With home-bred restaurants gracing the charts of the world’s bests, new foodie destinations set to delight, and the sheer expanse of the city’s culinary vareity, it’s safe to say that Singapore is one of Asia’s food capitals.
As the year draws to a close, here’s our verdict of Singapore’s gastronomic highlights of 2017.
Miami superstar Yardbird’s first foray out of the US brought Southern American comfort food to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands earlier this year, going under the name The Bird. You might’ve guessed that poultry is the name of the game here. Their fried chicken is prepared with a 100-year-old secret family recipe and served with crispy waffles coated in cheddar cheese. Sinful? Yes. But, worth the calories? Absolutely.
#B1-07 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
NEXT: Muse Amuse →
Asian influences inject traditional tapas with delightfully complex flavours at Muse Amuse. Take for instance the Golden Kibun (pictured), Korean-spiced arancini with butternut pumpkin puree, kimchi and gochujang chilli. Best enjoyed with their signature fusion cocktails like the Tom Yum Bloody Mary.
289 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058835
NEXT: Akira Back →
The opening of the snazzy JW Marriott Hotel South Beach near the downtown core was accompanied by an entourage of new restaurants. Among these is Akira Back, marrying Japanese and Korean cuisines, with their myriad of similarities and differences. Try the restaurant’s signature dish, the tuna “pizza” (pictured) drizzled with ponzu payonnaise, truffle oil and shiso.
JW Marriott Singapore, 30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763
NEXT: Acqua e Farina →
Always trust chefs with big appetites – Chef Roberto proudly claims he can polish off half a cake at one sitting, while Chef Antonio once finished 2kg of steak at a go. At this authentic Italian eating house, you’d have no trouble following in their footsteps. Have your pizza any way: with a red or white base, folded or open-faced, and so on.
Rail Mall, 400 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678050
NEXT: Ginett →
With its high ceilings, glass walls and sophisticated accents like old-world beehive flooring, it’s impossible not to be wooed stepping into this bistro-style restaurant and wine bar. If Ginett hasn’t already captured your heart by now, wait till you first sink your teeth into the meats, grilled to succulent, smoky perfection on a bed of apple wood charcoal. Pair this with your selection from the list of almost 100 French wines, specially curated to complement your dish.
200 Middle Rd, Singapore 188980
NEXT: Loloku →
Hawaiian poké bowls are taking Singapore by storm, and hopping onto the bandwagon is the fresh, hip Loloku. How they differentiate themselves? By combining a world of flavours into each bowl – the signature Wikiwiki (pictured) comprises salmon, kumbu rice, quinoa, avocado, kimchi, almonds, chipotle mayo and a hint of jalapenõ.
1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109
NEXT: Pó →
Modern-Singaporean Pó pays homage to Singaporean classics, celebrating the fundamental essence of the dish that locals so love in a completely new manner. Start with the roll-it-yourself popiah (fresh Chinese spring rolls; pictured) – fun! – and move on to mains like Carabinero Prawns and Konbu Mee, a spin on Hokkien Mee. Grandma (“popo” in Mandarin) would be proud.
The Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169628
NEXT: Fat Prince →
Although already a seasoned (pun intended!) favourite in the food scene after opening its doors in 2016, Fat Prince’s newly refreshed menu is set to propel Middle Eastern cuisine as the next biggest food trend. Whet your appetite with a selection of mezze and sharing plates like the Aleppo Pepper Squid with lime, curry leaf and spiced mayo (pictured), before chowing down on contemporary kebabs like Charred Pork Belly and Roasted Pork Shoulder.
48 Peck Seah St #01-01, Singapore 079317
NEXT: Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine →
Ever since this restaurant’s ION Orchard outlet was awarded the much-coveted Michelin star this year, things just got better and better, whether we’re talking food, service or ambiance. Savour Chinese delicacies like Diced Abalone and Chicken Wrapped in Egg White (pictured) or the melt-in-your-mouth Stewed Pomfret Fillet, made with wholesome preparation methods. It’s good for business lunches, too – its newest CBD outlet opened its doors in October.
#02-01 & #03-01 Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich St, Singapore 078884
NEXT: Ginza Rokukakutei →
Kushikatsu, Japanese deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables, is the lauded mainstay of this Michelin-star establishment from Osaka, Japan. As you watch your chef masterfully spinning the kushikatsu to coax out the excess oil with a centrifugal motion, you’ll just know: if deep-fried food ever rids its reputation for being cloying, surely it starts here. And you’re right – dip the crisp, juicy pieces into the 6 types of accompanying artisanal sauces for an intricately layered mouthful that’ll have you reaching for more. And plenty more you’ll get – the omakase set features 20 skewers, featuring the chef’s selection of ingredients for the day.
#01-04 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188720
NEXT: The Bird →
By Pinky Chng, December 2017
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