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Quick Bite At Pasarbella – Deborah Tan

Exploring the place even before it opens for business

Exploring the place even before it opens for business

If there was anyone more excited about the opening of Pasarbella at The Grandstand than me, that would be my boyfriend. Every time we go to The Grandstand, he would look longingly at the Pasarbella doorway and ask, “Is it opened yet?” Safe to assume, I think we rang up the place’s first transaction two weeks ago when we wandered in and found a stall selling organic produce opened. He bought kale, pumpkin, a couple of carrot and two very big potatoes. The lady remembered us when we walked past her stall today so I guess he must have made an impression! Haha!

Anyway, today, we were at The Grandstand again (I think I’m at that place at least twice a week!) and we saw that more stalls have been opened at Pasarbella. Yay!

lepatio1In fact, it is Le Patio‘s very first day at the farmer’s market. Mildly tired of our usual choices of either Omakase or Veganburg, we opted to try out the stall’s paella. It was slowly simmering away in a ginormous paella pan and was a picture of carb-and-seafood heaven waiting to be explored.



I said hi to the resident mascot (if I heard right, his name is Coco?). It’s a big stuffed rooster brought back all the way from France and it is really very cute (little known fact about Debs: I like fat soft toys)!

Well, here’s my short bit about Le Patio:

Admittedly, I was a bit confused about what cuisine it was serving. Everything was overwhelming pointing to French … but they have paella … which is Spanish. I guess we could call it European. But don’t let this minor detail affect you. The paella was wonderful. Cooked to the just the right starchy consistency, my serving came with a huge prawn, two mussels, a couple of baby squid, fish and chicken. It was a generous portion and – for a carb lover like myself – perfect. I certainly hope this isn’t an “opening day” portion because too often, stalls start off fantastic only to scale back later to cut cost.


Overall, I enjoyed my lunch at Le Patio. I shall be checking back at Pasarbella to try out the rest of the stalls. My next stop would probably be The Great Beer Experiment … Father’s Day is coming and my dad loves his beer!


Le Patio is Stall No. 27 at Pasarbella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road. The nearest entrance is the East End one.

Note: The author paid for her own meal at Le Patio.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of  Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day.


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