Hipsters and North Easterners in Singapore rejoiced earlier this year when a cute new F&B concept opened up in Punggol East. With six stands to choose from and one more opening soon, even CBD snobs are making the trip East to check out (and Instagram!) Singapore’s coolest new eatery.
The Container Bistros at Tebing Lane include a diverse collection of restaurants, pubs and dessert cafes. Much like a regular hawker centre, you’ll want to chope a table before you order and receive your food. A couple of things to be aware of are that the number of indoor seats are limited and the afternoon sun can get very strong. Additionally, many of the containers are in the final stages of rolling out their menus and you will enjoy yourself more if you realize ahead of time that the food may take a while.
For restaurants, try Big Fish Small Fish or D’Grill. Big Fish Small Fish serves up fish and chips with a variety fish to choose from. Once you’ve received your fish and chips, dig into their exciting sauce bar which besides the typical offering of tartar sauce, also has Salted Egg sauce and a sweet and spicy XO Mayo that has some kick to it. Head to D’Grill for some creative local fare including deep fried soft shell crab spaghetti and grilled hot plate Sambal Stingray.
For drinks, check out either Pump Station 1965 or L’Chaim Bistro for now. A third pub, Boost@Banks will also be opening soon. The Pump Station 1965 is themed as a gas station right down to seats and tables that look like oil drums. They serve a standard pub menu with a few beers, wines and cocktails to choose from. Over at L’Chaim Bistro, they pour craft beers from local microbrewery Archipelago.
Wrap up your meal with a treat from one of Seoul Good or Leung Kee Healthy Desserts. Because it wouldn’t be a hipster hangout without a nod to the never ending Korean-dessert craze, at Seoul Good you can satisfy your cravings for bing-su with a variety of flavours on offer. Some of the favourites at Leung Kee Healthy Desserts are the Durian Sherbert and the Mixed Fruit Glass Jelly.
It is a trek to get out there if you don’t live in the area, but with its al fresco seating along the river, you’ll be glad you made the trip out of the concrete jungle. You need to take the North East Purple Line to its terminus at Punggol MRT and then transfer to the LRT and alight at the Riviera LRT station and then it’s just a short walk.