Best Restaurants in Singapore
With heavy influences of Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and
British, the cuisine in Singapore is far from dull and fusion food
is the order of the day. Street vendors are common in this bustling
city for a tasty meal on the go, and most specialise in one dish
with favourites including fish head curry or Mee Goreng (yellow egg
noodles stir fried with ghee, tomato sauce, chilli, egg, vegetables
and various meats or seafood). Seafood such as prawns, oysters,
crabs and lobsters are also popular dishes on most Singapore menus
and traditional dishes such as laksa (soup), popiah (spring rolls),
and satay (barbecued meat skewers) are worth trying. Those with a
sweet tooth will enjoy the sugary desserts like kuih (steamed
cakes), bubur cha-cha (coconut milk soup), and ice kachang (shaved
ice with sweet red beans).
Hawker centres are the cheapest places to eat, and come with
their own unique atmosphere, which is somewhere between a market
and a food court. Prices are low and the food is very good, so it''s
a great way to try a lot of dishes. Find a table first, and many
stalls will deliver your food to you. Popular hawker centres
include Newton Circus, Glutton''s Bay, and Lau Pa Sat, as well as
several options in Chinatown.
Singapore has its share of international fast food chains, but
local takeaway options worth trying include Bengawan Solo''s Chinese
pastries, Old Chang Lee''s deep-fried curry puffs, and the
traditional Singaporean breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
Singapore''s more upmarket restaurants have a lot to offer as
well, with plenty of variety. A special focus is on Chinese cuisine
and seafood, however. Head to the Orchard Road area and the
historic district for eateries of every nationality, or for a
trendy night out then a trip to Boat Quay or Clarke Quay along the
riverfront is a must.
Restaurants will often display the prices with plus signs:
$19.99++ indicates that service charges and sales tax are not
included and will be added to the bill. Tipping is not practised in
Singapore, and is officially discouraged by the government.
This popular French restaurant, located in a restored shophouse,
is well-known to both locals and tourists for its chic ambience,
polished service, and memorable food. The waiters are ready to
assist you in navigating the extensive winelist, as well as their
selection of absinthes on offer! One of the pricier restaurants in
town, it's a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Absinthe
is open for lunch Monday to Friday, and dinner Monday to Saturday.
Valet parking is available.
Address: 48 Bukit Pasoh Road
Authentic Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese dishes combine with
hints of France from the Indochinese days of colonialism to create
an exceptional Asian experience. Buddhist figurines, flower-shaped
crystal chandeliers, and Ming Dynasty style chairs with plush silk
cushions of oriental designs add to the exotic atmosphere, which is
complemented by stunning views over the Singapore River. House
specialities include beef stew ragout, and pepper beef in sweet and
sour sauce, but there are other traditional favourites such as
Cambodian Tiger Prawns, Roast Duck in green curry, and the Trio
Seafood with Khmer Tamarind Sauce. For starters there are spring
rolls, or prawns grilled on sugarcane, while lemongrass Crème
brulée washed down by the not-to-be-missed Vietnamese coffee is the
perfect end to the dining experience. Reservations required. Open
daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Empress Place Building
The understated décor of Li Bai is sleek and modern with a
strong Chinese influence, with contemporary furnishings in red and
black lacquer, jade table settings, and silver and ivory
chopsticks. Large vases of elegant pussy willows add subtle
opulence to the ambience. The Cantonese fare is traditional with a
modern and innovative touch of class that includes creations such
as the aromatic farm chicken smoked in jasmine tea leaves. The
fresh seafood should not be missed; baked fillet of cod with honey,
shark's fin sautéed with crabmeat, and Canadian cod sautéed with
ginger and garlic, accompanied by the fabulous crab fried rice, are
delicious. Reservations required. Open daily for lunch and
Address: Sheraton Towers, 39 Scotts Road
Harbour Grill and Oyster Bar
This small and cosy award-winning restaurant dishes up perfectly
grilled seafood, fresh oysters, US prime rib and rack of lamb. The
cuisine is attentive to natural freshness rather than the typically
rich Continental fare, and guest chefs from around the world are
flown in for monthly specials. Harbour Grill and Oyster Bar is open
Monday to Friday for lunch and Monday to Saturday for dinner.
Reservations are recommended.
Address: Hilton International, 581 Orchard Road
Esmirada at Orchard
Wrought-iron décor and terracotta floors combine to create the
Mediterranean environment where friends gather to enjoy good food
and wine. The menu consists of one dish each from Italy, Spain,
Portugal, France, Greece and Morocco and the generous portions are
served family-style in the centre of the table for all to tuck
into. Signature dishes include the superb Spanish paella, which is
the best in the country; various kebab skewers or Moroccan couscous
served with lamb shank, chicken or vegetable stew are also
excellent. Dinner reservations recommended.
Address: Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road #01-29
Inagiku stands out as one of Singapore's premier Japanese
restaurants with a reputation for impeccable service and exquisite
authentic cuisine, using the freshest ingredients. Split into four
dining areas that include the tempura, sushi and teppanyaki bars,
and the main dining room, diners can either choose from the à la
carte menu or counter hop. The tempura bar is the only one in
Singapore, and the teppanyaki is deemed to be the best in the
country, whipped up before one's eyes in a traditional display of
Teppanyaki style and flair. Chefs at each counter perform the
articulate art of Japanese cooking and go out of their way to meet
the requests of their guests. Reservations recommended. Open for
lunch and dinner daily.
Address: Raffles The Plaza, 80 Bras Basah Rd (Historic
The appeal of Iggy's is the warm ambiance of a very small venue
appearing as a friends living room. Only the food is much better.
The warm home cooked and internationally inspired meals are set
according to seasonal ingredients so it important to check what
they are serving for the night ahead of making reservations.
Vegetarian replacement meals can be made if they are notified in
advance. Reservations are essential.
Address: The Regent, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden rd.
The chic yet casual venue makes diners share a feel of attending
the coolest dinner party in town. With both outdoor patio seating
spread around lush gardens and indoor tables with the décor of a
friend's chic dining room, Graze serves Australian style barbecue
dishes of big steaks and seafood platters. An outdoor lounge is a
popular meeting point for drinks.
Address: 4 Rochester Park Singapore 139215
With one of the best patio dining venues in Singapore, il Lido
gives impressive seaside views from a chic modern designed interior
and deck. It is also one of the best Italian restaurants and the
most innovative in Singapore with such dishes as champagne risotto
with tiger prawns and asparagus. A classy lounge and bar also make
a great getaway from the city or a great 19th hole. Reservations
for dining are recommended.
Address: Sentosa Gold Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road
Song of India
One of Singapore's best restaurants and first place for Indian
cuisine Song of India transports diners to old world colonial
elegance in several ornately decorated dining rooms and garden
scenery. Both a la carte dishes and set menus are highly praised by
the Singapore dining world. A great way to experience Indian
cuisine is the Journey Through India set menu option which includes
six courses from different regions in India. Reservations are
Address: 33 Scotts Road
The 'Grand Dame' of Singapore restaurants is an experience in
elegant sophistication, fine dining and colonial charm. Impeccably
dressed waiters with a daunting display of culinary knowledge,
attentive yet discreet service, and courteous efficiency are backed
by the majestic décor and spotless tableware. The food is similarly
outstanding, and dishes like the signature smoked Atlantic salmon,
the roasted rack of suckling pig, and various exquisite desserts
are stylishly presented. Raffles has one of the best cellars in the
country and the cellar master can select a wine to complement each
course. Lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday. The
dress code is 'smart elegant' and booking is essential.
Address: 1 Beach Road (Historic District)
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