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TRG 2020/2021 Directory

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10 Scotts

Buffet / Casual

Located in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Singapore, the elegant 10 Scotts is perfect for intimate get-togethers at any time of day, with its contemporary, classic living room style residential décor, plush sofas and soft lighting, with unobstructed views of the hotel’s five-metre cascading waterfall.

A hearty high tea buffet is featured here, featuring their signature toasted crumpets, crab salad, and of course the beautiful high tea stand. A large selection of gourmet teas and coffees, as well as alcoholic beverages are available.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Lobby Level, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

665°F

Steakhouse / Fine Dining

Perched on the 38th floor of Andaz Singapore, 665°F is a modern steakhouse best known for its spectacular views and halal menu. Start off your meal with appetisers like the jumbo lump crab cake, and Hokkaido scallops. The mains, featuring a selection of prime cuts and sustainable seafood, are perfectly grilled in the Pira charcoal oven. If you are planning to share, the 500g Cape Grim chateaubriand, cooked to medium-rare perfection, makes a wonderful choice, or go for the A4 Kagoshima wagyu striploin. For dessert, the Valrhona warm chocolate cake won’t disappoint.

Andaz Singapore, Level 38, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354

8 Korean BBQ

Asia / Korean / Casual

What differentiates 8 Korean BBQ from the crowd is their focus on premium cuts of pork. The dimly-lit, sleek industrial space is an all-service restaurant where trained staff grill the meats over a tilted grilling pan. Get the signature thickly sliced Mangalitsa pork belly seasoned in eight different flavours, available in half or full portions, and accompanied with a hearty pot of stew. Pair it with the wide selection of Korean alcohol available from the menu.

The Central, #02-79/90, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

8picure

Contemporary / Smart

A feast for the senses awaits you when you step into chef Gabriel’s cosy 16-seater along River Valley. The celebrated chef ’s hospitality shines as he guides you through a personalised dining experience.

The signature antipasti such as the green pea soup are bound to whet your appetite, serving as a wonderful lead up to a tantalising selection of Mediterranean mains ranging from pastas to a pistachio-crusted rack of lamb.

Also featured are the signature cocktails and their homemade tiramisu.

#01-04, 428 River Valley Road, Singapore 248327

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Adrift by David Myers

Contemporary / Smart

This Californian-style izakaya is a chic space sitting pretty in Marina Bay Sands. Service here is well-heeled and attentive, while the food is light yet tasty. Yellowfin tuna is served with a refreshing tomato consommé and pops of caviar, while the richness of a hanger steak is toned down with a ginger and sesame dressing. Check out the new yakitori menu as well, featuring skewered meat done over the robata using charcoal and jarrah wood. Perfect with a fruity cocktail, or a glass of semi-sweet white wine from California.

Marina Bay Sands, Lobby Tower 2 Hotel, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Akira Back

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Akira Back chic space for Japanese fusion cuisine. Hokkaido scallops marinated in kiwi and truffle yuzu is a refreshing start to the meal, while the AB tacos with housemade salsa is a delicious blend of spicy roasted tomatoes and ponzo. Classic maki rolls are elevated here with premium ingredients such as unagi, anago tempura, or shaved foie gras torchon. Service is laidback, so you can enjoy the food and have fun.

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, Level B1M, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763

ALATI Divine Greek Cuisine

Europe / Mediterranean / Casual

With a dome-shaped ceiling, pristine white walls and ornaments in that iconic shade of blue, it almost feels as if you are dining in a Cycladic house in Greece. A Greek meal always has dips to accompany, and the traditional taramosalata is made with cured cod roe, lemon juice and onions, served with homemade toasted pita bread. The salt-baked sea bass is also not to be missed, with the baked salt crust that helps retain the moisture in the fish. Another gem of the sea is featured in the octopus souvlaki, where the meat is char-grilled with fats from aged wagyu for an added richness.

73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892

Alley on 25

Contemporary / Smart

Alley on 25 brings back the joy of being spoilt for choice at a multi-cuisine restaurant. Think fresh and crisp salads with delicious dressings, smoke-kissed meats from the grill, handmade pastas, and local favourites. Choice picks include a beautiful heirloom tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, chargrilled Australian Angus sirloin with velvety mashed potatoes, and mushroom risotto with aged balsamic. If you’re craving comfort, the Auntie’s Laksa is a delicious bowl of rich gravy brimming with plump fishcakes and juicy tiger prawns.

Andaz Singapore, Level 25, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354

Alma by Juan Amador

Europe / Italian / Fine Dining

This one Michelin-starred restaurant at Goodwood Park Hotel serves up Asian-influenced Modern European cuisine.

Its location makes it well-suited for executive business lunches, and the interior is tastefully decorated with artworks. Alma’s signature potato bread is the perfect way to start a meal. The fluffy buns are steamed before baking, then served warm on a bed of fragrant coffee beans with a side of smoked French butter. This leads in well to the appetiser of kampachi (amberjack), sitting pretty in a fresh lemon broth and a sphere of potato and crab mousse. The star dish here, though, is the crispy tofu in foie gras emulsion, packed with a deep, earthy flavour.

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Amò

Europe / Italian / Casual

Part of the ilLido Group, Amò gains style points for its dark green and brick-exposed walls, with an open kitchen and frosted glass panels for privacy. Service is assured while keeping a playful edge. Their semolina pizzas are sliced fresh out of the oven, before the staff tops each slice with an equal amount of toppings—a thoughtful and fun gesture that ensures fair play for diners. Try the Stracciatella, Prosciutto and Fig Vincotto, a perfect combination of creamy cheese, cured ham, peppery salad and a drizzle of sweet fig wine.

33 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059672

Antoinette @ Penhas

Europe / French / Casual

Brunch restaurants are a dime a dozen, but there are many things that Antoinette gets right. The chandeliers and rustic furniture at the Penhas outlet lends to its Parisian décor theme, while the food is French-style toned down with Japanese touches. The souffle pancakes, for instance, are done in the light and pillow-y Japanese style, though the poached eggs are drizzled with a classic French hollandaise. Grab a box of macarons as a sweet parting gift before you go.

30 Penhas Road, Singapore 208188

Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro

Contemporary / Casual

Beat the city’s hustle and bustle with this hidden gem. Located at Faber Peak, Arbora is a stunning, hilltop garden dining concept, complete with sweeping 360 degree panoramic views thanks to its relaxing hilly backdrop and 100m-above sea level vantage point. Helming the kitchen, executive chef Kenny Yeo’s menu features hearty portions of Asian and European-influenced dishes, complemented by F&B manager and sommelier Mohamed Yazid’s selection of mocktails, cocktails and teas that pay homage to Arbora’s lush surroundings.

Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203

Art

Europe / Italian / Fine Dining

Dark furnishing gilded accents highlight the plush and sexy interiors of the restaurant.

A meal at Art begins with snacks that are edible art. Christen the evening by ordering one of de Vito’s signatures: the spaghetti— a favourite of the maestro, the dish reminds him of his childhood in Puglia and boasts air-flown pasta and the most succulent langoustines.

National Gallery, #06-02, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Artemis Grill & Sky Bar

Europe / Mediterranean / Smart

Offering Mediterranean-inspired seasonal menus, Artemis Grill is a chic venue for great food, innovative tipples and majestic views of Marina Bay from its rooftop perch in the heart of the CBD.

There’s something for every diner here, with the menu running the gamut from vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Dishes change on a seasonal basis—you might find the crudo (raw fish in Italian), for instance, uses yellowtail or amberjack depending on the month you visit. Try also the pistachio kataifi if you see it on the menu, a Greek dessert with shredded filo pastry, pistachio frangipane and raspberry gelato.

We recommend starting with cocktails at the al fresco sky bar if you’re there for dinner—the sunset view is a lovely prequel to a wonderful experience.

CapitaGreen Rooftop, #40-01, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946

Artichoke

Middle East / Casual

Not only does the food at Artichoke fill your belly, it also nourishes the soul. A few of such said soul food are the restaurant’s Crab Tzatziki—a mezze consisting sweet blue swimmer crab, savoury fried chicken skin and briny cod ikura, as well as the Squid Ink Couscous—an umami explosion of clams and couscous saturated in heavenly squid ink, chicken fat, and preserved lemon. With food this good, it’s truly not hard to fall in love with Artichoke.

161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978

Ash & Elm

Contemporary / Smart

Tucked away in a private corner of InterContinental Hotel Bugis, Ash and Elm promises a delicious European journey without stepping on the continent. Think house-cured charcuterie such as truffle salami, or creamy foie gras to slather on toast. Wood-fired pizzas are a draw here, in particular the pumpkin and bacon pie using pumpkin puree in place of the usual tomato sauce. If you love your meats, the slow-grilled Iberico pork chop and wagyu tomahawk are delightfully smoky and tender cuts that are prime picks, served by amiable staff.

InterContinental Singapore, Level 1, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

ATLAS

Contemporary / Smart

ATLAS Bar has become the go-to place for ladies who lunch. The grand setting of the high arched ceilings and towering bar display has inspired many a well-dressed diner to whip out their phones to capture a picture. Cocktails, naturally, are the draw here—Mr Schulze’s Sour, in particular, delivers a strong citrus punch that makes for a refreshing tipple. If you’re feeling peckish, the smoked beef short ribs are good for sharing, served with kale crisps on the side for less sinful indulgence.

Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge  Road, Singapore 188778

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Baci Baci Restaurant

Europe / Italian / Casual

At the cosy Serangoon Gardens lies Baci Baci, distinct for its eye-catching rustic exterior and serene interior. Indulge in an authentic Italian experience by starting with the antipasto, a selection of the finest cold cuts with the crowd favourites being the parma ham with burrata cheese. Other highlights include the squid ink risotto and the signature house pizza made with the wood-fired oven. End off with a selection of traditional Italian desserts that includes pistachio ice cream.

27 Lichfield Road, Singapore 556847

BAKALAKI Greek Taverna

Europe / Mediterranean / Casual

In the heart of one of the city’s most endearing neighbourhoods nestles a Greek eatery unlike any other. Bakalaki Greek Taverna in Tiong Bahru brings all the edible splendours of the Mediterranean coast to bustling central Singapore. Offering both indoor and outdoor seatings, their al fresco option is a particular favourite for diners. Highlights on the menu include the delicious dips accompanied by pita bread, Bakalaki’s grilled lamb, and their signature Grecian Ouzo which is a sharp and herby aperitif.

3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168891

Bar Cicheti

Europe / Italian / Casual

This casual Italian restaurant tucked away in a small lane off Keong Saik Road, has a cosy vibe that thrums with an infectious energy, partly due to the open kitchen where the chefs can be seen working their magic. Highlights include the Salvia Fritta (fried sage leaves with Maldon salt), Polpette Di Manzo (beef brisket meatballs in tomato paprika sauce) and tender Agnello lamb ribs. For pastas, the Tagliolini Nero with mixed seafood, Tagliatelle with prawns in crustacean broth and the Gnocchetti with housemade sausage are wonderful choices.

10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264

Bar-A-Thym

Europe / French / Smart

Bar-A-Thym is Francois Mermilliod’s first independent venture, and is a reflection of the seasoned French chef’s laidback style supported by excellent cooking.

The vibe here is jolly, with guests often intermingling across tables (in pre-pandemic times). Dishes are designed for sharing, such as the Iberico pork jowl—meltingly tender, with a golden-brown crispy skin and pear chutney to cut through the richness. But if there’s one dish to keep to yourself, it would be the crabmeat salad. Chock-full of freshly picked blue swimmer crab meat, with tart grapefruit and creamy avocado, this is an appetiser you’ll want to savour on your own.

18 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069255

Bar-Roque Grill

Europe / French / Smart

Helmed by chef-owner Stephane Istel, this cosy French restaurant is big on heart and flavour. A peek into the open kitchen will show the dedication that goes into the food here. Charcuterie, for one, is made in-house, with favourites being the smoked duck and kurobuta ham and chicken and sunchokes terrine. Tarte flambées are a homage to chef Istel’s Alsatian roots—wafer-thin crusts decorated with generous amounts of bacon, onions and gruyere cheese. If you’re looking for specials, the knowledgeable waitstaff are always game to provide recommendations.

Amara Hotel, #01-00, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539

Barossa

Australia / Casual

With an ‘outback meets chic’ motto, Barossa is an Australian-inspired restaurant set against the backdrop of Marina Bay and the iconic Merlion. Its alfresco location makes it a great venue for casual after-work evenings with burgers and beer, as well as family weekend brunches. Popular dishes include the signature pork ribs; the meat platter; and the juicy burgers. Lighter options include soups, salads, bar bites and pizzas. Favourite dessert options like apple crumble and a hazelnut chocolate bar are also available.

Esplanade Mall, #01-11, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802

Basilico

Europe / Italian / Smart

This restaurant offers an exciting range of Italian fare that is sure to satisfy any discerning palate. Emphasizing on fresh and seasonal ingredients, their spread of antipasti is extensive and makes for an excellent opener. With an impressive selection of over 40 Italian artisanal cheeses that include the likes of Comte, Gorgonzola and truffle brie, their cheese room is deemed to be almost legendary. One particular dish that stands out is the Risotto Alla Pugliese. Made with aged Carnaroli rice and a luxurious combination of lobster, scallops, tiger prawns, Prosecco and asparagus, each mouthful is an absolute delight.

Regent Hotel, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

Bayswater Kitchen

Seafood / Casual

By the water at Keppel Bay Vista, Bayswater Kitchen is a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, decked out against a setting of chic, nautical inspired interiors. Special lunch sets and happy hour offerings make it a great hang out spot for groups while its backdrop of the marina offers up a rustic and romantic destination for couples. The mainly seafood menu is beautifully presented, particularly the perfectly grilled king prawns and the flavourful baked red snapper.

Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382

Beach Road Kitchen

Buffet / Smart

Head to the exclusive Beach Road Kitchen at JW Marriott South Beach for an opulent Sunday brunch buffet. The establishment proudly boasts a history going back to 1873, when the first brick was laid for the Beach Road Market. While the market has long gone, the tradition of fresh, quality produce lives on.

The open-style restaurant also offers a sumptuous international buffet for weekday lunches and dinners, but we highly recommend spending your Sunday here for a leisurely free-flow champagne brunch. A cheese and charcuterie station, the vertical salad bar, charcoal grill, local favourites, a temperature-controlled, custom-built seafood room, pizza oven, and a dessert showcase—all under one roof.

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763

Beauty in The Pot

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Nothing spells comfort food like a bowl of hot soup, and Beauty in The Pot at Jewel Changi Airport is meant to soothe the weary spirits of jet-lagged travellers wishing they were back on vacation. The collagen soup here is rich and nourishing, the perfect base for swishing marbled slices of beef and pork belly in. Our top pick, though, is the signature six-second deep-fried beancurd skin roll—these curly logs are the best for soaking up the delicious soup, yet have a slight crunch that is intensely satisfying. Wash it all down with a chilled mug of beer.

VivoCity, #03-08A, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

Bedrock Bar & Grill

The Americas / North American / Fine Dining

For unrivalled steaks served in a gorgeous, classy setting, Bedrock Bar & Grill is an unbeatable choice. Outfitted with unfinished wood, rough granite elements and custom-made leather booths, the space is elegant and intimate, and makes the ideal spot for a delicious meal with friends and loved ones. For diners looking to share, the tomahawk steak-a 400-day grain-fed F1 long-bone wagyu ribeye, makes an excellent choice, offered in around 1.4 to 2kg per serving. If you prefer to have a steak to yourself, the Bedrock pepper steak, a 300g ribeye cap served with black peppercorn sauce, will ensure you make a return visit. Other notable dishes to try include the Bedrock smoked tomato soup, and whole rack of lamb.

Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, #01-05, 96 Somerset Road, Singapore 238163

BEEF YAKINIKU DINING YAKINIQUEST

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Beef Yakiniku Dining Yakiniquest is found along the Boat Quay stretch that specialises in yakiniku and it is true to its name–a unique, delectable and pleasing dining experience with grilled meats. They have options ranging from an omakase and à la carte menu, as well as an extensive wine and sake list. To fully enjoy the Beef Yakiniku Dining Yakiniquest experience, We would recommend the Wagyu Fanatic Omakase that comes with two kinds of starters, Japanese salad, wagyu and uni sashimi, signature Beef Noodle, grilled beef eight supreme cuts, wagyu chazuke and a dessert.

48 Boat Quay, Singapore 049837

Beirut Grill

Middle East / Smart

Now open for slightly over a decade, a full house on a weekday night gives a clue to the popularity of this Lebanese establishment. Start with the mezze platter for dips of three kinds, fried cheese rolls, and falafels. Meats are the star here; get the mixed grill kebab platter with chicken and lamb. Don’t leave without trying Kunefe, sweet filo pastry scented with rose water sandwiching melted mozzarella, or a Lebanese milk pudding topped with honey and pistachio called Mouhalabieh.

72 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199485

BINCHO AT MIN JIANG​

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Bincho at Min Jiang is a veritable hidden gem that uses a special white Japanese charcoal—known as binchōtan—in its food preparation. Order the restaurant’s famous mentaiko chicken wings—stuffed with salted pollock roe with just the perfect amount of char—and work your way up to their uni shabu shabu; a warm umami-rich broth that serves two. And while the restaurant specialises in yakitori, it is also a great indoor watering hole with Japanese-inspired cocktails that pack a punch.

7A/B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249684

Binomio Spanish Restaurante

Europe / Spanish / Casual

Translating to ‘pair’ or ‘duo’, Binomio offers a dual dining concept with its rustic tapas bar and an elegant fine-dining area with two eight-seater private rooms. Popular appetisers include gambas al ajillo, tiger prawns simmered in a punchy garlic and olive oil confit; as well as the classic tortilla de patatas. For mains, an interesting pick would be one of the traditional Spanish ‘grandmother’s’ pot stews, such as the fish and seafood stew that is fit for two. Spanish wines and sangrias complement the food, as well as a selection of classic cocktails.

20 Craig Rd, #01-02, Craig Place, Singapore 089692

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse

Steakhouse / Smart

The Italians do their steak well too as evidenced by the Tuscan-style meats here. Prepared very simply with salt and pepper then grilled over wood fire, the lauded Fiorentina carries its weight as an Australian grain-fed wagyu T-bone. Weighing over 1.1kg, the hefty steak is best enjoyed with company. To go alongside are plenty of Old and New World wines by the glass, a carafe or bottle. They also offer a brilliant burrata, soft and creamy on the inside, and a Sticky Date Pudding with a nutty pecan gelato and Irish cream liqueur.

26 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238970

Bistro du Vin

Europe / French / Smart

Be transported to France when you visit this quaint and charming bistro at Shaw Centre, offering authentic French bistro fare. Expect hearty, comforting dishes like mussels in a pot, duck leg confit, and escargots baked with garlic herb butter. Meat lovers will enjoy the steak frites and the côte de boeuf-the latter, featuring a 1kg slab of meat, cooked to medium rare perfection, is great for sharing among two to three diners. Desserts, especially the warm apple tart with chocolate and hazelnut ice cream, is impressive. Those preferring to end their meal on a savoury note can opt for a selection of matured seasonal cheeses.

Shaw Centre,#01-14,  1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208

Black Marble

Contemporary / Casual

One of the highlights of Holland Village, Black Marble is a no-frills grill helmed by Swiss-born chef Otto Weibel. Decked in accents of, well, black marble, the informal dining space is where diners can enjoy hefty cuts of dry-aged ribeye at reasonable prices. Opt for the medium-well option, for a great char on the edges and a slightly pink centre. Enjoy the steak with classic sauces such as the bearnaise and the fresh herb butter, before you wash it all down with gin and grapefruit cocktails.

Raffles Holland V Mall, #02-01, 118 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278997

Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

Asia / Chinese / Casual

When you want to escape the city’s hustle and bustle, head to this hidden gem in Sentosa Cove for authentic Chinese cuisine at great value with hearty portions. The Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House provides the full package of high quality, great tasting food against a relaxing backdrop of the marina. While the restaurant is most famous for its signature fiery chilli pomelo crab, the other signature dishes on the extensive menu are also not to be missed.

31 Ocean Way, #01-13, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375

Bob’s Bar

International / Smart

Tucked away in Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa island, Bob’s Bar is where you’ll go to escape the bustle of daily life. With views overlooking the sea and resort chairs lining the outdoor area, it’s a place to sip on cocktails and imagine you’re on vacation. The Moscow Mule is the cocktail of choice if you like your drinks strong and with a hint of spice (from the ginger). For bites, munch on satay with peanut sauce or the watermelon salad with creamy feta and tomatoes.

Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

boCHINche

The Americas / South American / Casual

Under-represented Argentinian cuisine finds a voice at boCHINche on Amoy Street. Hearty fare, heavy on meats and big on flavours, go well with Malbec from the Mendoza region.

Steaks are cooked with a smoky char, and served with sauces and sides of your choice. The chimichurri which adds a hint of spice to the sirloin and the thick stems of grilled asparagus are highly recommended.

The starters here particularly stands out with selections that you can order by the piece. Also available are unique Argentinian desserts paired with Dulce de leche ice cream.

115 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069935

Boruto

Contemporary / Casual

Meaning ‘vault’ in Japanese, Bōruto is a Japanese tapas and sake bar located on South Bridge Road, just a stone’s throw away from the Central Business District. It occupies a two-storey building, styled to look like a modern izakaya with a chic and stylish interior design filled with steel stools and dark wood tables. Go-to dishes are the creamy uni lobster pasta, unagi thin crust pizza, and dessert that resembles a lemon.

Golden Castle Building, #01-02, 80 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058710

Botanico at The Garage

Contemporary / Smart

Elevated dining, both metaphorically and literally, awaits you at Botanico. Tucked into the verdant Botanic Gardens, up a flight of stairs, the restaurant offers both indoor dining within an elegant hall and alfresco dining on a delightful terrace under a canopy of fairy lights. Dive straight into an inspired cocktail menu that delivers what it promises. We highly recommend the smoked sangria, which pairs well with many of the small plates on offer such as seasonal tomatoes, an unassuming dish with pickled tomatoes and fresh burrata.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Level 2, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore 257488

Braci

Europe / Italian / Fine Dining

Braci checks all the right boxes for a romantic night out in town. The 20-seater open kitchen concept is modern yet cosy, decorated in wooden tones and pops of colour. Framed windows offer a view of glittering city lights bouncing off the Boat Quay river. Soak up the atmosphere while tucking into the seven-course degustation, one of the most value-for-money menus to come from a one-Michelin-starred restaurant. Highlights include an innocuous potato tartlet with hazelnut cream and shaved tuna heart, as well as the meltingly tender Miyazaki wagyu served with peppers and sesame.

#05-01/#06-01, 52 Boat Quay, Singapore 049841

Brasserie Gavroche

Europe / French / Smart

Brasserie Gavroche is where you come to experience the magnifique of Paris, complete with age-old recipes passed down from head chef Frédéric Colin’s grandfather. The pâté en croûte et foie gras, or baked pork terrine with duck liver, is a recipe courtesy of Grandpa Henri. The foie gras is buttery, and the pistachios baked into the terrine helps cut the richness. Another favourite is the juicy cut of hanger steak in a roasted red wine jus with roasted potatoes. Unwind with a glass of French red from their wide in-house selection and make believe you are in Paris.

66 Tras Street, Singapore 079005

Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay

Contemporary / Casual

Known as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s first outfit in Singapore, Bread Street Kitchen offers a refined take on British classics. Creamy chicken liver and foie gras parfait is paired with a smooth madeira jelly, while fish and chips is elevated from the usual streetside chippy-style to an elegant version of battered cod fish and crushed potatoes with salted capers. Service is attentive, and can be counted on to introduce the extensive wine list that goes well with the food.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #01-81, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Brewerkz

The Americas / North American / Casual

Armed with a charming view of the Singapore River, Brewerkz at Riverside Point has impressed locals with a bevy of award-winning brews since 1997.

Taking it up a notch from usual pub fare, there is nachos supercharged with beer chilli and mussels with a beer emulsion gravy. Besides that you will also find beer battered fish and chips and other mains such as truffled scallop pasta.

The beer inspired trend is further evident in the dessert menu with classic apple pies drenched in stout.

Riverside Point, #01-07, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282

Brine Restaurant

Contemporary / Casual

Helmed by co-owners chef Christopher Tan and Shermain, Brine is a cosy nook on North Bridge Road that enchants with fairy lights on the ceiling and welcoming service. It’s worth diving straight into the mains here, where risotto is cooked in dashi stock and served with tempura enoki. Another standout is the Fjord trout mi-cuit, where the fish is cooked in a gentle water bath that brings out its deep flavours without the need for seasoning. Don’t miss desserts that are bold on flavour—the kaffir lime meringue is served with a laksa leaf cream and shrimp floss, a savoury-sweet concoction that delights on all fronts.

Hotel Clover 769, 775 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198743

BTM Mussels & Bar

Seafood / Casual

Near the top of Duxton Hill is BTM Mussels, a cosy, warmly-lit spot for some classic Belgian-style moules and frites. Service here is friendly and welcoming, ready to introduce the menu and specials of the day. Get the signature mussels done Marinières-style—fresh and plump mussels bathed in white wine, butter, parsley and onion, paired with crispy thin golden fries good for mopping up extra sauce. Chase it down with the restaurant’s signature summer fruit-infused beers that come in refreshing flavours such as lychee or passionfruit.

5 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089591

Burger & Lobster

Seafood / Casual

Decorated much like its British counterpart, diners are immediately greeted by floor to ceiling saltwater tanks of Nova Scotian lobsters, neatly arranged by size. The menu premises are simple—Burger & Lobster offers a trio of signatures to choose from off their main menu: a wagyu burger and their signature whole lobster and lobster roll. We suggest ordering the whole lobster with the following direction: steamed first, then finished on the grill. And if you prefer not to remove your own lobster shell, order the lobster roll with an extra serving of their signature butter gravy.

Raffles Hotel Singapore, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719

Butcher Boy

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

This vibrant Asian fusion restaurant helmed by chef-owner Andrew Walsh and part of Cure Concepts, is a lively, east-meets-west bar and grill located in a casual but cosy shophouse in Keong Saik’s hip dining enclave. Popular, innovative cocktails from the bar corner include coffee-infused Monkey Shoulder with bitters and smokes; and the spicy Cymbo with jalapeno, agave and lemongrass-infused Altos Blanco. Pair the tipples with signature sharing plates such as warm chili crab with mantou buns, a fun twist on local chilli crab; or the crispy fried chicken bao with homemade Yuzu Kosho mayo.

31 Keong Siak Road, Singapore 089138

Butcher’s Block

Steakhouse / Smart

Butcher’s Block, as its name suggests, is a chic steak restaurant dressed in a brass and wood outfit designed by New York-based firm, Champalimaud Design. Head chef Rémy Lefebvre leads the charge, firing up the Josper grill and binchotan with various woods such as cherry, oak and almond. These are used to sear beautifully marbled cuts of beef and seafood, kissed with a tinge of smoke. Enjoy the prime meats with a 200-strong wine list that is just as impressive as their wine cellar.

Raffles Arcade, #02-02 to 07, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719

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Café Iguana

The Americas / South American / Smart

With a breezy alfresco setting and overlooking the Singapore River, Cafe Iguana is a great place to chill out with friends and enjoy casual Mexican food. Expect mainstays such as tacos, fajitas and chimichangas, or try the salsa flight—an interesting combination of five different dips with free flow corn chips. For drinks, cocktails take on bold Mexican flavours. Made with tequila and mezcal as the base spirits, the citrusy and slightly spicy tipples are definitely the key to a lively evening.

Riverside Point, #01-03, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282

Caffe Cicheti

Europe / Italian / Casual

Caffe Cicheti is a casual dining Italian restaurant at South Beach Tower, owned by the Cicheti food and beverage group. Located in the open basement, Caffe Cicheti features a small bar area as well as an open kitchen. There are several standouts on the menu, including the sardine fritte, cioppino (seafood stew), and desserts like the hazelnut semifreddo and olive oil cake. Come in a group, to better enjoy the extensive selection of wines by the bottle.

South Beach Avenue, #B1-21, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768

Candlenut

Asia / Singaporean / Smart

Peranakan cuisine inspires fierce devotion. But head chef Malcolm Lee is not looking to compete with Peranakan grandmothers when it comes to making classic dishes such as babi pongteh (soy-braised pork) or bakwan kepiting (ground pork and crab meat ball soup). Instead, Candlenut elevates these homely dishes into refined plates such as coconut crab curry and smoky charcoal-grilled lamb neck satay. The staff exude Peranakan charm, interspersing dinner with jokes and disarming smiles that are the real reason why you’ll find yourself coming back.

Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676

Canton Paradise at Marina Bay Sands

Asia / Chinese / Casual

For well-executed dim sum, Cantonese wok-fried dishes and classic Hong Kong mains, look no further than Canton Paradise. Its Marina Bay Sands outlet offers the same convivial atmosphere as other branches, but in a swankier space with plenty of natural light.

Renowned for its medley of roasted specialties, the BBQ combination is definitely not to be missed. The roasted Irish duck is especially succulent and deserves its own separate order. The dim sum selection is also of consistently high quality with a mix of traditional and more modern offerings.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #01-02, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Cassia

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

A visit to this restaurant housed within Capella Singapore makes one feel as though they are out of Singapore, boasting an abundance of verdant greenery, soothing water features and lush manicured grounds. Cassia is undoubtedly one of our favourite restaurants to visit for exquisite dim sum, champagne and stunning views-the menu features several must-try dishes such as the steamed charcoal barbecued pork bun with black truffle; steamed crystal dumpling with black truffle and fresh mushroom; wok-fried carrot cake with Chinese sausage, prawn and scallop in XO Chilli sauce, and steamed siew mai with abalone. We also recommend ordering the Peking duck to share, available in half or whole portion.

Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297

CÉ LA VI Singapore

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Fighting for one of the best views in Singapore, Cé La Vi quite easily takes the cake situated on the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Despite it being a tourist destination, the restaurant holds its on with excellent food and attentive service. We loved the Salmon Jicama Roll and the Roasted Octopus, both done just right and elegantly plated. While the mains of Smoked Black Cod and Maimoa Lamb Chops came in generous portions. Of course, it’ll be a waste to not retreat to the Sky Lounge after your meal for a cocktail overlooking the bay.

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 3, Level 57, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore  018971

Chatterbox

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

If there’s one place to go to try an elevated version of chicken rice, it has to be Chatterbox. The Mandarin Orchard hotel outfit is a chic restaurant that has won awards for its take on the hawker dish—the rice is fluffy and full of flavour, the chicken is silky and tender, while the homemade ginger paste and chilli sauce are delightful accompaniments. Don’t leave without trying the tau suan, served with crispy dough fritters.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Level 5, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Chef Stephan Zoisl has a way of making fine-dining feel like home. At Chef’s Table, the dishes are executed with flair and served with heart. Dinner starts with an ingredients list rather than a menu, where you’re left to wonder how kaffir lime or artichokes are going to make an appearance. Here’s an idea: think roasted Argentinian prawns with crispy artichoke chips, finished with a lobster bisque foam and kaffir lime oil. Ask for the salmon too—the slow-cooked fish is marinated in brown butter and served with mussels, and is outstanding with a savoury garnish of crispy capers and anchovies.

61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000

 

Cherry Garden

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Dining at Cherry Garden in Mandarin Oriental Singapore is a special affair, thanks to its luxurious teahouse setting overlooking a bamboo garden, which complements its menu of fine Cantonese dishes. The classic dishes are enhanced with quality ingredients like honey glazed Kurobuta pork, or the fragrant five-grain fried rice. Other notable dishes are the classic Peking duck served with all the classic condiments, steamed mushroom crystal dumplings, and the golden pumpkin soup to round up a complete Cantonese meal. Desserts are also excellent here, particularly the organic black bean pudding with ice cream, or the classic crispy red bean pancakes.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797

Chopsuey Cafe

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Brought to you by the good people behind homegrown PS. Cafe, Chopsuey Cafe is their contemporary take on a fun, east-meets-west concept. Nestled in a charming black-and-white colonial-style building in a quiet corner of hipster Dempsey Hill, expect a quirky selection of traditional Chinese dishes, handmade dim sum and creative innovations on popular comfort food favourites, all inspired by fond memories of Asian food found overseas. Pair your meal with one of the refreshing homemade infusions or cocktails concocted with regional fruits, herbs, and spices.

#01-23, 10 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247700

Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Opened just shy of a decade since 2011, Chui Huay Lim is already considered to be a Teochew cuisine institution with its arsenal of well-executed classics. Even if you are unfamiliar with the cuisine, the restaurant’s list of Teochew specialties will steer you on the right track, with favourites such as the hard-to-find cold crab and satisfying deep fried ngoh hiang. The utterly flavourful crispy fried sea cucumber is a must-order, paired with shiitake mushroom and abalone sauce that hits all the right umami notes.

Chui Huay Lim Club, #01-02, 190 Keng Lee Road, Singapore 308409

 

Cicheti

Europe / Italian / Casual

The first thing that will catch your eye is the Hershey-shaped Acunto Mario wood-fire oven at Cicheti, the secret behind its signature pizzas. The pizza dough here undergoes a three-day ferment, which makes for a delightfully chewy crust. Get the classic Margherita, or the prosciutto and rucola salad pizza. For appetisers, the mozzarella topped with toasted pistachios and onion marmalade is a good start to the meal. There’s also a good selection of Italian wines to choose from, which includes native grape varietals from Italy’s lesser-known regions.

52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901

Cloudstreet

Contemporary / Fine Dining
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Head chef Rishi Naleendra and general manager Gareth Burnett’s labour of love takes its name from the novel by Tim Winton that tells of the spirit of community between two working class families in Perth. The DIY paintings and tastefully mismatched furniture are visual details that evoke the defiant attitude of the cuisine.

The tasting menu is unpredictable, in a good way. You might find a mussel shell made out of papaya skin, algae and seaweed, as well as a deliciously springy French turbot off the barbie. And while there are definitely hints of chef Naleendra’s Sri Lankan heritage, it’s the way he readily weaves in strong-flavoured herbs and spices into unexpected combinations that stays on our mind long after the meal is done.

84 Amoy Street, Singapore 069903

Colony

Buffet / Casual

Colony offers something for every diner with everything from local food to Western, Indian and Chinese cuisine. For now, attentive staff serve you at your table rather than you having to stand in line at the different buffet stations. The Colony’s take on local laksa is a must-have, as is the chicken rice—conveniently deboned chicken atop aromatic rice, with chilli that packs the right amount of heat. For dessert, try the Taiwanese-style peanut crepe with peanut candy shavings and a scoop of ice cream.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799

Comida Mexicana

The Americas / South American / Casual

If you are looking for comfort Mexican food, Comida Mexicana is one restaurant in the East that you cannot miss. It has a cosy and warm atmosphere accentuated by its vibrant walls and friendly staff.

Highlights include the baked crab enchiladas in a rich garlic-based tomato sauce and beef fajitas with sauteed onions which are served in a warm tortilla with classic mexican toppings. The portions are generous yet do not compromise on taste.

Do try the lime margarita here which serves as a refreshing icy drink to round up your meal.

404 East Coast Road, Singapore 428998

COMO Cuisine

International / Casual

Located in the hip dining stretch of COMO Dempsey’s lifestyle corner in Dempsey Hill, COMO Cuisine is known for its healthy culinary offerings, and international signature favourites from the group’s hotels and resorts, including select dishes from COMO Shambhala Cuisine which uses organic, seasonal and nutritious ingredients. The warm restaurant space is designed by Italian architect and designer, Paola Navone, while the kitchen is helmed by executive chef Tshering Lhaden from Bhutan. Grab the opportunity to experience authentic Bhutanese dishes which is a rarity in Singapore.

18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677

Corner House

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Nestled within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botanic Gardens, the walk through the beautiful flora to Corner House sets the tone for the dining experience. The dining space offers a view of tropical flora through glazed windows, while polished wait staff bring out baskets of freshly-baked sourdough and squid ink dough fritters with belachan (spicy shrimp paste) butter on the side. It is a commendable effort to infuse cross-cultural traits through the dishes, such as the reinvented chicken satay accompanied by the Asian version of the Albufera sauce of French liquor and foie gras.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Nassim Gate, E J H Corner House, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

 

Crossroads Cafe

International / Casual

True to its name, Crossroads Cafe is where you’ll settle in to people-watch while sipping on cocktails and tucking into good nosh. There’s a range of classic pastas and burgers, though perennial local favourites such as Singapore laksa and char kway teow are good picks for when you’re feeling particularly peckish. Order the barrel-aged negroni if you like your cocktails classic—the friendly servers might even offer a peek at the actual cask if you ask.

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Lobby Level, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865

Crystal Jade Golden Palace

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Crystal Jade Golden Palace  is the most upmarket offering under the home-grown restaurant chain and is the only one to offer Teochew specialties.

An elegant dining hall with chandeliers and Chinoiserie elements gives a modern and elegant ambience.

Crystal Jade Golden Palace offers timeless Cantonese favourites such as caramelised roast pork, fresh pomfret porridge and a selection of dim sum for lunch including baked BBQ pork bun and baked egg tart. Highlights are the Teochew-style chilled yellow cream crab, roasted baby suckling pig and lobster with spicy sauce.

Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-22, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Come for casual Cantonese dining at Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen. Packed with families for dinners and on the weekend, their dim sum, congee and roasted dishes are crowd favourites. As with all Chinese restaurants, dine with company to try a wider variety of items such as the Sweet & Spicy Minced Meat Noodles with Prawn and Fried Brown Rice with Black Bean Dace Fish & Egg White. Before you go, takeaway or get the baked egg tarts to end the meal with flaky pastry cups filled with sweet egg custard.

2 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277671

Crystal Jade Jiang Nan

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Located in VivoCity shopping mall, Crystal Jade Jiang Nan is an upscale outfit of the well-known chain. Booth seats are decorated with cherry blossoms hanging overhead, and the food is equally refined. The double-boiled conpoy and pearl abalone soup is served in a pretty teapot, while the crispy roast chicken is done with an elegant mala sauce that manages to be just the right balance of heat and spice. Service is stellar, with wait staff promptly changing plates and topping up cups of hot tea.

VivoCity, #01-52, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Asia / Chinese / Casual

A great place to dine at for dim sum, Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao also offers an extensive array of steamed and fried snacks to choose from. We highly suggest diners order their signature namesake xiao long bao and their traditional handmade la mian noodles—a particular one that boasts generous offerings of spicy shredded chicken, preserved eggs and chilled cucumber is a total winner. With great portions, the restaurant is also a terrific place for a group of friends and big families to dine at.

Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B2-36A, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872

Crystal Jade Palace (Ngee Ann City)

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Crystal Jade Palace at Ngee Ann City is synonymous with Chinese fine dining. It’s grand and spacious dining room definitely places it as a suitable venue for celebrations, business meetings, with private rooms available on request. Crystal Jade’s devotion to quality and respect for time honoured traditions of Chinese cuisine is evident in the dishes here. Choose from a variety of set menus from two to ten diners, or ask for recommendations from the large à la carte menu.

Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #04-19, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872

Culina at COMO Dempsey

Contemporary / Casual

One of the few fresh market concepts in Singapore, Culina Bistro provides diners the opportunity to pick cuts of meat and seafood from refrigerated counters and have them prepared on the spot. Come early for the oysters, shucked for no additional cost, as they can run out pretty quick on the weekends. You can even assemble your own cheese and charcuterie platter, then throw in a little caviar if you’re feeling generous, to go with a bottle of rosé or champagne at the wine bar.

15 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249675

Cure

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Chef-owner Andrew Walsh is no stranger to shining the spotlight on exceptional ingredients, with a focus on Irish produce. Cure is a cosy, intimate space where his creativity shines through. Notable menu highlights include the soda, stout and treacle bread featuring a Guinness-infused soda bread glazed with sticky treacle and a Guinness and fermented honey mix, the Galway oyster with sea asparagus and dill, as well as the Irish brown crab.

21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Steakhouse / Smart

There’s one thing that CUT by Wolfgang Puck, awarded a one Michelin star in 2016, does well—steak. Head for their cuts of Japanese Wagyu from Sendai Prefecture or 21-day aged USDA Prime, offered as hefty portions at a minimum of 170 grams that are fired over applewood and charcoal. Charred till a tender medium rare, the meat needs little help but if you need additional condiments, we recommend the spicy Argentinian Chimichurri or the Creamy Horseradish. And if you have room, try the Kaya “Baked Alaska” for an amalgamation of local dessert flavours.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, #B1-71, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

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D.O.P Mozzarella Bar & Restaurant

Europe / Italian / Casual

If you’re one for light, creamy cheeses, DOP Mozzarella delivers on all fronts. Count on the friendly staff here to explain the different types of mozzarella cheeses on offer, from smoked burratina to truffled burrata. The homemade scialatielli cheese bowl is a crowd favourite, where the thick, short pasta is tossed in a tomato sauce with bacon and served in a bowl of, well, cheese. And if you’re looking to hit a cheese home run, end with the Sicilian cannoli—a delicious dessert that balances salty ricotta with chocolate.

The Quayside, #01-04A, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252

Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant & Bar

Europe / Italian / Casual

With the luxury of space at its Dempsey abode, the largest all-in-one venture from the Da Paolo group combines a cocktail bar, deli, fresh pasta station, gelato stand and wood fired pizza oven. Rattan chairs, terrazzo tabletops and colourful Campari paintings evoke Italian summers under lemon trees. Check out the assortment of handmade pasta which keeps to warm, hearty flavours one would find at big family dinners such as the Gorgonzola ravioloni with vegetarian-approved stuffing of cheese, baby spinach and leek crème. Or the Tomato & Burrata Risotto, essentially the Margherita version of a risotto.

Block 8 Dempsey Hill, #01-13, Dempsey Road, Singapore 247696

db Bistro & Oyster Bar

Europe / French / Casual

db Bistro & Oyster bar is a classic French bistro renowned for its extensive menu of bistro specialties, fresh seafood and oysters from around the world. It opened in 2010 in the luxury retail and dining atrium of Marina Bay Sands as the Singapore offshoot of celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne in New York City. Expect one of Singapore’s largest and freshest selection of oysters and a fantastic collection of signature burgers, complemented by traditional French bistro cooking with contemporary American flavours.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Galleria Level, #B1-48, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

Contemporary / Smart

Situated within an old colonial heritage building at Dempsey Hill, The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar sports a soaring ceiling, white-and-black tiled flooring, and a beautifully-lit interior. The food here is pure yet flavourful, featuring fresh vegetable juices, fruit essences, light broths and herbal vinaigrettes. Try the sous vide egg capped with caviar and herbs, or the soy-glazed crispy salmon sushi that is perfect for lunch. Desserts are the indulgent part of a meal here—dig into homemade salted caramel ice cream with roasted peanuts and lashings of hot fudge.

17D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676

Dimbulah Coffee

Australia / Casual

Located within Raffles Hospital, Dimbulah Coffee showcases the best of modern Australian cuisine. Featuring a rotating menu from breakfast to lunch to dinner, Dimbulah has much to offer. Expect generous Aussie portions for the breakfast menu with the typical eggs benedict or the smashed avocado with scrambled eggs, which naturally goes well with the Australian coffee. Come dinnertime (past 4pm) pizzas and burgers become available, along with special happy hour deals between 5-8pm for wine and beers.

Raffles Hospital, #01-01, 585 North Bridge Road Singapore 188770

Din Tai Fung (Paragon)

Asia / Chinese / Casual

When it comes to steaming hot soup dumplings, Din Tai Fung is often top of the mind. The popular Taiwanese restaurant has made a name for its Xiao Long Bao, a painstakingly laborious dish that wraps a juicy meat filling in a silky smooth dough skin with a minimum of 18 exquisite folds. The accompanying golden ratio of soy sauce and vinegar served with ginger are must-haves, and the restaurant has also branched out its soup dumpling offerings to include premium ingredients like crab meat with pork. Other popular favourites here include the Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing, a small but mighty appetiser that often sells out by dinner, as well as their signature Fried Rice with Shrimps & Eggs. The latter is a fluffy dream of golden pearl rice grains, served with juicy shrimps. Consistency is key here—diners come back for their favourites and the comfort that they know exactly what to expect each time they return.

Paragon Shopping Centre, #B1-03, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

Don Ho - Social Kitchen & Bar

Contemporary / Casual

Don Ho Social Kitchen & Bar serves modern Australian plates and exquisite cocktails in a trendy, cool space. The dishes here are great for sharing—start with the black bean hummus served with pita, and the crispy eggplant. For mains, the blackened chicken served with miso butterscotch and pomegranate and pistachio is a signature dish not-to-be-missed, as well as the salt brushed lamb tenderloin, boasting fork tender meat which goes perfectly with the accompaniments. The seafood offerings are equally well executed—try the charred octopus, cooked to perfection and served with Ratte potatoes, chorizo and coriander pesto, or the crab and leek presented with spicy tomato chutney.

The Working Capitol Building, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109

Dusk Restaurant & Bar

Contemporary / Casual

A hundred meters above sea level is Dusk Restaurant & Bar by the One Faber Group. Most come for the bird’s eye view of the harbour where sunsets are a breezy and picturesque affair. Executive chef Kenny Yeo incorporates Asian influences in the mostly European-centric menu that relies on tried-and-tested recipes. For example, the Tiger Prawn Capellini with lobster-infused oil and Duck Confit with a balsamic glaze. End with a sweet note with the Guinness Chocolate Cake as you watch the sun go down.

Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203

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Edge

Buffet / Smart

Seven open kitchens make a show of the international cuisine offered at Edge Restaurant. While the theatrics have been toned down and dishes have to be ordered à la carte for hygiene reasons, you’ll still get the same quality grub overseen by chef de cuisine Howard Leong. Seafood lovers will still get their fill of flower crabs, prawns and sashimi. Dishes of satay, laksa, Hong Kong dim sum and roasted meats are still available as well.

Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

elemen Classic 元素

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

When a meatless restaurant manages to convince a meat lover to make return visits, they’ve definitely gotten the menu right. Winning factors include: generous ingredients, fantastic seasonings with minimal processing and no unnecessary additives, and fusion elements to reach out to the younger crowd.

The kale tofu with wild rice featured three grain types: white, brown and wild, stir-fried with mountain yams, chickpeas and carrots, then tucked into a bamboo box and steamed for 45 minutes. The result is an immensely earthy dish packed with flavours.

Guests will love the wok hei-kissed brown rice with edamame beans, king oyster mushrooms, and asparagus. This seemingly simple dish is a contrast of textures and is delicious.

Make space for the chocolate lava cake with gelato, and pair it with interesting concoctions such as pink salt coffee.

Great World, #01-122, Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994

elemen 元素

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Going green doesn’t have to be boring. elemen elevates meatless cuisine with an innovative menu that offers both Asian and Western dishes. A top hit is quinoa brown rice served in a heated stone bowl. The rice is cooked slightly charred, which gives the grains a nice crunch while also bringing out the aroma of the nutty brown rice. From the immunity-enhancing wolfberry and anti-aging truffle to the antioxidants-rich wild rice, elemen also takes care to explain the benefits of each ingredient that goes into their dishes. 

Millenia Walk, #01-75A/76, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596

EMPRESS

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Located near the Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress is a great place to stop by after a museum tour for some dim sum or modern Chinese fare. Window seats offer a pretty waterfront view, while the 14-seater private room means you can comfortably hold business lunches here too. The triple roast meat platter is a signature, featuring sticky spare ribs, char siew, and crackling roast pork, while crispy duck is turned into a refreshing salad with nashi pears, figs and a plum-citrus dressing. Cocktails here are well-executed too—Empress & The Pea is a cheeky play on the fairytale, translated into an adult tipple made with Larios gin, lime juice and butterfly pea flowers.

Asian Civilisations Museum, #01-03, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Esquina

Europe / Spanish / Smart

Chef Carlos Montobbio runs a tight ship at Esquina. His creativity translates to fun dishes like the mini Spanish breakfast—a nest of eggshells filled with mushroom broth and scrambled eggs—as well as the grilled Sucrine lettuce with toasted macadamias and green herb yogurt. Sit by the counter and watch the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, while tucking into sweet treats like a refreshing beer and banana ice cream, or Basque cheesecake.

16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267

Etna Italian Restaurant

Europe / Italian / Smart

Etna Italian restaurant is known for its warm attentive service, an important factor that shapes the dining experience you’ll have here. After all, Etna is one of just 20 authentic Italian restaurants in Singapore that have received the Ospitalita Italiana Gold Seal Award.

Signature dishes here are made with produce imported from Italy such as the Burrata di Andria with parma ham. The pastas, of course, are housemade and stellar. There’s a crab linguine dressed in thick crabmeat sauce, while the homemade lobster ravioli with butter pistachio cream and prawns is a generous serve that goes well with a dry white from their Italian wine selection. For mains, the stracotto showcases tender beef ribs, slow-cooked for 48 hours.

Desserts are worth saving space for, too. The pistachio tiramisu, in particular, features a layer of pistachio cream brought in specially from Bronte, Sicily. The nuttiness adds a different dimension to the usual chocolate and cream dessert, and goes well with a sweet dessert wine. Ask the friendly and knowledgeable in-house sommeliers for suitable Italian wine recommendations to ensure the best pairing for your meal.

49 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513

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Fat Cow

Steakhouse / Fine Dining

Touted as the to-go restaurant for beef lovers, Fat Cow serves an extensive menu featuring premium wagyu dishes and decadent donburi bowls. Look forward to a variety of premium cuts of wagyu from various prefectures in Japan including Saga, Hyogo and Nagasaki. After picking their desired cut, diners can choose to enjoy the beautifully marbled meat charcoal grilled to medium perfection, or have it served sukiyaki or shabu-shabu style. Other notable highlights include the wagyu sandwich or the grilled cod for non-beef lovers.

Camden Medical Centre, #01-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649

Feng Shui Inn

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Located at Level G2, Crocksford Tower in Resorts World Sentosa, Feng Shui Inn is helmed by head chef Li Kwok Kwong from Hong Kong, who was previously of Carlton Hotel for 21 years, The restaurant’s menu mainstays consist of Cantonese classics with subtle twists. Notably, the Peking roast duck comes with Mexican buns, instead of the usual soft steamed pancakes. Meanwhile the barbecued charred meats and beef prime ribs are dishes ideal for sharing.

Resorts World Sentosa, #B1M-125- to 127, via Crockfords Tower Level G2, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138

FLUTES Restaurant.Bar

Buffet / Fine Dining

Representing the rich heritage of old colonial times at the National Museum of Singapore, FLUTES impresses with chef Peter Rollinson at the helm. Start off with the signature Shark Bay king prawns, boasting a zesty pumpkin flavour coupled with the creamy goat’s cheese. Complement the meal with a glass of wine from the extensive beverage menu, ranging from red fermented in Bordeaux to white aged in Burgundy, France.

National Museum of Singapore, #01-02, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897

FOC Restaurant

Europe / Spanish / Smart

Hong Kong Street might be bustling, but it’s impossible to miss the teeming crowds at FOC. This chic Spanish outfit is all about upbeat vibes and tapas done right. The classic patatas bravas, for instance, is an artform of delicately layered potatoes seasoned with a hint of paprika. If you’re looking to share, the squid ink paella boasts al dente grains with large king prawns. The Unbeli-bubble is a cocktail for the gram’—visually stunning with a lavender bubble which you pop to inhale the sweet scent of lavender while sipping on the tangy cocktail.

40 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059679

FOC Sentosa

Europe / Spanish / Smart

A lovely restaurant tucked into the older part of Sentosa, FOC is a friendly, comfortable spot by the beach for good Spanish food, well priced cocktails, and proactive, sincere service. The cherry on the top of this little gem? A fantastic sunset. Start on an unhurried note with their sangria, then tuck into their tender octopus galician and sweet carabinero prawns. For dessert, the yin yang cheesecake is a dramatic presentation of a circular wafer sandwiched with sweetened cream cheese filling that is best washed down with a strong, sweet fortified sherry.

110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943

Fremantle Seafood Market

Seafood / Casual

Named after the Australian port city known for its harbourside markets, Fremantle Seafood Market is a lively joint along River Valley Road serving up some of the freshest catch in town. Shucked oysters are an excellent way to start the meal, followed by king crab legs and a selection of sashimi. From the grill, try the fork-tender barramundi as well as the restaurant’s version of surf & turf. Pair it with a no-frills pint of beer or a glass of house white.

Clarke Quay, Traders’ Market, #01-06, Blk 3E River Valley Road, Singapore 179024

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GAIG Restaurant

Europe / Spanish / Casual

Helmed by chef-owner Carles Gaig, this eponymous family-owned restaurant along Stanley Street has a rich history that dates back to its Barcelona outfit that won a Michelin star in 1993. The warmly-lit restaurant occupies the space of two shophouses, dishing out crowd favourites like the squid ink and seafood fideuà (paella made with short noodles), and the suckling pig with sweet honeyed pear. If you like bold flavours, try Gaig’s traditional cannelloni stuffed with beef and pork—a rich, creamy dish made from a family’s treasured 1869 recipe.

16 Stanley Road, Singapore 068735

Gaston Burgundy Bistro & Wine Bar

Europe / French / Casual

Tucked away along Keong Saik Road, Bistro Gaston offers a taste of Burgundy classics in a cosy, warmly-lit environment. It’s easy to relax here with a glass of wine in hand, with conversations flowing easily over good food. The signature leek fondue with chopped hazelnuts in a velvety sauce is comfort food at its best, as is the foie gras with a tart berry jam. For mains, tuck into the Gaston Gerard, a hearty one-pan dish of tender chicken breasts cooked in white wine, crème fraîche and paprika.

#01-01, 25 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089132

Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare

Europe / Italian / Casual

Gattopardo Ristorante along Tras Street has become the stalwart for Italian cuisine in the Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood. Its shophouse location creates a homely ambience, complemented by friendly and welcoming service. The menu focuses on Sicilian dishes, such as fresh red prawn ravioli with stracciatella cheese. Also good is the wagyu beef carpaccio with burrata cheese, as well as the Normandy blue lobster served with fresh tagliatelle.

34 Tras Street, Singapore 079026

Gin Khao Bistro

Asia / Thai / Casual

Perched along the Sentosa quayside, Gin Khao Bistro provides an escape from the hustle of the city, allowing you to experience an imagined getaway to Bangkok with their menu comprising innovative and traditional Thai cuisine. Prepare to be surprised by the menu which offers up twists on the usual expectations. Imagine watermelon fried rice instead of the usual pineapple variant, and even green curry gelato with sticky rice. For the less adventurous some classics are also available.

Quayside Isle, #01-12, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar

Europe / French / Smart

Imagine sipping on affordable wines under a glittering chandelier display of twinkling inverted wine glasses. That’s the kind of night you’ll expect to have at Ginett, a chic bar that exudes an old-world charm. The wine list is impressive, and supported by good nosh. Have the cheese platter if you’re just looking for nibbles, or a charcoal-grilled aged prime rib if you fancy something heartier. Our recommendation—go early on Thursdays to catch the $1 oyster happy hour.

Hotel G Singapore, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980

Golden Peony

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Well known for its elegant interiors, Golden Peony serves contemporary Cantonese classics and signature dim sum, complemented with a well-curated accompanying wine list, and is very popular for weekend family get-togethers and weekday business lunches. Trademark traditional peony images decorate the walls and the custom-made yellow shaw plates, adding a touch of tradition to the modern setting. The restaurant also highlights its use of sustainable seafood and meat products in the dishes on the menu. Service is friendly and proactive.

Conrad Centennial Singapore, Level 3, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983

Good Time Eat Drink

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

Owned by a Peranakan couple, this retro casual restaurant along East Coast Road serves up fun, creative dishes. Sink into the brightly-coloured couches as you consider menu favourites such as Good Time Carbonara—a Western take on mee pok—or Nonya Sambal Barramundi, locally-caught fish baked in a spicy sambal. Don’t miss out on the Grandma’s Babi Lemak, either. The winning combination of homemade rendang and juicy, tender pork belly hits the spot, especially on cool, breezy nights.

889 East Coast Road, Singapore 459092

Gordon Grill

Steakhouse / Fine Dining

Having built a reputation for serving quality steaks and exciting Continental cuisine, Gordon Grill also offers discerning diners all the trappings of old European style grill rooms—like their signature meat trolley service.

Wheeled to each table, every single piece of meat is sliced, meticulously weighed and presented to diners on the trolley before it is sent to the kitchen and cooked according to the diners’ individual preference. Bolster your mains with a fragrant lobster bisque to start, and the Grill’s decadent crêpe suzette flambéed tableside with Cointreau and brandy.

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro @ Bukit Timah

Seafood / Casual

A neighbourhood favourite for seafood in the Bukit Timah enclave, Greenwood Fish Market serves an impressive variety of fresh seafood flown in from around the world. Start your meal here with some fresh oysters-the establishment offers a good selection from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, France, USA and Ireland. If you prefer your seafood cooked, go for the hot seafood platter, offering Boston lobster, squid, oysters, mussels, prawns, and fish-all cooked to perfection. Other popular favourites can be found on the Chef’s Specials section.

34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289236

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro @ Quayside Isle

Seafood / Casual

Located in Sentosa, Greenwood Fish Market Quayside is a popular offshoot of its main flagship in Bukit Timah. Its al fresco seating is the more comfortable option, especially if you enjoy a view of luxury yachts and neon lights. Seafood is clearly their specialty and the highlights of the menu include the battered oysters, the seasonal lobster bisque, and the prawn aglio olio.       A wide variety of fresh fish options are also available cooked to your preferred style.

Quayside Isle, #01-04/05, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375

Grissini

Europe / Italian / Smart

There is nothing like unwinding over a nice meal at the waterfront to the sound of laughing children on the boardwalk and the hypnotising lull of distant traffic in the background. Take it from us, there really is no better way to enjoy the gastronomic delights Grissini has to offer. A great destination for dining, the restaurant’s signature dishes include a tender grilled Mediterranean octopus that is cooked in a Josper charcoal oven, along with a ricotta and truffle tapenade pizza that also boasts bacon, mozzarella and decadent cream.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Ground Floor, 392 Havelock Road, Singapore 169663

GRUB Burger Bistro

Contemporary / Casual

A laid-back, holiday feel greets you on the decking of casual burger joint GRUB, which stands at the heart of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park. While it might feel like you’re dining near Bondi beach, this fun bistro is proudly 100% Singaporean, with a menu that gives a nod to the flavours of Japan. The signature burgers are the highlights here with unexpected offerings such as a pork katsu burger or mala xiang guo burger.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983

Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine

Europe / French / Fine Dining

Chef Gunther Hubrechsen’s eponymous dining room on Purvis Street is a stalwart of Singapore’s fine-dining scene. Guests start their dinner choosing from daily specials, presented as a platter of beautifully fresh ingredients tableside. For a big-hitting list of house favourites, head straight to the à la carte menu, where key dishes are labelled with the year Gunther first created them. Classic cold angel hair pasta and oscietra caviar (from 2005) is an elegant plate, while the smoked Alaskan king crab with a bonbon of 2017 Comté Millésimé pairs rich, velvety cheese and lightly smoked crabmeat to great effect.

#01-03, 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613

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Hai Tien Lo

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Set in the heart of Pan Pacific Singapore, Hai Tien Lo features traditional Cantonese dining with a contemporary twist. It offers a wide variety of classic dishes using age-old recipes, as well as a ‘new Cantonese’ menu curated by its chefs, helmed by chef Ben Zeng. Hai Tien Lo regularly refreshes its menu to enhance dish flavours, and pays special attention to its culinary presentation and dinner ware. Recommended dishes include the baked silver sea perch fillet in several flavours, such as kumquat chilli sauce, and the claypot simmered chinese baby spinach served with dried scallops, lily bulbs and garlic.

Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

Hot Stones Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Hot Stones Steak and Seafood puts the spotlight on quality meats, served on sizzling volcanic stone slabs that help ensure the natural juiciness of the meat. Start with the creamy baked crab meat, then dive into the Surf & Turf, showcasing succulent king prawns, tuna slices and pork tenderloin. End the meal on a sweet note with a tart Hokkaido orange milk pudding.

Clarke Quay, #01-06 Block D, 3D River Valley Road, Singapore 179023

HolyCrab

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

HolyCrab, pun fully intended, serves amazingly delicious seafood. Crab, imported fresh from Sri Lanka, is king at chef-owner Elton Seah’s outfit. You choose to dress your crab, roasted or steamed, in different sauces, such as The Sauna—a light, soy sauce and ginger blend topped with chopped scallions—or the aptly-named Orgasmic, a rich browned salted egg yolk gravy infused with curry leaves. Prefer a little more complexity to your dishes? Try the  Green Mumba—a spicy and savoury sauce made from an aromatic rempah of green chillies and herbs.

Besides crab, the restaurant also delivers on other seafood-inspired dishes as well. The sautéed white clams with a generous amount of garlic are a must-order, while the Atlantic cod served with ginger and scallions is done Cantonese-style with a splash of hot oil to bring out the aromatics. For carbs, try the Hooked on Mee (Hokkien mee). The wok-fried noodles are braised in crab broth, and chock-full of plump squid and pork belly slices. A generous garnishing of fried pork lard seals the deal.

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, service is charming and efficient and the drink menu boasts some interesting cocktails. HolyCrab is definitely a recipe for a fun night out with friends.

13 Stamford Road, #01-85, Singapore 178905

Hua Ting Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

This is where you’d come to for classic Cantonese fare or quality dim sum. As one of the earliest Chinese fine dining restaurants in Singapore, Hua Ting Restaurant at Orchard Hotel holds the fort as one of the best Cantonese restaurants. The space is newly furbished, with elegant Chinese lattice panels and glittering chandeliers.

Hong Kong masterchef Lap Fai is in charge of doling out iconic dishes the likes of Smoked Peking Duck and the Hua Ting Signature Crispy Roasted Duck. The latter comes with a crisp, caramelised skin that keeps the meat within juicy and tender. Like the flamboyant plating fit for an emperor, dishes here are presented as works of art. The Baked Empress Chicken Drumstick, for example, comes in a bread bowl sculpted to resemble a hen containing baked chicken, abalone, and fungus.

You must, of course, get the tea to pair with the meal. Fai has personally picked the selection of brew—Dawn of Spring, Golden Rays of Summer, Quaint Colours of Autumn Foliage, or Warmth of Winter Glow—that friendly service attendants will happily recommend.

Orchard Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879

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il Cielo Restaurant

Europe / Italian / Fine Dining

il Cielo, the Italian word for sky, also describes chef Yohhei Sasaki’s seemingly limitless creativity where he leads this Italian-Japanese restaurant, perched on the top floor of Hilton Singapore. A carefully choreographed dance of flavours, Sasaki displays a high level of culinary finesse in each dish, testimony to his time working in Michelin-starred kitchens across Tuscany and Lombardia.

You will find inspirations ranging from golden eye snapper carpaccio, homemade spaghetti topped with sea urchin to caramelized Miyazaki wagyu A4.

Hilton Singapore, Level 24, 581 Orchard Road,  Singapore 238883

iO Italian Osteria

Europe / Italian / Smart

Located on the second floor of HillV2 near Bukit Batok, this rustic Italian restaurant is a neighbourhood gem that is often buzzing even on a Monday evening. Think of it as comfort food done right—chefs banter in the bustling open-concept kitchen as they roll out fresh pasta dough with gusto, turning it into homely dishes packed with flavour. Our tip: grab a counter seat to watch the chefs in action.

You’ll find the best of Italy’s cuisine here, even Rome’s street food, which includes the Rice Suppli’, a scrumptious golden-crumbed arancini ball with a melted mozzarella heart. There’s also a traditional Roman schiacciata in plain and stuffed form, the latter served with melting pecorino cheese and plenty of black truffle shavings sandwiched between warm, crusty bread.

From the pasta menu, the orecchiette with pork sausage and saffron sauce is a winner, boasting slightly spicy meat and a light cream sauce. And if you’re looking for a main that pulls out all the stops, order the porchetta—a blossoming ‘flower-shaped’ dome of tender, juicy roasted pork belly slow-baked with wild fennel. Stop at the retail section by the door to stock up on quality truffle oil, homemade biscotti, or some of their delicious sauces.

HillV2, #02-01, 4 Hillview Rise, Singapore 667979

Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Heralded as one of Osaka’s oldest premium tempura restaurants, the 150 years of iteration shines bright with its Singapore outfit in Dempsey. Textured wood and earthy hues create a Zen-like ambience, while the counter is where a single chef deftly orchestrates the meals in this intimate 18-seater. The premise is simple—excellent ingredients, coated in a light batter and fried in safflower oil that ensures each piece of tempura is less greasy. The live prawn wrapped with bitter shiso leaf and the sea urchin tempura with caviar are two popular tempura items here.

Block 17B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676

Izy Fook

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Izy Fook sits on the lively stretch of Club Street—known for its colourful nightlife and string of eateries. Split into two areas of dining, the front of the restaurant boasts a sleek bar while the back offers a cosier setting for diners. Settle in with Izy Fook’s signature white bait, deep fried to a glorious golden brown and served with XO style chilli relish, as well as tacos made with beef rendang. Mains such as their char siew and roast pork are perfect for sharing.

27 Club Street, Singapore 069413

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JAAN by Kirk Westaway

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Blessed with spectacular views of the skyline, Jaan is the perfect setting for a romantic date. Helmed by chef Kirk Westaway, the menu here showcases his British roots in innovative fashion. Think quirky canapes inspired by fish and chips, a curious Eggs In an Egg dish, and tasty, succulent squab pigeon. Depending on the season, you’ll also find colourful greens reminiscent of an English garden in the summer. Service is intuitive and impeccable.

Swissôtel The Stamford, Equinox Complex, Level 70, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882

Jade

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Located at the heart of Singapore, Jade restaurant serves some of the best traditional Cantonese dishes. The decor is beautifully feminine with lacquered woods kissed by natural light in the day, and service staff are equally warm and welcoming. Classics like the crispy pork belly and wasabi prawns are done well, while dishes like double-boiled fish maw soup are soul comforts. Be sure to pre-order the Peking duck as well—the popular dish is worth making the extra effort for.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

Jam at Siri House

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Close to town yet hidden in a natural enclave, within Dempsey Hill sits Jam at Siri House. Run by a Thai real estate developer, Sansiri, one would experience first-hand what dining amongst luxury feels like, with the elaborate crystal chandeliers and warm lighting.

Their menu aims to provide comfort food that one could find in intimate home parties, while drinks here are one-of-a-kind with in-house infusions and distillates. Check in with their bartender for a detailed explanation or recommendation on their signature cocktails.

8D Dempsey Road, #01-02 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672

Jiang-Nan Chun

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Jiang-Nan Chun takes its name from Jiang Nan–the paradise-like region of southern China–and Chun, meaning the season of Spring. There is certainly much to find pleasurable on the refined Cantonese menu. Don’t miss the signature Peking duck, the highlight of any meal here. Roasted in a mesquite wood-fired oven, then skillfully carved at the table, the crispy skin is served with sugar before the meat is stripped and assembled into pancakes. All the usual accompaniments are provided, but the luxurious topping of caviar and the spring onion pancakes elevate Jiang-Nan Chun’s above others.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646

Joie by Dozo Restaurant

Asia / Modern Asian / Fine Dining

Perched on the rooftop garden of Orchard Central, Joie offers a set menu only concept specialising in modern meatless cuisine. Inspired by the healthy dining trend from Europe and Taiwan that showcases fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables, contemporary dishes are presented with accents of Japanese-European flavours. Imagine champignon mushrooms in place of escargot; konjac, coconut, huai san (Chinese yam root), and aloe vera mimicking sashimi. You will find yourself amazed that everything served here is plant-based.

Orchard Central, #12-01, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

 

Joo Bar

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Located in a quaint heritage shophouse, Joo Bar is a sleek and casual establishment that entices with their home-brewed makgeolli (Korean rice wine) and a menu that infuses quintessential Korean flavours with cuisines from all around the globe.  The bar celebrates the strong Korean drinking culture, where drinks are the mains and dishes are the sides. The makgeolli is served on tap then blended with fresh fruit to achieve 16 different flavours of this refreshingly light alcohol.

5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094

JYPSY

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

For contemporary, casual Japanese food with a twist, Jypsy is the place to go. With their interiors inspired by Japan’s bountiful seafood and coastline, the restaurant makes for a great spot to relax amidst a gorgeous setting. Food here is creative, yet sensible. Portions are sizable and prices keen. Think bluefin tuna sashimi topped with Avruga caviar, pickled wasabi with a sprinkle of furikake. Those with larger appetites may indulge in curry rice or even a nest of truffle fries.

#01-02, 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239072

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Kai Garden

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Helmed by executive chef Fung Chi Keung, Kai Garden in Marina Square dishes out Cantonese cuisine with a modern flair.

No meal here is complete without their signature crispy Peking duck, a glistening temptation with its glossy skin, thin layer of marbled fat, and tender meat. Attentive service staff will serve you the crispy duck skin, best enjoyed with accompanying rice crackers and dipping sauces, while the chef would recommend you savour the rest of the duck re-fried and served with mantou (Chinese buns).

Live fish is another mainstay at Cantonese restaurants, and chef Fung gives his own modern twist to the dish by cooking live garoupa with lobster in two different styles. The first showcases a rich, umami lobster broth packed with fresh garoupa slices. When you’re done sipping on the tasty soup, dig into the crispy fried fish slices that are a great textural contrast.

With its chic decor and bright lighting, dining at Kai Garden is certainly an experience to be shared with friends. You’ll want to get your cameras ready for the sweet and sour pork dish, too. The traditional dish is served chilled, meatball-style, and lacquered with a gorgeous, glistening red sauce that makes for a pretty picture.

Marina Square, #03-128A/128B, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594

Koji Sushi Bar​

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Boasting an open air area overlooking Raffles City, Koji Sushi Bar is an intimate dining space that is well suited for a formal corporate lunch or private celebratory dinners. The bar is reminiscent of a hole-in the-wall Japanese sushi joint in Tokyo. Here, the chefs prepare the food from behind a counter, expertly shaping slices of fish and rice into well-made sushi for hungry diners.

For a value-for-money lunch, try the Set D sushi set that features favourites like fatty tuna, striped jack, greater amberjack, scallop and conger eel. Also good is the tuna tartare rice bowl, with a generous amount of fresh fish layered on top of vinegared rice and a sprinkle of spring onions. Besides seafood, Koji Sushi Bar also offers an interesting wagyu sukiyaki, a comforting hotpot with strips of marbled beef, mushrooms and vegetables served with rice.

#01-42, Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street, Singapore 048660

Kam’s Roast

Asia / Chinese / Casual

A reputed name in Hong Kong’s F&B industry, Kam’s Roast entered Singapore’s shores in 2016 and now has two outlets at Pacific Plaza, and Jewel Changi Airport. While their famed goose is not part of the local menu, fans looking for roasted delights will not be disappointed. Highlights here are of course the roasted meats —char siew which comes in two variations, pipa duck marinated with aged mandarin peel, and crispy roast pork with the perfect crunch and flavour.

Pacific Plaza, #01-04/05/06/07, 9 Scotts Road, Singapore 228210

Keyaki​

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Before entering Keyaki, guests walk through a beautiful Japanese garden pavilion, preparing them for an exquisite Japanese dining experience. The restaurant itself is also tranquil, tastefully decorated with soft Japanese shamisen music playing in the background, adding to the atmosphere.

The mainly omakase dining experience suits well to cosy lunches and intimate dinners, with private rooms available in both Japanese and Western styles. Look forward to hotaru-ika (firefly squid) and sakura dai (cherry blossom sea bream) during the spring season.

Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 4, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

KOMA Singapore

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

This modern Japanese restaurant and sushi bar is all about making a grand impression, with a 20 metre-long tunnel lined with torii gates as its entrance, and a large Japanese bridge occupying centre stage in the restaurant. The same trend continues with the food, with dishes such as scallion fried rice sizzling in broth and a towering salmon pillow with smoked avocado. Sip on creative sake cocktails while snapping pictures of the pretty overhead lanterns.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-67, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Kuriya Dining

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Kuriya Dining is a smart-dining Japanese restaurant tucked away in a quieter corner of Great World City. The kitchen is helmed by master chef Naoki Tsuzuki, whose cooking style is traditional Japanese, employing the use of dashi from bonito and kelp.

The omakase dinner consists of 16 dishes presented at your dining pace. Allow up to two hours to leisurely enjoy the experience, which pairs well with the sake selection that even includes a private-labelled sake. Kuriya also has set lunch, set dinner and monthly specials.

Great World City, #01-127, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237934

Kyoten Japanese Cuisine

Asia / Japanese / Smart

It’s easy to miss the entrance of Kyoten with its nondescript exterior. But slide open the Shoji doors and you’ll find yourself in a charmed setting where service is jovial and the mood is merry. Located in the quaint Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, Kyoten is a precious gem of a Japanese sushi restaurant amidst the sea of hipster cafes and ice cream shops. And the sushi here meets the mark.

The premium sushi platter, for instance, steers away from the usual fare. Instead, expect the unexpected in the forms of lesser known fish with unique pairings—fatty barracuda, golden eye snapper with yuzu pepper, and the star of the show: a meltingly tender Kama-toro sushi, expertly sliced from the neck of bluefin tuna. Also good is the white shrimp sushi, a jigsaw composition of tiny shrimps artfully pieced together into an edible collage, and served on top of Sasanishiki rice.

Chef’s nimble fingers at packing the fish and rice tightly together is a sight to behold. It certainly takes skill to put together the uni handroll that has made its rounds on Instagram grids. A generous heap of Murasaki and Aka uni threatens to spill over from its bed of seaweed and rice, yet somehow holds together while you finish in two bites.

Kyoten may be new to the neighbourhood for now, but they are quickly carving out an identity that is distinctly their own.

5 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168643

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L’Angelus

Europe / French / Casual

Here at Club Street, L’Angelus offers traditional French food of top quality and an entirely French wine selection. Here, the garlic butter escargots are served in individual clay pots and topped with a small slice of toast, best paired with a dry Côtes de Provence rosé for added sweetness. A rustic Toulouse-style cassoulet, a stew of duck confit, Toulouse sausage and pork belly ragout, will transport you to the French countryside. Enjoy this with a tart red wine from Rhône valley.

85 Club Street, Singapore 069453

L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro

Steakhouse / Casual

L’entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro houses an effortlessly elegant, Parisian-chic interior, soothing French waltz music and of course, an honest-to-goodness menu comprising French classics.

The trimmed entrecôte steak being the only main course on the menu promises to be exquisite and is grilled, sliced and topped with the famed Café de Paris sauce. Complete your meal with other classics such as the French onion soup and the salted caramel butter lava cake.

L’entrecôte’s also boasts an exclusive collection of signature red and white wines.

36 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614

La Brasserie

Europe / French / Casual

La Brasserie, located on the ground floor of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, is a dining experience with a view. The dining room with its sleek, modern setting, faces the Marina Bay waterfront and affords diners spectacular views across the water to the statuesque architecture and buildings around the Bay. La Brasserie serves up local and international specials including classic French bistro favourites, together with a comprehensive list of fine wines, champagnes, cocktails and other drinks. On weekends a special brunch menu is featured.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

La Cala Singapore

Europe / Spanish / Smart

Located in DUO Galleria in Bugis, La Cala is a vibrant Spanish restaurant that is welcoming to both corporate and family-oriented diners. Dishes here are beautifully presented—take the octopus dish, a colourful combination of Galician-style roasted octopus, golden mashed potatoes, and purple beetroot chips with a dash of paprika. If you are sharing, the Meltique Beef Paella is a unique Carnaroli rice dish not commonly found in Spanish restaurants here. Meltique beef is the Spanish version wagyu, its high level of intramuscular fat marbling a perfect accompaniment to the al dente rice.

DUO Galleria, #01-40/43, 7 Fraser Street, Singapore 189356

La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore

Europe / French / Smart

Nestled in a pretty pink and gold room in the iconic Raffles Hotel is La Dame de Pic by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Guests can choose from two tasting menus–both of which feature Pic’s classic dishes such as the pyramid-shaped berlingots pasta in a fresh summer pea broth, inspired by the chef’s favourite childhood candies.

Staff are attentive yet relaxed, making guests feel instantly welcome. Attention to detail isn’t lost on the sommelier-introduced wine list, where there’s a focus on the French regions (in particular the Rhône Valley, Pic’s birthplace).

Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

La Tapería

Europe / Spanish / Smart

Located in the Shaw Center across two atmospheric rooms, La Tapería presents an extensive cold and warm tapas menu, with an impressive wine list focusing on the Iberian peninsula.

Featuring authentic and decadent spanish bites, try the croquette of suckling pig, bechamel and jamon Ibérico. Other highlights on the menu are a tuna and anchovy-stuffed piquillo pepper and an opulent lobster paella suitable for sharing. A selection of traditional Spanish cheeses or fluffy churros pair well with the wines and sherry available.

Shaw House, #02-10/11, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208

Latteria Mozzarella Bar

Europe / Italian / Casual

Latteria Mozzarella Bar impresses on first sight with its glittering outdoor garden streamed with fairy lights. Fresh mozzarella and burrata cheeses, flown in from Southern Italy twice weekly, are the star on the menu here—enjoy these as creamy stracciatella with fresh crab meat and avocado cream, or as molten burratina with roasted pumpkin. For mains, the pillow-y homemade gnocchi with porcini is delicious, while a scoop of pistachio gelato at the end makes for a sweet treat.

40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618

LAVO Singapore

Europe / Italian / Smart

Offering an unparalleled panoramic view of the island, this Italian restaurant is the perfect place to dine in the day—with incredibly impressive weekend brunch programs and live DJ sets. We highly suggest starting the meal with one of their specialty frozen lychee cocktails. Served in a sexy martini glass with a whole succulent lychee, the delicious beverage packs quite the punch with rosé and smooth Ketel One vodka. Also order the restaurant’s signature meatball—a complete mouthful, with a full pound of wagyu, veal and Italian sausage topped with ricotta.

Marina Bay Sands Tower 1, Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore

Steakhouse / Fine Dining

A family-run business since 1938, Lawry’s has become a household name for celebrating special occasions over quality prime rib. The brown gown service uniforms are a hark back to the 50s’, while traditions such as the spinning bowl done over a bed of ice to maintain the crisp freshness of salad leaves exude old-school charm.

The signature dish is the 21-days aged USDA prime rib of beef, slow-roasted on beds of rock salt. The meat is then carved and served from the restaurant’s iconic stainless steel silver carts, served with the popular spinning bowl salad, Idaho mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

Mandarin Gallery, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, #04-01/31, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897

leopold

Europe / Others / Casual

This compact gastro-bar brings hearty Austrian, German and Swiss fare to Tanjong Pagar. With their comprehensive menu, an interesting wine list, and cocktails made with their own-brand sloe gin, leopold makes for a great place for after-work gatherings and low-key dinners.

The jaussenplatten features an enormous selection of regional cheese, cured meats and pickles which pairs perfectly with the mineral driven Austrian wines. The menu is handily split into regional dishes with highlights on popular items such as Wagyu rindergulash (beef stew) and schnitzelplatte (Austrian schnitzel).

96 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088517

Le Bon Funk

Contemporary / Casual

Great food. Natural wines. Buzzing vibes. Le Bon Funk is the kind of cool hangout that checks all the right boxes without trying hard. The lights might be turned down low, but the warm, tongue-in-cheek service sets the tone for a fun night out. The cedar jelly and foie gras snow on buttery toasted brioche is a dream to start with, followed by the beef tongue and gribiche sammy—the cold egg sauce brings out the deep flavours of the tender offal. Pair this with a bottle of natural wine, recommended to you by their ace sommelier.

29 Club Street, Singapore 069414

Les Bouchons Rive Gauche

Steakhouse / Smart

This French-inspired steakhouse has a reputation for serving excellent steaks and free flow signature homemade fries. The robust flavours of the steaks always shine through the perfectly cooked steaks that even feature giant cuts such as the bone-in 1kg Angus prime rib.

Other dishes such as grilled salmon with passionfruit butter is also available and the sides such as the creamy spinach also serves to complete the meal. There is a good selection of wines and liquors that even includes a wonderful sweet port.

The Quayside, #01-02, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252

LeVeL33​

Contemporary / Smart

It’s worth a trip up to Level33 if you’re after amazing panoramic views and great beers. The microbrewery offers a selection of house brews that are fun to sample, including the brut beer made from the same yeast as champagne. If you’re having fish, opt for the wheat beer. Dishes here are inspired by the brew-making process, as seen in the pan-seared sea bass served with beer malt risotto.

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, #33-01, 8 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018981

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Casual

This award-winning establishment at Sheraton Towers is best known for serving exquisite Cantonese fare prepared with flair. The attention to detail is evident in its intricate dim sums such as the steamed scallop dumplings; steamed pork and crab meat dumplings; and the steamed crystal dumplings with mixed vegetables. Try some items from the main menu as well, such as the clear broth of fish maw and bamboo pith; the sautéed egg white with fresh milk gravy and scallop; and the stir-fried special fish noodle with prawn in superior stock.

Sheraton Towers Singapore, Lower Lobby Level, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230

Long Beach King @ Stadium

Seafood / Casual

Freshness begins from the source and Long Beach King stands testament to this belief, judging from the seemingly endless tanks of seafood. Since opening its first outlet in 1946, the Chinese seafood restaurant has got its formula for consistently great dishes down pat. Crustaceans are front and centre with the Classic White Pepper Live Alaskan King Crab and The Original Best Pepper Crab. Then temper the heat with Air Flown Live Scottish Royal Razor Clam with Minced Garlic and Vermicelli with its soy broth and delicate shellfish.

220 Stadium Boulevard, Singapore 397803

Lucca’s Trattoria

Europe / Italian / Casual

Lucca’s Trattoria is well known for its homely style of Italian cuisine. Think freshly made pasta, pizza and rich scoops of silky gelato. Appetisers are generous, such as a Tuscany signature soup brimming with slices of beef, cannellini beans and kale. Be sure to dip the accompanying toast into the hearty broth. Also good is the fried prosciutto and mozzarella, a play on creamy and crispy textures.

Pizzas are classics, but what you really won’t want to miss is the selection of meats, The hefty 700g of grass-fed T-bone steak, for instance, is pan seared and basted generously with butter so the meat is tender yet juicy and full of flavour. Or challenge your palate with the rabbit meat pappardelle, served in a rich red wine sauce.

For desserts, keep it simple with a scoop of gelato. The pistachio is rich and nutty, the perfect treat to end a meal.

Robertson Walk, #01-12, 11 Unity Street, Singapore 237995

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Madame Fan

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

Located in a mid-century former military officers’ club, Madame Fan is surrounded by faceted floor to ceiling mirrors and crushed velvet seats reminiscent of a sultry 1920s’ speakeasy in Shanghai. Meals at Madame Fan should always start with a cheeky cocktail—gin and salted caramel lemons in a champagne coupe. Order the house’s signature Maine lobster wonton noodle that goes well with spring onions and ginger.

The NCO Club, Level 2, 32 Beach Road, Singapore 189764

Mag’s Wine Kitchen

Europe / French / Casual

One of the longest operating independent establishments since opening in 1996 at Circular Road, Mag’s Wine Kitchen should be considered an institution. Former banker-turned chef Magdalene Tang is self-taught, and oversees the menu (and off-menu specials, if you ask) that the kitchen team puts out. Think rustic fare such as beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, foie gras terrine and duck with olives, as well as the popular lobster risotto—a medium-rare lobster tail on a bed of risotto cooked till an almost porridge-like consistency.

#01-06, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158

Majestic Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Located at Marina One, Majestic Restaurant is suitable for business entertainment and small group gatherings over lunch and dinner. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for plenty of natural light in the day, and lovely views by night.

Service here is brisk and efficient, while the food delivers on all the right notes. Try the kurobuta pork char siew—the meat is nicely charred, tender, and delicious with a savoury-sweet sauce—while the lobster dumpling soup and crab meat broth with fish maw are thoughtfully served in individual bowls.

A highlight of every meal is the smoked kampong chicken, seasoned with salt and hickory. The meat is tender and packed with flavour, with a hint of smokiness. The selection of baijiu at Majestic Restaurant makes for an interesting pairing with the mains, with top brands such as Moutai and Wu Liang Ye available by the bottle.

End the meal on a sweet note with the crispy durian ice cream drizzled with maple syrup. Don’t  be fooled by the size of this single serving dessert—the durian ice cream packs a powerful flavour punch.

Marina One East Tower, The Heart, #04-01, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935

Man Fu Yuan

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

A comfortably elegant restaurant located within a handsome heritage hotel, Man Fu Yuan is synonymous with quality Cantonese cuisine with a touch of modernity. The chilled starter of firm and sweet Roma tomatoes filled with generous lumps of crab meat, presented in a gorgeous grey ceramic dim sum basket and engulfed in tea-infused ‘smoke’ is a visual feast. The Chinese roasts such as the tender honey-glazed barbecue duroc pork belly and flavour-packed, succulent signature duck smoked in West Lake Longjing tea leaves are evergreen favourites.

InterContinental Singapore, Level 2, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

Meatsmith Little India

The Americas / North American / Smart

Meatsmith, from the stables of Burnt Ends, offers varied barbecue experiences across its three outlets. The Little India outlet pays homage to the flavours of the Indian subcontinent, with graffiti-filled walls to match its corner spot in the bustling area.

Come here for the exceptional barbecued meats, with starters ranging from veal brisket served in a chapati bread taco style to bite sized crispy skinned pork cheeks.The mains such as the lamb chops were also chargrilled to perfection, and larger groups can order the whole butter chicken served on a bed of basmati rice.

21 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894

Menya Kokoro

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Award-winning Menya Kokoro serves up delectable Japanese cuisine like no other. This Tokyo-based restaurant has rightly earned a reputable global presence due to its precise, healthy and authentic style. Start off their hot tori karaage to warm up your appetite and set yourself up to enjoy their scrumptious Zenbu All-In Mazesoba. Big eaters can rejoice as there is an upsize option as well!  Complement your meal by having your pick from their wide range of sides. We also recommend their freshly made gyoza that is juicy on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside.

100AM Mall, #02-10, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027

mezza9

International / Smart

Mezza9 is home to nine different cuisines under one roof. The elegant space is dressed in polished mahogany and accent lighting, putting the spotlight on different stations that dish out the likes of Maine lobster rolls, sushi, Thai curries, and grilled meats. A crowd favourite is the Thai salt-crusted whole red tilapia, which serves two comfortably. Service is attentive, and staff are careful not to interrupt flowing conversations. The Perrier Jouet Sunday champagne brunch is great value if you’re looking for a weekend treat.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Mezzanine Level, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

Mikuni

Asia / Japanese / Fine Dining

The pinnacle of modern kaiseki cuisine at Fairmont Singapore, Mikuni houses three live stations–sushi, robatayaki, and teppanyaki, each helmed by a master chef. Best suiting a leisurely lunch or dinner gathering, Mikuni’s ambience evokes a sense of mystery with its strategic lighting, dark furniture and quiet acoustics.

Expect seasonal offerings in their menu along with classic Japanese fare like the Miyazaki wagyu beef don or ribeye steak. The impressively plated live Boston lobster uni yaki pairs well with the sake from Mikuni’s beverage list.

Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Nestled within Goodwood Park Hotel, Min Jiang is an elegant space with friendly and knowledgeable service, making it well suited for families and small group gatherings. Highlights of a meal here include crispy, golden-brown XO carrot cake cubes flecked with pieces of dried shrimp, as well as a beautiful camphor tea-smoked duck that is served in delicate pancake wraps. A pot of premium Chinese tea, such as the rose aged pu-erh, makes for an aromatic floral brew that goes nicely with the food.

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Min Jiang at Dempsey

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Located on the fringe of Dempsey, Min Jiang offers lush green views of its frangipani garden by day; by night, the timber and rattan furnishings gleam with mellow golden and green reflections. The classic must-have here is the wood-fired Peking duck, with crispy skin that hides a thin layer of marbled fat, and juicy meat that you can enjoy two ways. Come for lunch to enjoy the creative dim sum menu where prawn dumplings are beautifully presented to resemble goldfish swimming in a pond.

7A &, 7B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249684

MO BAR

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Rarely does a full-fledged bar also nail a delicious menu, something MO Bar delivers while offering guests a chic ambience overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay skyline. The drinks menu is presented in the form of an odyssey around the world—there’s a cocktail version of Thailand’s mango sticky rice, made with mango and pandan-infused whisky.While there are bar bites, we recommend saving your stomach for the actual mains instead. The Gyu-Ktsu sando is a simple but delicious dish of breaded wagyu done medium-rare and sandwiched between buttery toast.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, Level 4, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797

MONTI at 1-Pavilion

Europe / Italian / Smart

In the heart of the central business district, Italian restaurant Monti boasts an impressive setting with its sweeping views of the Marina Bay Front through floor-to-ceiling windows. Like the chic interiors and classy ambience, service here is attentive, the food, genuine and abundant. Recommendations include the pan-seared scallops, Acquerello risotto, and the steaks. Desserts are also excellent, especially the classic tiramisu which hosts a perfect balance of creamy mascarpone cheese, savoiardi biscuits, Marsala wine and good dusting of cocoa powder.

The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327

Moosehead Kitchen-Bar

Australia / Casual

With its laid-back and kitschy interiors, Moosehead Kitchen & Bar is a charming restaurant along Telok Ayer street serving polished street food inspired by Mediterranean flavours. Their menu changes from time to time and is designed for sharing. It is uncomplicated food, made with top quality, seasonal ingredients that is rustic and full-flavoured. A few highlights include the roasted brocollini, roast barramundi, the pork jowl, and the zesty pistachio cake. If you are adventurous you can try the crispy pig’s ear to go with drinks.

110 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068579

MORSELS

Asia / Singaporean / Smart

Within the depths of Dempsey Hill, Morsels welcomes you with quirky pops of colour from a collection of potted plants, homely interiors of repurposed wood and an open kitchen.

Designed as a communal dining experience, craft your meal from a selection of snacks, small plates, carbs, mains and dessert; sharing set menus available at nine and 11 courses. Venus clams, seasonal oyster, Hokkaido scallops, and Toriyama wagyu chuck roll are items to look out for.

#01-04, 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670

Mott 32

Asia / Chinese / Smart

With award-winning outposts in Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Vancouver, Mott 32 is the gold standard for Chinese fine dining. Dressed in opulent oriental furnishings and a moody ambience, the restaurant is dressed to impress. Food is of the same high standard, such as the Peking duck roasted over apple wood chips, and the marbled Ibérico pork char siew. Also good is the mapo tofu with succulent chunks of fresh lobster.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-42-44, Galleria Level, Singapore 018956

My Little Spanish Place (Boat Quay)

Europe / Spanish / Smart

The second eatery to open after the successful first outlet in Bukit Timah, the Boat Quay post offers home-style Spanish cuisine by the Singapore River with a more grown-up attitude compared to its predecessor. Here, you’ll find the same brick exposed walls, a line-up of jamón and laidback service it’s beloved for.

Chefs Maria Sevillano and Edward Esmero have given this menu a few refreshments, but the crowd favourites remain as well. Tapas to start with include Gambas al Ajillo or prawns cooked in olive oil, garlic and chilli, and Pinchos Morunos de Pollo or chicken skewers. Served in larger portions are the seared Ibérico pork, the pride and joy of Spain, as well as the Pulpo de la Casa (grilled octopus), a tender tentacle seared to perfection. If you’re just here for nibbles, a platter of jámon and cheese will do you well, alongside a few side dishes and homemade garlic bread to go with the wines.

The wine list is sizable, spanning different regions in Spain, with organic options from Mauro Cosecha, Geol and Auzells. Enjoy it by the bottle, or have your vino mixed into a fruity sangria cocktail instead.

54 Boat Quay, Singapore 049843

My Little Spanish Place (Bukit Timah)

Europe / Spanish / Smart

There’s no need for fuss and frills at My Little Spanish Place, where the food is unpretentious and the service amiable. Tucked away along Bukit Timah Road, the space is warmly-lit, with plush seats that you can sink into with a delighted sigh to rest your weary feet. There’s also a cosy outdoor area for cool nights where you can sit with a glass or two of sangria in hand.

Start with the platter of five cured hams—the six-year-old aged Ibérico is particularly savoury and well-marbled. Also good here are the croquettes, stuffed with creamy cod or the classic ham and cheese, as well as the clams cooked in white wine, garlic and butter. Share the grilled octopus leg that is delightfully tender and the house paella cooked in seafood broth—the latter showcases al dente grains full of flavour, with generous chunks of squid, fish, prawns and mussels. For drinks, the white and red sangrias by the glass are delicious, fruity concoctions.

619 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269720

My Little Tapas Bar

Europe / Spanish / Smart

If you’re familiar with My Little Spanish Bar along Bukit Timah Road, you’ll probably know its sister outfit My Little Tapas Bar along Ann Siang Road. Helmed by chef partners Edward Esmero and Maria Sevillano, expect an authentic Spanish experience here from the decor down to the food. This means rustic, wood-toned interiors, splashes of bullfighting memorabilia, and a menu showcasing traditional Spanish cheeses, aged jamón, and paella. The grilled octopus is one of the highlights here, featuring a perfectly-cooked tentacle bathed in a piquillo sauce and white bean purée. Also good is the tortilla, a  wobbly Spanish omelette cooked with onions and potatoes. Food is best paired with glasses of fruity sangria, or a mellow Spanish red that makes for easy drinking and lovely conversations.

14 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069694

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Napoleon Food & Wine Bar

Europe / French / Casual

This almost hidden bar on Telok Ayer Street is a find for chilly, wet evenings, when you need warm, intuitive service, a full-bodied Burgundy, and a satisfying Maine lobster risotto to sweeten the week. The cosy dining room is walled on one side by an inviting bar, and a showcase of the best French wines–300 plus labels and counting–on the other. We recommend starting with the delicious seared Hokkaido scallops and burrata salad, before easing into the grilled grass fed Angus beef tenderloin, or the slow-cooked rainbow trout, both of which are excellent.

206 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068641

NOX - Dine in the Dark

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Twelve dishes. Three courses. Dine in the dark. Such is the premise of NOX – Dine in the Dark where a multi-sensory dining experience in pitch blackness awaits.

Pre-dinner service begins at the Lounge where guests can choose their favoured tipple from a selection of cheekily-named cocktails such as The Joker, wine by the glass or complementary pairing options. The monthly renewed repertoire of modern European with an Asian twist will keep your palates  engaged and minds guessing with playful textures and flavours.

269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546

NUDE Chill

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

A dining concept born from Hai Sia Seafood wholesaler, NUDE Chill is the younger, more casual sibling of NUDE Grill. Meant for quick lunches in the day and a watering hole by night, the eatery is fitted with high stools and dark wood accents. In addition to its own menu, diners can order from NUDE Grill’s next door as well. If you’re undecided, get the two fishes at once; a delicate hickory-smoked salmon and grilled barramundi. For drinks, have the bartenders shake up a cocktail or choose from the extensive alcohol menu.

Marina One – The Heart, East Tower, #01-23, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935

NUDE Grill

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Nestled in Marina One, NUDE Grill  is perfect for the office crowd, Friday night drinks or the weekend family outing. However, its pull is really the ambience, lovely décor, and above all the attitude and friendliness of the staff. The dining experience is invariably Western, with the Wagyu burger being one of the top highlights. Other notable dishes are the Duo of Salmon and Barramundi, and also the Fisherman’s Linguine, which is also available in a kid-friendly portion.

Marina One – The Heart, East Tower, #01-22, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935

NUDE Seafood

Seafood / Casual

NUDE Seafood operates on a simple premise—good ingredients, at an affordable price. Located in the heart of the city, the tastefully-decorated restaurant is a good place for entertaining clients. The seafood bouillabaisse is a hearty stew with braised tiger prawns, cuttlefish and clams, while the grey mullet fish boasts crispy skin and tender meat. Head to the bar after for a glass of organic wine or cocktails.

5 Straits View #01-23, Marina One East Tower, Singapore 018935

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Oasis

International / Smart

Bringing the term ‘poolside barbecue’ to new heights, Oasis Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Singapore is an all-day joint serving à la carte lunch and buffet dinner. The stainless steel and rock face open kitchen fires up your orders on the spot, so you get a full view and smell of what’s cooking such as the Australian lamb ribs slathered in BBQ sauce. Local fare is a hit here too. The nasi goreng, laksa and satay definitely stand up to their hawker counterparts.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Terrace Wing, Level 5, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

Ocean Restaurant

Asia / Modern Asian / Fine Dining

Be enchanted by the hammerhead sharks, manta rays and schools of multi-coloured fish that swim just metres away from you while you dine at Ocean Restaurant. It features a mod-Asian menu with a focus on ingredients that are sustainably sourced. Dine on the best produce the sea has to offer, like a Japanese-style salad made with amberjack sourced from the Pacific, or blue cod from Chatham Islands in New Zealand. Even the drinks here are mirrored after the hues of the ocean, with a standout being ocean sensation, where the use of peach schnapps, apple juice and blue curaçao are inspired by the image of the sun setting over the horizon.

S.E.A Aquarium, #B1-455 & 456, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

Odette

Europe / French / Fine Dining

Stellar service. Beautiful space. Excellent food. If there’s one place in Singapore that checks these boxes, it would be three-Michelin-starred Odette. Helmed by chef-owner Julien Royer, Odette is a translation of the French chef’s ingenuity.  Royer pairs ingredients from both ends of the world with ease, such as Japanese sea urchin with Kristal caviar, or Nashi pear with brown crab from Normandy.

He also has plenty of fun with presentation. The crab course sits under a delicate blanket of green jelly, while the rosemary smoked egg arrives at the table in a cloud of dry ice smoke. The cheese and digestif trolley at the end is a classic French-style way to end the meal—indulge.

National Gallery Singapore, #01-04, 1 St Andrew’s Road, 267 Beach Road, Singapore 178957

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge

Europe / Spanish / Casual

We can see why diners keep coming back—service is fast, flavours are consistent and, well, that burnt cheesecake. Food is done tapas style suited for the convivial atmosphere with a steady chatter of guests. Plating is sleek and modern such as the Homemade Catalunya Lobster-Avocado Roll that comes as a singular row of lobster meat wrapped in thin slices of avocado. Chef and co-founder Alain Devahive also does classic recipes such as squid ink rice with grilled king Carabineros. Get the sommelier to crack open a bottle of red as no Spanish meal is complete without wine.

#01-03, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158

Omoté

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Since its humble beginnings as Sushiro in the food hall of Thomson Plaza, Omote has come a long way in its mission to disrupt the ultra-competitive modern Japanese casual dining segment. The obviously experienced and attentive service staff makes dining here a breeze, starting from the warm welcome to your seats, recommendations on ordering, to the serving of food.

You will be able to find this restaurant easily by looking out for the cute polar bear mascot at the door.

Thomson Plaza, #03-24A, 301 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574408

One-Ninety Restaurant

International / Smart

Located in Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, One-Ninety Restaurant provides an elegant setting for serving up Provencal cuisine with an Asian twist. The dark interior accents are polished and gleamed, with classical piano music tinkling in the background. Staff are sharply-dressed and attentive. Dishes here are elegant yet creative. Menu highlights include avocado in a miso dressing, and lobster and prawn toast with spicy tobiko. Enjoy this with a glass of champagne, or a customised cocktail from the bar.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646

Open Farm Community

Contemporary / Casual

Open Farm Community is a true gem nestled in the heart of this city, where a rustic dining area is set amidst a garden of herbs and flowers. The open concept kitchen focuses on locally sourced, seasonal dishes. There’s a Tiberias red snapper ceviche with puffed black rice, ginger flower and lime that is tart and refreshing, while the roast spatchcock chicken is comfort food at its best, served with fresh tomato salad from the garden. Sip on a refreshing gin cocktail while soaking up the garden vibes.

130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819

Opus Bar & Grill

Steakhouse / Smart

Opus Bar & Grill isn’t just a restaurant with sexy curves and sleek accents; it also has heart. Service staff notice the little things—if you’re feeling cold, and offering to move you to another seat. Steaks here are dry-aged in a gorgeous pink Himalayan salt-tiled cabinet, then served on the bone for visual impact. The signature Black Angus bone-in ribeye is expertly seared and sliced, best paired with red wine and bone marrow sauce or the armagnac green peppercorn. Have it with the Opus over-the-top fries—cooked in foie gras fat and black truffle puree.

The Quayside, #01-02, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252

Origin Grill & Bar

Steakhouse / Smart

Fashioned after a 1930’s train station, Origin Grill exudes a certain colonial charm and old-world splendour. Meats are the star of the show here, in particular the snow-aged full blood wagyu. The snow-ageing process is done only in Japan, and yields a cut that is deep in flavour with rich marbling. These exclusive cuts go well with the wine selection here, with interesting varietal picks from Turkey as well as Hungary.

Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

Oscar’s

Buffet / Smart

Oscar’s is a lively hotel restaurant during the week, but their signature International Sunday Brunch is the real lure. The buffet is certainly an international experience, with delicacies from Europe to the East. The fresh seafood station is a great place to start, with oysters from around the world and a large selection of sashimi, sushi and crab. At the live cooking stations, chefs get hands-on as they serve up mala stir-frys, roast meat carvings and the catch of the day grilled on the outdoor barbeque.

Conrad Centennial Singapore, Ground Floor, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982

Osia Steak and Seafood Grill

Australia / Casual

Osia’s spacious and relaxing dining space, from renowned Australian restaurateur Scott Webster, is a welcome addition to the restaurants in Resorts World Sentosa. Serving modern Australian cooking from an open kitchen, there is a focus on premium meats and seafood flown directly from Australian shores.

As you might expect, there’s a great selection of Australian wines to choose from–pair them with the cheese platter, complete with lavash and a fruit paste, for a fine end to the meal.

Resorts World Sentosa, Festive Walk, #02-140/141, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098139

OSO Ristorante

Europe / Italian / Fine Dining

Oso Ristorante at Oasia Hotel Downtown provides a leisurely fine dining Italian gastronomic experience with a personal touch by owners Diego Chiarini and Stephane Colleoni, both of whom you may find mingling with the diners occasionally.

The restaurant’s interior decor is warm and modern, with its red brick wall providing a traditional backdrop while diners relax in spacious armchairs during the meal.

Fans of traditional Italian fare will enjoy the signature angel hair pasta with crab meat, and cheese lovers can savour Oso Ristorante’s mixed cheese plate from the restaurant’s very own cheese room.

Oasia Hotel Downtown, 27th Floor, 100 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079333

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Paradise Classic

Asia / Chinese / Casual

As we move away from the bustling city and immerse into a place full of attractions and relaxation, Resorts World Sentosa is also the place where delightful Oriental cuisine can be found at Paradise Classic. It is a restaurant where many can enjoy the nostalgic tastes from various dishes like the double-boiled soups and other East Asian staples. Do try the salted egg yolk coated fried fish skin as an appetiser, before moving on to selections such as hot plate tofu, claypot silver needlefish, and crispy french beans.

Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #B1-201, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098138

Paradise Dynasty

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Paradise Dynasty offers the great eight cuisines of China all under one roof and the Wisma Atria outlet is the perfect place to sample their delicacies in a cosy ambience and central location.

Their famed multi-flavoured xiao long bao are a must order-the earthy black truffle, sweet crab roe and decadent foie gras stand out whereas the original version with its thin skin and 18 exquisite folds balances out the more robust tasting filling in typical Shanghai fashion.

Wisma Atria, #01-18, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877

Paradise Teochew

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Paradise Teochew, located at the high-end mall of Scotts Square is a Teochew cuisine restaurant embracing natural flavours, light seasonings and fresh ingredients in its dishes. It features a very extensive menu of over a hundred Teochew-style signature dishes coupled with an array of dim sum offerings. Beloved dishes such as the Chilled Yellow Roe Crab in Teochew Style, Teochew Style Braised Shark’s Fin in Casserole, and Stewed Duck with Yam in Casserole will leave diners spoilt for choice.

Scotts Square, #03-04, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209

Park90

International / Smart

A tea lounge by day and wine bar by night, Park90 is Regent Hotel’s best kept secret. Mostly catering to in-house guests, the bar is located at lobby level, and is serviced by highly-trained sommeliers.

A periodically updated selection of wines are available by the glass, and there is a textbook-long wine list for those who prefer ordering a bottle.  Pair that with their Italian Cold Cuts and Premium Cheese Selection which features a variety of both soft and hard cheeses, plus delicate cured meats.

Regent Hotel, Lobby Atrium, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

Patara Fine Thai Cuisine

Asia / Thai / Smart

Home to a minimalist, Benjarong-enamel decorated interior, this two decade-old stalwart is known for showcasing indigenous Thai dishes. Get the Patara Premium platter for  bite-sized samples of Thai Iron Chef Thanintorn “Noom” Chantrawan and head chef Lisa Khamphuang’s cuisine. Enough for two, it includes the Thai Royal Kitchen creation, chor muang; flower dumplings with caramelised chicken, sweet turnip and peanut filling, topped with coconut cream. Also try the Harng Wau soup, his take on traditional oxtail soup with fried tomato, shallots, ginger root and kaffir lime.

Tanglin Mall, #03-14, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933

Picotin Express Bukit Timah

Contemporary / Casual

Derived from the French word meaning ‘a ration of horse feed’, this family-friendly bistro offers spacious semi-outdoor seating against the greens of the Champions Golf Course. There’s the usual bistro fare such as salads and sandwiches but check out their handmade pizzas named after horse breeds the likes of Bashkir, Azteca and Pinto. For the hungry, you can’t go wrong with Classic Steak Frites, 250g Australian ribeye with shoestring fries with a choice of herb butter or béarnaise sauce.

Champions Golf Course, 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286966

Po

Asia / Singaporean / Smart

Nestled within the chic Warehouse Hotel, Po is a Singaporean restaurant serving local delights and elevated Singaporean staples. A must-try here is the DIY popiah—indulge in the fresh flower crab version for a refined take. Other dishes not-to-be-missed include the barramundi salad featuring raw barramundi served carpaccio style with ginger flower and red boat fish sauce, as well as the wagyu short rib rendang and the carabinero prawn mee—an elevated local dish with Mediterranean wild red prawns, pork belly, lard and sakura ebi.

The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628

PocoLoco

Europe / Italian / Casual

A hidden gem, this minimally decorated, neighbourhood Italian eatery is known for its homely, comfort food dishes with a Japanese slant. A popular house favourite is the cold Cappelini, where sea urchin and thinly sliced Hokkaido scallops crown cold angel hair pasta scented with truffle oil and shio kombu. Not limited to pasta, a roasted pork rack drizzled with salsa verde, or a beef tenderloin with either gorgonzola or truffle cream sauce is available as well.

215f Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349

Prego

Europe / Italian / Smart

Easily accessible through both Fairmont Hotel and Raffles City, Prego is a semi-casual Italian restaurant. The interiors are decked out in exposed brick walls, exuding a charm reminiscent of small towns in Tuscany. Pizzas slide in and out of a wood-fired oven, with a bubbly, leopard-spotted crust. And if you enjoy cheese boards, the Italian selection here is stellar–opt for the sharp, candied orange gorgonzola. The wine list is also extensive, and includes some great selections.

Fairmont Singapore, Level 1, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560

Preludio

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Taking its cue from the Japanese omakase concept, head chef Fernando Arevalo plans his menu around a theme every year. For now, Preludio is guided by the idea of ‘Time’—this means dishes are expressed through the various aspects of time. Confit duck pasta, for instance, features French duck aged for three weeks. The tender wagyu dish transports you to Columbia with a special sauce of smoked cauliflower and piquillo chimichurri. Come if you enjoy dining with a story-telling element.

Frasers Tower, #03-01/02, 182 Cecil Street, Singapore 069547

Princess Terrace

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

For a taste of Penang this side of the border, head to Princess Terrace, which has been serving home-style dishes for the past 40 years. Located inside the Copthorne King’s Hotel, the restaurant interior itself is unassuming, allowing you to focus on the food instead.

Satays are a mainstay here. The meat pieces, doused in a well-balanced peanut sauce, are tender and slightly charred around the edges, giving them a smoky flavour. You will also find other classic Penang dishes like assam laksa and char kway teow.

Copthorne King’s Hotel, 403 Havelock Road, Singapore 169632

PS.Cafe Ann Siang Hill

International / Smart

PS. Cafe has become quite the household name in Singapore. Easy, casual dining that always delivers a good time. The Ann Siang outlet is loved for its privacy, tucked away in a quiet corner of the otherwise busy street. Nosh is classic café fare like their signature truffle shoestring fries, though monthly specials include crab mee goreng as well as Kashmiri lamb chops. Ending the meal with a sticky date pudding, a glorious dessert with a luscious golden caramel, is a must—and not for sharing, either.

#02-02, 45 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069719

Publico Ristorante

Europe / Italian / Smart

Situated within InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay by the river, Publico Ristorante exudes a rustic charm–think lush green walls, breezy alfresco areas and spacious communal tables made for convivial gatherings.

The restaurant’s focus on hearty Italian flavours is evident from the get-go. The popular burrata cheese is served with an uncommon combination of shaved black truffle and wild honey, while the grilled bistecca steak was excellent. Have this with a glass of amarone.

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Level 1, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909

Punjab Grill

Asia / Indian / Fine Dining

An upscale presentation of the diverse cuisine of Punjab, the menu at Punjab Grill might overwhelm the uninitiated. Thankfully, chef Javed Ahmed has come up with tasting menus for a crash course of sorts.

Order from the à la carte menu so the dishes don’t easily overpower one another. Our choice of the Sarso ka Saag, a souped up version of palak paneer made with green mustard leaves, as well as the generous portion of Tandoori Garma Garam Prawns with the fluffiest Jeera Rice we’ve ever eaten, were hits all around.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-01A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

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Red House at Grand Copthorne

Seafood / Smart

Overlooking the Singapore River, Red House at Grand Copthorne is the third branch of this iconic seafood restaurant established in 1976. It prides itself on importing the freshest seafood from sustainable suppliers, placing a particular emphasis on their crustacean offerings. You may expect to find the dishes simply steamed to highlight the freshness of the ingredients, enhanced with a creamy custard sauce, or coated in a fiery black pepper sauce—a firm favourite. This branch also has the most extensive wine list of the three outlets, offering discerning pairings with the fresh seafood.

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel (Level 2), 392 Havelock Road, Singapore 169663

Redpan

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

Culinary tradition fused with innovation is the name of the game at Redpan. From its sleek yet cosy interiors, the restaurant promises classic flavours in unexpected forms that could easily pique the interests of casual diners hankering for something out of the ordinary in Marina Square.

Openers like Vada Bao illustrate their take on a classic Mumbai street food staple of potato dumplings, given a Chinese twist when served on steamed buns. The familiar Hainanese poached chicken is likewise interestingly wrapped in crisp greens and quinoa.

Marina Square, #02-03/04, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594

Relish (Roketto Izakaya)

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Inspired by his travels to Japan, chef Willin Low came up with Roketto Izakaya, a fun, booze-friendly sequel to his now defunct Mod-Sin fine dining establishment, Wild Rocket. It’s much more casual but keeps to the ingenious flavour combinations Low is known for. Have the Scallop “Her Kiao” Glass Noodles with scallops wrapped in wanton skin covered with spicy marmite peanut butter, or the juicy chunks of Iberico pork with satay sauce. Do exercise caution with the floral cocktails and highballs as they tend to finish way  too quickly.

Cluny Court, #02-01, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760

Renku Bar & Lounge

International / Smart

Renku is a casual, open space dining area within Marina Bay Sands. It features a simple selection of a mixed variety of reasonably priced cuisines ranging from chicken and vegetable gyoza, beer-battered cod fish and chips, to the local comfort food mee goreng ayam (chicken fried noodles). It forms a stark contrast to the many other extravagant food options available in the vicinity.

What makes Renku interesting is their selection of refreshing creative cocktails that go well with their varied fare.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 1 Hotel Lobby Tower, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Restaurant Ibid

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Accents of dark wood and grey slate set the tone for this modern outfit helmed by MasterChef Asia winner and chef-owner Woo Wai Leong. The food here puts the spotlight on Nanyang heritage, which means dishes such as kueh pie tee with macadamia nut shavings, and pan-fried bao with wagyu short rib. Service is attention, and the five- and eight-course dinner menus are well-paced; chef Woo regales diners between courses with intelligent banter.

18 North Canal Road, Singapore 048830

Restaurant JAG

Europe / French / Fine Dining

Occupying a cosy shophouse along Duxton Road, Restaurant Jag is an intimate dining space that turns out innovative dishes from its open kitchen. Helmed by chef Jeremy Gillon and and co-owner Anant Tyagi, the lunch and dinner menus here are solely degustation only—which means your meal is left entirely in the hands of chef and his team.

Rest assured it’s a good decision, though. Chef Gillon places a clear emphasis on textures and flavours, with a focus on seasonal produce. No two meals are the same, though highlights include a delectable langoustine in coriander sauce, topped with Swiss chard and Piedmont hazelnuts. Have the wine pairing for a complete experience.

Service is attentive, without being too much. Waitstaff intuitively know when to appear to clear your plates, and when to let your conversation flow without a break. The attention to detail makes for a dining experience that you won’t soon forget.

76 Duxton Road, Level 1, Singapore 089535

Restaurant Kin

Asia / Singaporean / Smart

Renowned Singaporean chef Damian D’Silva is no stranger to heritage Peranakan and Eurasian cuisine. Decorated in Straits Clan’s signature modern interiors of jade tile walls and marble tables with gilded finishings, the interiors are a clever contrast to the food he serves. Signature dishes include D’Silva’s Cantonese paper-wrapped boneless chicken with a spicy homemade garlic  chilli relish; a preserved bean braised pork stew, and the buah keluak (candlenut) fried rice. Order the famous sugee cake with an additional serving of vanilla ice cream if you have space left.

31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845

Rise Restaurant

Buffet / Casual

Rise Restaurant is Marina Bay Sands’ award-winning signature buffet that allows you to dine in elegance at the hotel lobby. With the assurance that all their ingredients are sustainably sourced from local and regional farmers, indulge in their wide variety of cuisines presented at the buffet’s daily themed nights, including Japanese on Mondays, Southeast Asian on Wednesdays, local on Saturdays and Peranakan on Sundays and a feature nights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with seafood, barbecue and crabs respectively.

Marina Bay Sands, Tower 1 Lobby Hotel, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Riviera Forlino

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Taking on a new look and name, the former Forlino welcomes executive chef Rémy Carmignani and his reimagining of Mediterranean cuisine. One dish, in particular, stands out. The marrakchia tangia,  a traditional stew in Medina that is slow cooked in a clay pot at the hammam (bath house), is reminiscent of the chef’s time spent in Marrakesh and his European heritage. Enjoy it in the inspired form of housemade tortellini stuffed with braised lamb shoulder, seasoned with preserved lemons and an intense saffron and goat cheese cream.

One Fullerton, #02-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213

Rosso Vino

Europe / Italian / Casual

Just right by the Singapore River, Rosso Vino serves food inspired by traditional Italian classics. Expect a wide variety of pastas, pizzas and mains, with gluten-free and vegetarian options available as well.

Indulge in homemade pastas like the pesto tagliatelle which is perfectly al dente, with a good multi-dimensional fragrance provided by the basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese. There is also a large variety of pizza toppings available to choose from.

15 Merbau Road, Singapore 239032

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Sabio by the Sea

Europe / Spanish / Casual

Featuring stunning waterfront views over Sentosa Marina, Sabio by the Sea (translated as ‘the wise man by the sea’), aims to offer authentic Spanish fare in a relaxed al fresco ambiance reminiscent of seaside holidays. They offer up an impressive array of hot and cold tapas like Manchego croquettes, Iberian ham and grilled octopus. These pair well with the Spanish cavas and sangrias available which on occasion are available as a free-flow option.

Quayside Isle, #01-02, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375

Saveur

Europe / French / Casual

Known as the restaurant that introduced Singapore to affordable French fare, Saveur continues to dish out crowd favourites done well. The pan-seared foie gras comes with roasted hazelnuts and caramelised apples, while the duck leg confit continues to impress with its meltingly tender, flavourful meat that comes with a sinful (but worth it) layer of fat. The service here is energetic, lending to the atmosphere of the restaurant. Reserve in advance to beat the queues.

#01-04, 5 Purvis Street, Singapore 188584

Sawadee Thai Cuisine

Asia / Thai / Casual

In a shophouse on Tan Quee Lan Street, Sawadee Thai Cuisine is a hidden gem of authentic Thai cooking. The tom yum soup, served tableside from a terracotta pot, is piquant with lemongrass, galangal and chilli. Meat-lovers are well-catered for here. Try the velvety Thai red curry roast duck, lifted by the sweet acidity of lychee and pineapple. Service is brisk, but not hurried. Take your time with desserts-you’ll want to stay for the mao shan wang durian sticky rice that is a new take on the classic mango variation.

TQL Suites, #01-01, 9 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188098

 

Seasonal Tastes

International / Smart

With ocean views of Marina Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, Seasonal Tastes at The Westin is a beautiful place to enjoy an elaborate international buffet. Despite its prestigious spot on the 32nd floor of Asia Square Tower, the atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed, with friendly but unpretentious staff and varied, tasty fare. Highlights here are the live stations with meat and fish grilled to order, customisable pasta, laksa and even a stir-fry section. The perennial buffet favourites like sushi, sashimi, salads and a wide array of desserts and cheeses are also available.

The Westin Singapore, Level 32, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961

Shabestan Finest Persian Cuisine

Middle East / Fine Dining

Shabestan is one of the few restaurants in Singapore that offers authentic Persian cuisine. Since its inception in 2013, regular patrons keep coming back for its consistent array of hearty Persian favourites and kebabs. Among the very extensive menu, highlights include the Deluxe Mix Appetiser Platter for a selection of eight chef-recommended appetisers with Persian bread to sample the maximum breadth of appetisers offered. Likewise for mains, sample the generous selection of mixed, chargrilled succulent kebabs on the Shabestan Platter for two. The restaurant is also vegetarian and pescatarian friendly.

The Pier @ Robertson, #01-13, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239013

Shahi Maharani

Asia / Indian / Fine Dining

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Raffles City Shopping Centre stands this regal dining room, bustling with guests enjoying authentic North Indian cuisine. Alongside the friendly service, sounds of traditional live music fill the room.

Dishes are familiar and well-executed. Start with bhindi pakoras for spicy okra in crispy batter. Papdi chaat, a kind of Indian-style nachos topped with tangy chutney and mint yoghurt, is a bold plate of colour, flavour and texture. Paired with interesting wines from India, both are excellent for sharing–as many dishes here are.

It would be remiss not to order something from the tandoor. For a glorious selection, try the tandoori milawat: a plate that arrives sizzling and spitting with chicken and fish tikka, huge garlic prawns and seekh kebab. There are plenty of meat-free options too; try the paneer makhani for soft cheese in a luxurious, velvety tomato sauce. Grab some naan or roti from the bread selection and mop up every last drop.

To finish, try the kulfi sampler platter for delicately-flavoured ice cream sprinkled with pistachio, or for those with a sweet tooth, tuck into the classic gulab jamun–pillowy milk balls doused in rose-scented sugar syrup.

Raffles City Shopping Centre, #03-21B, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103

Shang Palace

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Helming the kitchen is executive chef, Mok Kit Keung, who previously led Shang Palace in Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong to attain its two Michelin stars. The interior of Shang Palace is of an elegant oriental design with a strong red and black color scheme. The dishes on the menu spell nostalgia and innovation at the same time where traditional cooking methods and flavours are preserved while aesthetic details are enhanced. Try the boneless quail in supreme broth or the pumpkin pastry from the dim sum menu.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Tower Wing, Lobby Level, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

Shima Restaurant

Asia / Japanese / Fine Dining

Started in 1980, Shima Restaurant was the first fine-dining teppanyaki restaurant in Singapore. With a  firm belief in consistent taste and quality, Shima stays true to their long-standing traditions–using only superior ingredients air-flown from Japan and other parts of the world, and grooming chefs to consistently deliver quality fare to its valued customers. Most visit Shima for its famous teppanyaki and kaiseki. Go for the Shima deluxe set (teppanyaki) if you like good quality beef and enjoy watching the chef do justice to the superior ingredients on the hot metal plate.

Goodwood Park Hotel, Level 1, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Shimbashi Soba

Asia / Japanese / Casual

The focus here is on low calorie soba that is made fresh daily using Tasmanian buckwheat flour for its rich fragrance. Start the meal with an array of sushi, or skip straight to the star—beef nanban soba, where slices of beef in a tasty soup filled with fish cake, mushrooms, and a soft egg are complements to the tender noodles. Come for dinner to get a full bustling experience, and be sure to try the Waringo Soba Wakaba.

Paragon, #B1-41, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

Asia / Japanese / Smart

True to its two Michelin-starred credentials, Shisen Hanten impresses with its elegant interiors and impeccable service. Beautifully furnished with its stunning chandeliers and warm lighting, the space glows in gold opulence and exudes classic charm. Helmed by Chen Kentaro, the son of celebrated “Szechuan Sage” Chen Kenichi, Shisen Hanten dishes up Szechuan classics with a Japanese twist. Besides the often raved about mapo tofu, another of the must-tries is the wok-fried east-spotted grouper, featuring a tongue-tingling broth.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Orchard Wing, Level 35, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Shunjuu Izakaya

Asia / Japanese / Casual

With a clear view of the Singapore River and a cosy interior, Shunjuu Izakaya checks all the right boxes for an authentic experience. The vibe here is bustling and lively, with service staff hustling from table to table expertly carrying plates of grilled skewers and icy cold mugs of beer.

Prices are affordable, as izakayas should be, with the menu boasting over 130 options of grilled meats. Chicken skewers are a must-have, and the offal parts such as liver and heart are expertly seared and seasoned here. Also good is the tsukune (chicken meatball), and the juicy rolls of bacon wrapped around crunchy asparagus spears. Fancy something a little less heavy? The cold angel hair pasta with truffle oil is a modern dish that makes a guest appearance here.

No izakaya experience is complete without drinks, and Shunjuu Izakaya has over 60 different sakes to choose from—which can be enjoyed hot or chilled. Or go for the peach plum wine, a delicious tipple that sure delivers a kick.

Riverside View, #01-15, 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251

Si Chuan Dou Hua (Beach Road)

Asia / Chinese / Smart

At Si Chuan Dou Hua, the spotlight is on refined Sichuan cuisine that delivers on the expected levels of spice. The Chongqing diced chicken, for instance, is a dish of succulent fried chicken cubes with dried chilli fronds that amp up the heat. Also good is the boiled sliced fish in Sichuan pepper sauce, as well as the sliced pork belly in garlic and chilli. For a respite from the spice, order the fried rice with crab meat—the wok hei flavours are bold, and the dish is the perfect complement to an otherwise fiery meal.

PARKROYAL on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591

Si Chuan Dou Hua (Kitchener Road)

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Savour an array of Sichuan specialties at this reputed establishment. First established in 1996, the restaurant is a pioneer of authentic Sichuan cuisine in Singapore, known for using the freshest produce and the finest Sichuan ingredients. Some notable highlights include the boiled sliced fish with spicy chilli sauce, ‘Chong Qing’ chilled chicken with spicy bean paste, and stewed beef brisket and radish. The dim sum menu is equally impressive, boasting scrumptious dishes like the signature pork belly roll with yam.

PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533

Sinfonia Ristorante

Europe / Italian / Smart

Sinfonia is a favourite for business lunches and meetings, with its close proximity to the Central Business District and affordable menus. Dinner, however, is a different experience with tasting menus ranging from four- to seven-courses. Depending on seasonality, you’ll find dishes such as beef carpaccio with balsamic and parmesan, roasted octopus with potatoes and vegetables, and crayfish with herb jelly and smoked caviar. The wine list leans towards Old World and Italian vintages that go back to 2005 and early 2010s.

Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall, #01-01, 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179558

Singapore Seafood Republic

Seafood / Casual

Established in March 2011, the inaugural Singapore Seafood Republic outlet in Singapore features over 70 celebrated dishes that encapsulate the island city’s rich heritage in seafood cuisine. A collaboration between four of Singapore’s best loved seafood dining brands (Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant, Tung Lok Seafood, The Seafood International Market & Restaurant and Jumbo Seafood), it brings together the best dishes of these four brands. Highlights include the Cheese Baked King Prawn, Fried Coffee Pork Ribs, Braised Rice Noodle with Crab, and BBQ Cod Fish Otah.

Resorts World Sentosa, Festive Walk, #02-138, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098138

SKAI

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Perched on the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, SKAI offers spectacular views of the Singapore River for you to revel in while you indulge in fine grill offerings. Start off with a scrumptious plate of foie gras paired with spiced carrot, bonito, apple and hazelnut. We also recommend the purebred Wylarah wagyu, and the trifle for dessert.

Swissôtel The Stamford, Equinox Complex, Level 70, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882

SKIRT

Steakhouse / Smart

Choice cuts of the finest wagyu—think ribeyes, porterhouse and tomahawks—are perfectly seasoned, seared, and served in a contemporary dining room at the inviting W Hotel on Sentosa island. Starters and sides like the grilled octopus, pan-seared scallops, and lobster mac and cheese offer pleasurable bursts of umami that more than complement the main actors. Service is attentive with a light touch, while the staff’s knowledge of wine pairings is reassuring.

W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, Singapore 098374

Sky View Pavilion

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Located at the Singapore Flyer, Sky View Pavilion offers well-executed Cantonese cuisine in a contemporary ambience. Come for lunch to enjoy the light-filled space with your family or dine with friends while admiring the Marina Bay skyline.

Go for the classics. The sautéed beef cubes with sliced garlic are meltingly tender and will have you polishing off the dish in no time, while the sautéed Boston lobster with black bean sauce and crispy rice is a dish you’ll remember—the crispy lobster shell is battered before deep-frying, and the delicate meat pairs well with the flavourful crunchy rice and slightly earthy aroma of the black beans.

Singapore Flyer, #01-04, 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803

S L A T E .

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

S L A T E . is a dual-concept restaurant on Purvis Street well known for great food. A cafe by day that provides a relaxing place for coffee or a restaurant bar by night for a proper meal and drink. The design of the place resembles very similarly to an Australian-style café, with window-facing seats while the minimalist interior provides a cosy area with the sofa booths. This is a place great for gatherings with friends and families.

24 Purvis Street, #01-00, Singapore 188601

Smoke & Mirrors

Asia / Modern Asian / Smart

Enjoy a classy and bespoke experience at the cocktail bar of Smoke & Mirrors, while overlooking the beautiful Singapore skyline from Downtown to Marina Bay. The cocktail menu is updated occasionally to surprise the loyal fans, but the effort placed on presentation is evident. You will find creative cocktails here that reflect the trends and seasons, even featuring a special cocktail for national day.

Addictive Chinese bar bites such as roasted pork belly, and beef tenderloin with golden garlic serve as a perfect companion between sips.

National Gallery Singapore, #06-01, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Som Tam

Asia / Thai / Casual

Inspired by the ubiquitous som tam, the sour pounded Thai green papaya salad, head here for traditional Thai signatures, as well as some classics with modern twists. We recommend the tender, flame-grilled chicken satay and fiery yum mamuang mango salad to start off. Thai purists will enjoy the hearty phat thai neua, the classic pan-seared beef noodles; as well as the traditional curry gai, green chicken curry. The coconut freeze is a cool, refreshing beverage perfect for Singapore’s hot weather. Likewise, trade in traditional Thai milk tea for the ice cube coffee instead, for frozen cubes of Thai coffee with milk on the side.

Orchard Central, #08-13, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

Song Garden

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Mercure Singapore Bugis’ Song Garden is an oasis of calm away from busy Bugis below. The kitchen’s bold approach to traditional dim sum fare is rewarding, with delicious creations like stir-fried carrot cake and signature chilli sauce, pan-seared otak on skewers, and baked abalone tart with black truffle. Other hearty dishes are the lobster with pumpkin puree, and the beef cubes with sliced garlic. Service is friendly and non-assuming, making eating at Song Garden a relaxing experience, despite the formal setting.

Mercure Singapore Bugis, Level 2, 122 Middle Road, Singapore 188973

Soup Restaurant (Jewel Changi Airport)

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Jewel Changi Airport is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, and where the casual Chinese eatery Soup Restaurant sits. The food here is homely, with something for everyone. The signature chicken dish, inspired by the samsui women of yore, is slowly steamed over a low fire so the meat retains its natural juices and sweetness. Diners can have it three ways: on its own, with a fragrant ginger and sesame sauce, or wrap it in fresh crisp lettuce.

Jewel Changi Airport, #03-201, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666

Spago Dining Room by Wolfgang Puck

The Americas / North American / Smart

Spago Dining Room by Wolfgang Puck boasts tall ceilings with panelled windows that flood their expansive dining room in glorious natural light. The design of the restaurant is as luxurious as the extraordinary food. Their signature Smoked Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast and Iberico Pork Chop are standouts. The former is a succulent slab of fatty duck with skin so crisp, you can eat it on its own; the latter, a flavourful sliver of prime top-grade pork seared to pure perfection.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 2, Level 57, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Spice Brasserie

International / Casual

Inspired by the heritage and diversity of the Little India neighbourhood, Spice Brasserie offers a menu curated with the best mix of Asian street food from all around the region. Try the restaurant’s signature Asian Street Food à la carte buffet while dining here to feast on a myriad of Asian street food classics from Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam and, of course, Singapore. The stars of the menu are black pepper slipper lobster and chilli crab. Other noteworthy dishes are scallion oil noodles, barbecue black char siew, squid ink naan and cempedak crumble cake.

PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533

StraitsKitchen

Buffet / Casual

When you think of Halal buffet restaurant serving local delights, do not miss StraitsKitchen at Grand Hyatt Singapore. The spacious interior resembles a modern marketplace with elegant finishing, great for couples, families and friends with cosy corners and warm lighting, offering a spread of local food favourites covering Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisine.

Perennial favourites are well represented like rojak, satay and popiah; while more extravagant dishes like chili crab and tandoori barramundi are also available.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Lobby Level, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211

Sumire Yakitori House

Asia / Japanese / Casual

With over 100 outlets across Japan, Sumire Yakitori House has been grilling up a storm since it opened in Bugis Junction in 2013. Pick and mix from over 40 varieties of juicy skewers ranging from classics such as hinataro (chicken shoulders) to more unconventional favourites like the salmon and cheese roll skewer. Other notable dishes include the bone-in karaage fried chicken, the Wagyu Zabuton steak, and their homemade potato korokke that nests a runny egg in the center.

Bugis Junction, #01-88/89, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

Summer Hill

Europe / French / Casual

A quaint and cosy establishment tucked away in Sunset Way, Summer Hill serves an array of French classics prepared with flair. Chef-owners Anthony Yeoh and Christopher Soh are big on flavour, turning out finger-lickin’ good food such as a 72-hour sous vide Tajima wagyu brisket with herb and garlic buttered egg pasta; or the hearty lobster bisque pot pie, featuring a flavourful and rich lobster bisque served with whole, shelled sous vide lobster, zucchini and fresh herbs.

#01-62, 106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106

Summer Palace

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Located in Regent Singapore hotel—also home to one of the best bars on the island—Summer Palace is consistently reliable for turning out Cantonese cuisine with flair. Classic double-boiled soup, for instance, is served in a carved out pumpkin, while the deep-fried squid with salted egg goes nicely with a dry Riesling. The menus are rotated weekly, given their crowd of regulars, and the waitstaff are always on hand to introduce new, seasonal items.

Regent Hotel, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715

Summer Pavilion

Asia / Chinese / Smart

With the “dining in a garden” concept, Chinese executive chef Cheung Siu Kong leads Summer Pavilion in bringing fine Cantonese cuisine to customers. Following his cooking philosophy, dishes are kept authentic and exquisite through modest cooking techniques that bring out the natural flavours of ingredients. Find a large variety of choices from fine delicacies like braised whole Australian Greenlip abalone to all-time favourite Hong Kong classics like barbecued pork. Indulge in a selection of double-boiled soups to complete the Cantonese dining experience.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799

SUN with MOON Japanese Dining & Café

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Kamameshi, a mixed rice dish, is popular here. There is much ceremony in mixing the various ingredients into the rice and letting them steam together. Also of note is the sushi, especially the carefully crafted maki rolls. The spicy aburi salmon roll and crispy shrimp avocado roll both delight, holding form when lifted and packing a creamy, bite-sized punch. Drinks are well priced here, and options are aplenty including a range of gin and sake cocktails.

Wheelock Place, #03-15/16/17, 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880

Super Loco Customs House

The Americas / South American / Casual

Located right beside the Fullerton Bay hotel, Super Loco serves excellent Mexican fare in a beautiful setting. With the stunning Marina Bay as its backdrop, we recommend picking an al fresco seating to soak in the wonderful views.The chargrilled Mayura wagyu flank steak served with kale salad and mojo verde sauce is a crowd-favourite, featuring tender, flavourful meat that is grilled to medium-rare perfection. Another highlight here is the tasty tacos—seafood lovers will enjoy the de baja tacos, featuring crispy fish fillet, chilli mango salsa, mint and cabbage encased within soft corn tortilla.

Customs House, #01-04, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323

Super Loco Robertson Quay

The Americas / South American / Casual

Along the picturesque riverside of Robertson Quay, Super Loco adds fun to the neighbourhood with its cool, neon-lit interiors and delicious casual fare. The ambience is hip, while the servers are young and friendly. Crab tostadas are made with fresh blue swimmer crab, accentuated by habanero mayo and avocado purée. And while the elotes look deceptively ordinary, the grilled corn coated with Cotija cheese and chilli dust packs a real umami punch.

The Quayside, #01-13, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252

Supply & Demand (Orchardgateway)

Contemporary / Casual

Located inside Orchard Gateway, Supply and Demand is a popular spot for fuelling up on a busy shopping day. The restaurant spills out onto the common areas, allowing diners the option to sit in its bright dining room or faux-patio in the mall’s corridor. The service is quick here, offering up Asian twists on Western classics such as okonomiyaki sweet potato fries, korean fried chicken and pizzas topped with a runny yolk. The appetizers also come in petite portions, allowing you to indulge in a variety.

Orchard Gateway, #02-13/14, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858

Sushi Ayumu

Asia / Japanese / Fine Dining

Located in Mandarin Gallery, Sushi Ayumu, helmed by head chef Taiga, specialises in traditional Tokyo (Edomae) style sushi. The counter style setting and the heavy use of wood in the restaurant offers an intimate, welcoming and zen experience. Crafted exquisitely using fresh and seasonal catch from Japan, the sushi here is impeccable. Expect a thoughtfully planned and executed omakase menu including the premium honmaguro otoro (bluefin tuna belly), murasaki uni (sea urchin), and sawara (Spanish mackerel).

Mandarin Gallery, #04-16, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897

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table65

Contemporary / Fine Dining

As an unforgettable gastronomic experience, table65 excels as a fine dining destination that’s stripped of pretense and packed with sensorial delights.

Helmed by chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot from acclaimed restaurant 212 in Amsterdam, this open kitchen restaurant promises a relaxed atmosphere as you make your way through a well-curated menu of five courses, tailored to coax your taste buds on a delectable journey.

Their starter of mackerel, cured in kombu salt, yoghurt and tarragon emulsion, is a playful variety of subtle umami flavours, accentuated by the tart tang of a tomato and strawberry broth. The barbecued lobster is kissed with a hint of smoke, served in a yellow wine infused with bacon that is, frankly, ingenious.

Mains such as the coral trout punch well above their weight, too. The fish boasts a deep flavour, springy texture and a lovely leek gravy. Also good is the A4 grade aged striploin, grilled on the binchōtan and accentuated with oxtail jus.            A garnish of white clam oil and Chinese chives lends a little oriental flavour to the dish.

The apple dessert is a picture-perfect sweet treat that will surely impress those hungry for social media content. A core of Granny Smith apple sherbet is encased in a caramel sugar glass dome. It’s a work of art that looks and tastes divine, the perfect way to end a meal here.

Resorts World Sentosa, Level 1, Hotel Michael, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

TAKAYAMA

Asia / Japanese / Fine Dining

Takayama is an elegant kappo-style restaurant that celebrates the spirit of omotenashi, or wholehearted Japanese hospitality. Expect changing multi-course omakase menus as executive chef Taro Takayama curates every dish using seasonal ingredients, with great influence from Osaka, where his culinary career began.

Chef Takayama presents the Hokkaido corn, together with uni and ikura. Think a creamy mousse-like corn layer that is sweet and sophisticated, bursting with umami goodness when paired with the uni and ikura atop the main star. Indulge in a variety of fresh otsukuri that presents sliced fish with accompanying components. The seasonal bluefin tuna belly served with kombu shoyu, marinated egg yolk and wasabi is a true winner that melts in the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

A  refreshing item is the foie gras monaka–Japanese rice cracker filled with creamy foie ice cream that is flavourful yet light on the palate, and made complete with seasonal fruits.  Another favourite is the perfectly grilled Kagoshima wagyu that sits on a bed of bell peppers, served with fermented miso barley. Complete the exquisite journey with fresh fruits from Japan and homemade matcha confection.

OUE Downtown Gallery, #01-09/10, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815

Talay Thai

Asia / Thai / Fine Dining

Located in Clarke Quay along the stretch of restaurants and bars facing the Singapore River, Talay Thai is a Thai tapas bar concept under the Creative Eateries group. The dark interior and high tables are more often associated with a bar, but the restaurant serves a full menu that includes both Thai and local dishes, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Signature features are mainly seafood dishes prepared mainly Thai-styled, so expect a lean towards sweet, spicy and tangy.

Clarke Quay Traders’ Market, #01-05, Blk 3E River Valley Road, Singapore 179024

Tamarind Hill

Asia / Thai / Smart

A bungalow filled with history and heritage, Tamarind Hill, offers very authentic Thai cuisines. The restaurant is designed with a wooden colonial twist that makes it elegant and pleasing to the eyes. The ambience is tranquil and relaxing, making it feel like an evening escape from the busy city life. All the classic Thai signatures are available, from the red tom yum tiger prawns, to the mango sticky rice, to the pink diamond dessert. Other contemporary offerings are also available like the sizzling grilled wagyu if you are so inclined.

30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189

Tamashii

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Tamashii, or ‘soul’ in Japanese, is the place to come to for an authentic, bustling Japanese experience. The sushi counter serves up some of the freshest cuts, while starters like handmade fish cakes stuffed with minced prawns and squid, as well as the signature donburis, are bound to satisfy. The gyu don, in particular, features beautifully marbled Saga beef with truffle shavings and a soft egg. End on a sweet note with the sea salt ice cream, the perfect harmony of savoury and sweet.

The Offshore Building, #02-01, 12 North Canal Road, Singapore 048825

TAMPOPO

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Tucked into the basement of Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Tampopo is a casual Japanese eatery for when you’re craving something beyond just sushi. The extensive menu spans across a varied range, from ramen to cold soba noodles, tempura to croquettes, yakiniku to fresh sashimi, there’s something for everyone here. Most ramens here are also served in half portions. Try the Chicken Paitan Spicy Miso or the Tempura Deluxe Moriawase for a hearty meal, or sample their array of freshly imported sashimi.

Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B2-33, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872

Taratata Bistrot

Europe / French / Casual

Stepping into Taratata Brasserie is the closest to living the French life for a day in Singapore. From the decor complete with red leather benches, brass lighting and chequered black and white floor tiles to the atmospheric music, it is like entering a Paris bistro or a Lyonnaise bouchon. The menu is classic French fare at its best and every dish is lovingly handcrafted. Start with tuna tartare, move on to the duck confit, and finish off with the pear tart.

35A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089142

TEA HOUSE by SOUP RESTAURANT​

Asia / Chinese / Casual

A perfect fit in the family-friendly Tampines neighbourhood, this outfit by the popular Soup Restaurant chain includes a new dim sum menu. The signature samsui ginger chicken has been cleverly reimagined into a bun, whole double-boiled soups such as dried scallops with black chicken remain crowd favourites. If you love chicken feet, the version here boasts a spicy kick thanks to the use of oyster sauce and chilli instead of the conventional braised sauce. Kids will adore the Happy Animal Bao that comes in shapes such as hedgehog, panda and chicken, stuffed with delish fillings.

Century Square, #01-20, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509

Tatsuya

Asia / Japanese / Smart

You’ll find Tatsuya, famed for its exquisite Japanese culinary creations that can be ordered à la carte or experienced omakase-style, in Singapore’s iconic Goodwood Park Hotel.

Diners can choose to sit at the bar counter and observe the skill and precision at which Tatsuya’s chefs prepare popular dishes such as its famed aburi sushi topped with caviar and a secret recipe of bonito flakes with truffles. Tatsuya also provides a dining area for larger groups who prefer some privacy in the warm ambience of the restaurant’s wood-themed décor.

For an in-depth experience of the finest Japanese cuisine Tatsuya has to offer, order the omakase set meal and appreciate the flavourful combinations in each dish. Tatsuya’s sashimi, renowned for its freshness, is sliced on the spot by chefs and served with edible flowers, caviar and bonito flakes with truffles.

Its cherry salmon is perfectly fried while retaining its juiciness on the inside, and the smooth chawanmushi is paired with salmon roe that bursts delightfully on one’s palate. The meal is topped off with Japanese fruits such as peaches and musk melon slices served with dry ice on the side for an aesthetically-pleasing look.

Diners can look forward to attentive service from service staff who take pride at introducing each dish, and sharing the prefectural origins of the ingredients on request.

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road,  Singapore 228221

The 1925 Brewing Co. (Joo Chiat)

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

This family-owned microbrewery and restaurant is more than just a hipster outfit. Step in and you’ll find good beers paired with dishes inspired by the owners’ Teochew heritage.

Start with the beer snacks (deep-fried and deliciously salty), such as fried lotus chips and chicken skin generously seasoned with spice. The seasonal selection includes dishes like Chaoshan braised duck breast with chilli and aged braising sauce—delicate and full of flavour. The Chaoshan ceviche is similarly enticing–an elegant yet punchy take on the South American classic. If you’re sharing, try their rice dishes. The signature Teochew fish porridge is a warming bowl with intriguing flavour, and pairs beautifully with the earl grey notes in the Dragon Pheonix saison on tap. Ask the laid back staff for other beer (or wine) pairing recommendations with the food.

The restaurant also serves Teochew-style omakase upon pre-orders. End with a glorious iteration of everyone’s favourite tiramisu, made with layers of mascarpone, espresso and Patrón XO Cafe (coffee-infused tequila). Or, head back to the bar for another glass of those tempting brews.

261 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427515

The Beast - Southern Kitchen & Bourbon Bar

The Americas / North American / Casual

The Beast — Southern Kitchen & Bourbon Bar is a place in Singapore you can go to for a taste of true-blue Southern fare. The chicken and waffles are a classic. Golden-brown boneless thighs are brined overnight and deep-fried until succulent and tender, stacked atop crispy, fluffy buttermilk waffles. Dip your chicken in their in-house bourbon maple butter sauce, or enjoy it as is. Cauliflower and cornbread with honey butter are good side accompaniments. For drinks, down a shot of American bourbon, or have one of their rye specialty cocktails. 

17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329

The Blue Ginger

Asia / Singaporean / Casual

Run by a Peranakan family, the second outlet calls Great World City home as it carves out its own little nook in the mall. Designed to resemble a traditional Peranakan home from the tiles to the old European light fittings, the restaurant still offers dishes from generations-old recipes passed down by the matriarchs. Not compromising on flavours and spices, the dishes of Beef Rendang and Terong Goreng Cili (deep-fried eggplant with fresh chilli paste) packs a punch as they should. They’re also one of the few places you can get a decent chendol.

Great World City, #01-106, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994

The Butcher’s Wife

Contemporary / Casual

With the rise of fad diets these days, it’s no surprise that a restaurant offering only gluten-free options would pop up. The Butcher’s Wife takes on this challenge with finesse. Sweet potato gnocchi is pillow-y and delicious when tossed with rosemary butter, while a blue pea flower naan makes for a pretty picture—enjoy this with crunchy falafel and green mango chilli. The floral-themed decor does well to give off a garden vibe, and drinks are fashioned to suit this. Think homemade garden lemonade, or fizzy kombucha served in tall glasses.

19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650

The Courtyard

International / Smart

The Courtyard is where many flock to for a delightful session of afternoon tea at the sunlit atrium of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. Apart from the usual offerings are unexpected savoury bites such as the Five-Spice Smoked Chicken with Guacamole on Sesame Tartlet. The all-day dining menu has an equal number of Asian and Western dishes but we recommend going straight for the La Mian options (only available for lunch) for three varieties of hand-pulled noodles including noodles doused in fragrant scallion oil.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Lobby, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

The Dining Room

Buffet / Casual

For a tropical buffet without the humidity and bugs, The Dining Room is your best bet. With full-length windows to a cascading waterfall, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant is serene with a touch of zen, making it great for business luncheons. From the smattering of international dishes on the menu, it’ll be wise to pay more attention to the Sheraton Signatures that lean more towards local cuisine such as the Wok Fried Mee Siam with a choice of seafood or lobster.

Sheraton Towers Singapore, Lobby Level, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230

The Feather Blade

Steakhouse / Casual

If the line outside their establishment isn’t enough to convince you of the buzz around The Feather Blade, its value-for-money steaks could seal the deal. Named after the shoulder cut of beef, this spot won’t set you back a pretty penny. The Feather Blade Steak is cooked two ways for a crisp sear, served with potatoes fried in beef fat. Instead of wine, pair your steak with a fun cocktail such as Mr Black Cow, a vodka-based tipple with a dark coffee liqueur.

90 Club Street, Singapore 069458

The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens

Asia / Modern Asian / Casual

Tucked away amidst the lush foliage of the Ginger Garden, The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Inspired by the surrounding flora and fauna, the restaurant serves modern European cuisine with Asian influences. Some popular dishes to try include the signature chilli crab spaghettini and the paperbag oven-baked halibut fillet. Try the decadent chocolate dessert or its namesake-reflecting “ginger spice, all things nice” for a perfect finish.

Singapore Botanic Garden, Ginger Garden, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

The Horse’s Mouth

Asia / Japanese / Smart

Down an anonymous dark staircase on Orchard Road sits one of Singapore’s most interesting hidden bars. Featuring an intriguing neon decor, this is a bar equally suited to a date night as to a quick bite with friends.

Daily sashimi plates and other food items from the extensive menu are prepared by the next-door kitchen of chef Shota Kaneko’s kaiseki joint YOSHI, while the cocktail list is innovative and updated frequently. Bar staff are also happy to create bespoke creations, ranging from traditional to more eclectic drinks.

Forum the Shopping Mall, #B1-39, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884

The Knolls

Europe / Mediterranean / Casual

A gem tucked away in the lush confines of Capella Singapore, The Knolls is an all-day restaurant that serves both Mediterranean-inspired dishes and local fare in a serene environment that feels a world away from its surroundings. Sample the chargrilled Atlantic octopus that is drizzled generously with saffron garlic oil, and the grilled Angus ribeye that is perfectly seasoned. Also do not miss the pan-seared barramundi fillet which is carved with finesse and cooked delicately to ensure both a crispy skin and a moist core.

Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297

The Landing Point

International / Smart

With unobstructed views of Marina Bay, The Landing Point is the afternoon tea spot of choice for many. The multi-tier of sweet and savoury bites include their famous scones, what some say are the best in the city, and a seared beef pastrami sandwich. To go with the regular, gluten-free or dairy-free menu are eight different classic teas and infusions. Pasta and salads from the concise all-day dining list can supplement the meal if that isn’t enough.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

The Line

Buffet / Casual

The Line features indoor and al fresco seating options,  with lush views of the hotel’s verdant gardens complemented by warm and friendly service. Weekdays are for sumptuous themed-international buffets, while crowds flock to their famous free-flow Champagne Sunday Brunch. There’s a hearty range of wagyu dishes, while seafood such as lobsters and crab legs are super fresh. For sweets, there’s local and Western-style desserts such as nyonya kueh, made-to-order crêpes, and a lavish chocolate fountain.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Tower Wing, Lower Lobby Level, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

The Lobby Lounge

International / Smart

Serving up an indulgent daily afternoon tea in an elegant historic yet modern setting, The Lobby Lounge’s three-tier tea sets are curated by executive chef Ben Goh, awarded Pastry Chef Of The Year 2019 at the World Gourmet Summit. The menu changes on a regular basis, as do the flavours of the scones and the four flavours of ice cream made in-house. To celebrate Spring, for example, it takes on a garden theme with tea-infused treats.

InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

The Market Grill

The Americas / North American / Casual

Located along the bustling Telok Ayer Street, The Market Grill is good for executive lunches and post-work dinners where you want to do away with the fuss and frills. Decked out in old-school food posters, vehicle plates and eclectic paraphernalia, the restaurant exudes a traditional diner vibe. The food follows the theme—think burgers and lobster rolls, and meats grilled over a Woodstone char-broiler. Enjoy these with a pint of craft beer, or a glass of Australian red wine.

208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642

The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co.

Europe / Italian / Casual

With Roman roots and being the first restaurant in Singapore offering freshly house-made buffalo milk cheese, The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co. is one of a kind. To experience the variety of freshly made buffalo milk cheeses, we recommend the Tris Di Bufala, a selection of mozzarella and burrata cheeses served with sliced tomatoes and fresh pesto. Creamy, rich and milky, the pouches of cheese curds are a delight to have, especially when paired with the bold and savoury flavours of the salumi platter. Their selections of home-made pastas and artisanal flat breads are also worth a try.

Frasers Tower, #01-05/08, 182 Cecil Street, Singapore 069547

The Orchard Cafe

Buffet / Casual

Local and international guests alike are known to favour Orchard Hotel Singapore’s signature laksa dish, a mainstay at their perennial buffet favourite spot, The Orchard Cafe. The laksa gravy is thick yet smooth, an intense chilli coconut broth that’s always gratifying. With some seasonal variations, the usual spread is available ranging from hot soups, to fresh oysters, tiger prawns, and snow crabs. Other more substantial offerings are Norwegian wild salmon with butter rice and pasta with five-spice kurobuta pork. The signature desserts are also not to be missed.

Orchard Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879

The Spot

Contemporary / Casual

The adjoining restaurant to the 1855 Bottle Shop, The Spot from the same 1855 F&B Group proves to be more than a well-dressed afterthought. Executive chef Lee Boon Seng plays around with Asian influences in his European-styled cuisine, flexing his skills procured during his tenure with various Michelin-starred chefs. A standout is the Pan-fried Red Snapper with green curry emulsion and creamy spinach fraiche. Mixologist, Remz Ocampo, shakes up mean cocktails that are presented as tarot cards for guests to choose from.

Marina One The Heart, #01-26/27, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935

The Summerhouse

Contemporary / Casual

A rare find in the northeast of Singapore, this all-day, integrated multi-concept and multi-experience destination countryside retreat is housed in a sprawling conservation bungalow in the lush Seletar Aerospace Park neighbourhood. Paying homage to natural, seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table nature, The French Dining Room at The Summerhouse offers a communal-style menu with beautiful, sharing plates designed to bring people together effortlessly over good food and great conversation. Try dishes like mud crab omelette, avocado and truffle pecorino on a homemade cracker, or the portobello mushroom tart.

3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Drive, Singapore 798387

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano

Europe / Italian / Smart

Snug within the lush greenery of Shangri-La’s Garden Wing, Waterfall serves hearty Southern Italian classics prepared with the freshest produce. Try some of the traditional southern favourites like the eggplant parmigiana and octopus carpaccio. For mains, seafood lovers will delight in the signature linguine allo scoglio, a rich, savoury pasta heaped with a generous portion of prawns, scallops, mussels and clams in a garlic-tomato sauce. Order some meats and pizzas to share—for instance, the beef tagliata is a must-try.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Garden Wing, Level One, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

The White Rabbit

Contemporary / Smart

Housed in a beautifully-restored colonial chapel, The White Rabbit is undoubtedly one of the most charming restaurants in Singapore. The menu pays homage to European classics with signature items like the roasted black truffle chicken, lobster bisque, and king crab linguine. Pick a glass of wine or red wine to go with your meat—the establishment offers an extensive range of 36 wine-by-the-glass offerings. End your meal on a sweet note with the crêpe suzette, a hot favourite here prepared table-side.

39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541

Tien Court Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Now more than two decades old, the long-established Tien Court is as classic as it gets. Known for Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, the restaurant is a nostalgic throwback to big family dinners around the lazy Susan on white cloth-covered tables.

In a bid for sustainability and wellness, they’ve stopped serving shark fins and worked with a Chinese physician for a Nourishing Menu.

The kitchen is helmed by chef Tai Kin Seng, who’s responsible for the artfully plated dishes such as a hollowed-out mini pumpkin containing lobster soup. For a textural treat is a crispy filo stick on the side. We especially loved the fresh coral trout, poached with oil. Chef also does an exceptional Hokkien Mee; it’s off menu so you’ll have to ask for it!

Copthorne King’s Hotel, Level 2, 403 Havelock Road, Singapore 169632

Trapizza

Europe / Italian / Casual

Located offshore on Sentosa Island, Trapizza Italian restaurant offers a picturesque view of Siloso beach. Come during sunset, and soak in the view as you nibble on antipasti such as prosciutto with toasted cereal bread. Pastas here are also done well, with the Trapizza Linguine being a crowd-favourite—think succulent red prawns bathed in a delicious white wine saffron sauce. The tiramisu, decadent layers of sponge biscuits and espresso-infused mascarpone served in a jar, is the perfect end to the meal.

10 Siloso Beach Walk, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098995

Trattoria Nonna Lina

Europe / Italian / Casual

Marrying quaint pre-war architecture and a heart-warming meal, Trattoria Nonna Lina is located in a charming and colourful refurbished terrace along the iconic Cantonment Road. The interior is cosy, intimate, and modestly decorated with dark teak furniture with wine bottles lining the walls. The menu boasts a wide array of antipasti, pastas and meats. Dishes diners should really try are their Parmigiana and Spaghetti Cartoccio. Their pastas are all perfect for sharing between two diners and have a nice al dente quality to them with a nice snap in every bite.

61 Cantonment Road, Singapore 089757

Triple Three

Buffet / Smart

A respected name in the buffet scene, Triple Three at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel is a trusted destination for those who favour Asian cuisine, specifically that of Japanese. Chefs slice up the fish at the sashimi counter and whip up tempuras or teppanyaki on the spot. Offerings for the other cuisines aren’t too shabby either with a variety of herbal soups, pastas and roasted meats available at the other live stations.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Level 5, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867

Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Serving authentic Taiwanese cuisine, the menu at Typhoon Taiwanese Cafe offers familiar and heartfelt nosh that the East Asian country is known for. Its interiors do not disappoint, either, an airy space with black and white tiles and accents of lush greenery.  Start with the crispy chicken fritters and the steamed five-spice streaky pork buns—the latter boasting thick slivers of stewed pork in pillowy white buns. Don’t miss the oyster omelette as well, a real treat with fresh plump oysters dressed in wobbly egg.

Plaza Singapura, #04-63/67, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839

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UNA at The Alkaff Mansion

Europe / Spanish / Smart

Flanked by turrets, white stone arches and European-style water features, UNA at The Alkaff Mansion is postcard-worthy. Service is attentive, while the food is Spanish cuisine at its finest. Their signature Pulpo A La Parrilla Con Papas Arrugadas Y Mojo—octopus, grilled over a charcoal-fired parrilla grill—is one such dish, but what you really should have is the Paella De Marisco—a classic combination of bomba rice, carabinero prawns, clams and a healthy dusting of saffron.

10 Telok Blangah Green, Level 2, Singapore 109178

Uya 四代目菊川

Asia / Japanese / Casual

The Japanese have a way of savouring the seasons, and you’ll find the same appreciation for the cuisine here at UYA. Bathed in warm lighting with an autumn leaf centrepiece that pays tribute to the season eel is best savoured, this Japanese eel specialist restaurant on the second floor of Wheelock Place is   all about enjoying unagi in different ways.

The classic dish here, of course, is the Hitsumabushi—chopped eel on a bed of warm Japanese rice, served with condiments and a pot of dashi broth. It’s a four-step process that the friendly waitstaff will patiently explain to you: Start by dividing the eel and rice into four portions with your scoop, and enjoy the dish as it is first in the empty lacquered bowl provided. Then, add the spring onions, wasabi and nori to your taste. The third step is to pour the warm dashi broth over the chopped eel, condiments and rice to enjoy the dish ochazuke-style. Finally, enjoy the dish whichever way you like best.

Of course, no part of the eel goes to waste. There’s crispy eel bones and liver ponzu for starters, the latter meltingly smooth and creamy. The unagi egg roll is a fluffy dream best eaten warm. And if you’re looking for something to balance out all that eel, the oyster tempura is the perfect bite-sized answer—wrapped with a shiso leaf, no less, for a slight bitter and peppery contrast.

Wheelock Place, #02-15/16, 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880

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Vineyard at HortPark

Contemporary / Casual

Amidst the serene greenery of HortPark, Vineyard offers true farm-to-table chef cuisine in a casual and comforting ambiance.

The curated menu focusing on French and Italian fare features classics such as French onion soup and onglet or hanger steak but the chef does not hesitate to put on an innovative take inspired by the quality ingredients, which are locally sourced where possible.

Vineyard also offers a weekend brunch with favourites such as buttermilk chicken on toast or chocolate pizza.

33 Hyderabad Road, #02-02 Hort Park, Singapore 119578

VUE Bar and Grill

Contemporary / Fine Dining

Dining at VUE is an excellent exemplification of dining with a view, with the restaurant overlooking Singapore’s spectacular city skyline and the scenic Marina Bay. Helmed by executive chef Sam Chin, the menu celebrates binchōtan-grilled specialties using seasonal produce. Service is attentive with a light touch, for an unforgettable dining experience.

Tuna tartare might seem like a simple dish, but it is elevated here with hand-chopped blue fin tuna, and served with scallops that sit pretty in a light green avocado cream and crème fraiche, topped with ikura and crispy seaweed filo pastry. The risotto with pan-seared foie gras also comes highly recommended, though not for the faint of heart. VUE uses Vialone nano rice for the risotto, a grain variety that is more starchy and can better soak up the simmering stock. The rice is cooked perfectly with a great bite and texture, to be indulged with the buttery and flavourful pan-seared foie gras, and occasional delightful crunch from  the king oyster chips.

For sweets, VUE’s take on the Basque burnt cheesecake will take your breath away. Using high-end fromage blanc (French creamy white cheese) and baked at up to 300°C, the cheesecake has a savoury soft cheesy core that is surrounded by a beautifully burnt and  caramelised exterior. The creamy textures are enhanced by the accompanying almond crumbs and homemade berry jam that is bursting with sweet tangy freshness.

OUE Bayfront, Level 19, 50 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049321

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Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Fine Dining

This smart Cantonese restaurant at the Carlton Hotel is an institution in the Chinese restaurant scene, particularly well known for its classic dim sum dishes. Service here is prompt and professional. For its age, the restaurant has been well maintained, and remains a comfortable, elegant setting. It’s the perfect spot for weekend brunch with the family, where you know you won’t go wrong with classics like silky-smooth chee cheong fun and XO fried carrot cake.

Don’t miss out on the other dishes at Wah Lok, though. The deep-fried century egg wrapped in minced shrimp is a clever modern take on the English scotch egg, all sharp, savoury and crunch in one bite. Also good is the sea perch stir-fried with olives and celery, the perfect balm for those looking for that bit of comfort. The star of the show, though, has got to be the poached crispy rice in crab soup. The clear crab broth is laced with strips of salted vegetable, then poured over crispy puffed rice for a delectable take on the traditional mui fan dish. Come hungry.

Carlton Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558

WAKANUI Grill Dining Singapore

Asia / Japanese / Smart

True to its name, the restaurant specialises in grilled steak and lamb from the Canterbury region on the South Island of New Zealand. No corners are cut for the signature spring lamb chop starter, which is lightly seasoned with salt and pepper then grilled over white charcoal, producing an excellent tender dish with hardly any hint of game. While the grilled meats take centre stage, Wakanui’s other dishes also hold their own. The chargrilled eel paired with a generous portion of foie gras is indulgent, while the pan seared Hokkaido scallop with crispy prosciutto is perfectly balanced.

With a large and three private dining rooms, the spacious restaurant is highly recommended for business lunches and casual dates.

Marina One The Heart, West Tower, #04-02, 5 Straits View, Singapore 018935

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

Asia / Chinese / Smart

For classic Chinese food done well, head to Wan Hao at Marriott Singapore hotel. The ambience is brightly-lit and semi-formal, with tables well spaced for privacy. Peking duck with crepes is a staple at every table, as is the plate of marbled Spanish Ibérico char siew. The stewed bird’s nest with egg white and crab is nourishing, and goes well with a pot of premium Chinese tea such as the Phoenix Supreme, a light, fruity golden tea harvested from Wudong Peak in the Guangdong province.

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865

Wheeler’s Estate

Contemporary / Casual

Set in a two-storey British military airbase-turned-heritage-building in Seletar Aerospace Park, Wheeler’s Estate boasts a strong lineup of brunch favourites.

Take for instance the crab benedict, a twist on the usual breakfast classic. Here, the wobbly poached eggs are topped with chunks of fresh, sweet crab meat, sandwiched perfectly in a buttery croissant with lashings of hollandaise sauce.

In the mood for something more lunch than brunch? Go with the grilled octopus; a tender, juicy tentacle that is given a fragrant kick with garlic crumbs and a punchy cranberry vinaigrette. The linguini lobster is also highly recommended. A half lobster is served with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic crumbs, and the tomato-based pasta is flavourful.

Though the area might be off the beaten track, Wheeler’s Estate compound more than makes up for the trek over. The spacious verandah is a great spot to enjoy the fresh air away from the city, while you watch pet dogs tumble around on the lawn. Make the trip down—it’s well worth the effort.

2 Park Lane, Singapore 798386

White Rose Cafe

Contemporary / Casual

Located within the York Hotel, White Rose Cafe is a hotel restaurant featuring Singaporean specialty dishes with their à la carte Buffet Lunch menu. One of the must tries would be the iconic fish head curry. The milder yet fragrant curry would be suitable for all palates. Naturally other local options are available, from the simple stewed vegetables to stir-fried spicy clams to sambal kang kong. Local desserts like ice kacang and chendol are also featured.

York Hotel, 21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516

Winestone

Contemporary / Casual

An elegant, mod-European restaurant, late-night bar and wine retail store occupying the ground floor space in the conveniently located Novotel Singapore on Stevens complex, Winestone is known for its wide variety of wines and hearty European (with a heavy slant on Italian) dishes at affordable prices. In addition to an extensive a la carte menu, the restaurant also offers regularly changing four-course set meals, and wine packages for unlimited house pour wines for three hours, so it’s the perfect venue especially for Friday nights and weekends. Service is generally good but can get a little slow if you’re sitting on the quieter end of the restaurant, so opt to sit in the main dining area if possible.

Mercure Singapore on Stevens, #01-09, 30 Stevens Road, Singapore 257840

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Steakhouse / Fine Dining

This New York outpost pays homage to its city of origin with a solid mahogany bar, American walnut floors, leather seating and chandeliers. Start your meal with the seafood taster, an ample dish of tuna tartare, lobster salad and jumbo shrimp cocktail. At Wolfgang’s, only USDA prime-grade black Angus beef is used, aged on-site for 28 days for a deeper flavour. Served on a hot plate, the charred juicy meat needs nothing more than some salt and pepper. For sides, opt for the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes for the ultimate Wolfgang experience.

InterContinental Hotel – Robertson Quay, #02-01, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse Singapore

Steakhouse / Smart

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse, a popular steakhouse chain from Hong Kong, is located at Swissôtel the Stamford. Besides the breath-taking view of Singapore’s cityscape, Wooloomooloo also promises to “raise the steaks” of dining by offering the best cuts of beef shipped all the way from Australia. Naturally highlighted here is the USDA prime ribeye, grilled to a perfect doneness. Serve bone-in, it is beautifully marbled, rich in flavour and juicy. To accompany your steak perhaps try the iceberg lettuce with crab or the tuna and spanner crab tartare. Of course do not forget to pair your steak with the restaurants’ extensive wine list and alcohol offerings.

Swissotel The Stamford, Level 3, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882

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Xi Yan Maxwell

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Xi Yan Maxwell situated at Maxwell Chamber Suites is a modern casual dining and bar that specialises in fusion Chinese cuisine with a contemporary twist.

Their mouth-watering signature dishes that are perfectly crafted and highly recommended by the chef are a must-try, especially their famous blanched red grouper with crispy rice served with a specially brewed white pepper seafood broth. The restaurant also has a comprehensive list of endearing desserts.

The dining experience is further enhanced by their experienced and courteous serving staff and restaurant managers.

28 Maxwell Road, #01-15/17 Maxwell Chambers Suites, Singapore 069120

Xi Yan Shaw

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Xi Yan Shaw is a casual dining Chinese restaurant in Shaw Centre, owned by Hong Kong celebrity chef and television personality Jacky Yu. It generally has seating for two to four diners in its compact space, and the wide menu offers items like Hakka stuffed tofu, basil satay prawn, and seafood white beehoon.

No fuss, no frills, the service staff lead you to your table, answer questions you may have about dishes, as well as make recommendations.

1 Scotts Road, #03-12/13, Singapore 228208

Xperience Restaurant

International / Smart

Right in the middle of the CBD, Xperience at SO/ Sofitel Singapore is a psychedelic visual treat with an equally expressive personality. Known for their ‘Mother of All Brunches’ on Saturdays, the restaurant is frequented by white-collared types during lunch hour. The all-day dining menu, however, is surprisingly dull compared to the decor. Dishes carry influences of Asian cuisine but mainly stick to basics such as a Half Spring Chicken, rice bowls and burgers.

Sofitel SO, #13-04, 3 Phillip Street, Singapore 068876

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Yàn

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Specialising in authentic Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is located in the heart of Singapore’s former City Hall. Like its name suggests, Yàn, which means “banquet” in Mandarin, is the perfect place for feasting and merrymaking. A house special, the lobster porridge, is a spectacle prepared in an oversized claypot of puffed rice and shellfish broth under a glorious cloud of steam. And if seafood does not whet your appetite, may we suggest another winner on their menu: the fragrant Peking duck with its paper-thin crêpes.

National Gallery Singapore, #05-02, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

YardBird Southern Table & Bar

The Americas / North American / Smart

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore specialises in American cuisine that uses farm-fresh ingredients to create the traditional and authentic American flavours. Their famous Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles prepared using their 100-year-old family fried chicken recipe are a must try, along with lobster macaroni and cheese cooked with five artisanal cheeses. The restaurant also has a comprehensive list of cocktails, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic mocktails suitable for everyone.

Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-07, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972

Yellow Pot

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Yellow Pot Restaurant, clad in a yellow, black and gold theme, provides an ambience suitable for all settings. Cozy seating booths as well as private dining areas cater adequately for both large families and professionals.

The menu features a modern take on classic Chinese dishes with a hint of Western influence. Imagine fried prawns topped with lavender aioli and steamed barramundi topped with scallion and ginger pesto.

The Yellow Pot Bar accompanying the restaurant offers a wide variety of Eastern influenced signature and classic cocktails, liqueurs, tonics and wines.

88 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540

YOSHI Restaurant

Asia / Japanese / Fine Dining

For a memorable Kyoto kaiseki fine dining experience, Yoshi Restaurant is a great choice. Omakase lunch and dinners are available, with sake pairing as an option. Truly a hidden gem, the restaurant is discreetly tucked away in a hidden corner at the basement of Forum The Shopping Mall along Orchard Road. The head chef Yoshiyuki Kashiwabara had previously served as the personal chef to ambassadors based in San Francisco and Singapore, so be sure to expect top quality food and service.

Forum The Shopping Mall, #B1-39, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884

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Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge

Europe / Italian / Smart

Zafferano is an Italian fine-dining restaurant that overlooks the city skyline. Dining here is quite the treat. Fresh bluefin tuna belly, for instant, is served with a delicate ponzu gel. Succulent Canadian lobster is turned into a tender confit in a tomato jus. And the hand-cut fettuccine is not to be missed, served with a snow of black winter truffles. Dessert is clever play, too; a buffalo mozzarella cheesecake with glazed strawberries and a drizzle of aged extra-virgin olive oil.

Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315

Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine

Asia / Chinese / Casual

Set in a two-storey heritage building in Singapore’s business district, this restaurant prides itself on serving traditional Teochew cuisine prepared with heart.

The level of culinary excellence can be tasted across the entire menu of offerings, from appetisers—the Pig’s Trotter Terrine and Prawn Rolls are especially tasty—to desserts such as the classic Orh Nee and Tau Suan. Zui Yu Xuan’s signature dishes also prove outstanding as well.

With a modern Oriental theme, the space complements the cuisine beautifully with its air of serenity. The attentive and quiet service is also equally praiseworthy.

130/131 Amoy Street, Singapore 049959

春 Syun by Hal Yamashita

Asia / Japanese / Casual

Leisure at Resorts World Sentosa means thrilling rides, luxury shopping and fabulous dining. If the idea of indulgent fine-dining along an arcade of luxury boutiques excites you, make a stop at Syun. The elegant 48-seater restaurant has an interior of varnished wood and cool marble. The menu offers Kobe-inspired wagyu-wrapped uni and roe-covered kaisen bara chirashi boxes, both of which are as delightful and indulgent as they sound. Couples should dine by the sushi bar to see the chefs’ theatrical knife work over dinner, or ask covetly about the special fish flown in for the week. Don’t leave without trying the exclusive Syun sake brewed by the Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan brewery, one of the best in Kobe.

Resorts World Sentosa, Festive Walk, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

藝 yì by Jereme Leung

Asia / Chinese / Smart

Housed at Singapore’s regal Raffles Hotel, the visual journey begins at the entrance: a white corridor blooming in elaborate white floral motifs and leading into a hushed ambience. Be prepared for an extremely long menu, every modern Chinese dish delivering two key elements: visual extravaganzas matched with unique ingredients thanks to local chef Jereme Leung’s stint with MasterChef China. Prepare to be impressed by masterpieces such as the Hundred-ring Cucumber with Sea Whelk, the Durian, Avocado, and Crab Meat Tartare, the Golden Roasted Duck, and even a swan-shaped durian pastry.

1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

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