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Garuda, established in 1976, is the most successful and one of the largest Padang Cuisine restaurant chains in Indonesia. Today, in a partnership with TungLok Group, Garuda in Singapore is the only franchised Padang Cuisine restaurant outside Indonesia, offering nothing but the most authentic fare at three locations (Orchard Central, VivoCity and Far East Square). Join the many guests, dignitaries and royalties who have visited us and are highly impressed with the real, distinct taste of high quality Padang Cuisine (also called Minangkabau cuisine) by Garuda amidst modern chic interiors.

Garuda’s origins began in 1975, a year before its first restaurant opened. A successful young businessman from Medan, Haji Bachtar saw all his dreams crumble as his family’s textile plant was razed to the ground by a raging fire, his business as ash in the wind. Rebuilding it would have been too difficult, too painstaking. But for young Haji Bachtar, who was himself of Minangkabau descent, that end merely signified a new beginning. — Garuda Padang

[ Garuda Padang Cuisine Menu | Awards and Press Reviews ]


Fried Beancurd served with Pineapple and Peanut Sauce (Tahu Goreng Bumbu Nenas)
Fried Chicken with Blue Ginger Sauce (Ayam Goreng Bumbu)
We loved the Bumbu so much that we asked for an extra serving.
Prawns and Exotic Beans with Sambal (Sambal Udang Petai)
Deep-fried Mackerel (Goreng Ikan Tengeri)
Peanuts with Fried Anchovies & Fermented Beans (Sambal Teri Tempe)
Tapioca Leaves & Banana Flower (Gulai Singkong & Jantung Pisang)

We also had Beef Rendang (Rendang Daging Sapi), Squid Sambal (Sambal Cumi Cumi) and Es Chendol
[ All images photographed with the Canon Powershot G11 ]

About TungLok Group
Established in 1984, TungLok Group is Singapore’s leading restaurant chain offering a distinct and multi-sensory dining experience at more than 40 restaurants in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Tokyo, Jakarta, Medan and New Delhi. It’s restaurants, renowned as much for its quality and variety as its designer-ambience and distinctive character, offer the best of Cantonese, Northern Chinese, Vegetarian and Seafood specialties, as well as trendsetting Modern Chinese Cuisine, creatively and skilfully prepared by talented masterchefs. Each restaurant bears TungLok’s hallmark values of quality cuisine, excellent service and unique dining concepts — a trinity that has led the Group to win numerous accolades from the F & B industry.


    1. If you happen to use a tablet, perhaps you can show them this page when you’re there and send my regards to the General Manager, Khernizam Wahab and Assistant Restaurant Manager, Hitesh Kumar.


  1. Looks yummy! Did you get to sample all the dishes? I will have to try it when I’m there as I just love Indon and other Asian cuisines. What’s the pricing like?


    1. I sure did. Incidentally, these dishes were not prepped for a photo shoot but each of did our best in presenting them with minimal distraction. They were delicious and we were starved.

      Management said these were specially arranged for us to sample and I loved them. The next time I’m back at VivoCity I’m heading back there though unlikely I’ll meet Andy Lau again.


  2. Sharing the love I received from the GM of Garuda Padang Restaurant:

    Dear Jan,

    Thank you so much for the article. I am very happy that you enjoyed your visit here at Garuda. I will share this with the rest of the team and make it a point to follow you on your culinary journey. Till we meet again, you are always welcome on this sunny island.

    Kind regards.

    Nizam Wahab
    General Manager
    Garuda Padang Restaurant (S) Pte Ltd


  3. Was in spore recently but didnt know this famous medan resto has a branch here. Will surely eat there the next time. The food at the Medan resto is unforgettable.


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