Hill City Cafe 山城, which serves Ipoh food, has several branches, one at The Central at Clarke Quay, and the other at Paya Lebar Square. The outlet at PLS is called Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies. Yeah, their marketing isn’t the best; they need to stick to one name.
Shan Cheng means “City of Mountains,” which is how Ipoh is. The founders are a pair of sisters from Ipoh and have worked in Singapore for 10 years. They miss Ipoh food, so finally they started this.
If you crave for Ipoh food, this is the closest you can get in Singapore. Mr Fitness, who is from Ipoh, eats at the outlet at The Central, because he works around the area. Whenever he needs his Ipoh food fix, he goes to Hill City.
Although the cafe/restaurant has diversified to several Ipoh dishes, like chicken noodles, and Ipoh hor fun, they are still best for their curry mee. They have localized their curry, so it is different from the ones we had at Ipoh. In Ipoh, their curry mee has no coconut, but here, there is. Still it’s quite delicious, especially the iconic fried turnip. It’s naturally sweet.
But the meal is quite expensive. With a drink, each person pays about $10+.
Besides the price, the China cashier at PLS needs an etiquette class. She is rather rude. But when we returned a second time at PLS, a local/Malaysian aunty served us, and she is much friendlier.
Of course, we will return over and over again.
Hill City Cafe Shan Cheng Ipoh Delicacies
60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square #01-08, Singapore 409051
Other outlets: The Central @ Clarke Quay, Bukit Panjang Plaza, One Raffles Place Food Court, Big Box @ Venture Ave.
Overall rating: 3.167/5
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.