Splurge and savour the best caviar, uni, abalone and wagyu beef in Singapore, at places like Waku Ghin, Jaan, Odette, Whitegrass, Joel Robuchon and more
We feel ya; everyone likes affordable set meals and cheap eats. But c’mon, you gotta spoil yourself every now and then, and not worry about money-grubbin’ things like insurance. Whether you’re in need of a romantic restaurant for date night (or popping the question), or simply wanna get classy with fancy foodgasms, this list might help you plan your next culinary adventure. Time to start saving!
Fine-dining restaurants in Singapore aren’t typically known for being cute or fun. But, chef-owner Julien Royer is lightening things up in curious, little ways at his stylish new restaurant at National Gallery Singapore. How does Royer do it? Through careful and oh-so delightful presentations of his amazing French creations. For starters, the canapés of chilli crab espuma in kueh pie tee shells offer a playful twist on the beloved local dish. Another dish worth our delight is the sweet and succulent hand-picked Scottish scallop, which sits on juicy, smokey pieces of Kurobuta pork belly, and tender guinea fowl from Challans accented with celery risotto and foie gras-Burgundy-truffle veloute. And remember to finish off with the amazing Williams pear comme un milefeuille; you’ll be wolfing down every last crumb.
Odette, #01-04 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, p. 6385 0498. Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2pm; 7pm-9:30pm
Taking a cue from its name that loosely translates to “surging with silver”, you’d best be prepared for the dent this fancy 25-seater will do to your wallet. One thing’s for certain – for a flummoxing $400 per person for its 10-course degustation menu, you’re gonna be taken to gastronomical Utopia by renowned chef, Tetsuya Wakuda. Under this sensei of the culinary arts, you’ll be pampered with specialties like marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar, and wagyu with wasabi and citrus soy. The splurge is absolutely worth it, and besides, there’s always the nearby casino if you wanna break even!
Waku Ghin; 10 Bayfront Avenue; #02-02 Marina Bay Sands; Singapore 018956; 6688 8507; Open daily for two seatings: 5.30pm and 8pm
If you believe in the Chinese values of wealth and prosperity (and if you can flaunt it too!), this is one Cantonese establishment that embraces those with its traditionally-prepared cuisine. Here, you can dine extravagantly with crispy suckling pig stuffed with glutinous rice ($308), or braised dried 22-head abalone in oyster sauce ($368). For a cheaper alternative, albeit relatively, you can also order Yan Ting’s Lavish Set Menu that features braised scallop and luffa with lobster broth, braised supreme sea cucumber with corn and pan-fried kurobuta pork with black pepper sauce – all at $168++ per person.
Yan Ting; 29 Tanglin Road; Lvl 1U The St. Regis Singapore; Singapore 247911; 6506 6887; Open daily 12pm-2.30pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm
Revered as one of the best restaurants in the world, this high-flying restaurant pairs modern French cuisine with a breathtaking view of the Singapore skyline (hope you ain’t afraid of heights). Its Menu Prestige boasts a seven-course selection with a hefty price tag of $238, where you can sophisticatedly munch on confit rainbow trout with organic chicken, quinoa and lemon, langoustine canneloni with Oscletra caviar and Hokkaido uni, and ‘forest’ pigeon served with white polenta and cromesquis. All dishes are also meant to be shared, so don’t go hogging a hors-d’oeuvre for yourself!
Jaan; 2 Stamford Road; Lvl 70 Equinox Complex; Singapore 178882; 6837 3322; Open daily 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Oh…no biggie, just the culinary playground of the man who’s been crowned Chef of the Century by French restaurant guide, Gault Millau. At 70, Robuchon is a household name when it comes to Michelin-standard cooking, and he spares no expense in this luxurious abode – prim and proper etiquette please. Priced at $498++, Robuchon’s Menu Printemps presents a trinity of innovation, modernity and tradition, for a banquet that’ll have your tastebuds singing like an opera tenor. Highlights include combination of chilled lobster and artichoke, girolles mushroom ravioli and light vegetal jus, and caramelized black cod with bok choy and Malabar black pepper sauce.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant; 8 Sentosa Gateway; Resorts World Sentosa; Singapore 098269; 6577 7888; Open daily 6-11pm
Stellar at 1-Altitude
Another swanky waterhole to make you feel like you’re soaring high in life (it’ll literally do that too being 62 stories high), Stellar is the joint where you can make it rain – we’re speaking figuratively, of course. Resting one floor above Altimate – a party pad that most seasoned ravers would be familiar with – Stellar cranks up the class with menus curated by Executive Chef, Christopher Millar. Its Constellations Gastronomic menu ($130++, add $98++ for wine pairing) reaches skyward towards the stars – seared Hokkaido scallop with Belon oyster, morcilla, and pancetta purée; seasonal organic white asparagus soup; and Valrhona chocolate praline fire ball as its star attractions (pun intended). For an eight-course selection at $190++, Stellar is one of most affordable options on our list.
Stellar at 1-Altitude; 1 Raffles Place; Lvl 62 1-Altitude; Singapore 048616; 6438 0410; Open for lunch 12pm-2pm (Monday-Friday only), dinner 6.30pm-10pm (Monday-Friday), 6pm-10pm (Saturday), 6pm-9pm (Sunday)
The Song Of India
True enough, satisfied diners have sung praises a-plenty for this opulent dining experience. Sequestered within a Bungalow away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, The Song of India adds a homely touch to modern Indian cuisine, yet presents it with savoir faire that’s fit for a Maharaja. Pan-seared foie gras accompanied with mango coriander chutney, soft awadhi lame kebab and lemon chilly lobster in kerala moily sauce can be found on its non-vegetarian Degustation Menu at $129. While wine pairings are also available with its Jugal Bandi selection – “a duet from Chef and Sommelier” – at $159.
The Song Of India; 33 Scotts Road; Singapore 228226; 6235 9604; Open daily from 12pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm.
If the secrecy shrouding Whitegrass was an intentional effort to pique our interests earlier this year, they did a pretty good job. The restaurant, opened on the 27th of January, is helmed by Sam Aisbet, alumnus of Tetsuya Wakuda’s acclaimed Tetsuya’s in Sydney. The chef’s new fine dining venture aims to redefine modern Australian cuisine, placing a focus on fresh ingredients sourced everywhere from the Blue Mountains to Tekka market. Dishes worth digging into include the Australian pasture fed Black Angus beef, buah keluak puree, fried pumpernickel, fiddlehead fern, and monks beard, as well as the raw shaved Japanese yellowtail, white vereduna beetroot, land caviar, smoked organic soy. Read our full review here.
Whitegrass, #01-26/27, 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes. p. 6837 0402
It might fool you for sounding like the name of a tavern, but rest assured, this esteemed Hilton locale is where you can treat your loved ones to one regal feast. Founded and named after award-winning Sommelier and restaurateur, Ignatius Chan, this long-standing fixture of the fine dining milieu earned the prestige of Best New Restaurant at The 2006 World Gourmet Summit. It’s no wonder big-spenders keep coming back for its Gastronomic Menu that parades foie gras royale (with egg, beef consomme and black truffles), black throat sea perch (with eggplant, ginger flower and yuzu) and Toriyama striploin and Blackmore flank (with endive, burnt egg and mushrooms). The restaurant also offers a vegetarian option.
Iggy’s; 581 Orchard Road; Lvl 3 The Hilton Hotel; Singapore 238883; 6732 2234; Open daily except Wednesdays and Sundays, 12pm-1.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm
To say this restaurant is a rising star is an understatement. Opened in March 2016, this sushi resto beat other sushi stalwart establishments to land two Michelin stars in the Singapore’s inaugural Michelin Guide. What makes this eight-seater fine dining restaurant – run by the Emmanuel Stroobant Group – stand out is its omakase menu featuring ingredients fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market. Although their dinner sets – Miyabi ($320++) and Hana ($480++) – run a bit on the pricey side, they’re absolutely worth every buck.
Shoukouwa Restaurant, #02-02A One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, p. 6423 9939