With heritage dining spots, world-class restaurants and views to die for, Singapore’s dining scene is one of the most exciting in the world. We round up the top gourmet experiences you cannot afford to miss…
While hawker markets may be some of the cheapest food in Singapore, several stalls have been recognised by the Michelin guide and now young ‘hawkpreneurs’ are elevating the concept with sophisticated takes on local classics. Some of the best include Beresh Food Centre’s One Kueh At A Time, Amoy Street Food Centre’s Coffee Break and Timbre+.
East Coast haven, The Bedok Marketplace, is run by hawkpreneurs and is a great place to find top young chefs honing their innovative menus. The Burning Oak, Mike’s Caribbean food and KoKoRo Ramen are all East Coaster favourites.
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Best views in town
For high dining head to LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar at Marina Bay Sands®. Set 57 storeys up, the views are utterly spellbinding and the sleek restaurant serves a modern Italian-American menu. Expect cool clientele, handcrafted cocktails and guest DJs bringing the party atmosphere after dinner.
Incidentally, if it’s celebrity hotspots you’re after, Singapore is also home to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, Tetsuya Wakuda’s Waku Ghin, and Cut by Wolfgang Puck.
New world flavours
Today, Singapore’s gourmet landscape is peppered with top chefs bringing new twists to traditional cuisines. Malcolm Lee’s Candlenut is the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. Reimagining his grandmother’s recipes, the top chef elevates Peranakan cuisine (hailing from the Straits Chinese population of Southeast Asia and Singapore) with contemporary yet authentic flair. Majestic Restaurant in the CBD specialises in intricate Cantonese dishes with a twist, such as crispy wasabi prawn, peking duck and pan-seared foie gras. Recognised with a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Man Man Japanese Unagi restaurant on Keong Saik Road is a feast of flair and flavour. Book the best seats in the house, overlooking the kitchen and marvel at the chef’s skillful knife skills as they prep the unagi (eel) before grilling it over charcoals.
With so many exhilarating sights and attractions, it can be tricky to choose which unique dining experience to book next. For nature lovers, don’t miss Pollen at Gardens in the Bay where you can dine amid the lush tropical vegetation, ensconced in the futuristic botanical wonderland. Or enjoy an evening in the wild at the Gourmet Safari Express at Singapore Zoo where diners have a candle-lit five-course dinner as they weave around the park’s seven zones by tram. Spot the zoo’s resident hippos, zebras and plethora of animals as you cruise on by. Tantalise your tastebuds in the pitch black at NOX – Dine in the Dark, where patrons experience a four-course dinner in darkness. The highly regarded restaurant is said to encourage diners to feast with their other senses and will certainly be an unforgettable experience.