Picnic Singapore – Bringing Beautiful Botanic Gardens to Town
As dining preferences evolve over the years, customers do not just focus on satisfying their palates anymore. Nowadays, everyone takes into consideration how visually pleasing the environment is before they decide if they want to dine there. Joining the list of new-concept food halls is Picnic Singapore, located on the 3rd floor of Wisma Atria. The place is dressed up with real potted plants and fresh flowers, and it boasts 3 seating zones – flower garden, picnic area and beer garden.
The average cost for lunch is $15 to $20 per person, while dinner runs from $20. Prices for the same dishes are higher during dinnertime, but customers also get bigger portions. Do expect the menus to change frequently, in line with food trends and seasonal produce. Desserts, as well as coffee in the day, and cocktails, beer and wine at night are available from Picnic Grounds Bar. There are 13 stalls, of which 9 are food trucks, selling a plethora of international cuisine. Here, we bring you 5 of our favourites.
Ezo Hokkaido Eats
Behold restaurant-standard Japanese food such as Butadon featuring grilled juicy pork marinated in “tare” sauce, and Foie Gras Ricebowl. We had the latter, which consisted of French foie gras sauce, grilled USA beef, pickles and rice. It’s almost impossible to find a stall located in a “foodcourt” serving foie gras. The foie gras wasn’t too raw nor overcooked, which makes its texture very pleasurable. The sauce was very tasty, a tad on the saltier side though, but a mouthful of the beef and foie gras, together with the rice, whetted our appetites for more. This food truck also serves gyoza and japanese curry.
If you’re dining in a big group, you can order the French Roast Chicken or Asian-style French Chicken, which is good for 3 to 4 persons. The former is seasoned with traditional herbs and spices, while the latter is marinated with an Asian soy marinade for a sweet, caramelised finish. Both dishes come with your choice of sides. The skin of the chicken was silky and fragrant, but the meat was slightly drier than we expected. You can also order half a chicken for 2 persons.
This fusion food truck offers unique combinations, pairing Indian and Mexican flavours for some dishes, while infusing local and Korean flavours into others. The items range from Nonya Chicken Curry Prata Taco to Korean BBQ Pork Prata Taco to Chilli Crab Prata Taco, just to name a few. We had the prata taco, with generous fillings of Korean BBQ Pork. The marinade wasn’t fantastic. It was a little spicy, a tad sour, and a little sweet, hence confusing our tastebuds. However, the prata was very well prepared – fluffy inside, with a thin, crispy crust. It wasn’t too dry as well.
Indulge in Taiwanese favourites like beef noodle, lu rou fan, kong ba pao and more. Lu Rou Fan is a well-loved Taiwanese comfort food, which we must treat ourselves to whenever we travel to Taiwan. Well, you can save on the air ticket and please your tummy at Picnic Singapore. That said, please don’t compare the prices to what you can find in Taiwan. The minced pork here is well braised, and flavoursome. Its flavours are enhanced by the salty preserved vegetables, which also gives a good crunch.
Flour & Water
Offering Western comfort food, you can find everything from pasta to pizza on Flour & Water’s menu. They have some interesting items such as Vodka Tortglioni and Winter Truffle Pasta. We had the Meatball Pizza, which will be a hit among kids. Featuring huge Italian beef meatballs atop a carpet of dough slathered with tomato sauce, the pizza is finished with a gentle sprinkle of parmesan cheese and basil. The package is simply mouthwatering. The meatballs are tender, and go very well with the cheesy pizza. Cheese lovers, remember to grab a sauce bowl with cheese flakes in it at the counter of this food truck.
It is a self-service system at Picnic Singapore. Here’s how to order and settle your payment in 7 simple steps:
1. You’ll be given a buzzer at the entrance of the food hall, which you have to bring along with you to your desired food truck.
2. Select the food item you want on the screen, and press “Add Item”
3. Press “View Cart”
4. Press “Confirm Order”
5. Place your buzzer on the reader beside the machine
6. Collect your receipt and wait for your buzzer to ring
7. After your meal, proceed to the Check-Out area, where you can use a machine to pay in cash or card.
Dining at Picnic Singapore is both relaxing and interactive! Hurry down now, before the crowd flocks in, or you’ll miss your chance at taking photos of this picturesque food hall!
Address: #03-15, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Phone: 6734 8352
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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