5 New Casual Restaurants for a Quick Meal in Singapore

Because good food doesn't always mean having to break the bank

By Arista Kwek | 03 July, 2018 | Food, Restaurants
2018-07-03 11:21:34 2018-09-23 12:47:39
Crispy bun with condensed milk at Tsui Wah, a casual light bite at the newly-opened cha chaan teng
Crispy bun with condensed milk at Tsui Wah

Tsui Wah Clarke Quay

Tsui Wah Clarke Quay marks the Hong Kong-based cha chaan teng’s first foray into Southeast Asia, and the addition of yet another Hong Kong-style eatery in Singapore. Over 140 indoor and alfresco seatings make it easy to snag a place (once the queues subside) at this quintessential Hong Kong eatery, and to have a taste of its classic dishes, some of which date back to the 1960s. Well-loved favourites from Hong Kong are available here – crispy bun with condensed milk ($4), savoury French toast bites served with ice cream ($9.50), king prawns in x.o. sauce tossed with noodles ($11.50), and lamb chop curry with steamed rice ($29) are menu highlights.  Wash it all down with a cup of strong and milky tea ($3.50 hot, $4.00 iced), made with tea leaves specially imported from Tsui Wah Hong Kong. Note: New Singapore-exclusive dishes will be introduced at a later date.

3A River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-03, Singapore 179020. Website here

Kimchi mac n cheese bites at Two Hana Seoul, a light bite at this new casual restaurant
Kimchi mac n cheese bites at Two Hana Seoul

Two Hana Seoul

The light grey concrete walls, geometric lines and shapes, and pastel hues of Two Hana Seoul’s decor will surely catch the attention of any millennial, as will its menu, comprising an innovative mix of Korean and Western elements that translate into funky and delicious sharing plates, priced affordably. Tuck into light bites such as the kimchi mac n cheese bites ($9), which combines the American classic with kimchi before it is coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried to perfection. Move on to mains such as the striploin bap ($13) or the Korean seafood cioppino ($12), a hearty tomato-based seafood stew chock-full of mussels, clams and prawns, perfect for mopping up with the accompanying Hana soft rolls filled with kimchi and cheese. Two Hana Seoul also boasts an extensive drinks menu featuring everything from coffee to tea lattes and fruit spritzers. Breakfast options are also available here – for $4, you get toast (with flavours such as cinnamon butter, citron honey jam, or kimchi butter) and eggs (scrambled or poached). Other add-ons are also available, such as chicken ($2), beef ($3) or vegetables ($1).

Century Square Mall, 2 Tampines Central 5 # 01 – 21, Singapore 529509. Tel: +65 6260 4321. Website here

Chicken ssamjang sandwich from Seoul Sandwich, a casual restaurant cum sandwich takeaway concept
Ssamjang chicken sandwich from Seoul Sandwich

Seoul in a Sandwich

“Seoul in every sandwich, soul in every bite” just about sums up the idea behind Seoul in a Sandwich. It’s all about hearty, soul-satisfying sandwiches with Korean-inspired fillings at this takeaway sandwich kiosk. Tuck into signature sandwiches such as the ssamjang chicken sandwich ($8.50), which sees a generous helping of grilled ssamjang chicken tucked between two slices of ciabatta, paired with cabbage slaw and a savoury gochujang dressing. Love your Korean army stew? Have it in a sandwich with the army stew-ich ($8.50), which combines your typical army stew fillings such as hotdogs and spam with cheddar, mozzarella, daikon slaw, all stuffed in between two slices of mayo ciabatta. Those who like their toasts sweet can go for the citron cheese and pear ($4.50), which sees sugared Asian pear and honey citron cream cheese sitting atop buttery brioche. Soup – kimchi chicken or cream of mushroom ($2.90 each) – can also be added to make your sandwich into a complete meal.

Century Square Mall, 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1 – 23, Singapore 529509. Tel: +65 6260 4339. Website here

Hokkaido Butter Corn Hotate Ramen at Hokkaido-Ya
Hokkaido Butter Corn Hotate Ramen at Hokkaido-Ya


Tired of the constant queues at Sushi Tei? Why not hop over to its sister restaurant, Hokkaido-Ya, which serves up Hokkaido-inspired dishes in a casual setting. Hokkaido-Ya is also the first restaurant in Singapore to adopt an artificial intelligence-enabled ordering system, making ordering a fast and fuss-free experience. The system is able to identify patrons, analyse their dining preferences, and make customised recommendations based on past orders. If you have a penchant for ordering the likes of the Hokkaido white curry, the system is likely to recommend similar dishes such as the ebi fried Hokkaido white curry udon ($12.90), or the Hokkaido butter corn hotate ramen ($12.90), which features a light pork-based broth made creamy with a pat of butter. While white curry isn’t common in Singapore, the mildly-spiced Hokkaido white curry is at once hearty and comforting, perfect when drizzled over rice and crispy tori karaage chicken ($10.90), shirobuta pork katsu ($12.90) or fried ebi prawn ($11.90). Affordably-priced bara chirashi bowls are also served up at Hokkaido-Ya. The aburi mentai bara chirashi don ($14.90) features house-made tamago and generous portions of fresh seafood drizzled with house-made mentaiko mayonnaise torched to perfection; other popular options include the truffle bara chirashi don ($14.90) and the spicy bara chirashi don.

1 Harbour Front Walk #02-153, VivoCity, Singapore 098585. Tel: +65 6376 8387. Website here

Special Sapporo Miso Ramen at Bishamon, a new casual restaurant serving ramen
Special Sapporo Miso Ramen at Bishamon


Back after a four year absence, Bishamon serves up a brand new menu featuring its signature Sapporo-style miso ramen. The restaurant’s pork and chicken-based miso broth sees a unique blend of three types of miso: red, white, and black miso, all of which lend the soup a savoury, nutty depth of flavour. There’s no better way to taste the quality of the broth than with the special Sapporo miso ramen ($15.80), which combines corn, bamboo shoots and a soft boiled egg with thick slices of tender kurobuta pork collar cha shu. The cha shu here is braised for four hours – two hours in Bishamon’s pork broth, and another two in a special marinade – before being chilled for 24 hours before serving, creating a a piece of pork that is nothing short of juicy and bursting with flavour. Other notable dishes are the special Tonkotsu miso ramen ($15.80), a must-try for Tonkotsu lovers, as well as the gyoza which comes in six different flavours – original, mentaiko, garlic, wasabi, okonomiyaki, and grilled cheese.

Suntec City North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-313. Singapore 038983. Tel: +65 6235 3386. Website here

Arista patiently waits for rice to crisp at the bottom of the pot.