It may not offer much fresh produce, but Pasarbella is a gourmet haven for quick readymade meal or dinner party supplies. Here are our favorite food stalls, offering everything from sushi to craft beers and bottles from boutique wineries.
Oceans of Seafood
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The anchor tenant of PasarBella offers Singapore’s largest selection of top quality imported seafood. Sashimi options like the tobiuo (flying fish) might set you back $20, plus a $10 charge to have the meat made into sashimi and the bones deep fried to a crispy, calcium rich delight. There’s also an awesome plate of “special” sushi at $43. On the international side, go a la carte or select one of the boiled/steamed seafood sets—from the mammoth Platter Royale! (two Boston lobsters, two South African lobsters, two Dungeness crabs, six French oysters, four bamboo clams, 1kg king prawns) at $548, to combinations better suited for two diners at $98 and $138.
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Known for their popular store and bistro at Dempsey Hill, the well-known local meat purveyor’s deli at PasarBella serves sandwiches for a quick lunch such as currywurst ($7.80) and a bahn mi-like deli sandwich ($7.80). Plus, there’s a wide range of pre-packed sausages, a variety of cold cuts such as ham, kassler, lyoner, and air-dried hams (think jamon iberico and parma ham) to take home.
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This Mediterranean- themed eatery at PasarBella is owned by Malaysian-Taiwanese Sean Lai, who grew up in Germany and Switzerland. The main attraction here is the giant pans of paella ($11.90) they always have cooking. For dessert, grab one of their simple and affordable French crepes with lemon and sugar ($3) or home-made pastries such as chouquettes ($0.90). There's also coffee (from $3) to wash it all down.
The Cheese Ark
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This cheese shop at PasarBella looks and feels like a utilitarian basement slash garage workshop—exposed concrete and pressed wood walls, untreated wood shelving, and wall-mounted tools at the ready. Cheesemonger Syu Ai Ming’s workbench is smack dab in the middle of the space and the far wall consists of walk-ins fridges with glass doors so you can see the giant wheels arranged floor to ceiling on shelves (cheeses from France, Switzerland and Italy, most prominently). There are 50-60 cheeses in stock. To go alongside there’s dried mulberries, dried figs and walnuts.
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PasarBella's wine co-op brings in vintages from small scale vineyards such as Tamburlaine Organic Wines in Australia. They also host wine classes and talks by specially flown wine masters.
The Great Beer Experiment
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Shop, bar and classroom The Great Beer Experiment at PasarBella offers an impressive array of over 150 beer labels. The selection includes craft brews such as Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer (from $6.50), Steenbrugge Wit ($7.50), Delirium Tremens ($13). Plus, the place has a library with beer books and puts out workshops for folks who are serious about their suds. They also release new draft beers every other week.