When you think of food courts, you don’t think of ambience and refined food. These are your average food courts.
BreadTalk Group, known for its Food Republic chain of foodcourts, has opened this 12,000 sq ft multi- concept eatery.
Diners have to wait to be seated, order food via an iPad and pay at the counter. Waiters serve you the food.
This upmarket foodcourt seats 420 diners and features stalls from Malaysia and Hong Kong on top of home-grown brands, selling Asian cuisine such as dim sum, char kway teow and bak kut teh.
The 90 Gastro Bar serves desserts, wine and beer, as well as cocktails with Asian flavours.
- AH KOONG RESTAURANT
What: This Johor Baru-based establishment is known for its handmade ikan parang (wolf herring) fish balls and fish cakes. The fish paste is also used for its yong tau foo. Prices start at $7.90 for its signature fishball noodles.
- AH YAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
What: This Hong Kong brand features popular fare such as roast meats, dim sum, congee, noodles and live seafood. Headliners include Ah Yat Noodles with abalone ($18) and Ah Yat Baked Rice with abalone ($18).
- BALESTIER BAK KUT TEH
What: Do not miss the trademark peppery and robust broth with meaty pork ribs from this stall. The premium soup is priced at $9.50 and set meals are available at $10.90.
- DELHI 6
What: North-western Indian cuisine here includes multani barrah kebab ($20), which is cinnamon-marinated Australian mutton cutlets; chandi murg tikka ($13), which is chicken in a garlic and cashew nut cream sauce; and paneer ke sholey roll ($11.90), a wrap with vegetables and cubes of Calcutta cottage cheese.
- HUAT HUAT BBQ
What: Complement your meal with a side of chicken wings ($12 for six, $21 for a dozen) from Huat Huat BBQ. They are marinated in Chinese rose wine and come served with an addictive chilli sauce.
Other items on the menu include kueh pie tee ($6), rojak ($8) and popiah ($3.80).
Where: B1-20/27 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road
Open: 11am to 10.30pm daily
Tel: Call 6384-3359
By day, the 12 stalls in this Tuas eating house serve the usual hawker fare to lunch crowds, ranging from herbal soup to chicken rice.
By night, the place transforms into a bistro-like zichar restaurant and bar, complete with full service and waiters.
The three-month-old eatery is the third Third Place to open in an industrial setting. The first one opened in November last year at eco-business park CleanTech in Jalan Bahar while the second opened at medical manufacturing facility MedTech in Taman Jurong in May.
The outlets are owned by Select Group, which is known for its catering business and foodcourts.
The group’s marketing director, Mr Eugene Lim, 42, says he wants to provide a more sophisticated dining option to workers in industrial areas, who often have to rely on just a canteen.
He adds that the eatery is also popular with residents in the neighbourhood, who would often call ahead to place their orders and pick the food up on the way home.
While Third Place started with a tapas menu, that has been shelved to focus solely on the zichar offerings due to customer demand.
Highlights include its signature salted egg cheese crab (seasonal price), Nonya-style steamed red garoupa (seasonal price), beancurd with honshimeiji mushrooms (from $12) and Five Blessings Platter ($80, good for 10 people), which includes prawn and salted egg wrapped with popiah skin strips; jellyfish with sweet and spicy sauce; and mango prawn roll.
From Oct 26 to Nov 7 (after 5pm), diners can pick two flavours for each crab order and receive complimentary mantou. With this promotion, get three Tiger drafts for $12.
Packed meals from some of the stalls can also be arranged. Go to the website for the full menu and details on delivery and charges.
Where: 18 Tuas Avenue 7
Open: 6am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday. Zichar and bar operate from 5pm
Info: Call 8182-3471
By Eunice Quek, The Straits Times, October 11, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Third Place Facebook page