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Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Photograph: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Restaurant reviews and recommendations: how we do it

Here's what the stars behind our restaurant reviews mean

By Time Out Singapore editors
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Time Out’s starred reviews are written by expert local writers with years of experience sampling food from the city's restaurants.

For a venue to make one of Time Out’s recommended lists, the food has to be amazing, that’s a given. But we want more than that. We’re looking for a combination of cooking, atmosphere and experience that makes a place truly memorable. Some of these places are established icons of Singapore’s dining scene, some are instant classics, some are future stars.

We won’t include a place just because it’s innovative, or expensive, or hard to book: it always has to deliver on flavour and value. It’s somewhere you’d tell your friends about; that you can’t wait to go back to.

If a restaurant is star rated, that means a Time Out expert local critic has independently reviewed it. Our reviewers book incognito, and pay their way. We get treated like regular diners – sometimes we even get the table by the toilets.

Exceptional
Very good
Good
Promising
Avoid

Prices are based on two people, three courses, drinks and service.

$ = < $80 (affordable)
$$ = $81-$150 (mid-range)
$$$ = $151-$300 (expensive)
$$$$ = $301 (blow-out)

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