For classic fine dining
With breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline from the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford, Jaan is an intimate 40-seat restaurant that takes you on a culinary journey to chef Kirk Westaway's hometown in Devon. The small seaside town on the south-western coast of England continues to be a source of inspiration in Jaan's menu, which focuses on fresh seasonal produce. A four-course lunch at Jaan is priced at $88 and allows you the choice of dishes like Landes foie gras, line-caught brill and Iberico pork.
For contemporary Cantonese
Helmed by chef Cheung Siu Kong, who has honing his craft in the same kitchen since 2003, Summer Pavilion is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Opt for the set lunch (from $52) or dinner menus (from $88), some of the most affordably priced Michelin-starred restaurant menus in town. They feature some of Cheung’s signature dishes, such as barbecued Iberico pork with honey sauce, and marinated South African abalone with roasted sesame dressing.
For refined local cuisine
The Lo & Behold Group teams up with Willin Low of Wild Rocket, the pioneer of Mod-Sin cuisine, to bring you Po. The flagship restaurant of The Warehouse Hotel, Po serves classic Singaporean dishes like ngoh hiang ($15) and satay ($20) made with premium ingredients such as Iberico pork. Don’t miss the restaurant’s signature popiah platter ($28), where you have a hand in assembling the dish your way, just like if popo made it at home.
For hearty Italian
On entering, it’s easy to get mesmerised by the brightly lit circular antipasti buffet. The set-up is quite clever: the hostess leads you past the giant wheel of parmesan that’s longing to have a piece shaved onto your plate, and a platter of prosciutto displayed alongside the giant hunk of pig from which it has been recently sliced. Now the real decision had to be made: do we stick with the buffet as our main course, or order
à la carte? Either way, we know were in for an Italian treat at Basilico.
For masterful Japanese
Step into the ryokan-inspired interiors of the Hashida Sushi housed within Mandarin Orchard's Mandarin Gallery. Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida cracks joke as he moulds flawless pieces of nigiri before you. The sushi joint seats 35 across three dining rooms and offers sterling Edomae-style sushi alongside modern interpretations of traditional Japanese dishes. And, yes, it’s omakase only: lunch ranges from $80 to $250 while dinner will set you back $280 or $500.
For Halal feasting
The buffet spread at StraitsKitchen in the Grand Hyatt Singapore runs the gamut from laksa, sticks of satay and char-grilled stingray to chicken rice, naan, tandoori meats and Peranakan desserts. Lunch prices are at $55 for adults and $29 for the kids, and dinners are steeper at $65 and $36, respectively – but come after 9.15pm and the full dinner buffet is priced at a discounted rate.
For all-you-can-eat Korean
Those $20-odd Korean BBQ buffets are decent when you’re a broke student, but when you're ready to upgrade to ritzier cuts of meat, Seoul Restaurant is the way to go. And it's not that splurgy either, if you plan it right and go for the lunch buffet (even on weekends, it's only $39.90). The barbecue's charcoal-fired, and you get a good selection of beef, pork, chicken and seafood.