Don’t miss the mall’s glorious food options and its Spread of Indulgence promotion, which runs till Aug 19 (top image: Privé)
August 10, 2018
Whatever your dining mood, Wheelock Place’s carefully curated dining establishments will cater to every whim and fancy.
Here are some highlights to whet your appetite:
Relax with new All Day Breakfast items and handcrafted coffee at laid-back Australian café The House of Robert Timms (#01-02/03).
Hang out with your partner, folks, friends or colleagues at the cosy eatery, which also has an alfresco bar that offers bar seats and comfy sofas.
For all the cheese lovers out there, the recently revamped menu features mouth-watering new staples such as Grilled Halloumi Cheese Toast with Smoked Salmon; Rainbow Cheese Stuffed Croquettes; Cheesy Emmentaler Beef Wrap; and Chicken Parmigiana.
Those with a sweet tooth can dig into the new Passionfruit Lemon Lamington, Apple Flan, and more.
But rest assured that well-loved signatures such as beer-battered Fish & Chips, Robert Timms’ Ultimate Fry-up (a build-your-own-breakfast offering), and Sticky Date Pudding will remain on the menu.
*Arvo is an Australian colloquialism for afternoon.
What is fluffy, buttery, airy yet crisp and flaky, has 27 perfectly laminated layers, and made with French flour?
The answer is the humble yet exemplary croissant from Délifrance (#02-17/17A), which has been enjoyed in Singapore since 1983. Its latest iteration is the Oozy Bo Luo Croissant, a food trend that first made waves in Hong Kong.
It is characterised by the bo luo’s sweet, golden and crunchy crust atop the croissant’s flaky layers. Pull apart the multi-textured delight to reveal its flowy filling. Take your pick from flavours as varied as crowd-favourite salted egg yolk, hazelnut praline, sea salt dark chocolate, crunchy peanut, kaya butter, and blueberry cream cheese.
Another item to try is Délifrance’s Chilli Crab Croissant, back by popular demand to honour Singapore’s 53rd birthday. This French pastry with a local twist is available while stocks last.
Experience Hong Kong’s famed cha chaan teng concept at Central Hong Kong Café 中环正宗香港茶餐廳 (#B2-01).
The no-frills eatery focuses on serving authentic Hong Kong comfort street food such as crisp Thick Toast, smooth Rice Rolls and juicy Macau Pork Burgers.
Even the drinks are unique. Top choices include the Coca-Cola infused with Ginger (said to soothe colds), Salted Plum with 7-Up (said to ease a cough) and of course, full-bodied Stocking Milk Tea.
Diners can also rest assured that every item on Central Hong Kong Café’s extensive menu of the vibrant region has been carefully selected by Hong Kong master chef Chiu Ka Wai, who previously helmed Regent Hotel Singapore’s Summer Palace restaurant for more than two decades.
At Japanese speciality restaurant Uya 四代目菊川 (#02-15/16), one can relish Nagoya’s famed dish, Hitsumabushi, also known as grilled eel on rice, as well as other delicious Japanese fare.
The star ingredient here is “live” unagi, or freshwater eel. The unagi are kept in a tateba, a superior system that keeps the prized fish wet and alive with flowing filtered chilled water. Uya’s chef hails from Nagoya, where he trained at the top unagi restaurants.
When simply yet skillfully grilled over charcoal with tare (sauce), it yields a crisp, smoky exterior, fluffy meat, and an almost creamy consistency.
Grilled unagi can be eaten four ways — on its own; with condiments such as nori, wasabi and spring onions; mixed with umami-laced dashi broth and transformed into ochazuke (rice with soup); and lastly, the diner’s preferred method.
Nothing from the fish goes to waste — adventurous diners can order Kimoyaki (grilled unagi liver) and Hone Senbei (unagi bone crackers).
However, if you are not an unagi fan, other items on the menu include Sashimi Rice Bowls, Rare Wagyu Rice Bowls each topped with an onsen egg, and Tempura Rice Bowls.
Household name Bangkok Jam (#02-04/05) has been dishing out aromatic Thai specialities at Wheelock Place since May 2012.
The cosy bistro offers immediately recognisable signatures that transport diners to the City of Angels.
These include Seafood Phad Thai and the tempting Grilled Pork Skewers served with lashings of house-made jaew, a spicy dipping sauce.
Also on the menu are contemporary delights such as Deep-fried Whole Squid paired with Tom Yum Mayonnaise and Lime; and a Mix Grill that includes sous-vide beef.
Don’t miss the Duck Breast in Red Curry, a flavourful dish in which the slow-grilled duck is complemented by the fruity addition of lychees, cherry tomatoes and sweet seedless grapes.
Till Aug 31, Bangkok Jam is giving diners $5.30 off its Fish Head in Tom Yum Curry (U.P. $23.90++) to celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday.
Terms and conditions apply.
NamNam Noodle Bar (#B2-02) has launched a refreshed menu that features a mix of classics and new dishes.
Nosh on a piping hot bowl of new menu offering – Mekong Prawn Noodle Soup, redolent with the briny goodness of the sea. But be quick, as this comforting yet flavourful seafood-based creation is limited to only 15 orders a day.
Another new creation is the NamNam Thịt Nguội, a fluffy yet crispy baguette stuffed with Vietnamese cold cuts (three different types of Vietnamese ham), and topped with chicken pate, traditional Vietnamese pickles, fresh herbs and cilantro.
Classics on the menu include the tummy-warming Vietnamese Pho — a bowl of aromatic rice floor noodles in a broth that has been boiled over 24 hours with various toppings such as beef or chicken; as well as the Banh Mi — toasted baguettes stuffed with savoury meats such as caramelised five-spiced pork belly or chilli-lemongrass chicken along with other fresh condiments.
Shutterbugs, fashionistas and foodies alike would be drawn to STYLE by STYLE VIBES Café (#02-19), which boasts a stylish, retro décor, serving local and Western fusion-inspired cuisine.
Soak up the chic, yesteryear vibe of the café and feast on comfort food such as Prawn noodles, Mee Siam and Lontong, delicious local favourites crafted from fresh ingredients.
Other delectable items on the menu include hearty All-day Breakfast platters, other Asian specialities such as Beef Rendang, fragrant Chicken Curry (you can have this with roti prata) and Nasi Lemak, as well as Western offerings like steak, soups and pastas.
The venue is also open for bookings, be it a corporate event, birthday party or an intimate get-together.
One of the best chill-out spots along Orchard Road has got to be Privé (#01-K1), which has a sheltered outdoor seating area that offers unobstructed view of the lively Orchard and Scotts Road junction.
The myriad of food selection at Privé caters to all demographics and taste buds. You can order anything from a healthy Mediterranean Salad or Eggs Benedict, to familiar favourites such as Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Laksa.
Drop in for a pre-retail therapy meal from as early as 8am (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays), or for post-midnight movie drinks (last order for food at midnight, last order for drinks at 12.30am).
Don’t miss the Daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy 50 per cent off housepour half-pint draught beers (on tap: Archipelago Belgian Wit and Archipelago Bohemia Lager), red or white wines, spirits and the “Drink Of The Moment”.
From now till Aug 19, gather your foodie friends for Wheelock Place’s Spread of Indulgence promotion, which includes these perks:
*Redemption counter is located next to EpiCentre on Level 2. Receipts from beauty, hair and clinical services will require double spending. Other terms and conditions apply.