Consider yourself a true blue 90s kid if you’ve heard of the PoMo, previously the go-to hangout spot among Orchard Road-goers. If you haven’t, it was an offbeat mall near The Cathay that broke students used to go to for some KFC. After a delayed reopening, the mall is now back as a rebranded GR.ID with an eye-catching vibrant and geometric exterior.
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While PoMo was previously monochromatic, GR.ID is all sorts of vibrant with neon lights and bright paint colours. A colleague describes, it can be described as “cyberpunk in its infancy”. Blade Runner anyone?
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GR.ID was initially slated to open in 2020, but after much delays due to the pandemic, the mall only had its soft launch just this October 2021. Not all the stores within are open for business yet, but if you’re excited to head down, there are some eateries that you can already dine at:
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If ORTO is a little too out of reach, Kamikaze Asian Tapas Bar has finally opened a second outlet in GR.ID with alfresco rooftop dining and fairy lights, no less. Perfect for night owls, this watering hole is open daily till 2AM.
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You can also find Chops! Grill & Sides here with affordable Western dishes priced between $8.90 and $16.90. Fill the tummy without breaking the bank with popular picks like ChopBurger Ultimate ($10.90) and Australian Grassfed Ribeye Steak ($15.90).
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Don’t leave without a sweet finish – the IG-famous Smile Dessert joins in on the buzz with an all-purple interior. Satiate that sugar craving with desserts like Black Swan Souffle ($15.90), Multi-Layer Sweet Potato Cake ($6.90) and Mango Ice With Rice Ball ($6.90).
Other nosh you can look forward to includes boat noodles from Thai Street, Taiwanese grub from Isshin Machi and Szechuan steamboat from Xiao Mu Deng Hotpot.
If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore this weekend, pop by GR.ID, located just a five-minute-walk away from both Dhoby Ghaut and Bencoolen MRT. The mall has yet to announce it’s official launch date but for those who can’t wait, there’s already plenty to see and do in the semi-open centre.
Address: 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306
Opening hours: 8AM-10PM, Daily
For more new things to do this month:
Cover image adapted from: CommercialGuru, @kamikaze.asiantapasbar
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