Restaurants & Cafés

The best restaurants and cafés in Singapore, including restaurant reviews and editors' picks

The best restaurants for communal dining
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The best restaurants for communal dining

We recommend the best restaurants that welcome big groups of ten people or more

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The best tea rooms in Singapore
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The best tea rooms in Singapore

Tea goes from granny to trendy with unique infusions, new steeping methods and personalised blends

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Where to get old-school teh and kopi in Singapore
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Where to get old-school teh and kopi in Singapore

Frappuccinos and latte macchiatos, what? Here's where to get a steaming cup of traditional coffee and tea in the city

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Seven pioneer hawkers who've been around since your parents' time
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Seven pioneer hawkers who've been around since your parents' time

We chat with seven of Singapore’s oldest hawkers who have been feeding us for generations

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New restaurants and cafés in Singapore

Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather

Western dishes get a Sichuan twist at Birds of a Feather, a new café and bar sprouting up on Amoy Street. Inspired by the laid-back teahouses of Chengdu, the café tastefully makes use of lush greenery and eclectic design pieces to create a space you won't mind unwinding at from morning 'til late. The lunch menu features lighter bites like the roasted chicken and avocado salad with Sichuan pepper ($18-$20), and oriental bolognese ($20). Dinner is a decadent affair, with dishes like the hot and sour chazuke ($28), a light and mildly spicy broth that's poured over a bed of Niigata rice and charcoal-grilled barramundi.

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Sawadee Thai (new menu)
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Sawadee Thai (new menu)

For the past few decades, Sawadee Thai has been serving authentic Thai food in Singapore – saving you a two-hour trip to Bangkok when cravings strike. The recently renovated restaurant is modern and comfortable, allowing you to enjoy an array of dishes in a relaxed setting. You’ll definitely find the standard tom yum soup and mango sticky rice on the menu, but why not try something different for once? Meat lovers will like the pan-seared black Angus beef rib-eye ($32) that's served with a homemade green curry sauce. As Thais tend to eat their beef medium to well-done, be sure to let your server know your preferred doneness to avoid disappointment. End the meal with the mao shan wang durian sticky rice ($12) that’s available year round.

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Kam's Roast
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Kam's Roast

Hong Kong’s Kam’s Roast Goose flagship outlet has been on the Michelin hit list for the past three years – and you can now have a taste of it in Singapore. Unfortunately, since the restaurant is unable to find a reliable goose supplier in Singapore, it will serve roast duck ($16.80-$55) instead. While not as tender and juicy as the original, it's the closest you'll get without having to buy a ticket to Hong Kong. Other types of roasted meats are available, including suckling pig ($34.80-$248) and 'toro' char siew ($22.80), a fattier cut of char siew. Some dishes like the braised noodle with ginger scallion ($6.80) – served with noodles flown in daily from Hong Kong – are available exclusively at this branch.

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Monti
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Monti

Taking over the space voided by Catalunya, at Fullerton Pavilion, is this swanky Italian restaurant and bar that's pulsing with life by the bay. Indulge in chef Luigi Calcagno's creations including the Signor Monti ($52), a grilled monkfish fillet wrapped in pancetta, and the risotto cacio e pepe ($39) that is finished in a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, topped with black truffle tableside. Every night when the clock strikes 9pm, resident DJs Adam Sky, Stephen Day, Tirso Garcia and Victoria perform sets that'll take you from dinner to cocktails, easy. Try the signature Mr Monti ($22), a tonic highball made with a white rum base and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, grapefruit tonic and basil.

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Gudetama Café
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Gudetama Café

Gude news everyone, your favourite lazy egg is getting its own themed café in Singapore. It serves dishes such as the 'I'm Cold' smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($26.90) and the 'Are You Busy?' burger ($27.50) – all stamped with the adorable character's face. To bring the menu to life, the café teamed up with local bento artist and blogger Little Miss Bento to co-create the menu and style the dishes, while the food is a joint effort between Joe and Dough and The Soup Spoon.

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Cheek by Jowl (new menu)
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Cheek by Jowl (new menu)

The modern Australian restaurant has streamlined its menu: there's now only a five-course lunch ($58) and dinner ($88). Dinner starts with baby potato stuffed with smoked eel purée snack that we're told to eat using our fingers. It's touches like these that remind us that Cheek by Jowl is not a fine dining restaurant – it's a place that serves fun, yet fine, food. The mains of roasted scallops, for example, arrive perfectly golden-brown on the outside and just cooked through in the middle.

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Latest restaurant reviews

The Coconut Club
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The Coconut Club

Nasi lemak that’s 'almost' worth its price

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Guts and gloriously good eel

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fat Prince
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Fat Prince

Middle Eastern with a hipster touch

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Red Tail Bar
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Red Tail Bar

Modern Asian bar grub

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Latest restaurant stories

The best coffee in Singapore
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The best coffee in Singapore

In a city where sleek coffee machines can be found at every turn, you'll want to drink only from the best. These are our picks of the best coffee joints in Singapore.

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Best Mod-Sin restaurants in Singapore
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Best Mod-Sin restaurants in Singapore

Lu Yawen picks the best eight restaurants that are making waves with their own interpretations of Singaporean flavours

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Best modern Chinese restaurants in Singapore
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Best modern Chinese restaurants in Singapore

Traditional Chinese grub is taking a leaf out of the hipster manual, and Joyce Huang points you to the best restaurants you wouldn’t spot your 'ah ma' in

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The best cafés in Singapore
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The best cafés in Singapore

We ate our way through dozens of cafés to pick out the best of the lot – whether you're looking for brunch, desserts or that perfect #foodporn shot

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Best cocktail bars in Singapore
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Best cocktail bars in Singapore

As the day dims, it's time to let loose and have a drink or two. From speakeasy joints to secret cocktail dens to bespoke bars, we've put together a list of the best cocktail bars to seek out around town.

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Popular food features

Guide to the best bars in Singapore
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Guide to the best bars in Singapore

Whether you sip or quaff, these are the city's top watering holes for a boozy night out. We've got joints stocked with quality vino, speakeasies hidden behind unmarked doors, dens devoted to whisky, and much more in our roundup.

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Best cheap eats in Singapore
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Best cheap eats in Singapore

We pick the best and most value-for-money restaurant-style dishes you can chow down for $10 or less

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Best cake shops in Singapore
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Best cake shops in Singapore

The best cake spots to get a taste of the sweeter things in life

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The best healthy restaurants in Singapore
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The best healthy restaurants in Singapore

Eating clean doesn't mean you have to swear off tastiness. Here are our favourite spots to grab a healthy – and delicious – meal

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The most romantic restaurants in Singapore
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The most romantic restaurants in Singapore

Our picks of the best value-for-money, romantically lit restaurants to huddle close and get to know each other.

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Best Peranakan restaurants in Singapore
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Best Peranakan restaurants in Singapore

We suss out Singapore's best Peranakan kitchens, and leave with bellies – and hearts – full

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