Bunker is a restaurant tucked in a little known corner in Changi. It’s right next to Johore Battery (whut? I hear you say), just beyond Changi prison complex and directly opposite Selarang Camp. For the history buffs out there, the Johore Battery was the only 15-inch gun battery that was not able to swivel round to fire on the Japanese troops arriving from the north. I guess the Sultan of Johore didn’t like the idea of the guns that he was paying for being able to turn in his direction.
Rather incongruously, Bunker features a very nice chill-out open-air bar and an indoor fine dining restaurant that serves decent western food. Unsurprisingly, given the location, Bunker has a monopoly on fine dining options in this part of Singapore and the place was quite full even though we were visiting on a weekday.
The first course we tried was the rather ubiquitous escargot, which was alright but nothing special. DC didn’t think the hazelnuts stuffed into the escargot shell added that much to the flavour. I don’t like the escargot because of the car tyre texture, and this didn’t change my perception.
Next up was a field mushroom soup, which I thought was good because of the clear, strong mushroom flavour. Then again, I’m a sucker for mushroom soup because DC didn’t find it very special.
The seafood salad was a bit better, as it had nice large prawns in it. However there was a tad too much oil drizzled over the salad which had the effect of drowning any other flavour the dressing may have had.
For the main course, we had the Asian-style seafood spaghetti, which was actually spaghetti in some sort of laksa-tom yam concoction.DC liked this a lot. I guess it was like laksa, but had a bite of sourness to it mixed in with the creamy texture to create a slightly unusual taste profile.
You’ll notice we were very restrained in our ordering this time. I guess we were on a diet!
Bunker is a good idea, especially for people who are stuck out in the Changi village side of Singapore and are looking for a finer dining option. The open-air bar is really lovely and you should try to get one of the private gazebos for a really romantic dining experience. Bunker also offers interesting and decently-priced weekday set lunches that offer a decent alternative to the usual local fare around the area. Do take the opportunity to check out this place one day and chill out among the remnants of Singapore’s WWII history!
27 Cosford Road
Tel: +65 6466 9000