What to eat and do at Amoy Street? That’s an easy question to answer if you follow our guide of the CBD hotspot for lunch, dinner and drinks
With Honeycombers HQ conveniently located at Telok Ayer, our lunchtime expeditions often end at the food paradise that is Amoy Street Food Centre. But when the crowds get a little too much, we take a stroll down the adjacent Amoy Street. Whether it’s slurping pho or getting down and dirty with a classic cheeseburger, this quiet lane has plenty to offer foodies craving a lunchtime bite, or even an after-work tipple. And, even those up for a little shopping can find a couple of retail therapy surprises along the way!
Foodies feared the worst when Ding Dong announced its departure from Ann Siang Hill, but were quickly relieved upon hearing that the unorthodox, fusion-inclined Southeast Asian restaurant had relocated to Amoy Street. Assistant Head Chef, Miller Mai helms the kitchen, and in spite of its shifted setting, the restaurant retains the kitschy, campy charm diners love so well. Just like before, the menu is concise, focused, and meant for sharing, including both old and new favourites. On the menu are innovative dishes like the Hokkaido scallop tartare with coconut, pickled ginger and sea grapes, the homemade rice noodle roll with pork sausage and bean sprout salad, and the hamachi sashimi that’ll thrill adventurous sashimi lovers. Check out our full review here.
Ding Dong, #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, p. 6557 0189. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am, and Sat 6pm-12am, closed Sun.
ZOTT’s True Alps
The hale and hearty Alpine dwellers know their way around decadent, calorie-heavy dishes, so this one’s a treat for us whenever we conquer our own mountains (20 minutes on an inclined treadmill; don’t laugh). Zott’s the only place on Amoy where you’ll get Alpine-inspired dishes like parsnip soup, Wiener schnitzel, venison loin and the moreish Käsespätzle. If your expedition here is with a group, order the rich, creamy cheese fondue or a whole suckling pig to share. The restaurant also has a special steak menu featuring single portions, as well as massive slabs of Côte de boeuf or T-bone steaks.
ZOTT’S True Alps, 97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917. p. 6223 0913. Open weekdays 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-12am. Sat 6pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
“Eat what you want, give what you feel. We believe you, we trust you.” That’s the Annalakshmi mantra. For 30 years, this vegetarian restaurant has served as the culinary arts branch of the Temple of Fine Arts. This social enterprise restaurant is volunteer-run, and offers a smorgasbord of lunch offerings with no fixed price. The dishes you’ll be served vary according to who’s manning the kitchens, but staples like dhal, chutney and sambar are staples. While it is pay-as-you-wish, that’s no excuse to short-change them!
Annalakshmi, 104 Amoy Street, Singapore 069924. p. 6223 0809. Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm.
Is there a more fuss-free lunch option that a classic American cheeseburger? This iconic New York import has spared no detail in recreating the original branch’s cheeseburger, going so far as to import beef and cheese from the very same farm in America. The menu here is far from extensive, but Burger Joint is proof of the merits of keeping things simple (no foie gras or truffle oil here). Go on and complement that burger with one of its 19(!) craft beers on tap.
Burger Joint, #03-01, 115 Amoy Street. p. 6221 8648. Enter through the back door on Gemmill Lane.
Wang Dae Bak
Unlike most Korean BBQ places that use gas grills, Wang Dae Bak elevates itself from its peers by offering charcoal grills, imparting a characteristically smoky taste to the restaurant’s BBQ offerings. Another novel offering that we have no complaints about is the free flow of egg. If requested, servers will pour an egg mixture into a moat surrounding the BBQ plate, so you can cook it to your liking. But if you’d rather not deal with the fuss of cooking food yourself, Wang Dae Bak offers a full range of homely Korean dishes like Army Stew and the crowd-pleasing kim chi pancake.
Wang Dae Bak, Amoy Street, 98 Amoy Street, Singapore 069918. p. 6226 0450. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm. Closed on Sun.
Close your eyes, and you’ll almost feel a cool Mediterranean sea breeze waft through the rustic blue and white interior of this very Greek taverna. ALATI,makes use of fresh produce wild-caught by the fishermen of the Aegean Sea. Chef Soutsos Dimitrious’ hands-on approach to cooking sees to it that every item on the menu is painstakingly and meticulously made by hand: from the beef mousaka (a traditional greek casserole) to the tzatziki (a yoghurt based sauce), and even quintessentially Greek desserts like the Ekmek Kataifi (phyllo pastry with mastika custard).
ALATI, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892. p. 6221 6124. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat 6pm-10pm. Closed on Sun.
The Flying Squirrel
The Japanese bento lunch is always a prime pick for those times where we absolutely can’t get away from work for more than 10 minutes. Skedaddle down to The Flying Squirrel and pick up bento sets with sashimi, tamago egg, Japanese rice and pickles. If you happen to be dining in, add $10 for a glass of wine or $16 for prosecco if you’re craving a little bubbly.
Flying Squirrel, #01-02, 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911, p. 6226 2203. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12.30am-12am. Closed on Sun.
Hidden away behind a rusty, industrial door, lies this enigmatic culinary secret. While the address may lead you down Amoy Street, the entrance is actually hidden along its back alley. The restaurant, helmed by the father and son team behind Moosehead, offers Mediterranean cuisine with adventurous modern twists. Curiousities piques? Check out our full review here.
Maggie Joan’s Dining & Bar, #01-01, 110 Amoy Street, Singapore 068579, p. 6221 5564. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-230pm; 6pm-11pm, Sat 6pm-11pm.
Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar
This dark, minimalist noodle shop sits 28 comfortably at the open bar, and serves Seng’s traditional wanton mee (from $5.50) at lunchtime. A bowl consists of handmade egg noodles, leafy greens, char siew, and meat dumplings. From 5pm, a deconstructed dinner menu surfaces – you get to your build your own noodles with sides like braised pork belly, seasonal fresh greens, local-inspired scotch eggs, shrimp dumplings, and of course, char siew.
Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar, 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878, p. 6221 1336. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-1am; Sat 5pm-1am.
Swee Kee Eating House (Ka Soh)
If you, like us, felt gutted when Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House (affectionately known as Ka Soh) seemingly shuttered its doors for good, you’ll be happy to know that this Amoy Street stalwart had just been closed for renovations. Now sporting a more contemporary and sleeker look, the Michelin Bib Gourmand-affiliated restaurant is now known as Swee Kee Eating House and will continue to serve old favourites. Loyal patrons can expect Ka Soh classics like the milky fish head and fish slices noodles, spare pork ribs, fried seafood tofu, and of course, its signature har cheong gai.
Swee Kee Eating House, 96 Amoy Street, Singapore 069916, p. 6224 9920. Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm.
Pho 99’s lunchtime crowds might be a turn-off, but if you’ve got a leisurely lunch break (or manage to sneak out before 12pm), you’ll be treated to a generous bowls of authentic Vietnamese pho. If you’re a fan of pho but aren’t too fond of sweeter broths, you’ll be happy to know that the broth here packs quite a savoury punch. Bonus points for the generous portions of sliced beef.
Pho 99 Vietnamese Delight, 57/58 Amoy Street, Singapore 069883.
If you’ve got a hankering for homely, rustic Italian nosh, make your way to Burlamacco for a hearty lunch. The restaurant prides itself on its pasta dishes like the pappardelle with pork leg ragout (marinated for seven days in red wine) and the signature lobster linguine in spicy arrabbiata sauce. But Italian fare goes beyond pasta, so put dishes like the roast chicken, slow-cooked lamb shank and herb-crusted hake fish on your radar.
Burlamacco, 77 Amoy Street, Singapore 069896. p. 6220 1763.
While Hawaiian sun, sand and surf might be an ocean away, traditional Hawaiian fare makes its way to the CBD at Aloha Poké. Founded by two Singaporean couples that were bitten by the Poké bug while vacationing in Hawaii, this casual, colourful eatery specialises in the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad. Here you’ll get to design your own tasty bowl by picking your choice of house-marinated poke (Ahi tuna, salmon and vegetarian), two complimentary add-ons, and one superfood from its comprehensive selection.
Aloha Poke, 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911. p. 6221 6165. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm 5.30pm-late.
Birds of a Feather
Considering how trendy and foodie-friendly Amoy Street constantly is, we’re not too surprised by this piece of news. You might’ve spotted this new modern Sichuan restaurant that’s opened right next to cocktail bar, Employees Only, and it’s one that’s looking to spread its wings in the f&b scene. Inspired by the legend of the four sunbirds from China’s Chengdu province – the capital of Sichuan – Birds of a Feather lets this concept take flight with dishes like charcoal-roasted romaine lettuce with fried tofu cheese ball; tofu burger with mapo meat sauce; and an Oriental bolognese of angel hair pasta that’s adapted from the traditional Zha Jiang Mian recipe. Yet another scene-shaker on Amoy Street? Doesn’t ruffle our feathers one bit.
Birds of a Feather, 113 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, p. 6221 7449.
There’s no shortage of great new cocktail bars in Singapore, but this is one bar we’re particularly psyched for. Cocktail connoisseurs and lovers of all that is New York might already be savvy with the veritable institution that is Employees Only on Hudson Street. But guess what? It seems like the world’s fourth best bar is finally making strides outside of The Big Apple, and it’s picked our Garden City for its debut foray. Employees Only’s principal bartender Steve Schneider, co-founder Igor Hadzismajlovic and executive chef Julia Jaksic have moved to Singapore to helm Employees Only, bringing along years of bartending experience and hopefully that same chaotic energy that defined the original. In addition to excellent cocktails, you can expect some top notch bites like the Bone Marrow Poppers.
Employees Only Singapore, 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932. Opens June 17.
Jigger & Pony
Update: Jigger & Pony has moved to Amara hotel in Tanjong Pagar.
Jigger & Pony needs no introduction to those savvy with Singapore’s burgeoning cocktail movement. But if you’re woefully unaware, we suggest you plop yourself by the bar after work and take advantage of the bar’s happy hour from 6pm-8pm. You’ll get sweet deals on six of their lip-smacking concoctions – Elderflower Spritz, Flamingo, Savoy Cooler, Felix Potion, Uncle Pepe, and the Old Fashioned – for only $14 each.
Jigger & Pony, 101 Amoy Street, Singapore 069921. p. 6223 9101.
The Spiffy Dapper
If watching way too many re-runs of The Great Gatsby has got you feeling the urge to party poshly like the film’s eponymous eccentric, navigate your way to this hidden oasis of craft cocktails. Its decidedly dingy, Art Deco-style confines, and the Jazz Age soundtrack will prove an excellent backdrop for any of your Roaring Twenties fantasies. This speakeasy can prove tricky to find if you’re not in the know; just make your way up the dark stairwell to the second floor at 73 Amoy Street.
The Spiffy Dapper, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892. p. 8722 4953. Open weekdays 5pm-12am, weekends 6pm-12am.
Matt’s The Chocolate Shop
Chocoholics, show your faces! Here’s one of Amoy Street’s most sinful secrets: Matt’s The Chocolate Shop. Their chocolate cake is intense stuff – it’s moist, dense, and most importantly, not excessively sweet. It’s also available in individual portions for handy lunchtime desserts.
Matt’s The Chocolate Shop, 44 Amoy Street, Singapore 069868. p. 6557 2274. Open weekdays 11am-6pm. Closed on weekends.
Willow & Huxley
Willow & Huxley is a favourite amongst the ladies in our team. The multi-label boutique on Amoy Street is a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of chic international designer brands such as Bec & Bridge, By Malene Birger, and many more. And rest assured, you’ll always find the perfect piece at Willow & Huxley, whatever your wardrobe needs may be: a fancy evening gown, sexy party frock, and even stylish beach wear. Take your pick from comfy-chic maxi dresses, playsuits, and lounge pants from resort wear labels like Zulu & Zephyr and Sancerre, and also stylish leather sandals from The Tui Collection and Lilla Lane.
Willow & Huxley, 20 Amoy Street, Singapore 069855, p. 6220 1745. Open Mon- Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 11am-3pm.
If your beard needs a trim or you’re after some sharp shading, the dapper gents at Jermyn Street will sort you out. Part of the gentlemen’s barber shop renaissance, Jermyn Street brings to mind exclusive gentlemen’s clubs. Adding to the appeal is a complimentary dram of liquor or a cup of freshly brewed coffee while their talented barbers snip your mane into shape.
Jermyn Street, 101 Amoy Street, 069928. p. 6220 4010.