Tucked away in the second floor of Simpang Bedok, this two-week old place is a true gem hidden in the hearth of a newly-renovated favourite supper place for Easties. Right where the famous Spize is, take the stairs by the side to a new place we bet you have not seen before. So new that the reopening is next week on 10th April, but we are calling first dibs.
– Gail & Jem
The Bedok Market Place
Perched on the second storey, it will seem as though you had teleported to somewhere “atas”, because the entire level has the feel of an oxymoronic polished “old-school” Singapore.
Aptly named The Bedok Marketplace, it is akin to Jason’s Marketplace in the hawker centre category.
Very clean and modern outlook after its revamp. We reckon this place is aiming to attract the Chinese crowd to Simpang Bedok, to add on to its already copious Malay stalls on the first storey.
The Burning Oak
The Burning Oak almost turned out as a French Bistro, but the owner and his partner shelved their plans after several months of dithering. We’re glad they did, because this wonderful new eatery came about in place of the French food, and the best yet? The heartwarming feeling when you find out it’s now a family-run business, the owner fully backed by his supportive parents.
We decided to order one portion of almost everything they offered on their menu.
Wagyu Rump Cap – $11 for 120g
G & J: Very tender and juicy, and no tendons that take forever to chew. Charcoal-taste was very strong, and made the beef extra tasty and flavourful. The fats were just the right amount, and the dish comes with a garnishing of ginger at the side to cleanse your palette. Very generous portioning for $11. This is a must-try!
Yakitori (min 5 skewers per order)
G & J: All perfectly grilled, and with the right amount of seasoning. What stood out for us were the –
– chicken thigh (negima – $1.50): Soft yet chewy and juicy.
– 72 hours slow-cooked beef short ribs ($6): Melt-in-your-mouth kind of heaven. Due to popular demand this is only available in limited quantities per day, so make sure you get there early enough to be one of the first few customers for dinner!
– salmon ($5): Crispy skin and soft meat. Very fresh too.
G & J: Made from Japanese curry. Not too overwhelming or “jelat”, simple and yummy. Crunchy on the outside, curry heaven on the inside.
G & J: They didn’t spam garlic, which was a rare but good move by the chef. The amount of garlic used is just right, and the butter made the rice sticky and addictive. Garnished with chives and fried onions. Order a bowl just for yourself, because it is too yummy to share.
We think this new kid on the block here has potential. Awesome job done up by Jeremy Han, a young and aspiring owner/chef. Kudos to his courage to follow his dreams instead of winding up by the usual university route. He’s very friendly so do take some time to speak to him; we need more young courageous chefs like him and he sure needs encouragement from us!
Pretty good restaurant-like food with mid-ranged prices in an upgraded hawker setting. For lunch, only bento sets are offered, and skewers are for dinner. You can check their menu and opening hours for lunch and dinner here.
Worth your time and money, we’d say.
We are pretty sure this is the next big hit— no, strike that, this will be the next biggest hit in town, mark our words.
348 Bedok Road (right at the heart of Simpang Bedok)
#02-16, Singapore (469560)
Tel: 9873 6093
Mondays – closed.
Lunch (Bento Only):
From Tuesdays to Fridays
12pm – 1:30pm
Tuesday to Thursdays
6pm – 9:30pm (or when they are sold out)
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
6pm – 10pm (or when they are sold out)