A whiskey bar, fusion cuisine and French and Japanese dining – we’re loving the revival of Palais Renaissance in Orchard Road.
Located at the end of the buzzing Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance has always been an after-thought – until now. The premium lifestyle mall in Singapore has turned into quite a gourmet getaway, with Japanese fine dining, French brunch dishes, and fusion cuisine. So, what else does the revival have to offer? Read on to find out. Fair warning: don’t do it on an empty stomach…
Things to do in Palais Renaissance: Food and drinks
Inspired by the binary star, a celestial phenomenon that sees two stars orbiting close to each other, this gastro-bar champions two popular cuisines. The word “fusion” isn’t used here. Instead, both Asian and Western cuisines are perfectly balanced, each shining on its own. Pick from the two variations of cuisines or simply enjoy both styles if you’re sharing. Don’t leave without trying the homemade kubaneh bread with garlic butter and kombu butter. If you like a little zing in your meal, go for the Asian option of the octopus doused in “lao gan ma” chilli crisp. If you’re coming for drinks, the rosé wall and range of sakes, cocktails and craft beers will welcome you nicely. Round off your meal with an egglet with blue sea salt ice cream, chocolate pop rocks and yuzu jam.
Binary, #01-01, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Are fine dining restaurants your kryptonite? Well, it doesn’t get any classier than booking a table at Singapore’s first caviar-based restaurant. Treat your palate to some of the finest caviar from France, Italy, Russia, Uruguay, Japan, China and the Iranian Caspian Sea. All perfectly paired with elegant dishes that make the delicious little beads shine.
Caviar, #B1-06-07, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
3. The Writing Club
Whiskey connoisseurs, challenge your knowledge of the spirit at this swanky whiskey library. With over 700 hand-picked labels within arm’s reach, you’ll be spoilt for choice of unique and collectible whiskies. That’s not all: the selection also extends to rum, cognac, fine wine, craft beer and bespoke cocktails. Take a seat at the 33-seater bar and explore the wonderful world of whiskey.
The Writing Club, #02-10, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
4. Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar
We love the earnest backstory of Ishinomaki Grill and Sake. During a mission trip to Ishinomaki, Japan, chef-owner Chi Pin Han witnessed first-hand the devastating effects the city suffered from the Great East Japan earthquake back in 2011. He later opened Ishinomaki Grill and Sake in 2014 to support local Japanese produce. The result? A grill and dining concept serving up robatayaki and Izakaya dishes with ingredients sourced from Japan. Wash it all down with a fine range of sake and shochu curated by a team of sommeliers.
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar, #B1-02/02A/03, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
5. Siam Smith
In the mood for a bowl of noodles? Thai noodle bar Siam Smith (didn’t you read that as Sam Smith?), brings us authentic flavours inspired by street vendors in Southern Thailand. The winner? Full-bodied Thai beef noodles with layers of creamy tom yum flavour in every slurp. Pile on dishes like Thai prawn cakes, mango salad, chicken wings and beef slices.
Siam Smith, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
6. Sushi Kimura
Sushi Kimura scores top marks for an intimate Japanese fine dining experience to remember. Enter the quaint 22-seater sushiya for artfully-plated dishes made with the finest ingredients, and exquisite sushi and omakase meals created by head chef Tomoo Kimura. Chef Tomoo honed his skills at various well-known sushi restaurants in Tokyo including a one Michelin-starred establishment. Everything, right down to basic ingredients like rice, vinegar, nori and water, is imported from Japan.
Sushi Kimura, #01-07, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
7. French Fold
Brought to you by the folks behind Merci Marcel, French Fold is a stunning crepe concept that plates out spectacular dishes in a beautiful space. The charming eatery gives us a taste of galettes and crepes. The former is made of buckwheat flour with savoury fillings, while the latter uses wheat flour and is usually served as dessert. Enjoy the galettes with ham, sauteed mushrooms, comte cheese, pork sausage, trout and even satay chicken. As for the sweet crepes, varieties include white choc speculoos, salted caramel and brown sugar with butter. Top ‘em off with a Birds of Paradise ice cream scoop for the ultimate indulgence.
French Fold, #01-02, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
A top spot for yakiniku, Shatoburian impresses with a luxurious selection of A5 Japanese wagyu beef in various cuts, uni sashimi with caviar, foie gras, truffle, don bowls, and all the good stuff. Look past the hefty price tag and you’ll be impressed by its high standards in terms of flavour and service.
Shatoburian, #02-08, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
9. Merci Marcel
If there’s a cafe that makes you feel like you’re dining in another city, Merci Marcel is top-tier. The Palais Renaissance outlet is a delight with tropical motifs, arch windows, a wine wall, and a mix of vintage and modern furniture – think of it as French-in-the-tropics. Once your photography sesh ends, order duck rillettes and eggplant caviar to share, or ravioles de royans (French dumpling pasta with tête de moine cheese) and pan seared squid for mains. The restaurant has various menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and brunch. Bon appetite!
Merci Marcel, #01-03, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Before other establishments arrived, PS.Cafe was the go-to dining spot at Palais Renaissance. The space stuns with exquisite design and architectural elements including a spiral staircase and high ceiling. But it’s not as high as the mountain of truffle shoestring fries you’ll receive when you order this signature. Fusion dishes like Suzy’s spaghetti crab “mee goreng”, crab and prawn laksa, and Thai chicken and basil bowl will impress. The massive double chocolate blackout cake will leave you in high spirits.
PS.Cafe, #02-09A, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
Things to do in Palais Renaissance: Shop and groom
Perhaps you’ve tried (and loved) DrGL’s boutique skincare, scalp and hair treatments. But have you gone for its aesthetic treatments? Get your skin in check with its facial and body treatments specifically catered for Asian skin types and our climate.
DrSpa, #03-04, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
12. Sultans of Shave
Going to Sultans of Shave is more than just a haircut; it’s an experience. Expect sleek surroundings and fancy tools – heck, the stylists are even trained in London under the tutelage of England’s finest barbers. Consider us impressed. For gentlemen looking to undergo the ultimate grooming experience, lay back and treat yourselves to The Sultan’s Experience, a five-step shaving process followed by a haircut. Now, that’s what we call the royal treatment.
Sultans of Shave, #02-07, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
13. Bellissima Nails
Master manicurist Anita Sam and her highly-skilled and experienced staff will whip your nails into shape. The award-winning nail salon offers the usuals along with acrylic chrome, fibreglass and ombre nails and the like. Time to spruce up those nail beds!
Bellissima Nails, #02-12, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
14. Maison Marcel
We’ll never say no to some pre- or post-meal shopping – and you won’t too if Maison Marcel is the store you’re headed to. The shop features over 700 lifestyle products from 80 international brands, including designer pieces, kitchenware, lifestyle and homeware accessories, fashion items, books and toys. Plus, it’s great to know these brands are curated based on their emphasis on sustainability and giving back to the community.
Maison Marcel, #01-03/04, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
15. L’Ecrin Boutique Singapore
It’s a bag haven at L’Ecrin! This specialised Hermes boutique has a fine range of Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags to add to your collection. Pick from myriad colours, sizes and leathers on display.
L’Ecrin Boutique Singapore, #01-10, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871
The next time you’re making your way to Orchard Road, why not add Palais Renaissance to your itinerary? Rest assured you’ll be well-fed and pampered.