Eastlink Mall Food Court Hot
It is located near Tampines Interchange and it has a wide selection of food stalls that serve different food.
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Disappointing food court
Eastlink Mall Food Court may be conveniently located beside Tampines interchange, but it is definitely not the most noticeable (or delicious) food court around, as I barely knew about its existence until a few years ago despite having hung around Tampines ever since I was born, due to the fact that it is discreetly tucked away at a corner of the interchange.
That said, my experiences at Eastlink Mall Food Court were definitely far from pleasant, and I don't suppose I will be returning there anytime soon unless another ignorant friend drags me in.
The food there can best be described as mediocre. My chicken rice was average, but nothing tasty enough to whet my appetite. The chicken was stiff and a little dry, and the soup was unusually salty.
The food definitely leaves much to be desired, and the ambience in the food court certainly does too. The floor seems to be perpetually soaked in grease, and for the folks who like wearing slippers to neighbourhood food courts, be warned to not let your bare feet touch the floor by accident. The air conditioning vents seem to have been faulty for a considerable period of time, and it can be rather disconcerting to watch water droplets fall from the vents while you're eating, as there is bound to be an intrepid fear that such droplets may drop into your food as well.
I'd really much rather walk the extra few steps to get to Tampines Mall's Kopitiam than to sit through food of average quality and disconcerting ambience in Eastlink Mall Food Court for just a few minutes' worth of convenience.
Cheap yet delicious!
This is the best food court around the area and I swear by their Fried Hokkien Mee, Chicken rice, wonton mee and many more.
The food here is cheap for a food court, yet delicious and served quickly. It’s hard to grow tired of any of the food here because they are so well-made. The vendors here are extremely quick and friendly too. There is even a television screen for you to watch shows while eating.
The wonton here is springy and full of meat, and the chicken rice here is well-made too. I can attest to all these because I have been coming here throughout my JC life while studying at Tampines Library, and even now just passing by the area, I would still be tempted to buy something to eat here.
Not the full court I would choose to go
The Eastlink Mall Food Court is located conveniently at Tampines Central and you can't really miss it if you're walking from the MRT station to the bus interchange (actually you can for the entrance is really small, albeit three of them). However, the prime location doesn't gives Eastlink Mall Food Court any advantage for it's vying business with the food courts from Tampines One, Tampines Mall and Century Square, which are just a stone throw away (and incidentally, these are the one I choose to go).
I don't usually pick on my food in food courts for I believe in paying for what you get. Hence, while I wouldn't expect the food from food courts to be fabulous (in fact, I find hawker food to be nicer ironically), I don't tend to judge them much. The food being served at Eastlink Mall doesn't attract me enough to be there, for I can get the same type of food and quality at any other food courts.
What really is stopping me from choosing Eastlink Mall food court over other food court options is the ambiance. While I know I can't expect much from a food court ambiance, I find Eastlink Mall food court to be rather greasy, even the tiled flooring feels slippery from the grease. Perhaps this particular food court doesn't have good ventilation for the grease from all the cooking to dissipate or that the entrance are too small for good air flow but whichever the reason is, I tend to dislike patronizing this place for this sole reason.
Eastlink Foodcourt should seriously invest in some signage or posters to let people know it exists! situated in the heart of Tampines, at the interchange itself. yet, it somehow seems crowded most of the time, probably due to residents of Tampines itself.
I've only eaten there twice, and on both occasions I found the food to be barely average and badly wanting in freshness. I mean, to queue up and wait and to have to jostle through the crowd to your table should at least reward you with some satisfying food, but nope! The chicken rice and the fishball noodles I had were barely sub-par.
Only for breakfast
Located at Tampines interchange, it is easily accesible from MRT station, the 3 malls (Tampines 1, Tampines mall and Century Square) and Tampines stadium.
The only times I patronise Eastlink foodcourt are after my morning run at Tampines Stadium or to just grab a takeaway dinner on my way to the bus interchange. Firstly, it is air-conditioned, perfect for me and my friends to cool down over their breakfast set. With just about $3, we get a cup of coffee or tea, a slice of toast breadand half boiled eggs. Taste just awesome. There are not much people on the weekdays from about 9am to 11am. Hence, this is like a "golden period" if we want to have quieter ambience there.
Usually, the place is extremely crowded and it was really hard for me to even get a seat. The asile is not very wide. On top of long queue and customers waiting for seats, there are also another group of people trying to get a short-cut from the MRT station to the bus interchange. Imagine the narrow space colliding with people holding steaming hot soup. Chaotic.
In addition, the large crowd caused the place to be very noisy. Personally, it is only acceptable to have quick meals there. No comfortable chatting can be done with friends. Everyone will be raising their voices, you can imagine...
Eastlink had a recent renovation. It feels a little brighter. The seats outside the air-conditioned place seems to be more bearable. But I wouldn't want to have my meals there. The thought of dust and exhaust from buses flying into my food makes me feel really unhygienic. (It is just beside the bus interchange!) I would like to urge everyone to avoid the seats outside if possible!
cheap and air conditioned
The thing about East Link Mall Food Court is that it is perpetually, or rather; forever crowded! It might be because if the comfort it provides and its strategic location, but it really is swarmed with people, day in day out, on weekdays and on weekends.
With its cooling air conditioned food court, it really is a comfortable place to wind down and have a cheap, hearty meal after a hard day at work. The pries are not only affordable, but also relatively cheap! you can buy a place of chicken rice for about $3-4, and a place of wan ton noodles at the same price too.
It is just another food court - the typical stores you can find at normal food courts (those that sell yong tau fu, chicken rice, noodles etc), and nothing really out of the ordinary.
i absolutely love the Tom Yam U-Mian! i could order another bowl of it, if not for the fact that u mian noodles are really filling. And for the price of just four dollars, I think one really cannot ask for more! Their dessert store is a must visit too – their tao sua is very tasty (not too sticky), so is their yam paste!
Affordable and Filling
I reside in Tampines and frequent the three malls at Tampines Central thus I find it very convenient to have Eastlink Mall Food Court situated at the Tampines Interchange so that I can grab dinner on my way home via bus. With a wide range of stalls, it is not hard to find something to eat whatever the time of the day it is.
However, it is to be noted that during the peak hours it can be pretty flooded and hard to move about as the walking space between the stalls and the seats is quite limited. What counters this is having three different exits at the front, middle and back of the Food Court so you don't have to squeeze too far if you have a particular dish in mind.
Apart from the Korean food and renowned Yu Kee duck rice, I would also recommend the stall which sells salted egg and meat rice which is situated between the middle exit and the one nearer to Tampines Mall. The food is good with rather large servings and there is almost no queue as the food can be prepared to serve quickly.
Kimchi Fried Rice
I dislike going to food courts as they can get really crowded and make me feel claustrophobic. There are only a couple food courts I like. And Eastlink Mall is one of them. I have a habit of having an early lunch so it could be the reason why it's less packed than other food courts.
More importantly, the Eastlink Mall food court offers a wide range of delicacies. I have a soft spot for kimchi, so I ordered the Korean Kimchi fried rice. As mentioned by ilovelotti(see below), the kimchi fried rice is definitely a must try. Appealing and appetizing. Other stalls aside, I tried vegetarian and was appalled by the price. Other noteworthy dishes include: Bak Chor Mee and Fish Soup.
Regrettably, the toilet's a disaster. Just one look makes me lose my lunch. A handy tip: avoid it at all cost.
Spicy food lover sure love this..
I used to meet my friend at Tampines Central for lunch, as she stay nearby the area. She recommended me to try some of the nice food here at Eastlink Mall Foodcourt. Some of the Must-Try food including: Yu Kee Duck Rice/Noodle and Mushroom Minced Pork Noodle and Korean Kimchi Fried Rice. Personally, I would recommend the latter.
I can’t remember the unit no. of the Korean stall, but it can be easily located. It is at the end and last stall. Their Kimchi fried rice is superb tasty but a bit spicy. On top of the rice, it has a fried egg and comes along with a small bowl of seaweed soup. The most tempting part is when the egg yolk melts and flows out to the rice as you poke it with a fork, mixed with the rice and eat. The feeling is ‘Wow’!
Compared to elsewhere, this is the best Kimchi fried rice I have tried so far. I had tried some other stalls, but their rice is either too dry or their kimchi ingredient was not added enough. If you like spicy food, I am sure you will love it. Be prepared to wait for at least 10 – 15mins. It is definitely worth waiting.
Best Tom Yum Seafood Ban Mian!
I am a regular customer to this particular stall in Tampines Food Link. It specializes in different types of handmade noodles, one of them is Ban Mian. I have tasted so many Ban Mian out there but no one has ever beaten this particular Ban Mian.
In fact, i don't really have to say out my order. One of the staffs, which happened to be the regular cook for Ban Mian, knows my order. I will always order Tom Yum Seafood Ban Mian. What is special about this Ban Mian is the Tom Yum paste. When you think of Tom Yum, you thought it will always be spicy. But have you ever heard of sweet and spicy? But this is the best one i have ever tasted. It has a high intensity of its spicyness while maintaining the sweetness of the flavor. The handmade noodle is cooked perfectly soft for you to taste each and every flavor of it.
You will fall for this best Tom Yum Seafood Ban Mian!