Waterway Point is home to more than 200 tenants spanning across 4 levels of retail, food and beverage and entertainment outlets. A few week...

Waterway Point's Food Trail - Osaka Ohsho, So Pho, Dian Xiao Er, The French Table, GroVe & Ji De Chi!

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Waterway Point is home to more than 200 tenants spanning across 4 levels of retail, food and beverage and entertainment outlets. A few weeks back, we were invited down for a food trail at Waterway Point to try out some of their esteemed food establishments right there at Waterway Point. Prior to visiting the mall, I have had my fair share of exploring the vicinity and I was already bowled over by the number of food options available at the mall because there were too many to count. I still remember my boyfriend and I fumbling over what to have for dinner for almost half an hour, only to settle for a humble meal of curry rice which was so damn good. I knew right there and then then I HAD to go back to the mall to revisit some of the popular food choices there such as the London Fat Duck! 

For this particular food trail, we were brought to 6 different establishments - Osaka Ohsho, So Pho, Dian Xiao Er, The French Table, GroVe and Ji De Chi where we experienced 6 different cuisines - some of them which we were already familiar with as we grew up with these food brands. And of course, we were happily stuffed by the end of the session! 

1) Osaka Ohsho 



Established in 1969 as a gyoza specialist, Osaka Ohsho soon garnered a steady following of Japanese diners who grew to love its casual ambience and irresistible dumplings. The menu then evolved to include Japanese-Chinese favourites and today, there are over 300 outlets in worldwide. The restaurant also houses dishes from the ever popular Ajisen Ramen, with a quality checker from Japan to ensure that the food standards stay similar to what they have in Japan. Everything dish you see from the menu is prepared in house and on their own! 



One of their more popular dishes would be the gyoza -  a mixture of cabbage, ginger, garlic and 3 kinds of pork wrapped in Osaka Ohsho’s special wonton wrapper. It is then skilfully grilled to a golden brown finish. Their Chinese dishes too, adopts the Japanese style of cooking so the Si Chuan Chicken has more sweet than spicy notes. 



Crowned as the signature ramen in stall, their Nankotsu Ramen is well-loved by many patrons for its 
supple noodles and gamey pork chunks, doused in a tantalizing pork broth that has been boiled for hours. Prior to visiting Osaka Ohsho, this has also been THE ramen that I've always ordered from Ajisen! 

Osaka Ohsho
83 Punggol Central, #B1-14, 828761
Tel: 6385 8719

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30am - 10pm


2) So Pho



I was really excited about trying So Pho because I'm a huge fan of Vietnamese food, and So Pho at Waterway Point made the experience even better because the outlet sits facing the scenic spot of the waterway which allows patrons to dine with a spectacular view. At So Pho, you can also experience the Vietnamese traditional way of eating and sharing by wrapping your favourite Summer Rolls, and capture the essence of Vietnamese dining with a selection of delicious Vietnamese appetizers and delights! 


We were served the famous Beef Pho, Vietnamese Rice Rolls and the Hot Plate Fish + Vermicelli which momentarily transported us to the streets of Vietnam. The food was pretty much like the ones I've had in Vietnam, and I couldn't really taste the MSG in these dishes (I know of a restaurant selling Pho which has a insane amount of MSG) and I was really glad to taste the authenticity of these dishes.  



My personal favourite was definitely the hot plate fish with vermicelli. The vermicelli is tossed with their house-made sweet and spicy sauce which added a lot of flavor to the otherwise dull vermicelli noodles. The sauce had the right tang which made the whole dish a lot more appetizing - one mouth of that and we were ready to conquer the rest of the food trail! The hot plate fish is prepared with dory fish fillet and it is supposedly a really popular dish in Hanoi!

So Pho
83 Punggol Central, #01-28
Singapore 828761
Tel: 6385 8378

Opening Hours:
Daily 11:00 am – 10:00 pm


3) Dian Xiao Er



I've heard quite a lot about Dian Xiao Er prior to this, and have also seen many pictures of their famed herbal duck which I've been dying to try! The ambience at Dian Xiao Er is intentionally planned to be rustic and raw with the careful selection of materials to complement the freshness of the herbal roast ducks which are prepared and roasted in the display kitchen daily. Customers can expect to experience a choice of dining ambience varying from dining inside a traditional Chinese inn to dining inside a rustic timber shed at the foot of a stone cliff.


Their all-time favourite Herbal Roast Duck is served with a choice of 3 different Chinese herb sauces. The duck meat here are leaner and more tender as they make it a point to remove all the fats. We really enjoyed savoring every last bit of the duck meat - their skin were still crisp at the end of all the photo-taking, and also at the end of our meal! 



Other dishes serve include the baby kailan and the Silver Cod Fish in Superior Soy Sauce which I would really recommend you to order. It's best if you pair this with a bowl of rice as it might get a little too salty for some! But the crisp skins of the cod fish, accompanied with the melt-in-your-mouth textures of meat garnered a thumbs up from us. 


And if you are not over the salted egg yolk craze, the salted egg yolk lotus chips would certainly leave you sated as well! 

Dian Xiao Er
83 Punggol Central, #01-30
Singapore 828761
Telephone: 6385 8513

Opening Hours:
Weekdays:
11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm),
5.30pm – 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)

Weekends and Public Holidays:
11.30am – 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)


4) The French Table


The French Table seeks to combine the best of fine dining and casual dining together. Their aim? Giving customers the high quality of ingredients found in French haute cuisine but charging it at an attractive price point. The core beliefs from The French Table are simple: To serve honest good food with passion and love. There is no room for compromise nor for a lack of heart. 


Here, patrons can also order up their specialty teas to go with the meals. The tea menu is elegantly presented in a menu holder which contains morsels of tea leaves displayed for your selection. 


Their signature duck confit takes 36 hours to prepare where the duck meat is gently cured for more than a day with garlic, salt and thyme. The French Table only uses French duck that is specially imported to ensure that only the best is served to their customers. Personally, I felt that the duck was a little to salty for my liking, though I was a huge fan of the mash potatoes! 



We also tried other dishes like their Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the Mentaiko pasta! I felt that the latter was a little salty for my liking too, though my dining companions felt that they were alright! 


And then we also tried the Poached Pear Pavola, served together with assorted fruits and honey yogurt ice cream. 

The French Table
83 Punggol Central, #01-31, 
Waterway Point
Singapore 828761
Tel: 6385 8052


5) GroVe / Utopia



GroVe is a vegetarian concept that specialises in healthy and natural fusion cuisine selection. This quick service concept will be an ideal dining venue where you can enjoy quality vegetarian meal at a reasonable price. 

GroVe is first to franchise Utopia’s, a bubble brand from Australia that is well-known for its range of bubble tea concocted from premium tea leaves and natural fruits. Utopia’s drinks makes a perfect pairing with GroVe’s wholesome vegetarian cuisine. 


The pearls used in Utopia's bubble tea are available in chocolate or red bean flavours that are encased in a tapioca flour which makes the whole bubble tea drinking experience even more fulfilling. The textures of the pearls are slightly chewier and more wholesome!


Just next to Utopia sits GroVe, a  quick service vegetarian concept that specialises in healthy and natural fusion cuisine selection. Here at GroVe, the owners make it a point to step away from the ubiquitous vegetarian dishes and have launched something unique to their own, combining a medley of local and Western dishes together to bring something more enticing to their patrons at really affordable prices! Their truffle fries are affordably priced at only S$4.50, whereas other dishes like their Laksa Pasta, Swiss Mushroom Charcoal Burger and their Sweet and Sour Monkey Head Mushroom Rice are all well below S$9. 



These dishes are full of flavour and are extremely filling. You won't even realise you haven't had meat until you're done with the meal!


Waterway Point West Wing 
83 Punggol Central, #02-21
Singapore 828761

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 10pm


6) Ji De Chi


We concluded the food trail with dessert at Ji De Chi, an unassuming stall which has opened countless of establishments around our little red dot selling homely Hong Kong style desserts with hot and cold selections. One of their famed desserts include the Durian with Pomelo Sago which has won the hearts of many - I mean, who can say no to Durians, right? Other must-try creations also include their creamy and snowy shaved ice desserts which are the perfect to beat the heat. 




Most of their shaved ice comes with toppings like mochi balls, fresh fruits and nata de coco. Their perfectly shaved ice tastes like a piece of heaven with their smooth and airy textures. Among all the shaved ice desserts I've tried in Singapore, I will never fail to return to the ones at Ji De Chi! 


Ji De Chi
83 Punggol Central #B1-43/K9
Singapore 828761

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 10pm

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Punggol Waterway Point
83 Punggol Central
Singapore 828761

Thank you Punggol Waterway Point and the people from Burson Marsteller for having us! 

Love,
Cassan

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