The bustling area of Telok Ayer presents you with such a slew of dining options, from laid-back restaurants nestled in heritage shophouses to authentic eateries with recipes handed down for generations.
And these are some of the best!
Ding Dong answers the bell with inventive Southeast Asian cuisine, marrying unlikely flavours together with their bold fusion fare. Think inventive dishes like Crispy Pork Trotter with spiced vinegar, or Lobster Tail in Tom Yum Broth with Sriracha Crab Cakes (pictured).
#01-02, 115 Amoy St, Singapore 069935
NEXT: P.S. Cafe →
Find us a dish that doesn’t speak to our hearts at this crowd favourite. Spoiler alert: You can’t. They’ve got it all, from brunch fare like the PS Classic Benedict to mains like the Charred Orange and Thyme Pork Chop (pictured), and we love it all. The folks here believe there’s always room for dessert; and even if you don’t, make room for their well-loved Sticky Date Pudding, quite possibly our favourite in town.
#02-02, 45 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069719
NEXT: Club Street Social →
This eatery-cum-watering-hole isn’t quite on Club Street; rather, it sits just off it along Gemmill Lane. But the latter part of its name doesn’t lie – this convivial space is hipster meets cosmopolitan, perfect for a mid-afternoon wine (yes, we said it) while people-watching or winding down with their barrel-aged cocktails, away from the Club Street, well, clubs, come sunset.
5 Gemmill Ln, Singapore 069261
NEXT: Birds of a Feather →
Western dishes sport a Szechuan twist at this funky restuarant, that’s somewhat a cross between a Chinese teahouse and a hipster gastrobar. Can you imagine? We didn’t think so. Experience this fresh concept for yourself, with dishes like the Hot and Sour Chazuke (pictured), Niigata rice with sicy pickled mustard green broth, charcoal-grilled barramundi, and mentaiko.
#01-01, 115 Amoy St, Singapore 069935
NEXT: Fat Saigon Boy →
Come for Viet classics like ginormous bowls of pho at this Australian-Vietnamese joint; stay for the modern Viet-inspired tapas like the Soft Shell Crab Sliders (pictured), with crispy tempura sauce and a lime chilli sauce that packs a punch.
#01-02, 51 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048441
NEXT: Pagi Sore →
Pagi Sore had a humble beginning as a tiny Nasi Padang stall, and it remains true to serving authentic Indonesian fare in its much bigger, yet equally homey restaurant today. The waft of Indonesian spices reaches you before the dish does, and it’ll taste as good as it smells. Must-tries: The Ayam Gulai (chicken curry, pictured), Tahu Telor (tofu omelette) and Beef Rendang (beef in a dry tamarind curry).
#01-01 Far East Sq, 88/90 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048470
NEXT: FYR →
Branding its food as a “primal cooking”, FYR (pronounced “fire”, and you’ll see why) takes tasty cooking right back to its roots – of fire, just-caught provisions and carnal culture. Think dishes like Iberico Pork Chop, Beef Short Ribs, Live Whole Maine Lobster and more, prepared over a grill with lychee wood to impart the best of exotic, flame-founded flavours.
19 Boon Tat St, Singapore 069619
NEXT: Aloha Poké →
One of the trendsetters of the Poké bowl, Aloha Poké brings a touch of Hawaii back to this equally tropical city, with refreshing, healthy fare like their Ultimate Poké Bowl, comprising 2 flavours of poké – choose from original, spicy, or wasabi mayo – heaped over salad, seasoned white or brown rice, with generous toppings and superfoods like avocado and cherry tomatoes.
92 Amoy St, Singapore 069911
NEXT: Jigger and Pony →
A tribute to the 19th century drinking culture when cocktail recipes were listed in “jiggers” and “ponies”, choose from classic cocktails like Negronis, vintage ones like the New York Sour, as well as quirky interpretations like the whisky-based Donkey Kong (“The flavour explodes as big as a gorilla”, they say.)
101 Amoy St, Singapore 069921
NEXT: Le Binchotan →
The fact that this izakaya is named after the premium white charcoal used to smoke its tapas, coupled with the French function word Le, should clue you in on its menu. Temperatures can reach more than 1,000 degrees Celsius, which serves to bring out the intricate flavours of the meats when grilled. Don’t rush through your meal – wash it down with wine during Happy Hour, which extends from 3-7pm Monday to Saturday.
#01-04, 115 Amoy St, Singapore 069935
By Pinky Chng, April 2017
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