So you’ve finally exhausted your ‘eat list’ in Telok Ayer? Wait till you hit up Stanley Street. From French to Italian, traditional Chinese soup to chapati, Stanley Street is the street that just keeps on feeding!
We told you Telok Ayer is the coolest precinct. It is, after all, lined with stellar eateries, watering holes and even heritage buildings, but if you veer a little to one of the side lanes, you’ll discover that Stanley Street is yet another vibrant street that just keeps on feeding… lucky for us, CBD kids!
Does the sound of Mod-Japanese cuisine make you wide-eyed? You’ll want to add this to your list. A newish kid on the block and a contender for our hot new menus, Chi Kinjo is a modern sushi highball den that now does lunch. Chef Lamley Chua upsized and experimented with basic onigiri to serve a surprisingly filling lunch special. The sushi sandwiches come in four flavours – Asian prawn cocktail, phoenix roll, sake sunrise and maguro mayo – at $8 a pair and $12 for four with dipping sauces and salad. Big on bento? You’ll love Chi Kinjo’s box that comes with a chunky hamburg steak or ginger pork with XO sauce. And we will definitely be going back for the rice filled Chirashi box that’s generously topped with marinated sashimi, bits of mango, avo and yuzu sauce. Lunch done right.
Chi Kinjo, 29 Stanley St, Singapore 068738
If you’re around the corner and craving some Italian, hit up Burlamacco Ristorante, which is known for being one of the best Italian restaurants in town. We’re into the pasta dishes and mains like pappardelle with pork leg ragout (marinated in red wine for seven days) to the most tender Angus beef short ribs with marsala wine sauce prepared by Chef Gabriele. Even Masterchef Singapore winner, Zander Ng has worked with the chef for a private event. Oh, and you have to stay for dessert. Word has it that the pannacotta is bomb.
Burlamacco Ristorante, 30 Stanley Street, Singapore 068739
Who knew we had a restaurant backed with history, right in our area? The original restaurant with the same name in Barcelona carries a Michelin star and has been in the family since 1869 (and it’s still there!). More than a 100 years later, you can find the same recipes being served on Stanley Street. Dig into authentic Catalan dishes like the Gaig’s traditional cannelloni, croquetas de jamon iberico and squid ink and seafood fideua (paella but with noodles).
Gaig, 16 Stanley St, Singapore 068735
You may have tried Japanese omakase but French omakase is definitely something different. Started by Christophe Lerouy who also helmed the kitchens of Michelin-starred Alma By Juan Amador and Dstllry, Lerouy is making French omakase a thing in Singapore. Pick the number of courses you want and let everything surprise you, right from the amuse bouche to the petits fours. Every dish is almost an art form so take your sweet time here.
Lerouy, 3 Stanley St, Singapore 068722
The White Rocket
Pasta, sandwiches, fries and its signature flaming burger (yep, it’s served in flames), you can your fix of solid (and better tasting!) pub grub here at The White Rocket while the sun is still up! And when it’s sundown, crack open a cold one of course or enjoy a glass of wine while you wind down your hectic workday.
The White Rocket, 5 Stanley St, Singapore 068724
Another reason to love Stanley Street is how you can find both swish restaurants and local food joints. Save the French omakase for a special occasion and have the mee goreng, mutton chop and curry puffs for every other day. We’re totally down for that.
Kamal Restaurant, 7 Stanley St, Singapore 068726
You can’t miss this one, especially if it’s lunchtime. The queues are so long, they had to open TWO shops on the same street. The menu is simple – a selection of traditional Chinese soups including lotus root soup and black fungus mushroom soup, as well as simple rice dishes. Rainy day food? You know where to go (and queue).
SoupErich, 2 & 9 Stanley St, Singapore 068728
Shukuu Japanese Izakaya and Sake Bar
A great joint for after work drinks, ShuKuu Izakaya is an excellent spot for sake newcomers to get into the spirit with the help of the bar’s sake sommeliers. Started by passionate sake lovers themselves, you can also find excellent izakaya bites here for sharing or to wolf down yourself.
ShuKuu Izakaya & Sake Bar, 8 Stanley Street, Singapore 068727
Common Man Stan
Every good food street needs a respectable coffee shop and this is what everyday hero Common Man Stan is to Stanley Street. Besides, it’s a genius place to set up a coffee place – it’s right in the middle of the CBD so it’s great for picking up the morning coffee, lunch, time-out breaks and a big breakfast if you have the luxury of time.
Common Man Stan, 11 Stanley St, Singapore 068730
Why of course you need to fit an Italian restaurant on a food-centric street. You’ll find homey Italian at this trattoria like a simple Margherita, a hearty calzone, aglio olio, mushroom risotto, and of course Italian wine to complete your dish. It’s comfort food heaven right in your workplace area.
Trattoria Amanda, 14 Stanley St, Singapore 068733
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Food Rebel advocates knowing what goes into your body and the origins of food and focuses on eating real, unprocessed food. This popular resto also has a mind-boggling array of healthier options like a gluten-free free-range omelette with spring onions and mixed herbs, hearty buckwheat porridge with gluten-free wholegrain and house-made cashew butter and signature Rebel Buddha Bowls like the chicken protein bowl and the zoodle bolognese – a spaghetti-inspired dish that swaps the carbs for shredded zucchini. Don’t like dairy in your coffee? Food Rebel can do bulletproof, or even coconut. We’re just a bit addicted to the mocha espresso smoothie and the amazing hummus, based on the pile of jars growing in our office, you can tell we’re fans…
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737