Where to eat: Hipster and romantic eateries near stations along Tuas West MRT extension

When someone mentions Tuas, you probably think factories and, of course, the Tuas Checkpoint. But that doesn’t mean the industrial district is as godforsaken as you think.

Ahead of the opening of four new stops along the west end of the green East-West MRT line, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore explored areas near the Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link MRT stations and found a number of eateries that might whet your appetite. From a “hipster” eating house to a romantic restaurant, Tuas has it all.

Here are some eateries located minutes away from the respective stations by foot, which we think you might love:

1. Third Place (Rating: 3.5/5)

Third Place is an eating house located in Tuas, near to the new Tuas West Road MRT Station which opened on 18 June. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)
Third Place is just a few minutes away from the MRT. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

This could be one of the most-hip coffee shops in Singapore. Third Place is an eating house located about 700m away from the Tuas West Road MRT Station, according to Google. The eatery is done up in a contemporary style, with plenty of wood accents and plants livening up the place.

There are about 10 stalls at the eating house selling a wide range of cuisines, from western food, mini wok dishes, mixed rice to minced pork noodles. Each dish is priced around $5.

What we had: Stir-fried beef hor fun ($5.50) from the Mini Wok and Herbal Soup stall, which seemed to be one of the more popular stalls at the eatery judging by the long queue. The beef was thinly sliced and easy to chew, while the silky noodles were not overly greasy.

Stir-fried Beef Hor Fun ($5.50) from the Mini Wok and Herbal Soup stall at Third Place near the Tuas West Road MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Nearest MRT station: Tuas West Road MRT Station
Address: 18 Tuas Avenue 7
Opening hours:  Monday to Saturday, 6am to 8pm

2. Santoshimaa Indian Restaurant (Rating: 3.5/5)

Santoshimaa Indian Restaurant is located at the Tuas Amenity Centre, near to the Tuas Crescent MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Located on the second floor of Tuas Amenity Centre, about 600m away from Tuas Crescent MRT Station, The Santoshimaa Indian Restaurant offers affordable and authentic Indian fare.

Dine on affordable dosai or prata priced from as low as $1 apiece, or a plate of tandoori biryani ($11), while being entertained by Bollywood movies screened on the restaurant’s television.

What we had: Chicken Tikka ($7.50) and two butter naans ($3 each). The chicken tikka was rich in flavour and spice, and the butter naans were soft and chewy.

Chicken Tikka ($7.50) and Butter Naan ($3) from Santoshimaa Indian Restaurant at Tuas Amenity Centre, near to the Tuas Crescent MRT Station (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Nearest station: Tuas Crescent
Address: 71 Pioneer Road #02-06, Tuas Amenity Center

3. Captain’s Table (Rating: 3/5)

Captain’s Table at Raffles Marina, near the Tuas Link MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Here’s a gem that took us by surprise. Amid all the factories sprawled across Tuas, lies a luxurious and romantic side to the area as well. The Captain’s Table Chinese restaurant is located at Raffles Marina, just behind the Tuas Link MRT Station. Housed within the country club and lifestyle centre, the restaurant offers views overlooking the marina.

Prices are on the higher end, with the average cost of a dish being around $18, but there are promotions which offer slightly more affordable fare.

What we had: Executive Set Lunch Menu ($18++), which consisted of a herbal chicken soup in ginseng, pan-fried chicken chop with onions and black pepper, fresh pomelo in mango puree dessert and complimentary steamed rice, Chinese tea and Chinese pickles. While there was nothing particularly special about this set lunch, it was everything we had expected from a regular Chinese restaurant – so no disappointments here.

The Executive Set Lunch ($18++) at Raffles Marina, near Tuas Link MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Nearest station: Tuas Link
Address: 10 Tuas West Drive
Opening hours: 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm

4. Broadway Canteen (Rating: 3/5)

Broadway Canteen is located near the Gul Circle MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Broadway Canteen is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it coffeeshop located in an alley nearly 500m away from the Gul Circle Station. There are around 10 stalls located here, and prices average at around $3 per meal. Portions seem slightly bigger than in typical coffee shops around Singapore. A majority of the patrons seem to be workers from the nearby factories.

What we had: Chicken noodle ($3) from the Golden Dragon Roasted Delight stall.

Chicken noodles ($3) from the Golden Dragon Roasted Delight stall in Broadway Canteen, near Gul Circle MRT Station. (Photo: Audrey Kang/Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore)

Nearest station: Gul Circle
Address: 60 Gul Lane

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