8 Hidden Makan Gems in MacPherson Even People Living In The Area Might Not Know Exist

Image: Soon Lee Lor Mee & KL Traditional Chili Ban Mee - Macpherson Road

Macpherson is a place most known for being a quiet housing estate with lots of industrial warehouses and office spaces.

You might be trapped into thinking that means boring cai png, standard hawker fares like fish soup and roast meat everywhere you go.

But dig deeper and you will find that even MacPherson has small magical portals to Europe hidden in this seemingly ulu area.

Here are 8 hidden makan gems in MacPherson you probably didn’t imagine exist.

1. Iron Supper Club

Image: Iron Supper Club

Did you know that Singapore has our own He-man? Now you do. Chef Heman Tan aka IronManChef is helming this small cafe along MacPherson Road featuring healthy wholesome Western food with an Asian twist.

And he doesn’t just want himself to be known as Iron Man. He wants YOU to be Iron Man too with his rice bowls with specially selected grains and other selection of classic Western mainstays made healthy.

They have all-you-can-eat ala carte buffet for Weekend Brunches and Weekday night, and set lunches starting from S$9.90 on weekdays.

Another must try? Their 14-day dry-aged Pork Tomahawk served with Asian Ma-La Sauce, Scallion Dressing, Cilantro Chili sauce.

Iron Supper Club

  • Address: 9 Jalan Wangi Singapore 349354
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon to Fri 11 am – 3 pm, 5.30 pm – 10 pm
    • Sat, Sun & PH – 11.30 am – 10 am

2. Soon Lee Lor Mee 顺利滷麵攡

Image: Soon Lee Lor Mee

I wouldn’t want my food to taste old, but the Lor Mee here is what can be described as traditional.

The uncle and auntie here have been serving the same good old Lor Mee for the past 4 decades; sweet gravy topped with their own crispy yam fritters and braised pork.

We want to complain that the eggs here are hard boiled and not braised, but the regulars growing up eating this Lor Mee sure aren’t. As the uncle says, it is just his style.

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How can you when a bowl of nostalgia is only S$3?

Soon Lee Lor Mee Stall 顺利滷麵攡

  • Address: Blk 79 Circuit Road, #01-07, Singapore 370079
  • Operating Hours: Wed to Sun, 12 pm – 8.30 pm

3. KL Traditional Chili Ban Mee

Image: KL Traditional Chili Ban Mee – Macpherson Road

Topped full of crispy shallots, ikan bilis, sambal, meatballs and minced meat until you can’t even see the QQ handmade noodles, then topped with a runny poached egg for added richness.

They even provide additional chilli by the side for an additional challenge! But wah, who want to eat chilli in this hot weather, you think. Fear not as the place is fully air-conditioned, and they serve cold drinks at the mere price of S$2.

Their signature bowl goes at S$5, while that ultra-luxurious version we showed is S$13.

KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee – MacPherson Road

  • Address: 476 MacPherson Rd, Singapore 368121
  • Operating Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 am to 8 pm

4. Alchemist – Khong Guan building

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Hipster Cafe Instagrammers – this entry is made for you.

Located in the perfect hipster industrial estate in the perfect hipster industrial building, they serve coffee from origins I can’t even pronounce.

Just read their newest Facebook post:

“Unique coffee from Finca La Esperanza in El Salvador.

“It is a special varietal named Bernardina, produced by the renowned Pacas family. It is sweet, elegant, with notes of mandarin, peach and jasmine-like floral.”

Wha-? For the swakoos out there; this is the kind of cafe where you can choose your blend of coffee.

Their pour-over at S$6 is a favourite, but you can opt for opt Espresso (S$3) or White (S$5) as well. Other than coffee, they also serve fresh artisanal pastries from Bread and Hearth.

Alchemist

  • Address: 2 Mactaggart Rd, Singapore 368078
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon to Fri – 8 am to 5 pm
    • Sat – 9 am to 6 pm
    • Closed on Sun

5. Pasta King

Image: Pasta King

Authentic Italian, ran by Italians, cooked with ingredients flown in from Italy. UNDER AN HDB.

What else other than a hidden gem is this called? Did I also tell you they don’t charge GST and service charge?

If being under an HDB isn’t homely enough, eating here sure will make you feel at (an Italian) home with their freshly made pasta and warm service.

Don’t say bojio, but they also have weekdays set lunch at S$14.90 and cakes you can order for delivery.

Pasta King

  • Address: 81 MacPherson Ln #01-53, Singapore 360081
  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue to Fri – 11.30 am to 3 pm / 6.30 pm to 9 pm
    • Sat & Sun – 12 pm to 3 pm / 6.30 p to 9 pm
    • Closed on Mon

6. Hippo Family Restaurant

Image: Nicholas Koh on Google Images

In the mood for some tze char? Then you can’t miss out on the Hippo Family restaurant.

Family style Tze Char at reasonable prices under an HDB block, with an even more homely taste serving up Wok Hei’d Hor Fun, crispy Har Cheong Gai, fried rice and fish head curry, this is a must go.

Like any Tze Char stall, the menu is extensive, and they can dish out these delicious classics with swift and warm service while retaining reasonable prices.

Hippo Family Restaurant

  • Address: 72 Circuit Rd, #01-13, Singapore 370072
  • Operating Hours: Mon to Sun – 11 am to 8.45 pm

7. Chuan Ji Bakery

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If you can’t get enough of local delicacies, this ulu cafe in Macpherson Mall just recently opened serving up a small selection of Hainanese goods – done the good old traditional way.

I literally tasted the past as I bit into their Hainanese Pork Chops (S$6.50). Finishing the meal off with their coconut tarts (S$1.80) or Kueh Oneh Oneh (S$1.50), then taking away some of the flaky Hainanese biscuits (S$2.80) – which they offer delivery for too!

It almost sounds like we are sponsored, but I ensure you we just want to feed you goody stuff.

Chuan Ji Bakery Hainanese Delicacies

  • MacPherson Mall, 401 MacPherson Road #01-17, Singapore 368125
  • Operating Hours:
    • Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 12 pm to 6pm
    • Sat: 12 pm to 4 pm

8. Alfero Artisan Gelato

Image: Alfero Artisan Gelato Facebook Page

As anybody would say, there is always room for desserts.

Before discovering this store I didn’t even know that there was a University for Gelatos (Gelato University of Carpigiani in Italy), at which the Gelato Maestro obtained his certification.

Like the other Italian shop (which is very nearby by the way), the ingredients are imported from Italy or Europe, other than the local flavours like Mango and Durian.

The Pistachio is highly recommended.

Feeling like a fatso? Don’t worry, they have 96% Fat-Free Sorbets too. We can’t guarantee you to be a Yandao or Chiobu with fat-free eating, but at least a fatso without the fat is just so-so.

Alfero Artisan Gelato

  • Address: 81 MacPherson Ln, #01-37, Singapore 360081
  • Operating Hours:
    • Tue to Thur & Sun: 12 am to 9 pm
    • Fri & Sat: 12 pm to 10 pm
    • Closed on Mon