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Best Restaurants in Singapore 2021

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When you’re searching for the best restaurants in Singapore it can be a pretty daunting task! From traditional local cafes to luxurious Michelin-starred spots boasting all sorts of cuisines, you can never run out of extraordinary food in this city!

There’s no lack of both new and unique restaurants in Singapore. Thanks to a thriving food scene, a constant deluge of hot new eateries will make you spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next dinner destination. Many of the restaurants on offer are popular stops on our tours in Singapore, a great way to combine fabulous food and an exciting day out!

Singapore has truly become a modern metropolis, with an innovative food scene showcasing  an eclectic mix of restaurants and cuisine from all over the world! If you’re looking for the best food in Singapore, our list of the best restaurants in Singapore for 2021 is a great place to start.

Focusing on some of the city’s most popular areas and the most luxurious and unique restaurant experiences on offer, here are the top restaurants in Singapore for 2021 to get your feast on, in no particular order.

Little India

Kamala Restaurant

As the name suggests, restaurants in Little India tend to offer primarily Indian cuisine. Kamala Restaurant is a classic restaurant in Singapore famous for their heavenly thosai. Thosai is a huge, pancake-like dish folded and eaten with various condiments. Enjoy a delicious savoury choice, a sweet dish, or maybe even one of each! This restaurant in Little India is super popular with Singaporean Indians – a sign of its authenticity!

Komala Vilas Restaurant

Komala Vilas Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Little India. It’s even famous back in its native India for serving some of the most authentic Southern Indian cuisines around – specifically from the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu.

Authentic food is served on banana leaves, which is how meals are served back in the founder’s native state in India. Serving some of the most tasty vegetarian food in the city with a smile, this top restaurant in Singapore is definitely not one to miss!

Kebabs and Curries

The simple name definitely doesn’t reflect the top-class food and luxurious ambience of this restaurant. Located on the rooftop of the famous Mustafa Centre mall, and featuring some of the most brilliant chefs in Singapore, Kebabs and Curries offers a diverse range of South and Central Asian cuisine.

The food is packed with flavor and you can’t go wrong when ordering! Another great feature of this fine dining restaurant in Singapore is its outdoor seating area, complete with a dynamic bird’s eye view of Little India. Lunch with a view is on the cards!

The Arab Quarter

Nasrin Restaurant

Showcasing another incredible cuisine (that isn’t Singaporean), The Arab Quarter mainly features Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. And Nasrin Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Singapore featuring this style of cuisine! The gorgeous interiors will make you feel like royalty and the menu will have your mouth watering at the incredible range of appetizers, signature dishes and chef specials, including Turkish faves like kebabs.

All Things Delicious

All Things Delicious is a charming little bakery-cafe in Singapore, whipping up bakes that are nothing short of delicious (as the name suggests)! Putting a Mediterranean twist on classics like scones topped with the likes of gula melaka and orange cranberry, you’re bound to find a new firm favorite. The Singaporean cafe also serves up hearty breakfast plates, pastas and rice bowls… which are also delicious!

Tabbouleh Lebanese Cafe and Restaurant

Tabbouleh will transport you straight to Lebanon with its mosaic lamps, red tablecloths and quaint and cosy vibe – undoubtedly one of the most unique restaurants in Singapore.

The menu is packed with Middle Eastern favorites such as lamb kofta, fried halloumi cheese, charcoal-grilled meats and of course huge bowls of fresh home-made hummus! Perfect for sharing, get the mezze platter, served with creamy yoghurt and warm pita bread – familiar Middle Eastern food served by one of the top restaurants in Singapore.


Burnt Ends

Serving up meaty goodness of all kinds, Burnt Ends will not disappoint the carnivores out there! The menu of this Singaporean restaurant changes daily so it’s hard to predict what you’ll get, but you can bet it will be tasty!

The Australian barbecue restaurant’s distinct barbecue style and flavor is down to its four tonne dual cavity oven that’s fired up by coal, apple of almond wood, and choice of quality produce to work with. Go with the chef’s recommendation and be pleasantly surprised! 

Taikoo Lane

Taikoo Lane is a new hotpot restaurant providing authentic Sichuan and Cantonese broths to dip delicious meats and vegetables in.

Get the Sichuan spicy broth made with beef if you’re feeling brave, or try the special Chengdu green pepper broth featuring peppercorn oil and green peppercorns, what many would consider to be some of the best food in Singapore. Both serve as a great base for ingredients like lobster noodles, spicy marinated beef or sliced chicken with green peppers.

Poh Guan Cake House

Come to Poh Guan Cake House for the best Mooncakes in town! Don’t know what a mooncake is? It’s a traditional Chinese cake made from a sweet sticky dough and there are over 30 different variations available. Traditional Cantonese mooncakes are made with Teochew-style flaky pastry and filled with green or red bean paste. Other great ones to try are the white sesame mooncake as well as the la gao (black glutinous rice cake) that are getting increasingly difficult to find.

The Financial District

The Spot

The Spot is a well known holistic Singaporean food destination with very social vibes, located in Marina One. It’s an all-day dining restaurant, bar, and cigar lounge all in one! The menu is pretty much as sophisticated as it gets, serving up contemporary European, Southeast Asian sauce-centric dishes using traditional French techniques, with the aim to serve unique food that you’ll always remember.

Expect the likes of Boston Lobster & Iberico Chorizo on crispy pork skin, Baked Patagonian Toothfish and Roasted NZ Baby Spring Lamb Rack. For a taste of something more local, try the Pan-Fried Red Snapper with fragrant green curry and eggplants.


Artemis prides itself on quality and sustainability, serving up strictly grass-fed and hormone-free meat. They also offer one of the largest selections of vegetarian and gluten-free gourmet dishes in Singapore.

Think European al fresco vibes with plates such as Quinoa “Falafel”, hummus and white cabbage slaw, Australian Lamb Loin accompanied by leek gratin, and Sakura Pork Loin with cauliflower Purée and marinated prunes.

Si Chuan Dou Hua

For the best Sichuan Cuisine in Singapore, head to Si Chuan Dou Hua. Perched way up on the 60th story of UOB Plaza, this fine-dining restaurant in Singapore is best known for its mouth-watering and lip-burning delicacies like Chong Qing Diced Chicken with dried chili and the famous Ma Po Tofu. To add to the excitement, Si Chuan Dou Hua has its own gongfu tea master with Tian Fu Tea Room.

Orchard Road

Crossroad Café

Crossroad Café is more than just a fine dining cafe with a difference. This cafe in Singapore prides itself on fusing together Oriental and Western food seamlessly, with a great accompaniment of premium wines and beers. The wagyu burger and the Hainanese chicken rice are strong favorites, showcasing how the cafe incorporates both Chinese and Western cuisine – a unique take on cuisine you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Singapore.

Esmirada @ Orchard

Another Mediterranean eatery, Esmirada @ Orchard is not one to miss! Using traditional cooking techniques, the chef brings you Mediterranean flavors which will satisfy even the most refined palate.

The signature here is seafood paella, filled to the brim with exotic herbs. For a satisfying meal in beautiful surroundings, you can’t go wrong with one of the top restaurants in Singapore.

Ayam Penyet Ria

Affordable and authentic, Far East Plaza’s Ayam Penyet Ria should be on everyone’s Orchard Road to-do list. Especially famous for penyet (smashed) food, it perhaps serves some of the best Indonesian halal food on the island.

The ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken) is a great place to start, then you can work your way down the menu. Oh and the sambal belacan is all kinds of spicy and goes with absolutely everything! If you’re wondering where some of the best places to eat in Singapore are, the Ayam Penyet Ria is a great place to start!

Marina Bay


With a name like Vue, it’s clear what the restaurant is known for (if you haven’t already worked it out, it’s the view). Vue is the French translation of the word ‘view’. With floor-to-ceiling windows, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Marina Bay from the 19th floor of OUE Bayfront.

Majestic views of Singapore aside, the restaurant also serves a grand menu of binchotan-grilled meats. A four-course tasting menu is also available if you’re feeling fancy.


No prizes for guessing on which floor this bar and Singaporean restaurant is perched. Known as the world’s highest microbrewery, Level33 overlooks Marina Bay, and is perhaps the most sophisticated place to sample a locally brewed beer. But, just because it’s better known for its beers, doesn’t mean that Level33 doesn’t have some seriously solid dinner options.

The food here, courtesy of executive chef ArChan Chan, is far from the typical chicken wings and fries. Think beer malt risotto with local sea bass and Level33’s very own beer ice cream.

The Clifford Pier

The Clifford Pier is a lot like many other super-pretty hotel restaurants in Singapore with a colonial heritage aesthetic, except it’s housed in a historic landmark that served as the first port of call for immigrants in Singapore’s early days.

Start things off with a drink in a rattan armchair at their outdoor terrace overlooking the water, then move on to the main event – the food. On the menu are upscale versions of familiar favorites, such as wagyu beef rendang and classics like prawn laksa with quail eggs. The Clifford Pier is a trending restaurant in Singapore right now, and not one you want to miss if you’re planning on a visit!

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12 new cafes and restaurants in Singapore to visit this December 2021

With so many new cafes and restaurants popping up this month, all we can say is — our diet starts never tomorrow.

This December, we’re seeing a whole range of cuisines. Barbecue lovers can count on Smokehse for a grillfest in the comfort of their home, but if you’re one for the outdoors, we suggest pigging out at Geylang’s very own Cochon.

Omakase and sushi fans can also start making reservations of Sushi Sato (the last we’ve heard, they’ve been consistently booked out), but if you need to satisfy your cravings for Japanese cuisine as soon as possible, unagi speciality joint Xi Man might just do it for you.

Before you’re confronted by the onslaught of Christmas dishes you’ll having this month, why not take a breather with these new joints around town?

Here’s all the new cafes and restaurants in Singapore to keep an eye out for in December 2021:

(Hero and featured image credit: Sushi Sato)

The latest one to join the Hashida alumni is chef Yuji Sato, who has just established his very own namesake omakase joint, Sushi Sato in Dempsey. Armed with more than 26 years of experience, the intimate space will see him flex his fondness for the “hot is hot, cold is cold” approach — complete with all the freshest slices of fish and dishes that are prepared on the spot and served immediately to diners at the table.

Reservations open on the 1st of the month at 10am, for two months ahead of time.


6B Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247662

There’s never been a more perfect spot than Hortus for a date. It’s nestled within the captivating flora and fauna of the Flower Dome (yes, this used to house Fennel cafe), which only makes the stunning pagoda an even more mesmerising environment to dine in. The joint is helmed by chef-owner Michael Wilson, who brings a whole host of casual, Mediterranean delights to the table. We’re talking dishes like Watermelon Salad, Hummus, and Lamb Tagine. What we enjoyed the most, however, was the Fremantle Octopus — we don’t think we’ve had a more tender version of this iconic dish that’s still retains such a well-charred texture on the outside.


18 Marina Gardens Dr, 01-09 Level 2 Flower Dome, Singapore 018953

Les Amis’ Group’s casual dining concept Lino has a new joint in town. The brand’s second outlet, Lino Restaurant and Cafe, is situated in Forum The Shopping Mall, just a short seven-minute walk from Orchard MRT station. Here, diners can expect signatures like the Panchetta Pizza, while falling back in love with iconic dishes such as the Lamb Ragu Garganelli, a hearty pasta that’s dressed in in tender, slow-braised lamb, eggplant caviar, rosemary, and fresh tomatoes. The Pan-fried Veal Escalope and the Goose Leg Confit are also outlet exclusives you wouldn’t want to miss.


583 Orchard Rd, #01-01/04, Singapore 238884

Beloved Argentinian joint Bochinche has moved out of their previous locale and into another in the same district. In its new Club Street home, diners can expect a complete overhaul when it comes to their interior direction — think a bright, Modernist design with a whole lot of room. The menu has also been refreshed after its move. Head chef Fabrice Mergalet will enamour guests with the classic Burrata, before leading them straight into the arms of the 300-gram wet-aged Ojo de Bife, a juicy, tender Argentinian rib eye with tons of flavour thanks to its marbling.


27 Club St, Singapore 069413

You may have made your way to Leckerbaer’s debut outlet in Isetan Scotts last year, but we’re certain that their newest flagship store at Keong Siak Road will be worth a visit too. For starters, it’ll be less of a takeaway concept — think cosy Scandinavian cafe interiors with plenty of sunlight — and will offer savoury treats to accompany its array of Småkager. Traditionalists can opt for the Smoked Salmon and Onsen Egg sourdough sandwich, but if you’d like to jazz it up a little, the Crab & Avocado Salsa option is also a firm favourite amongst diners here.


14 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089121

The news is out: Drunken Farmer is heading to the east. The second concept by the brand follows the same day-to-night concept of its first locale by transforming Common Man Stan into a natural wine bar and bistro from 6pm to 1030pm, complete with good food and good vibes. Must-orders include the Sourdough Karaage and of course, their neat menu of sourdough pizzas.

Read our review at the Drunken Farmer’s Stanley Street outlet here.

(Image credit: @drunkenfarmer_sg via Instagram)


185 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427456

Chef and MasterChef Singapore judge Damian D’Silva’s new restaurant, Rempapa, is set to open on 4 December, and to say we’re excited would be a complete understatement. At his latest concept, the culinary heavyweight will present a slew of local dishes that draw from all our cultures and races, with the aim of inspiring and engaging the palates of a younger generation of diners. Diners can expect one-dish meals like the Peranakan Yong Tau Foo with Chee Cheong Fun, but if you’re heading down with a bunch of friends and family (which we highly recommend you do), you’ll be treated to a whole host of dishes such as the Sri Lankan Chicken Curry and Tomato Chutney with String Hoppers, Baca Assam and Lamb Leg Rendang.


2 Paya Lebar Rd, 01-01/02 03 Park Place Residences at PLQ, Singapore 409053

There’s a new unagi specialty restaurant for fans of the freshwater eel: welcome to Xi Man. The joint is is helmed by Chef Ryosuke Deguchi, who trained under the tutelage of a chef of a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Kyoto. Here, Xi Man only uses fresh Miyazaki eels which are firmer in texture — perfectly suitable for the restaurant’s Kansai method of cooking which requires an additional steaming step.

The Large Grilled Eel and Rice, is, of course what you’ll be drawn to, but be sure to give dishes like the Roasted Eel Wrapped in Rolled Omelette, Vinegared Eel and Cucumber as well as Savoury Steamed Egg Custard with Grilled Eel a go.


9 Penang Rd, 01-02, Singapore 238459

Geylang has a new player in town, and it’s looking a lot like pork-specialty joint, Cochon. With great prices and a super chill vibe, the alfresco joint features lip-smacking, fall-off-the-bone meats that we’re still dreaming about till today. Yes, we pigged out. Pun very much intended.

(Image credit: @cochon_sg via Instagram)


465 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389424

Kamameshi is takes centrestage here at Hanare by Takayama, the a new casual Japanese joint Kappo chef Taro Takayama. The hearty dish is cooked with koshihikari rice from Niigata and a specially brewed dashi stock. You could always dine simple with the Kagoshima eel and seasonal vegetable kamameshi, but if you’re thinking of taking it up a notch, then you’d best be having the luxurious sake-cooked abalone kamameshi.

Want to learn more about kamameshi? Read our article here.


391 Orchard Road #03-07, Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City, 238872

Casual bar and grill restaurant Panamericana, located within the breezy Sentosa has good news for fans across the island: they’ve introduced their new bakery arm, Panamericana Bakery, to bring fresh bakes to you. On the menu, you’ll find signature bakes like the House Sourdough Loaf and the Potato Onion Loaf, as well as new flavours like the Farro Sesame Sourdough Loaf. Desserts are equally spectacular; the Frangipane Tart and Pecan Pie would serve everyone well at parties.

Guests can for pre-order (3 days in advance) for deliveries or takeaway from Monday to Sunday, while same day deliveries and takeaway are available from Friday to Sunday.


Sentosa Golf Club 27 Bukit Manis Rd, 099892

Carnivores watch out: there’s a new Barbecue joint in town. Helmed by Pitmaster Jimmy Cheang, a certified Kansas City Barbecue Judge, Smokhse is a virtual restaurant that brings dry-rubbed, slow-grilled meats straight to your home. While you’ll be able to order mouthwatering dishes like the apple-wood smoked Iberico Pork Ribs a la carte, we suggest grabbing a few friends for a night in with any one of their generous Party Sets.

Where to Eat and Drink in Singapore – Bon Appétit

“If you say, ‘Oh my God, I’m so hungry!’ to someone in Singapore, they’ll laugh in your face. Walk in any direction here and you’ll find something good to eat.” This is the first piece of advice I receive upon landing in Singapore, courtesy of my cab driver. For the next 20 minutes, he rattles off food suggestions while I scribble them down. This scenario will repeat itself a half dozen times during my 12-day eating tour of the tiny island nation, an ethnically diverse city-state that’s celebrating 50 years of independence. The country continues to develop at a dizzying clip, the crown jewel being the unveiling of a new National Gallery this fall. The food and drink scene is keeping pace—from sophisticated small plates and house-aged bitters to hour-long lines for pig-organ soup. You see, Singaporeans don’t argue about sports; they battle over who makes the best curry puffs. Go now and see what all the bickering is about.

The Singapore Restaurant Hot List

A traveler can eat like a king without leaving the city’s beloved food courts. But then he’d miss out on a world of modern creativity.

Christopher Wise

Patatas bravas with cacao soil and artichoke “leaves” at Restaurant André.

Restaurant André

The most extravagant tasting menu in Singapore doesn’t come cheap ($220 a pop), but it’s also unforgettable, from the playful snacks (a branch outfitted with artichoke “leaves”) to a D.I.Y. “cake” (sweet ingredients you mix tableside). Three hours later and you’ll understand why chef André Chiang is considered one of the world’s most creative cooks.


It may look strip-mall nondescript from the outside, but the throngs of diners waiting for a seat give away this buzzy spot. Everyone is here for the char siew, a blackened cut of Cantonese pork coated with the glossiest, stickiest-sweetest sauce you’ve ever licked off your fingers.


Farmhouse-chic interiors meet thoughtful small plates in this Little India charmer that wouldn’t feel out of place in Brooklyn. The steamed clams in fig broth with kimchi, and the sticky, succulent smoked lamb ribs in fruity barbecue sauce are both must orders.


Damian D’Silva’s laid-back Eurasian gastrobar does hard-to-find heritage dishes like beef-cheek rendang and singgang (wolf herring simmered in coconut milk with seven ground spices). Tack on an order of ayam pop, Malaysian-style fried chicken with sambal, if you’re going deep on the extensive whiskey list. Of course you are.

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The squid-ink pudding with sea urchin at Lolla.


All anybody talks about from this casual Mediterranean kitchen is its squid-ink pudding with sea urchin—rightfully so. But don’t miss pan-fried smoked scamorza with tart peach compote. Or the addictive sourdough bread with kombu butter.

Burnt Ends

Australian chef David Pynt has one of the hottest tickets in town: a swanky barbecue joint with a four-ton wood-burning oven. Meat is the thing here, from a 45-day dry-aged Mayura steak to a pulled pork sandwich whose juices run down your wrists when you bite into it.


Bad boy chef Bjorn Shen dreams up ludicrous combinations (honey-roasted lotus root with Marmite, pistachio dukkah, and Sriracha yogurt) that somehow work for what he calls the “illest Middle Eastern restaurant in Singapore.” Thirty percent of the menu sources local produce—no easy feat in this farm-starved country. Got friends? Call at least 48 hours head for the Lambgasm, a whole-roasted lamb shoulder big enough to feed six.

The 11 Must-Try Dishes

Want to squabble with a Singaporean? Tell her you’ve found the city’s best lor mee. Nothing gets locals more heated than debating the dishes at the city’s food court–like hawker centers. Here, the best—and where to try them.

Christopher Wise

1. Chili Crab at Leng Heng BBQ & Claypot Deluxe in East Coast Lagoon Food Centre

It’s a hike, but as soon as you put that smoky, tangy, crabby goodness in your mouth, you’ll understand the hype. If you like it hot, ask for the punishing black pepper version.

Chwee Kueh at Tiong Bahru Market

Oily preserved radish spooned atop gluey-wet rice cakes and eaten with a wooden stick. A breakfast staple enjoyed any time of day.

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Lor Mee at Tiong Bahru Lor Mee in Tiong Bahru Market Food Centre

Long queues attest to this stand’s popularity, where rich gravy is ladled over wide yellow noodles, sliced fish cake, braised pork, boiled egg, and ngoh hiang (five-spice Chinese pork roll). Season to taste with fresh chiles and vinegar.

Chai Tow Kway at Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Also called “carrot cake,” although no carrots are harmed in the making. This is stir-fried cubes of radish with rice flour, egg, garlic, spring onions, and a smattering of prawns. Order it “black” if you want it sweet.

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Dum Biryani at Yakader in Tekka Centre

It’s okay to eat with your hands at this halal beacon, where the fiery biryani is scooped onto a banana leaf along with tender fried chicken and sour pickles.

6. Sambal Stingray at Newton Food Centre

If you can get over the fact that you’re eating stingray, the fish is a delight: flaky, mild and irresistible under a blanket of flaming-hot sambal. Plus, hawker Chan-Chan is a hoot; you’ll recognize her by her gravity-defying beehive.

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7. Ice
Kachang at Liang Liang Garden in Tiong Bahru Market

This stand sells more than a dozen varieties, but try the Milo Dinosaur, shaved ice engulfed in ground peanuts and powdered chocolate. As it melts, a rainbow of red beans, pandan jellies, and sweet corn is revealed.

Char Kway Teow at Old Airport Road Food Centre

The Chinese takeout of your dreams: a heady mix of thick and thin noodles punched up with briny cockles, fried egg, sweet bits of pork, and crisp bean sprouts.

Christopher Wise

9. Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian at Maxwell Food Centre

A study in poultry minimalism (poached chicken and chicken fat rice) that Anthony Bourdain and other food luminaries obsess over.

Prawn Mee at Tekka Centre

Young hawker Li Ruifang makes her prawn noodles exactly the way her dad and grandfather used to: shrimpy and porky, with a dusting of fried shallots for crunch.

Rojak at Old Airport Road Food Centre

Cucumber, turnip, lotus root, pineapple, bean sprouts, beancurd skin, toasted dough fritters, and strips of jellyfish tossed-to-order in a pungent prawn paste. Sounds intense but it works.

Wake-Up Call

Singapore is in the throes of third-wave coffee nirvana. Here’s where to find the city’s best brewers.

The New Black

The nerdiest coffee bar in town. This is where you go for your Geisha Manatiales del Frontino fix, or to geek out over roasters like James Bailey and Tim Wendelboe. For tea drinkers, the Rodrick Marcus iced tea is made with a 2010 vintage Sicilian blood orange pu-erh. (1 Upper Circular Rd.; +65 6410 9318)

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

There are many parts to this airy complex: the coffeeshop proper, where you can sip frothy nitro coffee on tap; an on-site roastery for parent brand Papa Palheta, whose beans are purchasable in the annex next door; The C-PlatForm, a coffee lab/classroom for hardcore javaites; and The General Company, a boutique selling locally made souvenirs like silkscreened tea towels and durian-print notebooks. (150 Tyrwhitt Rd.; +65 6396 0609)

Nylon Coffee Roasters

Blink and you’ll miss this two-year-old coffee bar tucked into the ground floor of a gargantuan public housing complex. Founders Dennis Tang and Jia Min Lee are rockstars on the local roasting scene; you’ll understand why when you get a whiff of their single-origin espresso. (4 Everton Park, #01-40; +65 6220 2330)

Common Man Coffee Roasters

Not as diehard as the other outfits, but a solid bet for a decent black or white to accompany their wildly popular Australian-style brunch. Forty Hands pioneer Harry Grover oversees the coffee end of things here; ask to see the rotating Back Room menu or sample one of his four house blends. (22 Martin Rd., #01-00; +65 6836 4695)

Christopher Wise

Beyond the Singapore Sling

The famous cocktail turns 100 this year. You can do better at these top bars. (Read our guide to even more of Singapore’s best watering holes.)

Tippling Club

Chef Ryan Clift takes his bar program seriously. From the matrix-like menu to the Penhaligon’s hand soap, he’s all about the details.
Order: The Sounds of Tokyo (gin, nori, cucumber vermouth, fino Sherry).

Nutmeg & Clove

The elaborate tipples here tell a local story by incorporating regional herbs and spices and decorative Asian ceramics.
Order: Simha Swizzle (vodka, yuzu marmalade, cardamom bitters, citrus).

Manhattan Bar

As glamorous—and Gatsby-esque—as a hotel bar gets. There’s an on-site rickhouse, which barrel-ages dozens of spirits and some cocktails.
Order: New York Sour (Bourbon, ruby port, egg white).

Operation Dagger

At Luke Whearty’s chill subterranean bar, guests pick their poison based on everything but the star spirit. The idea here: Not knowing the liquor within opens you up to new experiences.
Order: Snow (genmaicha, yuzu, yoghurt, agave).

East Coast Eating Crawl

There’s more to the Lion City than what you’ll find downtown. Food writer and diehard Eastie Desiree Koh shows us where to eat in the farther-flung Peranakan enclave of Katong.

Stop 1

Mr. and Mrs. Mohgan’s Super-Crispy Prata (Poh Ho Restaurant, 7 Crane Rd.; +65 9794 3124) for a stack of ghee-fried Indian bread served with fish-head and mutton curries. “Go early,” warns Koh. “They sell out by noon.”

Stop 2

Flaky, chewy spicy beef curry puffs from Indian Muslim Bakery & Confectionery (124 Onan Rd.; +65 6345 4271). “This is a multigenerational family business that bakes and fries their puffs daily; they haven’t skipped a step in decades.”

Stop 3

Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring (970 Geylang, #01-12; +65 9456 7573) for loosely steamed rice cakes oozing hot gula melaka (brown palm sugar). “It’s the [Manny] Pacquiao dessert to the [Floyd] Mayweather molten chocolate lava cake,” says Koh.

Stop 4

Thunder Tea Rice (328 Joo Chiat Rd.; +65 6342 0223) for the eponymous Hakka specialty. “Brooklyn would go nuts over this bowl of superfoods, if only they knew about it,” says Koh. A set includes jasmine rice heaped with fresh vegetables, tofu, peanuts, sesame seeds, and crispy little fish, and served with a bowl of minty, tea-leaf soup. Pour the soup over the top and voilà—thunder tea rice.

Stop 5

D’Bun (358 Joo Chiat Rd.; +63 45 8220) for roast pork and char siew bao. Or, for the sweet tooth, a lotus seed and red bean paste bun.

Stop 6

“If I travel for more than week, the nasi padang at Glory Catering (139 East Coast Rd.; +65 6344 1749) is the first thing I eat when I come home,” says Koh, who vouches for the popiah (Malaysian rice crepe stuffed with stewed radish, egg, hoisin, and dried shrimp), the sambal with boiled egg and tau kwa (dense tofu), and the caramelized tempeh with anchovies and petai beans.

Stop 7

Laksa, a curry-based soup brimming with rice noodles, prawns, and cockles, is an iconic neighborhood dish. “There used to be three stalls/warring factions opposite one another,” says Koh. “Now, only the fittest remains standing.” That’s 328 Katong Laksa (53 East Coast Rd.), where you get exactly one choice: small or large.

Stop 8

Wantan mee at Eng’s Noodles House (287 Tanjong Katong Rd.; +65 8688 2727). “It’s our local rendition of the classic Hong Kong dish,” says Koh. The egg noodles are made in-house, the pork is pink and tender, and the chili sauce is so hot, the bottle comes with a disclaimer.

Christopher Wise

Anatomy of a Kopitiam Breakfast

Whether you eat it in an ancient coffee shop or a chain, a kopitiam (kopi = coffee, tiam = shop) breakfast is one meal all Singaporeans agree on. Here’s the breakdown: a. Two soft-boiled eggs b. Soy sauce and white pepper c. Kaya toast (white bread slathered with kaya, an eggy coconut jam) d. Kopi (coffee with sugar and condensed or evaporated milk)

Where to try it: Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, an 80-year-old spot where the kaya is made fresh daily and the staff is sufficiently grumpy.

Vocab Lesson: If you learn only one Malay word, make it

shiok (pronounced “shoak”). It means extreme pleasure.

A Pocket Guide to the World’s Funnest Airport

The perks of Changi (SIN) are legendary: free movies, a butterfly garden, a rooftop swimming pool. Whether you’re flying in or out, there’s always something good to eat.

Bee Cheng Hiang (T2, T3): An 82-year-old Singaporean chain specializing in bakkwa (barbecued jerky). Bags of chicken and pork floss make creative last-minute gifts.

Durian Mpire (T2): A cheerful sweets shop selling pastry puffs, mochi, and pandan chiffon cake made with the notoriously stinky fruit.

Crystal Jade (T2): Chef David Chang’s go-to chain is famous for its Hong Kong-style dim sum and Cantonese barbecued meats.

Singapore Food Street (T3): The dozen or so stands lining this faux-1960s streetscape hawk everything from rich bak kut teh (pork rib soup) to slurp-worthy laksa.

Christopher Wise

The Yolk’s On Us

Salty, rich preserved duck eggs have reached critical mass in Singapore’s culinary world. Here’s where to taste them in action:

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Salted-egg sweet potato fries with crispy curry leaves at Sin Lee Foods.

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Deep-fried salted egg yolk prawns at Cafe De Hong Kong. Wet-Naps required.

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Molten chocolate lava cake with a salted egg yolk custard center at Five & Dime Eatery. It’s better than it sounds.

Singapore for the Road

You came, you saw, you ate everything in sight. Don’t forget souvenirs for the family and friends back home.

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“Staples” Keychains by Roy Poh

Available in three “flavors”: nasi lemak, bee hoon, or chicken rice. ($21 at National Museum of Singapore)

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Singapore Icons Dish Set

Locally designed porcelain plates and chopstick rests sporting provincial motifs like heritage trees. ($36 at Supermama)

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Scented Sugars Jars

Pick up a blossom-infused sugar (violet, rose) from the most Instagrammable bakery in town. ($11 at Plain Vanilla Bakery)

10 Best Restaurants In Singapore For A Memorable Fine-Dining Experience

A food obsessive’s paradise, Singapore has no dearth of stylish street food joints and hawkers serving flavorsome local cuisine and affordable drinks, but some occasions call for an altogether elegant and refined experience. From panoramic rooftop places to Michelin-starred restaurants, here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in Singapore that give you an unmatchable fine-dining experience.

From the finest French to Japanese restaurants in Singapore

1. La Brasserie (The Fullerton Bay Hotel)
2. Forlino
3. Min Jiang Restaurant (Goodwood Park Hotel)
4. Patara Thai Fine Dining
5. Crystal Jade Golden Palace
6. Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands
7. Joie by Dozo
8. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa
9. The Rabbit Stash Restaurant
10. Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine

1. La Brasserie (The Fullerton Bay Hotel)

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One among the top restaurants in Singapore, La Brasserie, which is an in-house fine-dining restaurant of The Fullerton Bay Hotel. At La Brasserie, one can enjoy some seriously hearty French dishes that represent the French cuisine. You can dig into some rustic mains like steak and frites, seabass fillet with roasted ratatouille, and the incredibly tender duck confit. And don’t forget desserts like the ‘oh-so-French creme brulee’ and the rich, ‘creamy chocolate mousse.’

Claudio O says “As the names suggest La Brasserie serves great French Brasserie dishes. We chose the 3 course menu option which we found to be good value. Our Group had 2 different stakes and the Burger and they were all very good. We were celebrating a special occasion and they really provided great service.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 12:00 pm-3:00 pm and 6:30 pm-10:30 pm

2. Forlino

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Forlino is probably the best Italian restaurant in Singapore for dine-dining. The restaurant has earned a lot of fans due to its classic contemporary Italian dishes. You can try some incredibly flavorful pasta, you must pay a visit to the place. You can try ‘Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe’ or a generous serving of fresh Maine lobster. Forlino changes its menu on weekly basis depending on which ingredients are the freshest.

Master Sky says “It is a rare occasion that I will give commendation of exceptional service. However, Forlino food and service are really good. Instead of selecting their set menu, they recommend you to customize your set.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 12:00 pm-2:30 pm and 6:30 pm-10:30 pm

3. Min Jiang Restaurant (Goodwood Park Hotel)

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If you’re craving for some peppery Szechuan and delectable Cantonese cuisine, Min Jiang Restaurant is where you should go. One of the finest Chinese restaurant in Singapore, it was built in 1982 and famous for unbelievably delicious dishes like duck pancakes and a wide variety of dim sums.

Rudola says, “If you like Chinese food, this is a must visit place. It would easily rank as one of the best in Singapore, if not the best. We were 9 including two kids and everyone felt very happy and satisfied after the dinner on the new year eve.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 6:30 pm-10:30 pm | Sat 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 3:00 pm-5:30 pm and 6:30 pm-10:30 pm | Sun 11:00 am-2:30 pm and 3:00 pm-5:30 pm and 6:30 pm-10:30 pm

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4. Patara Thai Fine Dining

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One of the most famous restaurants in Singapore, Patara Thai Fine Dining is heaven for those who want to try some unique and mouthwatering Thai food. When you visit Patara, you realize that Thai food isn’t just about phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. You can feast one some unique cuisines like spicy and sour prawn soup, pan-roasted lamb rack with lemongrass, mint and coriander sauce.

Divya says, “It’s a little tough to find vegetarian Thai options in Singapore, never mind extensive ones like in Patara Thai. They have an entire vegetarian menu, which is mostly vegetable, not mock meat based, which is fantastic.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 12:00 pm-3:00 pm and 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

5. Crystal Jade Golden Palace

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Crystal Jade Golden Palace is among the finest Chinese restaurant in Singapore offering a luxurious fine-dining experience. In Singapore, it is a household name for Chinese families when it comes to family dinners or celebrations. The restaurant serves dishes like fish noodle with king prawn, seafood with beancurd thick soup, and ‘Braised Teowchew Duo Platter’. Also, Crystal Jade Golden Palace is a Michelin Star to prove its authenticity.

Haebee says “Elegant, with well trained staff who look after all your dining needs. They have nice spacious private rooms. The menu is extensive and interesting. We enjoyed their Roast Goose meat, braised goose web with mustard green..“Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11:30 pm-3:00 pm and 6:00 pm-10:00 pm | Sat 11:00 pm-3:00 pm, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm | Sun 10:30 am-3:00 pm, 6:00 pm-10:30 pm

6. Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands

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Waku Ghin started in 2010 by Chef Tetsuya Wakuda and is located at Marina Bay Sands. It is the most popular Japanese restaurant in Singapore and is known for creating premium dishes from freshest ingredients. Waku Ghin offers a ten-course dégustation menu for a maximum of only 25 guests, so you need to book in advance. The price might seem a bit high, but the experience will make you realize that it’s worth every penny.

Sheep Boss says, “The standard of the food offering here is exceptional. It is a set menu which ranges across seafood. The meals are prepared in front of you. The wine list is very good. The service is excellent.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 5:30 pm to 10:30

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7. Joie by Dozo

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Joie by Dozo is a perfect place to take your partner on a romantic date. Modern, completely veg, and peaceful, Joie is one of the best restaurants in Singapore for fine dining. Located in the lush rooftop garden of Orchard Central, it lets you enjoy panoramic views while savoring delicious dishes.

They offer mains including pumpkin and spinach ravioli, mushroom steak, and wild rice with eggplant terrine. You can also go for vegetable sashimi on ice, the Zucchini Tower, or desserts including red wine poached pear. Even if you’re a non-vegetarian, you’ll be blown away by the incredible taste.

Kevh says, “What a wonderful artistic delight this restaurant is. The private Japanese type style of room within the space.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun `12:00 pm to 15:00 and 18:00 pm – 22:00 pm

8. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Resorts World Sentosa

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon draws inspiration from the simplicity of Japanese cuisine, which is combined with French techniques, and delivers dishes in an atmosphere that look exactly like Spanish tapas bar. They use a fresh seasonal ingredients from countries all across the world to make unbelievably yummy dishes. This two Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant is probably the best French restaurant in Singapore

Jeremy says, “The food was amazing. The restaurant is a little expensive, but worth every penny. The service is great. Our waiter was very attentive to us as if we were his only diners.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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9. The Rabbit Stash Restaurant

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The Rabbit Stash Restaurant serve art on a plate. Their food is so Instagram-worthy that you won’t be able to stop yourself from clicking those beautiful dishes on your plate. The menu of this restaurant is a combo of French culinary techniques with aromatic Asian flavors. Some unique dishes they serve include smoked anchovy with Hokkaido scallops and slow-cooked Angus beef cheek.

Andrew says, “Had an amazing 7 course dinner for s$150. Very impressive contemporary food with a slight local twist. Each dish was exquisite. Tasted fantastic and looked amazing.” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sat 6:30 pm-11:00 pm

10. Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine

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If you’re looking for some French restaurant in Singapore to go on a romantic and sophisticated dinner or lunch, you can’t go wrong with Gunther’s. Gunther Hubrechsen established the restaurant in 2007 and won an award within two years. The restaurant is located on Purvis Street, which is the swankiest place in Singapore. Some of their offerings include cold angel hair pasta, oscietra caviar, fine apple tart “ à la dragées“, Havana rum ice cream, Alaskan king crab leg, chili Monte Poro.

Ting T Lim says, “Food was excellent and service was prompt. Was here for dinner some time back and back here for lunch. Down side was food took some time to reach our table and I attribute that to a big group of guests…” Read more

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

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10 Best Restaurants for Romantic Fine Dining in Singapore

When it comes to celebrating important life occasions, perhaps a relationship anniversary, it is always a great idea to dress up for a fine dining experience. After all, nothing feels more romantic than having a fancy sit-down dinner in an ambiently lit restaurant with your loved one. Restaurants for fine dining in Singapore are mostly Michelin-starred, so expect one of the best gastronomic experiences of your life. Not to mention the expensive bottle of wine on the side! With an extensive variety of fine dining restaurants available in the market, which then is the best fine dining restaurant in Singapore? In our Best of Food series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Restaurants for Romantic Fine Dining in Singapore, providing quality recommendations to suit your food cravings and budget.

This post was last updated on 15 October 2021.

10 Best Restaurants for Romantic Fine Dining in Singapore


Odette Source: Odette
For classic French cuisine dishes

Elegantly situated inside National Gallery Singapore, Odette lets you immerse in art in more ways than one. Inspired by the grandmother of owner-slash-chef Julien Royer, this restaurant prides itself on only using the purest ingredients, offering a true French dining marvel to every guest.

And since Odette is located at the prime art gallery on the island, you can only expect that the art inside the restaurant would be phenomenal. You’d see the walls studded with paintings that are basically deconstructed, magnified images of Chef Julien’s most precious ingredients. We also love the colour palette of the interiors, which really embodies the culinary principle of this 3-starred Michelin restaurant. Simple yet elegant!


NOX – Dine in the Dark Source: NOX – Dine in the Dark
A unique journey through tastes and textures

If you are looking for one of the most unique fine dining experiences in Singapore, we suggest that you book a table at NOX – Dine in the Dark. Named after the Latin word for ‘night’, this restaurant will take you on a complete multi-sensory dining experience that not only tickles the taste buds, but the minds as well. Simply put, guests will be dining in total darkness! 

Now, you are probably wondering how that will benefit you as this dine-in-the-dark concept is something new to everyone. But worry not, you will definitely enjoy the prepared mystery tasting menu that consists of 12 beautiful dishes, crafted from the finest ingredients by the talented chefs in this restaurant. And if you want to elevate your experience even further, you can avail yourself of the additional wine or cocktail tasting set to go along with your meal. Oh, and did we mention that the waiting staff are blind and visually impaired? So, essentially, it will be like the roles are reversed, and the blind will be your eyes in this pitch-black restaurant.


CUT by Wolfgang PuckSource: CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Modern and elegant take on an American steakhouse

Most avid foodies probably know how big Wolfgang Puck is in the culinary industry, with him being a Michelin-starred celebrity chef and all. So, when he finally opened CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Marina Bay Sands  – we just knew that the fine dining experience would be amazing. With the finest range of charcoal and apple wood-grilled beef selection, CUT caters to the true meat connoisseur. And whether you want Australian Angus or true Japanese A5 Wagyu, this restaurant is the place for you. 

After devouring the meat like the carnivore that you are, you may want to try CUT’s selection of handcrafted cocktails and imported wine in the restaurant’s long marble bar.


ArtSource: Art
Elevated Italian dining experience 

Besides Odette, Art is another fine dining restaurant that you will find inside National Gallery Singapore. This restaurant combines modern sensibilities with classical inspirations, offering Neo-Italian dishes that are not only exquisitely tasting, but also very visually appealing to the eyes. And to better enjoy the seven-course gastronomic delight in this one Michelin-starred restaurant, it is strategically located at the rooftop of the Gallery, providing panoramic views of the famous Marina Bay, which is basically just art itself.


JAAN by Kirk WestawaySource: JAAN by Kirk Westaway
For reinvented British cuisine 

Ranked 42nd in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021, JAAN by Kirk Westaway is one that you should definitely consider. Perched atop the iconic building of Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore, this fine dining restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Singapore skyline, which you will enjoy further with the taste of the dishes from a reimagined British cuisine. JAAN aims to showcase British dining in a modern light, through simple yet beautiful dishes that reflect both innovation and creativity. To elevate your experience further, you may also try a bottle from JAAN’s massive display of over 700 different labels of Old and New World Wines. Great wine paired with an exceptional menu? Chef’s kiss!


HashidaSource: Hashida
True Omakase-style sushi tasting experience

With Hashida, get ready to be transported into the Land of the Sun. The restaurant comes complete with a sandō pathway and all, so it will be like you are actually walking to Japan itself. Owned by the Celebrity Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida, this restaurant will let you explore a multitude of inventive Japanese cuisine creations. All of which were carefully created with his signature Omakase-style. Brace yourself for the freshest sashimi and sushi in town, which will be served to you alongside a display of impressive knife skills by the Chef himself. 


Summer PavilionSource: Summer Pavilion
Cantonese cuisine in a fine dining garden setting

As Singaporeans, Cantonese cuisine is probably something that we all have time for, even when it comes to fine dining. At Summer Pavilion, you will be able to satisfy your cravings for authentic Cantonese cuisine in a sophisticated setting, as well as enjoy the beautiful Chinese garden theme of the entire restaurant. We really love the vibrant handpainted floral tableware that goes so well with the finest special tea that they offer! Moreover, the restaurant has an actual modern Chinese garden outside, so you can unwind for a bit after the delightful Cantonese feast.

8. CureSource: Cure
Best for authentic Nua Irish cuisine

If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant with the Nua Irish concept, Cure is the place for you. This restaurant offers an expert showcase on Celtic nation’s produce and culinary influences. You’d see dishes evoking images of the rustic coastlines and sprawling grasslands in Ireland, so expect that all your senses would be satisfied. Moreover, we love how Cure has a full tasting menu that includes plant-based options, which are definitely a huge plus for vegetarians.

9. NAE:UMSource: NAE:UM
For a fine-dining spin on authentic Korean food

As much as we find Korean BBQ irresistible, it would be also nice to have a taste of authentic Korean cuisine in a more refined atmosphere. Serving dishes from contemporary Seoul with the perfect harmony of Western techniques and Korean heritage flavours, we ultimately got our wish with NAE:UM. The restaurant’s name also literally translates to ‘a fragrance that evokes memories’, so expect that the innovative dishes would bring a sense of nostalgia as you eat. NAE:UM is quite new in Singapore’s gastronomic scene so it does not have a Michelin star yet, but we won’t be surprised if it gets awarded one in the years to come. 

10. PreludioSource: Preludio
Contemporary fine dining concept in Singapore

Food creation is essentially a type of art as well, so Preludio takes contemporary fine dining to a whole new level. The restaurant launches curated menus in line with a ‘chapter’, using them to mark their growth in the industry. For the first chapter, Preludio released a monochrome dining concept, offering black and white dishes that were surprisingly delightful. Chapters 2 and 3 were entitled ‘Time’ and ‘The Roads’, respectively. 

And now, on their 3rd year in service, Preludio launches their fourth chapter with the theme ‘The Preludio Story’. This chapter is said to be an interlude on the restaurant’s journey throughout the years, showcasing all the well-loved dishes in the past 3 years. If this means that the comeback of Pata Negro and Dark Hour, then we are so in! But who knows, with Chef Fernando’s artistry, every dish always unravel with a surprise. 

Price: $$$$
Address: 182 Cecil Street, Frasers Tower #03-01/02, Singapore 069547
Operational hours:
Monday – Saturday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm | 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +65 6904 5686
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Singapore’s Odette is No. 8 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Food News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s fine-dining French restaurant Odette, helmed by chef Julien Royer at the National Gallery Singapore, leapt 10 spots to No. 8 in this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants List unveiled in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday (Sept 5).

This makes it the first restaurant here to crack the top 10 of the prestigious list. 

In an Instagram post, chef Royer, 39, who is in Antwerp for the ceremony, said: “We could not be happier challenging ourselves at every turn and to continue to be able to do what we love; today is a wonderful reminder of the intangible value this industry brings.”

Odette’s No. 8 spot also comes with the Best Restaurant in Asia Award. Although it was No. 2 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list announced in March, it has surpassed Hong Kong’s The Chairman on the World’s 50 Best list.

The Chairman, which was first on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, came in at No. 10 on the World’s 50 Best list and received the Highest Climber Award, catapulting from No. 41 in 2019.

Another Singapore entry – popular barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road, with chef Dave Pynt at the helm – also made the list, debuting at 34. It came in at No. 14 on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Burnt Ends’ Instagram post highlighted the “huge achievement” and added that it looks forward to celebrating in its new home in Dempsey, slated to open by the end of the year. 

Copenhagen solidified its position as the world’s culinary capital, with two Danish restaurants snagging the top two spots.

The highly acclaimed Noma – helmed by chef Rene Redzepi – was crowned No. 1 – heralding its return to the top. It was ranked The World’s Best Restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, back when it was at its original location. It returned to the list in 2019 at No. 2, after it reopened with a new location and concept in 2018.

Noma took the top spot from French restaurant Mirazur – which moved to the Best of the Best category, a hall of fame for those who have been previously crowned No. 1 on the list.

In a post-event press conference, Redzepi expressed joy and relief over becoming No. 1, despite struggling through the uncertainty of the pandemic. 

He said: “In the last two years, (there have been) ups and downs, it’s just a relief. We’re trying to envision the future so that we can plan, but we can’t, we don’t know. But we are ready to welcome the world again.”

Taking the No. 2 spot this year was another Copenhagen restaurant, Geranium.

Rounding out the top five were Asador Etxebarri from Axpe, Spain, which retained its No. 3 spot; Peru’s Central, which inched up two notches to fourth place; and Barcelona’s Disfrutar, which moved four spots to No. 5.

The list – which started in 2002 – resumed its live awards ceremony after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2019, the glitzy award ceremony was held in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.

This year, the Highest New Entry went to Italy’s Lido 84, which made its debut at No. 15.

Other newcomers to the list included South Africa’s Wolfgat at No. 50; New York’s Atomix at No. 43; and Japan’s Florilege at No. 39. 

Special awards given out during the ceremony included the Icon Award to French-born chef Dominique Crenn, co-owner of San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn, which is ranked No. 48; and The World’s Best Female Chef accolade to Peruvian chef Pia Leon.

Leon’s two restaurants featured on the 51 to 100 list that was previously released on Sept 23. Kjolle is ranked at No. 95, while Mil, the Cusco restaurant and research centre which she runs with her chef husband Virgilio Martinez, debuted at No. 90. The couple also run Central, which received The Best Restaurant in South America accolade. 

The annual list is produced by British media company William Reed Business Media and is based on a voting panel comprising international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and food journalists.

Voters could update their selections from last year based only on restaurant experiences in their own regions in the 14 months since the previous voting round. 

20 New Restaurants & Cafes To Try In October 2021

New restaurants and cafes in October 2021

We may have entered October with two pax dining restrictions, but meal times certainly won’t be dull with these 20 new restaurants and cafes to treat yourself to after a long week at work. Two food markets, a 1950s Shinjuku-themed speakeasy and a Victorian-era cafe are just the tip of the iceberg:

Also read our coverage on new things to do and best deals in October 2021.

1. Interim Market @ Southside – Industrial-style food market at Sentosa

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Other than offering a slew of deals with their free island membership, Sentosa is dishing out new grub this month with its pop-up Interim Market @ Southside. Find locally-brewed beer, specialty coffee and food like mussels and artisanal pizza at the relaxed industrial-style food concept on Siloso Road.

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Make a reservation on Southside’s website before heading down.

Price: $$
Must-trys: 4AM Pizza 

Address: 80 Siloso Road, Singapore 098969
Opening hours: Fri 6PM-10.30PM | Sat & Sun 11.30AM-10.30PM (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays)
Telephone: 6395 6890

Interim Market @ Southside website

2. The Great Mischief –  Wes Anderson-esque cafe

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The Great Mischief is what some might call a scene out of a Wes Anderson film, with pink hues, gold accents and aesthetically pleasing symmetry. 

Previously at The Great Madras hotel, the cafe closed down two years ago and has since reopened at National Gallery with an absolutely killer interior, and a Catalan-inspired brunch menu in place of its previous tapas selection.

The Grandé ($22) and Chaffles ($20)
Image credit: @thegreatmischief, The Great Mischief

Price: $$
Must-trys: The Grandé and Chaffles

Address: #01-17 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 8721 3150

The Great Mischief website

3. Proper Slice BYGB – NY-style pizzas by the slice

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There’s no need to wage a war on whether pineapples belong on pizza at Proper Slice BYGB, started by the folks behind Lucali BYGB. Everyone gets what they want here, with large and thin-crusted New York-style pizzas sold by the slice (from $8).

Price: $
Must-trys: Pepperoni pizza and Spinach & Ricotta pizza

Address: 110 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069930
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12PM-12AM (Closed on Sundays)

Proper Slice BYGB website

4. Le Jardin – Victorian-era cafe with IG-worthy tarts

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With a gorgeous Victorian-esque interior, Fort Canning’s newest restaurant Le Jardin is perfect for those with a penchant for all things vintage. Under hanging dried flowers and chandeliers, enjoy French and European-inspired breakfast and brunch nosh.

Fig & Raspberry Tart ($12.90)
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Price: $$
Must-trys: Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($10.90), Croissant Waffle ($23.90) and Fig & Raspberry Tart 

Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9AM-3.30PM & 5.30PM-9PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8338 8281

Le Jardin Singapore website

5. The Ice Cream Bar – Alcoholic ice cream like Guinness Pistachio

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For those who can’t decide between desserts or drinks after dinner, make a beeline straight for The Ice Cream Bar. While most parlours offer an alcohol-based flavour or two at most, this store, which hails from Malaysia, has roughly half of their 16 flavours made satisfyingly boozy. Prices range from $4.90 – $6.90 for a single scoop.

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Price: $
Must-trys: Whiskey Red Velvet, Guinness Pistachio and Smoked Cognac ice cream

Address: 59 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169367
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 12.30PM-10.30AM | Fri – Sat 12.30PM-11PM
Telephone: 6980 7020

Ice Cream Bar website 

6. Chin Mee Chin – Colourful cafe with classic SG breakfast

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Bouncing back from their 2018 closure is Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, where old meets new. The brightly-coloured and retro exterior may be what draws in the crowd but comforting Singaporean breakfast sets are what’ll get folks to return.

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Price: $
Must-trys: Kaya Toast and Eggs ($3.80) and Cream Horn ($2)

Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 8AM-4PM (Closed on Mondays)

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery website

7. Gram Cafe VivoCity – Sakura trees and Kit Kat pancakes

Image credit: Gram Cafe & Pancakes 

All right, so Gram Cafe & Pancakes Singapore may not be new per se, but their outlet at VivoCity has undergone a massive facelift. Previously botanical-themed, the souffle pancake house is now revamped with neon signs, rounded archways and pastel pink trees for “sakura season” all year round – perfect for the ‘gram.

Kit Kat Premium Matcha Pancakes ($22.90)
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Beyond the usual jiggly pancakes, also dive into the limited-time Gram x Kit Kat menu, available until further notice. Savoury options like bento and pasta have also been added to the menu.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Kit Kat Chocolate Premium Pancakes ($20.90), Kit Kat Premium Matcha Pancakes, Kit Kat Matcha Frappe ($8.90)

Address: VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-110, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily

Gram Cafe & Pancakes Singapore VivoCity website

8. Mylo’s – Rustic ice cream cafe at GBTB

Retro and rustic interior
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Following the opening of a new Starbucks and Shack Shack outlet, Gardens by the Bay now welcomes Mylo’s. The new dessert stop replaces what was once Fennel Café with a cool menu comprising 23 flavours of ice cream (from $5/single, $8/double), alongside bakes, coffee and booze.

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P.S. The alfresco area is pet-friendly as well!

Price: $
Must-trys: Affogato’s ($10), Margarita Gelato and Coconut Gelato

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-01, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Wed – Thu 8AM-8PM | Fri – Sun 8AM-10PM
Telephone: 6970 8553

Mylo’s website

9. Pancake Place – Sweet and savoury pancakes in Bugis

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90s kids may remember Strictly Pancakes, which used to lure our secondary school selves in like moths to a flame. With both sweet and savoury pancakes, Muslim-owned Pancake Place has dishes reminiscent of the popular old hangout spot with picks like Grilled Tiger Prawn ($19.90) and Tiramisu ($17.90)

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Grilled Tiger Prawn Pancake ($19.90), Salmon Royale Pancake ($21.90) and Nutella Salted Pretzel ($13.90)

Address: 56 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198904
Opening hours: 12PM-3.15PM & 5PM-9.15PM, Daily
Telephone: 6518 9368

Pancake Place website

10. Analogue – Cocktail bar with an entirely plant-based menu

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Cocktails may not be the first thing you’d associate with the green movement but Analogue raises the bar for sustainability in Singapore. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy an entirely plant-based menu with dishes such as Jackfruit Tacos ($22), made with fibrous jackfruit in place of pulled pork. Cocktails are all priced at $23 each. 

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Diners will also surely do a triple take at the sight of their 3D printed wave-shaped table, made out of upcycled plastic. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Cactus cocktail, Spirulina Cocktail and Jackfruit Tacos

Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-31 Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 5PM-10.30PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8518 1882

Analogue website

11. Timbre+ Eastside – New “hipster” food court at Expo

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Sentosa may have Interim, but Easties won’t be missing out with the new Timbre+ Eastside. Joining the opening of KF1 go-kart is this sustainable food park filled with entertainment activities including a free book corner, an air-conditioned studio for fitness classes, indoor bicycle parking and a playground for kids. 

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Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, Kopifella and Gopizza are some of the popular stall tenants you can expect.

Price: $
Must-try: Gopizza and Ajiya Okonomiyaki

Address: 1 Expo Drive (Outside Hall 5), Singapore 486150
Opening hours: Varies, depending on stalls
Telephone: 9850 5769

Timbre+ Eastside website 

12. Smoking Hot Coffee – Offbeat vintage cafe & furniture shop

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Before heading to your next driving lesson at Ubi, give the three-storey-high Smoking Hot Coffee a shot. The offbeat vintage cafe-cum-furniture shop was previously located at Esplanade but moved to Ubi this month. Aside from coffee (~$6) and nosh, they’ve also currently got straw mark-making workshops to sign your kids up for.

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Sea Salt Caramel Cake and Latte

Address: 201 Ubi Avenue 4, Singapore 408804
Opening hours: Sat 11AM-8PM | Sun 12PM-8PM (Closed from Mondays to Fridays)

Smoking Hot Coffee website

13. Wolfrik’s Pizzeria – Nasi Lemak pizza at SMU

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Wolfrik’s Pizzeria stretches the definition of a pizza with fusion flavours sure to raise some brows. Among the wackiest of their creations are the 12” Nasi Lemak ($25) and Peking Duck Pizza ($29) for the adventurous foodies out there. 

Currently having their soft opening, they’re offering 20% off delivered pizzas (minimum spend $70) from now till 30th October 2021. WhatsApp 9652 9862 to order.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Nasi Lemak and Japanese Unagi Pizza ($33)

Address: 80 Stamford Road, #B1-65 School of Information Systems, Singapore 178902 (accessible to public)
Opening hours: Yet to be announced
Telephone: 9652 9862

Wolfrik’s Pizzeria website

14. Here Kitty Kitty – 1950s Shinjuku-themed speakeasy by Zouk

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Those who miss Japan can step into Zouk’s new concept bar, Here Kitty Kitty. No, it’s not associated with the adorable Sanrio character. A modern take on the red light district of the era, this speakeasy bar offers Japanese cocktails such as Highballs ($22) and bar bites from $14.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Haku Hai Cocktail ($24), Here Kitty Kitty Highball and Here Kitty Kitty Signature Maki ($28)

Address: The Cannery, 3C River Valley Road, #02-01, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Tue – Sat 6PM-11PM (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Telephone: 9489 8357

Here Kitty Kitty website

15. Evan’s Kitch – Beach Road cafe helmed by ex-hotel chef

Soft Shell Chilli Crab Spaghetti ($35)
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You could say Evan knows what’s up. Having worked at a multitude of renowned hotels and restaurants such as Raffles Hotel and The St.Regis Hotel over the last 16 years, the chef and owner of Evan’s Kitch now delivers his take on cafe fare in Singapore. No MSG here, only homemade sauces.

Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Soft Shell Chilli Crab Spaghetti, Fettuccine with North Malaysia Beef Rendang ($22) and Vegan Breakfast ($25)

Address: 371 Beach Road, #02-35 City Gate, Singapore 199597
Opening hours: Tue – Thu 8.30AM-5PM | Fri – Sun 8.30AM-6PM
Telephone: 9173 8082

Evan’s Kitch website

16. Josephine – Sunny French bistro on Amoy Street

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Joining the foodie’s paradise of Amoy street is Josephine, a French Bistro where you can find Charcoal Grilled chicken, duck and rib eye (from $18), Cold Cut Cheeseboards ($35) and an extensive wine menu. Enjoy these in their sunny shophouse, with both indoor and alfresco seating for your next date night.

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Cold Cut Cheeseboard, Burratina Spaghetti ($21) and 1910 Paris Brest ($14) – a choux pastry

Address: 97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11.45AM-2.30PM & 6PM-11PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 9642 4901

Josephine website

17. Monday Blues – Desserts served on “clouds”, open till 3AM

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Shoo away that dark cloud hanging over your head with Monday Blues, offering a sweet twist that sets itself apart from the gazillion ice cream + waffle shops out there. Their Cloudy Waffles ($14.80) come with buttermilk waffles and two scoops of ice cream served on a bed of fluffy white “clouds” made out of cotton candy. 

Cloudy Cones (from $7.80)
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16 different ice cream flavours are available!

Price: $$
Must-trys: Cloudy Waffles and Cloudy Cones

Address: 749 Geylang Road, Singapore 389655
Opening hours: 1PM-3PM, Daily
Telephone: 8201 3144

Monday Blues website

18. Revolver – Premium Indian-international grills on Tras Street

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Pulling no punches with flavour is Revolver, with spiced up grilled Indian-International fusion cuisine like Marga Lamb Chops, Stuffed Courgette Flowers and Pulled Pork and Gruyère Kulchette in their 8-course Discovery dinner. For the perfect pairings of flavours, they’ve got curated multi-course tasting menus priced $79-$199.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: 8-course Discovery ($139)

Address: 56 Tras Street, Singapore 078995
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12PM-2.30PM & 6PM-12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6223 2812

Revolver website

19. Sushi Ichizuke – Edomae-style omakase

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Zouk is pampering us with not just one but two new concepts this month. Alongside Here Kitty Kitty is Edomae-style omakase restaurant Sushi Ichizuke, helmed by Head Chef Ryoichi Nakatani from Japan, with 20 years of experience at a restaurant at the renowned Tsukiji Market. 

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Pretty uncommon in Singapore, Edomae sushi is cured before serving, so you’ll be tasting something a little different from your typical nigiri or maki. 

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Miyabi Omakase ($280)

Address: 3E River Valley Road, #02-02, The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11.30AM-2.30PM & 6PM-11PM (Closed on Mondays)

Sushi Ichizuke website

20. Glacier – Pinterest-worthy dessert house in Lavender

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Resembling a snapshot out of Pinterest or someone’s IKEA-themed home is Glacier. Much like the name suggests, ice cream is the star of the show here with 12 flavours of gelato, which you can have paired with everything from Glacier French Toast ($16) to Pandan Mochi Waffle ($8)

Babka is a Jewish sweet braided bread
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Among all the possible mixes and matches, the Genmatcha Gelato ($4), topped on a White Chocolate Babka ($3.50) is probably the best combo for fans of green tea.

Price: $
Must-trys: Glacier French Toast and Genmatcha Gelato ($4) + White Chocolate Babka ($3.50)

Address: 161 Lavender Street, #01-09, Singapore 338750
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 10AM-10PM | Fri – Sat 10AM-1AM
Telephone: 6993 5148

Glacier website

New restaurants to try in Singapore 

From exciting new eateries to the return of some local favourites, there are plenty of new restaurants and cafes to check out this October for your next treat-yo-self meal – especially if you’re already tired of all the food options near you.

For more food options, check out the past months’ new cafes and restaurants: 

Cover image adapted from: Gram Cafe & Pancakes, @angelynkam

90,000 Eight Best Healthy Lunch Places in Singapore – Unique Singapore

If you care about healthy eating, then this information is for you.

Aloha Poke (NEW!)

The institution specializes in Hawaiian salads (poke), which usually include raw ahi tuna. In addition, this cafe also offers salmon and vegetarian options, with a choice of white or brown rice, to which you can also add chia seeds, avocado or flying fish roe.And if you want to wash down your lunch with something soothing, then Aloha Poke serves several varieties of Hawaiian boutique beers.

Address: 92 Amoe St., 6348-6559

Opening hours: Mon-Sat – from 11:30 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to late evening.


Raw food is central to this hipster, industrial space. Try some interesting dishes: a plate of deconstructed sushi with avocado and miso sauce, a raw blueberry cheesecake with macadamia nuts and cashews.

Address: 24 Keong Saik Rd., 6334-8921

Working hours: Mon, Wed-Sat – from 12.00 to 23.00, Tue – from 17.30 to 23.00


This Korean bistro now offers an expanded menu with more vegetarian options such as sweet potatoes with avocado and white radish, bean sprouts, shiitake and spinach, pumpkin and tofu, enoki mushrooms, black beans and purple cabbage.

Address: 01-02 China Square, 18 Cross Street, 6536-6034

Working hours: Mon-Fri – from 11:00 to 17:00

Grain Traders (NEW!)

There are many places in the center of Singapore where you can “make your own healthy lunch,” but Grain Traders is a special place.Here, each plate offers a complete nutritional package containing grains (such as quinoa, brown rice and soba noodles), hot or cold vegetables, a choice of meat or fish protein, chopped peanuts and furikake filling, and gourmet sauces such as coconut curries and salsa verde.

Address: # 01-01 / 02/03 CapitaGreen, 138 Market St., 6348-6559

Working hours: Mon-Fri – from 8:00 to 20:00

Joe & The Juice (NEW!)

If you are on a liquid diet or just want a quick bite, the new Danish coffee and juice bar is for you.The restaurant’s menu offers a fairly wide selection: for example, a shake with strawberries, banana and vanilla milk, a signature breakfast with avocado, banana, strawberries, vanilla milk and muesli along with crispy grilled sandwiches.

Address: 01-35A Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place, 6221-2126

Working hours: Mon-Fri, from 8:00 to 20:00, Sat – from 8:00 to 15:00

Saint Pierre Market (NEW!)

Chef Emmanuel Strubent has created a gourmet grocery store that offers takeaway meals.The menu features six different types of salad (from Calais Soba to Caesar with Bacon), whole wheat tortilla rolls, French grain baguette sandwiches, casseroles and hearty soups. You can even indulge in a healthy dessert like flourless chocolate cake or gluten-free apple and Danish muffins.

Address: 02-11 Takashimaya Shopping Center, 391 Orchard Rd., 6348-6559

Working hours: daily, from 8:00 to 19:00


You will definitely feel much kinder after dinner at this bright and airy restaurant located in the quiet Espa.The establishment is staffed by Thai celebrity chef Yang Kittichai, who acts as a consulting chef and creates dishes with Thai roots using the freshest ingredients. The menu includes pork sous, Asian-style sea bass with salsa and more.

Address: 1 Espa, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-6688

Working hours: daily, from 10:00 to 22:00


This establishment is famous for preparing healthy versions of usually unhealthy dishes (rice with chicken, nasi goreng, pasta).It offers a varied menu for those who follow a particular diet: vegetarian or protein-based meals, dairy products, gluten-free and wheat-free dishes. According to many visitors, the best choices are chicken in coconut milk with brown rice, high protein pancakes with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup, and nasi goreng with brown basmati, chili and egg.

Address: # 01-01 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St., 6331-3029

Working hours: Mon-Sat – from 9:00 to 21:30, Sun – from 11:00 to 15:00

Golden Landmark Hotel 4 p.Singapore Singapore: reviews, descriptions, photos, booking

Advantages. Friends, I welcome everyone, I want to tell you about the hotel, what it really is. The hotel is located in a protected, protected area, El Gouna, beautiful but isolated. It was nice that we were met individually, with a sign and there was an individual transfer (although we did not order), minivan, not on the bus, with everyone. But this made us nervous), because no one knew where our transfer was, then they were found. Pay attention to the greeters.Upon arrival at the hotel, we were taken to a terrible room with 3 beds, well, then they turned on the indignation and gave the number the one in the picture (with access to the lagoon), remember and demand! Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is all, there is nothing more to offer .. Breakfast is monotonous, but ok Lunch à la carte, near the base, but! According to the menu, which does not change, it is as it is in the same restaurant .. food is not ice Dinners are worthy of a lot of things, but they give in small portions, I was indignant, burst with a “silver hoof”))) and now the chev’s best friend, they give as much as I say.The food is delicious Alko bodyazhny, as elsewhere. There are cocktails and beer to choose from, there are imported spirits, but they cost money if you don’t have everything included The straws sell cheap, paper ones that are unsticked Live pleasant music in the evening, no disco. When you eat outside, they grill meat, smoke. If you are indignant they ask you to move inside … and this is Movempik ?? Are you seriously? After dinner and lunch, they ask you to sign a check, if you have everything included, then the cost is 0 There are no bracelets, apparently that’s why Rooms are very nice, Maid service every day, clean and good, there are bathrobes and slippers.All accessories are there. But the air conditioner blows off the bed), the regulation does not work. I took a mosquito fumigator with me, read about it, but did not notice them Wifi is very good, no SIM card needed. I even hold a zoom conference on it. The attitude is friendly, respectful. Sellers and beggars do not walk along the beach, because this is a closed area The beach, sand, artificial, but the catch is in the sea, it is shallow, like the Azov sea, you walk 1.5 km knee-deep and only then swim, there is no panton. It is very uncomfortable.And if the tide is also not good There is sand in the sea, but I came across a sharp shell, take your slippers. But there are sea lagoons or artificial lakes, deep, you can swim Toilets and showers are only near the bar, not near the sea, which is not convenient There are several small shallow pools for children and adults, direct light version The territory is large and very beautiful, the landscape design rules, the gardener knows his job. You can go on excursions, but there will be a plus 10-20 $ due to the transfer In El Gouna, there is nowhere to go, there is a street with restaurants, people are resting, prices and cost are much higher than in Hurghada.There is light animation, a snorkeling station and a tennis court. Basically, there are only Europeans, a couple of Russians. Quiet and calm hotel, no disco. There is live music in the evenings. Relax. Young people will be bored here There is no entertainment for children, they will be bored. There are playgrounds, but that’s nothing. There are few people. Would I come back here? Yes, if they build a panton, if not, no. But, for those who like to lie by the pools,

90,000 Russians in Singapore are very suitable

Singapore is a city-state located on islands in Southeast Asia.The country is exotic, and the word “exotic” is often associated with savagery. But not in the case of Singapore.

It is an economically developed center that ranks second in the world competitiveness ranking. In Singapore, broad prospects are opening up for specialists in various fields. That is why they want to live there, they go there to study. Here’s how to avoid feeling lonely in Singapore.

“A student is never alone,” you say.Indeed, lectures, seminars, exams are constant communication with teachers and peers. But far from family and relatives, willy-nilly, even in a large company, you begin to feel lonely.

There are many reasons: a different country, a different culture, different rules of life and, most importantly, a foreign (albeit beloved) English language.

However, do not be discouraged ahead of time. Singapore is a multinational and multi-religious country with a fairly large Russian-speaking diaspora.It is very easy to find “friends” – the Russian Club has been operating in Singapore for more than five years now.

Its main function is informational. On the club’s website, you can read all the main news, as well as view the calendar of cultural events. In general, I must say that the life of Russians in Singapore is quite eventful.

They hold poetry and photo contests, sports competitions, fashion shows, open exhibitions of Russian artists and invite our musicians on tours.On the same site, you can read reviews of tourists about visiting Singapore attractions, as well as go to the forum where pressing problems and questions about life in the country are discussed.

In addition, the “Russian Club” holds all kinds of closed events for the participants. To become a member, you need to pay membership fees every month, but the amounts are symbolic – S $ 60 per year.

Another useful Russian-speaking community – Our home is Singapore.This is a forum where you can find work, housing, ask questions about your studies and just chat. In addition, the forum displays a calendar of events that may be of interest to representatives of the Russian-speaking diaspora in Singapore.

Particularly useful are the sections devoted to adaptation in the country, as well as solving some everyday issues like moving or fixing a crane.

You can talk in your native language at the Russian Language Center in Singapore.Actually, it was created for those who learn Russian as a foreign language. But, firstly, Russian-speaking teachers work there (and, indeed, they will be able to chat with you if you yearn for your native speech).

And, secondly, you can be useful to them as a native speaker. It is always useful for students to practice speaking and understanding the interlocutor. And for you, as a person who does not have many friends in the country, it would be nice to expand your circle of acquaintances. In general, just in case it is worth taking a look at the Russian Language Center.

The main religion in Singapore is Buddhism. It is practiced by 40% of the population. The country is also home to people professing Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity. Christians – only 14%, and among them there are even fewer Orthodox Christians. Nevertheless, the Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God of the Russian Orthodox Church has been opened in Singapore. The parish is small, but it leads an active life, which includes not only divine services, but also concerts of sacred music, performances for children and adults, meetings.

And, finally, for those who miss not only spiritual food, but also homemade vinaigrette, there are several cafes, restaurants and bars with Russian cuisine in Singapore. Their prices are higher than in local eateries. And the menu, in addition to dumplings, dumplings and the typical Russian salad “Mimosa”, also includes khachapuri and shashlik.

And by the way, dumplings in such restaurants are served in an Asian manner – not in a plate or pot, but on a board that looks like a sushi board.In general, it makes sense to go to Russian restaurants in Singapore only if you, well, miss the national cuisine very much. Believe me, food in local cafes, restaurants and even simple eateries will delight you much more.

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90,000 Sandwich Rules

Since the mid-1980s.The first Pret A Manger opened in London, it has become a reference point for European fast food thanks to the quality of the ingredients for the sandwiches, the employees who communicate sincerely with the visitors, the unusual design, the constant innovation in the methods of cooking. Julian Metcalfe, who founded the company with Sinclair Beecham, discussed industry standards, employee motivation, and international issues with Bruce Whitehall.

– Pret A Manger makes sandwiches in the kitchens of every establishment, but not in front of the guests.In addition, sandwiches are not prepared to order. Is this a competitive disadvantage?
– The quality of the ingredients and the speed of service are most important. If you want to prepare sandwiches in front of your visitors and at the same time in the same volume as ours, the queue will be about a mile long. You can’t make people wait even a quarter of an hour.
I hate queues, which is why we often opened sandwiches next to each other. We call this overtrading, and consumers don’t always like it.Some people think that a company that has several establishments on the same street thinks too much of itself. The more establishments you open, the better you need to be: if you do not follow what you do, these points will quickly close.
Residents of continental Europe and the United States love it when sandwiches are made in front of their eyes. I’ve encountered this a thousand times. But look what they put in sandwiches in New York or Paris. Better not to stand next to the counter and not see how disgusting ingredients are put on the bread.
– How do you feel about the concepts of “radical freshness” promoted by continental European operators such as Belgian La Place and on-site bread baking?
– We do not bake baked goods from scratch right in the establishments. Would I like to have thousands of robots making food in front of visitors in 30 seconds? Yes I want to. But this is unlikely to ever come true. It’s not good that Pret uses ready-made bread that is delivered to the eateries, I would have liked it to be warm rolls straight from the oven.But this is unreal. Do I think our sandwiches are suffering from this? If they do suffer, then very little.
– Over the past couple of years, Pret has introduced, for example, no bread sandwiches, Slim Pret single sandwiches, hot rolls and a variety of toppings. How are new products developed?
“It takes about a month to create a new sandwich or soup, which is pretty fast for this sector. It can take a large retailer like Marks & Spencer a year to launch a new product.We have ten locations where we experiment and test new ideas.
– How do you check the validity of new ideas?
– There is no special structure. We don’t spend money on market research, focus groups and the like, but just use old-fashioned common sense and our love of food and cookbooks. Our culinary group, led by a development specialist, meets at least once a week for approximately two hours. We are constantly testing new products.In addition, we hold meetings where other aspects of development are discussed. The culinary group includes several young chefs. One of them – Nick Sandler – is very well versed in cooking and is the author of a respected book on soup recipes that are very important to our menu. We invited him to cooperate, because he is the king of soups.
– How actively do you take part in such meetings?
– I try to do it all the time. If you want to make a good product, you have to be willing to adjust in order to achieve the highest quality of service.For example, at Itsu, we created a new type of take-out package that allowed us to include organic large leaf tea on the menu. And at Pret, we recently started offering a range of hot sandwiches, where thin breads are filled with food fresh from the kitchen. This is a completely new cooking and serving system that took two years to develop. We expect Pret worldwide to start using it in April 2007. So far, our main hot dishes have been soup and several types of pastries.
– The advertisements and packaging of your products say a lot about how you select the ingredients. How would you formulate your principles in this regard?
– Today, the biggest problem in the field of food is the tricks of scientists. This is why there are so many obese people. People simply do not know what kind of rubbish they are absorbing, because the manufacturer hides it. Therefore, we carefully select farm products and always monitor how they are grown.
– What is your organic food policy?
– We use organic milk and some other organic ingredients, but we don’t trumpet the whole world about it.It is much more important for us to promote products without additives or preservatives. Good ingredients are the hardest to find in America. At first it seemed to us that it was almost impossible to find a supplier of chicken, turkey and ham that was not packed with antibiotics and additives. It took three years to establish relations with the farmers, only after that they began to supply us with the necessary ingredients.

Recruitment and Training
“Interesting food at a reasonable price is Pret’s main attraction, but many would add quality service and helpful staff.Some people think that people are more willing to go to work for you, because your establishments are reputed to be fashionable.
– No, actually people don’t think Pret is more interesting company than others. If you are calm, proud, and enjoy your work, you are considered a positive person. And a depressed person who does not like what he does is perceived as boring. Most competitors have an atmosphere of boredom because employees are not proud of what they do.
We use knowledge of psychology.When a manager yells at everyone or only thinks about increasing revenue, this mood is quickly conveyed to the staff. Motivation is always remembered in Pret a Manger, because we have to deal with human emotions. Of course, with sandwiches and baguettes too, but if you learn to understand the employees, then everything else will fall into place. Nobody comes to the company to do bad work. The challenge is for the staff to be proud of their work and professional. And there are no special systems for achieving this goal.If you over-structure your work, things fall apart.
– What is your staff turnover rate?
– Too high, but much lower than that of competitors – probably by half. I think we manage to hire positive-minded people. Last year, more than 42 thousand people wanted to work with us, but we had to refuse them. All new hires at Pret must go through a vote after their first day of work; the rest decide whether they enjoy working with the new hire.We do not want only the manager to hire people for restaurants. But at the same time, new employees also have to go through an interview with a hiring specialist, which can and fail due to insufficient knowledge of English or, for example, bad character.
– How are the staff trained?
– It takes up to three days to start working with us. First of all, it is clarified the ability of a person to communicate with people, because the employee must join the team. All restaurant employees take part in the preparation of the sandwiches.You can teach how to make sandwiches in a day. Our task is to maintain a high level of quality, for which we use various tools – test purchases, etc. The most difficult thing, as we understand it, is to find people who want to be proud of their work and achieve professionalism.
If a person is undisciplined and does not want to change anything, I will do everything so that he does not work for us anymore, but goes to a competitor. At Pret, they pay a lot of attention to character and discipline. We do not pretend that it is very difficult to properly spread butter on bread.
“Pret’s growth is linked to a system of dividing the company into divisions, consisting of ten points, each of which is led by an operations manager, who is called a business mentor, and a human resources manager. Has this practice been preserved?
– Yes. They should be involved in the establishments where employees or clients need them most. Perhaps one of the managers urgently needs help, is going through difficult times in relations with his subordinates. At a particular moment, I have no idea where each of our operational managers is located, but I have no doubt that they are doing their job: I trust them.
Again, we work with human emotions. If a person does not burn with his work, then why should he even go to the workplace? Selling the highest quality products should motivate people. They have a lot to resolve and treat them like people. I am not particularly inspired by big profits, I never look at reports with indicators, well, maybe once a month for half an hour. Working for a handful of numbers on a piece of paper – what could be more tragic and boring? How can you motivate someone with this?
Besides Pret, you created the Itsu concept.How did you come to this?
– This is a separate business with a different management structure, using a separate procurement system. It was a very important task for me – how to climb Everest.
Itsu has a style of menu and food that I really love. In Japan, people are much more attentive to what they eat. Each outlet independently prepares and sells fresh sushi, sashimi, salads, soups, snacks, desserts and green tea. It has a completely different culture and discipline than Pret A Manger.At one time we sold sushi at Pret, but Pret in Piccadilly sold 12 servings a day, while Itsu, located on the same street, had 400 sushi trays plus many other dishes that combine rice, seafood and vegetables. About a quarter of Itsu’s sales are sushi. Each point is equipped with sushi machines worth 70 thousand pounds. So this network is different from Pret, although both companies share the same values, for example, the staff should take pride in serving their customers.And like Pret, Itsu is constantly developing new products.
Now in London there are 12 restaurants under this brand, three of them with kaitens (conveyors), but we no longer open points of this type. Now we have focused on establishments where the service takes place through the counter. They can be called health food stores with tables and delivery.

Pret A Manger
Founded in London in 1985 by Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham. Beecham is still a shareholder in Pret, but is not actively involved in the company’s operations.In 2006, he moved into boutique hotels, opening the Hoxton Hotel near the City of London.
Branches (at the end of 2006): UK – 150, New York – 10, Hong Kong – 9, Singapore – 1.
In Britain, the brands Pret A Manger (selling sandwiches to take-out from refrigerated counter shelves; usually hard seating in establishments) and Pret Cafes (with soft seating and seating areas) operate.
Area: from 50 to 600 sq. m (on average 150 sq. m).
Total Revenue: £ 190m (UK £ 175m; Overseas £ 15m)

Founded by Julian Metcalfe in 1997, it is a separate business with a different management structure from Pret A Manger.
Branches: 9 sell to-go (with places for food on the premises), 3 restaurants are equipped with kaitens, they have a more extensive menu. All UK offices are located in London. One branch operates under a franchise in New York.
Menu: sushi, sashimi, rolls, salads, soups, desserts and green tea.
Annual sales: £ 20 million.

Competition Issues
– How do you feel about expanding through a franchise?
“Pret doesn’t do that. We could expand quickly through franchising, but my limited experience shows that such methods are built on money and greed. Neither me, nor my clients, nor suppliers are interested in this. I just don’t want to do this. Less is better.
– What is your pricing policy?
– There is no special system.We take into account the profit margin and the complexity of the preparation of the dish. But the main approach is that we do not want to rip off the consumer, because otherwise he will not return. So everything is simple. Each time we set a price, we try to make it as low as possible, not as high as possible. You will never hear from any of our employees: how much can we help out from this dish? We are primarily interested in what and how we can sell. This is the expression we are using.
– How much has the competitive landscape changed since the first Pret outlet opened?
– Much complicated.Once we were the only seller of sandwiches in Piccadilly, now there are 12 of them, but our turnover has grown by 30%. New competitors are constantly appearing, but many pump too large sums into their enterprise, suffer losses and leave, but we stay.
– Who are Pret’s main clients?
– We do not have a main consumer group. We target everyone who eats. But I want to serve people who value food that is above average and love to be served by employees who clearly enjoy their work.Of course, customers are looking for other locations as well. If you visit us every day, the costs will be £ 20-30 per week, so it should come as no surprise that they are looking for an alternative. But they always come back.
Can you say Pret underestimated the impact of coffee shops when they started to appear in London in the mid-1990s?
– Yes, we reacted rather late to this, probably because we always considered Pret A Manger the place where people eat first of all. Food is what I enjoy doing the most.If I were a more experienced businessman, I would have responded more quickly to the Starbucks attack, which takes on the atmosphere and concept of a “third place” where people gather to socialize outside of work and home. I didn’t do it, but now we have corrected. Take a look at our new branches and you will see that they are softer and more comfortable.
I think Starbucks has been incredibly brave in realizing and adapting to a fundamental change in society. In general, they do business better than others.If I want to have a coffee, I go to Starbucks, and not to one of the branches of major British chains that can be found on the city’s main streets.
– What have you done to meet the “third place” concept?
“Many of Pret’s first locations in London are metal-clad and take-away. Although we still have metal design elements, softer elements in the furniture and walls have made our restaurants more attractive for those who like to sit in them late in the morning.The atmosphere during the hours when there are few customers has changed significantly, and this has allowed us to equalize the number of guests throughout the day.
– How easily do affiliates adapt to the new, softer design?
– As it turned out, we switch pretty quickly. This is a big change for customers, but not for us. But in fact, the attitude to food is much more important than to the external appearance of the institution. Anyone can repaint the ceiling. Maison Blanc in London’s Piccadilly Circus was a beautiful place, but it’s still closed and a lot of money wasted.The heart of the business is most important: how the food is served, how it is prepared, how it tastes.
– Pret establishments can be found in the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. Are you going to expand to mainland Europe?
– Yes, we think about it a lot. I go there all the time. I love this part of Europe, but you cannot embrace the immensity. Will our branches be able to work in some cities of France? Yes. In Spain? Too. In Germany? Yes. In Italy? Probably not.
– What happened to Pret in Japan?
– We had a joint venture with a large Japanese firm.The Japanese considered Pret A Manger to be the best project in the world that would be loved by all of Japan. I remember thinking back then: it might not work, but I must try. I didn’t risk my employees or company money. About four years ago, the financial crisis broke out in Japan and our partners had to close all points. It’s a shame because people have lost their jobs. But it was a good lesson, and although we have no plans for the near future, we are open to expansion abroad.
– How did you end up in Hong Kong?
“This is a huge, concentrated market with thousands of office workers – just like the City of London, where Pret has had great success.Our then CEO Andrew Rolf was eager to open up there. Setting up a branch in Hong Kong became a very interesting task: we did not have a local partner, so we had to go through all the initial stages on our own.
Did the sale of the 30% stake in McDonald’s contribute to Pret’s international development?
– Without this, we would not have been able to develop our network in Hong Kong. They helped us with builders, lawyers, realtors and other professionals. We have developed a great relationship.We only saw each other six times a year, and they did not interfere. This company is a minority shareholder, so we do not feel pressure from it. Why did they buy our shares? The late Jim Cantalupo, who was the president of this company, loved Pret and recommended McDonald’s to buy our shares (and not only ours, but other brands in the food service).
We went for it because, along with Sinclair, we have always admired the business discipline and structure of McDonald’s. It was difficult for us to open every new branch, so we decided that we could learn a lot from the company, which has 30 thousand.eateries. Have we learned something? Yes, but the main lesson is that our formula is different from theirs. Therefore, we did not borrow much. If you want to learn how to clean your hamburger rack, go to McDonald’s. Unfortunately we don’t have hamburger grills. Did we help McDonald’s? I doubt. We, like them, are engaged in fast food, and we can say that they began to serve fruits and salads under our influence. But for this it was not necessary to buy our shares – it was enough to observe.

Personal view
– Which food service company do you admire the most?
– Modern UK restaurant chains include Wagamama, Pizza Express and Gourmet Burger Kitchen. These are great companies. Of those firms that are closest to our market segment, I love Le Pain Quotidien – Belgian pastry shops with large communal tables. They have great food and atmosphere. I think Leon should also be mentioned. If I lived or worked in front of the Leon branch, I would be constantly tempted: I do not know of another such nice company.
– What do you think about the food service industry?
I think Pret is a lot closer to retail. Restaurants differ from ours not only in terms of service, but also in their attitude to alcohol. Pubs, with rare exceptions, have not come up with anything new over the past 40 years, especially those located on the crowded streets of central London. All over the world, people come to coffee bars to mingle, and pubs are often gloomy places that have remained unchanged in design since the 1920s. They just watched the coffee bars open and did nothing to change – amazing.I don’t want to offend all the experts in this field, but it’s amazing to see companies that own 4,000 pubs and do nothing with them.
The food service industry as a whole lags behind other industries. She’s pretty sleepy. And while there are outstanding independent companies, they are losing their passion as they become networked. Often after five branches, they become terrible. And many are just copying. I guess networks like EAT never had a good idea. Even if their branches are located next to ours, our turnover is three to four times higher.
– What people do you especially value and respect?
– The list is almost endless. I respect people who constantly think about their work, no matter what they do – paint, compose or invent. I admire people who are willing to suffer for their work. I know how difficult it is to work in a food service, which is why I admire many people, such as Terence Conran, who contributed a lot to the design. And also people who have achieved success, such as Jamie Oliver or Oliver Peyton.
– You have been working in a food service almost from the very beginning of your career. What attracted you to it?
– People eat three times a day, so the food service attracted me very much. But I didn’t know how difficult it is to work in this industry. The obstacles to starting a business here are minor, but that is why the work is difficult: any son of a bitch can open a restaurant, so you need to be better than him.
– The impression was that in the early 2000s. you’ve lost interest in Pret. What happened?
– I decided to take a break for a couple of years and left the day-to-day leadership, handing it over to professional management to see what would come of it.But they didn’t run Pret the way I wanted, so I went back and took over the reins again.
– And if you didn’t go to a food service, what would you do?
– I have no idea, but I think whatever I was doing, I would like it much less. If I went into the furniture business or opened an airline, I think I would get tired less. Starting an air travel business is more difficult, but when you have planes it’s easier. And before the first Pret A Manger went to zero and began to bring in money, it took four years of hard work.

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