Up your brunch game with our guide to the best cafes and restaurants for soul-satiating chicken and waffles in Singapore
One of our biggest guilty pleasures has got to be American food: Cajun-style cuisine, diner fare, New York-style pizzas and chunky milkshakes continue to top our weekly food lust lists. But our top pick of soul food? The seemingly bizarre combo of chicken and waffles. The delish duo – traditionally made up of fluffy waffles and crunchy buttermilk fried chicken – is the perfect sweet-savoury combination, and best eaten with lashings of sweet maple syrup. From Southern-style restaurants to neighbourhood cafes, here are the best places for chicken and waffles in Singapore.
Sin Lee Foods
Converted from an old coffeeshop, Sin Lee Foods is Jalan Bukit Ho Swee’s neighbourhood gem. The heritage cafe still boasts its old signboard and storefront but sticks to a menu of comfort food, particularly the chicken & waffles. The slab of crunchy fried chicken sits atop a cheddar iron waffle, and with a heaping of coleslaw and melted maple butter. To fight that post-meal sleepiness, down it with a steaming cup of Papa Palheta coffee.
Sin Lee Foods, Block 4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, #01-164, Singapore 162004, p. 6377 3170.
Sinful Southern treats are aplenty at The Beast, including cornbread, country-fried steak and the house’s speciality of juicy fried chicken served atop thick waffles and drizzled with bourbon maple syrup. Our suggestion? Order up a glass of bourbon – the bar does, after all, offer some of the city’s biggest varieties of the liquor – or a sweet tea cocktail for an authentic Southern experience.
The Beast, 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329, p. 6295 0017.
Clinton Street Baking Company
Iconic New York eatery, Clinton Street Baking Company, opened last year to much fanfare. The restaurant certainly lives up to its hype with its pancake stacks, but those aside, the fried chicken and waffles trumps the menu of old-school diner fare. A huge portion of crispy, crunchy chicken on a fluffy waffle – what’s not to like?
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant, 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608, p. 6684 4845.
We swear by Overeasy’s all-star all-American diner fare. The Lo & Behold joint’s got us sold on multiple counts: the moreish burgers, creamy milkshakes, and fab parties. Adding on to that list is its waffles and breaded wings, served with maple syrup and whipped honey butter for a delectable savoury-sweet combination.
Overeasy, Outlets in One Fullerton and Liat Towers.
If you’re a huge waffle fan, Revelry is the café you should head to. The Lorong Kilat cafe is the proud server of waffle pizza (the best of both worlds, really) and a local-inspired O.K Waffle Pizza of otah (grilled fish cake), kai lan (Chinese broccoli) and mozzarella. We recommend trying its most popular item for a start: the sinful chicken and waffles of deep-fried tender chicken thighs, maple syrup, cherry tomatoes and lettuce.
Revelry, #01-02, 21 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598123, p. 9278 0466.
Spathe Public House
Big eaters hold Spathe Public House close to their hearts; the resto’s known for its mammoth servings of their signatures – think ribs and chicken baked with beer for four to six people. But they do great grub for individual portions too, including a selection of savoury waffles. The Belgian waffles and fried chicken warms our soul food-lovin’ hearts with its serving of Texan spiced sauce and additional options of fried eggs and bacon.
Spathe Public House, 8 Mohamed Sultan Rd #01-01, Singapore 238958.
You can be assured of your waffle’s fluffy texture when you’re dining at Montana Singapore – the cafe specialises in them after all. Munch on the traditional Southern dish here the way you would eat a sandwich; fried chicken and coleslaw are placed between two large waffles and served with maple syrup – this makes it great for sharing, particularly if you’re ending your meal with a dessert waffle.
Montana Singapore, #02-25, 188306, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306.
Griddy Gourmet Waffles
The traditional fried chicken and waffles gets a makeover at this gem in the West; the traditional Southern dish is served with a side of waffle fries and feisty arrabiata sauce. Other alternatives to the dish includes grilled chicken with creamy garlic or mushroom sauce, barbecued with turkey bacon, or even battered with coconut milk-infused laksa sauce.
Griddy Gourmet Waffles, Westgate 3, Gateway Drive, p. 6465 9465.
Befitting its reputation as a high tea spot of chichi meals and gilded racks of pastries, Arteastiq’s take on the rustic dish is expectedly elegant. Here, an Asian-marinated chicken salad tossed with lime vinagrette sits atop a home-made waffle and is served with creme fraiche, maple syrup and coleslaw.
Arteastiq, Outlets in Mandarin Gallery and Plaza Singapura.
Always trust a seasoned backyard cook to know how to take care of ravenous, food-longing masses. Finding joy in satisfying the appetites of friends and family, The Boiler’s owner eventually opened this Cajun-style seafood boil resto in 2008, spreading the love with pepper-buttered platters of Dungeness crabs, Boston lobsters, crawfish and clams. But seafood’s not the only sweet deal here – these guys serve up a wicked combination of perfectly fried chicken and waffles.
The Boiler, 18 Howard Road, #01-06 Novelty Bizcentre, Singapore 369585, p. 6635 1285.