The Star Vista

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(Updated: December 12, 2012)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
I was at this shopping mall for a second time last night. The first time I visited the mall, I was impressed by the unique design. It was very open and spacious and you would not feel the tightness of space you felt in a few of the newer shopping malls.

Even the car park was easy to navigate. For the two times I was there I had no problem finding a parking lot. May be the shopping mall was still new and few people knew about this place. Or it may be the shopping mall was located only a short walk away from Buona Vista MRT.

Other than the design concept of the mall itself, it was also interesting to find new restaurants there. Many of which I thought I had not seen branches in other shopping malls before. I was adventurous with food so I would rather try new restaurants with possible new flavours than revisiting the known brand names for the tried and tested tastes.

I noticed queues forming up outside the restaurants the second around. People may have spread the words around that there was a new mall in town offering new selections of dining places. I was worried on my first visit when the flow of people was not that high that the mall may close down after a short while. My second visit took the worry away.

Another interesting part of the mall was the fountain at the centre of the mall. The mall management was so thoughtful to even provide a children changing room near to the fountain. I believed this was meant for children who cannot resist playing in the fountain and ended up getting wet. The two times I visited the mall were on weekday evening and I did not see any children playing in the fountains. The next time I visit this mall, I will prepare change of clothings and allow my children to play in the fountains.
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Many choices for eateries!
(Updated: December 14, 2012)
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3.5
I was shocked to see that there was no air con at all for the whole mall! Thankfully, on the day of my visit, it was pretty cooling. The christmas tree there is pretty and the lightings at night are really colourful!

A pity that there are practically nothing to shop for there. It is just eateries, restaurants and cafes. It was a great place to go for dinner because I was really spoilt for choice there. The place is also not very crowded which makes it nice to hang out. There are also quite a number of bars to try out there.

I did not have a chance to view any exhibition or whatsoever upstairs but I feel that the concept of Star Vista is an interesting one because it merges arts together with dining. A pleasant experience in a unique mall.

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Could have been better
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3.5
I have been to Star Vista a few times since they opened to the public, and I have to admit that I didn’t even realise the place was not air-conditioned till I read other reviews. Having said that, it could be because there were other things that were bugging me which made the no air-con surroundings unnoticeable.

One of the biggest problems I have with Star Vista is how bad the construction of the place is. I was supposed to dine at Morganfield’s one day, and when I went to the second floor I saw that it was just across me. One problem though, there was no way to get straight across. We either had to walk one big round, or use the escalators to go down the first floor and use another escalator which lead us directly to Morganfield’s.

I do like how spacious and sleek the place is, but I do not like how inconvenient it is to get about there. Do note that there are mainly only eateries in Star Vista, so I would recommend it as a place to grab a bite but not to shop.
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Non-airconditioned!
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3.0
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2.0
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3.5
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3.0
Come on, how can a mall be non-airconditioned!

I'd been looking for an air-conditioned refuge after travelling for a pretty long time two weeks ago, and I was ecstatic to see a mall - The Star Vista, because that would probably have meant air-conditioning and shopping. Then I got closer, and all my hopes were dashed, because The Star Vista is, against basic logic and reasoning, non-airconditioned!

The shopping there isn't great either; There are hardly any fashionable shops in the mall, and it certainly did not manage to satisfy my shopping whims.

The Star Vista was pretty good for food though. There were several restaurants of various cuisines, and even a few dessert shops. Some of the restaurants there aren't exactly run-of-the-mill as they're not the sort that one usually sees in heartland malls. I particularly enjoyed a restaurant called Yomenya Goemon which served authentic Japanese pasta, and my dining experience there was pretty good.

However, I wouldn't want to come for lunch or dinner here during peak hours. I mean, can you just imagine having to queue for a restaurant in the open, without air-conditioning?

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only for those in the surrounding area, other than that, not noteworthy
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3.0
Star Vista resembles the shape of Noah's Ark, a biblical reference to the flood scene in Christianity. This is also linked to New Creation Church that uses the Rock Auditorium, as it is named, there. Religion aside, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes available, as well as a famous grass jelly dessert franchise, BlackBall from Taiwan.

Getting to Star Vista is convenient, with a sheltered walkway leading from Buona Vista station. Upon entrance, the mall's size took me aback, and hygiene standards are high.

However, after entering, I felt there was nothing much to offer. I wouldn't travel to eat here, unless for lunch during work hours or school hours. Perhaps this is what the mall mainly caters to, with crowds usually from nearby junior colleges and universities, as well as mainly the working crowd.

I ate at a japanese restaurant, itacho sushi if I recall, and food was so-so. I prefer outlets such as Ichiban Boshi instead. Staff were also not helpful... was dissatisfied with service ):

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XY
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Great place for dining
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
This mall has an interesting design and great atmosphere. It is open air and it gets a bit warm for me if I am walking around. However, this is a problem on sunny days and the temperature gets cooler towards evening.

This place has a large variety of restaurants and I come here primarily for the food as there is a very wide variety. There are not many general shops around and the mall seems to be catered for lifestyle options, such as home decor and electronics. My favourite shop is the J-mart at level 1 and I like its ice cream especially.

There is a very warm and friendly atmosphere in the mall and it will make for a nice place to hangout with friends. The terraces at the fountain is also a nice place to relax after your meal. All in all, this environmental-friendly mall delivers as a dining hangout with a great atmosphere.

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New kid on the block
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4.5
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4.0
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4.5
I happen to chance upon this mall just when it started business. When I entered, I didn't get the rush of cold air that happens everywhere else in Singapore. In fact I didn't enter any door because this place is open air!

First impression: I like this place already. On the outside the building looks like a ship. Chic and new. On the inside, there wasn't the usual rowdy loud crowd and absurd long queues. Everything about it was relaxing. People come here to just chill, sit on the big steps, just in front of the fountain. This fountain is meant for the children to play with water and simply for willing party to get wet. There is also a changing room beside.

Don't expect to see McDonald's, KFC or Burger King. Though there is an outlet of Texas Chicken and Subway. The supermart there is the Cold Storage. There are a number of bars, a foodcourt and many, many choices of restaurants -- Japanese, Porturgese, Western, Chinese, Thai.
There is a Thai restaurant called "PORN'S.sexy.thai.food". It is owned by Pornsak, a local artiste in MediaCorp.

Retail shops are also one of its kind. There's a shop that sells items that conserves the Earth, such as T-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles. Don't get it wrong, it's still cloth!

And how can I not mentioned the super grand looking auditorium? Someday, I would enter it and let you know about it!

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Best Part:
Being open air
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Only for the food.
Overall Rating 
 
4.0
I just visited this mall not too long ago, hearing that it's new. When we entered from the hot sun outside, we hoped for a gush of cold air blowing from the inside, but to our dismay, the mall wasn't air conditioned. It took us some time to realised that, the whole time we thought we hadn't entered the mall themselves. That said, the individual shops do have their own air conditioning, so shopping won't be more pleasant.

Majority of the shops were all food shops, like restaurants, supermarkets, snack stalls etc. As for the retail shops, there were nothing much. Don't know where to have for dinner? Just hop over here and try each restaurant every week, they have cafes, fast food, and even food from different cultures.
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No aircon but it's okay
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4.0
The concept of Star Vista is pretty novel here in Singapore because it isn't fully air conditioned. Also, it isn't fully sheltered. There is a lot of space in the middle of Star Vista and not as many stores as I would have thought it to have so I would think Star Vista is more of a resting place than a shopping place. The range of food items being sold there is good though. From fast food like Texas Chicken to higher end courses like Watami, the food that can be found there is pretty varied.

Even though as a mall there is no air-conditioning, there is still air-conditioning inside the shops itself. It would be too stuffy otherwise because the stores are all enclosed spaces. I think more fans can be installed in the mall if anything. The concept of such an eco-mall can and should be further explored in Singapore since it also opens more room for new environmentally friendly ideas.
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Chain Of High-Class Eateries
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4.0
Value 
 
4.5
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5.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
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4.0
The Star Vista homes to many high-class eating outlets from the basement all the way to the 2nd level. Many of the eateries are owned by local celebrities. A dessert shop is owned by Zhang Yang Dong while the Porn's outlet is owned by Pornsak.

One can never decide over what to eat for lunch or dinner when at The Star Vista. Korean, Japanese, Peranakan, Western and Seafood. These are some of the variety you get to choose from.

However, you don't get your typical fast outlet or cafe at The Star Vista. You can't find any McDonalds or Coffee Bean Cafe like in the shopping malls. Nevertheless, it is still a convenient place where you can settle your meals.

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Recommend to a friend:
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DK
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