The hawker center
Newton Circus in Novena has become one of the main places to take guests from out of town who are visiting Singapore for the first time. Its popularity comes from the sheer size of the hawker, as well as the characters that populate it. But sometimes, you just don’t feel like eating in a hawker center whether this is because you would prefer to eat with metal cutlery or the equatorial temperature has piqued your need for air conditioning. The good news is that Novena, with its prime location right outside the Orchard shopping belt
, has many great restaurants. Here are a few of our favorites.
Skyve Wine Bistro
Restaurant, European, Fusion, Japanese, $$$
Skyve Wine Bistro
is popular for its casual atmosphere and modern take on European fusion fare, while being one of few places on the island that has reasonably priced wines. The restaurant itself has bright and modern décor, as well as a small alfresco area which makes it the perfect place for a romantic date or casual business meeting. Besides Japanese-influenced dishes like the Sleeping Oysters featuring sea urchin, be sure to peruse their bar snacks menu which features pizza slabs and mini burgers. During their daily happy hour from 4PM-7PM, you can get glasses of selected wine for just $7.
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
Courtesy of Nickeldime Drafthouse
Don’t let the name put you off if you’re after a meal; although Nickeldime Drafthouse is clearly a bar, they also serve excellent food. Everything is cooked fresh on site, and different daily specials keep Nickeldime Drafthouse
as affordable as it is delicious. Visit them on Mondays before 6PM to enjoy buy one get one free on their beer-infused pizzas, an in-house special where the pizza dough is made with beer. Besides excellent food, Nickeldime Drafthouse also has a rotating selection of craft beers on tap and a bottle shop that will impress even the most particular beer aficionados.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Saigon Alley is located next door to Nickeldime Drafthouse and under the same Hidden Door Concepts team. Opened earlier this year, the menu at Saigon Alley
features traditional Vietnamese food with a modern twist. This can be seen with dishes such as their signature pho garnished with spicy Australian beef. Complement your meal with a refreshing iced coffee with condensed milk, or one of Saigon Alley’s custom made Saigon sangrias in exotic flavors such as Alley (candy orange, gin, yuzu, red wine) and Lychee (marinated lychees, Barcardi, liquor and white wine).
Bistro, Bakery, French, $$$
is a bakery, wine shop and French café all rolled into one – so basically, you never need to leave. From the bistro kitchen, they serve up an all-day menu with breakfast classics like eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine and even traditional English and American breakfasts. At lunchtime, the menu moves into soups – including the classic French onion soup, salads and sandwiches. Be sure to keep room for dessert, because the cake counter at Kitchenette has all your favorites from espresso tiramisu and red velvet to locally-inspired creations like calamansi coconut. Pair your meal with any of the bottles from the wine shop, served without any corkage fee.
Bistro, North American, Thai, Indian, Japanese, $$$
Pigsfly Kitchen + Bar is the place to go for a casual atmosphere when you are with a large group of people who all want different types of food. They have an adapted food court layout, where six independent kitchens serve up food from all over the world, including Japanese, North Indian, American and more. By having separated kitchens, they avoid the pitfall of one group of kitchen staff trying to make too many different dishes. Pigsfly
is another good place for beer lovers, with a collection of 50 different craft beers.