It’s always refreshing to escape Singapore for a bit. But, you don’t even need to leave town to “get away” at these one-of-a-kind eateries!
Bask in the sun while you dine at Coastes, situated along the golden stretch of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. The restaurant offers stunning seafront views of Singapore and a laidback beach vibe, right up to the water’s edge. Tuck into generous servings of burgers, pizzas, pastas and fresh seafood dishes, then wash it all down with premium beers and house pour spirits.
50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-06, 099000, Sentosa
Old school is the new cool, and this diner knows best. Cute Volkswagen Kombis (which are also available for hire) are parked at its doorstep; step inside where retro floor tiles and whimsical touches like rotary dial telephones, memorabilia, and even vintage barber chairs carry on the theme.
Even the food, mostly Thai and Chinese fare, are prepared with recipes passed down for three generations. Have we mentioned it’s old school?
68 Yio Chu Kang Rd, 545569
This casual Japanese restaurant doesn’t feel like Singapore – unless, that is, you happen to be on a plane above Singapore land. Boarding passes, airplane windows and waitresses dressed as airline stewardesses add to your unique dining experience at this aircraft-themed restaurant.
Don’t worry, there’s no sub-par airline food here, only the freshest sashimi and sushi flown in straight from Japan four times a week. We’re all aboard!
20a Baghdad St, 199659
What would a cafe opened by a florist look like?
Like this: woody furniture accented by plants, with terrariums and bunches of roses, orchids and sunflowers adorning the space.
The cafe even doubles as a furniture shop – you can even buy the very chair you’re sitting on!
#01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd, 409022
Elevated by an elegant Parisian boudoir look, this French-inspired cafe is certainly worthy of its reference to Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France.
Food fit for royalty: regional French savoury specialties as well as luxurious pastries and confectionery. C’est délicieux!
#02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd, 238897
Love the hipster food scene of Los Angeles or London? Then, you’ll dig these off-the-beaten-track container bistros. Take your pick of local-and-Asian-inspired grub like sambal (hot chilli paste) stingray and Korean fried chicken; Western comfort foods like fish and chips; and cheap craft beers, here.
50 Punggol East, 828826
This isn’t the set of the hit TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ok, it kind of is – it’s a cafe that’s designed exactly like so, from the iconic orange sofa to the brick walls, and even Chandler and Joey’s foosball table.
Even the menu is inspired by representative food items on the show as well, from Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken to Phoebe’s “I Can’t Eat Meat” Steak.
#01-01 Central Mall, 1 Magazine Rd, 059567
Stepping into the plush Brasserie Les Saveurs, you’d expect an epicurean experience of refined French cuisine, and that’s exactly what you’re given.
Free your afternoon and tuck into a lavish spread of scones, sandwiches, desserts and more at Afternoon Tea, while the resident pianist serenades you with a live performance.
The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, 247911
The resto looks like a cute Williamsburg, Brooklyn, cafe – cinematic fixtures and iconic diner booths transport you straight to NYC. The only giveaway: the splendid view of Marina Bay at this riverside hotspot. Here, spend your cheat day on classic diner fare like its crowd favourite Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese ($48).
#01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, 049213
Abandon all concern about your surroundings on this mysterious sensory journey – stripped of your sight, savour a 3-course dinner as your personal guide brings you on a gourmet journey of discovery in a completely dark dining room.
With your amplified sense of taste and smell, discover the subtleties of flavour and the art of cuisine, along with signature cocktails customised to your palate.
269 Beach Rd, 199546
This one’s for your kids. The first superhero themed cafe and restaurant in Singapore, Hungry Heroes displays countless original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel & other comics, including life-sized statues, head busts, figurines and movie posters.
The restaurant specialises in Western fare, like its Meat Fury’s BBQ Pork Ribs and unique Spider Pig Burger.
33 Tessensohn Road, 217656
Housed in a restored old chapel along Dempsey Hill, The White Rabbit transports you to the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.
Its white walls, animal-shaped shrubs and an outdoor bar with a “Drink Me” motif will delight fans of Lewis Carroll’s enduring novel. Meanwhile, the impeccable service and mouthwatering European cuisine will keep you coming back, ahem, through the looking glass.
39C Harding Rd, 249541
Sum Yi Tai translates to “third wife” in Cantonese, and this Chinese-Cantonese tapas bar pays tribute to the 1980s glamour of old Hong Kong.
Expect lots of vintage Canto-pop music floating through the speakers, dim red lantern lights and even a mahjong wall. The tapas bar is on the ground floor; a back-room cocktail lounge and private room karaoke on the second floor; and a rooftop bar on the third floor.
25 Boon Tat Street, 069622
Perfect for special occasions, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore serves up some of the best prime rib of beef in town and gets you feeling special each time you drop by. Its
Signature USDA Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, aged 28 days, is slow-roasted on beds of rock salt to bring out its juicy flavours.
333A Orchard Rd, Mandarin Gallery, #04-01, 238897
By Pinky Chng / Additional reporting by Cheryl Lim + Mizah Salik, last updated March 2019
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