There’s so much more to the neighbourhood than a particular Swedish furniture giant.
An atas kopitiam Salmon belly tartare and veal schnitzel with brown butter and caper sauce aren’t the usual suspects at a kopitiam, but you’ll find them – and other ‘gourmet’ dishes – at Salute Coffeeshop. And while you’re there, wash everything down with a tall mug of craft beer on tap.
#01-40 Blk 119 Bukit Merah Ln 1 (facebook.com/ salutekopitiam). Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. Not that laksa With all the Michelin buzz surrounding claypot laksa at Alexandra Village Food Centre,
Janggut Laksa is often overlooked. Not that it should be. The Katong laksastyle bowl is rich and satisfying, as is its chicken curry, the only other dish served here.
#01-59 Queensway Shopping Centre (facebook. com/janggutlaksa). Daily 10am-9.15pm. History in a coffee cup Long before Third Wave cafés started cropping up, there was Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. The coffee joint has been roasting and brewing beans for more than half a century, and its second-generation owners have upped their game, importing beans and blends from around the world.
#01-1133 Blk 170 Stirling Rd (6474 5442, tionghoe. com). Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 8.30am-5.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 9am-4pm. Muscular ramen bowls The queue at IKEA’s restaurant too long? Then fuel up at Otoko Ramen instead. Its version of the noodle soup is big, bold and brawny: thickerthan-usual slabs of char siew and a fistful of cabbage crown its creamy tonkotsu broth. à
#01-16 Park Hotel Alexandra, 321 Alexandra Rd (6250 2889). Daily 11am-10pm.