Funan DigitaLife Mall, also known as the legit Sim Lim Square to many, is no more. In its place is a rousing new integrated development, with over 500,000 square feet of retail, two additional office blocks, and an upcoming nine-storey co-living residence managed by lyf Funan Singapore. No doubt, it’s set to be a real stunner and a highlight amidst the labyrinth of City Hall.
First looks have already won many over. Playful perspective and on-trend colour design choices make for Insta-friendly shots, thanks to the quirky faces of the various walkways, ceilings and pods, which all jut out with irregularity, creating skewed plans that go against the typical symmetrical or curvy lines most malls adopt. Its conceptual spaces also have a tech overlay that keep things buzzing. With six themes covering Tech, Craft, Play, Fit, Chic, and Taste, the result is a well-balanced mix that drives diversity.
New-to-market brands are always exciting and when it’s an eatery, even more so. From homemade Korean and Peranakan restaurants to local artisanal ice cream shops and vegetarian places that feature ethically-farmed foods, Funan has also become a curation of Singapore’s eclectic taste and is a testament to locals’ love for creative flavours and different cuisines.
We help you navigate the various storeys to target the delicious food options you must try at the refurbished Funan.
Peranakan food has received plenty of love in the last decade and Godmama is here to feed that expanding craving. Featuring heirloom recipes from two families, co-owners Christina Keilthy, Derrick Chew and Fredric Goh have married recipes with their grannies’ blessings and opened a 60-seater restaurant and bar. Authenticity is upheld with the All-Star Egg Skin Popiah, faithfully recreated with fresh prawns, hand-cut vegetables, peanuts and crispy shallots in an egg skin crepe. And of course the Ayam Buah Keluak and Babi Assam are cornerstones you will find on the menu as well, boasting piquant and unmistakable flavours. If you’re looking at some innovation, come for brunch during the weekends where you can find Buah Keluak Bolognese, Otak Otak Benedict and Banana Pengat Buttermilk Pancakes. Just note that there are only two seatings for dinner — one at 6pm and one at 8.30pm — so reserve your seats earlier!
At #04-07. Visit www.facebook.com/godmamasg/
Photo: Morgan Awyong
When we went on the second day of opening, it was sold out by 3pm. Serving you milky, frothy bubble tea from a yellow minivan, Milksha’s second outlet comes quickly after its first, but is already playing catch-up with local demand. The main reason could be its unique menu, including house signatures such as Fresh Handmade Taro Milk, Valrhona 100% Cocoa Milk and Azuki Matcha Milk. While others may get a little heavy-handed, Milksha’s creations always feel silky and well-crafted, doing justice to its mission to deliver “natural, handmade milk beverages”.
At #02-K07. Visit www.facebook.com/milkshasingapore/
3. Flavours by Saute
Photo: Flavours by Saute
Already an established vegetarian eatery, Saute presents even more innovative fusion items with its new civic district outlet — Flavours by Saute. The highlight has to be its rambunctious Truffle Orh Luak, a surprisingly complementary pairing robust with taste and texture. But equally tasty is the Kale Quinoa Pine Nut Salad — just hearing it makes us feel leaner already. And don’t fret about nutritionless mock meat here. Everything is handmade from scratch with mushrooms and guarantees a meal catered for your well-being.
At #B1-30. Visit https://www.saute.com.sg/
4. The Oyster Bank
Photo: The Oyster Bank
“Finally, a bank that speaks your currency”. The Oyster Bank doles out the right kind of value in every aspect. An incredible combination of lavish, hip interior, delicious food and wallet-friendly value, the folks at this joint will easily make waves at the new mall. The Japanese oysters are clean and creamy, and fans can look forward to Happy Shucking Hour from 5-8pm on weekdays and 3-6pm on weekends. The Spicy Salmon Don, rich with a heady flavour, is only slightly overshadowed by the scrumptious Aburi Salmon Crispy Sushi. What’s crispy sushi you ask? Well — only one way to find out. Half restaurant and half bar, the winning formula of booze, ocean fare and Japanese preparation will have you smiling all the way to, well, the bank.
At #02-32. Visit www.facebook.com/theoysterbank/
5. PPP Coffee
Photo: Morgan Awyong
Better known as Papa Palheta, which first started as a coffee roastery, this local coffee institution has launched its rebrand with an open-plan outlet at Funan. The “multi-sensory experience” includes a hands-on brew bar for customers to browse its flashy coffee equipment, an artisanal toast bar, and a frozen selection of vintage and quality roasted beans. Other than its trusty coffee, you can also sample specialty beverages such as the Fig Jam Ginger Beer or Blue Earl Swirl. Or try the cascara drinks, made from the dried coffee cherries. We also spotted some local desserts worth adding to your order, including Nonya Kuehs and Coffee Gula Melaka Ondeh Ondeh.
At #02-19. Visit https://pppcoffee.com/