Embark on a gastronomic journey around Singapore, starting with the 10 restaurants below that boast some of the best dining experiences in the city.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a culinary exploration in Singapore. This is a country that prides itself on the astounding variety of cuisine it offers on its tiny shores, from local Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisine to international fare at a world-class level.
Modern French cuisine is the draw at Gunther’s restaurant. Tucked away in a corner of Purvis Street, this classy establishment is one of the best European restaurants in Singapore for light and innovative French dishes. Helmed by Belgian chef Gunther Hubrechsen, all-round mastery in the culinary arts ensures that dining here is an exquisite experience. Their signature dish, cold angel hair pasta crowned with Oscietra caviar and truffle oil, is the best proof.
Wild Rocket coined the cooking style Mod Sin (modern Singapore), which essentially means that your typical Singaporean dishes get a contemporary makeover. The modest tau yew bah (soy sauce pork) is paired with the Italian tube pasta, both of them ingeniously fused into a ragout cannelloni with soy cured yolk. The hawker favourite, bak chor mee (minced meat noddles), gets a new twist here with tuna belly mince (instead of pork mince) and glass noodles negitoro. Sounds enticing? Mark this place down on your culinary map.
Many diners who visit The Naked Finn speak fondly of their lobster rolls. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the seafood restaurant (located at the Gillman Barracks contemporary arts cluster) offers dishes that are so fresh they require little adornment. Many of the dishes here are prepared with a light touch: The littleneck clams for example, which are almost raw, have their flavour teased out with just fried shallots and flavoured oil.
Housed in the industrial Ture Building in Kallang, Kilo Kallang is a modern and edgy restaurant surrounded by lush greenery. Come November, the restaurant will move to the more upscale Tanjong Pagar neighbourhood with a brand new brunch menu, but still retain many of its current Asian fusion delights. Their eclectic menu scores with different influences from Japanese, Korean, Singaporean and even Mexican cuisine. Try their Oolong tea jelly and crunchy chickpeas topped with salmon roe or Korean beef tartare — your tastebuds will thank you. Please note that Kilo Kallang will close its doors on September 30 to make way for a new opening in Duxton. Look out for more details on their website.
Located in Plaza Singapura, Lokkee is essentially a Chinese restaurant — but you will feel more at home here if you are used to the Chinese food served in Western cities. The dishes here are similar to Chinese takeout, but also huge on innovation. For example, the fiery hot Firecracker Chicken Nest is reminiscent of the well-known Chinese classic Kung Pao Chicken, but comes with mango puree to neutralise the fire going into your belly.
Top-notch Japanese restaurant Shinji by Kanesaka is the place to go when you want a fancy and high-quality meal. Their omakase (a surprise menu put together by the chef) is a diner’s delight, usually comprised of an appetiser, sashimi, sushi, cooked seafood dishes, soup, dessert and fruit.
If you are a person who prizes quality, this quiet and intimate Japanese restaurant offers the best of Kyoto’s cuisine here in Singapore. Its impeccable setting aside, the food and sake here are to die for; but be prepared to spend no less than 200 SGD (about 145 USD).
A long-standing fine-dining restaurant in Singapore, Iggy’s still delivers on its promise of creative and comforting food for diners. Every dish is prepared with seasonal Japanese ingredients, modern European techniques and locally-inspired touches — making a meal at this elegant restaurant a cosmopolitan experience.
Housed in Singapore’s National Gallery, Odette is very much a work of art. The pastel-coloured dining room is decorated with original artworks on its walls, making it the perfect place to savour French chef Julien Royer’s refined dishes. Diners can expect tantalising treats such as Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg and Foie Gras “Comme Un Pho”.
Cosy and intimate, Nouri presents the perfect setting for people of all cultures to meet and enjoy food. Its self-proclaimed “crossroads cooking” style takes inspiration from food all around the world, inviting you to taste exotic flavours that are sweetly familiar. For example, its signature acarajé and vatapá dish attests to chef Ivan Brehm’s Brazilian heritage, but you will also taste the flavours of Indian, Thai and Singaporean cooking in this exceptional dish.