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5 must try eateries at Eastpoint Mall

With the recent opening of the 3rd  Malaysia Boleh! at Eastpoint Mall, the mall is fast becoming a foodie destination in itself. Eastpoint Mall, being a suburban mall located in a small and peaceful residential estate, has never been on the radar of most people unless you are living in Simei or the surrounding areas. It’s more of a utilitarian mall, with people visiting just to get a simple meal, groceries at NTUC, wares from Daiso, school and stationery supplies from Popular or attending enrichment classes. Up until recently, there have no big name fashion stores or big name anything to draw in the crowds. But therein lies the delight in visiting Eastpoint Mall. I visit Eastpoint Mall several times a week precisely because it is peaceful and not teeming with people. I can get a seat at any eatery or cafe I want, pretty much any time of the day.

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Well things are changing at Eastpoint Mall. In the last one year, a number of big name eateries have opened at Eastpoint Mall, the biggest being of course the super popular Malaysia Boleh! that opened a couple of weeks back. Let’s hope that these big names draw even more big name and popular eateries to open at Eastpoint Mall. Businesses might worry about a lack of footfall, but just look at how crowded Malaysia Boleh! is and you’ll know that if you can provide the goods, people will flock to you.

Anyway, here are my 5 eateries / restaurant recommendations at Eastpoint Mall that you should really check out.

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Christmas 2018–Christmas Celebrations at Jamie’s Italian

If you’re not a fan of celebrating Christmas at a hotel restaurant, and would prefer a somewhat cosier atmosphere, you can consider Jamie’s Italian. Jamie’s Italian is located at both VivoCity and Forum Shopping Mall. One will be offering a semi-buffet, while the other will be offering a set course.

Jamie's Italian (7)

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Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice – Affordable eats at NEX

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If you frequent Bangkok often, you might be familiar with Go-Ang Kaomunkai Pratunam, an eatery that specialises in Thai Hainanese chicken rice. The eatery was established all the way back in 1960 and was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Awared in the 1st Bangkok edition of the Michelin Guide.

The good news is that Go-Ang has opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore. The Singapore outlet is called Go-Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice and is located in NEX in Serangoon. To ensure that the dishes served in Singapore are authentic, all kitchen staff are trained by Go-Ang founder Mr Sombat Pruekpaiboon at the original restaurant in Bangkok. Go-Ang is managed by The Minor Food Group Singapore, the restaurant group behind Xin Wang Hong Kong Café and ThaiExpress.

I was invited to Go-Ang’s recent launch and had the opportunity to taste quite a number of the dishes available. I’ve never tried the version in Bangkok, so let me compare this version here vs other chicken rice in Singapore that we are more familiar with.

Go Ang Chicken Rice

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PUTIEN–Not just noodle dishes

When I think of PUTIEN restaurant, I think of its Lor Mee, Heng Hwa Noodles and its Mazu Mee Sua. Those were the dishes I would head for whenever I visited its Vivocity outlet practically a decade ago. Back then, the PUTIEN outlet was located inside the Food Republic foodcourt! How the brand has grown because now they boast 53 outlets all over the world, including 12 in Singapore. And they have also bagged the Michelin One-Star Restaurant Award for 2016, 2018 and 2018.

Putien Popular Dishes

But PUTIEN offers more than just those noodle dishes I mentioned. They have all the sharing dishes that you would expect when you think of a Chinese restaurant. But of course, if you want to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant without spending too much, those noodle dishes are only $9.80++. Scroll down to what were my favourite dishes from the PUTIEN media tasting.

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Outback Steakhouse is 30 years old! Enjoy up to 30% discount!

Did you know that Outback Steakhouse is 30 years old this year? To celebrate its 30th birthday, Outback Steakhouse will be offering up to 30% discounts when you dine there. Scroll down to the end of the post for details on how to obtain the 30% discount. We checked out Outback Steakhouse’s outlet at Orchard Gateway. I prefer this outlet compared to the previous location at Millenia Walk as it’s much brighter here and the decor is not so dated.

Outback Steakhouse Singapore - Typhoon Boom $15.90

I’ve always liked Outback Steakhouse for its famous Typhoon onion rings. When I was first served the dish more than a decade ago, I was amazed. I still am amazed actually! The humongous portion of onion rings still tastes so good after all these years. Huge crispy piping hot onion rings, not tiny flimsy bits. So good.

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