Holding a get-together for 10 people or more, and looking to eat out in Singapore? Here are our favourite communal dining spots for feasts fit for kings and queens.
We know it can be tough when you’re in a big group and it comes to finding a dining spot with huge tables in Singapore – whether it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner. But, with our handy list of dining establishments with great communal facilities, there’s no need to rack your brains or make a dozen phone calls to check if a restaurant can accommodate all 10 of you. Take it easy and pick a place to eat that you and your entourage are in the mood for!
Escape from the urban gridlock at multi-concept dining establishment, The Garage in Botanic Gardens. This sanctuary is home to both Botanico and Bee’s Knees. The former, a casual bistro concept, offers contemporary dishes from a “seasonality-driven menu” put together by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo. On the menu are dishes like lamb tartare, braised pork belly, cured and grilled Spanish mackerel, alongside surprises like the Ceiba – a warm chocolate dessert with ginger ice cream. Best part? Botanico’s spacious dining room, and its air-cooled outdoor dining area are more than spacious enough to accommodate a party of 10.
One-upping the appeal of Japanese izakayas in Singapore along Keong Saik Road is this communal restaurant that’s been flying high for years. Piquing our curiosity is its new duck liver okonomiyaki, which combines our love for both foie gras and the Japanese pancake. Also on our radar is the sous vide octopus leg, served with black plum vinegar, a confit garlic puree and sweet soy sauce; and the charcoal-grilled barracuda that comes completely deboned. Drink-wise, Head Bartender Symphony Loo has a potent collection of signature cocktails that will thrill any lover of cocktails.
Neon Pigeon, #01-03, 1 Keong Saik Street, Singapore 089109, p. 6222 3623
Owned and run by famous local chef, Bjorn Shen, Artichoke hits the right notes with flavour, its laid-back ambience, a well-priced selection and an all-round dining experience. Bjorn clearly has a sense of humour – he doesn’t take life too seriously – and it comes out in the menu and creativity in flavours. Artichoke is a resto clearly geared towards group dining, so “get dirty” with its giga-sized Lambgasm – a whole-roasted bone-in lamb shoulder. Other standout dishes include the fried Brussels sprouts, the hot skillet prawns with harissa and the fresh pita bread served with a variety of mezze dips like the house-made hummus.
Artichoke, 161 Middle Road, Sculpture Square, Singapore 188978, p. 6336 6949
The Halia focuses on fine Asian-inspired European fare. Their special Communal Feast menu (good for four) is a seasonal selection of items from the restaurant’s a la carte menu – think stuff like goats’ cheese mousse and the signature Halia chilli crab spaghettini. The sharing menu also comes with your choice of a Communal Jug (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available).
The Halia, #01-22/23 Raffles Hotel Arcade, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673, p. 9639 1148
This small 13-seater restaurant, whose basement space is great for up to 22 gourmands (book ahead), is all about amazing food and fab produce. Restaurant highlights include the sea urchin pudding, made with squid ink custard and sea urchin (yes, yes, yes), and the tuna belly “chutoro” tartare. The doughnuts with lemon curd are pleasantly surprising and a must-order to finish off a great meal.
Lolla, 22 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069702, p. 6423 1228
Here at The Refinery, you get three fab concepts rolled into one. The brainchild of the same folks who brought you The General Company (makers of artisanal handcrafted products), The Refinery is home to a yakitori restaurant (first floor), a bespoke cocktail bar (second floor) and a craft workshop (third floor).
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208561, p. 9111 1210
Captain K Seafood Tower
If you love your seafood, Captain K will quite literally leave you with tiers of joy (nine to be exact!). Like Die Hard in reverse, you’ll work your way down from the top of this massive tower, consisting of nine seafood trays, stacked and steamed on top of each other. The offerings aren’t fixed and are subject to seasonal availability, but expect oceanic bounties like scallops, prawns, squid, oyster and crab. The final tier features a soup base infused with seafood drippings from the dishes above it. Of course, you’re not going to be able to scarf all that down alone, so make sure you gather a group for this pescatarian feast.
Captain K Seafood Tower, 112 Middle Road, #01-00A Midland House Singapore 188970
Potato Head Folk
If you and your posse are hankering for some gut-busting burgers, sate those mighty appetites in the whimsical confines of Potato Head Folk. Call in early to book a table if you’re in a large group, or if you’ve got bigger plans still, the restaurant offers its space for private events. Sharing the space here are the burger mavens at Three Buns, so you’ll certainly want to get messy with specialities like the classic baby Huey cheeseburger. If you’re after a little heat, try the spicy burning man beef burger instead.
Potato Head Folk, 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143, p. 6327 1939. Open Tue-Sun 11am – 12am.
How serious are the MeatSmith fellas about smoking meats? Serious enough to yank down two large smokers all the way from The States, and setting them up in a cosy diner in the heart of Telok Ayer Street. The result? Tender, flavourful meats that will neither give your jaw a tough time while chewing, nor a desire to drown them in sauce – it’s that good on its own! The ½ pork spare ribs go for $25, which is seasoned with a spice-laden Memphis rub; or if your appetite’s ambitious enough, go after the Dino beef rib – a chunky cut of black pepper and mustard-crusted American black angus.
MeatSmith, 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620, p. 6221 2262. Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-late.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Our infatuation with the Kilo brand is no big secret, so it’s not surprising that its BBQ concept has knocked our socks off and made our mouths water. The décor is simplistic yet inviting – wood-topped tables and chairs laid across a concrete floor, adjacent to booths of rusting metal that we hear might be used for impromptu DJ sets during BBQ backyard parties. But it’s the food that’s the real MVP – whole roasted pig, the Kai Yang roasted French poussin, and sides like the tom yum stewed beans, patatas bravas and coconut rice. Join the club while it’s hot; Camp Kilo’s all set to grill the competition.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, 66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01, Singapore 338987. Open Fri 5.30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. Closed Mon-Thu.