All about food…
Singapore is heaven on earth when it comes to food choices. Being a multi-cultural country, The Little Red Dot boasts a variety of cuisine: Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian, European, other Asian cuisines, and of course, Western. At the end of each month (ahem,pay day), I made sure I treat myself to somewhere awesome and yummy besides Jollibee at Lucky Plaza.
Below are my top 13 restaurants, cafes, hawker centres, lounges, and what not!
Must try: Laksa, Chili Crab, Cereal Prawns, Chicken Wings, Nasi Briyani, Roti Prata, Satay with Bee Hoon, celebrity restaurants
- Jumbo Seafood
Chili Crab? Yes? Never ever depart the country without eating the signature dish and the best restaurant to offer this is none other than Jumbo Restaurant. Reservation is recommended because day or night, the restaurants are always full.
How to go here: There are a lot of outlets and I find Clarke Quay the most accessible one. There are two- Gallery and Riverside. We chose the Gallery. Alight at Clarke Quay Station (Purple/NE Line) Exit F. Cross the street and walk towards Upper Circular Road Riverwalk Apartments.
- Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
Dumplings and al fresco dining starting at 7pm till 6am! This well-known supper haunt was the perfect fix to any homesickness! Mee Suah Kueh and salted egg custard bun, oh yes please!
How to go here: Alight at Farrer Park (Purple/NE Line) and walk towards Mustafa Centre. Turn Left at Jalan Besar and walk until you find the restaurant on the right.
Surprised to see this on my list? Wait until you try their Swedish meatballs and chicken wings! Ever since I have set foot on this island, I have always been an IKEA baby. Every DIY furniture I had in my flat was from this store and their restaurant was equally amazing. I can never say no to their chicken wings!
- Strangers’ Reunion
I am no coffee drinker, but the cafe latte plus thinly crust and crispy buttermilk waffles from Strangers’ Reunion changed my mind. This is one of the best waffle places in SG!
Alight at Outram Park Station (EW Green or NE Purple Line) Exit F and walk towards Kampong Bahru Road. The specialty store is house number 35.
- Marina Bay Sands
Book a room in MBS and you’ll have access to their skypark and pool. See the scenic beauty of the city from the top while taking a dip in the infinity pool of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Plus, the celebrity restaurants like Mozza (Both Osteria and Pizzeria are so good! Burrata Cheese from the Pizzeria, though.), Cut by Wolfgang Puck, DB Bistro and Oyster Bar, Waku Ghin etc. are here!
Grab the chance to also watch a theater play at the Mastercard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands! I was lucky to have watched Beauty and the Beast Broadway Musical.
Note: Please do grab some Devilish Wings in Mozza Pizzeria and the seafood platter at DB Bistro!
Grab a drink or two at the highest bar in Singapore. Celebrated my last birthday in SG here! Entrance fee of S$60 with a free drink is not so bad anymore. Wait till you see the breathtaking view of this Fine City!
- Tiong Bahru / Eng Hoon Street/ Yong Siak Street
I used to live in Eng Hoon Street for a year & a half and had an awesome time searching for places to eat! The fact that Tiong Bahru Bakery was right below my flat and Yong Siak Street was few minutes walk away, I gave in to temptation of pastries, pizza, books, cupcakes and lots of heavenly-made shophouses. After a visit here, I was usually refreshed and soulfully delighted.
Must visit: Books Actually, Forty Hands, Plain Vanilla, Wood in the Books (for the children at heart), Strangelets, Open Door Policy, PS. Cafe, Two Face Pizza and Taproom, The Orange Thimble, Tiong Bahru Market (quick fix of duck rice or chicken rice)
Don’t forget to squish and feel “geram” when you see Bob- cat in the neighbourhood of Eng Hoon.
This is one of the coolest cafes I have ever visited in Singapore. Aside from a huge collection of two wheelers, they offer daily grub and coffee drinks.
How to go here: Take the train going to Toa Payoh, board Bus 145 at the interchange, alight at the 5th stop where you will see the Shaw Plaza, and walk along Lorong Ampas. The industrial, chic bicycle warehouse is at house number 28.
- Wild Honey at Mandarin Gallery (Orchard Road)
Breakfast all-day everyday, anyone?
- The Little Prince Creamery
Apart from having one of the best waffles in town, The Little Prince Creamery’s interior is like walking inside the book. Every detail was on point and the best part is that the food was fantastic, too! This was probably my favourite cafe in SG. I love how the cafe was telling a story and how you can just take refuge with a book or a friend. It may be a bit hard to search for the cafe, but I promise you, it will be worth it.
How to go here: Take the train going to Toa Payoh MRT (Red/NS Line) and board the Bus235 and alight at Blk 75 Lor 5 hawker centre. You will see Blk48 across. The cafe is at Lor 6 Toa Payoh Blk 47 #01-134 Singapore 310047
- The Providore at Mandarin Gallery
I find this restaurant a perfect brunch place with friends. This is by far the best restaurant to offer Croque Madamme in Singapore and their Caramel Pecan was to die for!
How to go here: Alight at Somerset MRT Station (Red/NS Line) and walk towards Mandarin Gallery. Take the escalator going up the mall. The Providore is on your right when you enter the mall door.
Chicken will always be the best comfort food and Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken was grilled to succulent perfection. Mild spicy was the best, I reckon. The incredible sauce added flavours to an already marinated chicken. Two- thumbs up!
How to go here: There are a lot of Nando’s branches, but I always go to their Bugis branch. Alight at Bugis MRT Station (Green/EW Line) Exit C and go up to Bugis Junction Mall. The restaurant is on the 1st floor number 85.
- Lau Pa Sat
Satay, laksa, rice roll, and everything delicious is here.
How to go here: Alight at Raffles Place (Red/NS Line) Exit I and walk along the long tunnel. Follow the signs and walk across Cross Street and you will see the big dome where the market is.
* All photos were taken using iPhone 4s, 5s, and Fujifilm X20.