Let’s be honest – malls are an inevitable (and mostly enjoyable!) part of life here, and with the holidays upon us VivoCity is a prime spot to find that special something for those on your Christmas list. But whether it’s holiday shopping or just another trip to Singapore’s largest mall, eating should be a respite from the crowds, not an exercise in elbowing your way to some grub. Skip the food courts and holiday crowds and pick from one of the following 11 fantastic sit-down restaurants in VivoCity to relax and unwind between your spending sprees.
At Jamie’s, not only will you enjoy a fabulous (and sustainably sourced) menu of Italian eats from a world-famous chef, but the VivoCity location also boasts a crowd-pleasing live pasta bar in addition to stunning views of Sentosa from the main dining area. Soak in that beautiful trattoria ambience without leaving the mall, and tuck into an extensive array of quality bites like the daily house-made pastas, succulent grilled dishes or hearty vegetable sharing ‘planks’. With kids menus and plenty of veggie & fish options Jamie’s caters to a variety of palates, so don’t worry about bringing any fussy eaters along.
Dishes We Love: Seasonal Vegetable Plank, Wild Mushroom & Smoked Mozzarella Risotto, Lamb Chops Scottaditto, Raspberry Ripple Pavlova
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With a renowned name like ‘Crystal Jade’ you’ll be able to please the whole family, from children to grandparents and every picky mouth in between. The Dining IN concept delivers a high-quality atmosphere with a menu that deftly weaves tried-and-true classics with modern interpretations. Try the Baked Crab Shell stuffed with Seafood Paste, or the Sautéed Scallop with Walnut in Spicy Sauce if you’re really craving a fiery dish! Put those shopping bags down and enjoy some quality family time around the dining table, ‘cause being here feels just like home.
Dishes We Love: Sautéed Beef Cube in Black Pepper Sauce, Deep Fried Butter Prawn, Baked Crab Shell stuffed with Seafood Paste, Sautéed Scallop with Walnut in Spicy Sauce
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Picture this: plates of scrumptious yet straightforward American nosh like heavenly bacon cheeseburgers, smoked ribs, beer-battered fish, and ice cream sundaes. Hungry yet? Good, ‘cause Morganfield’s serves up this and more at three outlets already in Singapore. A reliable name when it comes to American comfort food, it’s perfect for a energy-refueling pit-stop or just a filling (and affordable!) ending to any shopping trip.
Dishes We Love: Smokehouse Bacon Cheeseburger, Tequila Grilled Prawns, Garlic BBQ Spare Ribs, Bread Pudding
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For a laid-back option with a range of British comfort food classics, hop on over to The Queen & Mangosteen. Grab a seat at their expansive bar or dine on the sprawling outdoor terrace to catch the Sentosa fireworks at 9 pm – cause a Shepherd’s Pie with a cold pint under the lights is the perfect way to end a shopping trip.
Dishes We Love: Scottish Haddock Fish & Chips, The Queen’s Famous Fisherman’s Pie, Pork Bangers & Mash
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5. Dancing Crab
If you’re looking for a soulful seafood kick to sit back and dig into, Dancing Crab on the top floor is a top-notch pick. They’ve earned their spot as one of the most reputable country-style Cajun culinary masters in S’pore, with a huge variety of spicy combo bags, fried seafood, hearty gumbos, and more. Indulgent? Maybe just a bit, but you’ll have done so much mall power-walking that you will have more than earned a feast this epic.
Dishes We Love: Seafood Gumbo, Sri Lankan Crab Combo Bag, Beer Batter Canjun Calamari
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6. Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant
For a taste of Spain without leaving the shopping heaven of VivoCity (or having to whisk the family around the world), Serenity is an incredibly dependable option that doesn’t sacrifice quality yet manages to be light on the wallet. Dishes start from $6.90, and house wine and beer is 1-for-1 ALL DAY. That’s 11am till very late folks, so if you’re craving some w(h)ine and paella without opening the purse strings too wide we’d highly recommend Serenity.
Dishes We Love: Suckling Pig, Spanish Paella, Crispy Pork Knuckle Platter
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It’s time to treat yourself to a fine Chinese dining feast after a long day’s work shopping. Tunglok Signatures serves up a detailed menu with variations of Chinese cuisine. From Canton to Shanghai, Sichuan and back to modern-day Singapore, you can pick and choose from a variety of flavourful dishes that highlight the best of the regions, without leaving VivoCity.
Dishes We Love: Flaming Fortune Chicken, Steamed ‘Soon Hock’ with Shanghai-style Chilli Sauce, Deep-fried Lobster with Salted Egg Yolk
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8. Black Society (Bosses Restaurant/黑社会)
One of the more elegant options in VivoCity, Black Society a.k.a. Bosses (or the real meaning of hei shehui – ‘secret society’) whips up a feast for the eyes with a triad-themed décor that’s modern but unpretentious. It’s quite the impressive set up, and the traditional Chinese cuisine is no slouch either. From aromatic roast meats to flavourful veggies like the blanched wasabi kailan, and some fusion creations along the way, it’s a classy joint that’s sure to please the whole family or impress some friends either before or after your shopping
Dishes We Love: Roast Duck, Salted Egg Yolk Custard Balls, Shanghai Xiao Long Bao in Lobster Bisque
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Meat is the focus at The Chop House, and boy do they do it well. You can expect expertly grilled cuts of imported meat, at a fraction of the price you’d pay at fancy steakhouses. They place equal emphasis on quality beer (as do we), from bottled craft brews to boutique brands on tap that you actually serve yourself and pay by milliliter – a method that embodies the cool and casual vibe of the joint. Tuck in and dine at the waterfront al fresco tables, or get more intimate in the chic interior. When the food is this good for such great value, we promise you’ll leave satisfied and refueled.
Dishes We Love: Filet Mignon Salad, Smoked BBQ U.S. Baby Back Ribs, Australian Lamb Chops, The Chop House Bailey’s Cheesecake
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10. Soup Restaurant
For food just like Grandma made (and isn’t that a relaxing feeling after a shopping spree?), Soup Restaurant has our vote. They’ve been cooking up authentic ‘Singapore Chinatown Heritage’ cuisine since their humble beginnings in 1991, and have since grown to over 15 branches across Southeast Asia. They’ve still managed to retain that home-cooked feel and taste, with warming double-boiled soups, deliciously marinated meats and tofu, and stir-fried veggies.
Dishes We Love: Hometown Tofu, Samsui Ginger Chicken, Double Boiled Whole Coconut with Black Chicken Soup
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11. Earle Swensen’s
There’s a reason why you’ll find so many joints serving up classic American grub in malls – sizeable portions, hearty fillings, and a dizzying selection of sweets are perfect for a refuel after fighting the crowds and hours on your feet. Earl Swensen’s is, let’s say, the refined sibling of Swensen’s, drawing inspiration from San Francisco eats. They’ve worked to include a variety of healthier bites (like that wickedly fresh buffet salad bar that comes with all entrées), alongside charbroiled steaks, succulent burgers, and a variety of gelato flavours. We’re totally down for some California dreamin’ in VivoCity.
Dishes We Love: The Perfect Burger, Smoked Salmon Pasta, Charbroiled Ribeye Steak
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