Conveniently located near Tanjong Pagar MRT, Downtown Gallery is not just anoher mall for dining. there are also plenty of ways to unwind, relax and recharge at this sleek lifestyle centre, as the BiTEs team finds out.
The Providore (#B1-07 to 17)
Spanning the entire basement of Downtown Gallery, the Providore’s lovely flagship store is divided into a cafe, grocery store, wine room, bakery and deli. There’s also a smart cooking studio next to the cafe, which is available for corporate events, cooking classes, or themed parties. With an amazing selection of artisanal produce, from their charcuterie to organic fruit from Spain, Australia and Japan, to their own range of tea and coffee, this is the perfect place to pick up your groceries before you head home – or a takeaway meal from their Fresh & Go counter. For a relaxing brunch, try their Smashed Avocado on Toast ($18.50) accompanied by the tarte Deep Berry smoothie ($9.50) or their fluffy Ricotta Pancakes ($17.50) that melt in your mouth. If you’re feeling ravenous at lunch, order the Grass Fed Beef Burger ($28.50) which oozes Provolone cheese, topped with Brooklyn Brine Co. pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and sauteed onions. Accompanied by crispy fries, the chipotle mayo will have you going back for more. Tel: 6431 7600
Lunar Coffee Brewers (#01-49/50)
For that pick-me-up before the daily grind, head to Lunar Coffee Brewers, which is run by the same caffeine fiends behind Atlas Coffee. Like their name, Lunar’s brightly lit, minimalistic space includes a beautiful white marble counter, with shades of blue and grey gradient creeping up the walls. The Milky Way ($7) is a refreshing white cold brew that is not too bitter. For a caffeine kick, try the Nitro Cold Brew ($6.50). Lunch staples include a variety of satisfying donburi, such as the savoury Miso-Nori Salmon Soba ($14.50) and spicy Beef Rendang Don ($16); both come with a wobbly onsen egg on top. The slow-braised pork belly in Lu Rou Belly Don ($14.50) is tender and goes well with the sweet beancurd skin; the perfect comfort food on a rainy day. Tel: 9876 8910
With her father and grandfather as veterans in the perfume industry, it was a no-brainer for Faridah Yusof, or Freda of the eponymous Freda’D to start her own homegrown line of fragrances. This interactive perfume bar allows shoppers to make their own unique blend of perfume at the Perfume Crafting Bar, or choose from one of the ready made scents or body mists. Bottles are available in 10ml, 30ml and 50ml ($60, $90, $150) sizes. The hands-on Crafting Bar experience allows you to pick a base scent, before Yusof or her staff recommends the other oils and scents to add, from Ambergris, Mimosa, Musk and more. It’s not just for the ladies – the Bespoke Parfum service ($150 for 30ml) is popular with men who like a more in-depth creation process, which involves a personality test to figure out the best smell for them. Tel: 9163 4691
Patisserie G (#01-30/34)
This popular dessert and pastry shop is tucked in a corner next to a florist. The flagship outlet includes their own R&D room for making chocolate and other assorted confectionery – from fruity chocolate bars to gold-dusted chocolate nuts. Pop in for tea or a quick snack, and enjoy favourites like the indulgent G-Spot ($9), dark chocolate mousse, chocolate meringue, dark chocolate and a crunchy hazelnut praline feuilletine base; the sweet Lychee-Rose Cheesecake ($8.50); or the Sake Kasu Cheesecake ($8) if you’re feeling a little naughty. Tel: 6222 0390
The Whisky Distillery (#01-11)
Rushing to a party without a gift in hand? With over 200 types of rare whisky, The Whisky Distillery is sure to please those friends who love to drink. Customers don’t need to trek all the way to their Orchard outlet to browse through their selection of carefully chosen Scottish and Japanese whiskies. Look out for specialised tasting sessions and private events. Tel: 9818 4827
Head & Hair Spa Lily (#03-16)
Don’t let those Monday blues get you down – drop by this Japanese-owned spa for a quick Back Massage ($30 for 30 minutes) or Balinese Cream Bath Head Spa ($55 for 45 minutes, $68 for one hour), that will have you feeling like you’ve just returned from a relaxing holiday. The friendly staff will knead your worries away – if you have a bit more time there are one-hour treatments for either the body massage or cream bath. With individual spas rooms, this is the best place to treat yourself to a little ‘me’ time. Tel: 6222 7551
SAMA Curry & Café (#03-26)
Spice lovers will have a ball at this bright and cheerful cafe, which originates from Hokkaido. Founder Shuichi Takahashi has brought Japanese soup curry to Singapore in the hopes of spreading the “soul food” of Hokkaido to different parts of Asia. With 30 levels of spiciness starting from Baby Bear (level 0 – 5) to Crazy Bear (level 16 – 30), you’ll find one to suit your tolerance level. Choose from four soup bases – coconut, tomato, prawn and chicken – before picking your curry and level of spice. Popular picks include the Hungry Bear curry with shrimp soup base ($18.90), where diners have a whole chicken leg and their choice of a pork or beef burger patty in curry, and the Cheesy Bear with coconut soup base ($18.90), for cheesy chicken goodness. Tel: 6224 0590
Combat Singapore’s humid weather with this Spanish froyo. Smöoy is low fat, high fiber and gluten free, and is available in four frosty flavours – natural yogurt, special fruit yogurt, chocolate and cream. Choose your size (prices vary from $4.50 -$6.50) and add toppings such as fruit, nuts, marshmallows and more. With five outlets spread across Singapore, their location at OUE is one of the more convenient options to get your froyo fix.