NYDC and Holland Village

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Ahh, this photo certainly confirms I’m Asian. I do that hand-sign in my photos all the time, anywhere, and Holland Village is no exception. I reckoned I have all the more reason to do it here  because I’ve been wanting to visit Holland Village for a long time. So as a way of welcoming you to this post, there you have it, my default Asian pose 🙂 

Holland Village, or Holland V, is a small yet busy place near the Queenstown area in Singapore. The neighborhood is not as busy as nearby Orchard but it’s a place where you’ll see lots of expensive housing and luxury cars.

It’s not a popular place for tourists but it’s definitely a place highly frequented by the younger Singaporeans and expatriates. What dominates Holland Village is that string of eateries and watering holes with shops that sell both traditional and non-traditional items. Getting there is not a problem anymore because Holland Village has finally got its own MRT which has the same name, the Holland Village Station 🙂 As with the locals and expats living in Singapore, I went to Holland Village for the food.

a food court / hawker area that sells affordable meals

Holland Village Market and Food Centre

lots of bars in the area

there’s a variety of international cuisines

we got really interested with this shop, the Academy of Rock

off-food, I was glad I found Sasa in Singapore and I’ve been intending to buy bliv-Off With Those Heads but I went to have lunch first and forgot to go back 😦

La Nonna is one of the better Italian restaurants out there and it also offers a great lunch deal on weekdays

We settled for a New York diner called NYDC which stands for New York Dessert Cafe. I saw the dessert display and thought maybe I should have a taste of something from that chiller before I leave Singapore.

Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to that part where I had any space left for desserts as their portions for hot meals are really big.

We were thinking of getting a pasta dish and as soon as we saw their Diner’s Journal (that’s their menu), we were intrigued by this dish called “The Meatball That Ate Manhattan.”

And this is it. It’s not spaghetti with meatballs. It’s a GIANT MEATBALL with spaghetti! I mean look at that big-bad-ass-King-Kong-of-a-meatball! Kudos to the name, it’s indeed the meatball that can eat the whole of Manhattan 🙂

The meatball was yummy and beefy and really flavorful. The spaghetti was something that didn’t impress me though. It was soggy and I can’t taste the bolognese well. No amount of parmesan cheese helped in lifting the flavors that should have been there. It would have been a more satisfying dish if they just served that humongous meatball by itself.

On the other hand, we find their selection for mains really nice. We wanted to try all of them but we settled with their fish and chips.

Now, this one is really yummy. We loved their good ol’ fish and chips. The fish was fresh unlike the one from Arnold’s Fried Chicken. The salad was also perfect and so was the tartar dip.

It was only when I was adding my blog’s watermark to my fish and chips photo that I realized that it looked like the cancer awareness ribbon. Cool!

Despite the lack of flavors in the pasta, overall, we still had a delightful meal. However, I don’t think we’ll be eating there again the next time we go back because there’s just so many restos in Holland Village that it would be a waste to just go to the same one again.

But for those of you who want to try a taste of New York while you’re in Holland Village, I can recommend NYDC. One of the wait staff who served us was a Filipino and he’s courteous and attentive to our needs. He volunteered to take photos of me and hubby and he informed us right away that they have free WiFi so he can give us the password should we need it. Good service can totally make up for the flavorless spaghetti bolognese.

That’s all for now. Another foodie post is coming up so please come back friends 🙂


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2 thoughts on “NYDC and Holland Village

  1. Pui-Heng Tang says:

    I love Holland Village. My friends and I used to hangout there lots when I was living in Singapore. Loved the little shops. There was a little karaoke place there called “Anywhere” (I think) that was tons of fun. But it has changed quite a bit. I was just there last June and the MRT was not done yet. Looks great now but it has lost some of it’s charm.

    • janiscooking says:

      hello, thanks for dropping by. it was my first time visiting Holland Village and my expectation to see lots of eateries and restaurants was happily met. but coming from you who used to hang out there, i understand that i probably have seen it at a time when it has lost its old charm. i wish i went sooner 🙂 but i’ll be back to see what the nightlife is like, and check that karaoke place you mentioned 🙂 going there via the MRT was no hassle but i figured it was a longer route than just taking a cab from Orchard Road?

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