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Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Photograph: Bistecca Tuscan SteakhouseBistecca alla Fiorentina

Restaurant reviews and recommendations: how we do it

Here's what the stars behind our restaurant reviews mean

Written by
Time Out Singapore editors

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.

Very good

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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