Tom Yum Kungfu @ Circular Road

It’s a funny story, how I came to know of Tom Yum Kungfu. I saw a facebook picture of my friend eating here, and in the background, at the next table was another friend of mine. (They don’t know each other.) Two of my friends eating here on the same night. Gots to be worth checking out.

A few days later, another friend mentioned coming here for dinner. I knew then that this place was already the next big thing that I didn’t know of! So sorry for being so out of touch with the restaurant scene guys. What kind of blogger am I.

Like I said, it’s already the next big thing, so reservations are advised as it is wildly popular especially on weekends. A visit on Monday night already saw a full house, and required a reservation.

We chose to sit outside. As with all BBQ joints, it gets smokey, and I’m sure we all hate how our hair smells afterwards. The outdoor seats provided a more airy environment to leave at least one worry behind.

20140217-214726.jpgThey set up the BBQ/Steamboat stove, which came in a big bowl that they placed on our table top. It’s a rather vintage set – looks like it came from the 1960’s. Unlike other mookata and BBQ joints, it isn’t electric. This fits with the vibe of the whole establishment – quirky vintage. Most mookata joints I’ve been to are very basic plastic table and chair kind of places. So this style really sets Tom Yum Kungfu apart from others.


I think it’s a lot easier/ value-for-money if you just order the set menus, so we ordered the Large set for 4pax. ($49). It comes with pork, beef, prawns, scallops, fishcake on the meat platter. In the veggie bowl there’s maggi mee, tang hoon, cabbage and kang kong. Lots of food to go around!



Add the spices given into the soup and mix, to add a spicy flavour to your soup.


Place the lard and fats at the top of the BBQ plate, allow it to melt and start cooking!


The meat isn’t great quality, but there was a great variety and just enough to keep everyone happy. The soup was tasty too.

I think I liked the veggie bowl more than anything. I kept eating the veggies and noodles 🙂

We also ordered a side of deep fried kangkong, which is tempura kangkong and served with a thousand island-like dressing. This kicked ass, kungfu style.




It was definitely tiring having to cook your own food but it was great fun. Tom yum kungu has a lively ambience and is worth checking out with a group of friends!

Perfect for: After school or after work casual feasting! Come hungry. Dress casual. And be ready to work!

Ambience: Lively. Happening Thai and Korean pop music plays in the background. The young crowd also adds to the youthful, happening vibe.

Service: For such a busy place, service was good. We never prompted them to refill our soup a single time. They showed great initiative. And food came very quickly.

Come again: Yes

16 Circular Road

Infinite Bar List: The Spiffy Dapper

Take a walk down boat quay and you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants (along with their touters) lined up in a row, waiting for tourists to fall into their trap. But those in the know will know that some hipster joints have set up shop here… if you look carefully.


One of them is The Spiffy Dapper, a hole in the wall bar located on the second floor of a shophouse, above an Indian restaurant. With a name like that, it’s clearly catered to some dapper dudes, one would think. Sure enough, when we entered, there was a party of five guys enjoying their tipple. I think it’s a great idea to build a bar focused on the men. Give them a less girly space to hang out with their bros over some less girly drinks.

The place is small and dim. Dark wood furniture is basic and dare I say kinda old? Even the stairway leading up looked quite rundown. From a lady’s point of view this is a thumbs down for the bar. I’m not a fan of what they did with the space. Especially when I’m used to fancy decor in cocktail bars. But I’m quite sure spiffy dappers wouldn’t mind this.


I went for a “hard boiled torpedo”, which is basically a changed up old fashioned. Bourbon blended with The Spiffy Dapper whisky sour mash. If brown is your liquor colour of choice this is great. I ordered a second round of this.


My friend wasn’t a fan of it though. She got a bespoke vodka cocktail from the bartender, which was good. Can’t remember what was in it exactly but I think it’s flowery. So yeah if nothing on the menu suits your tastes then ask for something special!


She also got a Bellini type cocktail (on the menu). I can’t remember what it’s called exactly but it clearly says on the menu it is Bellini like, so shouldn’t be hard to spot. If youre looking for something easy to drink, this is it.


All the drinks on the menu are priced at $20 nett which is great because its easy to keep track. And a nice round number to pay at the end. Very friendly and personalized service because its such a small space. Everyone seems to know each other.

I see this as a great alternative watering hole to your usual neighborhood Harry’s. Serving better quality drinks at a reasonable price. I say this because its very unfussy and no frills.

OR if you’re a group of friends looking to do a theme night then yeah this will add character to your night.

I will go back if I’m in the area for dinner.

Level 2, 61 boat quay.