Beauty World and Hillview: The allure of late-night dining and nature trails

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Al-Azhar caters to those looking for halal Indian food, with a selection of prata, curry, tandoori sets, roti john, murtabak and briyani meals (Credit: Albert Chua/ EdgeProp Singapore, and Screenshot via Burpple.com)
Beauty World’s strongest draw is its stretch of eateries along Cheong Chin Nam Road. Home to an array of cuisines, the area attracts its largest crowd in the evenings. The buzz tapers off late into the night, but some shops open well into the wee hours to serve those still awake.
Among the noteworthy eats, Al-Azhar caters to those looking for halal Indian food, with a selection of prata, curry, tandoori sets, roti john, murtabak and briyani meals. It also offers a fun selection of Thai food, as well as fried noodles and mutton soup. Local beverages such as teh tarik, teh halia and lassi are also served.
An outlet of the Boon Tong Kee franchise occupies 18 Cheong Chin Nam Road (Credit: Albert Chua/ EdgeProp Singapore, and Screenshot via Burpple.com)
An outlet of the Boon Tong Kee franchise occupies 18 Cheong Chin Nam Road. With an option of delivery, the restaurant offers, among others, chicken cooked in a variety of styles: its signature boiled chicken, crispy roasted chicken, and paper-wrapped chicken. The franchise’s history dates back to 1979, when founder Thian Boon Hua started a small stall in Chinatown serving Cantonese chicken rice. After it gained popularity, Thian and his family set up Boon Tong Kee’s first restaurant at Balestier Road in 1983. To date, it has seven outlets sprawled across Singapore.
Joo Seng, meanwhile, is famous for its Teochew porridge. This is plain rice porridge paired with a selection of Chinese side dishes, which includes steamed fish, braised duck meat, boiled...