dessert (一家人). Set up by the tight-knit Tangs, everyone in the family is trained to make desserts from scratch by chef Wilson Tang. What better way to bond together than cooking?
Yatkayan Dessert is one of those under-the-radar shops that you simultaneously wish for more people to know and not know. This eatery serves homey desserts that bring to mind a simpler time with ah ma. Signature desserts include Walnut Paste ($4), Black Sesame Paste ($3.50). Chendol ($3.20) and Almond Beancurd ($3.50). In a bid to expand their menu, main dishes and snacks are also introduced so you can enjoy a full meal at this humble eatery.
Address: 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #02-08, Singapore 188979
Contact Number: +65 6336 6949
Monday – Thursday: 1.30pm – 5.30pm | 7.00pm – 10.00pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Friday – Sunday: 1.30pm – 5.30pm | 7.00pm – 11.00pm
“Awesome traditional and modern fusion desserts. I can’t believe how amazing the yam paste (orh nee) and chendol can go together! Friendly owners that will make you feel right at home. They open till late daily so you can get your dessert fix even late at night. The shop is located on level 2 of fortune centre.”Dan Ho
2.7 Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise
The Middle Road food scene contains one of the biggest slew of vegetarian eateries in Singapore, with Fortune Centre being a haven for Chinese vegetarian cuisine. And one of the best is Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise (田园健康食品), which is run by an affable elderly couple.
Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise has a daily rotational menu of Chinese vegetarian cuisine and is known for their Bah Kut Teh La Mian. Despite being sequestered from the main atrium with no real marketing effort, this unassuming eatery continues to draw patrons regularly, especially devotees from the nearby Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. One can only concede that the best form of advertisement is still word-of-mouth!
Address: 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #01-16, Singapore 188979
Contact Number: +65 6336 0058
Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 7.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 6.30pm
“Great healthy thunder tea rice. Very tasty with bits of Chye Poh. Many other vegetarian dishes to choose from such as green curry, Tom yam and fruit rojak. Been here before and will come back again soon!”Amanda Sim
2.8 Tracy Juice Culture
If you frequent Fortune Centre often, high chance you will catch a whiff of umami. Follow the aroma and you will find yourself standing in front of Tracy Juice Culture. But why is there such as strong umami smell coming from a juice stall, you ask?
Despite being known for her colourful range of juices like Apple Wheat ($6.75), Creamy Beetroot ($6.75) and Avo Smoothie ($7), most people actually visit this humble stall for a taste of Tracy’s Special Udon ($7.80). This wholesome bowl of noodles is served with earthy, umami-rich soup base and paired with ingredients like mock meat, shiitake mushroom and broccoli.
Address: 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #01-34, Singapore 188979
Contact Number: +65 6336 0754
Monday – Sunday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
“The unique, rich and tasty mushroom broth blends satisfying well with udon noodles. Juices are packed with wholesome nutrients. The juice guide on their glass panel helped us to decide what to intake for the day based on individual diet and health concerns too.
Great way of healthy eating without having to compromise on taste. Truly a hidden gem in Singapore!”Rachel Ng
2.9 Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar
Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar is the place to be for an intimate, more private dining experience!
Helmed by Chef Aeron Choo, this hidden gem offers authentic, affordable and fastidious Japanese omakase and a wide range of sakes, shochus and wines to pair with. The deft Chef Aeron is one of Singapore’s youngest female chef and the first Singaporean to graduate from the prestigious Japan Sushi Instructors Association in Tokyo. Unlike most restaurants, this is a reserve-only restaurant that sits up to 12 diners counter-style, a reminiscence of traditional restaurants in Japan. The menu changes every 1 – 3 days.
Address: 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #02-10A, Singapore 188979
Contact Number: +65 9819 2058
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 7.00pm – 11.00pm
“Very good selection of sake and very good value omakase served single-handedly by a talented young chef. Well done, Aeron! Been coming back 3 times in a month.”Leica G
2.10 25 Degrees
If you crave for some good-old American comfort food, 25 Degrees is a must-visit, particularly if you are a burger lover.
From the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, 25 Degrees is apparently popular with the Hollywood crowd. Bringing its signature West Coast flavours to our sunny island, only premium ingredients – U.S.A and Australian beef – are used to craft those succulent gourmet burgers.
With a starting price of $14 (excluding service charge and tax) for the burgers, the all-American fare also includes creamy milkshakes, hot dogs, pancakes, and an all-day breakfast menu. Feeling adventurous? You can even craft your own burger!
Address: 200 Middle Road, Hotel G, Singapore 188980
Contact Number: +65 6809 7990
Opening Hours: Daily: 7.00am – 10.30pm
“Decent burger with thick juicy patty. Truffle fries and sweet potato fries are must-tries. Will visit again.”Lu Han
2.11 Ginett Restaurant and Wine Bar
Just next to 25 Degrees is a bistro-style restaurant called Ginett. Helmed by famed Chef de Cuisine, Sylvain Royer, pop by if you like French cuisine.
This stylish dining spot sets the mood for a relaxed dining experience, an ideal spot for some great food and to catch up with your clique. Expect a contemporary French fare prepared with ingredients such as premium charcoal-grilled and dry-aged meats, cold cuts, French AOC cheese and fresh seafood. C’est délicieux!
The restaurant has a brunch, lunch and dinner menu, so you can have something different no matter the time of the day. It also boots an extensive French wine list with wines starting at $6 per glass.
Address: 200 Middle Road, Hotel G, Singapore 188980
Contact Number: +65 6809 7989
Opening Hours: Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
“Great ambience for a date, soft lighting and not too noisy. The food was great. We particularly enjoyed the La Joue de Beouf while the duck confit was pretty good as well. Would recommend!”Aloysius Yap
3. Honorary Mentions
Need more from the Middle Road food scene or the vicinity? Here’re other delicious food places to check out:
- Supreme Pork Chop Rice (67 Beach Road, Singapore 189688)
- Tanuki Raw (111 Middle Road, National Design Centre #01-05, Singapore 188969)
- Syam Corners Muslim Food (190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre #01-08, Singapore 188979)
- Hainanese Curry Fun (190 Middle Road, #01-10 Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979)
- Victor’s Kitchen (91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-49, Singapore 189652)
- Wildfire Chicken & Burgers – 80 Bencoolen Street, #01-15 NAFA 1 Campus, Singapore 189655
- Asanoya Boulangerie (15 Queen Street, #01-03, Singapore 188537)
- Steakville (91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-56, Singapore 189652)
- Oven Marvel (91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza #01-55, Singapore 189652)
- Wonder Gelato (261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre #01-30, Singapore 180261)
- Crossings Café (55 Waterloo Street, Catholic Centre #01-01, Singapore 187954)
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