GRUB – Cookyn’s Mervyn Phan Opens Restaurant at Bishan Park, and It’s Good


Private Chef Mervyn Phan of Cookyn Inc is probably an auntie and OL ‘killer’, I hear so many ladies raving about his cooking classes, mild-mannered personality, and some say good looks. So when he finally opens his own restaurant GRUB at Bishan Park, it is little wonder why it would pack.

I think his students and fans are all there to support him – you better come early. Cannot reserve!

Casual eateries at obscure locations is one of the IN things in Singapore, with GRUB surrounded by greenery housed in the middle of Bishan Park (nearer Sin Ming Ave). No wonder people say you need to own a car in Singapore.

So ulu, but I don’t think people would even mind coming all the way here – the scenery is beautiful.

After crossing a bridge from the carpark, you see families taking slow strolls, children playing with balloons, happy dogs being walked, and just an almost entire view of lush green. Very refreshing and relaxing for a weekend visit. Bring your children here – they don’t need to see that much concrete jungle anyway.

GRUB serves, well, casual grub and family-friend hearty fare such as Grilled Chicken Leg ($15), Chilli Con Carne ($8), Grilled Steak and Fries ($18.50), Shimeiji Risotto ($10.50) and a Crispy Hake Fish Burger ($11) which everyone on Instagram is raving about. Plus it is not freaking expensive.

There are brunch items during the weekends, with Liberty Coffee, Dammann Tea and a selection of craft beers.

I found the food anything but grubby. In fact it feels polished, modern, and delightful.

My friend and I were divided on the Truffled Egg Cocotte ($7) though, which he found to be “extremely nice”, while I thought the toasted focaccia felt a little ‘old’ and underwhelming.

GRUB’s Pork Steak Burger ($12) is probably one of the best I had in Singapore, somewhat reminding me of &Made, but at a much more economical price. I was just lamenting days ago that many pork dishes are not prepared well in Singapore, usually dry, tough and overcooked. Theirs was really splendid.

Most of their burgers look so salivating I-want-to-take-a-bite awesome anyway. Their pork steak is really juicy tender yummmmy, and the synergy with the sweet apple and chimichurri sauce just seals the deal for me.

We should be proud of Hainanese boy Mervyn Phan who picked up cooking from watching his mother in the kitchen and numerous experimentations. Love this “never give up” attitude, plus we should support our local entrepreneurs.

The food at GRUB is developed after trying more than 2000 recipes over the course of 3 years, with the recipes tried and tested by all the people who have done cooking classes with Cookyn.

No doubt that some of the food and service would need some fine-tuning, but trust me. I expect GRUB to be of the restaurants to look out for.

510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Carpark along Sin Ming Ave, opposite Blk 408) Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Fri), 9:00am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Sat-Sun)

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16 Responses to “GRUB – Cookyn’s Mervyn Phan Opens Restaurant at Bishan Park, and It’s Good”

  1. May 6, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I’ve heard so much good things about this place. Sounds like a must visit for the family!

    • admin
      May 6, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      And it’s very family friendly. But I think better to go earlier because it got very crowded, and some customers may feel frustrated. :)

  2. May 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Looks like a nice place to chill, but a little out of the way for me. Might squeeze in a visit soon.

  3. May 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Service was abysmal.. and there was no cutlery for my table! It was literally self-service!

    • admin
      May 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      I think give them some time, they are after all less than a week old :)

  4. May 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    wahhh you so fast. You never order the fish burger, super photogenic!! I read on someone else’s blog. So pretty!

    • admin
      May 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      Becos I decided the pork burger would taste more delicious. haha. But almost every other table was ordering fish burger.

  5. May 6, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Woo! Now I have somewhere to bring people to in the North. Haha.

  6. Nigel Lee
    May 13, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Can I make a reservation through here? Thanks

    • admin
      May 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      No, they don’t take reservations.

  7. Nigel Lee
    May 13, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Can I make a reservation through here? Thanks

  8. Jessie
    July 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    For brunch, any recommendation for vegetarian?


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