One of Singapore’s more high-end districts, Bukit Timah is well known for its diversity of cuisine, with many American and European style restaurants filling the streets. We explore the best places to eat in Bukit Timah.
Located near Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar serves some of the best burgers in the nation. With its casual bar setting, the establishment is warm and atmospheric. The aroma of freshly baked bread mingles with the smell of beer and cider in the air. Try their Guinness Stout bread. This is infused with beer to give it a light and malty taste, truly integrating a bakery and a bar. Other than burgers, the restaurant also serves pasta, salad and fries. A selection of beers, ciders and cocktails at the bar is available at a reasonable price.
Owned by Italian chef Gabriel Fratini, this Italian restaurant is special in that it has no menu. Once you are seated, you will be asked about any dietary preferences or restrictions. Your meal will then be prepared based on these and the fresh ingredients available that day. The experienced chef is excellent at catering to specific tastes, so don’t worry – entrust your meal to him. You will be rewarded with one of the best fine dining experiences in the city.
Rise & Grind, Bukit Timah Plaza | Photo Courtesy of Rise and Grind Coffee Co.
Looking for a delicious breakfast to kickstart your day, or a laid-back brunch late in the morning? Rise and Grind Coffee Co is the perfect place. This cafe is locally renowned for its brunch foods, as it offers a breakfast and brunch menu until 3pm. Try the Hangover Cure set to get rid of that headache with a hearty meal of bacon, sausages, eggs and toast. Like its name suggests, Rise and Grind Co has delicious, aromatic coffee that is sure to make you enjoy starting the day. The joint also serves lunch and dinner fare, such as pasta and burgers. It also has a great craft beer menu, so be sure to check that out.
Experience fine dining while surrounded by nature in Singapore’s greenest district. Corner House is located within Singapore’s beautiful Botanic Gardens. The restaurant is housed in a colonial style building, renovated to have glass-panelled walls that look out over the botanic gardens. An innovative mix of international cuisine is served here, with an emphasis on the fusion of Asian and western culinary styles and ingredients.
Want to be even closer to nature while you enjoy your meal? Riders Cafe is situated next to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. You can see horses from inside the colonial style building, making the modern metropolis seem decades away. This establishment is a local favorite for weekend brunch. It serves not only the usual bacon and eggs and toast, but also locally flavored combinations like the soft-shell crab Benedict with poached eggs. Due to its popularity, Riders Cafe can get quite full, especially on weekends and holidays. So, book ahead to ensure you have a table.
True to Singapore’s street food tradition, Bukit Timah Hawker Center offers many of the nation’s most iconic and inexpensive dishes. With more than 150 stalls to choose from, selecting items can be daunting. The Fishball noodles and laksa noodles are must-try items at any Singaporean hawker center. The Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice cake strips) is a local favorite. As many dishes are more suitable for sharing, go with a group so that you can try different things. This hawker center is one of the best places to brush shoulders with locals and experience the city’s vibrant street food culture.
This place is located right next to the botanic gardens. So, you can have a relaxed meal in close proximity to nature at Bar Bar Black Sheep. This successful restaurant and bar has a wide outdoor dining area, making the most of the lush natural greenery in Bukit Timah. Though it can get hot during the day, so it may be more suitable for dinner. The joint offers a wide range of cuisines, including American, Indian, Thai, as well as local dishes. The bar serves a delicious selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, giving the dining area a relaxed al-fresco vibe.
Spruce Firestation, Singapore | Night in the bar / Pixabay
This ambient restaurant is situated in the colonial style building of the old Upper Bukit Timah Fire Station. With its modernized industrial interior of woods and metals, warm lighting, and delicious homely American food, Spruce gives a relaxed and buzzy atmosphere. The establishment has floor-to-ceiling glass windows. This creates the sense that you are dining in the natural beauty of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The bar serves excellent beers and cocktails, making it a great venue for chilling out with friends.
Situated just down the road from Bukit Timah Nature Park, Stirling is a grill and bar that offers Western cuisine and after-dinner drinks in an ambient environment. The joint serves classics such as steaks and burgers at a very reasonable price. Their bar is stocked with a wide range of wines, beers, and cocktails, as well as their award-winning innovative craft beers. No bar venue is complete without some live music; local musicians often perform at the venue, adding to the lively atmosphere.
Visit this little-known diner at any of the three “feeding times” throughout the day for different set menus. From the “Krusty Krab” Benedict on the brunch menu to the XXX Baconator available at lunch and dinner, Little Diner is sure to delight you. Their creatively named twists to classic American comfort food are top notch. A departure from the many hipster cafes that are all the rage these days, this place is a rare local find that has an ambience and taste all on its own.