From bah kut teh and roti prata, to Italian and Chinese food, here are our favourite places to eat in Seletar
“What’s there to do in Seletar?” is usually the first thing anyone asks when I tell them I live in this quiet estate, too often followed by the done-to-death joke about them not realising I lived in Malaysia. Having lived here for a quarter of a century, I can tell you honestly that there’s stuff a-brewin’ in this sleepy slice of suburbia. Though Seletar somewhat lacks in culinary variety, it more than makes up in the quality of its offerings. From terrific ‘tauhuay’ to incredible Italian, here’s some of the finest of Seletar’s modest offerings.
Seletar Hills Restaurant
For over twenty years, this unassuming restaurant on the corner of Jalan Selaseh has been dishing out Szechuan and Hunan cuisine… the twist being that the husband-and-wife owners picked up their craft from America. Some of the more popular American-influenced dishes include the orange crispy beef and General Tso’s chicken. And don’t miss out on desserts either! Trust me when I say the cendol here is to kill for.
Seletar Hills Restaurant, 16 Jalan Selaseh, Singapore 808440. p. 6483 0348. Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café
Sunset Grill may have moved from its iconic runway-side premises, but if you think coffee is best enjoyed to the thundering drone of Cessnas and Bombardiers, this retro-themed café will be right up your alley. The brainchild of 60-year-old artist Poon Kng Joo, the café also features rows upon rows of vintage bikes (all lovingly restored by the artist himself) as rather offbeat wall décor, adding to the café’s quirky charms. Of course, cycling here will work up a mighty appetite, so tuck into Japanese-inspired bites like katsu don, as well as the quintessential cheese fries.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe, 80 #01-01 MAJ Aviation Building, Seletar Aerospace View, Singapore 797563. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Thasevi Famous Jalan Kayu Prata
True to its name, Thasevi is so famous, it is immediately recognised by locals simply from its address. Since the 1960s, Thasevi has been serving up top-notch roti prata and other South Indian dishes such as murtabak (flatbread stuffed with minced meat and onions), mee goreng (fried noodles), and biryani. The only downside? Be prepared to jostle with the hungry crowds during weekends.
Thasevi Famous Jalan Kayu Prata Restaurant, 239 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799463
Pietro Ristorante Italiano
It’s understandable to have some reservations about the authenticity of an Italian trattoria run by a Singaporean Chinese chef, but the proof is in the pie, or rather, his brick oven-baked pizza. Chef Peter Neo, who might seem familiar to you from his TV appearances, has curated a menu of Italian classics that run the gamut of Italian fare from porcini to pasta. I can also wholeheartedly recommend the chef’s signature vongole, as well the pancetta arrosto. This is, without a doubt, the best place to get authentic Italian nosh (at affordable prices) in Seletar.
Pietro Ristorante Italiano, 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030. p. 6484 5528. Open daily 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill
For a reliable bounty of barbecued goodness, Jerry’s Barbecue and Grill won’t disappoint. Expect flame-licked ribs that are smoke-barbecued Memphis-style, using Hickory wood to impart intense, bitter, smoky flavours into the meat. These ribs are cooked for four to five hours at low heat – a skill executed to perfection at this American eatery. And yes, they do takeaway in case you can’t finish!
Jerry’s Barbecue & Grill, 277 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799505. p. 64840151. Open daily 12pm-11.30pm.
Sunset Grill & Pub
One of Seletar’s iconic fixtures, Sunset Grill & Pub has moved from its runway-side premises at Seletar Airport. But what hasn’t changed though is its offering of incredibly spicy buffalo wings that go from level one to level 35. For the sake of your bowels, we suggest you start off with the lower levels, or try out of of the other menu offerings like the American-styled burgers, fish and chips, BBQ chicken and the juicy deep fried button mushrooms.
Sunset Grill & Pub, 259 Jalan Kayu, Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799488. p. 6482 0244.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
We love Song Fa for their tender pork ribs; the meat falls right off the bone when you pick it up! The soup is a little on the sweet side so you get that balance of savoury-sweet flavour. If you like, order some of their braised dishes to go with your BKT, like the decadent pig’s trotter.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, 33 Sengkang West Avenue, #01-39/40/41 The Seletar Mall, Singapore 797653. p. 6702 7688. Open daily 10.30am-9.30pm.
Selegie Soya Bean
Prata isn’t the only late night bounty you’ll find on the Jalan Kayu stretch. If you’re after something a little sweet and not too heavy, park yourself at the veranda of Selegie Soya bean with your mates for a gabfest over Selegie Soya Bean’s silky smooth ‘tauhuay’ (soya beancurd). There’re loads of permutations here that include riceballs, gula Melaka and grass jelly, but whatever you pick, make sure you complement it with a side of fried dough fritters called you tiao.
Selegie Soya Bean, 247 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799471. p. 6281 0933.
Seletar may not be the food capital of the island, but it does have some rather uncommon culinary offerings. El Cubanos grills up some tasty Cuban sandwiches that feature its stellar pulled beef. Now sure, the purists among us might lament the lack of pulled pork here, but one bite into their signature beef brisket cubano will have you singing praises. The restaurant is also Halal-certified, making is ideal for a nosh sesh with your Seletar-dwelling Muslim mates.
El Cubanos, 244 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799468. p. 9162 5540.