Just Food Vibes at UE Square – 4 Unique Restaurants that Everyone Loves
You can’t come to UE Square and not dine here. I brought 20 readers on a food trail in UE Square, and they saw and tasted for themselves the fabulous food that the mall has to offer. From crispy Vietnamese Banh Mi to good quality Unagi Don, UE Square has something for everybody. It’s time to set a date at UE Square with your loved ones!
Dutch Colony Coffee Co. (#01-21)
Good breakfast and great coffee? It’s no wonder Dutch Colony is one of the most successful café chains in Singapore. Besides serving specialty coffee, Dutch Colony also conducts public cupping sessions to help public pick up on the flavour profile of different types of coffee.
We’ve all been there before. Your friend takes a slow sip of the coffee and says, “Hazelnut, with hints of red grape and cherry, I’d say. What do you think?”
I break into cold sweat when I am asked such questions because it seems impossible to distinguish between flavour profiles. But after an exciting coffee cupping session at Dutch Colony, my palate is better trained and more attuned to the different notes present in the coffee.
Dutch Colony conducts regular coffee cupping events to educate the public about specialty coffee and what it is all about. We tasted the coffee brewed from beans from Brazil Fazenda Rio Claro and Ethiopia Haile Masha Estate. Both coffees have interesting fruity notes. Of course, I didn’t become an expert immediately. But I believe that practice makes perfect. The more we expose ourselves to the different flavours and attributes of coffee, the better we become at identifying them.
Moc Quan (#01-23)
Pho, or beef noodle soup, is probably the most common Vietnamese dish but there’s another that deserves just as much attention and love – the humble banh mi. Moc Quan takes its Banh Mis seriously. Very seriously.
Using a special oven that they imported from Vietnam, the chefs bake their own Vietnamese baguette fresh daily. The baguette is lighter and airier, and the crust is thin and crisp. The owner flies to Vietnam every fortnight or so to hand-carry an astounding 100 kg’s worth of fresh ingredients back to Singapore.
Banh Mi Tit Nuong is one of their bestsellers. And it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Crispy baguette aside, we were bowled over by the generous portions of barbecued pork, as well as the amazingly harmonious flavours. The tart and acidic notes of the pickled vegetables, the smoky sweetness of the pork, and the savoury fish sauce just worked so well together.
The fragrant Mixed Pho Bo and fried spring roll share the limelight with the awesome Banh Mi. Fresh Vietnamese rice noodles and aromatic beef broth, what’s not to love?
Shu Yan Sichuan Cuisine @ Mohamed Sultan (#01-51/54)
Do you like spicy food? If the answer lies anywhere along the range of hot to numbing, then Sichuan cuisine is for you.
Located along the stretch of Mohammed Sultan Road, Shu Yan will satisfy all your “hot” cravings. Marrying Sichuan’s signature flavours with the intricacies of Cantonese cuisine, Shu Yan sends out a mouth-numbing Mapo Tofu. Each bite left a mild burning and numbing sensation on my tongue, and the dish is perfect with a bowl of rice.
Looking for an almost non-spicy option? Kung Pao Chicken is always a good idea. The dish is similar to sweet and sour pork, and has a nutty crunch and succulent chicken pieces..
There’s no better way to round off a hot and spicy meal with a bowl of Sichuan Ice Jelly. This barely sweet jelly is topped with brown sugar syrup. Don’t forget to get a few bottles of Snow Beer because they are currently having a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” promotion. While stocks last, the promotion ends on 31 July 2019.
Chikuyotei UE Square is the second branch of this fine-dining Japanese restaurant. In addition to the usual menu, more higher-end offerings such as Kagoshima A5 wagyu beef, boiled fish sperm and Hokkaido snow crab claypot rice are available.
One dish that they kept from their original outlet is the intriguing Unagi Don. Imported from Nishiki Mikawa in Aichi Prefecture, the live eels are perfectly broiled with Chikuyotei’s secret tare sauce. These eels have a softer texture and are way better tasting. End your meal on a sweet note with the Mineoka Tofu (homemade sesame and milk tofu).
From now till 30 June 2019, Chikuyotei UE Square is having a special lunch promotion. Their Unagi Don & Sashimi Set starts from $68~ only. If you are bringing your loved one for dinner, you can try omakase sets where you will be served Japanese hamaguri clams or Kuruma prawns from Okinawa.
Address: #01-61 UE Square (River Wing), 207 River Valley Road, Singapore 238275
Phone: 6235 2795
Mobile: 9858 9892
Opening Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm; 6pm to 10.30pm daily.
At UE Square, be prepared to take your taste buds on an international journey as you can savour dishes from all over the world. From Western dishes to Vietnamese cuisine, UE Square promises to pamper your tastebuds. Our tummies were so full and happy at the end of the food trail! Check out UE Square website & social media link to keep up with UE Square future events.
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