The one food guide you absolutely need
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the multitude of dinner options and ironically ended up feeling like you’re out of options, we feel you – we’ve got the best brunch spots, the coolest rooftop bars, and more.
Some of Singapore’s best dining choices concentrated in this hip enclave that is Keong Saik Road. We bring you the ultimate guide to EVERY restaurant along this gem of a food street and its adjacent streets, namely Neil Road, Teck Lim Road, and Jiak Chuan Road.
Here, small plates are specially curated and changed up every day according to the freshest produce of the day. Their ingredients are diligently sourced from all over, so expect items from Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche to Australian Scampi all on the same menu.
1A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109
11.45am-2pm (lunch) and 6pm-11pm (dinner) Mon-Sat, 11.45am-3pm Sun, closed PH
NEXT: Meta →
Meta’s fixed menus (that change each season) feature innovative dishes incorporating a fusion of Asian and Western touches, a nod to South Korean head chef Sun Kim’s culinary experience in various kitchens.
9 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089117
12pm-2pm (lunch) and 6pm-11pm (dinner) Mon-Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Cure ?
From Foie Gras Brûlée with burnt cinnamon to Venison Dumplings in Mushroom Broth, the dishes at Cure are inspired by the season’s best produce, and are thoughtfully paired with a stellar drinks list. Enjoy three ($75++) to seven ($$150++) courses of sheer delish, or get bang for your buck with their lunch menus (from $38).
21 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089128
From 12pm (lunch) Wed-Fri, from 6pm (dinner) Mon-Sat
NEXT: 999.99 (Five Nines) ?
One of the newer kids on the block, but already off to a strong start, 999.99 offers a five course menu ($59) with a luxurious, mainly Italian-inspired mix of meat and seafood dishes. Their lunch menus (from $19.80) are affordable but don’t skimp on the posh either.
29 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089136
11.30am-2.30pm Mon-Fri, 6.30pm-12am Mon-Sun
NEXT: 31 Bar and Kitchen ?
The menu at this convivial, laid back dining spot is split into small plates for light nibbles and bigger plates for main courses. The menu rotates regularly, but if you ever spot the Pan Seared Whole French Duck Magret ($55) on the menu, we say it’s a must-try!
31 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089138
3pm-late Mon-Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Taratata Bistrot →
Run by two French chefs (so you’re getting the real deal!), Taratata Bistrot serves well-loved, home-style French Classics such as escargot, duck confit, and the like, as well as a selection of artisanal cheeses and wines.
35A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142
11.30am-3.30pm (lunch) and 5.30pm-12am (dinner) Tues-Fri, 5.30pm-12am Sat & PH eves, 11.30am-3.30pm (lunch) and 5.30pm-10.30pm (dinner) Sun, closed Mon & PH
NEXT: The Study →
A British-inspired snack bar, The Study is an unpretentious social dining spot. Their menu, cheekily divided into chapters, feature dishes such as Iberico Scotch Egg ($17, pictured) and Kurobuta Pork Collar ($38) slow-cooked to perfection, paired with pommes anna, burnt apple, rainbow chard, and lardo.
49 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089153
12pm-2.30pm Mon-Fri and 11am-3pm Sat (lunch), 6pm-10.30pm Mon-Sat (dinner), closed Sun
NEXT: Potato Head Folk →
Occupying four storeys in the iconic red and white shophouse that has become practically representative of Keong Saik Road is the bohemian sanctuary that is Potato Head Folk. Tuck into some hearty burgers – with wagyu beef patties and foie gras, buttermilk fried chicken, a huge crab patty… you’ll be hard pressed to pick just one.
36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143
11am-12am Tues-Sun, closed Mon
NEXT: Restaurant Ember →
Helmed by Chef Sufian Bin Zain, who has had honourable stints with the likes of Les Amis and Waku Ghin under his belt, expect no less then exemplar, well-thought out flavours in modern European Restaurant Ember’s menu. We’d definitely revisit for their set dinners ($52++ for 3 courses, $62++ for 4 courses), which includes their well-loved Sakura Ebi Capellini ($28) with Konbu and Crustacean Oil.
Hotel 1929, 50 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089158
11.30am-2pm (lunch) and 6.30pm-10pm (dinner) Mon-Fri, 6.30pm-10pm Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Afterglow by ANGLOW →
This farm-to-table restaurant is certainly doing things right in both the taste and health department, offering sumptuous yet wholesome fare. Think dishes like Raw Zucchini Linguine with Walnut “Meatballs” ($20), Quinoa-strone ($14), and the like. Their dishes are influenced by cuisines of all sorts – the Kimchi Nori Roll ($14) is an old-time favourite.
24 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 187131
12pm-11pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, 5pm-11pm Tues, 12pm-12am Fri, Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Burnt Ends ?
This modern Australian Barbecue is all about honest cooking on wood ovens and grills. A unanimous favourite: The Sanger ($20) – pulled pork shoulder, spicy chipotle aioli, jalapenos, and coleslaw sandwiched between slices of fluffy brioche.
20 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088391
11.45pm-2pm Wed-Sat (lunch), 6pm-late Tues-Sat (dinner), closed Sun, Mon
NEXT: Nicolas Le Restaurant →
The eponymous French restaurant, helmed by Chef Nicholas Joanny and his years of experience in Michelin star restaurants under his belt, the menu reads extremely well. If you’re feeling a treat, request the special 8-course “surprise menu” ($128++) and let Chef Nicholas take your tastebuds on a magical ride.
10 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088386
12pm-2pm (lunch) and 6.30pm-10pm (dinner) Tues-Fri, 6pm-10.30pm Sat, closed Sun, Mon
NEXT: The Populus Coffee & Food Co →
The Populus Cafe certainly does brunch right – the Populus Scramble ($17.50), a seemingly innocent butter croissant with cheesy ricotta scrambled eggs and bacon, and the hearty, wholesome grain bowls are also must-tries.
146 Neil Rd, Singapore 088875
9am-7pm Mon, Wed, 9am-10.30pm Thurs, Fri, 9.30am-10.30pm Sat, 9.30am-7pm Sun, closed Tues
NEXT: The LoKal ?
What’s to love on the menu: one of the best Chicken Ciabatta sandwiches we’ve had in Singapore, an elaborate medley of Roast Pumpkin Salad ($18) and Banana Bread ($16) drizzled with yogurt, and the Lobster Roll ($22), to list a few. You can even build your own brunch with an entire selection of breakfast items, from eggs all ways to sauteed mushrooms to roast beef. Leave space for dessert – the Sticky Date Pudding ($16) specifically!
136 Neil Rd, Singapore 088865
8am-5pm Mon, 8am-10pm Tues-Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun
NEXT: The Daily Roundup ?
For healthier, lighter brunch options, The Daily Roundup’s crêpes and galettes are it. They’ve got plenty of both sweet and savoury options – the Yuzu Butter Crêpe ($12) and the Complète Galette ($16) with artisan ham, French Comté cheese, and a sunny side up egg are hot favourites.
#01-02 The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109
8am-9.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9.30pm Sat, 9am-7.30pm Sun & PH
NEXT: Luxe ?
The Aussies are big on brunch, and if that’s anything to go by, Luxe Sydney is one place you should try out. The clean, luxurious space of the cafe-bistro hybrid has equally praise-worthy contemporary Australian fare to match – we love their Ricotta Pancake ($20) with berries, exploding candy, and maple syrup. At dinnertime, try their Sakura Chicken Roasted in Honey and Tumeric ($32, pictured).
#01-04 The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109
11am-late Tues-Fri, 9.30am-late Sat, 9.30am-4pm Sun, cosed Mon
NEXT: Epiphyte ?
Named after a plant that grows harmlessly on other plants, pots of green dot this glass-roofed, floral-scented cafe. Its food is conceptualised as such too, with dishes like pink risotto and a beautiful galaxy cake (pictured) almost too beautiful to cut into.
47 Neil Rd, Singapore 088827
4pm-12am Mon-Thurs, 4pm-1am Fri, 11am-1am Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Bread & Hearth →
This artisanal bakery cafe serves all day breakfast, main courses, artisanal sandwiches and more. Their hand-crafted artisan breads are baked with age-old European bread-making techniques that would impress even the most discerning of gourmands.
18 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089125
NEXT: Banana Tree →
This is as adorable as it gets – Korean Bingsu (shaved ice desserts) are beautifully presented in flower pots, and are available in a variety of flavours. Great for cooling down after a meal at one of the other restaurants along the street!
26 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089133
12pm-10pm Mon-Sat, 12.30pm-7pm Sun
NEXT: Neon Pigeon →
Neon Pigeon is a hip Japanese izakaya serving sharing plates, its lively atmosphere making it the perfect setting for a social gathering. 6-8 plates are recommended for a table of 2, with options like the decadent Roasted Bone Marrow ($18), Dashi Poached Squid ($18) and more.
#01-03 The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109
6pm-12am Mon-Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Mariko’s ?
This Japanese-inspired restaurant-bar offers a exciting fare such as Risotto with Edamame, Roasted Pine Nutsand Onsen Egg ($20) and Beef Yakiniku Rib-eye with Bonito Mashed Potatoes ($30) as well as light bar bites. Not forgetting the entire menu of Japanese whiskey, cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages that pair perfectly with the food.
4 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089261
5pm-12am Mon, Tues, 5pm-1am Wed, Thurs, 5pm-3am Fri, 6pm-3am Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Tang Restaurant & Bar →
Freshly revamped, Tang is an elegant Sichuan hotpot restaurant boasting rich, MSG-free soup stocks and the freshest ingredients. Best enjoyed over merry conversation!
25 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089132
12pm-2.30pm (lunch) and 5pm-11.30pm (dinner) Sun-Wed, 5pm-12am Thurs-Sat, closed 1st and 3rd Tues monthly
NEXT: Indline ?
A contemporary Indian cookery serving up authentic North Indian soul food, Indline prides themselves for their curries and naans. Also expect the usual suspects such as kebabs and biryani.
28 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089135
11.30am-11pm Mon-Fri, 12pm-11pm Sat, 12pm-10.30pm Sun
NEXT: Tong Ah Eating House →
A coffee shop nestled amongst fine dining restaurants, Tong Ah Eating House might seem a little out of place to the uninitiated, but don’t dismiss this unassuming eatery just yet. Tong Ah is famous for their Crispy Kaya Toast ($1.80) and Tze Char (cooked-to-order) dishes. Must-tries: the Coffee Pork Ribs (from $10) and Claypot Fragrant Chicken (from $10).
35 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143
6.30am-10pm Thurs-Tues, closed Wed
NEXT: Kok Sen Restaurant →
The long queue during peak dining hours speaks volumes of the food at Kok Sen Restaurant. Try their popular Big Prawn Hor Fun (from $16) – huge, succulent prawns with wide noodles in an umami gravy packed with flavour.
30 Keong Saik Rd, Singpoare 089137
NEXT: Muchachos →
Widely hailed to serve the best burritos in town – and not without reason – give this place a whirl for these ginormous gems packed with ingredients and flavour. We love the pork and steak fillings in particular! No Chipotle in Singapore? No problem.
22 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 187129
12pm-4pm and 6pm-10pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Lime House ?
The only Caribbean restaurant in Singapore, Lime House instantly transports you to a exotic beachfront bistro with its laid back Carribean vibes and music, chirpy service staff, and homely decor. Their Baby Back Ribs ($32) are generously slathered in their house BBQ sauce and are fall-off-the-bone tender – easily one of the best we’ve tried. Of course, get a rum cocktail to go with!
2 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089260
12pm-2.30pm and 5pm-12am Tues-Fri, 3pm-12am Sat, closed Mon, Sun & PH
NEXT: The Cufflink Club ?
This sophisticated cocktail bar is sleek yet comfortable and unpretentious. With former mixologist at The Tippling Club, Joel Fraser, behind the bar, you can trust that you’re in good hands.
6 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089262
5pm-1am Mon-Thurs, 5pm-2am Fri, 6pm-2am Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Comptoir Soori →
One for the wine-lovers: Comptoir Soori is a wine bar and epicurie that combines the best of artisan wines with classic French fare – an unapologetic celebration of life’s tasteful pleasures.
2 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088380
12pm-12am Mon-Fri, 4m-12am Sat, closed Sun
NEXT: Lollapalooza ?
By Pinky Chng, December 2016
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