Buro 24/7 Singapore at The Co.: Our favourite dining spots in Tanjong Pagar

Buro 24/7 Singapore at The Co.: Our favourite dining spots in Tanjong Pagar

Makan time

Text: Denise Kok

Food maketh the man

Ever since we moved into The Co. on 99 Duxton Road, we've been stuffing ourselves silly. From killer hawker food at Maxwell Food Centre to Michelin-starred fare at Rhubarb Le Restaurant, Tanjong Pagar offers up the culinary world on a platter — and we don't have to walk far to fill our stomachs. Lunch hour is never dull, after-work drinking holes are aplenty, and it's near-impossible to go hungry. Below, the bars and eateries we've grown to love.   


La Champañeria
21 Duxton Hill

La Champaneria
"I have to admit that I chanced upon this cosy little spot because the wait at Lucha Loco was obscene on a Friday night. Here's why I plan on returning: I walked in sans reservations and found myself sipping on a delicious Tiffani cocktail — think cava, Malibu rum, pineapple juice, and coconut flakes on the rim — within 10 minutes. As for the tapas, the bikini sandwich with mozzarella and truffle paste, juicy charred ribeye cubes, and the classic seafood paella tastes as good as they sound. Oh, and if the bartender tries to talk you out of the albondigas meatballs (mine did) because he thinks you look too small to handle all the food, thank him for his concern but order anyway. You won't regret it." — Jolene Khor, associate fashion editor


1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel 


"Hyped to be the cheapest omakase this side of town, the notorious snaking queue and convoluted reservation system is worth braving to get a taste of chef Teppei's scrumptious creations. On top of an extensive lineup of surprise dishes, dinner patrons can exercise the power of choice to select a main — be it assorted sushi, a donburi, or grilled meats. Alternatively, walk-ins for lunch might be more feasible if you've got a hankering to satisfy, and the specials — which are updated daily on the restaurant's Facebook page — can be anything from fresh chutoro and salmon aburi don to negitoro kaisen don. Kind of like playing lunch roulette, but kudos if you manage to score the wagyu yakiniku and wagyu beef tataki with onsen egg. If you're planning for a sit-down meal, swan in 40 minutes before closing when the lunch crowd has thinned out to nab a spot or two." — Angelyn Kwek, writer

Tippling Club

38 Tanjong Pagar Road 

Tiippling Club
"I do enjoy popping in to The Tippling Club for after-work cocktails and bar snacks with my husband. Firstly, we love the photogenic yet comfy, steam punk-esque décor at the bar area where we usually sit. Here, thanks to the Sensorium drinks menu, you'll find inventive cocktails whipped up according to your taste and scent preference. Expect creations like 'Leather', a whisky-laced concoction and 'Campfire', where toasted marshmallows are a star feature. Head bartender Joe Schofield and his team do a stellar job with the palatable, but unusual selections, and we like that it's quiet in the earlier part of the evening, so we chat freely without raising our voices. The bar snacks are also stunning. Must-tries include the Croquetas and the Iberico Pulled Pork Sandwich which are substantial enough to be a light dinner. Their set lunches are also a steal considering the quality and craft behind each course." — Renée Batchelor, beauty editor

Juice Junkie
#01-02, 68 Duxton Road 

juice junkie

"I eat everything and anything — a quality which bodes well for me since I take care of the dining pages for Buro 24/7 Singapore. But there can be too much of a good thing. Some days, I just can't stomach another gloriously rich meal. The antidote? I take a five-minute walk to Juice Junkie for cold-pressed juices that pack in the right balance of fruit, vegetables, and spices. Man certainly cannot live on juice alone and these guys also serve up slices of toast topped with smashed avocado or homemade kale pesto. Yep, kale pesto exists. Instead of the usual basil base, you'll find locally-grown kale blended with almond, cilantro, lime, and garlic. For a guilt-free, antioxidant-rich dessert, I grab an acai bowl to go." — Denise Kok, senior lifestyle editor


Ninja Bowl
15 Duxton Road 

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"You'd think that a discrete eatery — housed within a corner shophouse with its entrance hidden behind hanging plants and wooden blinds — would enjoy respite far from the maddening crowds, right? Well, guess again. Whilst Ninja Bowl is a sanctuary from the commercial eateries that line Tanjong Pagar Road, come lunch time, it's a packed full house. If you're dining in a group, pop by earlier at around midday to score a table. Dining alone? Opt for the bench seating either at the entrance or the very far back of the cafe — both are positioned next to windows, which means, you guessed it, great natural light for your Instagram photos. Foodwise, Ninja Bowl is famous for their Japanese inspired meals — ranging from pan-seared Hokkaido scallops and mussels to 24-hour braised beef cheeks (personal favourite) — served on your choice of 'Ninja Rice' (mix or red and brown rice), orzo pasta, or quinoa. More of a breakfast person? Brunch is available all day (like all good cafes) and my go-to is the Una Tama, which is unagi and scrambled eggs on thick toast. Coffees here are strong and decent, but for a refreshing drink, try the Coconut Lemon Mint which is a tall glass of fresh coconut juice and flesh served with generous springs of mint leaves and lemon wedges." — Norman Tan, editor-in-chief

Brasserie Gavroche

66 Tras Street 

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"Brasserie Gavroche is my happy place when I really want to treat myself. This usually happens at the end of the month of course, often with a good friend in tow as we nosh on comfort French food. People often put French cuisine on the pedestal and think it's highly refined to the point of unapproachability, but what they don't realise is that the dishes served in brasseries are just as rich and guilt-inducing as your regular hawker fare. What I love about Brasserie Gavroche is its casual, friendly vibe, even though it functions as a proper restaurant. My go-to starter is succulent slabs of bone marrow on toast, followed by steak and potatoes, and crème brulee. The orange and vanilla bean madeleines served at the end of a meal pretty much seals the deal." — Adibah Isa, culture editor


Fat Prince
48 Peck Seah Street 

Fat Prince Singapore
"A relatively new addition to the neighbourhood, Fat Prince tops my list of spots to hit up for a casual dinner because there's nothing like hearty Mediterranean fare to cap off the week, their menu satisfies both meat and seafood lovers, and they provide impeccable service. Given that they've been in operation for a mere couple of months, do make a reservation beforehand to avoid being turned away at the door. Friday and Saturday nights are particularly busy days for them. That being said, the accommodating staff do try their best to squeeze in small seatings of two to three pax even if you turn up unannounced. The clincher? They're also known for serving up well-balanced cocktails if you're in need of a night cap." — Andrea Sim, fashion writer and stylist


74 Neil Road 


"Having just moved back to Singapore from Melbourne, I'm always on the lookout for cafes with beautiful, natural light and a laidback vibe. You can only imagine my joy when I found Botanist, a new café tucked down an alleyway off Neil Road and just a stone's throw away from our office. Their sheltered outdoor courtyard is a cool tropical paradise — lending just the right amount of light whilst keeping the heat out. Opened by the team behind Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Alchemist, Botanist serves up a well-balanced cuppa and hearty brunch staples such as pan-fried corn fritters and creamy guac smash. Need carbs for sustenance? Their tagliatelle carbonara is perfectly al dente and is definitely worth a try." — Amelia Chia, Deputy Editor