Eatbox 2021 Review: 2-Storey Food Paradise With Thai, Vietnamese, Korean & More Cuisine Plus IG-Worthy Photo Ops
Eatbox is back and this time it's here to stay. The creative food hall has taken up a permanent space at Tekka Place, right beside Rochor MRT Station.
Keep reading to check out our review of Eatbox & our top picks!
Officially opening its doors on 3 September, Eatbox at Tekka Place has 18 food stalls and counting as more vendors join in.
The 2-storey, 9,500 sqft space isn't just for foodies, it has been thoughtfully designed to appeal to those who appreciate good ambience and photo opportunities. Think vibrant pops of colour, neon lights and Instagrammable photo backdrops.
There's also a plush seating area that mimics a cafe environment.
We tried the signature dishes and drinks from every stall at Eatbox, here are our favourites:
B Ly's Banh Mi
We're not big sandwich people but could see ourselves eating the Special Great Banh Mi ($6.90) every day. This traditional Vietnamese sandwich is jam packed with a multitude of ingredients including ham, different types of marinated meat, pickled cucumber, carrots, onion and pork floss. Together, they create burst of flavour that's clean-tasting and refreshing. The baguette was also perfect - thin, soft on the inside and delicately crispy on the outside.
As a self-professed wagyu beef connoisseur, I was impressed with the Premium A5 Wagyu with Garlic Fried Rice ($25.90). The beef had a fatty, melt-in-your-mouth texture but still had a meaty bite to it, I only wished there were more of them! The Thai basil sauce that was served on the side added an interesting tangy and spicy kick to it while the garlic rice was so addictive, fragrant and with the right level of moisture. The only gripe we had with this rice bowl was the onsen egg which was slightly overdone.
Butcher The Burger Bar
There are already plenty of good burgers in Singapore but the Truffle Shuffle Burger ($12.80) could be a new favourite. The handcrafted burger patty is cooked to a medium doneness and so retains juiciness and moisture. It also has a nice smokiness that goes well with the pronounced truffle flavour. But what really made this entire meal a 10/10 was the fries, which was crispy, light and well seasoned.
The open-faced Shrimp Onigiri ($5.90) was a comforting meal that reminded us of Japan. It has a crispy and tender shrimp, an omelette and spam wrapped in Japanese rice and seaweed. We chose mentaiko sauce which was more on the subtle side and will appeal to those who don't like a strong fishy taste.
Soul Good Noodle Bar
This noodle bar has a build-a-bowl-of-noodles concept where you can customise your noodles, base, protein, toppings and garnishes. We tried the Spicy Shoyu Garlic Potato Noodles with Charred Beef Slices ($13.90) with half a ramen egg, mushrooms, mixed veggies and seaweed tempura. The beef was thinly sliced and tender, much like what you'd get when having shabu shabu, and the potato noodles had a satisfying springy texture.
P.S. You'll get a free voucher to use at Soul Good Noodle Bar when you get tickets to the Insta-worthy cup noodle-themed exhibition Slurping Good!.
We couldn't stop squealing "so cute!" while enjoying our Mini Chikata ($10.90), a mini mookata for 1 to 2 diners. Novelty of the cute little grill pan aside, this set is pretty value-for-money if you're in the mood for mookata but don't have a huge group to share it with. It comes with a good variety of ingredients and a choice of either chicken or tom yum soup. We tried the former and found it flavourful especially after the beef fat drips down to it. The beef could've been more tender but at that price point, we can't really complain! This stall is Muslim-friendly.
There's a designated seating area just for Chikata customers.
The You Tiao with Mua Chee & Biscoff ($6.90) is pretty sinful but a must try! The you tiao is wonderfully crispy on the outside and is topped with chewy mochi and sweet biscoff spread and crumbs.
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This Muslim-friendly stall serves modern Thai desserts like shaved ice and chendol drinks. Although we were stuffed to the brim with savoury food, the Thai Milk Tea Shaver ($5.80) made us forget that momentarily. It had a light and refreshing Thai milk tea taste and came with four different toppings for a variety of textures from crunchy to chewy. We went for 25% sugar which will be just right if you find most Thai milk teas to be too sweet.
Look out for the other stalls that are also worth a try including Satay Ummi, Hui Mama Kitchen and more.
Address: Tekka Place Annex Building, 2 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218227 #01-55 to 59 (1-min walk from Rochor MRT, 3-min walk from Little India MRT)
Opening hours: 8am to 10.30pm
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