Bukit Timah is home to many hidden gems. Be it understated hawker fare, supper spots or retail stores, there are many undiscovered places known only to residents that you should definitely check out. At the top of our list is The Rail Mall – home to a series of specialty restaurants and even a cat cafe! If you’re wondering just what makes this quaint retail strip so attractive to those that stay around the area, here’s 10 ways you can shop, play and dine at The Rail Mall! We promise it won’t disappoint.
1. Try Some Nostalgic Chicken Rice Balls
You may have seen New Teck Kee Chicken Rice make the news recently for bringing back these chicken rice balls that are full of nostalgia! After experimenting for months, the owner-chef had recently introduced the restaurant’s new signature item – Original Rice Balls and Chicken Floss Garlic Rice Balls. Gloves are provided so you can enjoy the Chicken Rice balls with your hands and you can even dip them in the restaurant’s signature chilli and black sauce for an extra oomph. They sell out really quickly, so head down early during the day to avoid disappointment!
New Teck Kee Chicken Rice Balls
Gloves are provided so you can eat them with your hands!
The balls are priced at $7 for 3, including a plate of chicken. Don’t underestimate their size – they are pretty filling and addictive too! We foresee you making some return trips here once you get a taste of these delicious chicken balls and FavePay could be just the help you need. Enjoy savings with the cashback earned when you come back to have your cravings satisfied!
Dip in the homemade chilli sauce for an extra kick.
In addition, New Teck Kee Chicken Rice also offers a giant Truffle Chicken Rice platter that can be shared among 4 to 5 people for just $26! With generous servings of both roasted and steamed, the aroma of the truffle blends perfectly with the tenderness of the chicken to create a heavenly taste.
New Teck Kee’s Truffle Chicken Rice Platter
The platter is good for sharing among 5 people!
Address: 450 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678069
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-9pm
2. Try the German Curry Sausage Prata with Mozzarella Cheese!
Springleaf Prata Place is probably on every university student’s supper run list, and for very good reasons. Probably one of the most popular prata places in Singapore, Springleaf is well-known for their creative prata innovations such as the Plaster Blaster – a prata spin on the classic Western Egg Benedict dish. They have recently introduced the Däs Prätwürst – a German curry sausage prata complete with a heap of mozzarella cheese and fermented German cabbages. Definitely give them a try if you’re in the mood for some interesting prata flavours!
Springleaf Prata Place’s German-Inspired Däs Prätwürst
Plaster Blaster – A Prata Spin on the Egg Benedict
Address: 396 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678048
Hours: Daily 8am-12am
3. Cuddle with 11 Friendly Kittens
If you’re a cat lover, The Cat Cafe’s second outlet at The Rail Mall is definitely the purrfect place to be. Home to 11 adorable rescue cats each with their own distinct personality, this cafe allows you to spend 2 hours cuddling with kitties for $16. With Phase 2 still going on, maybe it’s time to make some cat friends instead. After all, you can hang out with all 11 cats at once, no social distancing required.
While these cute kittens are sure to win your heart, it may take some time to get to know each cat’s distinct personality. But fret not, you can make return visits much cheaper with FavePay’s cashback. As prior reservation is recommended to ensure your visit goes smoothly, you may book a visit through their website here.
Address: 392 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678046
Hours: Thu-Tue 10am-10pm, Wed 3pm-10pm
4. Try the Best Tiramisu in Singapore
Been craving Italian? Acqua e Farina is well-loved for its authentic flavours from both North and South Italy. A look at various rating platforms unveils an abundance of good reviews, with patrons especially impressed by their brilliant service and their food, such as the pizzas which leave one feeling full but not stuffed and their cheese-loaded gnocchi. Special menus are available on selected days, with fancy fusion items like the Hokkaido Scallop Pasta that are highly-raved. Acqua e Farina is also said to have the best tiramisu in Singapore, so be sure to check them out!
Italian Dessert Platter – Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Creme Brulee, Lava Cake
Pollo al Forno – Roasted & Grilled half Chicken with White Wine Sauce served with Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes
Pizza Diavola (Tomato, Mozzarella, Pork Salami and Chillies)
Fresh Burratina Cheese served with Cherry Tomatoes, Parma Ham and Arugula
Fettuccine Nere alla Polpa di Granchio – Homemade Squid Ink Pasta with Crabmeat
Acqua e Farina also has Happy Hours ongoing from Tuesday to Thursday where you can expect discounted prices on drinks! In addition, The Rail Mall has an ongoing promotion with FavePay, where payments made through the app will receive a 10% cashback that you can use on your next visit – up to $10 per transaction.
How does getting $10 off your next classy Italian dinner sound?
Address: 400 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678050
Hours: Tue-Fri 11.15am-2.30pm, 5.45pm-10.15pm, Sat 11.15am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.15pm, Sun 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.15pm
5. Get New Furniture Fit for a King
If you’ve just moved into a new house or are looking to switch things up at home, Country Haven has got everything you need to create a space that is both classy and cosy. This furniture maker produces everything they sell from eco-friendly Teakwood directly imported from plantations in Indonesia. As teakwood is well-known for its durability and elegance and was once only available to the upper-class nobles, these furniture will definitely have you feeling like a king all-day err-day.
If you think these wooden furniture are outdated and unfashionable, you can’t be more wrong. Check out this sleek computer desk that is self-adjustable and can withhold up to 100kg!
Their store holds a wide variety of wooden furniture ranging from cabinets to bed frames and even quirky decorations.
As the FavePay promotion is valid all the way until February 2021, feel free to make multiple visits so you can earn as much savings as you can!
Address: 452 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678206
Hours: Wed-Mon 12pm-8pm
6. Hungry in the AM? Have a Hearty Supper @ EAT.
If you find yourself hungry at 3am, head over to EAT. for a wide range of delicious yet affordable local delights that are sure to satisfy your taste buds and your stomach. Open 24/7, EAT. has been serving local traditional fares like Bak Chor Mee and Curry Rice for a decade and a half. Most outlets only open until 10pm nowadays, so this 24 hours joint is definitely a rare find, especially since other Bukit Timah supper spots have been closing early in Phase 2. Make sure you don’t go there too late though – crowd favourites like the Carrot Cake and Pork Belly Curry Rice run out fairly early.
One of the best Lor Mee to satisfy those late-night cravings!
EAT.’s Signature Laksa
The FavePay promotion is valid no matter the hour and can be used through GrabPay, PayLah, and Dash! Simply scan the FavePay enabled SGQR Code with your existing PayLah or Dash account, and you’re all set to earn great savings. Why not make use of it to get some cashback out of your supper runs?
Address: 436 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678040
Hours: Daily 24 hours
7. SG’s Best Vegetarian Mala!
Green On Earth originally started off as a foodshop at Phoenix Road and has since moved to a restaurant setting at The Rail Mall. Hailed as the best Mala Xiang Guo in Singapore, their dishes taste so good that you will probably not realise that everything you’re eating is vegetarian. That’s right, Green On Earth puts a creative spin on traditional Chinese vegetarian food by offering trendy vegetarian Mala and even has items like Sze Chuan Chilli Oil Fish – all made completely from plants. Prices start from $3 for 100 grams of ingredients – a pretty reasonable amount considering the location and setting.
Address: 386 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678043
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
8. Fish Head Curry for $10!
Kings Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant serves a wide selection of Indian flavours from both North and South India and also has standard items like Maggi Goreng. Prices here are relatively affordable and you can expect an average damage of $10-$15 per person for huge plates of rice sets with meat and veggie. You can even ask for more rice and liao if you feel like it’s not enough! If you’ve been looking around for some good Kothu Prata that’s not too spiced up – a rare find in Singapore, this restaurant is just the right place.
$10 Fish Head Curry!
Kings Indian Banana Leaf’s Roti John
What’s more, Kings Indian Banana Leaf is now having a promotion, and you can get a whole curry fish head for just $10. Good deal? We think so.
Address: 456 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678072
Hours: Daily 8.30am-10pm
9. Sip Wine on A Lazy Afternoon
Feel like chilling with a glass of wine on a lazy afternoon? Discover your wine palate at The Straits Wine with its extensive range from all over the world that’s been carefully categorized by wine regions. With a minimum spend of $50, you could enjoy your purchased bottle(s) in-store and even pair them with the food that you have bought from any of the nearby eateries!
Address: 424 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678052
Hours: Daily 12pm-9pm
10. Take some OOTDs for Your IG
In addition to these great finds, you can also get some great pictures taken at The Rail Mall! With its quaint retail strip setting and wall murals depicting the old train station that serves as its namesake, you’ll surely find photo opportunities hidden around every corner.
Till 14th February 2021, all payments made through FavePay at participating merchants will grant you 10% Cashback, with a maximum Cashback of $10 per transaction. To enjoy the deal, simply head down to The Rail Mall and shop and dine to your heart’s content! Your cashback will be valid till 30th April 2021, so download the FavePay through your app store to get some savings today.