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Humble Beginnings

G7’s story began in 1999, when Johnny, then 28 years old, decided to take charge of his life and set up his own restaurant right here in Geylang, selling frog leg porridge.

Growing up, Johnny loved food. But he was much more than just a glutton or even a foodie – he had a knack for tasting great food and then being able to recreate them in his kitchen, even further experimenting to develop his own style.

As he dabbled with dishing out delicious meals at home in his spare time, family and friends particularly took notice of his frog leg porridge, and jokingly remarked on how well-received it would be if Johnny were to sell it.

A bulb went on in his head.

Even as he was stretched in all directions setting up and running his restaurant, Johnny finally found satisfaction and direction in his life.

Never one to short-change his customers, the frogs are carefully sourced and prepared, and only the freshest ingredients are used. Before being served, the dish is left to simmer until the texture of the porridge and meat becomes smooth and tender, and the fragrant aroma fills the air.

As word of his famed frog leg porridge spread far and wide, 10 years into his business, customers started to clamour for more – they wanted seafood – and once again, he delivered. With the addition of the seafood business, over 200 dishes were added to the menu and the restaurant’s premises doubled.

Synonymous with great food ranging from the traditional to the modern, Geylang boasts an extensive variety of restaurants ranging from frog leg porridge and zhi char, to Western-style cafes and a vibrant nightlife.

Fondly regarded by Singaporeans as an authentically local food haven, Geylang’s plethora of restaurants serves up predominantly Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan food – a testament to Singapore’s multicultural identity.

Geylang was first established in the mid-19th century when the British Government dispersed the Malay floating village at the Singapore River, leading them to resettle at the mouths of Geylang River and Kallang River in houses built on stilts. By the early 20th century, the western part of Geylang, mainly populated by the Chinese, was mapped out into a series of lanes, known as “lorongs”.

Today, many parts of Geylang have even been earmarked as a conservation area by the Singapore government, highlighting the historical and cultural significance of this region.

Therefore, it is of no surprise that while the iconic roadside hawker stalls of a bygone era is no longer there; the feature of delicious traditional food remains a deeply rooted part of the Geylang landscape. Feel free to tuck in to the traditional goodness of curry chicken, laksa, roast duck, chicken rice, bak kut teh, hokkien noodles, seafood and so much more.

Indeed, Geylang is definitely a visitor’s and foodie’s paradise set in a place that has managed to retain its old world charm, amidst Singapore’s urban landscape elsewhere. For G7 to call Geylang home all this while and even beyond, it couldn’t have been more apt.

We hope you enjoy your time here at Geylang and G7.

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