Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. Case in point: our food.
From Thai to Japanese to modern-Asian and even buffet spreads that’ll spoil you with Asian specialties, check out these restaurants that’ll take you on a tour around our beloved continent.
Traditional dim sum recipes like, say, siu mai (open-faced steamed dumplings) have been replaced at Mitzo by the likes of Baby Abalone and Pork Dumplings and Black Truffle Crispy Duck. Bonus: enjoy cocktails that feature traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs. So cool!
Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857
NEXT: Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine ?
Teochew-style Chinese cuisine often takes a backseat in Singapore in favour of Cantonese and Hokkien offerings. However, options like the Teochew Braised Duck and Deep Fried Ngoh Hiang Rolls (filled with pork and prawn) might cause you to reconsider.
#01-02 Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Rd, Singapore 308409
NEXT: Earl of Hindh ?
For Indian cuisine, try Earl of Hindh’s Shahi Chaap, where lamb chops are marinated with a special masala blend and malt vinegar. The Jamun-E-Gulab (milk dumplings) will help extinguish the flames, if needed.
#01-16 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa, Singapore 098375
NEXT: Raj ?
Find an impressive showcase of recipes from all four corners of India here. Try the Butter Sada Dosa, a paper-thin sourdough crepe crisped in clarified butter and served with dipping chutneys.
#01-04 Centros, 20 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138668
NEXT: Shoukouwa ?
This Chope “New Restaurant of the Year” nominee bagged 2 Michelin Stars this July. Perhaps it’s because the sushi ingredients are flown in from the world-famous Tsujiki Market in Japan daily? Go to have a dining experience you won’t forget.
#02-02A One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213
NEXT: Kanshoku Ramen ?
Real ramen is everything compared to its inferior instant sibling. Expect to slurp up flavourful umami broth made without any MSG or preservatives at Kanshoku.
#01-18 The Metropolis, 9 North Buona Vista Dr, Singapore 138588
NEXT: Shin Minori ?
Most Japanese restaurants specialise in a certain style such as sushi, izakaya, or ramen. Want it all? Hit this “Best Buffet” nominee to taste different varieties of yakimono, tempura, sushi, and more, at one price.
#03-15/16 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239917
NEXT: Gyuu+ ?
If raw fish isn’t your thing, slabs of meat seared on yakiniku (Japanese barbecue) will tickle your pickle. At “Best Buffet” nominee Gyuu+, there’s not only rare cuts and dry-aged beef, but also a range of fresh seafood like lobsters, prawns and scallops.
#01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
NEXT: Hyang-To-Gol ?
Meat eaters will find it hard to resist barbecuing deliciously marinated meats right at their table. Here, you can choose from premium meats like Saeng Galbi Sal (top grade beef ribs) and Deungsim (prime ribeye).
Level 2 Amara Hotel, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088539
NEXT:Chicken Up ?
Conventional fried chicken restaurants should step aside – Korean fried chicken (KFC) is where it’s at. This crispy treat stays crunchy even when drizzled in sauces that’ll have you licking those fingers clean.
#01-44 to 47 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509
NEXT: Tamarind Hill ?
Find contemporary updates to classic Thai dishes such as the Deep-Fried Lobster with Tamarind Sauce and Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filet with foie Gras. The restaurant is situated in a colonial bungalow at Labrador Park, perfect for a quiet Siamese meal.
30 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119189
NEXT: Aroy Mak Mookata ?
Why is mookata, a Thai-style soup, so delicious? Rendered fat and meat juices from a barbecueing process drip into a broth below, which is already simmering with noodles, seafood and more.
510 Macpherson Rd, Singapore 368208
NEXT: Fat Saigon Boy ?
This atypical joint serves up modern Vietnamese small plates perfect for sharing. Must-tries include the Viet Salmon Fish Cake and the BBQ Lemongrass Pork Strips Baguette.
#01-02, 51 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048441
NEXT: Pondok Gurame Indonesian Restaurant ?
For Indonesian fare, this “Best Halal Restaurant” nominee whips up dishes like the signature Gurame Goreng – fish that’s deep-fried till the bones are edible, yet retaining moistness in the meat. Braver diners should go for the Udang Gala Sambal (spicy prawns).
#01-26 Blk E Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874
NEXT: Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant ?
Or, comforting Indonesian classics take the form of Tahu Telur (deep-fried beancurd and eggs) and Udang Goreng Mentega (butter fried prawns) at Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant, a “Best Halal Spot” nominee.
Level 3 Furama Riverfront Singapore, 405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633
NEXT: Asian Market Cafe ?
This multi-cuisine buffet gives you the best of Asian flavours, from sashimi to Laksa to fill you up, and durian to Hong Kong egg tarts to finish. Also, this “Best Halal Spot” nominee is – you guessed it – halal.
Level 2 Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560
NEXT: Spize ?
Nominated “Best Halal Spot”, diners are normally here for a quick fix of Indian Murtabak (stuffed fried pancake), or Nasi Goreng or Maggi Goreng (fried rice or noodles). Late at night (up to 6am!), it’s a favourite supper spot for the post-party crowd.
409 River Valley Rd, Singapore 248307
NEXT: Xiao Ya Tou ?
This “New Restaurant of the Year” choice playfully reinvents Asian fare with modern flair and quirkiness, with dishes like Mung Bean Frittata, Corned Beef sliders with Gochujang Kewpie Mayo, Lamb Shank Curry and more – befitting of its name, meaning “little rascal” in Mandarin.
#01-01, 6 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089592
NEXT: CÉ LA VI ?
CÉ LA VI’s not just a club, it was also nominated “Most Romantic” restaurant by Chope. Here, modern Asian fare include Honey Glazed Pork Spare Ribs, Roasted Black Cod Miso, and more.
Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971
NEXT: Mitzo ?
By Joshua Tan and Pinky Chng, The Finder, December 2016
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