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“Worth the effort”

East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Ranked #279 of 11,481 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Eating here can be hard work, hard to get a table, hard to wait in line for the favourite hawkers, hard to put up with the humidity and heat, but it's worth it. A bit more of a dining experience than the shopping centre food courts, with sights, tastes and smells to stimulate the senses. The food is typically better than most other fancy food courts and the satay is good. Prepare yourselves for a wait for a table, then go with the flow and enjoy!

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Get there early or wait half an hour or so for a table,its always packed the number of times I've been there, a contrast to the Newton Circus Food Center where you have loads of tourist and after work people, dressed up. Here you'll find the local Singaporeans whom you should know by now, loves to eat !! People are more relaxed, casually dressed, prices a little better than the other place I've reviewed. Mostly self service, remember your table number if its table service. I found a bit too humid there, not much wind that night, I guess. Try Satay!! One of the best Satay in Singapore is served here.Many, many stalls to choose from and they're all great!! Enjoy !!

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Thank GoodBadUgly1956
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The place is located near the park and the beach unfortunately the beach is polluted but there are no bad smell. the food are very good! you've got to taste the food here when going to Singapore... after dining its very relaxing to walk beside the beach and in the park because it is very safe even if you stay late at night however only mcdonalds is open 24hours.It is also a good thing because of the healthy benefits of walking since you can digest your food while having a healthy chat with your companions. thanks and we hope to comeback

Thank Jaxcool
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

It isn't necessarilly the food - there's better elsewhere, or the cleanliness -- the place can get downright scuzzy on a weekend night. But there is something about sitting by the water having really decent food and ice cold Tiger beer. As an American, now living in Singapore, everyone talks about Newton CIrcle, but that's over-rated and too expensive. Almost every time I come back from Changi, I have the taxi stop and I "tah pau" a braised duck from one of the stands furthest from the beach. The bee hoon satay is also outstanding (stall near entrance from car park) but long long wait. Another good one is salted vegetable soup (stall near beach). And I LOVE the satay.

Thank gof48
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor seafood place up the road. You could even add such unnecessary items as cutlery and tablecloths to the experience. But at the end of the day all you really want is hot, tasty, chilli-filled mud crab oozing out the side of your mouth and down your chin. The tablecloth is a token attempt to keep your clothes clean, and it will never work anyway, so go get messy with the locals instead.

As you grin stupidly to your equally unskilled tablemates in the war between your ravenous stomach and the hard-to-get-at filling of Mr Crab's claws, you'll possibly notice that the locals are rarely joining you in this art of eating that sees much more food being flicked across the table than into your mouth. That's because the locals are usually eating from the myriad other stalls offering everything from succulent satay to perfect pad-thai. You get the feeling that as much as they all love the mud crab, they're just too hungry to go through the ordeal of trying to get that little bit of meat from out between those 2 spiky bits of shell.

Don't let this deter you though, as persistence pays off and you will no doubt get that one mouthful that delicately slides into your mouth, at which point you would probably yell "Eureka!" were it not for the distinct possibility that you would spit your lone mouthful across the table, away from your yearning stomach.

Chilli mud crab from a hawker stall in Singapore is one of those must-do experiences. Grab a Tiger or 2 for the voyage, take your time, and make sure that you remind yourself that it's about the flavour, the experience, and flicking chilli onto your mate's clean shirt. Any satisfaction of hunger that comes with this is purely coincidental.

Thank AndrewMiln
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