By Beate Baldry
Hawker Food to Michelin Starred Restaurants
Singapore’s food scene has something for everyone, to suit every budget and palate. From critically acclaimed fine dining restaurants serving Peranakan cuisine or inventive modern European fare to street-food style hawkers offering Chilli Crab to the cheapest Michelin starred meal in the world!
Lau Pa Sat
This octagonal shaped hawker market located bang in the CBD has seen many relocations and facelifts and the result is a smart airy building (non-aircon) with soaring arches, fretted eaves and Victorian columns complete with whirring fans. Choose from a myriad of cuisines from Indian to Korean. It’s worth seeking out the healthy Thunder Tea rice dish of brown rice, green tea soup and vegetables, the fried carrot cake (no carrot or cake within but delicious nonetheless), Singaporean rojak salad, and the chicken and beef satay that goes so well with an ice cold beer.
18 Raffles Quay
Makansutra Gluttons Bay
Makansutra Gluttons Bay offers an atmospheric way to indulge in hawker fare (satay, oyster omelette and char kway teo noodles) thanks to its open-air balmy waterfront location that looks on to the bay.
8 Raffles Ave, #01-15
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
The largest hawker centre in Singapore with a wet market and 260 food stalls from Hainanese chicken rice to xiao long bao all under one hot roof. It is a sight to behold, loud and very busy but a great place to try lots of cheap local food.
335 Smith Street #02-127
Satay by the Bay
One of the more convenient hawker markets to dine at if you are heading to Gardens by the Bay.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-19
Tel: (+65) 6538 9956
If you’d prefer slurping your noodles in an air-con environment how about that cheapest Michelin starred meal we told you about? Head on over to Hawker Chan, (a spin off from the original hawker stall Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, at Chinatown Complex). Hawker Chan is an unassuming minimalist restaurant where you can chow down on Hong Kong soya sauce chicken with rice or noodles for around S$2!
78 Smith Street
+65 6272 2000
It’s hard to pin down what exactly Singaporean cuisine is given Singapore is a relatively new country and prides itself in being a melting pot of cultures. Typically Singaporean fare could be anything from Peranakan dishes to Chilli Crab. Unlike the causal vibes of a hawker market, these upmarket restaurants give you a flavour of some of the most renowned signature dishes from Singapore all in a sophisticated setting.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill: Satay
Named after the famous chef-owner icon Violet Oon herself, Violet Oon’s Satay Bar and Grill at Clarke Quay serves stellar satay. Beef, chicken, prawn, pork and even tripe satay is grilled with perfect ‘char’ till tender and served with Violet Oon’s famous house made sauces. The menu here spans Singapore’s blended family of Indian, Peranakan and Singaporean classics from Rendang curry to Garam Assam Barramundi with Pineapple and Ginger Flower and chendol for dessert.
3B River Valley Road
Unit #01-18 Clarke Quay
Tel: (+65) 9862 6002
Red House Seafood: Chilli Crab
You can’t leave Singapore without trying the signature Chilli Crab. Sit alfresco at Red House Seafood Restaurant along the riverfront at Robertson Quay and order up sharing plates of Chilli Crab (with steamed or fried mantao buns) or the Black Pepper Crab and Seafood Combination Curry. Red House Seafood also does dim sum at lunchtime –the classic Cantonese meal of small dumplings and buns best enjoyed with hot Chinese tea.
#01-14 The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
Tel: (+65) 6735 7666
Candlenut is the first Peranakan restaurant in the world to have received a Michelin star. Chef-Owner Malcolm Lee offers refined Peranakan classics like his Nyonya mother used to make. Spice pastes are made from scratch and dishes are slow-cooked the traditional way. From signature black nut Buah Keluak Wagyu Beef to Yellow Coconut Crab Curry of blue swimmer crab, turmeric, galangal, and kaffir lime leaf – all served in the pretty surrounds of a sophisticated restaurant in leafy Dempsey.
Block 17A Dempsey Road
Tel: 1800 3042288
High End Fine Dining
There’s no end to fine dining options offering Western cuisine in refined restaurant settings in Singapore. To name a few:
Borderless Inventive Cuisine Michelin starred Chef-Owner Ivan Brehm has created a menu at Nouri that showcases “cross roads cooking” – creative fine dining dishes with influences from around the globe. There is an omakase lunch (featuring whatever the chef decides to serve) and a tasting menu for dinner as well as an à la carte menu. Dishes might include Afro Brazilian fritter with turmeric and coconut sauce, Grass-fed Wagyu rump cap with fermented jalapeño pepper paste, aromatic oils, and panzanella and Raymond’s Grouper with burnt pepper and jalapeno salsa.
72 Amoy St
Tel: (+65) 6221 4148,
JAAN: Modern European & Views
Perched high up on the 70th floor of the iconic Swissôtel The Stamford with uninterrupted city views, is one Michelin starred modern-European fine dining restaurant JAAN. Request a window table for the best experience. JAAN was recently awarded 44th place at the annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. The modern European menu (Irish Oyster with artichoke foam and ‘Oscietra’ caviar, and mains of Turbot & Crayfish Tails and Carrot Puree) is French influenced with dishes that evolve with the seasons under the guidance of British Chef Kirk.
Level 70, Equinox Complex
2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882
Tel: +65) 6837 3322
Odette: Modern French
Housed in the National Gallery Singapore, two Michelin starred Odette offers refined fine dining by Chef Julien Royer (previously at JAAN) in an elegant setting within the National Gallery so you can take in some culture before or after your meal. Modern French food is artfully presented using seasonal produce from France to Japan. Dishes include the artfully presented signature 55′ Rosemary Smoked organic egg cooked sous vide at 65.3 degrees for 55 minutes and Mushroom Tea served in a teapot with Homemade Brioche.
1 Saint Andrew’s Road
#01-04, National Gallery
Tel: (+65) 6385 0498
Whitegrass: Modern Australian
Whitegrass is set in the stunning upgraded confines of Chijmes, with Chef-Owner Sam Aisbett at the helm cooking up modern Australian cuisine. Whitegrass was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and joined the ranks ofAsia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018. Chef Aisbett’s food uses native Australian ingredients as well as local Asian produce and his modern Australian Japanese influenced cooking style reflects his experience alongside some of the world’s most celebrated chefs which include Tetsuya Wakuda.
30 Victoria Street #01-26/27
Singapore has more than its fare share of rooftop bars to admire the view from. Our favourites include sky high Level 33 for views of Marina Bay Sands and the even higher positioned Ce La Vi for views of the bay from Marina Bay Sands. Lantern offers a low-level rooftop view (complete with stunning pool) that is equally worth a visit. While 1-Altitude in the CBD affords 360 degree views and is the highest alfresco bar in the world.Atlas Bar is the only non-rooftop bar that makes our shortlist. This Gatsby style bar boasts over the top gold and bronze décor styled after Art Deco Europe and is beautiful in its opulence and grandeur.
8 Marina Boulevard 33-01
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
Tel: (+65)6834 3133
Ce La Vi, CÉ LA VI
1 Bayfront Avenue,
Marina Bay Sands Tower 3
Tel: (+65) 6508 2188
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay
Tel:(+65) 6597 5299
One Raffles Place
1 Raffles Place
Tel: (+65) 6438 0410
600 North Bridge Road
Tel:(+65) 6396 4466