From a wildly successful American steakhouse to an endangered hawker stall, here is Culture Trip’s guide to the 10 best Michelin-starred hawker stalls and restaurants in Singapore that deserve to be visited.
Perched atop Swissôtel The Stamford, JAAN is a one-Michelin-star establishment on every epicurean’s checklist. The fancy 40-seater restaurant boasts an aerial view of Singapore’s cityscape and serves contemporary British creations by Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway. Notable dishes include Potato Soup with Black Truffle Bouillon and an unconventional take on the classic Fish and Chips. Prices are steep and reservations are mandatory – unsurprising, given its global awards. Bear in mind that a smart-elegant dress code applies for JAAN.
Celebrity restaurant Cut by Wolfgang Puck is located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The luxurious steakhouse serves high-quality steaks sourced from Australia, Japan and the United States of America. Impress your date with Cut’s 170-gram Japanese Wagyu Kyushu Filet Mignon from the Miyazaki Prefecture or the 340-gram USDA Prime New York Sirloin (aged 21 days). Pair the chosen scrumptious steak with Argentinan Chimichurri sauce and complete your meal with a glass of red wine. Cut’s extensive wine list features over 650 labels!
Renowned for its modern Singaporean dining experience, fine dining restaurant Labyrinth has been awarded a coveted Michelin star for its inventive cuisine. It is the first mod-Sin restaurant to ever be given such a prestigious accolade. Labyrinth’s menu is full of lovely surprises and diners can expect local Singaporean classics with a creative twist such as ‘Nasi Lemak’ Cheong Fun and ‘Ang Moh’ Chicken Rice in bite-sized portions. These never-before-seen edible inventions are the brainchild of self-taught Singaporean chef Han Li Guang.
Situated in National Gallery Singapore, Odette is an upscale French restaurant that received two esteemed Michelin stars. In addition, Odette has also broken into the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants – a feat that many can only dream of. However, foodies in the know are not surprised at all. Odette was set up for success since its inception – it is, after all, a collaboration between former JAAN chef Julien Royer and respected restaurant group The Lo & Behold.
Sitting in the beautiful CHIJMES national monument is Whitegrass Restaurant, a modern Australian fine dining establishment that has successfully retained its Michelin star for two consecutive years. The stunning restaurant is decked out in pastel hues and whimsical wall murals, and can accommodate 70 seated guests. Australian chef-owner Sam Aisbett changes the menu frequently, so patrons can always look forward to new, imaginative gourmet creations.
Long before Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle was awarded a Michelin star, Singaporeans were already braving abominably long queues for this bak chor mee eatery. The eatery has been awarded a Michelin star for the third consecutive year, and visitors can now expect to wait more than an hour. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle has been in operation since the 1930s and is famous for its Teochew-style minced pork noodles. Springy noodles are tossed in black vinegar mixed sauce and served with lean pork, pork liver, minced pork and crunchy fried fish.
Family-run Kok Sen is a no-frills coffee shop specialising in tze char dishes. The Hokkien terminology ‘tze char’ refers to a selection of affordable home-cooked dishes. The Chinese eatery has been around for nearly half a century and is patronised by people from all walks of life. Indulge in a plethora of tze char delicacies such as prawn hor fun, sliced fish noodles and claypot yong tau foo. Prices are kept affordable at Kok Sen despite it being a Michelin Guide restaurant.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
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Thanks to its status as being the cheapest Michelin-starred meal on earth, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle is now world-famous. Overcome the snaking queue and you’ll get to relish impossibly tender chicken meat wrapped in roasted, crispy skin. Juicy and delicious, it hits the spot! The signature soy sauce chicken rice costs only two Singapore Dollars – totally worth the wait.
In 1969, Song Fa Bak Ku Teh was a simple roadside vendor along Johor Road. Today, the bak ku teh eatery is a celebrated restaurant with many accolades under its name. Mouthwatering, fall-off-the-bone, succulent pork ribs are served in the tastiest peppery pork broth. The best part? The hearty soup is free flowing! Bak ku teh is not the only dish served here. The eatery also serves excellent braised pork knuckle, fried dough sticks and preserved vegetables.
Of all places featured in this guide, Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee is the Michelin-rated eatery you should visit as soon as possible. The chef-owner, Toh Seng Wang, has no successors because his children have no interest in his tough hawker business. The white-haired elderly man wears a pair of goggles and skilfully cooks aromatic Hokkien prawn mee in his huge wok. Yellow noodles and bee hoon are served with fresh prawns and homemade sambal chilli – it is hands down the best Hokkien prawn mee in Singapore.