Soft-launched on 9 May 2023, the Woodleigh Mall was the perfect addition to the Bidadari Park Drive area which has recently become fully occupied by brand-new BTO flats.
It’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago, the surrounding area was just bare forest. It was previously occupied by the now-defunct Bidadari Cemetery, a place which I frequently passed by during my daily commute to my secondary school.
Before the nearby Woodleigh Village Hawker Centre opens its doors to the public, follow me as I introduce you to the 12 best eating spots you should definitely check out at the Woodleigh Mall with your family and friends.
1. Brewerkz (#02-20/20A)
The food at Brewerkz is a splendid fusion of contemporary European, timeless American classics and beloved Asian favourites. The stunning standalone location at the Woodleigh Mall on the second floor is separated by a link bridge.
The outlet here boasts expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows that flood the interior with abundant natural light, casting a radiant glow throughout the day.
Jumpstart your meal with a hearty bowl of Pacific Clam Chowder (S$12) or get a plate of Superfoods Salad (S$15), which consists of kale, red cabbage, quinoa, beetroot, feta cheese and pumpkin seeds dressed in honey mustard vinaigrette.
Refresh your palate with the chilled Truffled Scallop Pasta (S$29) or savour something interesting such as the Pulled Beef Mantou Burger (S$25), which utilises braised beef short ribs, garlic aioli, caramelised onions and Colby-Jack cheese.
2. Watami Japanese Dining (#02-21)
With 6 outlets scattered across Singapore, Watami Japanese Dining guarantees an authentic and delectable journey through the world of Japanese delicacies. Its inviting ambience provides a cosy and laid-back setting ideal for a wide range of occasions, be it relaxed get-togethers or formal business luncheons.
For larger gatherings, consider savouring the Wafu Pizza with Mentai Mayo (Pork & Teriyaki Chicken) at S$14.30, Salmon & Avocado Maki (S$8.90 for half, S$15.90 for a full portion) or the Salted Egg Grilled W Chicken (S$11.90).
Sharing these delectable dishes among your group is an excellent way to explore Watami’s diverse culinary offerings.
On a chilly, rain-soaked evening, an absolute must-try is the Seafood Hot Pot (S$15.90), a delightful ensemble of 10 assorted vegetables and an array of seafood, all simmering harmoniously in a dashi broth. This rich and savoury broth, punctuated with a touch of yuzu pepper, elevates the innate flavours of these fine ingredients.
Alternatively, if you crave a different kind of warmth, delve into the Korean-style Army Hot Pot (S$14.90). This hearty pot boasts an eclectic mix of vegetables, pork slices, sausages, rice cakes, and kimchi, all bathed in Watami’s homemade spicy soup, providing a fiery and comforting culinary experience.
3. COLLIN’S (#01-24)
When you find yourself adrift in a sea of dining options, take solace in the fact that COLLIN’S never disappoints when it comes to satisfying your yearnings for Western cuisine.
Their diverse menu boasts a tantalising array of expertly grilled dishes, lusciously tender meats, wood-fired pizzas, and a thoughtfully curated selection of wines and beverages. It’s a culinary haven that guarantees to delight every member of your family and circle of friends.
For starters, enjoy some Baked Garlic Baguette (S$5) or enjoy the juicy Breaded Button Mushroom (S$6). The Appetiser Platter (S$18) offers the ultimate indulgence with a selection of tempura squid tentacles, crispy buffalo drumlets, breaded Japanese jumbo oysters, tempura calamari, garlic and herbs prawn bites, sweet potato waffle fries and homemade tartar sauce.
Meat lovers will love tucking into the COLLIN’S Mixed Grill (S$20), which has their signature grilled chicken chop, prime Iberico pork sausage and grilled pork chop. It’s served with grilled vegetables, potato au gratin, grilled corn, black pepper and harissa sauce.
From Mondays to Fridays between 11am – 3pm, get 2 side dishes when you order a main course starting from S$12.
4. VeganBurg (#01-37)
For those reluctant to journey all the way to Eunos to visit the flagship store of VeganBurg, rejoice! Their second outlet at the Woodleigh Mall offers the same delectable experience.
Crafted with an unwavering devotion to 100% plant-based ingredients, every burger is a harmonious blend of a fibre-rich bun, farm-fresh greens, a plant-based protein patty, and artisanal gourmet sauces.”
First, choose between a Classic and a Delux (+S$4) (added vegan bacon and cheese). Next, take your pick between their 8 burgers.
Savour the new Chikn’ Buffalo (S$12.90) which features a gluten soy-free pea protein patty, hot buffalo sauce, creamy slaw and pickles. Want something that tastes closer to home? Then try the Char-Grilled Satay (S$13.90) which has a grilled soy ‘beef’ patty, satay sauce, lettuce, onion, cucumber and ground peanuts.
If you want to get the full Veganburg experience, give the Trio Sliders (S$29.90) a go. It features the Chili Krab, Smoky BBQ and Shrooms Burg; perfect for sharing.
For S$3.90 more, you can get a meal with your choice of Seaweed Fries or Sizzlin’ Brocolli and a 16oz seasonal chiller.
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5. Meixi Yong Tau Foo (#B1-09/10)
When I’m clueless about what to eat, there’s nothing quite like the comforting embrace of a bowl of yong tau foo. I spotted Meixi Yong Tau Foo at the Woodleigh Mall’s Food Republic and I was elated. Why? Because I’m a regular customer of their 24-hour outlet located at 73 Toa Payoh Lorong 4.
All their products are handmade with quality fish paste. Besides the normal broth, you’ll get to savour other exciting soup bases such as Laksa, Tom Yum or Mala if you spend an additional S$1.20.
For the Yong Tau Foo (Soup/Dry) at S$7, choose 7 pieces or get a minimum of 6 pieces with your choice of carbs (egg noodles, mee sua, thick bee hoon, Maggi noodles, rice, kway teow and more).
Sinful but delicious, some of the ingredients are deep fried separately and served on the side to prevent them from getting soggy. My favourites include the meatballs and the beancurd skin stuffed with French beans; absolutely yummy!
6. Cedele Bakery Kitchen (#01-38)
Cedele Bakery Kitchen is known for its breads and cakes made using only fresh and natural ingredients. Get your brunch fix here by giving the Signature Pancakes (S$19) a try. Choose either the wild blueberries or caramelised banana pancakes with a choice of grilled bacon, mushroom, scrambled egg or grilled sausage.
There’s also the Breakfast Bagel (S$18) which you can have over-easy or scrambled eggs together with bacon, avocado, grilled tomato, sriracha mayo and superfood garden salad.
Choose from their selection of mains such as Grilled Sea Bass & Prawns Marinara (S$25), Bacon & Mushroom White Pasta (S$22) or Grass-Fed Beef Burger (S$22).
If you have additional stomach space, leave a little room for dessert. Try the Warm Apple Blueberry Crumble Tart (S$14) which has vanilla bean ice cream, caramel drizzle and granola. Or enjoy the Ondeh Bliss (S$14) which features a slice of ondeh ondeh cake, served with salted caramel ice cream, caramel drizzle and granola.
7. Paradise Classic (#01-41)
Paradise Classic skillfully reimagines cherished local classics with a modern twist, all while keeping prices accessible. This culinary haven is dedicated to capturing the hearts of both the young and the young at heart, offering a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation on every plate.
Be impressed with their meticulously-crafted prawn signature mains cooked with their signature prawn broth. Whether you opt for the Braised Big Prawn Hor Fun with Prawn Broth (S$12.90 for regular, S$20.90 for large) or the Prawn-infused Ebiko Prawn Fried Rice (S$12.90 for regular, S$20.90 for large), each dish is a testament to their dedication to Chinese culinary excellence.
No visit to Paradise Classic is complete without ordering the Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork (S$14.90), which has been rated #1 in Singapore’s top 10 gu lou yok.
Also not to be missed is the Hot Plate Tofu with Preserved ‘Cai Xin‘ and Minced Pork (S$13.90), Crispy Prawn Roll (S$10.90) and Steamed Kampong Chicken in Scallion Oil (S$16.90).
8. Bulgogi Syo (#01-33/34)
From the same group that brought you Seorae, Bulgogi Syo at the Woodleigh Mall provides a visual spectacle when you dine. The meats go through a 3-step hot stone grilling process from Korea.
Firstly, prime cuts of meat are seared to perfection on a scorching hot stone to preserve their innate flavours and juices. Next, they are torched with powerful fire blasters which can reach temperatures of up to 1,400 degrees Celsius, adding delicious char and smokiness to the exterior of the meat.
But the spectacle doesn’t end there. Prepare to be enthralled as your chosen cuts are set ablaze right before your eyes at the table.
The Pork Baby Back Ribs (S$26.90) boasts a 350g portion of succulent half-slab, braised for a remarkable 8 hours in a flavourful gochujang sauce.
For beef fans, the La Galbi (S$39.90) is a must-try. It features 300g of succulent USDA choice grade beef short ribs, expertly cut across the bones. Prepared with an overnight marinade, the result is meat that is astonishingly tender and has a sweet and savoury flavour that will linger on your palate.
Both options come with a bowl of flavourful seaweed rice.
The menu also has dishes like Jjajangmyeon (S$14.90), Seafood Sundubu Jjigae (S$18.90) and my personal recommendation, the Bacon Kongnamul Pancake (S$15.90). It has tasty bits of bacon combined with slightly-crunchy pieces of bean sprouts; a unique combination.
9. Lam’s Noodle & Salt Baked Chicken (#B1-12)
Establishing themselves as one of the pioneers of Singapore’s F&B industry, Lam’s Noodle & Salt Baked Chicken at Food Republic specialises in crafting exquisite noodles and salt-baked chicken delights.
The chickens are marinated, hand-wrapped in parchment paper and left in the chiller overnight to ensnare every nuance of flavour. A layer of Australian coarse sea salt is then crusted over the chicken, which is then baked to lock in a symphony of tastes.
Get a taste of the sublime tenderness of poultry perfection with Lam’s Salt Baked Chicken Whole Leg with Noodles (S$7.90) or Lam’s Salt Baked Boneless Chicken Thigh with Rice (S$6.90) (for folks who hate to deal with bones).
You should try the Mighty Green Chilli Boneless Chicken Thigh Noodles (S$7.90), which is exclusive to this outlet at the Woodleigh Mall. It features a tender chicken leg coated with spicy green chilli pesto for some heat.
Their other range of noodles includes Teochew Seaweed Mixed Ball Soup with Noodles (S$6.80), Lam’s San Wan Noodles (S$5.30) and Lam’s Yellowtail Fishball Noodles (S$5.60).
10. Ten Points Porridge (#B1-K37)
Ten Points Porridge has established its presence with 3 locations across Singapore, one with the Woodleigh Mall. It is a local chain serving a selection of Chinese-style porridge.
With an extensive selection of 19 varieties, there’s surely something for everyone. The Signature Porridge (S$8) has an abundance of ingredients like scallops, sliced fish, cuttlefish, homemade pork meatballs, lean meat, sliced chicken meat, century egg and salted egg.
If seafood is your thing, there are also atas variations such as Abalone Scallop Porridge (S$14.50) and Scallop and Razor Clams Porridge (S$12).
There are also unique options such as the Stir-fried Meat Porridge (S$8) which has a trio consisting of pork liver, sliced lean pork and chicken, all sauteed till fragrant.
To complete your meal, you can get a plate of Pan Fried Omelette with Preserved Radish (S$6.50), Handmade You Tiao (S$1.30) and even dessert with a bowl of Tao Suan (S$3).
+65 9152 9631
Daily: 9am – 9.30pm
11. Yew Kee Specialties (#B1-04)
Yew Kee Specialties at the Woodleigh Mall has a small independent space at the basement level with 9 to 10 tables.
The brand has captivated an army of loyal patrons through its age-old, meticulously-guarded braised sauce recipe, tender duck meat, and an irresistible chilli sauce elevated by the essence of ikan bilis.
Opt for the Specialty Braised Duck Rice (S$6) or choose healthier options such as the Braised Duck Porridge (S$6) and Braised Duck Noodle (S$6).
There are also other meat alternatives like the Roasted Meat & Chicken Char Siew Rice (S$6.50) or the Braised Pork Rice (S$6). To keep the calorie count in check, why not share the indulgent Braised Pig Trotter (S$6) with a couple of friends?
If you adore innards, the Kway Chap Set (S$6.50) includes braised pork belly, pig’s skin, intestines, braised egg, tofu and tau pok.
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12. Bangkok Gem Thai Cuisine (#B1-09/10)
Food Republic’s Bangkok Gem Thai Cuisine offers a repertoire of classic favourites from the Land of Smiles.
Start your meal with something light like the Green Mango Salad (S$5.50) and the Thai Fish Cake (S$5.50 for 6 pieces).
Relish in comforting classics which include Pineapple Fried Rice with Chicken (S$7.20), Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice (S$7.50), Green Curry Beef with Rice (S$7.80) and Minced Basil Pork Rice (S$7.50).
If you love stir-fried kway teow, you should try the Pad See Ew with Chicken (S$7.20). Otherwise, you can enjoy popular street food favourites like Beef Soup Noodles (S$7.80) and Pad Thai with Prawns (S$7.50).
For something sweet to end off the meal, the Mango Sticky Rice (S$6) will be the ideal choice.
Daily: 10am – 10pm
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