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“Overrated and annoying touts”

Newton Hawker Centre
Ranked #454 of 12,096 Restaurants in Singapore
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Reviewed August 16, 2011

With so many great places to eat in Singapore, Newton Hawker Centre should be avoided. Lots of pressure to buy overpriced items, particularly seafood. There are many other places in Singapore where you get better food, at better prices, in a more pleasant atmosphere.

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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Having grown up in Malaysia and being a keen cook, I like to think that my palate is quite educated in terms of Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine. We went to Newton Hawker Centre on the recommendation of a hotel staff member. From the start, you feel pressured by the touting. As you arrive, scouts from the various seafood stalls will spot you as tourists and notice your helplessness as you look around for an empty table. Having found you one, they push their menu onto you and, being a pushover, I feel obliged to order something from them. We had an oyster omelette (good), satay (tiny skewers, chewy beef), BBQ skate (tasty but greasy), fried rice and koay teow (both tasteless and rather devoid of protein or vegetable matter). I do concede that we might not have sampled food from the best stalls and that I may be making sweeping generalisations, however, even the food we had from the Kopitiam food court in Vivo City was much better in both taste and variety, and also cheaper. The other thing that detracts is that you have to use flimsy plastic cutlery that gets caught by the strong gusts from the strong oscillating fans, often showering you in food. Also, we were told that there wouldn't be a problem getting back to the hotel as there is a taxi stand there, but this is not the case. Most of the cabs that were dropping off passengers seemed to be enroute to some pre-booked destination. It took us 45 minutes to finally hail down some cabs that hadn't been pre-booked. All in all, an over-rated and disappointing experience.

The night after that, we went to Chinatown and had a fantastic meal, both in taste and value. Note that this is in the food court (level 2 of the market building) and not in Food St, which is pretty but looks even more of a tourist trap than Newton. In the Chinatown food court, there are extensive numbers of stalls selling all kinds of foods. Make sure you go early as many were already shut by 8pm.

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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Honestly save your self the disappointment. You will get far better service food and prices in Chinatown

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2  Thank Matto1964
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

This is a place for the tourists, the locals hardly patronise this area, as the food is more expensive than those served at the neighbourhood food centres. Furthermore, the food is not necessarily more delicious.

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1  Thank oasis006
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

Yep they haven't changed. Coming back to this place after years. Last time I was here, there was an older chinese woman throwing up on the table. In spite of the 'no touting' signs the place crawls with them. The quality of the food is average at best. It is arguably possible to have a good dinner there while beating off the touts and trying to make sure you're not getting ripped off. But why bother? There are better places in Singapore and I for one will not be coming back.

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1  Thank Miran_Ali
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