We’re talking about the people, the food, and the mess.
Mmm, round, squishy buns. Burger buns, we mean. And if these are the mark of a great burger joint, fix your eyes on Potato Head’s in all its glorious fluffiness. Faves include the Truff Ryder with a Wagyu beef patty and pan-seared foie gras, and the Honky-Tonk, buttermilk fried chicken playfully dressed in Big Poppa ‘hot sauce’ and miso mayo. Have we also mentioned their rooftop bar?
36 Keong Saik Rd, 089143
If left alone, you might just find yourself eventually single-handedly mopping up the last of their addictive mezze dips. Luckily you’re in a group. Then comes the sharing plates, from Hot Skillet Prawns doused in green chilli harissa to the richly spiced Shish Taouk, as well as daily specials.
161 Middle Rd, 188978
Marry the flavour explosions of both Mexican and Korean cuisines and you get the best of both worlds at KoMex joint Vatos Urban Tacos. So tuck into their addictive Kimchi Carnitas Fries, signature Baja Fish or Galbi Short Rib Tacos, Mango Prawn Quesadillas and more; all of this best washed down with one of their Makgeolitas, tequila meets makgeolli (Korean rice alcohol).
#01-03 South Beach, 36 Beach Rd, 189677
A family that eats together stays together – that’s the mantra behind the communal menu (good for 4) at Asian-inspired restaurant The Halia. After all, communal dining with shared dishes is a well-loved tradition in Asian culture. On the 12-course menu: Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Akaroa Salmon Fillet (NZ), Char Grilled ‘Caesar Salad’, Ikana Live Greenshell Mussel (NZ) and more. Oh, and we recommend the namesake Halia Sangria, also served in a communal jug.
Singapore Botanic Garden (Ginger Garden), 1 Cluny Rd, 259569
Dining at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is like going for a backyard barbecue party of a badass old friend (who happens to cook, like, reaaaally well). Join the energetic crowd mingling around open air seats and the garden bar, or watch a spit roasting a whole hog that’ll eventually reach your table (drools). Even the desserts (S’mores cheesescakes and toasted marshmallows, anyone?) pay homage to the camp/backyard theme.
#01-01, 66 Kampong Bugis, 338987
In case you can’t tell, we’re firm believers that BBQ is always a good idea for groups. Korean barbecue included. At Seorae, you get to grill your meats at your own table; they specialise in Korean Galmaesigal (pictured), a premium cut of pork skirt that’s denser and more luxurious. It’s even said to have been served exclusively to the Royal Family of Korea in ancient times!
#02-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, 238839
This Chinese restaurant chain’s various outlets around the island are all designed to reminisce ancient oriental inns. All the better to savour authentic Chinese cuisine in. And no table does without their signature Herbal Roast Duck, marinated with a myriad of herbs and spices, then roasted to a perfect golden brown. The result: Tender, juicy duck oozing a powerful herby fragrance, crispy skin donned over a layer of gratifying fat.
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It’s not every day that you can agree amongst a group about having something shoved up someone’s behind. But everyone will love the Beer Can Chicken (pictured), whose, um, stuffed posterior allows the meat retain its moisture while being roasted to potent perfection. Down at the bar, you’ll love their Elderflower Mojito. Not big on booze? We love their malt milkshake in particular.
#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, 049213
A list about group dining ideas isn’t complete without pizza thrown in. Our ideal pizza party looks something like this: unconventional picks like Timbre’s crowd favourite Roasted Duck Pizza (pictured). All while a live band – it could be a full-on rock set or a jazzy kind of thing – seranades you through the night.
The Substation, 45 Armenian St, 179936
Want everyone to have the quintessentially Singaporean food experience? It’s got to be chilli crab, of course. Seafood Paradise is one of our faves, in part because of their addictive, tangy chilli crab, but also because of their other crustacean variations like the intensely creamy and buttery, well, Creamy Butter Crab.
#02-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018955
Planning a gathering with your colleauges for a long lunch? Enjoy the freedom to build your very own lunch platter from Table Manners’ selection of favourites. There’s also a myriad of delicious options for dinner to end the work day on a high note and wash it all down with craft beers and cocktails.
5 Changi Business Park Central, #01-68/69, Changi City Point (Level 1, The Oasis), 486038
Dine with your fam in a nature-inspired setting with a menu of delicious plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, organic meat and seafood. Dishes also showcase eclectic Asian flavours and Mediterranean inspirations, while the sustainable and organic wine list and fruit-based cocktails and mocktails will add on to your dining experience there.
252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-22A, 179103
Housed in the National Museum of Singapore, Food For Thought serves up hearty, community-inspired bistro fare in Southeast Asian flavours with a globalised influence. Plus, the restaurant group aims to build community by bringing people together through good food centered around good causes.
Fun fact: The menu showcases unique food dishes inspired by exhibits within the museum too!
93 Stamford Road, #01-04/05, National Museum of Singapore, 178897
By Pinky Chng, December 2017 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, May 2019
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