Posts Tagged ‘Singapore’s National Parks’

What to eat at East Coast Park – Seafood Centre

I had the opportunity to visit East Coast Park yesterday afternoon. East Coast Park is so different on a weekday as compared to the weekends. With hardly anybody around, it was such a joy to be out there under the blue skies, enjoying the sea breeze as the trees gently sway in the dappled sunlight. I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy this moment, even if fleeting.

Took a walk to the East Coast Park Seafood Centre area, previously known as the UDMC Seafood Centre. They even have their own Wikipedia link, although it doesn’t seem to be very updated. It was pretty quiet there except for McDonalds.

McDonald's @ Seafood Centre

Yes, did you know there is a McDonalds’ still at East Coast Park??

Seafood Centre - View from McDonalds (2)

I don’t think many people know that McDonald’s has moved from the Marine Cove area opposite Marine Parade, to the Seafood Centre area opposite the Bedok/Bayshore flyover. What a pity, because you can see the absolutely wonderful views from the alfresco area of McDonalds. One day I’m going to bring my laptop here and order a huge cuppa and just blog away. The views are so much better than what it was previously, in fact the previous McDonald’s didn’t really have a view if you think about it. Such an idyllic place, just as well it is a secret!

Read more »

What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Cafes and Restaurants

Apart from the Food Canopy food court, there are also a few other restaurants and cafes to dine at at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

~~~ Corner House ~~~

Corner-House-at-Singapore-Botanic-Gardens.jpg

Just newly opened on 25 July 2014, Corner House is a gastro-botanica French fine dining restaurant in a conservation black and white colonial bungalow perched atop a small hill. The priciest place of the lot, but that’s why it’s called fine-dining. You might remember this place as the former Au Jardin.

http://365days2play.com/2014/07/28/corner-house-at-the-singapore-botanic-gardens/

1 Cluny Road , E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate) | Singapore 259569

T: +65 6469 1000 | F: +65 6469 0136 | enquiries@cornerhouse.com.sg

http://cornerhouse.com.sg/

Read more »

What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Food Canopy

The weather has been crazy this past week! It’s not even November or December yet we have been having torrential thunderstorms nearly every day. It may be very inconvenient, especially if the deluge is during the morning or evening commute hours. My colleague was forced to literally hang up his shoes, to dry! But one thing good that comes out of all this rain, is the cool weather we’ve been enjoying! I don’t even have to sleep with the fan on, let alone the air-conditioner! If the temperature in Singapore remains in the 25 degree range everyday, life would be so wonderful!

I’ve been making full use of this weather by visiting our National Parks. Yesterday I visited Pasir Ris Park. If you’ve never been there, you really ought to go. It’s such a tranquil and beautiful park. Similar to East Coast Park, it is flanked by a body of water, the Johor Straits I believe, but totally unlike East Coast Park, you can walk or run and jump about without bumping into a thousand other people there. There are huge rain trees with ferns growing on the trunks. Pasir Ris Park reminds me a little of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, kinda like a mini Botanic Gardens of the East. More pictures of Pasir Ris park next week, but first, let me show you where to eat at the Botanic Gardens without bursting your wallet.

Did you know that apart from some restaurants and cafes, there is a food court at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? Nope, it’s not the one underground, that closed down quite some years ago. I’m talking about the food court called Food Canopy at Evans Road.

image

“Right Here” marks the spot of Food Canopy

I don’t think many people know about Food Canopy because it’s off the beaten track and you won’t see it if you’re just driving along. You have to walk right out of the gates of the Botanic Gardens actually, but there should be signs so keep your eyes peeled. If you’re driving along Evans Road, you’ll have to turn in at the carpark gantry next to the CCAB swimming pools.

Food here is pretty decent, and prices are affordable too. Apart from familiar favourites like the Prata Stall and Mixed Rice, there is even a Western Stall where you can get rib-eye steak and brunch items on the weekends! Do check Food Canopy out when you’re next at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Food Canopy (8)

The food court is very airy and one of the prettiest food courts in Singapore if I may say so. It has a green roof, and lots of plants and flowers surrounding the foodcourt. It’s really befitting of a food court at the Botanic Gardens. There is a return your own tray policy here, which people do abide by. It’s interesting to note that if most people are abiding by the return your own tray policy, you’d feel awkward and embarrassed if you don’t

Read more »

East Coast Park Aerial View

Took some pictures of the East Coast Park area today. I love looking at the vast expanse of water. There is a sort of calming effect, just looking out at something so blue and unblocked. Once in a while, I need to come here, to get away from the built up areas of Singapore. I know, the numerous ships dotting the sea reduces the picturesque quality, but still, this is about as good as it goes in Singapore.

It was also interesting to see the rain pouring down in the city area. Marina Bay Sands was just a grey blur in the distance. Yet at the Changi area, it was as bright as can be.

East Coast Park Aerial View (6)

The McDonalds area of East Coast Park. Looks different from up here. There was some news recently that their rentals may not be renewed? Wonder what’s the latest news with that.

East Coast Park Aerial View (8)East Coast Park Aerial View (4)

You can see the rain coming in in the distance. Wonder what it is that causes the orangey sky.

East Coast Park Aerial View (5)

You can hardly see Marina Bay Sands in the rain.

East Coast Park Aerial ViewEast Coast Park Aerial View (7)

Yet bright as can be towards the Changi direction. Singapore may be small, but it’s still large enough to experience different weather in different parts of the island!

It would be wonderful to live in a condo and wake up to such views every morning. Unfortunately, since the East Coast Parkway Expressway is parallel to the East Coast Park and sea, the better your view of  the sea, the louder the noise of the expressway! The drone of the cars is quite audible. I have no idea how people living right next to the expressway tolerate the noise. They must have learnt to weed it out. I can’t imagine how I would do that, or if I would want to do that in the first place. I gues the best way is to choose a condo block that is not nearest the expressway. Yes the views will be blocked, but you still get some bits of view and much lesser sound. And don’t let me even get started on how dusty and dirty it must be to live next to the expressway. I wonder if people living next to the expressway go to the doctor more often?

The place I live at happens to face a small playground, and there are no major roads nearby. It’s pretty peaceful at night and I like it this way.  I can have my windows open at night and I often poke my head out to enjoy the cool night breeze. Still, Singapore is noisy compared to New Zealand. Lying in bed at night in New Zealand, it was so pitch black I couldn’t even see my hand. And get this, for the 1st time in my life, I realised my phone had a low buzz sound, audible because there were no cars around for miles.  In all the years that I’ve had a mobile phone, I’ve never realised it buzzed!

Lava East Restaurant, Bar & Gallery

If you live in the Marine Parade area, there aren’t all that many eateries to choose from unless you are in the vicinity of Parkway Parade shopping mall. So sometimes, walking over to East Coast Park to have lunch or dinner becomes a necessity. There are some cheap eats there such as McDonalds and the C Nai Hong Kong Cafe, otherwise, be prepared to spend well over $10 for a meal.

A few months ago, this restaurant called Lava East opened. It has a nice decor, with lots of woody carvings at the entrance. (Later I found out that Lava East owns a wooden furniture business). The decor made me feel like the prices wouldn’t be cheap, but luckily they were okay, between $10 – $20. We had dinner there but it seems most people there at 9pm were there to drink.

The menu is not extensive. There are a few Asian dishes and Western dishes. We ordered the fried rice and the Beef Kuay Teow. The fried rice was pretty nice. As you can see it was chock full of ingredients such as prawns, char siew and egg. The beef kuay teow was also very nice, the beef slices were tender and tasty. But I thought the kuay teow was a bit too soggy, and the sauce not of the type I am used to.

The conclusion is that for asian dishes, we would rather go to the Hong Kong Cafe a few steps away. Cheaper and tastes more local. We’d only come here if we want a quiet evening, drinks and good service.

Lava East - Fried Rice (2) Lava East - Fried Rice

Lava East - Beef Kuay Teow Lava East - Drink

Where: Lava East is at East Coast Park, near the McDonalds, next door to the 7-11 and Coffee Bean. Lava East also owns a furniture business in Defu Lane!

Directions: 1000 East Coast Park 

http://lavaeast.com/

Lava East Facebook

%d bloggers like this:
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...