Shopping centres and food courts tend to go hand-in-hand, but Carousel has really taken things to a whole new level with the addition of their rooftop dining precinct. It came about as part of a massive refurbishment in mid-2018 and makes for a pretty cool place to hang, even if you’re not in the mood for any actual shopping.
Take an escalator ride up to level one, following the inviting scent of movie popcorn, and you’ll find yourself in a lush dining area complete with plenty of outdoor seating and greenery, and a whole lot of food choices, including an indoor hawker market and micro-brewery. Plus, Holey Moley and Strike are just around the corner, so that's the fun part of the equation sorted. No matter what your tastebuds are up for, you’re going to find yourself spoiled for choice and probably doing a few laps before making any final decisions about what to put on your plate.
Here are just a few of our top picks.
If you fancy a little DIY cookery, Gangnam will be your kind of place. Choose from their extensive Korean BBQ selection of tender meats and assorted veggies and cook them right up at your own table, or be tempted by authentic dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and rice, and a fabulous cold noodle special. They have plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians too.
Combining authentic cuisine with Japanese ingenuity, Super Tetsudo delivers fast and fresh sushi direct to your table via an express train. Grab a plate as it passes you by, or place an order for something a la carte with the simple touch of a button.
It’s hard to go past the freshness and vibrancy of Thai food, and Little Bangkok has got it in the bag. Their menu is all about intense flavours and doesn’t hold back, showcasing all your street food favourites like charred satay chicken, crispy fried fish and spicy green curry, and also includes a great selection of vegan dishes.
Perfect for mid-mall snacking, the giant pretzels from Pretzel are made fresh each day and served from the prettiest pink sea container store you ever did see. Choose sweet or savoury (or both), from a menu of tasty and fun flavours including cinnamon and sugar, Nutella, marshmallow fluff, salted caramel, cheese and garlic, jalapeno, and cheese and pepperoni.
With a modern take on Chinese comfort food, the menu and flavours at Little Bao have a heavy Hong Kong influence, focusing on juicy handmade dumplings, succulent roast pork, and noodle soups. Grab a cold beer and watch your food being prepared through the window overlooking the kitchen.
You can almost taste the K-Pop in Honey Creme’s South Korean-inspired soft serve, milkshakes and flavoured teas. Some of the combinations are actually crazy, yet weirdly, they all seem to work. Using all local ingredients and the natural sweetness of honey, you can get everything from bacon and chocolate soft serve, to honey avocado milkshakes—and possibly the craziest thing yet; cold cheese teas with fruit infusions.
2 Fat Indians
Loaded with feisty Indian flavours, you’ll find all your favourite dishes at 2 Fat Indians including a huge range of curries, flaky samosas, and light and fluffy rice, plus a few dishes with a modern twist. Think loaded fries topped with butter chicken sauce and mouth-watering masala toasted sandwiches.
Focusing on classic ramen, Ippudo have mastered the rich flavours and offer something for all ramen lovers, including pork with tonkatsu or shoyu broth, and even a veggie soba for vegetarian and vegan guests. There’s also a tasty selection of a la carte dishes if you’re not feeling soupy, including pulled pork bao buns, salmon sushi and wasabi prawn avocado dip with gyoza chips.
If you’re keen to try a wide variety of hawker food, your best bet is Canton Bay. Their dim sum selection keeps it classic with crowd favourites like steamed dumplings, Peking duck pancakes, and crispy fried squid, and is accompanied by a huge a la carte menu featuring traditional noodle, rice, tofu, meat and seafood dishes.
The Waverley Brewhouse
It’s rare to find an actual bar, let alone a brewhouse in the average food court, but then again, the dining precinct at Carousel is far from average. The Waverley is a micro-brewery and pub all in one, with a large selection of craft tap beers including their own lager and session ale, and all the pub grub menu classics you know and love.
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