City dweller? Foodie? We lined up the bars, cafes and restaurants to hit up in Tanjong Pagar…
When it comes to lunches in the CBD, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice in the Tanjong Pagar district. So that’s exactly why we’ve (Honey)combed through the area, sussing out the best restaurants, bars, cafes and even the Tanjong Pagar Centre for your midday boost. And just in case you ever decide to pop over to a different part of the concrete jungle during noontime, we hope you didn’t miss our round-ups on Cecil Street, Telok Ayer Street, Amoy Street, McCallum Street, Stanley Street, Far East Square and Market Street (phew!)…
Got the munchies for Middle-Eastern cuisine? Stop by Fat Prince for its brunch offerings like the hearty Turkish breakfast and the Turkish fried dough with accompaniments of sour cherry jam, soft maple halva, and hazelnut chocolate paired with a hot cup of Turkish tea that promises to be a potent morning perk-me-up. If you can’t resist eggs, try the falafel scotch egg. You can also start happy hour early with elusive craft beers from breweries in Lebanon and Morocco, as well as house-made sodas.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah St Singapore, 079317
It’s no surprise that this cafe is a perennial favourite amongst brunch-goers for its big breakfast (aka The Big 94), eggs Benedict (the salted egg version gained notoriety), and Marmite cheese soldiers with soft boiled eggs. Get your caffeine fix with its lunch specials that are refreshed every month to bring you more variety.
Drury Lane, 94 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088515, p. 6222 6698
The Blue Ginger
When the thought of authentic Peranakan has you salivating at your desk, head straight to The Blue Ginger. The kueh pie tee (shredded bamboo shoots and turnips with shrimp) and ayam buah keluak (spicy chicken stew with a type of Indonesian nut) have passed the test, and we can’t get enough!
The Blue Ginger, 97 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088518, p. 6222 3928
Stepping into Tippling Club’s chic interior will have you craving a dose of NYC. Helming the bar is creative mixologist Joe Schofield, so kick your happy hour off with some of his world-class cocktails featuring innovative flavours, techniques and garnishes. Now you know where to bring those clients who need to be impressed.
Tippling Club, 38 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088461, p. 6475 2217
There’s a reason why Tanjong Pagar Road is also known as Little Korea, with restaurants constantly popping up.. Get your K-food fix at Todamgol, with set lunches that come with rice and eight other side banchan (side dishes that range from vegetables and kimchi, to omelettes and pickles).
Todamgol, 31 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088454, p. 6224 7077
Prepare to get your hands dirty, and trust us when we say don’t wear white! If you’re not savvy with the divine combination of fried chicken, sticky sauces and light Korean lager, here’s where you’ll get an education. Standout classics here include the soya chicken wings and, for the seekers of spice, the yangnyum chicken.
Chicken Up, 48 Tanjong Pagar Rd #01-01, Singapore 088469, p. 6327 1203
One Fork Two Stick Kitchen
Located along the tightly-knit shophouses, this Korean resto offers a mish-mash menu of salad, barbecue, and bar bites. But One Fork Two Stick Kitchen’s forte is undoubtedly their chicken dishes; go for their braised spicy chicken with glass noodles, and the fried wings with a choice of spicy sauce and soy garlic sauce.
One Fork Two Stick Kitchen, 89Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088510, p. 9234 0950
2D1N Soju Bang
Looking for a Korean BBQ bite after a bout around Duxton? Grab a seat here and dive straight into the offerings of kanpunggi (spicy fried chicken) and grilled pork belly; or if you’re craving something soupy, try out their spicy tofu stew and whole chicken soup.
2D1N Soju Bang, 46 Tanjong Pagar Rd #01-01, Singapore 088467, p. 6227 6033
For a truly bona fide Italian menu – think traditional pizzas and pasta dishes bursting with a plethora of flavours – look no further than Radici. Keeping it old school, pizza dough, ravioli, fettuccine and gnocchi are prepped and handmade with love, and its Italian classics and seasonal-inspired specials are beautifully seasoned with fresh ingredients. No doubt, the irresistible smells that surround the restaurant will have you ordering up a feast!
Radici, 27 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088450
Tanjong Pagar’s very own Japanese izakaya is undoubtedly a hotspot for a taste of Hokkaido in the CBD. Sample delectable seafood offerings such as the deep-fried chika smelt and milk hotpot with salmon from Yakumo, or experience the freshness of Furano’s produce with the cucumber and salted konbu seaweed salad and grilled onion cooked with Yakumo dengaku miso. Kanpai!
Hokkaido Izakaya, 95 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088516, p. 6221 7118
The Da Bang
This Korean establishment is a cafe by day and bar by night! Featuring an exotic fusion of Australian and Korean food, you’d want to start your brunch with a kimchi panini or a spicy chicken and avocado sandwich; just be careful not to overdose on the scrumptious cheese and nachos cheese omelette!
The Da Bang, 52 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088473, p. 6221 2007
Take a bite out of Chef Teppei’s unique omakase feast, and you’ll understand why everyone’s clamouring to get a piece of the action. The waiting list can sometimes drag on for months, so you might want to book a table in advance. The omakase menu changes daily, so you’ll only know what you’re getting during the meal itself – oh, don’t we love surprises!
Teppei, 1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867, p. 6222 7363
Can’t get enough of Japanese food? We hear you. Hana-Hana is the place to go for grilled yakitori and Fukuoka-style Japanese cuisine. But if we were to pick one standout dish, especially if you’re a sashimi lover, the bara chirashi-don will be your new lunch BFF.
Hana-Hana, #01-17 Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867, p. 6222 7363
It’s all about fun and togetherness here, where Chef Stephane serves French-inspired food with character. Must-try dishes include the grilled meats, like the rotisserie free-range chicken and Australian pork knuckle, the tart flambé, and “Mom’s” apple pie.
Bar-Roque Grill, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-00, Singapore 088539, p. 6444 9672
Don’t be fooled by its name; the place may be a sushi diner, but Ryo Sushi’s specialty is its omakase meal. Ease yourself into leather chairs at this eight-seater resto, and watch as Chef Roy personally moulds each dish into shape. With a 15-course omakase menu going at just $38 for lunchtime, Ryo Sushi could just be your next favourite for affordable omakase!
Ryo Sushi, 1 Tras Link, #01-06 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Tendon Ginza Itsuki
Craving tempura instead? Skip the sushi plates and dine at this two-dish menu resto (and sister resto of Ramen Keisuke), as they serve up their special tendon of chicken, prawn, and vegetable tempura. If you’re all about eating clean, opt for their all-green vegetable tempura rice bowl that’s equally tasty!
Tendon Ginza Itsuki, 101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522
One with the sweet tooth, hit up Cake Spade for the legendary Strawberry Tofu Cheesecake for something delectable to nibble on at teatime (okay, it’s not lunch, but we just wanted to sneak a sweet tidbit in).
Cake Spade, 83 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088504, p. 6444 3868
Kko Kko Nara
Located on Tras Street, Kko Kko Nara serves up a mean dish of KFC – no not the Colonel’s famous bucket but Korean Fried Chicken. With four different fried chicken flavours on offer – original, soy garlic sauce, sweet and spicy, and hot and spicy – there’s something for all taste buds here.
Kko Kko Nara, 68 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088489, p. 6225 9282
Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan
What was just a popular cooking school is now transformed by Chef Stephan into a swish restaurant known as Chef’s Table. Sink your teeth into Chef Stephan’s delicious renditions of barbary duck, served with foie gras, and jamon Iberico pork. If you’re feeling gutsy, why not order the tête de veau?
Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan, 61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000, p. 9128 3058
For mouthwatering Kagoshima ramen, Menya Sanji just knows what you need! The absolute must-try is its signature mazesoba – dry noodles with minced or sliced pork, soft boiled egg and veggies immersed with its special soy sauce and dry spicy miso broth. The broth here is super exclusive, having been cooked for a full 20 hours in Kagoshima before being imported into Singapore!
Menya Sanji, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, #01-14, Tanjong Pagar, 078867 Singapore, p. 6604 8891
Ramen Keisuke Gyoza King
Tucked amongst the rows of Japanese restaurants in Tanjong Pagar is Gyoza King. Chef Keisuke Takeda’s signature gyoza includes the tonkotsu king gyoza (pork with tonkotsu broth), tori king gyoza (chicken with tori king ramen broth) and keisuke gyoza (prawn and chicken with crab ramen broth).
Ramen Keisuke Gyoza King, 1 Tras Link, #01-15 Orchid Hotel Singapore, Singapore 078867
Two Blur Guys Burger Bistro
Time to get messy at Two Blur Guys Burger Bistro Bar! Its well-priced menu will make any burger lover’s heart sing: juicy patties, melted gruyere, and perfectly ripe tomato slice – we’re sold! Try its grilled chicken burger seasoned with Asian spices for the extra kick.
Two Blur Guys Burger Bistro, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867, p. 6636 4183
terra Tokyo Italian
The brainchild of Chef Seita, this terra Tokyo Italian showcases Japanese food culture through Italian cuisine, and his menu is worthy of the hype. Watch Chef Seita through the semi-open kitchen, as he serves up signature dishes such as the sea urchin and bottarga spaghetti, as well as the Tajima wagyu beef. The menu changes according to the chef’s whim though, so prepare to be surprised by his creations!
terra Tokyo Italian, 54 Tras St, Singapore 078993, p. 6221 5159
This Japanese restaurant gets the memo when we say we want simple, authentic yet affordable Japanese cuisine. From omakase to alacarte, they serve fresh seafood air flown from Japan, including sashimi, hotaruika (baby squid), and mozuku su (seaweed).
Sushi Kou, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867, p. 6444 8433
Housed in a little shophouse is this homely Parisian bistro where one can indulge in French fare made by Chef Frédéric Colin with recipes passed from his grandfather. Fish quenelles, burgundy snails with parsley and garlic butter, and traditional French onion soup are some of the many authentic dishes you can look forward at this corner.
Brasserie Gavroche, 66 Tras St, Singapore 079005, p. 6225 8266
Fleur de Sel
Francophiles will appreciate the French offerings of Fleur de Sel where chef-owner, Alexandre Lozachmeur’s experience includes six years working in the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Restaurant in Paris. Go with the classic Le Foie Gras de Canard (seared duck liver, caramelised green apple and duck jus vinaigrette) and finish it off with La Rhubarbe (braised rhubarb, pastry cream, marinated berries and crumble).
Fleur de Sel, 64 Tras St, Singapore 079003, p. 6222 6861
Public Izakaya by Hachi
The Public Izakaya by Hachi on the ground floor is great for alfresco dining, but we have to say the Tokyo fish and chips that comes with a side from the salad bar as a lunch set is an interesting East-meets-West fusion we can’t make up our minds about. The negitoro don (raw tuna with spring onion), on the other hand, has us coming back for more.
Public Izakaya by Hachi, 100 Tras St, Singapore 079027, p. 6604 9622
This Teishoku restaurant is perfect if you’re ravenous – there’s free flow rice in addition to set meals. Yayoiken serves up rice and miso for each main dish which consists of meat or fish along with a side dish of veggies or Tsukemono (Japanese pickles). Order up anything from classic Japanese curry to teriyaki chicken.
Yayoiken, 100 Tras Street, #03-12, Singapore 079027, p. 6694 8809
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
Opened by the same people behind Keisuke Tonkotsu King Ramen at Orchid Hotel, this Japanese resto serves up exquisite goodness – the exceptional broth of the tori king ramen is made from chicken bones, chicken feet, Japanese seaweed and an assortment of veggies that are boiled altogether for eight hours. Don’t forget to slurp loudly while eating their signature Dan Dan ramen!
Ramen Keisuke Tori King, 100 Tras Street, #03-15 100AM, 100 AM, Singapore 079027, p. 6604 6861
Shi Li Fang
A hot pot favourite in the Far East, this Taiwanese steamboat restaurant is making waves here in Singapore, too. Choose from a total of seven soup bases for your pot (you can have two in one pot), then select from either an a la carte or set menu of ingredients including veggies, meat and seafood, to dip into your pot.
Shi Li Fang, 10 Gopeng St, Singapore 078878, p. 6222 8518
This longstanding Indonesian restaurant has more than 20 years of experience in mixing Indonesian flavours with Chinese culinary elements, and it definitely shows in their dishes! Experience the taste of Java at Pagi Sore as they serve up Indonesian dishes such as the fiery ayam gulai, assam udang soup, and the spicy tumis kacang panjang. Their Balinese peaberry coffee is also worth a shot!
Pagi Sore, 100 Tras Sreet, #02-28, 100AM, Singapore 079027, p. 6636 1373
With al the Japanese stores at Tras Street, you’ve probably had your fill of ramen already, but if you have a burning love for spicy ramen, what you’ll find at Hakata Ikkousha sets the gold standard.
Hakata Ikkousha, Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-104, Singapore 081007, p. 6538 1880
In Italy Bar Ristorante
This joint is all about casual Italian fare, whipped up by Chef Mario himself. Out tip? Check out the wine which comes from his family’s vineyard along Australia’s Granite Belt.
In Italy Bar Ristorante, 38 Craig Rd, Singapore 089676, p. 6423 0918
Socks & Pans
Hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp) pizzas and sock-pulled mocha? We’re game for Sin-Italian dishes. Get yourself a pan of Asian pulled pork pizza, accompanied with toppings of braised pork loins, or sample a slice of their deconstructed Thai basil pork pizza. Or fancy something fiery instead? The spicy chicken sandwich comes laden with a heap of chilli padi and garlic nestled between toasted ciabatta.
Socks & Pans, 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-108, Singapore 081007, p. 6536 3310
If you’re hankering for Italian food, we highly recommend you go for Etna. Authentic in style and flavours, the menu features favourites such as squid ink tagliolini with octopus, risotto with gorgonzola cheese, beetroot, pistachio and sprouts, and lamb rack in Scottadito style. The resto also has one of the best value for money set lunches at $27.80 for three courses.
Etna, 50 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534, p. 6220 5513
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
We can’t decide whether it’s a good or bad thing to be in such close proximity to Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. On one hand you get access to must-try stalls like Tian Tian Chicken Rice (#01-10), Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54), Marina South Delicious Food (char kway teow at #01-35), and Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon (#01-77). On the other, it wreaks havoc on our waistlines!
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184, p. 8712 9115
Nestled within Maxwell Chambers, this Italian spot is sophisticated enough for a business lunch, yet not too stuffy for a family meal or a casual romantic dinner date. Mondays to Wednesdays are corkage-free days, so bring that vintage you’ve been saving to wash down hearty plates!
Otto Ristorante, 32 Maxwell Road, #01-02/03 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115, p. 6227 6819
Got a vegan/vegetarian colleague? At the nearby Peck Seah Street you’ll find Whole Earth restaurant, which specialises in Peranakan-Thai food with neither mock meat nor monosodium glutamate in its food.
Whole Earth, 76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331, p. 6323 3308