Detached from the busy Bukit Timah’s madding crowd, Upper Bukit Timah is a charming residential district close to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Nature Park. Even before the slate of large residential and commercial development projects, D21 has already been a haven for diverse food choices that are worth visiting.

Let’s take a look at our 5 best places that are worth the visit.

  1. Al Azhar

Perhaps the most reviewed restaurant along Cheong Chin Nam Road, Al Azhar is a long-standing fixture in Upper Bukit Timah with a strong clientele. Their menu offers a wide range of items with influences from Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, and a few Western flavors that are Halal certified. But their Prata Set Mutton Masala at $9.40 is a hands-down favorite.

They are open daily from 8 AM till as late as 1 PM for the hungry night owls.

  1. Joo Mak Korean Restaurant

This cosy authentic Korean restaurant is situated on the rooftop of Beauty World Centre. What made them a stand-out among the multitude of korean restaurants in the area is their Korean Barbecue.

We recommend the Black Pork Collar Barbecue ($25) for its sweet and tender meat and succulent fat, best paired with Seafood Pancake ($20) and Kimchi Soup ($12).

No reservations required, Tuesday- Sunday, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (lunch) and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (dinner).

iO Italian Osteria Singapore Grilled Angus Beef Chuck

  1. iO Italian Osteria

Three minutes up the road is the hill-view of iO Italian Osteria at the chic Hillv2 Mall. Hailed to be the best homestyle italian restaurant in Singapore, the place boasts high ceiling and large windows that lets natural light in, and gives way to a pretty view at dusk.

For starters, we recommend the traditional Schiacciata with pecorino and peppers ($10), then the delightful Grilled Farmer’s Salad ($16. For the mains, the Orecchiette ($19) is fantastic with saffron sauce and sausage, then finish with a beautiful Pistachio Tiramisu ($14).

Advanced reservation is required and they serve from Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, and Weekends, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

  1. Green on Earth

Tucked around the end of Rail Mall, Green on Earth is a quaint vegetarian restaurant that serves green food at a pocket-friendly price. If you think plant-based food are unexciting, their Mala Xiang Guo will absolutely turn you up.

Touted to be the best Mala in Singapore, you can enjoy it for $3 per 100 grams of fresh vegetables and mock meats that you can select yourself at the ordering counter.

Satisfy your veggie cravings from Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

  1. Acqua e Farina

Taste the diverse culinary styles from both North and South of Italy at this modest Italian restaurant. Run by Italian chefs with a flair for the truest Italian flavors and ingredients, the Burratina con Parma ($30) straight from Puglia with Parma Ham and Arugula is just divine, followed by the unforgettable Fettuccine Nere Alla Polpa di Granchio ($27).

The hospitable chefs welcomes guests from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (lunch) and 5:45 pm – 10:45 pm (dinner). Prior reservation is encouraged to avoid long waiting time.


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