9 Restaurants, Cafes & Eateries In China Square Central You Must Dine At

China Square Central Food Guide

China Square Central is a dining establishment located in Singapore’s Central Business District. Featuring Chinese architecture, the modern shopping mall has artfully preserved and modified several traditional shophouses from the 60′s into cafes and restaurants.

While most people tend to associate China Square Central with its grand office tower, there is more to this place than meets the eye. There are not one, but three distinct blocks that make up China Square Central—18 Cross Street, 20 Cross Street and 22 Cross Street. Yes, that means dining options are aplenty!

From Korean BBQ to Thai favourites and coffee houses, here are 9 Restaurants, Cafes & Eateries In China Square Central You Must Dine At.

Club Meatballs

#1 CLUB MEATBALLS

An open restaurant with a cocktail and wine bar, Club Meatballs is one of the nicest chill-out spots in China Square Central.

Club Meatballs Singapore

As the name suggests, meatballs are a core of Club Meatball’s menu. Some meatball dishes to try are The Vietnamese (S$9.50 and S$12.50 for 2 and 4 meatballs respectively), ‘Pimp Your Burger’ (S$14.90) and ‘Pimp Your Balls’ (S$15.90). Quirky names, but honest food.

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, diners can enjoy 50% off club sodas and soft drinks when you bring your own mug to the restaurant.

Club Meatballs
20 Cross St, #01-34/35/36, China Square Central, Singapore 048422
Tel: +65 6222 8660
Mon to Fri: 8am – 12am
Sat: 11am – 12am
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Espressolab Exterior

#2 ESPRESSOLAB

Espressolab is a huge franchise chain originated from Malaysia with more than 20 outlets spread across the Malay Peninsula. Good news—they have expanded to Singapore in 2014 and it is at China Square Central!

Espressolab

The sophisticated cafe has since been keeping diners happy with their house blend handcrafted coffee. Some unique specialities include the red velvet hot chocolate and grilled salmon with yuzu orange dressing. Also not forgetting the value for money set lunch options with complimentary ice lemon tea.

Espressolab is a welcoming place at an ideal location to host corporate meetings, all sorts of events, lunch and social gatherings. It is a great spot in the CBD that is heavy with goodness but light on the pocket.

Espressolab
18 Cross St, #02-07/08 China Square Central, Singapore 048423
Tel: +65 6536 2328
Mon to Fri: 8.00am – 7pm
Sun: 9.30am – 6pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Folks Collective

#3 FOLKS COLLECTIVE

A vintage shophouse inspired by Bangkok’s Rod Fai Vintage Market, most of the décor at the Folks Collective (even the bricks on their walls) were sourced directly from Thailand.

Start your meal with comforting Thai favourites such as the Pomelo Salad (S$10.90) and Angel Wings (S$10.90). Enjoy the Thai-style Sea Bass (S$33.90) before completing your meal with Ice Cream Kati (S$5.90)-a coconut ice cream with sweet coconut glutinous rice, toasted peanuts, palm seeds and jackfruit strips.

Folk Collective Thai Food

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, diners will receive a free Coca-Cola or a Cold Lemongrass upon ordering any Daily Special Set at S$10.90 (U.P. S$14.80 to S$16.80++).

Folks Collective
20 Cross St, #01-25 China Square Central, Singapore 048422
Tel: +65 6536 6730
Mon to Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

J3 Cold Pressed

#4 J3 COLD PRESSED JUICE

Detox juice cleanse is all the rage right now. One brand to try out is J3 Cold Pressed Juice. They offer a range of juices—from the Detox Series (vegetables and superfoods) to the Refresh Series (fresh cold-pressed fruit juices).

Green juices tend to have a bad rep, with many having a generally unfavourable taste. But that’s not so for the green juices here, so much so we’d gladly go on a juice cleanse programme here. We especially loved the D2 Beet-Liver from the Detox Series which is a mix of beetroot, red dragon fruit, broccoli, celery, tomato, red apple, pear, orange, starfruit and lemon.

J3 Cold Pressed Juice

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, you can get 3 cold pressed juice bottles for S$18.90 (U.P. S$20.70); 1 cold pressed juice bottle and 1 nut milk bottle for S$13.80 (U.P. S$14.80) or a full 1-Day Cleanse with 6 juices and 1 nut milk for S$43.90 (S$49.30).

J3 Cold Press Juice
18 Cross St, #01-12 China Square Central, Singapore 048423
Tel: +65 6221 0754
Mon to Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Mouth Restaurant

#5 MOUTH RESTAURANT

The Mouth Restaurant is known for their seafood delights. The signature Sautéed Boston Lobster is S$49.80 each and there is an optional top-up of S$6 if you wish to enjoy it with vermicelli.

Mouth Restaurant Roast Meat

Crabs come in 6 different flavours—such as Salted Egg Yolk or Black Pepper. The BBQ Trio Combi (S$28) is also a hot favourite of the restaurant!

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, visit the restaurant with a mug or tumbler to enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink. A minimum spending of S$68 and S$78 will also entitle you to a free Sautéed Sri Lankan Crab in Cream of Chardonnay or a free Sautéed Boston Lobster with Vermicelli respectively.

Mouth Restaurant
22 Cross St, #01-57/62 China Square Central, Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6438 5798
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Spinelli

#6 SPINELLI COFFEE COMPANY

Widely acclaimed for its fragrant coffees and cakes, Spinelli Coffee Company is a coffee chain that hails from San Francisco and only brews coffee from locally roasted beans.

Nestled in the corner of China Square Central, this coffee joint is usually not overcrowded unlike other coffee places in the CBD, thus making it a perfect place to grab a quick cuppa in a comfortable environment.

Spinelli Cheesecake

Why not also enjoy a slice of their signature cheesecakes, or a dish of roasted chicken with mashed potatoes?

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, order any Spinelli Coffee Company’s Signature Beverage to go in your Spinelli Tumbler and enjoy S$1 off your drink.

Spinelli Coffee Company
18 Cross St, #01-28 China Square Central, Singapore 048423
Tel: +65 6327 4837
Mon to Thu: 8am – 8pm
Fri: 8am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun/PH: 10am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Ta Lu Prawn Noodle

#7 TA LU PRAWN NOODLES

Tucked away on the 2nd level of China Square Central, Ta Lu Prawn Noodles is a humble air-conditioned eatery well-known for local favourites, in particular, the prawn noodles (S$5, S$7, S$9, S$12).

The broth is thin yet very flavourful, and a bowl of noodles is served with a generous portion of tender pork ribs and prawns.

Carrot Cake

Another local favourite worth a try is the tasty fried carrot cake.

From 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017, bring along your own mug or tumbler to Ta Lu Prawn Noodles to redeem a complimentary hot or cold drink and do your part to support Singapore’s World Water Day.

Ta Lu Prawn Noodles
18 Cross Street, #02-32/33 China Square Central, Singapore 048423
Tel: +65 6536 1538
Mon to Fri: 7am – 9pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ

#8 WANG DAE BAK KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT

Oh glorious, glorious meat! Enjoy a massive meat feast at the ever popular Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ Restaurant where you can find premium cuts of meat such as Boneless Prime Rib (S$29), Marinated Chicken ($18), Pork Belly (S$18) and Marinated Shoulder-Loin (S$18).

The meats here are the undisputed frontrunners, especially the beautiful marbling on the prime rib. After cooking to a nice medium doneness, dip it in the sauce of your choice and savour those melty textures.

Wang Dae Bak Kimchi Pancake

Popular side dishes include the Spicy Seafood Tofu Soup (S$11 – S$16), Kimchi Pancake (S$19) and a huge selection of side dishes or bapsang.

You can also redeem a free cup of cold or hot drink here when you bring your own mug or tumbler from 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017.

Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ Restaurant 
22 Cross St, #01-64 China Square Central, Singapore 048421
Tel: +65 6225 2646
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

Yuan Kee Chicken Rice

#9 YUAN KEE FAMOUS CHICKEN RICE

Yuan Kee Famous Chicken Rice’s history dates all the way back to the 1970s when it used to be just a small stall selling Cantonese-style chicken rice. While it has since transformed into a much bigger air-conditioned eatery, Yuan Kee Famous Chicken Rice still sticks to its original philosophy of “home cooked goodness for all”.

Yuan Kee China Square Chicken Rice

Signature chicken rice dishes to try there are the steamed and roasted chicken rice sets. We thoroughly enjoyed having the fresh white chicken together with fragrant rice and spicy chilli sauce!

Besides that, the eatery also offers Emperor Chicken with Rice, Hainanese Pork Cutlet with Rice & Egg and other zi char style dishes.

You can also redeem a free lime or chestnut drink when you bring your own mug or tumbler from 28 March 2017 to 30 April 2017.

Yuan Kee Famous Chicken Rice
20 Cross St, #01-03/04 China Court, Singapore 048422
Tel: +65 9658 8955
Mon to Fri: 9am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Telok Ayer

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