The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try
Welcome to the Time Out Eat List, our handpicked best of Singapore’s food scene. These are the tastiest places to eat in this city right now: the freshest, most inventive and most memorable, ranked by expert local editors. You don't have to look very far to stumble upon an amazing nosh in Singapore. The city is packed with boundary-pushing restaurants run by star-studded chefs as well as humble hawker finds that'll satiate your appetite for cheap. Narrowing down the best restaurants in town to a list of 50 is no easy feat – that's why we have separate lists for the best Japanese, French and Spanish restaurants among others – but these are the places we think are worth a visit for unbeatable food, electrifying ambiance and genial service to boot. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Know of a restaurant that should be on here instead? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList Find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews restaurants.
New restaurants, cafés and bars to check out in December
There are new restaurants, cafés and bars opening up pretty much every day in Singapore and menus are constantly changing. This month, we've got Preludio, a monochrome-themed restaurant that redefines the fine dining experience, Lino, a neighbourhood pasta and pizza joint that the whole family will love and more. Here are the new digs worth checking out in December. RECOMMENDED The 50 best restaurants in Singapore and the 50 best cafés in Singapore
Enchanted Christmas Day At Lawry’s
Couple up on Christmas day because Lawry’s is offering a special six-course meal for two at $228 (U.P. $138 per person). Be treated to its Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad – a crisp blend of greens, eggs and croutons – as well as other seasonal delights like the Yuletide appetiser platter of foie gras, Hokkaido scallops and Kumamoto oysters. A trip to Lawry’s wouldn’t be complete without an order of its Signature Roasted Prime Rib of Beef served with a dollop of mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Not a fan of beef? There’s an equally decadent plate of Oven Roasted King Salmon with Boston Lobster Thermidor drizzled in a truffle cream sauce. Secure your seats before December 18 and use a Citi Card to get 10% off this exclusive Christmas feast. Time Out Singapore in partnership with Lawry's The Prime Rib Singapore
6 delectable festive feasts to relish at Marina Bay Sands
It's the most wonderful time of the year – a month of catching up with old friends, trading gifts to show how much we care, and stuffing our faces with as much turkey and ham as possible. Make Marina Bay Sands your merrymaking den of choice. The iconic hotel is packed with food and beverage options as well as restaurants offerings festive deals in the spirit of the season. Here are six dining destinations to revel at in Christmas cheer and ring in the New Year. For more information, head to MarinaBaySands.com/FestiveDining.
The best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore
With Christmas, comes gifts galore, family time, and most importantly, the feasts. Gather everyone for a proper sit-down meal this holidays. Choose from festive buffets or set meals with turkey, steak and plenty of seafood – these specially curated Christmas menus are sure to get you in the festive mood, whether you're looking for lunch or dinner. RECOMMENDED: The best communal dining restaurants for big groups and the best buffets in Singapore
New restaurants and cafés in Singapore
"We've already been served this," we shoot the waiter an incredulous look as he places the same dish before us. Biting into it, you realise that first two dishes of Preludio's eight-course menu – albeit plated the same way – are nothing alike. The first, Elude, is sweet with white beetroot, burrata and walnut crumble while Allude, the second course, is sour lemon-dressed bone marrow and fermented mushrooms. It's touches like this that surprise and delight, which make Preludio restaurant one of the most interesting openings of the year. But we won't spoil everything. Just know that you're in the safe hands of chef Fernando Arévalo, who's worked in the kitchens of Daniel Boulud, Bill Telepan and Mario Batali in New York City before moving to Singapore, which he's called home for the past six years. Together with his team, he writes the restaurant's first chapter with the theme of Monochrome in mind. This interplay of black and white doesn't just extend to the food but is also reflected in the decor, the revolving art pieces that land on your table and even the wine list.
What started out as a small neighbourhood shack selling roast chicken on paper plates has evolved into a cosy bistro dishing out comforting plates. Tucked along Sunset Way, Summer Hill greets guests like family – with a warm hug and plenty of good eats. Start with small plates roasted baby eggplants ($14) dressed in hummus and juicy tomatoes and housemade ricotta ($12) on freshly toasted sourdough before moving on to hearty mains that are ideal for sharing. The creamy curried mussels ($27) are a star. Tasmanian Spring Bay mussels are cooked in a gravy reminiscent of laksa spiked with white wine and are served with crisp and chewy warm baguettes. Its signature roast chicken ($25) is still on the menu and is served with gravy, mashed potatoes and a side salad but watch Summer Hill's Facebook page for alerts on when its next Fried Chicken Day is going to happen. The once-a-month event has developed a cult following, and for good reason. Chef-owner Anthony Yeoh used to helm the kitchen of Bird Bird and Cocotte so you know he knows his way around fried fowl.
The Other Roof
Just like how The Other Room redefined speakeasies in Singapore, The Other Roof is out to raise the bar of rooftop bars. Take the lift up the the top of Ann Siang House and be greeted by the massive space that seats 75 (or even 150 upon request) – a far cry from The Other Room's tiny space. Lounge al fresco while sipping on tea-infused spirits and snacking on light but tasty bites. Blending tea time with cocktail o'clock, the bar offers drinks like Stairway to Heaven ($22), a love-it-or-hate-it concoction of pineapple, coriander, celery and vanity tea rum, or La Boheme ($22), a refreshing blend of créme de cassis, bubbly and black currant soul tea gin. In true Other Room fashion, there are also tasting flights that showcase the tea-infused spirits in all their glory. Try The Plantation XO Flight ($48), where Plantation rum is finished with herbal tisane, blends and black tea as you nibble on a pesto and truffle bikini ($19) or Nduja bruschetta ($15).
Located at the former digs of Pepperoni Pizzeria in Binjai Park, this cosy contemporary Italian-inspired restaurant specialises in fresh handmade pizza and pasta served alongside some delectable small and large plates for sharing. Don't expect anything too stuffy at LINO, the dining experience is relaxed yet cosy enough for a date or faily meal. Plus dining al fresco seating is pretty picturesque in the evenings. Sample perfectly cooked grilled octopus with hummus ($22) and roasted beetroot salad ($18) before moving on to the satisfying mains of tortellini with pork and veal ($24), barley risotto ($26) and burrata pizza ($28). Complete your meal with natural and organic wines, cocktails, craft beers and Italian digestifs – not bad for a neighbourhood joint.
The Wine & Gourmet Friends
For an unpretentious place to hang out with friends over a bottle of wine (or two), look no further than The Wine & Gourmet Friends. This chill spot a stone's throw away from Dorsett Hotel boasts a cellar that holds over 300 different styles of wine, best paired with its plates of elevated local favourites. Think pork and seafood hei zou ($12) paired with Réserve Personnelle Macrôn-Villages AOC ($39/bottle), a bright and citrusy chardonnay or roast pork belly ($24) served with Bonacchi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG ($75), a spicy and round Sangiovese that easily helps cut through the fat of the siu yok.
No prizes for guessing on which floor this bar and restaurant is perched. Billed as the world’s highest microbrewery, LeVeL33 gloriously overlooks the Marina Bay, and, thanks to the decor and service, is perhaps the most sophisticated place to quaff a locally brewed beer.Five brews are permanently on the menu: an IPA, stout, wheat beer, house porter and blonde lager. They bear classic flavour profiles – the brewery claims to use ‘authentic recipes and brewing methods’ – so don’t expect funky American-style notes. Every quarter, LeVeL33 also pours out a seasonal beer, like a chestnut beer for Christmas and a pumpkin ale for Halloween.Here’s where LeVeL33 stands out from the pack. The food here, courtesy of executive chef ArChan Chan, is far from the typical chicken wings and fries. Begin your meal with sourdough made with warm beer malt with a side of yeast beer butter – this idea of using beer byproducts carries on into the other dishes too, with creations like pan-seared Hokkaido scallops ($24) served with wheat beer dashi, seaweed and malt chips and the local sea bass ($36) paired with beer malt risotto, daikon and beurre blanc. While grilled steaks are a favourite on the menu, the Golden Greens Tart ($29) is an excellent option, whether you're vegetarian or not. A crispy taro tart ring is piled with fresh vegetables like peas, zucchini, herbs and shaved macadamia nuts. Meet the brewer Check out our interview with LeVeL33’s brewmaster, Gabriel Garcia.
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Hawker spotlight: Chop Chop Biryani and Meats
Nasi biryani served with a side of Cantonese roast pork belly might have purists throwing their arms up in despair – but isn’t that what Singaporean food is all about? Combining cuisines and crossing cultural boundaries to create something delicious. The idea came to Chop Chop Biryani & Meats’ owner Gino Goh by chance. He brought his signature siew yoke to a potluck one day while a friend made biryani. The combination was so good, it sparked a business idea in him. Goh is no stranger to the food scene in Singapore. He’s been a chef for 12 years before moving on to consult for The Refinery, Cafe Nido and Tyrwhitt Little Cafe. He set up Chop Chop in August last year at Amoy Street Food Centre – already a hotbed of young hawkerpreneurs – and sees it as a space to test out locally-inspired fusion dishes. “Growing up in Penang and in a Peranakan family, I’m very familiar with spices,” Goh shares. “All this while, I’ve been cooking more ang moh food, so I wanted to go back to my roots and do something local but with a twist.” Chop Chop does biryani sets with an unconventional choice of protein: siew yoke, soft bone pork masala, grilled sotong, char siew and salted egg chicken. Prices start at $5 for one meat, $6.50 for two and $8 for three and each set comes with a side of cabbage, egg, pineapple salsa, papadum and fluffy basmati rice studded with spices. While the siew yoke is a perennial fave, give some of the other options a go. The soft bone pork masala is a star – stewed fo
Hawker spotlight: Hong Seng Curry Rice
Hainanese curry rice is a messy affair. Deep-fried pieces of pork are snipped with a pair of scissors, stewed cabbage is strewn over the plate and thick curry is sloppily ladled over rice. It’s not a glamorous dish and being a hawker is definitely not a glitzy career, so it’s surprising to see a handsome 27-year-old calling the shots at Hong Seng Curry Rice. Three years ago, Alex Lim was fresh out of university and ready to take on the business world. Armed with a shiny new degree in banking and finance, he was looking to invest in his first big project – his family’s humble Hainanese curry rice stall at Redhill Food Centre. “When my sisters and I graduated,” recalls Lim, “my dad wanted to retire. I thought it’d be a huge waste because I grew up eating his curry rice and know that people love it as much as I do. I took it as a challenge to test out the F&B industry and learned the ropes from my dad and uncle for three months. Those months were hell. I got to the stall at 4am every day to fry eggs and we’d only be done with prep for all 23 dishes at 11am. At 2pm we’d do the second round of cooking for the dinner crowd because we open ‘til 11pm.” Those three months paid off. Not only does Hong Seng continue to see long queues, Lim has also expanded the business to include three other outlets at SMU, Chinatown and Yishun. His mother oversees the original outlet at Redhill, where a plate of rice with pork chops, cabbage and curry starts from $2.20, while popular add-ons includ
Hawker spotlight: Tew Chew Street Tew Chew Porridge
When you’re ill, chances are you gravitate towards a steaming bowl of Teochew porridge. Yes, the traditional dish can be bland and uninteresting – earning its reputation as food for the sick – but the secret to good Teochew porridge lies in the accompanying dishes. They have to be punchy enough to hold its own despite being dunked in water and rice and Tew Chew Street Tew Chew Porridge has mastered the art of striking this balance. Tan Huat Seng, 64, and Ng Tjip Moi, 57, have been hawking Teochew porridge at Chinatown Complex for more than 20 years. Tan is a second generation hawker who took over the stall from his father after completing his National Service. It was formerly at Teochew Street, hence the name, before it relocated to its current home. The husband and wife duo start prepping at 6am to serve the breakfast crowd at around nine – but come around 11am for a full range of what they have to offer. Signature dishes include steamed pork topped with onions and chincalok ($2), chai po omelette ($1.50) and braised pork trotters ($2.50). A Teochew meal is not be complete without steamed fish and Mr Tan sources for what’s fresh and in season from the market. He recommends the yellow croaker ($17), which is prized for its soft and sweet flesh, and serves it with an addictive chilli and garlic sauce as well as a tau cheo dip. “During my father’s time, we used to serve even more dishes. Crabs and lobsters were so cheap, you could get one the size of your face for about $5!
Hawker spotlight: Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee
DON’T BE FOOLED by the stall's name – Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee has been housed in Jalan Bukit Merah’s ABC Food Centre since 1993 and there’s still a relentless queue snaking around the shop ’til the late hours of the night, when loyal customers clear up the final few plates of this carby delight. It’s hard to pass up a comforting serving of Hokkien mee lovingly prepared by owner Toh Seng Wang, who has been dishing out his wildly popular prawn noodles for over 40 years. It’s an absolute treat to witness the 68-year-old – who’s as strong as an ox – raising his ladle high up in the air, showering the noodles with stock and working up a storm with his giant wok. His noodles are doused in a prawn stock that is painstakingly prepared every day, paired with pre-peeled juicy prawns and sotong. When he pops that huge wooden lid open – another sign that this place is legit – it won’t be long until you are greeted with piping hot noodles steeped in a rich crustacean sauce (and history). Yi Sheng’s humble beginnings date back to the 1950s, when Toh’s father would roll out the hearty dish in a pushcart along the streets of Tiong Bahru. The recipe was passed down to his son in the 80s and now Toh says: “I will never leave (this craft), I will fry until I can’t fry any more.” And don’t be afraid to ask for an extra serving of sambal. Trust us – it’s that tasty. Quite the traditionalist, Toh follows his father’s recipe to a tee, only making slight changes over the year