[Queenstown update!] Feasted from Dawn till Dusk at Queenstown

Queenstown

1. Overindulged on Japanese cuisine

Japanese food

For a small heartland mall with a couple of outlet stores such as Billabong, Charles & Keith, Cotton On, TYPO, FOX, G2000 and Pedro, Anchorpoint is sure to blow you away with the wide range of Japanese food up for selection! Whether you prefer to dine in at Gyu-Kaku or Ma Maison, or bring home some Japanese goodness from Akari Japanese Natural Products or Fish Mart Sakuraya, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Address:
Anchorpoint
370 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159953
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm | Daily

Gyu-Kaku
Cuisine: Japanese
368 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159952
Tel: 6479 4001
Opening hours: lunch – 12pm to 2.30pm | dinner – 5.30pm to 10.30pm | Daily
Price range: ~$35+++
Check out the review by ieatishootipost

Ma Maison
Cuisine: European-Japanese
Anchorpoint | #01-12         
Tel: 6479 1670
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm | Daily
Price range: ~$25
Check out the review by asimplehappiness

Akari Japanese Natural Products
Anchorpoint | #B1-37
Tel: 6471 2314
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm | Daily
Check out the review by danielfooddiary

Fish Mart Sakuraya
Cuisine: Japanese

Anchorpoint | #01-32
Tel: 6474 2495
Opening hours: 10.30am to 10pm | Daily
Price range: ~$20
Check out the review by thehungrybunnie

2. Slurped down the real Katong Laksa

laksa and curry

If you would rather get a fix of some local delicacies, head over to Queensway Shopping Centre instead.

Did you know that the real Katong Laksa is actually not in Katong? Thanks to this extensive research, we found the real Katong Laksa to be actually sitting on the ground floor of Queensway Shopping Centre. Located at the open space in the central atrium with its long tables and plastic stools reminiscent of old coffee shops, Janggut Laksa is a no frills eat-and-go food stop. The compact arrangement will have you knocking elbows with the people seated next to you but that clearly didn’t stop the streams of hungry customers.

Not to worry about any long queues. It might be an old store in an old shopping centre but the efficiency is world class. Let any of the 2 to 3 helpers roaming around know the number of seats you need and they will find a spot to slot you in. Other than laksa, Janggut Laksa also serves chicken curry and chicken cutlet rice. The chicken curry is served with with rice or 3 slices of Gardenia white bread (just like how I would eat my grandma’s home-cooked curry when I was a little girl!). Though the chicken cutlet rice didn’t look too appealing by itself, I became rather tempted to try when I saw someone order it with curry gravy. All 3 dishes come in 3 sizes, small ($4), medium ($5) and large ($6).

Once the main dish is ordered, another helper would swap in to ask if you would like some otah. Please do! The otah here is the thicker, tender type that I love (who doesn’t?) and a great complement to any of the dishes you might have ordered.

Tip: if you are not a particularly big eater, order the small laksa (review here) and share a chicken curry and otah with a friend to get a taste of all the awesomeness.

And while I was chomping down my food, I was thoroughly impressed by one of the helper who explained the full menu in the Queen’s English to a family of tourists that was seated next to us, right down to giving recommendations for the 4 children (chicken cutlet rice and milo dinosaur). Speaks volumes about the service.

Address:
Janggut Laksa
Cuisine: Peranakan  

Queensway Shopping Centre – 1 Queensway, Singapore 149053
Stall 01-59 
Tel: 9622 1045
Opening hours: 10am to 9.15pm | Daily

3. Tried on running shoes from the entire rainbow spectrum

All that sinful food should motivate you to get some exercising done! Unassuming from the outside, Queensway Shopping Centre houses floors after floors of sports apparel shops, with the choices of colours and designs for jerseys, shorts, shoes, balls, rackets easily putting any retail stores to shame.

For a window shopper, it sure looks overwhelming at first. But when I got down to actually wanting to buy a pair of sport shoes, I realised that many of the stores are carrying similar items. That kind of killed a little of the shopping high, but on the plus side, I was able to hop around until I find the best price, and if something is out of stock at one store, chances are I can still find it at the other stores.

Tip: head over to the bigger stores to try on the merchandise if you’ve yet to make up your mind. Once you’ve picked out your favourite, keep a lookout for bargains and discounts at the smaller stores!

4. Soaked up the atmosphere of a hundred different homes

Ikea

Continue burning off those calories at Ikea! It is always fun to stroll through Ikea for your next house improvement idea or organising inspiration. Every August or September, Ikea would push out their new catalogues and new ranges of products. This would be the best time to get your favourite products at even lower prices and in new colours and designs.

And who needs interior designers when you can walk into so many professional designed and fully furnished rooms to pick what works for you. There’s nothing like going into a space to figure out the style you want to live in. Even if you are not planning on a complete overhaul of your home, sometimes you can even get some insights on how to repurpose on some of those old furniture to give your home a fresher look.

For those of you into DIY, check out the Ikea Hackers where you can find ideas on modifying and repurposing Ikea products to put on your own personal touch.

And who can resist grabbing one of their $1 hotdogs before leaving? Not me!

Tip: if you want to enjoy free parking, spend a minimum of $15 in Ikea and the first 3 hours are free. For IKEA FAMILY members, you just need to spend a minimum of $5.

Address:
317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965 
Opening hours: 10am to 11pm | Daily

5. Feasted in a hipster kopitiam

Salute

Saving the best for last, end off your day the Singaporean way, with more delectable food!

Competing with restaurants like Saveur that’s already bringing affordable French food to the market, Immanuel French Kitchen takes it up a notch by taking his French cuisine straight to our coffee shop. Situated at an unassuming location near Alexandra Village Food Centre, this gentrified coffee shop, Salute, also boasts an selection of restaurants-esque stalls serving up Swiss-German, Italian and American cuisines.

In line with its new-age concept, all the stalls are only open during lunch (12pm to 2.30pm) and dinner time (6pm to 9.30pm). Do take note! Otherwise, like me, you’ll find yourself greeted by a sleepy and gloomy place with nothing to sate your appetite!

Made my second trip down on a Friday afternoon and given the warnings I heard about long queues and waiting time, I was rather surprised to see a fairly deserted place with only 4 to 5 tables being filled.

Headed straight to Immanuel and ordered the Sous Vide Chicken Breast ($13.60) which was served with barley risotto and mushroom fricassee. Even for a non chicken breast fan, this dish had me sold. I later learnt that Sous Vide is a cooking method in which the food is sealed in airtight bags and placed in a water bath for a long cooking time. This ensure that the food is properly cooked inside without overcooking the outside, thus retaining moisture. It definitely worked as the chicken was every bit as tender as I’d hoped!

For me, I found the barley risotto to be the more interesting part of the dish. The chewiness of the barley gave it another dimension that made is as memorable as the main star of the dish. This seems to be a new twist for the dish as I saw an older menu online where the chicken was served with rigatoni cheese gratin. And that sounds pretty damn delicious too!

The portions looked rather small at first but I found that the richness got a little bit too much for me after a while, so sharing this dish is recommended!

Immanuel menu can be found here. Reviews here and here.

Also tried the Cheesy Hand Battered Fish with Fries and Greens ($10) at seasalt. The portion was again a little disappointing and certainly not filling for a decent meal. And I found there to be nothing much differentiating it from any typical coffee shop fish and chips which I can get for half the price.

I can’t seem to find many reviews about it online so I’m too sure if the other dishes can do it more justice.

seasalt menu can be found here and here. Reviews here.

Besides Immanuel and seasalt, plenty of other stalls to check out:

Definitely an interesting place, would recommend to gather a bigger bunch of friends to taste a wider variety of the food!

On the downside, the place was sweltering hot even when I was sitting under a fan. Maybe that explains why the place was deserted at lunchtime!

Address:
Salut Coffeeshop
Block 119 Bukit Merah Lane #01-40, Singapore 151119
Opening hours: 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm | Closed on Monday

Date timer: ~ 5-6 hours

Do you find Salut value-for-money or just selling glorified overpriced kopitiam food?

* Images designed by Freepik and Google images

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About DownloadADate

Kia is a Singaporean who likes to make lists and plans. She sees her weekends as sacred pockets of time that should be used for more than just movies and food. She enjoys cuddling up with a book as much as exploring new places by foot in the insane Singapore humidity. Listening to her friends who lament that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” and fly all over the world for holidays, Kia seeks to look for escapades closer to home. She found that even in such a tiny country, there are many places she hasn’t been, things she hasn’t tried, and old places are being revamped into new ones all the time. Soon, she saw the places around her like how tourists would see them, but better – fresh and yet familiar. Kia then sets out to plan itineraries for her weekend escapes and it became a habit she enjoyed. And now she wants to share them with you. After all, there are 52 weekends in year and only so many holidays you can take. What if you can turn your dates with family and friends into holidays every week? Check out her adventures at www.downloadadate.wordpress.com

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