10 Makan Places in Alexandra Other Than IKEA That Are Worth the Calories

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Very often, the only thing that makes the trip to Alexandra worth it is IKEA food (or if you’re sporty, Queensway Shopping Centre). Not for its furniture, but for its delish food.

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But we have not come here to discuss IKEA. Or their delicious, delicious food.

We have come here to talk about 10 other places in Alexandra to eat at that will make the trip down there worth it!.

You do know that Alexandra has more than just IKEA right? 

1. Joe’s Thai Kitchen

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Joe’s Thai Kitchen has been around since 2006 and is run by a sweet, Northeastern Thai man named Joe (therefore, the name).

His food is affordable and delicious, and worth travelling down for, and you’ll be greeted by friendly and warm service here.

Joe serves up some pretty authentic Thai dishes (yup, you don’t have to travel all the way to Golden Mile for that).

The must-trys would be the Stuffed Chicken Wings ($2/piece), Green Mango Salad ($6), and the Pineapple Fried Rice ($4.50/$8.90).

The Mango Salad is topped off with cuttlefish, btw, making it extra delish!

The soupy options like Tom Yum Soup and Green Curry are also really tasty but less authentic – it is catered to the Singaporean palette.

Oh, the Prawn Cakes ($2/piece), are also seriously damn good.

At Joe’s Kitchen, it will be difficult to find a dish that isn’t super yummy (even if some dishes are catered to our palette).

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Address: Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-182, Singapore 150125.
Opening hours: everyday from 11am – 3pm (lunch) and 5pm – 10pm (dinner).

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2. Keng Eng Kee Seafood

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Keng Eng Kee Seafood is super popular, and if you haven’t heard of it, this is your lucky day.

It serves up some of the best zichar fanfare in all of Singapore.

Yes, it’s that good. 

Some of their most popular dishes include the Moonlight Horfun($6/$9/$16), Coffee Pork Ribs($15/$20/$28), and my personal favourite: Salted Egg Sotong ($18/$28/$38) – seriously this is damn good.

Crowd favourites also include the Mingzhu Roll ($12 for 6 pieces) which is fried tau pork stuffed with salted egg, ham, prawn, mushrooms and parsley (my tummy is grumbling).

And if you really don’t care about calories, please order the Cuttlefish Kangkong ($10/$15/$20). You can get some sporty goods from the nearby Queensway Shopping Centre and burn off the calories after that.

Imagine some crunchy cuttlefish drenched in a spicy, savoury sauce with Kangkong…and an awesome amount of pork lard. 

That’s what that dish is and it’s amazing.

Seriously, hands down one of the best zichar places in Singapore.

Address:124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, Singapore 150124.
Opening hours: Daily from 12pm-2:30pm (lunch) and 5pm-10pm (dinner). 

3. The Gogi

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Now if you want your Korean hankerings met, pay a visit to The Gogi.

Plus point, The Gogi is located in the mall next to IKEA so you can easily visit this if you’re visiting IKEA. 

Anyway, The Gogi looks like a really authentic Korean restaurants, complete with the little stools and all.

They serve up family-friendly fanfare and some awesome banchan. 

My favourite dish was the Soondubu Jjjigae ($15), which is a soft tofu stew with seafood. Not only does it look amazing, but the seafood tasted really fresh. The soup is super yummy and slightly spicy.

Some of their must-tries would be the Kimchi Pancake (that comes with Pork btw), and their K-BBQ sets.

One of the best sets was Set D: For $119, you get Sirloin meat, Prime Ribs, Marinated Beef, Seasoned Pork, and a choice of either Kimchi Jjigae OR Doenjang Jjigae.

Address: Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road, #03-01, Singapore 159971.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm (lunch) and everyday from 5:30pm-10pm (dinner). Closed on Sunday lunchtime.

4. Himawari Japanese Restaurant

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Himawari Japanese Restaurant is a must-visit for all Jap food lovers.

The sashimi here is fresher than most places and is definitely the ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ kind.

You can definitely be sure to get premium quality sashimi here.

They also have a large variety of sashimi types, which makes eating here all the more exciting. My personal favourite is tuna. I can’t get enough. 

This is also one of those places where you don’t just enjoy some delectable sashimi, but you can also get a shabu shabu/sukiyaki hotpot for the table.

You can get a selection of meats to go with the soup that you have chosen, and the Sukiyaki beef is perfectly marbled. So. Damn. Good. 

They do have a bunch of extra costs if you want a better soup base or freeflow drinks and such, but this is quite a yummy experience you shouldn’t miss out on.

Address: 991B Alexandra Road, Singapore 119970.
Opening hours: Daily from 11:30pm-2:30pm (lunch) and 6pm-10pm (dinner).

5. Ristorante Takada

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If you are wondering about the name of this restaurant, you’re not the only one. Ristorante Takada is indeed a fusion of Japanese and Italian fine dining.

This is legit fine dining btw. Chef Takada was trained for 8 years in Italy, getting experience in Italian Michelin-starred restaurants.

Chef Takada also switches up the menu based on the seasonality of the ingredients.

Most of their set lunches and dinners are done Omakase-style. These dishes are set by the chef and prepared with utmost care and with the best ingredients.

They have different price points based on how many courses you are having.

This is a true-blue fine-dining experience right in Alexandra that is more than worth the price.

It’s seriously amazing (not to mention perfect for impressing a date).

Address:#01-07 Alexis Condominium, 356 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159948.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs from 12pm-2pm (lunch) and 6pm-10pm (dinner). Closed on Mondays.

6. Hock Lam Beef

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Hock Lam Beef has been around since 1921, serving up some awesome dry and soup beef noodles.

The original stall was actually in the Old Airport Road Food Centre.

But that is so far, right?

Which is why fans of this place will be very happy to know that they have an outlet in Alexandra.

This place has some seriously amazing beef-based food. Their Supreme Mix comes with sliced beef, beef balls, beef tendon, beef tripe and beef shank, slathered with thick gravy.

The sliced beef noodle soup is best paired with the kway teow noodles and boasts an explosion of flavour. It is warm, hearty and comforting, perfect for rainy days.

Address: 460 Alexandra Road,#02-24 Alexandra Retail Centre, Singapore 119963.
Opening hours: weekdays 10am-9pm and weekends 11am-9pm.

7. The Naked Finn

The Naked Finn is another Alexandrian gem that you need to visit.

It is an awesome seafood place, serving up the Wagyu beef equivalent of seafood.

Yep, only the premium species and types of lobsters and prawns and fishes and scallops can be found here.

It takes eating seafood to a whole ‘nother level. 

In this restaurant, they really like to let the seafood shine, so the grilled crustaceans are flavoured very simply. But trust me when I say that that in no way compromises in their quality or taste.

The no frills grill set dinner for two people comes with a whopping price tag of $168, making it one of the not-so-affordable places to eat out there.

But trust me when I say every single bite is worth every dollar spent. Seriously.

You’ll be calculating when the next time you can come back is the moment you finish your meal.

1000000% worth it.

Address: Block 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109442.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 12pm-3pm (lunch); Tues – Thurs 6pm-10pm (dinner) and Fri – Sun 6pm-10:30pm (dinner). Closed on Mondays.

8. Janggut Laksa

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Bet ya didn’t know that the original Katong Laksa is actually this stall: Janggut Laksa!

It started out in Singapore in the 1940s and has been around ever since. How cool.

The original Janggut Laksa stall is located in Queensway Shopping Centre, although they have expanded with a couple more stalls in Paya Lebar, Bedok and Roxy Square.

And seriously, this laksa is damn good. You can understand why it’s been around for ages.

The broth is coconutty but light, making it not very gemuk to gulp the whole bowl down. It is not spicy, perfect for those who cannot take spice.

But for those who like spice, you can add the chilli in yourself to whatever amount of spice you prefer.

The prawns are fresh and juicy, and the entire dish is so addictively good. You’ll leave thinking you’re full and then find yourself craving for yet another bowl.

Truly the original Katong laksa in Singapore, you can understand why it’s stuck around till now with the first bite.

Address: 1 Queensway, #1-59, Queensway Shopping Centre, 149053.
Opening hours: everyday from 11am-9pm.

9. Yummy Punjaby

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Yummy Punjaby serves up authentic and delicious Punjab food.

Oh yes, did I mention that it is also healthy?

They serve up an array of dishes making it perfect for a family night out, or if you want to hang out with a bigger group of friends.

Even the fussiest of eaters will find something they love here.

If you are dubious about the authenticity of the food, just know that it is frequented by non-resident Indians, which says a lot about the quality of the food.

Serving up some of the best Punjab food in Singapore, definitely try crowd favourites like the Mutton Briyani, Palak Paneer, Butter Chicken and Naan.

The staff are very friendly and are willing to customise dishes based on any dietary restrictions (just don’t be too fussy lah, nobody likes that).

They also have a wide selection of creative and carefully crafted alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to chase down the yummy grub.

You should definitely make the trip down to Alexandra for this.

Address: 321 Alexandra Road, Alexandra Central Mall, #01-07, 159971.
Opening hours: everyday from 11:30am-10:30pm

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10. Alexandra Village Food Centre

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The Alexandra Village Food Centre is extremely well-known, especially among the oldies.

They serve real good Singaporean food and if you have never been there, you should. It’s one of those iconic food centres in Singapore that you should visit lah.

Like Old Airport Road. Or the one in Bedok.

Wah I just realised that all the good hawker centres are on the green line leh. 

You can’t really go wrong with any of the stalls here, but if you made the trip down and don’t want to miss out, check out these stalls.

Zhen Shan Mei Depot Road Claypot Laksa serves up some amazing laksa with thick and flavourful gravy. Perfect if you don’t want to try #8.

Lau Phua Chay Authentic Roasted Delicacies has traditional Teochew style char siew, roast pork belly and roast duck. The sauce is super thick just like the typical Teochew style.

Tai Liok Claypot Chicken Rice is seriously amazing and they are very generous with the meat. It is served steaming hot, takes about 30min to prepare (you can call in advance to order), and is worth every bite.

Old Punggol Satay is cheap and has that very authentic satay taste that will be reminiscent of those childhood days. The meat is abundant and tender and the peanut sauce is delicious. It has a very nostalgic taste and one of the best out there.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood serves my favourite zichar dish, and they do it extremely well. The Sambal Stingray!

The stingray is fleshy and meaty and comes with a generous topping of the delicious sambal chilli that is their secret recipe.

Apparently it took years to perfect. Well, it definitely tastes like perfection to me with the right amount of smoky, spicy flavour accompanying the white stingray meat. Must try this!

And there you go…10 places to eat at in Alexandra that show you that it has more than just IKEA.

And with all these hidden food gems, IKEA won’t be the main reason why you visit this area of Singapore anymore.

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Rachael Divya

Rachael Divya

Life is one big adventure, so you can find her on the next flight out. (But when flights are too expensive, you can find her in bed catching up on the twenty TV shows she’s decided to watch.) Food time is her favourite time of every day, and way too many things interest her so now she’s just a jumbled-up ball of curiosity navigating this messy, happy little world she has.
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