Address: 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1,
Opening hours: 11 am to 3 pm & 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm (Mon to Fri); 9 am to 4 pm & 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm (Weekends and Public Holidays)
A solitary “shack” in the middle of picturesque Bishan Park, Grub serves mouth-watering comfort food at pocket-friendly prices (the most expensive dish is $19) in a relaxing setting.
Backed by the same foodies behind cooking school Cookyn Inc, this bistro that seats up to 80 people (indoors and outdoors) was literally built from scratch. Since the well-executed menu advocates responsible eating, your food does not feature MSG, while the meat is free-range and devoid of hormones and chemicals.
Move over, truffle fries, because you can expect to be stuck on your starter of mentaiko fries, $9. Junior will also be jostling with you over these highly addictive shoestring fries, crowned generously with an aioli made from the marinated roe of pollock and cod.
Don’t miss the succulent slow-roasted pork belly, $16, which is inspired by our local favourite sweet-and-sour-pork dish. Cooked sous vide for 24 hours, then crusted, deep-fried and served with a tangy mango sauce, creamy potato mash and cherry tomato salsa, it disappeared quickly. The comforting cheeseburger, $13 — made from a pure beef mince and Monterey Jack cheese — also makes for a juicy mouthful.
End your meal on a high note by sinking your teeth into the sticky-date cake, $8.50, topped with burnt caramel, vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds. Grub also has a wide drinks selection, including refreshing iced lemon tea, $3, and iced white coffee, $6, plus ciders, $13 per bottle, and handcrafted beers, $10 per bottle.
Tot-O-Meter: While Grub doesn’t have a kid’s menu, many dishes are prepared with tots in mind. The Crispy Fish Burger, $14, boasting a tasty crumbed hake fillet and homemade remoulade, will entice even the pickiest palate. All burgers are served with fries, though you can swap these for a mixed salad or mashed potato. Other child-friendly classics include French toast, $12, with garlic pork sausage, strawberries and maple syrup (available for brunch), Belgian waffles with maple syrup or gelato, $6.50/$8, and the well-loved churros, $9 — yummy deep-fried Spanish doughnuts served with dark chocolate and tangy crème anglaise dipping sauce. And once the sugar rush hits, you’ll be glad you’re right next to wide open spaces, as well as wet and dry playgrounds, so that your mini-dynamos can run amok!