From Peranakan cuisine inspired by flavours of the world to Korean-Mexican (the kimchi burrito is a genius invention), check out these 9 fusion restaurants to travel the world from the dinner table.
Peranakan restaurant Candlenut was recently awarded the much coveted Michelin Star, and with good reason.
Some classic Peranakan dishes are given an interesting twist – we love the Assam Fillet of Sea Bass with baby vegetables (pictured) – while some Nyonya classics like Kueh Pie Tee are refined yet retaining its homely touch.
#01-03 Dorsett Residences, 331 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 088764
NEXT: Neon Pigeon →
This hip Japanese izakaya serves sharing plates inspired by contemporary European techniques and flavours.
From the menu of “bird feed” – also the inspiration behind their name – try the Roasted Bone Marrow with Furikake Seasoning, Crispy Garlic, and Toast (pictured) and the Duck Liver Mousse with Candied Pistachio, Black Garlic, and Marinated Seaweed.
#01-03 The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik St, Singapore 089109
NEXT: Sunday Market →
This cafe-restaurant may be tucked away in a small corner, and it doesn’t take long for word of good food to travel.
We can’t think of many places that do fusion cafe fare as well as the quirky Sunday Market, nor dishes with as cheeky a personality – Try “Tom, It’s Yummy”, tom yam spaghetti with seafood and crispy enoki mushrooms, or “I’ll Find Salmon Like You”, miso-marinated salmon with lemon butter sauce.
22 Lim Tua Tow Rd, Singapore 547772
NEXT: Ding Dong →
Ding Dong is experimental in more ways than one. Their ingenious Southeast Asian-inspired creations come with an unexpected twist – a good one, of course. Bite into decadently crackling skin of the Crispy Pork Trotter to yield its succulent meat, or be pleasantly surprised by the intriguing Tuna Loin with green papaya and sweet and sour sauce.
Korean-Mexican cuisine is an undying hype in cosmopolitan capitals like New York City and Los Angeles, and this trendy Ko-Mex restaurant, hailing from Seoul itself, rides the wave like a natural.
Signatures include Kimchi Carnitas Fries (it was voted the “best dish in Korea” by 10 magazine, no less), Honey Tequila Chicken Wings and Mango Prawn Quesadillas, all the better paired with their Makgeolitas – a cheeky mix of tequila, makgeolli (Korean rice wine), beers and ciders.
#01-03 South Beach, 36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189677
NEXT: Chop Suey →
Loosely translated from Cantonese as “odds and ends”, this upscale Anglo-Chinese restaurant is nailing its fusion nosh, joining cultures across the dining table.
Dishes we love: the Autumn, Winter, Spring Rolls, featuring cod with shredded filo, wok-fried wild mushrooms, and fresh crab and prawn respectively, as well as General Tso’s Quail Legs (pictured).
#01-23, 10 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247700
NEXT: Ristorante Takada →
Helmed by Chef Masahiro Takada, who has years of experiences in Michelin-starred restaurants in both Italy and Japan under his belt, Ristorante Takada is a splendid reflection of his impressive culinary pedigree.
This Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant offers a 5 or 6 course omakase menus centred around their pastas and mains, as well as an 8-course omakase that changes regularly according to the freshest produce available, imported from Japan’s finest.
#01-07 Alexis Condominium, 356 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159948
NEXT: Wild Rocket →
Lawyer-turned-chef Willin Low seems to have found his true calling, because boy, can he cook.
Mod-Sin – modern Singaporean – Wild Rocket is a culinary renaissance inspired by his love for local food. The rich umami flavour bomb in laksa is incorporated into his Laksa Pesto Risotto, while the typically gravy-laden rendang is packaged as the juicy Beef Short Rib Rendang.
10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228119
NEXT: Beast and Butterflies →
Everything about Beast and Butterflies pushes the envelope: from the lovingly hand-beaded armchair from Africa sitting at the head of a long marbled dining table to parties of lava lamps embellishing the restaurant.
Look forward to a plethora of hearty fare boasting both Eastern and Western influences. Dishes we absolutely loved: the Great Rack of Lamb with Sichuan Peppercorn Jus (pictured), as well as the Crispy Ham Hock with Nam Jim Sauce.
M Social Singapore, 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238260
NEXT: Candlenut →
By Pinky Chng, June 2017
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