Isshin Machi may sound like a Japanese eatery, but don’t be fooled – it’s a Taiwanese eatery through and through, complete with authentic Taiwanese street food and popular Mandopop beats playing at its premises.
With its third outlet opening at GR.ID (formerly known as PoMo), students from the neighbouring SMU and SOTA campuses can now dine on its authentic, affordable Taiwanese fare!
The 70-seater space is spacious and vibrant, with illustrations of popular Taiwanese artistes adorning the walls. The bright, wooden furniture does remind you of a classroom or canteen setting in school, and you can choose between indoor and outdoor seating.
Of course, no Taiwanese eatery is complete without the ever-ubiquitous brown sugar boba staple. But if you’re looking for dairy-free beverages, the Taiwanese Roselle Tea ($3) is a pretty safe bet. The hibiscus-infused drink tastes refreshing and tart and is a welcome beverage to have in our hot weather.
For mains, choose from a variety of rice or noodle-based dishes. The Hakka-Style Braised Meat Rice ($9) is one of the more popular options, and for good reason! The braised meat is tender and flavourful, and pairs well with the Japanese pearl rice. For $9, I did feel the portions were a tad small.
The Salt and Pepper Green Beans ($5) live up to its name, with crunchy green beans cooked to perfection and generously salted. With its intense savoury notes, this would definitely pair well with some craft beers.
Overall, Isshin Machi hits the mark for authentic Taiwanese fare, and its vibrant atmosphere makes it an ideal place to hang out after school and catch some post-lesson grub.
Address: 1 Selegie Road, GR.ID, 01-01, Singapore 188306
Nearest MRT: Bencoolen DT21
Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm daily