We’ve got the scoop on the most scrumptious food spots in Tanjong Pagar!
When it comes to lunchtime in the CBD, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice with myriad food options in the Tanjong Pagar district. But the area is also fab for lazy weekend brunches and boozy dinners. That’s why we’ve (Honey)combed through the area, sussing out the best restaurants, bars and cafes for meals beyond your midday boost. Oh, and just in case you decide to pop over to a nearby part of the concrete jungle, check out Telok Ayer, Ann Siang Hill, Keong Saik and Duxton Hill.
The complete food guide to Tanjong Pagar
1. Papi’s Tacos
If cold margaritas, loaded tacos and cheesy quesadillas sound good to you, check out this taco joint’s new outlet at Tanjong Pagar. You know the stuff on its menu is the real deal, especially if you’ve tried proper Mexican food in the US. Dig into corn tortillas filled with slow-braised beef cheek, fried dory fish, grilled tiger prawns and more. Hot tip: to get the most bang for your buck, pop by between 5pm to 7pm daily for happy hour.
Papi’s Tacos, #01-01, 39 Seah Street, Singapore 188395
2. Café&Meal Muji
If you’re looking for wholesome Japanese food, make your way to the newly opened Café&Meal Muji at 100AM, level 4 for healthy meals, warm soups and savoury bites. We’re talking comforting classics like miso soup and seasonal deli dishes such as the fan-favourite sakura chicken with curry miso and dried chilli.
Perk alert: enjoy 10% off selected deli set meals from now till 12 April 2023!
Café&Meal Muji, 100 Tras Street, #04-04 to 08, 100 AM, Singapore 079027
3. Takagi Coffee
If your sweet tooth is begging for a treat, we suggest swinging by this Japanese roastery cafe. The beans are roasted in-store, so you’ll know you’re in the right place when you get a whiff of coffee. But the highlight is definitely the pancakes. These fluffy stacks are served with fruit, syrup, and even ice cream. It’s so good, you might even be tempted to order a second portion!
Takagi Coffee, #01-14B, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
4. Night Hawk
This one-of-a-kind cocktail bar at Tanjong Pagar needs to be on your list. Sip on $25 tipples that include intriguing ingredients like peanut butter, miso dashi and bitter gourd. There are even non-alcoholic options if you’re experimenting with being sober curious. The bar only accepts walk-ins, so make sure you call ahead to ensure there are seats available before you drop by.
Night Hawk, #01-02, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464
5. Ms. Maria and Mr. Singh
Renowned chef Gaggan Anand’s restaurant in Singapore offers a stunning menu blending Mexican and Indian flavours and traditions. Think dishes like cold curry, prawn tempura or pork vindaloo tacos, biryani, churros and more. It’s all about the best of both worlds. Get your reservations in ‘cos this one’s a hotspot! Psst: look out for new dishes added to the menu from May onwards.
Ms. Maria and Mr. Singh, 43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681
6. Birds of Paradise
This popular gelato boutique has opened its doors in Tanjong Pagar. If you’re a fan of quality gelato, you have to taste this. Birds of Paradise is known for its dense and creamy gelato flavours inspired by the botanical flavours of nature. You’ll find the use of familiar Southeast Asian herbs infused in its signature flavours, including subtle hints of basil and blue ginger.
Birds of Paradise, #01-01, 53 Craig Road, Singapore 089691
7. Baristart Coffee
Hailing from Hokkaido, this coffee joint is all about concoctions made with the signature Biei Jersey milk from Brown Jersey cows. Have a taste of this creamy Hokkaido milk with your latte, cafe mocha or even with a babycino. You can even try it in sweets such as its bear-shaped shaved ice, and delicious cream puffs. For nibbles to go with your drinks, get the tonkatsu sando or Hokkaido carbonara.
Baristart Coffee, 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004
8. Whole Earth
Going vegan or vegetarian? To eat your fill of meatless dishes in Tanjong Pagar, head to Whole Earth, which specialises in Peranakan-Thai plant-based food. You won’t find mock meat or MSG here. Our recommendation? Bring a few friends and chow down on plates of Nonya curry, golden fluffy tofu and crispy beancurd rolls. So. Good.
Whole Earth, 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331
9. Fat Prince
If you’ve got the munchies for Middle Eastern cuisine, stop by Fat Prince for its modern versions of kebabs, salads, large plates and desserts. From battered cod to pit smoked pork ribeye or pit roasted pumpkin, the dishes are delightful. To get high on weekend brunch, add on $69 for a two-hour free-flow of prosecco, lager and wine. Oh, and the restaurant strives for sustainably sourced ingredients and works towards reducing food and plastic waste in its operations. Gotta love a resto that cares for the earth!
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317
10. Otto Ristorante
Nestled within Maxwell Chambers, this Italian spot is sophisticated enough for a business lunch, yet not too stuffy for a family meal or casual romantic dinner date. Dine on elegant plates of kingfish crudo, risotto with pump gorgonzola fondue, crispy suckling pig, foie gras with apple puree and parsnips and more.
Otto Ristorante, #01-02/03, Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069115
Take a bite out of the Japanese restaurant’s unique omakase feast, and you’ll understand why everyone’s clamouring to get a piece of the action. The 22-seater’s waiting list has been known to drag on for months, which means you might want to book a table in advance. Its omakase menu changes all the time, so be prepared to enjoy a pleasant surprise!
Teppei, #01-18, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867
12. Kko Kko Nara
Kko Kko Nara serves up a mean dish of KFC – no, not the Colonel’s famous bucket but Korean fried chicken. With different flavours on offer – including sweet and spicy, cheese sprinkle and soy garlic – there’s something for all taste buds. Add on to your meal with seafood pancake, kimchi stew, jap chae (glass noodles) and more.
Kko Kko Nara, 68 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088489
13. O.bba Jjajang
For a taste of Korean food – particularly jjajangmyeon (noodles in a thick black bean sauce) – swing by this popular Tanjong Pagar haunt. Complement your bowl with servings of sweet and sour pork or cheese kimchi pancake for a hearty meal.
O.bba Jjajang, 77 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088498
14. Tippling Club
Stepping into Tippling Club’s chic interior will have you craving a dose of NYC. Its cocktails and cuisine are fresh and creative, and the place is no stranger to prestigious awards. So kick off happy hour with world-class drinks featuring innovative flavours, techniques and garnishes. While you’re at it, munch on bites that feature scallops, chicken, and even aged hamachi. Now you know where to bring clients for an impressive afternoon.
Tippling Club, 38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088461
15. Tendon Ginza Itsuki
Craving tempura? Skip the sushi plates and dine at this popular hotspot (and sister resto of Ramen Keisuke). Its tendon bowls are light, fresh and tasty, with everything from seafood to veggie tempura. And let’s not forget the beautifully creamy chawanmushi. The menu is small and the lines are usually long, but we’d say it’s worth the wait.
Tendon Ginza Itsuki, 101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522
We’ve got mad love for Luka and its fresh take on Italian-Japanese cuisine. The hangout is casual and chill, great for team lunches or fun dinner gatherings with friends. We suggest you make space for pasta dishes like spaghetti with squid ink cream or veal agnolotti bathed in a beautiful butter sage sauce. Don’t forget about pizzas to share! The prosciutto and burrata pie is all kinds of amazing.
Luka, 18 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088441
17. Bar-Roque Grill
This joint is all about fun and togetherness, as chef Stephane serves French-inspired food with character. Must-try dishes include the charred, smoky beef cuts that are dry-aged in-house, or dishes like roasted chicken breast and lamb done four ways. For more variety, the menu also features pasta, seafood, cheese and charcuterie.
Bar-Roque Grill, #01-00, Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
18. Restaurant Euphoria
Restaurant Euphoria was awarded a Michelin star in 2022, so you know you can expect a sleek and sophisticated experience like no other. The menu elevates freshly-sourced ingredients in the most intricate, beautiful way. Dining here is quite the treat!
Restaurant Euphoria, 76 Tras Street, Singapore 079015
19. Ramen Keisuke Gyoza King
Tucked amongst the rows of Japanese restaurants in Tanjong Pagar is Gyoza King. Chef Keisuke Takeda’s signature gyoza includes tonkotsu king (pork with tonkotsu broth), tori king (chicken with tori king soup base) and keisuke Tokyo (prawn and pork with crab broth). Pair your chosen gyoza dish with sides such as chicken nanban, stir-fried eggplant and deep-fried prawn for total satisfaction.
Ramen Keisuke Gyoza King, #01-15, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867
20. Jigger & Pony
A constant fixture on Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists, Jigger & Pony hits all the right notes. The ambience is smokin’, the service is on point, the decor is gorgeous and the cocktails are impeccable. But no worries if you can’t choose a drink from the vast menu – just ask the friendly servers for a recommendation. Oh, and we love how alcohol-free options are available, too. They’re so flavourful and classy, you won’t miss the booze.
Jigger & Pony, Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
The brainchild of chef-owner Seita Nakahara, this place showcases Japanese food culture through Italian cuisine, and his menu is so worth the hype. The line-up changes according to the chef’s whim, so prepare to be surprised by his creations! Psst: the one Michelin-starred spot is great for an idyllic date night.
Terra, 54 Tras Street, Singapore 078993
In the mood for Swiss food? Step through the doors of Coucou for an elegant experience. You’ll find plenty of rosti variations on the menu, including ones with veal sausage or melted Swiss raclette and ham. Speaking of cheese, the fondue options are not to be missed!
Coucou, 9 Craig Road, Singapore 089669
23. Bearded Bella
A cool little cafe for chillaxing, Bearded Bella is big on flavours and textures. Its mains give you brunch with a twist. Think crab croissant with scrambled eggs and asparagus, or cold pasta topped with seared scallops, truffle wakame, and yuzu ponzu. Even the epic brekkie is a spin on the usual with confit portobello and sweet potato rosti. Leave some space for dessert to relish the taste of sticky date pudding or chocolate bundt cake.
Bearded Bella, 8 Craig Road, Singapore 089668
24. Brasserie Gavroche
Housed in a little shophouse, this homely Parisian bistro is where you can indulge in French fare made by chef-owner Frederic Colin with recipes passed down from his family. Fish quenelles, trout tartare, and wagyu hanger steak are some of the many authentic dishes you can look forward to.
Brasserie Gavroche, 66 Tras Street, Singapore 079005
25. Roji Monster
Got room for dessert? Roji Monster is a popular Taiwanese shaved ice dessert spot that’ll help you beat the heat any day. Just pick your preferred flavour – including uji matcha, black sesame and milk – and get toppings such as aloe vera, cornflakes or honeycomb. Each order comes with the brand’s signature googly eyes. Adorbs!
Roji Monster, 52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
26. Public Izakaya by Hachi
This space on the ground floor of 100AM is great for alfresco dining with a lively buzz. Plus, the menu is extensive and the food is scrumptious. Just pull up a seat at the bar counter and dine your way through udon, yakitori skewers and chicken karaage. It’s a great, perpetually packed place for Friday night chillin’.
Public Izakaya by Hachi, #01-09, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
27. The Blue Ginger
When the thought of authentic Peranakan food has you salivating, head straight to The Blue Ginger. This long-standing institution sitting cosy in a lovely shophouse has been around since 1995. The kueh pie tee (shredded bamboo shoot and turnip with shrimp) and beef rendang have passed the test. We can’t get enough!
The Blue Ginger, 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088518
28. Ramen Keisuke Tori King
From the same team behind the Keisuke ramen group, 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 veggies boiled together for eight hours. Don’t forget to slurp loudly while eating a bowl of the signature broth!
Ramen Keisuke Tori King, #03-15, 100AM, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
29. Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan
What was once a popular cooking school is now transformed by chef Stephan Zoisl into a swish restaurant. Sink your teeth into delicious dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients on the ever-changing degustation menu. Every meal here is a true delight.
Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan, 61 Tras Street, Singapore 079000
30. Fleur de Sel
Francophiles will appreciate the French offerings of Fleur de Sel where chef-owner Alexandre Lozachmeur’s experience includes six years working under renowned chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant’s set lunches and dinners include lovely plates of home-cured Tasmanian ocean trout, sous vide and seared black pork loin, and Boston lobster bisque.
Fleur de Sel, 64 Tras Street, Singapore 079003
31. Chicken Up
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 watermelon soju, here’s where you’ll get an education. Standout classics include soya chicken wings and, for seekers of spice, yangnyum chicken. But don’t leave without getting your fill of kimchi fries – they’re the bomb.
Chicken Up, #01-01, 48 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088469
With places like these, you’ll never go hungry the next time you’re at Tanjong Pagar!