New hot spots for foodies
THESE days, "location, location, location" is not enough for new property developments to attract buyers or visitors. Here's a look at the next must-have - food and beverage (F&B) concepts - at three new addresses.
THE PUNGGOL SETTLEMENT
3 Punggol Point Road
Singaporeans are known to travel to far-flung places for food, and a trip to The Punggol Settlement is no deterrent. For those who do not drive or take a cab, they can take bus service No. 84.
Since it opened last year, the two-storey building with 12 F&B outlets has been attracting big crowds, especially on weekends. Lunch time on weekdays are quieter. The Punggol Settlement, which also houses a bicycle rental shop, an exercise equipment rental shop and Giant supermarket, is developed by The Colonial Settlement, a subsidiary of the Fragrance Group.
"The Punggol Settlement is designed to be a destination dining place. All the eateries have views of the sea, and there is a good mix of different cuisines to suit everyone," says Sean Fong, marketing agent for the development.
He has had many requests from different operators who want to set up shop there, but he has been selective in accepting tenants.
Seafood lovers no longer have to travel to East Coast Seafood Centre. The Punggol Settlement houses three famous seafood restaurants: Ponggol Seafood, House of Seafood and Jing Long Seafood Restaurant.
920 East Coast Parkway
Remember the old Parkland Golf Driving Range at East Coast Park, and where Singa Inn seafood restaurant used to be? All that is gone, and in its place is a spiffy new hang-out area called Parkland Green.
Located next to Carpark C1, the 4ha space is spread across four connecting blocks and houses eateries, a convenience store-cum-local cafe and sports-centric outlets. It also has a 1ha open lawn where visitors can have picnics, or where children can run around.
Parkland Green, which was completed in September, is managed by the National Parks Board (NParks).
"In deciding the tenant mix, consideration was given to the theme and the visitorship patterns at Parkland Green. This is to better serve the needs of our park visitors. A significant portion of the visitorship comes from residents living in the east, especially families and young adults coming for recreation," says Tan Lai Kheng, director for lifestyle business at NParks.
Out of the 11 tenants at Parkland Green, eight are F&B outlets, mostly casual dining joints. Dining outlets include Pick Me Up Cafe and Atmosphere Bistro. With plenty of parking lots available, and not to mention the beachfront a stone's throw away, the place is packed on the weekends, F&B operators say. Parkland Green was buzzing too, when The Business Times visited on a drizzly Wednesday evening.
8 Kallang Avenue
Drive down Lavender Street and you will see a shiny new building, with the words Tim Ho Wan on them. No, that's not a Tim Ho Wan building, but Aperia, a mixed-use development comprising two office towers, an annex and three floors of retail stores, F&B outlets and amenities.
Located just off the corner of Kallang Road and Lavender Street, Aperia caters not only to the working folk in the region but also to residents in the Kallang and Boon Keng areas.
The 24-hour Tim Ho Wan joint may be the biggest attraction in this mall, but there are other offerings too. F&B operators say they chose to open at this location because they see the potential of catering to the office crowd.
Over the next few weeks, more eateries will open, including steamboat restaurant Juang Dong Ji, Korean BBQ joint Kwon Geum Sung and Olivo, which prides itself on its low-salt savoury menu and low-sugar cakes.
THE BUSINESS TIMES