Food and drink
From streetside hawker fare to Michelin-starred meals, explore Singapore through your taste buds
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Food & Drink
Acquaint yourself with Mod-Sin cuisine
Acquaint yourself with Mod-Sin cuisine at Wild Rocket, owned by much celebrated local chef Willin Low. The well-travelled man has an imaginative menu, fusing Singaporean flavours with modern cooking techniques, as seen in the salted egg yolk crab meat ball, a dish inspired by the popular local dish of salted egg yolk crabs. Splash out on a full culinary journey with his omakase dinner set, or head here for the three-course set lunch, which sees dishes like rice bowls topped with rendang.Set lunch $30; Omakase $118 (subject to change).
Kick back with Michelin-starred tapas
Kick back with Michelin-starred tapas at Esquina, a local venture with British chef Jason Atherton, who is gaining such a reputation that he’s becoming known less as Gordon Ramsay’s protégé and more as the Michelin-starred chef behind restaurants such as London’s Pollen Street Social. The food at this narrow space, overseen by executive chef Andrew Walsh, is an interesting interplay of classic and playful – highlights include a pull-apart ox cheek oloroso, which is braised in sherry for eight hours and served with creamy mash, capers, crispy bacon and bone-marrow crumbs. The wine list is chosen well, with some good sherries and a range of Spanish beers.Dishes from $5.
Chow down on late-night dim sum
Round-the-clock dim sum dive Swee Choon Tim Sum doesn’t get started until the evening, but it keeps its doors open right up to 6am the next morning – perfect for jetlagged dinner bellies or night owls. Over-the-counter treats for on-the-run basics include char siew pau, siew mai and yam fritters ($1-$3.50).
Argue about chicken rice
Arguably Singapore’s national dish, there are as many places to find it as there are ways to eat it. Maxwell Food Centre has several different chicken rice stalls, including the celebrity approved Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Stall 10), which has been visited by celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain (for his show No Reservations in 2008) and Gordon Ramsey. Expect a queue for their boiled ‘white’ chicken, which is known for being exceptionally tender, and try it drizzled with their special sauce and sesame oil, or dipped in their punchy chilli. Also nearby is Ah Tai Chicken Rice (stall 7) or Maxwell Chicken Rice (stall 40), which offers the roasted version – try them all to see which you prefer, then add your voice to the fray.$3-$5.
Fill up on fusion Middle Eastern
Old seamlessly fuses with new at chef owner Bjorn Shen’s Nordic-minimalist space. We love Artichoke Café + Bar’s modern riffs on authentic flavours – an approach best represented by the eggs shakshouka – tender, fall-apart chunks of fresh lamb in a lightly tart tomato stew scented with cumin and turmeric, and topped with fresh eggs and a dollop of home-made labneh. The mix of traditional and modern makes sense when you learn that Shen is a returnee from Australia, a country known for its graceful approach to fusion. Pssst. Their bakery overdoughs (at the entrance) bakes up some amazing Middle Eastern treats.Mains from $20.
Party on Singapore’s highest point
At 282m above ground, the triangular-shaped outdoor bar at this self-proclaimed ‘highest alfresco bar in the world’ is indeed a magnificent vantage point, with unobstructed views of the city lights. Bordered securely by glass and furnished with wood flooring and lounging cabana beds, this rooftop bar is one with not just Altitude but attitude – it even has a lowered dance floor in the centre for partygoers to show off their moves under palm trees. The revelry is supported by an extensive, and in parts, unusual drinks list, as well as a resident DJ. Drinks from $16.
Get lost looking for a bar
It’s easy to walk past The Library and not know there’s a bustling secret bar behind its working by-appointment tailor facade. Look out for the weekly changing password online, whisper the words to the bar custodians, and an entrance will magically whisk you into a world of fun and innovative cocktails. Cocktails from $17.
Sip on a Singapore Sling
One cannot come to Singapore and not try its claim to mixology fame. Comprised of a medley of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, then mellowed with lime and pineapple juice, the Singapore Sling arrives in a highball glass garnished with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry. For the full experience, make your way to The Long Bar at the iconic Raffles Hotel, where the drink was originally developed in 1915 as an alternative to straight gin for the ladies.
Party at Zouk
Having hosted some of the biggest and most cutting-edge acts around, the grand dame continues to push the boundaries of electronic dance music. On Wednesdays, make like a mad thing for TGIW, which showcases five clubbing experiences for the price of one entry fee (free for ladies). At weekends, let yourself go to the music of international DJs. Come quick – its lease is ending and the future is uncertain. 1Cover charge $28 for ladies, $33 for men; Wed free entry for ladies, $28 for men. Charges vary with special events.
Sip on a (better) Singapore Sling
After you’ve tried the original, get into Singapore’s plentiful cocktail scene, filled with unique creations from our growing ranks of world-class mixologists. Case in point: Nutmeg & Clove’s Barrel Aged Singapura Sling ($20), designed by Taiwanese bartender Kae Yin and his team, which updates the original with a spiced hibiscus-infused Tanqueray London Dry gin with Cherry Heering, Benedictine DOM (also found in the original), as well as goji & red date syrup, orange cream citrate and Old Time Aromatic bitters in a wooden cask for a mix that goes down sweet and easy. Bonus: it’s served out of a porcelain cup, perched on a rattan rickshaw for an additional breath of quirky authenticity. Cocktails from $16.