Last Minute Christmas Shopping At Orchard? Here Are The Cheapest Places To Park

Orchard Road is one area in Singapore where it’s notoriously expensive to park your car.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the horror of arriving at the car park exit gantry, only to find that we’ve racked up over $10 in parking fees (true story). And that’s on top of all the money we’ve spent shopping.

Unless you have loads of things to carry, or are travelling with kids in tow, there’s just no justifying spending that kind of money on what is essentially a place to put your car while you run around doing your errands.

As someone who’s in town way too often, here are the cheapest places to park your car no matter where in town you need to go.

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays Before 5/6pm

1. Far East Plaza [14 Scotts Road, S(228213)]

Mon – Fri: $1.07 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

2. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for 1st hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm)

3. Lucky Plaza [304 Orchard Road, S(238863)]

Mon – Fri: $1.93 for 1st hr, $1.28 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

4. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $1.28 for first hour, $0.43 for subsequent 15 min (before 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $1.40 per 30 minutes (8am to 9:59am), $1.40 per hour (10am to 5:59pm)

6. Orchard Central [181 Orchard Road, S(238896)]

Mon – Fri: $2.14 for 1st hr, $1.07 for next subsequent 30min (before 6pm)

7. *SCAPE [2 Orchard Link, S(237978)]

Mon – Fri: $2.05/hr (before 5pm)

8. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Weekdays After 5/6pm

1. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

2. ION Orchard [2 Orchard Turn, S(238801)]

Mon – Thurs: $3.00 per entry (from 5pm-11:59pm), $1.07 per hour (12am to 7:59am)

*Parking on Friday will be slightly expensive: $3.74/entry (from 6pm to 11.59pm). Best to park from Mon – Thurs instead.

3. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Mon – Fri: $2.57 per entry (extended to 2.59am on Fri and eve of PH)

4. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Mon – Fri: $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

5. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Mon – Fri: $3 per entry (after 8pm)

6. Street Parking at Penang Road

Mon – Fri: $0.70 per 30 min (after 5pm)

7. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

8. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Mon – Fri: $0.80 per 30min (5pm to 10.30pm),  $0.70 per 30min (10.30pm to 7am the following day)

9. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Mon – Fri: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hr (after 5pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Saturdays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sat: $1.20 per 30 min (before 5pm), $0.70 per 30 minutes (5pm – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sat: $1.30 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $1.50 per 30 minutes (11am to 5pm), $0.80 per 30 min (after 5pm)

*Best to park after 5pm

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sat: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sat: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (3am to 5.59pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

Cheapest Parking In Orchard: Sundays

1. Street Parking at Penang Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am – 10.30pm)

2. Street Parking At Angullia Park [Angullia Park, S(239974)]

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

3. Street Parking at Grange Road/Somerset Road

Sun: $0.70 per 30 min (7am to 11am), $0.80 per 30 min (11am to 10:30pm), $0.70 per 30 min (10.30pm – 7am)

4. Plaza Singapura [68 Orchard Road, S(238839)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hrs, $0.43 for subsequent 15mins  (3am to 5:59pm), $2.57 per entry (6pm to 11:59pm)

5. The Cathay [2 Handy Road, S(229233)]

Sun: $1.40/hr (before 6pm), $3.00/entry (after 6pm)

6. Atrium @ Orchard [60 Orchard Road, S(238889)]

Sun: $2.57 for 1st 2hr, $0.43 for next subsequent 15min (before 6pm), $2.57/entry (after 6pm)

7. The Centrepoint [176 Orchard Road, S(238843)]

Sun: $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent 30min (before 5pm), $2.00 for 1st hr, $1.50 for next subsequent hour (after 5pm)

8. Singapore Shopping Centre [190 Clemenceau Avenue, S(239924)]

Sun: $2.50 for 1st hour, $1.25 for subsequent 30 min (8am to 8pm), $3 per entry (after 8pm)

*Parking here is cheaper after 8pm

The next time you’re in town, whether to shop, go on a date, or watch a movie, we hope this guide comes in handy! Hopefully, you’ll also have discovered some new car parks you never knew existed through this!

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Wanted Undead Or Alive – Win $1,000 Cash By Slaying Zombies At Orchard Rd

Want to find out if you really have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?

From now till 4th November, thrill seekers can fend off zombies at Zombie Attack in this exciting and immersive experience. Battle zombies in the all-new zombie laser tag attraction, located right in the heart of Orchard Road.

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Join The Resistance

When darkness falls at Orchard Road, the Grange Road Car Park (beside [email protected]) will transform into a creepy lab overrun with the undead.

Your team will have to navigate through various zones and challenges to find the anti-toxin cure for the virus outbreak. Through a series of obstacles, zombies will come hot on your heels so be sure to slay them through an immersive game of laser tag and solve the puzzles in the escape room.

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Gear up with a battle rifle, and you’re ready to face the apocalypse. Use your ammo wisely as you would not want to turn into one of them!

Once you’re all suited up, you’ll find yourself transported to a run down room where you and your team have to work together to find a key to proceed to the next room.

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Walk through the dimly lit maze where you’ll find zombies lurking in every corner. You have 5 minutes in each zone to complete the mission!

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The fun doesn’t end there. Once you’re out, you’ll be faced with over 15 zombies coming towards you in every direction. Work with your team to kill as many zombies as you can.

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Once you’ve reach the end, use the clues you collected to find the right anti-toxin cure to save mankind.

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Commemorate your victory (or loss) with a picture at the end and enjoy exclusive vouchers to eateries like Geláre and Nandos or grab your friends for another round of escape room fun at Go Team and Trapped!

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Take note that there are no age restrictions, however children under the age of 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Tickets are priced at $25 (students and members), $30 (single-pass) and $120 (for a team of 4).

Best part, the team with the most points at the end of the event will win a $1000 cash prize.

Survive the zombie outbreak at Zombie Attack. Warning, only the bravest should apply!

Zombie Attack
Venue: Grange Road Car Park (beside [email protected])
Price: $25 (students and members), $30 (single-pass) and $120 (for a team of 4).
Date: 26 October – 4 November 2018
Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm
Website

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Orchard Road Turns On The Christmas Magic With A Disney-Themed Light-Up This Year

Every year, in the months leading up to the festive Christmas season, Orchard Road is decked out in the prettiest of lights and glittery decor thanks to Christmas on a Great Street.

Who can forget the giant glowing arcs?

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Now that National Day is over, that means it’s time to prepare for Halloween and Christmas. And this year, Orchard Road is about to be taken over by everyone’s favourite childhood characters.

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This Christmas, Hitachi proudly presents Disney Magical Moments – Christmas on a Great Street!

A Very Disney Christmas

Disney fans can expect to see themed installations featuring Mickey Mouse and friends, the Disney Princesses, characters from Frozen, and Pixar’s Toy Story, all along the stretches of Orchard Road!

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The Disney spectacle begins from Tanglin Mall along Tanglin Road with the Disney Princesses greeting you, and ends at Dhoby Ghaut, with the beloved characters of Pixar’s Toy Story.

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Some of the highlights to look out for along the stretch include the Ariel (The Little Mermaid) photo spot at Shaw House, Mickey Mouse and friends set pieces, and pop-ups by popular brands such as OWNDAYS, Häagen-Dazs, Uniqlo, SK-II, and OPPO!

We heard there’ll be 25 brands in total, so stay tuned for more details on the other participating brands!

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Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza will also host the Endless Wonder Christmas Village, with bouncy castles, food vendors, and musical performances!

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That’s not all, head over to Plaza Singapura for the Light-Up Ceremony on 10 November 2018 at 7pm and watch as the Disney-themed decor lights up Orchard Road and usher in the spirit of Christmas!

The lights and decor will be up 1 January 2019 so you’ll have plenty of time to get all your photos.

Disney Magic Moments – Christmas on a Great Street
Venue: Along Orchard Road
Date: 10 Nov 2018 – 1 Jan 2019
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Warner TV Is Challenging You To Escape From Their FREE Themed Escape Room This 3-9 Sep

Warner TV Escape Room Challenge

Fans of The Big Bang Theory, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, and Lethal Weapon will soon be able to take part in the Warner TV’s themed escape room challenge once more!

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That’s right, from 3 to 9 September 2018, the Warner TV Escape Room Challenge is back!

Can You Escape?

Here’s what you can expect from the Warner TV Escape Room Challenge 2018!

https://vimeo.com/284891072

This year’s challenge will be held at the ground floor of The Centrepoint.

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Besides the usual 3-stage Escape room challenge, try your hand at the Home of the Super Fan Puzzle challenge, where participants will have to piece together the Super Fan Puzzle image within a minute!

Think you have what it takes to be Star City’s next vigilante? Test your archery skills at the Arrow Archery Arena!

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There will also be exciting stage games held every hour where you’ll stand a chance to walk away with exclusive Warner TV merchandise.

The Singapore Cosplay Club will also be hosting a DC Cosplay contest on 7 September 2018 at 7.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch intricate costumes made by Warner TV super fans!

At the end of the day, take home a free 4R photo print from the Fallen City photo booth!

The best part is that admission to the Warner TV Escape Room challenge is FREE.

So head over to The Centrepoint from 3 to 9 September 2018, anytime between 12pm and 8pm and take on the Warner TV Escape Room challenge!

Warner TV Escape Room Challenge
Venue: The Centrepoint, Level 1
Date: 3 – 9 Sep 2018
Time: 12pm – 8pm
Website

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Have Breakfast At Tiffany’s: Free Croissants And Coffee From Tiong Bahru Bakery Available 27 Aug To 3 Sep

Tiong Bahru Bakery

For those of you who loved the classic 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn, having ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is no longer a dream.

Tiffany & Co. is collaborating with Tiong Bahru Bakery as part of the launch of their Tiffany Paper Flowers collection in Singapore.

From 27 August to 3 September 2018, Tiong Bahru Bakery will be handing out free croissants and coffee from their striking turquoise kiosk outside ION Orchard.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm-WspPHqTb/

There are, however, certain prerequisites before you proceed to claim your croissant and coffee.

First, you’ll have to take a photo of the kiosk.

Next, upload it onto Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #tiffanypaperflowers and #tiongbahrubakery.

That’s it. You have earned your breakfast. Or lunch. Note that the kiosk operates from 10am to 2pm daily.

But if a croissant and a coffee isn’t sufficient, then you might want to head to the actual OG Tiong Bahru Bakery instead, which has also been taken over by Tiffany & Co.’s signature colour.

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This is a feast for eyes, as much as it is for the stomach.

For those of you who are more interested in the Tiffany Paper Flowers jewellery collection, check out their ad below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTjxuqn67d4

The collection arrives in Singapore on 1 September 2018. In the meantime, can I interest you in some light refreshments? A croissant, perhaps?

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Tiffany & Co. x Tiong Bahru Bakery Kiosk
Venue: ION Orchard, outside Tiffany & Co.
Date: 27 Aug – 3 Sep 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm
Website

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Aqua S Is Bringing Their Famous Sea Salt Soft Serve To S’pore, And It Looks Like A Dream!

Aqua S

For all of you with a sweet tooth, your blood sugar levels are about to go through the roof.

Sydney’s famous turquoise Sea Salt Soft Serve (say it quickly 10 times) brand, Aqua S, will be opening their first outlet in Singapore soon!

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While many foods have claimed to be Instagrammable, this is by far the prettiest we’ve seen, judging from their Instagram posts.

But that’s not why we’re excited – they have some really interesting soft serve flavours!

Sydney Sea Salt Soft Serve

While Aqua S is known for their Sea Salt soft serve, they have over 100 flavours back home in Sydney.

Some of the interesting flavours include Egg Pudding, Tofu, Baileys, and Manuka Honey.

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As you can see, each flavour comes in their own delightful hue, with their signature Sea Salt flavour in turquoise.

Every ice cream cone is black, which makes the colours of their soft serve look more vibrant by contrast.

You can also choose to mix 2 flavours in a swirl, because let’s be honest, with over 100 flavours, you want to try as many flavours as possible.

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After choosing the flavours for your soft serve, next comes the toppings.

Aqua S didn’t neglect this aspect because popcorn and an cotton candy are available as toppings and a freaking TOASTED MARSHMALLOW ON A STICK.

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If you want to get your hands on this stunning soft serve, Aqua S will be opening at Orchard Xchange, 11 September 2018!

Queues are DEFINITELY going to be long so be prepared.

Aqua S
Address: 437 Orchard Road, #B1-01, Orchard Xchange, Singapore 238878
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
Sip But Don’t Spill – Enjoy Blends From Local And International Brands At Singapore Tea Festival 2018

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Sip But Don’t Spill – Enjoy Blends From Local And International Brands At Singapore Tea Festival 2018

Singapore Tea Festival

For all you tea lovers out there, I suggest you take a sip of that chamomile for your nerves and grab on to something because we’ve got news.

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Following its popularity when it debuted last year, the Singapore Tea Festival is back for its 2nd edition this coming 21 to 23 September 2018!

Tea Bazaar By teapasar

Organised by teapasar, the Singapore Tea Festival 2018 will be held at the ION Orchard’s Basement 4.

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For those of you wondering, teapasar is the first global marketplace that features both local and international tea brands, and even rare teas direct from tea farms. Talk about exclusivity.

This year’s Singapore Tea Festival will be bigger than before, with 28 tea and tea-related brands all under one roof!

A Fes-Tea-val For Everyone

You can find single-origin tea merchants in the Timeless Classics section.

With vendors such as Tea Chapter, experts of the art of Chinese Tea and Chinese Tea appreciation, and Parchmen Academy, a school dedicated to the art of tea appreciation.

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The Modern Blends section will feature Singapore’s own local tea brands. You can expect to find unique tea blends inspired by local flavours, such as Durian Tea from SUCRE, and Nyonya Kaya tea from The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

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You can also get your hands on Botanically Cold Brewed Sparkling Teas from Gryphon Tea and even 100% compostable tea pods from A.muse Projects, that are compatible with Nespresso machines!

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For those of you with more sophisticated tastebuds, the International Flavours section has got you covered with selections from Matchaya, Ito En, and Bali Organic Tea.

To go along with your tea purchases, you can also get tea-related items at the Lifestyle section, such as tea illustrations from Troops On Print and handcrafted ceramics from &Natural and Euphoramics!

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If you love your tea as much as we do here at DiscoverSG, then you should head down to the Singapore Tea Festival 2018, happening from 21 to 23 September 2018!

Singapore Tea Festival 2018
Venue: ION Orchard Basement 4 Atrium, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Date: 21 – 23 Sep 2018
Website

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Mark Your Calendars – Singapore’s First Meme-Themed Pool Party Happening Aug 5

meme party

In the 80s and 90s, we all thought that the future would have flying cars and holoprojectors like the ones in Star Wars but all we have is an entire generation of people communicating in memes.

If you’re wondering what memes are, they’re like a modern, cynical version of hieroglyphics – pictures or screengrabs of a certain character or emotion with a short caption to convey the sender’s exact sentiments.

And frankly, they do the job really well. They’re always concise and accurate, more so than the average emojis.

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Come 5 August 2018, Singapore is about to have its very own meme-themed party – POPsicle 2018.

Mad For Memes

Organised by the AOS Collective, POPsicle is Singapore’s first ever meme-themed party, featuring a lineup of resident DJs from Singapore’s hottest clubs.

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Held at the rooftop pool of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, the party will have a wide variety of cocktails that have been exclusively designed for the event. Someone say meme-themed cocktails?

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There will also be barbecue food if you’re feeling hungry.

While you chill and mingle by the rooftop pool, be entertained by music from the likes of DJ Krumbs from Bang Bang, DJ Shai, DJ Local Motion, DJ BillyT, and DJ Koh Han.

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Early Bird tickets are now available at $18 each.

To purchase tickets or book a table, you may do so via any of POPsicle’s social media platforms, via email at [email protected] or via Whatsapp at +65 9022 6743.

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If you’re sick of plain old dancing in clubs and you’re looking for a different experience, then this meme-themed party is perfect for you.

POPsicle 2018
Venue: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, Rooftop Pool
Date: 5 Aug 2018
Time: 4pm – Late
Price: $18
Website

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Does It Taste Like Home? 2 Filipinos Found The Best Pinoy Fare In Singapore

filipino cuisine

One of the least prominent cuisines in Singapore is probably Filipino cuisine. I’ve personally never tried filipino cuisine, and my filipino colleagues haven’t had proper filipino food since they left their motherland (Jollibee doesn’t count).

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So today I decided to take my filipino colleagues, Raymond and Ardhel, out to lunch, for REAL filipino food and at the same time, have them do a comparison of the standard of filipino food in Singapore to the ones they have back home.

I’ve already done a bit of research on 3 of the best, crowd-favourite places for filipino cuisine. It should come as no surprise that they’re all in Lucky Plaza.

Inasal Restaurant

The first place we went to was the highly-acclaimed Inasal Restaurant.

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A good part of the restaurant is hidden behind a tiny store-front. The actual entrance to the restaurant is down a corridor to the side of the store-front.

We ordered the Pork Kare-Kare ($8.25) and Sisig ($11)

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A little background – Kare-Kare is a savoury peanut meat stew while Sisig is a dish made with diced parts of pig’s head, liver, and seasoned with lime and chilli peppers.

I was a little confused because as far as I know, beef was usually used in Kare-Kare, and not pork. But it was small issue.

The Pork Kare-Kare came with a side of Bagoong (fermented fish paste). Firstly, the gravy of the Kare-Kare was like a watery, savoury peanut sauce. While I’m not irked by it, it certainly was an unusual taste.

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The pork, however, fared much better. It was so tender, it disintegrated the moment my jaws closed. And paired with the gravy, the dish finally made sense.

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Now, I was informed that I should put a tiny bit of Bagoong on the pork and have it with the gravy, and so I did. All I can say is, mind-blowing.

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The Bagoong is basically a pure force of salty umami, hence the tiny amount. Have this sparingly.

Next, the Pork Sisig. It was a little disappointing. Raymond and Ardhel were expecting to hear sizzling. But the only sound the Sisig made was when the hotplate hit the table.

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“I mean, it’s called Sizzling Sisig for a reason.” – Ardhel, 6 July 2018.

So points off for the lack of sizzle.

Apparently, some Sisigs are also crispy because crispy pork crackling is added into it for texture. But this version uses diced parts of pig’s head and presented uniform textures. And it didn’t help that it was a little bland because there was no chilli or lime given.

However, the Sisig came with a small bowl of Bulalo Soup.

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Bulalo is the filipino version of Soup Tulang and it’s a clear soup that packs so much umami, it’s almost unbelievable because it doesn’t look rich.

Overall, Ardhel rated the food at Inasal Restaurant a 3.5/5 and Raymond gave it a 3/5.

Points were taken off because the Sisig wasn’t sizzling, and the Kare-Kare was a little heavier on taste.

Inasal Restaurant
Address: 304 Orchard Road, #04-49/50/51 Lucky Plaza, Singapore, 238863
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 8.30pm
Contact no.: 6733 2752
Website

Kabayan Restaurant

Kabayan Restaurant is situated in a corner to the left of the escalator on the third level of Lucky Plaza.

The whole restaurant resembles a canteen of sorts, with 2 counters right inside, one of which is a huge glass display of all the dishes they’re serving.

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Once again, we ordered the Kare-Kare ($4) and Sisig ($6.50).

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The Kare-Kare here uses beef and comes served with a side of Alamang (fermented shrimp paste). Unfortunately, it was too dry and tough. The gravy was smoother and milder than the one we had at Inasal Restaurant though the portion leaves more to be desired.

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The Alamang, though splendid, did nothing for the texture of the beef.

Next, the Sisig here is a feast for the stomach AND the eyes.

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It was a beautiful sizzling plate of Sisig, and it was closer to authentic Sisig, served with chilli and lime and also more substantial, thanks to the addition of chopped pork belly for additional textures.

Ardhel and Raymond loved this Sisig and they even packed one more to go.

Finally, the Sisig was served with a bowl of Sinigang – a soup made with tamarind, either pork, beef, chicken or prawns, and fish sauce. It tastes exactly like Sze Chuan Vegetable soup to me.

Overall, both Ardhel and Raymond rated the food at Kabayan Restaurant, 4/5.

Kabayan Filipino Restaurant
Address: 304 Orchard Road, #03-25 Lucky Plaza, Singapore, 238863
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 9pm
Contact no.: 6738 0921
Website

Kamayan Pinoy

Kamayan Pinoy is a stall in the Asian Food Mall. It’s not an actual mall. It’s just the name of the food court in Lucky Plaza’s basement.

No prizes for guessing what we ordered, once again. It’s for fair comparison.

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Right off the bat, the Sisig here is terrible. It’s pre-cooked and just scooped onto a plate upon order. There was no egg, chilli, lime or SIZZLE. The dish was chunky but extremely bland. Don’t order it.

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Next, the Beef Kare-Kare here was a surprise. We were expecting a small bowl but it was a huge pan.

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And the taste was even more surprising, maybe because our expectations were at a new low after tasting the Sisig, but the Beef Kare-Kare here was extremely tender and the gravy was smooth and mild, with a strong taste of peanut butter.

It was by far the best Kare-Kare we’ve had so far.

Overall, Ardhel rated the food at Kamayan Pinoy a 3.5/5 and Raymond gave it a 3/5. The salvation lies in their Beef Kare-Kare. It’s a must-try.

Kamayan Pinoy
Address: Lucky Plaza, Basement 2, Asian Food Mall, 304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863

Overall Verdict

Singapore’s Filipino cuisine is pretty decent, with some establishments presenting dishes that makes filipinos feel at home.

If you’re looking for great Sisig, Kabayan Restaurant is your best bet, for just $6.50 a plate, it also comes with rice so you’re set for a filling lunch. Though we’ve heard of issues with freshness and consistency, it’s still one of the cheapest places offering filipino cuisine.

But if you’re with company and you’re craving Kare-Kare, Kamayan Pinoy serves up one of the best in Singapore.

But all in all, if you’re looking for great filipino food, Kabayan Restaurant is where you should go.

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Popular Filipino Fries Chain Potato Corner Opens A S’pore Outlet At Orchard

Potato Corner

The best thing about eating Cheetos, is the Cheetos dust that stains your fingertips. You’ll face the same “issue” when eating the fries from Potato Corner.

For the uninitiated, Potato Corner is a popular fries snack chain from Philippines. According to our filipino colleagues, Potato Corner can usually be found in airports in the Philippines.

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They even have outlets in multiple countries such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Panama, Sydney, Jakarta, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.

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And on 24 June 2018, Potato Corner opened its first outlet in Singapore at 313 Somerset basement!

One Potato, Two Potato

If you’re sick and tired of your fries being under-seasoned, then you’ll love the fries from Potato Corner, because EVERY SINGLE FRY is thickly coated with the seasoning powder, thanks to a special “shaking” method used to coat the fries.

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There are 4 core flavours at Potato Corner – BBQ, Chilli BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cheese.

The most popular ones are the Sour Cream & Onion and the Cheese. We also heard that they’ll be introducing a NEW FLAVOUR in August this year.

That’s not all, there are 5 sizes available, depending on how many people are sharing. In increasing size –  Large ($2.90), Jumbo ($4.30), Mega ($5.70), Giga ($9.90) and Terra ($10.90).

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If you’re alone or in a company of 2, get the “Large”, which ironically isn’t the largest. The largest size, Terra, easily feeds a family of 4 or more.

While their fries are popular, that’s not all they serve. Other snacks include Jojos (a type of potato crisp) and hash browns.

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So if you’re in the area and you’re looking for a snack, then Potato Corner is the place to go.

Potato Corner
Address: [email protected], 313 Orchard Road, #B3-45, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: Mon -Thu: 10.30am – 10pm, Fri – Sun: 10.30am – 11pm
Website

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