When we lived in Kent, I used to love getting a train up to Borough Market. Often we would meet my parents early to beat the crowds and spend a morning wandering around the stalls. All whilst grazing on the delicious food before heading to a pub across the river Thames to rest our weary feet over a few drinks. We even visited with Bryan, our Pug, last Christmas. He couldn’t believe his luck eating all the food scraps off the floor and sniffing all those lovely smells. The closest thing we had in Geneva was the Sunday market on Plainpalais, a flat diamond clearing between L’Arve and the Vieille Ville. The food was rarely of good quality, the best things we managed to get there were a coffee from the back of a bicycle and a baguette. Everything else seemed to have the same strange background taste to it.
It was only on Friday night that I learned Singapore had it’s own counterpart. Pasarbella, a new indoor food market, only open since May this year, can be found underneath the grandstand at the old Turf Club. I was very excited to hear about it and planned to go as soon as possible. On Sunday morning we were up and out early, out of habit I guess, to explore the food market. It was easy to find and they have ample parking, so armed with my camera we headed in.
When we walked in, the first thing I noticed was the lights, there are so many bright lights it has a cave kind of feel to it. Almost like a grotto for foodies!
The different sellers are spread out as more permanent fixtures rather than like market stalls which give it a bit more of an upmarket food hall feel to it rather than a market but I guess that makes sense as it’s open everyday. We decided to have a wander around first to get our bearings and to see what was to offer. A lot of the stallholders were still setting up anyway.
Our first stop was at Nibbles by Rabbit Carrot Gun – what a strange name! We picked up a sausage roll which was heated up in the microwave later in the day. It was the closest we have tasted to a sausage roll outside of the UK. They also stocked some great looking pies which we will definitely be trying another time.
The next traders to persuade us to part with our hard earned cash were the lovely ladies in The Cheese Ark. Their layout is slightly different. There were a few Gouda’s laid out to try and a couple of cheeses displayed but the rest were shut away in their cellars. They were very helpful asking what cheeses we liked and giving us lots of tasty samples but we tried not to get carried away. We left with some young Gouda, a tasty Buffalo blue cheese and some Belper Knolle.
After our cheese purchasing, we thought it was about time we had a little snack. All this food was making us hungry! We passed the Keith Crackling Roast stand where the smell of crispy pork belly was too much to bare – we gave in…
We got a small portion to share which was one of the thin strips you see above sliced into bite sized pieces, it was so yummy we scoffed it all before I even thought of taking a photo! Opposite was a tasty looking burrito stand but I couldn’t of stomached a burrito so early!
A few times we passed Le Patio although they weren’t serving yet. They had some huge pans they were making Paella in, similar to ones they have at Borough Market. It wasn’t ready to be served yet but each time we passed it was a little further along the line and looked really tasty!
Nearby they had a stall by Da Paolo, they have a cafe near to my fiancés office where we have met for lunch before. They do a great Carbonara. Just look at those oversized pastries!
Once we were shopped out, we grabbed a flat white from Dutch Colony, which was very smooth, and had a final wander before jumping in the car and heading home to graze on our goodies for the day!
Here are some more shots I took throughout the morning.
We will definitely be returning, but later in the day so we can eat in one of the food outlets there, although it’ll be tough to choose which one! I’ll also make sure we draw out money before as a lot of the stalls are cash only.
If you fancy visiting Pasarbella, here is their website with all the info you need! http://www.pasarbella.com