Don’t tell the residents we told you.
This sophisticated Italian ristorante is all about the authentic Italian experience – they’re even approved by the Italian government, so surely that means something. Go for the eponymous Etna – pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, porcini mushrooms, Parma ham, cream cheese and pistachio.
110 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455298
NEXT: Yoda Japanese Dining →
It bears no relation to any particular Star Wars character, but the (food) force is strong with this one. Having been in the Japanese fine dining scene for a good 3 decades, Chef Fabio knows how to make one brilliant sushi roll. Feeling indulgent? Their 10-course omakase comprises oyster shooters, premium sashimi, tempura and more.
#01-17 Viva Business Park, 750 Chai Chee Rd, Singapore 469000
NEXT: Sumo Bar Happy →
One thing’s for sure: They weren’t kidding about the “Sumo”. Their iconic Bone-in Short Rib Us Beef Ramen boasts a ginourmous 600g prime rib slow-roasted for 8 hours in red wine tare and yakiniku sauce. Recommended for 2, but nobody said you *had* to share. Weren’t kidding about the “Happy”, either.
#01-24 Waterloo Centre, 261 Waterloo St, Singapore 180261
NEXT: iSteaks →
It’s no premium steakhouse, but you see hungry diners braving the queue for a reason – your meal comes extremely value-for-money, from $10. We’re going straight for the thickly-cut slabs of steak that come with a range of sides, from gooey mac and cheese to buttered corn to fresh garden salad.
#02-03/04/05/06 myVillage, 1 Maju Ave, Singapore 556679
NEXT: Bodacious Bar & Bistro →
This industrial-chic space is unpretentious, but that’s not to say they’re uncreative. They’ve got homey classics like the Country Beef Pie, as well as locally-inspired grub like the Laksa Pasta (both pictured). Did we also mention all-day breakfast?
70 Biopolis St, Singapore 138547
NEXT: Red Star Restaurant →
A word of warning: All the typical stereotypes of an authentic, old-school yum cha experience is brought to reality at Red Star Restaurant. Service is fast-paced, and the place is almost rowdy; but that’s no excuse to give up a dim sum meal at this 50-year-old restaurant. P.S. Bring a group, and get all the dim sum varieties!
#07-23, 54 Chin Swee Rd, Singapore 160054
NEXT: Keng Eng Kee Seafood →
Restaurant meets hawker centre at this tze char (cooked-to-order) eatery tucked beneath a HDB block. And, the Michelin folks found their way there and gave it a thumbs up, too. Menu faves include the Prawn Rolls, Coffee Pork Ribs (pictured) as well as their crab dishes.
#01-136, 124 Bukit Merah Ln 1, Singapore 150124
NEXT: Pocoloco →
Throw all your notions of fancy schmancy Italian cuisine out the window – Pocoloco dishes out vongole and foie gras for just about a tenner. Sauces and dressings are made from scratch – your risotto wears a distinct nutty taste from porcini mushrooms, while your bolognese is hearty and infused with white truffle oil.
#01-779, 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560408
NEXT: Horizon Bistronomy →
Fine-dining inspired dishes, prepared with fresh produce sourced from all over the world, are served in a bistro setting at this casual waterside space. Start with the eponymous Horizon Cold Angel Hair (pictured) to whet your appetite for their French-inspired mains like the Duck Leg Confit or Herb Grilled Pork Collar.
#02-04 The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Rd, Singapore 828694
NEXT: Etna Italian Restaurant →
By Pinky Chng, September 2017
Like this? Read more food stories here,