Tampines New Town, or simply Tampines among the locals, is one of the busiest districts in Singapore. It is known to be the largest residential area in the country with the population of 216,000 people, living in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. This area was once abundant with trees called Tampines, hence the name. It has become a residential area since the late 1970’s and the rapid growth of this district was unstoppable from then on.
Tampines is not only known for its peaceful yet fun neighborhoods, but it is also famous for various restaurants that can be found on almost every corner of the district. These restaurants come in different shapes and sizes, and offer different menu as well (Asian, Italian, French, American, and local recipes, among others).
With so many choices available, it is not so surprising that anyone can get overwhelmed. However, Singapore is known to be a seafood country, so might as well divulge in its seafood delicacies before anything else.
• Kim’s Place.
Established by the legendary “Hokkien Mee Master” Tan Kue Kim in 1980’s, this restaurant is famous for its authentic Hokkien Mee cuisines. This Halal certified entity serves their famous XO Hokkien Mee for $12, Butter Cereal Prawn for $16 each, and their Fish Maw Soup for only $12. You may also want to try the Steamed Boston Lobster with Garlic for $38 as well as their Balck Crab in Hot Plate and Cheese Crab (prices are based on seasons).
201D Tampines St. 21
#01-1171 Singapore 524201
• Fish & Co. Tampines One
Fish & Co. is all about fish, fish, and even more fish! The company sprung to life in 1998, spearheaded by the business partners Ricky Chew and Lambert Yeo. This restaurant serves sumptuous fish cuisines, as well as other seafood specialties like prawns, oysters and mussels. One of their bestsellers is the Fish & chips, some patrons are even calling them the best in town. Other delectable dishes includes the Starter Platter (composed of nachos, fish nuggets, prawn fritters, and fried calamari, with spicy mango vinaigrette, tomato salsa, and tartar sauce for dips), Fish & Chips from around the world, Portuguese Chili Crab, and the Seafood Spaghetti made with sautéed prawns, mussels, and calamari in tomato sauce. They also have Filo Pizza, perfect for those who want their pizzas made with an “ocean of twist.” For your sweet tooth, Fish & Co. also serves American Cakes and Quenchers.
10 Tampines Central 1
#04-11 Tampines 1
Tel. 6260 0183
• Good Year Seafood Village
Although some customers complained about this place as not being easy to find, the hunt for the Good Year Seafood Village is worth the try. And of course, with a few good reasons behind it. The first of which is their good tasting Asam Fish (Hong Ban/Red Garoupa in sweet sour sauce), one of the bestsellers for $22. You can also try 4 Treasures Tofu, with scallops, prawns and broccoli, for $15. Chili crabs and Black Pepper Crab are also must-try.
15 Tampines Avenue