With all sorts of cuisines in the spotlight, you'll never run out of extraordinary food at the best restaurants in Singapore!
Our local culinary scene is always buzzing with hot new restaurants and bars, making us spoilt for choice when it comes to picking our next dining destination. In this nifty guide, we pick out the city’s cream of the crop – the very best restaurants in Singapore. From classic hotspots to Michelin-starred wonders, this is your ultimate food bucket list. Side note: we’re talking about the fancier side of things, so don’t expect to see your fave hawker or heartland cafe here (we love them all the same, though!). Behold, Singapore’s top restaurants to get your feast on – in no particular order.
Best restaurants in Singapore
1. Restaurant Zen
This three-Michelin-starred restaurant by Bjorn Frantzen is the sister restaurant to Frantzen in Stockholm. It’s home to a unique fusion of Nordic-Japanese fusion cuisine. Some say that this establishment can’t be considered a typical restaurant. Why? ‘Cause it’s almost as if you’re transported to another reality with food, art, music and exceptional service. Be sure to give yourself ample time to enjoy everything! The restaurant recommends setting aside a little over three hours. But we’ve heard this gastronomical journey can span up to five hours.
Restaurant Zen, 41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089855
Located along Kallang River, Yarana is the brainchild of Sanjay Singh, a techie who spent most of his life in a Himalayan boarding school and was a corporate leader before taking inspiration from the flavours of his adventures to start an F&B business. We love that it’s the only restaurant in Singapore to offer indoor and alfresco dining, as well as a party room, called The Private Room which you can book for gatherings, screen live sports matches and more. Psst: it’s also pet-friendly.
The menu features impeccably prepared Indian fusion cuisine with a Western twist led by head Chef Priya Joseph. Expect a variety of delectable creations, including vegan and vegetarian options. With a 4.6 star Google rating, you can’t go wrong with this crowd-favourite! Highlights include the chaat platter, malabari fish cutlet, Bang Bang cauliflower, Kanpur to Singapore lamb chops, Highway chicken curry, mutton biryani, mysore mutton curry and more. For desserts, don’t miss out on the rasmalai cheesecake and kesari brulee. Try cocktails like Blu Paradise and New York Sour to round off your meal.
Yarana, #01-04, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
3. Tamarind Hill
To escape the city’s hustle and bustle, take yourself to Tamarind Hill. The restaurant’s idyllic location in a beautiful colonial bungalow within Labrador Nature Reserve’s tranquil greenery makes it a peaceful place for a quiet dinner with friends. Dedicated to authenticity, its kitchen brigade comes from multiple regions in Thailand, bringing their expertise to the table. Each chef contributes heirloom recipes that add to the extensive menu that’s full of traditional and modern dishes. Expect a dining experience that brings out the best of Thai and Burmese cuisine. Combine this authenticity with the elegant and inviting atmosphere, and it’ll be an experience to remember.
Tamarind Hill, Labrador Nature Reserve, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
Step into Beurre@23 for a menu that combines the best of modern European fusion cuisine with exquisite European and Asian flavours. Tucked away along the charming streets of Bukit Pasoh, expect a stunning dining experience that’s big on taste.
The restaurant is helmed by Head Chef Bemz, with incredible experience working at a one-star Michelin restaurant. Menu highlights include the uni cold noodles with Hokkaido scallop and ikura; Iberian pork with kale, pickled onion, carrot puree and habanero sauce; and octopus fremantle with truffle potato foam and onsen egg. For a dose of local inspired flavours, the chili crab mantou is bound to leave you wanting more. Whichever you choose, Head Chef Bemz’s penchant for blending European and Asian influences promises unique creations that will delight your tastebuds!
Beurre@23, 23 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089837
5. Siri House
Amidst the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill, Siri House stands as a convivial restaurant with a main dining area and a breezy alfresco terrace. Expect a beautifully designed space and equally stunning contemporary Asian plates to share. We’re talking scallop ceviche with yuzu shiro shoyu, ikura and watermelon radish alongside the restaurant’s unagi risotto infused with a burnt onion dashi, garlic butter mushrooms and pickled daikon.
Enjoy dinner a la carte or build your own set at lunch. And don’t miss chilling on the outdoor terrace with a tipple: delicious cocktails include Flower Power, a blended whiskey sip with housemade chrysanthemum distillate and ginger vinegar.
Siri House, #01-02 , Blk 8D Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672
6. Restaurant Jag
The creativity and innovation in Singapore’s F&B scene continue to amaze us. Especially during our dinner at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Jag. It needs no introduction – the contemporary fine dining French restaurant puts seasonal veggies in the spotlight through its vegetarian menu. It’s also known to personalise the menu according to dietary preferences. No child (or adult) can hate veggies if they’re prepared in chef Jeremy Gillon’s talented hands.
Thanks to chef Jeremy, each dish has multiple textures and iterations, all perfectly balanced and accented with wild foraged herbs (vacuumed sealed and delivered from the Alps of Savoie). The culinary experience also includes a cheese trolley and other seasonal mignardise offerings. Go ahead and top up for the wine pairing. It’s worth it.
Restaurant Jag, Level 1, 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535
An exquisite French restaurant nestled in a 1930s colonial chapel on Dempsey Hill. Claudine sees chef-patron Julien Royer at the helm. Make a date with this warm and welcoming spot for a special occasion or a “treat yourself”-type lunch. The menu offers a mix of French classics and chef Julien’s personal recipes with a focus on local ingredients and contemporary spins. Pop by in the afternoon for a luxurious lunch where a monthly rotation of French classics await you. Or go for an elegant dinner designed to be shared.
Claudine, 39C Harding Road, Singapore 249541
You know a restaurant offers a touch of class when it’s housed at the National Gallery, one of the finest buildings in Singapore. Top that with three Michelin stars – amongst other accolades – and you’ve got an absolute winner. Step inside Odette, chef-owner Julien Royer’s dreamy fine dining restaurant famed for its innovative French cuisine. Dishes are far from pretentious, as each tells a story and every ingredient serves a purpose. Oh, and you can’t look past the gorgeous interior, which is clad in alluring pastels. This includes a glass-enclosed kitchen for diners to see the chefs at work.
Odette, #01-04, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
9. Art di Daniele Sperindio
With Michelin-starred chef Daniele Sperindio at the helm, this sleek concept is all about that elevated Italian experience. We love the impeccable service, the attention to detail, the chef’s superb creations, and the exquisite dining experience. The sumptuous tasting menu takes you through the season’s best ingredients, plated to artistic perfection. After your meal, feel free to head to the alfresco bar for cocktails to extend your stay.
Art di Daniele Sperindio, #06-02, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Nestled amid the vibrant charm of Robertson Quay, Shabestan offers a culinary journey into Middle Eastern cuisine. Since 2013, this restaurant has been garnering accolades for its menu of authentic Persian and Middle Eastern flavours.
Begin your feast with the mezze platter: an array of small plates like creamy hummus and delicious falafel. And don’t miss out on the signature charcoal-grilled kebabs. Savour the succulent charcoal-grilled lamb and chicken kubideh kebabs, masterfully marinated with an exquisite blend of spices. Plus, try hearty Persian rice and stews like qormeh sabzi, an Iranian herb stew; as well as and fesenjan, an addictive stew served with rice.
No meal is complete without a sweet finale. Taste the delicate layers of the well-loved baklava and other sweet treats like kunafe that’ll leave you satiated. Each dish is made with the finest Persian spices, so you’re assured of a sumptuous feast.
Shabestan, #01-13, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239013
Helmed by chef Rishi Naleendra, this restaurant focuses on an ever-evolving menu that highlights seasonal produce. The contemporary concept shows off his personal and professional prowess distinctly. Go with either the lunch or dinner tasting menus, because both give attention to fresh seafood.
Cloudstreet, 84 Amoy Street, Singapore 069903
Labyrinth takes familiar Singaporean cuisine and gives it a progressive spin in a bold new direction. It’s this experimental approach that has earned it a spot on the Michelin Guide’s one-star list. Inside the cosy, dimly-lit space, you feel like you’ve entered a different realm. And the food takes that fantasy a step further. Paying tribute to the little red dot, chef LG Han expresses his creativity with locally sourced goods. Constantly updated with the seasons, the menu isn’t usually presented, but you can request a sample of it if you’re curious. But trust us, you’ll be talking about your meal for days.
Labyrinth, #02-23, Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802
13. Firangi Superstar
For a dining experience that’s opulent and extravagant, Firangi Superstar fits the bill. Step into the luxuriously-decorated space and you’ll find yourself whisked away on a journey through modern Indian cuisine. Touted as “a foreigner’s love letter to India”, the Wes Anderson-esque concept takes you through different moods across pockets of dining areas (we especially love the private Old Railway Room that’s made to look like a charming train car).
The menu is simply sublime – each dish is a flavour bomb! We love how the restaurant puts thought into its lineup. Expect creative vegetarian versions of meaty favourites to ensure everyone at the table is satisfied. We recommend coming in a group to try everything the kitchen dishes out! From sharing plates to bite-sized delights to desserts, it’ll be a feast.
Firangi Superstar, #01-03, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692
Singapore has no shortage of great omakase restaurants. But the Jinhonten is arguably one of the best. Head chef Issey Araki impresses with top-notch ingredients from Japan whipped into shape for lunch or dinner. Expect to pay a pretty penny to dine here, but it’s oh-so-worth the indulgent experience. Dishes are made fresh with minimal seasoning to focus on each ingredient. We’re huge fans of the donabe with crab meat and handroll with nodoguro.
Jinhonten, #01-11, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
In the hands of chef Takuya Yamashita, Whitegrass is all about fresh, seasonal ingredients and refined dishes. Using skills and knowledge from his stints at award-winning French restaurants Etude and Les Enfants Rouges, as well as the Michelin-starred Ciel et Sol, he whips up classic French fare with a modern twist on Japanese cuisine. These beautiful works of art come in the form of exquisite dishes inspired by nature.
Whitegrass, #01-26/27, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Great vibes, a no-frills setting and finger-licking grub: Artichoke is just the kind of place you’d mainline for a good time. The least authentic Middle Eastern restaurant in Singapore – chef-owner Bjorn Shen’s words, not ours – serves scrumptious plates perfect for communal dining. Its menu features creative renditions of hummus, fried cauliflower, the signature ‘lambgasm’ slow-roasted with spices… and the list goes on. Rest assured you’ll already be planning your next visit before the night is over.
Artichoke, 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
This is another one-starred restaurant on the Michelin list. Meta takes French classics and gives them an Asian (mostly Korean) spin, using fresh and seasonal ingredients in its creations. When you enter, expect warm greetings from friendly service staff. After that, choose from a fixed menu, featuring a wide variety of seafood and vegetables, a few meat courses and sweet treats.. Once you’re all settled in, sit back, relax and enjoy the culinary ride.
Meta, 9 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238959
Headed by Singaporean chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut specialises in refined, innovative Peranakan cuisine. As such, its efforts have been recognised by the Michelin Guide in Singapore, making it the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan resto. Try the ‘ah-ma-kase’ menu, available for both lunch and dinner. Indulge in seasonal creations, including appetisers like kueh pie tee with Boston lobster, as well as lor kai yik (slow cooked chicken wings) and udang percik (charcoal grilled Mooloolaba king prawns).
Candlenut, 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
19. Artemis Grill
Artemis Grill’s Mediterranean food selection is just as sensational as the panoramic views. First-timer? Enjoy the freshest flavours from the kitchen – even if you’re on a vegetarian, gluten-free or pescatarian diet. There’s something for everyone! Highlights include Iberico pork loin, black cod, and Moroccan lamb chops. Oh, and before you leave, don’t forget to luxuriate in the breeze with a cocktail in hand at the outdoor terrace, where a majestic 100-year-old olive tree stands.
Artemis Grill, Level 40, CapitaGreen Rooftop, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946
20. Burnt Ends
A carnivore’s haven, this Aussie-style, modern barbecue spot is constantly ranked on best restaurant lists. Expect a mouth-watering barrage of fantastic meats cooked in scorching ovens. We’re talking about lamb chops, beef tenderloin and, of course, the signature pulled pork brioche sandwich. The open concept kitchen plates out new creations regularly, so you’ll always be pleasantly surprised on a return trip. Be warned, though: the joint is perpetually packed, so plan your reservations way ahead of time.
Burnt Ends, #01-02, 7 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671
This theatrical Japanese restaurant has an interior worthy of a movie set, with a splendid curation of dishes to match. Start with delicate and light flavours from the range of fresh seafood dishes on the menu. Then move on to sashimi, grilled skewers and Japanese wagyu delights. Fancy a tipple? The signature Koma Canary is the perfect concoction for those who appreciate a good gin drink.
Koma, #B1-67, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
22. Open Farm Community
Surrounded by the rustic greenery of Dempsey, Open Farm Community champions seasonal ingredients sourced from local and regional organic growers. Not only is it supportive of fresh produce, it also advocates for sustainable living. At every step, it does its best to cut back on single-use plastics and water waste. Take a seat indoors to admire the open concept kitchen or chill at the alfresco area by the edible garden. Dishes served are beautiful and fresh, with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
23. Restaurant Euphoria
From Corner House to Restaurant Euphoria, chef Jason Tan is making his mark on the culinary world. This is where he showcases ‘gastro-botanica’ cuisine. The fine-dining restaurant is all about top-notch veggies, meats and seafood made sublime with herbs, spices and fruits. Embark on a gastronomic journey as he takes you through ingredients and prepares them in ways you’ve never seen before.
Restaurant Euphoria, 76 Tras Street, Singapore 079015
24. Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
Founded by Boston culinary genius, Travis Masiero, this New York-style restaurant serves top-notch seafood and meats. Oysters are sourced directly from the Atlantic waters of Cape Cod, which means you’ll be slurping the very best of the lot. Oh, and we’ve just gotta say: the blue label burger is one of the city’s best. For a boozy finish, treat yourself to warm chocolate chip cookies served with a stout milkshake.
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, 22 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069257
25. National Kitchen by Violet Oon Singapore
As the grand dame of Peranakan food in Singapore, Violet Oon has extended her culinary reach with restaurants across the island. Each has its own flair and flavour, but her National Gallery space remains a hot favourite. And it’s all thanks to its grand interiors in the historic former City Hall building. Whether you’re digging into comfort food like buah keluak ayam, beef rendang and dry laksa or popping by for Nyonya kuehs over afternoon tea, it’s always a fab experience.
National Kitchen by Violet Oon Singapore, #02-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Located in a heritage shophouse, this lovely restaurant offers a Japanese Kappo-style experience. Using the finest seasonal ingredients, it pays precise attention to detail when it comes to preparation and plating. With chef Takeshi Araki at the helm, all dishes are plated as though they’re extensions of a whimsical garden. Telling a story in each creation, the dishes boast nuances of nostalgia and passion. The stellar tea pairings are also a must to have with your meal.
Esora, 15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964
27. New Ubin Seafood
With humble origins as a kampong-style seafood specialist in Pulau Ubin, this homegrown zi char brand has come a long way since. It has expanded to various neighbourhoods across Singapore to deliver elevated local fare. Expect New Ubin’s unique spin on international cuisines. Think foie gras satay, USDA black angus ribeye with “heart attack” fried rice (it’s caramelised with beef drippings) and “boss-style” bee hoon full of wok hei flavour.
New Ubin Seafood, multiple locations including Chijmes and Metropolitan YMCA
28. Fat Cow
Sink into a bowl of premium wagyu beef at this famed (and pricey) Japanese steakhouse. Nestled in an unassuming location, Fat Cow is known for giving diners a taste of Japan’s finest beef from various prefectures, including Ohmi from the Shiga prefecture. Best of all, you can customise your dining experience with preparation methods like shabu shabu or sukiyaki. Feel like indulging in a magnificent meal? Go all out with the wagyu omakase menu that offers a smorgasbord of exquisite meats.
Fat Cow, #01-01/02, Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248649
Step into Coucou and you’ll be transported to a cosy ski cabin. The Swiss establishment is bedecked with kitsch cuckoo clocks (an ode to its moniker), warm lighting and wooden furniture. Much like its on-point ambience, the food hits all the marks. Must-tries include the selection of rosti and fondue for two. All in all, it’s a great spot for an intimate evening with your other half.
Coucou, 9 Craig Road, Singapore 089669
30. The Summerhouse
Looking for something a little more lowkey? Make a trip to the quiet countryside where Seletar Aerospace Park resides. One of its main restaurants, The Summerhouse is big on sustainability as it sources ingredients from its edible garden and a farming collective. While you’re enjoying the farm-to-table cuisine, splurge on an exclusive private dining experience. Settle yourself in its gorgeous air-conditioned garden domes, surrounded by fresh air and the twinkle of fairy lights.
The Summerhouse, Seletar Aerospace Park, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Who would’ve thought the country’s oldest museum is home to a top-notch resto? Flutes, which has been around for over a decade, gives off all the plush vibes in its grand, high-ceilinged dining room. And the food is just as good as the ambience. Sit yourself down for a three-course executive lunch that’s sure to tantalise your tastebuds. The menu rotates so expect to see something new every month or so. But if you’re too eager to wait, you can always email the team for the latest lunch menu.
Flutes, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
32. Publico Ristorante
This beautiful Italian riverside restaurant is well-known for its woodfired pizzas. We’ll admit, we’re still not over the tartufata, diavola and prosciutto pies. And that crisp crust? Divine. Don’t miss out on the house-made pastas either. They come in options such as Publico lobster spaghetti, black truffle cacio e pepe and porcini risotto. If you’re a carnivore at heart, feast on the bistecca ribeye. Then wash it all down with cocktails, bubbles or beers on tap.
Publico Ristorante, Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Tokyo’s Toyosu Market (formerly known as Tsukiji Market) is regarded as one of the best places to get fresh seafood. But there’s no need for a flight out to satisfy your cravings because Shoukouwa ships premium sashimi from this market right to our shores. To get the most out of your two Michelin-starred experience, opt for the robust Hana or En omakase set, where the chef will delight you with the most luxurious creations.
Shoukouwa, #02-02A, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
A minimalistic hideaway amidst the bustle of Keong Saik, Cure is the sort of place where you know you’ll be treated to an amazingly thoughtful tasting menu. The man behind the concept is chef-owner Andrew Walsh. He’s worked stints under renowned names like Jason Atherton and Tom Aikens before venturing out on his own in 2015. His line-up of Irish-inspired cuisine may change with the seasons, but you can expect the same relaxed experience with fine dining food.
Cure, 21 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089128
35. Ristorante Luka
Delectable Italian cuisine with Japanese influences? Check. A relaxed setting to chill with friends? Double-check. What more do you need? Ristorante Luka boasts some of the best pizzas in town, freshly baked in a wood-fired oven. This includes the popular truffle pie that’s a staple in every diner’s order. Aside from that, must-tries include pasta and the most luscious wagyu steak sourced from Japan.
Ristorante Luka, multiple locations including Tanjong Pagar and Cross Street Exchange
36. Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Chef Kirk Westaway’s two Michelin-starred Jaan is one of the top restaurants in Singapore and beyond, offering a breathtaking view of the city from up high. Known for modern British cuisine, he presents dishes that are as exquisite as the sophisticated interiors. Every visit is an amazing experience – from the ever-changing menu to the ambience to the service.
Jaan by Kirk Westaway, Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
This rustic, barnyard-style restaurant by chef-owner Petrina Loh has a charming ambience to complement its creative fusion dishes. She takes pride in kitchen experimentation with curing, aging and fermentation. This results in flavours that take you from sweet and sour to salty, bitter and umami. We’re also happy to report that the vegetarian menu is just as robust. Select dishes that feature some of the season’s best ingredients.
Morsels, #01-04, 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670
38. Super Loco
At Super Loco, it’s all about the vibe. Inspired by street food and the rich cultural experiences of Mexico, the founders created Super Loco with a fiesta-esque ambience. And we think they nailed it with colourful interiors and food bursting with bags of flavour. Gather the gang for brunch with a Mex twist or dine familia-style over dinner. Expect fresh ingredients and punchy flavours only. Thirsty? We recommend you share jugs of frozen margaritas in citrusy flavours. They’re the stuff cocktail dreams are made of.
Super Loco, multiple locations including Customs House and Robertson Quay
39. Restaurant Ibid
Spearheaded by Woo Wai Leong, winner of the first MasterChef Asia in 2015, Restaurant Ibid is the self-taught chef’s permanent playground after a series of pop-ups and collabs. Taking influence from his heritage and memories, he creates intricate dishes to the tune of contemporary Chinese cuisine. There is utmost thought and care placed into each plate for a harmonious symphony of textures and flavours. Keep tabs on the tasting menu for a refreshed line-up every so often!
Restaurant Ibid, 18 North Canal Road, Singapore 048830
40. Coriander Leaf
For a flavour expedition across Asia, make a booking at Coriander Leaf, which has been offering pan-Asian cuisine for more than 20 years. You’ll enjoy dishes and flavours from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Nepal. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have gluten sensitivities, its diverse menu has a delectable option for any palate.
Helmed by chef Samia Ahad – a pioneer in Singapore’s contemporary Asian cuisine – you can expect a medley of traditional, comforting and bold flavours. Try the Nepalese minced chicken momo dumplings for a burst of umami, and the stellar pairing of tender tandoori chicken with butter naan. Cap off your meal on a sweet note with the dessert sampler, featuring nostalgic White Rabbit ice cream sandwiches and fried banana fritters. Psst: it’s a popular spot for birthdays and private events too!
Coriander Leaf, multiple locations including Chijmes and Singapore Polo Club
Semi-fine dining restaurant Rubato serves up Michelin-quality Italian fare in the charming Bukit Timah enclave. Since its opening in 2009, this legendary culinary gem has garnered a reputation for being one of the most established gourmet European restaurants in Singapore, with most reservations made weeks in advance. Hungry at an odd time? Rubato is open throughout the day and closes at – wait for it – 2am! Scrumptious food aside, Rubato also has a sprawling events space that can fit over 500 guests. Which has all the facilities you’ll need for extravagant birthdays, anniversary celebrations, large corporate events and luxury product launches.
Rubato, multiple locations including Teck Lim Road, Greenwood Avenue, and Admiralty
42. Min Jiang at Dempsey
Granted, there’s one at Goodwood Park Hotel, but Min Jiang’s lush Dempsey outpost is in a league of its own. Stepping into the restaurant is like being transported to an ultra sleek island resort (Bali, anyone?). Think glamorous golds, greens and yellows, polished marble surfaces and contemporary chinoiserie interiors. On the menu, you’ll find elegantly plated Cantonese and Sichuan fare, with signatures such as Beijing duck and lovely dim sum bites.
Min Jiang at Dempsey, 7A & 7B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249684
Equal parts modern and classy, this stunning restaurant offers incredible waterfront views and a traditional Chinese menu. Swing by for an exquisite dim sum brunch buffet amidst a lively setting, or enjoy a leisurely meal with cocktails at the alfresco area to wind down for the day. We recommend you try the signature roasts served on a triple platter featuring char siew, crackling roast pork and sticky sweet pork ribs. So. Good.
Empress, #01-03, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
44. 2am: Dessert Bar
Roald Dahl may have Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, but we have the dessert maestro that is Janice Wong. Time after time, she never fails to amaze with her quirky yet tasty creations. And with her dessert bar being a permanent fixture in Holland Village, you can satisfy your sweet tooth even in the wee hours of the morning! These avant-garde treats are sure to hit the sweet spot.
2am: Dessert Bar, 21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733
45. Foc Sentosa
We’re big fans of Foc’s open kitchen space on HongKong Street (great for dinner and drinks!), but the Sentosa outpost easily wins us over. Imagine a picturesque oasis on the sandy shores of Palawan Beach. If there’s ever a culinary reason to visit the island, this is it. Whether you’re fueling up for a sun-kissed afternoon or relaxing with a breezy dinner under the starry night sky, the kitchen offers plenty of flavourful paellas, deliciously grilled seafood and BBQ meats to fill you up.
Foc Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098943
46. Blu Kouzina
Dreaming of Greek grub? Blu Kouzina’s sprawling Dempsey location is ideal for hosting hearty group meals or a romantic dinner for two over Greek wine. Blending both traditional and contemporary recipes with fresh ingredients from Greece, the warm restaurant features an extensive menu of salads, dips, meats and seafood. Pro tip: order a couple of dips (especially the taramasalata – white cod roe!) and kebab, meat or seafood platters to share, so everyone at the table gets a taste.
Blu Kouzina, #01-20, 10 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247700
47. Les Amis
A three Michelin-starred concept that indulges all visitors in a discerning fine dining experience, Les Amis is polished in that classic French way. With its accolades, you can bet the prices here are on the higher end, but for dishes served with finesse and fine ingredients, it’s well worth the splurge. The menu takes you from caviar to lobster and wild turbot.
Les Amis, #01-16, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
48. The Halia
A stroll through the Botanic Gardens is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. But, you can make it even better with a delicious pitstop at one of the best halal-certified restaurants in Singapore. Go for the chilli crab brioche sando for a main dish with an iconic local touch, or the wagyu tomahawk and slow cooked lamb rack which are perfect for sharing. Best of all, the alfresco ambience at the outdoor deck lets you immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
The Halia, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
49. Joie Restaurant
Perched on the rooftop garden of Orchard Central, with views of the city’s iconic shopping stretch, Joie (pronounced “joy”) takes the modern meat-free route, making it one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Settle in to savour veggies made impeccably flavourful with plates such as zucchini tower, grilled eggplant with mentaiko sauce, truffle risotto and grilled mushroom ‘steak’. Meatless Monday, anyone?
Joie Restaurant, #12-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
50. Mott 32
Step into the sophisticated space and you’ll be transported to a vibrant world full of lush foliage and chinoiserie elements. Hong Kong’s famed contemporary Chinese restaurant makes a splash in Singapore with the best of its glorious menu. A visit here isn’t complete without ordering dishes like applewood-roasted Peking duck, barbecue Iberico pork glazed with yellow mountain honey, and smoked black cod, we say.
Mott 32, #B1-42-44, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Adding a sprinkle of spice to Keong Saik, this modern Indian eatery is helmed by chef Mano Thevar. He displays his finesse in the kitchen with a creative array of traditional Indian flavours made contemporary. Expect to see vibrant sharing plates on the experimental menu, which changes every so often whenever inspiration hits.
Thevar, 9 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089117
52. Birds of a Feather
Featuring elegant decor and sophisticated western dishes tinged with Sichuan flavours, this resto delivers quite a unique dining experience. Its warm ambience complements the punchy menu, with dishes such as spicy oriental bolognese and mapo tofu. It’s great for group gatherings or family hangouts over good grub.
Birds of a Feather, #01-01, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935
53. The Feather Blade
This steakhouse does things a little differently by highlighting alternative cuts. It stars the flat iron beef cut from the side of the shoulder, aka the feather blade (hence the name of the restaurant). Expect intense flavours, allowing you to savour the meat without forking out a fortune. To pad your meal, order the sinful potatoes, which are deep-fried in beef fat. Oh, and don’t forget about the beef-inspired cocktails like the beefy old fashioned, made with fat-washed Makers Mark.
The Feather Blade, 61 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088482
Pronounced “chi-keh-tee”, this cosy Italian restaurant is one of the few places that does pizzas and pastas perfectly (in our humble opinion). Start with a selection of small plates before scarfing down the wood-fired pizzas, including variations like diavola and quattro formaggi. Feeling peckish? Try the gnocchi for its strong truffle flavour. Complete your meal with the addictive desserts like the Cicheti tiramisu or cannolis with a pistachio filling.
Cicheti, 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901
The one Michelin-starred restaurant is known for polished plates on a menu that changes with the seasons. But the experience isn’t your typical stuffy, fine dining one. Inside the minimalist space, the open kitchen encourages interaction with customers. Chef Ivan Brehm finds inspiration from all sorts of cuisines and cultures to give new life to familiar flavours. The specials menu rotates every week to give you a refreshed experience every time. Pair it off with your choice of wine or sake.
Nouri, 72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891
The city’s new downtown skyscraper, CapitaSpring, is home to plenty of good grub. One of the best restaurants in this towering building is Oumi, a modern Japanese Kappo dining experience perched on the 51st floor. (It shares the same space as Kaarla, which offers coastal Australian cuisine.)
Made with fresh produce from Japan, Australia and local farms, the multi-course menu prepares dishes that let the natural flavours of the ingredients shine. Choose from a variety of dishes on the a la carte menu, or opt for omakase dining. Let’s not forget about that stunning view of Marina Bay and the sight of chefs at work in the open kitchen!
Oumi, #51-01, CapitaSpring, 88 Market Street, Singapore 048948
Dining at Preludio is an adventure – one that comes with no guidebook. The restaurant sees its menus evolve every 10 to 15 months, writing its story one chapter at a time. And with the unusual combinations of texture, aroma and flavour in each dish, your palate will be taken on a most interesting journey.
Preludio, #03-01/02, Frasers Tower, 182 Cecil Street, Singapore 069547
Time to eat your way through our list of Singapore’s very best restaurants!