The sports-focused mall offers Japanese, Thai, French and more to eat for the gym rat.

Main photo: salad de canard fume from Poulet, wagyu steak from issho izakaya, chicken wings from Basil by ThaiExpress

 

Even retail brands H&M and Forever 21 have sports apparel for the gym bunnies and buff daddies. There’s much ado at the newly-opened Kallang Wave (1 Stadium Place): a lucky draw (win up to $1,880), a fun vote for ’fashionista’ or ’foodie’, atrium events and credit cards redemptions. Check out sports brands (New Balance #01-79, Runner’s Edge #01-63), groceries in the spacious FairPrice Xtra (#01-29) and dine, of course.

“Issho”  means “to gather”  and at issho izakaya (#01-13/K5) you will find a gathering of traditional izakaya dishes and drinks: Japanese beer, sake, shochu and cocktails specially concocted and named with a sports theme. The buta shabu salad ($12.80)–crunchy fresh vegetables and thinly-sliced pork belly, tossed in goma sauce is a healthy bite after working out (or really intense shopping).

Poulét (#01-17) marks its 10th outlet by rolling out a new menu. Their signature juicy roast chicken now comes in Poulet Diane ($17.90) option, soused in traditional brown gravy enriched with bacon and mushroom. Three flavours of Pissaladiere ($11.90-13.90) are a boon for dairy-intolerant diners, as these open-faced French ’pizzas’ offer a tart-like crust sans cheese. And finally, don’t miss the halibut en papillote ($17.90), with a fillet gently cooked in white wine sauce.

We’re enthralled by the greenery at Basil by ThaiExpress (#01-16)–uniform emblems, leafy restaurant walls, accompaniments to every dish, and of course the waterfront al fresco dining area. The kitchen’s helmed by a Thai chef, who delivers tom yum seafood soup with a spicy kick; perfectly wok-fried phad Thai; a smooth and flavourful massaman chicken curry; and a delightful mango sticky rice. Must-order: the hard-to-find nam prik kapi (Thai shrimp paste chilli sauce) and nam prik mamuang (spicy green mango dip).

The casual Japanese-western Shokudo (#01-15) at Kallang Wave has a wider menu than its Cineleisure sibling: truffle Portobello age ($8.80), a tasty mushroom tempura; and matcha float ($6.80), presented with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a popsicle, and a pitcher of milky green tea. Do share the signature Mount Fuji curry omu rice ($16.80), a tower of omelette, beef patty, melting cheese and lettuce and the crunchy salmon maki ($8.80) with the umami of bonito flakes and prawn roe.

1 Stadium Place. Tel: 6702 5168