By Freda Saunders from Weekender, edited by Mothership.sg.
Off the iconic Orchard Road, the Killiney Road is lined with shophouses, quaint residences, greenery and, most importantly, many eateries.
Here are ten reasons why Killiney Road is the place for foodies.
1. Shophouse Architecture
Before you get to the food, enjoy the colonial shophouse architecture along Killiney Road.
The shophouses were constructed widely between 1840 and 1960, and the area was a place of business for the new immigrants of Singapore then, with living quarters on the upper floors of the shophouses.
2. Warong M Nasir Nasi Padang Nasi Padang and jazz go well together.
At the famous Warong M Nasir (formerly at Liang Seah Street), try some of the delectable Indonesian nasi padang dishes such as rendang, sambal goreng, sayur lodeh, ikan bakar and gulai ayam.
Amidst the good food and charming shophouse ambience, strains of bossa nova and jazz will ease your mind. Warong M Nasir is easy to spot with red walls, at 69 Killiney Road.
3. Killiney Kopitiam
Need a perk-up for your shopping energy? Killiney Kopitiam is a renowned classic coffeeshop serving local breakfast fare.
Half-boiled eggs, kaya toast, French toast, chicken curry with french loaf, and kopi and teh are among the items that you can stuff your face with.
There are a few branches but the main one is at 67 Killiney Road.
Local favourites can be found at the corner coffee shop, S-11 Food House, at 117 Killiney Road. Whether you’re craving for noodles or zi char or prata or Indian rojak, this is a typical coffeeshop to grab a bite.
5. Crystal Café Teochew Porridge Buffet
Retirees meet regularly for the good Teochew Porridge Buffet at Crystal Café at 131 Killiney Road.
Nowadays, the younger generation joins in too as the buffet spread has grown to include a large spread of delights. If you love Teochew muay, you have to come here.
6. Teck Kee Tanglin Pau or Malay Epok Epok
If you’re in the area and you feel like having a snack, how about a good char siew pau from Teck Kee Tanglin Pau at 83 Killiney Road?
Or, how about a spicy Malay epok epok (curry puff) from Killiney Curry Puff at 93 Killiney Road, where they handmake their own?
KPO, named after its location at the junction of Killiney, Penang and Orchard Roads, only truly comes alive after office hours, when the executive crowds come to chill out or have a post-work drink during happy hour.
At 1 Killiney Road, its glass walls and steel architecture stand out, especially for those who appreciate history as well as modern design. The two-storey bar even has a greenhouse on the second floor.
Cocktails are well-priced at this popular bar and restaurant. Come early if you want to be certain of a seat.
8. Thai & Vietnamese Delicacies
Indo-Chinese food is a hit at Killiney, with Thai and Vietnamese food of pretty good quality.
Orange Lantern has been serving Vietnamese favourites for a long time, from pho bo to delicious iced Vietnamese coffee, at 73 Killiney Road. Good Thai food is a draw at Suanthai at 101 Killiney Road.
9. French Pastry
If you feel like having French pastry or good bread, drop by Artisan Boulangerie at 118 Killiney Road.
Helmed by artisan baker Eran Mayer, it has a wide selection including fruit tarts, eclairs, croissants, salads and sandwiches, as well as espresso coffee. All pastry is made on site.
10. House of Rice Roll & Porridge
Enjoy chee cheong fun with various tasty fillings of char siew, prawn, abalone, mango or even XO durian. These rice rolls are delicious and make excellent teatime snacks.
House of Rice Roll & Porridge is at 89 Killiney Road.