This post is also dedicated to Faye, my UPLB Jocks sister, who requested for a Mediterranean cuisine entry!
It’s been almost two months since my passport was last stamped with an entry in “Singapore”. I can honestly say that I miss the country and how convenient everything was. I mean, if there’s one word for Singapore, that would be efficient.
My three-month stint in the country is one of the highlights of my career and my personal life as well. I’ve always wanted to work in SG because it is the headquarters of all the Broadcasting corporations that were part of
Cole’s Grand Plan to World Domination my dreams of becoming a travel journalist–Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC World Asia…Disney Channel, and of course, my dear MTV Asia.
But perhaps, this isn’t the right time in my life for that. I am certainly not giving up on my dreams, I am just gearing up for the challenges plotted to achieve my goals and ambitions. Anyway, this post is a sweet reminder of one of the best moments of my life in the concrete jungles of Southeast Asia, that is food trip. Like I said in my previous posts, since traveling would hurt my finances a hell lot than when I was in Laos, I channeled all my energy and resources in food trips–since, I had to eat, right? Now, I know SG isn’t really one of the off-the-beaten tracks Cole Walks is trying to showcase, but there are those underrated restaurants that, in fact, have excellent food, good and fast service and reasonable prices. SG is known to be the melting pot of Asian culture, with cuisines coming in from across the globe. But if I would pick a favorite from all my walking-eating-moments, there is that one place at Tanjong Pagar Complex that caught my taste, and made me break my vegetarian diet for a while. I am talking about, Urban Bites.
Urban Bites, a small restaurant located in quaint Telok Ayer street, is specialized in Mediterranean cuisine. It has been also featured in Real Deal for A Good Deal, a lifestyle show aired over MediaCorp. What separates Urban Bites from other restaurants (I think) is their No-Salt-Policy. I don’t know how they do it, but if no-salt tastes this good–that’s one body part (kidneys) I need not worry about! Plenty of tourists chill at this place, in search for a different twist from the usual Chinese and Malaysian menu. To get to Urban Bites, From taking the MRT to Tanjong Pagar, look for the sign that says Telok Ayer. Walk out of the station and continue walking on your left-hand side. You will pass by a huge hawker center, some restaurants, Watson’s Pharmacy, other offices, and finally a Chinese temple. Once you see the Chinese temple on your left, Urban Bites is just across the road. Although, it is located at the CBD, it’s exact place is a little obscure for its along the lines of massage places, and other small restaurants. It’s façade is also modern, so don’t expect an exotic architecture (see below).
What can I say, my siblings and I love this place. Below is a list of usual orders, and they are not just usual because of preference but because they are really good. Have I mentioned fast and efficient service? Staff are pleasant and friendly, too, if I may add. Trust me when I say, if my siblings, who are so meticulous and picky in what they eat (they are both chefs in the making, for some reason) say it’s good–it’s friggin worth it. We spent a little over SGD60, but that’s because my brother eats for two already!
So, here’s Urban Bites for you with commentaries from my siblings to give them a little more credibility HAH! I hope to visit again someday and perhaps, take my friends there. It’s a good place to dine after a long week of work routine.
123 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068592
Tel: 65 6327 9460
Opening hours: 9AM-9:45PM | Mondays – Saturdays