If ION’s the heart of Orchard Road, then TripleOne Somerset’s the peaceful, idyllic corner – but still filled with many lovely establishments to fulfill your basic needs!
I do my hair at Salon Vim in 313, which is just opposite TripleOne. I often park my car at either *Scape or the open air carpark just behind 313, and these two parking spots means that Triple One is just a short pedestrian’s crossing (or two) away – and I often visit the area to pick up groceries from NTUC Finest, since Cold Storage in 313 has moved away and there’s practically no other supermarket in the area!
If you decide to park in Triple One though, it’s pretty convenient too, especially if you are watching a movie at Cineleisure. For comparison:
*Scape’s parking fees after 5 is fixed at $4.90 for the first 3 hours + $1.95 for next hr,
Cineleisure’s at $4.50 for the first 3 hours + $1.60 for each 30mins block
and TripleOne’s $4.50 for the first 3 horus + $1.50 for each half hour block.
You know there are times when you can hardly find parking at the other places and just when you’re giving up + want to park at Mandarin – stop! Park at TripleOne instead – confirm empty one at night. *thumbs up* I am le parking queen of orchard, hahahaha. *wriggles eyebrows at Tricia*
Enough talk about parking (I’m such an auntie), let’s go on to the my next favorite thing about TripleOne. FOOD.
There are some hidden gems in this area, I tell you. I’ve been to AppleBees when it first opened – it was disappointing and I never tried it again thereafter, but since then, many other eateries have popped up and these satiate my palette a little more!
Let’s talk about Daruma Ramen, which is located on the 2nd floor (#02-15). The Daruma doll (達磨) – without wikipedia – is a goodluck charm, and also a 不倒翁 (roly-poly) and that is represented by the little table numbers which swing about behind the cute Daruma icon! I wasn’t too far from the facts after I wiki-ed it – you can read up on the Wikipedia if you are keen on knowing more ; )
I’ll not deny the fact that I am an EXTREMELY picky eater – and my heart has been sold to Ippudo Ramen when it comes to Japanese noodles. And surprise, surprise – Like Itacho, Daruma did not originate from Japan – instead, it’s from Hong Kong, and has been on Tatler’s top 5 ramen places list!
The minute I tried a mouthful of Daruma’s Tonkotsu ramen, I was pleasantly surprised! The noodles were springy albeit “hongkong-ish”(what my husband said), and the broth was sweet and tasty. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but I’m won over. I just visited Daruma 2 days ago with the husband and he said it wasn’t too bad! (He’s the more discerning eater, I’m just.. picky.) The pork belly was melt in your mouth, while the servings of clouded fungus was huge! You could ask for no spring onions / chili as I did. The best item was the soft egg – done Japanese style – you only get half an egg, but it’s already good enough! In fact, the portions for the ramen was just right for me – enough to satiate me, but not so much that it makes me too full.
The restaurant was pretty quiet when I arrived at 2pm, but that’s fine with me – I love quiet places! The prices were pretty friendly too, at just $15.90 for a set meal combo and $7.90 for a rice meal combo. It opens from 12-3pm for lunch, and 6-10pm for dinner, so don’t go too late! ; )
And next, my favorite place to buy buns from – Imperial Treasure Bakery. Ever since I sunk my teeth into one of their famous char siew buns… I was hooked. I had to return every time I came by Somerset – these buns are medium sized, and perfect for nibbling while reading a comic or surfing mindlessly on the computer! How I wish I have one to munch on as I’m typing away ;_;
Other than Imperial Treasure’s Bakery, you’ll also find Imperial Treasure: Windows of Hong Kong and Imperial Treasure: Steamboat Restaurant.
Windows of Hong Kong is a 茶餐厅，offering cantonese bites – noodles, barbequed meats, porridge (said to be cheaper than the one at ION!) and the likes, while their Steamboat Restaurant offers steamboat (doh!) from 11am – 3pm, then from 6pm – 3am. YES, 3AM!!! Their affordable and delectable dimsum however, is only available in the afternoon session, so yes – if you’re looking for Steamboat in the middle of the night, you have THIS! I’m gonna try it out someday. Imperial Treasure’s known for their great quality of food, so I sure hope I wouldn’t be disappointed! ; )
Other than Daruma and the Imperial Treasure food establishments (which took up the entire first floor), there’s also Fukuichi (#02-11/12, 11.30am to 3pm & 5.30pm to 12am), Togi Korean Charcoal BBQ & Salad Bar (#02-16, 11:30am to 3.00pm & 6:00pm to 9.30pm). Togi has been highly recommended by a few friends, but I’m not a fan of Korean restaurants – so if you are… do check it out! I like the decor already. ; ) Fukuichi has a Sake bar, and I think it is an excellent spot for hosting client lunches and dinners!
TripleOne is a small mall, but small as it may be, it also packs in a few beauty services, from nails, to hair, and also, two spas. The quiet location means that you can get your facial done in peace… and also not get spotted by anyone from your car to the salon XD even if you are bare faced XD
I had a facial at LifeSpa, which has been around for a good 13 years and is kept busy by their faithful regulars even after moving to TripleOne from Scotts Road. It is quite hidden away at a corner and you’ll have to find their entrances near the lift (next to Neuglow). They have 20 over rooms, and I spotted one with a view as I was going off!
They carry two brands mainly – Decleor and Lilac, which is their house brand and I picked Decleor’s Aromaplastie Facial Therapy ($220 for 90 mins). Decleor’s facials are mostly handwork, as they don’t believe in using machines and this particular facial includes a 100% natural multi-vitamin mask to boost skin fitness & immunity. It also comes with a hands & back massage which I quite enjoyed!
I believe that a salon is only as good as the therapists they hire, and my therapist, Gina had really good hands – warm, skillful, just the right amount of strength – and I was in sheer bliss and zzz-ing away, especially after inhaling the essential oil’s scent. They also had a heated bed! Ask for it to be turned on if you are cold. I wasn’t too cold, which was a plus for me since I usually start shivering at massages.
You can find a list of their services available here. I think I need a body massage very soooonnnn…………
There was one week where they had a Public Garden Flea on the 16th floor – I tell you, TripleOne somerset is a really great place to hold a flea! Airconditioned, natural sunlight, and ample parking – there should be more fleas held here soon, please! I picked up more washi tapes during the flea, XD *stop me, somebody*
The selection may be tiny, but if you hate the crowds in Orchard Road (especially during the school holidays!), then be sure to hop by TripleOne for some chill time. Be it relaxing, shopping (for groceries) or finding a place to have lunch, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the quietness of this place! Check out their services directory on their website – all the opening hours are listed there too! ; )
P.S. – Randomly, I think I need a better app for collages – PicFrame’s compression is HORRIBLE on the mac! -_-”