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Eat List 2020
Photograph: Min Jiang

The 50 best restaurants in Singapore you must try

We've got perennial favourites, buzzy newcomers and all of the city's best eats on one list

By Nicole-Marie Ng, Fabian Loo and Time Out Singapore editors

October 2020: We’re celebrating the fact that we can dine out once again (after the whole stay-home period) with fresh entrants and perennial favourites. And while having a meal at outside isn’t what it’s used to be – with safe distancing measures and early closure limitations – it’s still great to be able to enjoy a piping hot meal without eating out of takeout boxes. 

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 dish 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 ambience and genial service to boot.

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Photograph: Fabian Loo

1. Allium

Restaurants Hougang

What is it A quaint eco-conscious eatery hidden within the quiet Kensington Square that impresses with its straightforward approach. 

Why we love it This little diner is so low-key that you might just walk past to without taking a second glance. But that’ll mean missing out on the flavour-packed menu cooked up by the husband-wife duo who runs the place. Its menu, switched up according to the season, highlights the best the land, and sea, has to offer. 

Time Out tip Allium works on a reservation-only basis, so it's best to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. 

Photograph: Cloudstreet

2. Cloudstreet

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it Chef Rishi Naleendra's deeply personal exploration of self-identity told through food. 

Why we love it Cloudstreet is a pure expression of who chef Rishi is. His paintings of women in the nude line the walkway to the powder room, and the food served is a remix of his memories and heritage. It’s apparent from the first bite, where grilled oysters come swimming in a pool of coconut milk, right down to the underrated bread course mixed with local stout and liquorice. 

Time Out tip Don’t skip out on the wine-pairing option. The drink program features over 350 labels of mostly small, independent winemakers as well as classics. 

Avenue 87 AHK Seabass
Photograph: Avenue 87

3. Avenue 87

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it A modern dining experience inspired by the collective past of a pair of childhood friends. 

Why we love it The roadmap of modern gastronomy is often marked with unfamiliar sights. But here, chefs Alex Phan and Glen Tay tap into their childhood and take a trip down memory lane to help drive the menu. Local flavours are reinterpreted to feature flavours of sambal octopus, jazzed-up fish soup, and more. 

Time Out tip Throw in an order of Ave87 tea, its own herbal brew with floral notes from chrysanthemum, rosebuds, dried longan, and candied winter melon. 

Photograph: Mott 32

4. Mott 32

Restaurants Marina Bay

What is it The local outpost of Mott 32, a sexy chain of restaurant renowned for its progressive Chinese cuisine.

Why we love it Dining at Mott 32 is a luxurious, sensual affair. It starts when you step into the opulently decorated space – with peacock chairs, mod furniture, and apothecary drawers to give the dimly lit place a sexy allure. Food is equally dramatic, with Chinese staples excited with premium ingredients, including its iconic applewood roasted duck ($108) cured and marinated for over 48 hours. 

Time Out tip Pre-orders for the prized bird dish is highly recommended given the limited quantities available each day.

Photograph: Kin

5. Kin

Restaurants Singaporean Outram

What is it The new home for Singapore heritage cuisine, opened by chef Damian D’Silva. 

Why we love it Kin is devoted to safeguarding the flavours of Singapore, and showcasing traditional recipes that might otherwise have faded from view. Order a few dishes to share, in true zi char fashion, and sample the best that the restaurant has the offer. The Heritage Salsa, Chap Chye Masak Rempah Titek, and Gulai are some must-orders. 

Time Out tip Don’t hold out on the white rice; the carb is essential to soak up all the slick gravies and flavourful curries. 

Salted and Hung
Photograph: Salted and Hung

6. Salted and Hung

Restaurants City Hall

What is it An Australian nose-to-tail restaurant. 

Why we love it The menu has been designed to centre around the chef’s culinary philosophy of minimal waste. You might see it in practice in dishes of green lip abalone, where the grilled shellfish come served in sourdough essence made with leftover bread. Orders of its signature house-cured charcuterie will not disappoint, either. 

Time Out tip Save space for desserts, like the Gold'n Gaytime, a chef's reimagination of the popular Australian treat.

Photograph: Preludio

7. Preludio

Restaurants Contemporary European Raffles Place

What is it A modern dining experience with a cuisine defined not by type, but by chapters. 

Why we love it In Preludio's first year, chef Fernando Arévalo challenged the team to dish out creations centred around the theme of Monochrome. Now, he's up to tackle Time. The ticking of the clock is best encapsulated in The Time Machine, an elaborate course of five tiny plates that take various durations to prepare. 

Time Out tip Forget what you know about the passing seconds. Here, chef Fernando distills the idea in multiple, unexpected ways: age, ancestry and anecdotes. 

The Butcher's Wife Crispy pig ears
Photograph: The Butcher's Wife

8. The Butcher's Wife

Restaurants Tiong Bahru

What is it Gluten-free casual diner in the buzzy Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.

Why we love it It’s a hard task to create a menu that completely omits gluten. It's an even harder task to create a menu where you don't notice that it's gone. But The Butcher's Wife has been doing just that, with a tasty menu where fermentation techniques feature extensively. Sip on homemade kombucha, and chow down on hearty grub of in-house goat cheese, gnocchi, and wagyu picanha. 

Time Out tip Order the crispy pig’s ear, inspired by the Brazilian national dish of feijoada, a stew that utilises every part of the pig. 

Min Jiang
Photograph: Min Jiang

9. Min Jiang

Restaurants Chinese Orchard

What is it Beloved establishment that has been serving up refined Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine since 1982.

Why we love it After being around for some 38 years, Min Jiang has reopened with a refreshed interior with contemporary touches and splashes of chinoiserie. The food, too, is updated to include steamed pumpkin ball, deep-fried stuffed dough sticks with shredded abalone and enoki mushroom, and lavish wonton noodles topped with sweet Argentinian red prawns.

Time Out tip In keeping with traditions, Min Jiang continues to offer the dim sum pushcart service during lunchtimes – a rare sight in Chinese eateries these days.

Photograph: Artichoke

10. Artichoke

Restaurants Middle Eastern Rochor

What is it A nine-year-old Middle Eastern restaurant opened by chef Bjorn Shen.  

Why we love it Artichoke prides itself on serving the least authentic Middle Eastern food in town – a concept we can enthusiastically get behind because it’s still fricking delicious. Start yourself off with a series of meze, best scooped up with warm triangles of toasted Turkish bread. 

Time Out tip Have some pieces of leftover bread? Use them to mop up the smoky sauce from Artichoke’s green harissa prawns. 

Photograph: Cicheti

11. Cicheti

Restaurants Italian Rochor

What is it Since its opening in 2013, Cicheti has been serving solid Italian-inspired creations and good vibes in equal measure.

Why we love it In true Italian fashion – although we'd argue that Cicheti's food refuses to be pigeonholed and instead offers a mix of Mediterranean and Singaporean flavours as well – the menu is split into sections of antipasti, primi, second, pizza and dolci. Begin your meal with small plates like the Zuppa di Cozze e N’duja or grilled sea prawns sourced from Tekka Market.  

Time Out tip Try your luck with some off-menu specials: a Sicilian-inspired Napoletana with slivers of white anchovy and stracciatella and anything else the chefs might be experimenting with.

Siri House
Photograph: Siri House

12. Siri House

Restaurants Contemporary Asian Tanglin

What is it A partnership between a team of chefs and one of Thailand's largest property developers to showcases art, design, goods – and loads of scrumptious food. 

Why we love it Ever wondered what it'd be like to dine in a luxurious condo owned by Bangkok's super-rich? Siri House gives you a taste of that experience – all without leaving Singapore. The food here is playful, fun to eat and outrageously delicious, like the pappardelle, which utilises prawn and lobster heads to make an intoxicating bisque-like sauce.

Time Out tip Like what you see? Artworks, interior goods, and other furnishings are all available for purchase to spruce up your home. 

Cheek Bistro
Photograph: Cheek Bistro

13. Cheek Bistro

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it The playful, younger concept of one-Michelin-starred Cheek by Jowl.  

Why we love it Cheek by Jowl might have run its last service, but its replacement doesn’t fall far from the tree. Cheek Bistro is warm and convivial and comes with an unfussy menu to boot. Start with a series of snacks, and save space of a selection of small and large plates – everything you choose will leave you feeling full and satisfied. 

Time Out tip Come Saturday and Sunday morning, the progressive Australian joint is as casual as it gets. It offers affordably priced brunch plates of mushrooms on toast, highly raved fish and chips, and buttermilk quail. 

Restaurant Zen
Photograph: Restaurant Zén

14. Restaurant Zén

Restaurants Swedish Outram

What is it Chef Björn Frantzén’s first international outpost. 

Why we love it Priced at $450 for dinner, Zén is one of the most expensive restaurants in Singapore. But a meal here is well worth the price tag. You’ll find plates cooked up using ingredients that you'd be hard-pressed to find in any other restaurant in the city – or the region.  

Time Out tip Get ready to climb; the restaurant occupies a beautiful three-storey shophouse along trendy Bukit Pasoh. 

New Ubin Tampines
Photograph: New Ubin

15. New Ubin Tampines

Restaurants Paya Lebar

What is it Forward-thinking local zi char chain’s latest open-air outlet. 

Why we love it New Ubin is returning to its humble roots as a casual eatery with this alfresco canteen outpost. The location might be odd and inaccessible, but luckily, it has an exciting menu to encourage you to make a visit. An in-house smoker provides modern plates like foie gras satay, while the open-air setting allows dishes like the charcoal fish head steamboat to be served. 

Time Out tip Check out the special Ubin Nasi Lemak from its test kitchen, a recipe that took over a year of tinkering to perfect, or try the smoky plates from Garang Grill, a local grill house. 

Basque Kitchen
Photograph: Basque Kitchen by Aitor

16. Basque Kitchen by Aitor

Restaurants Spanish Tanjong Pagar

What is it A redefinition of Basque cooking with a colourful inspiration and cooking influences.

Why we love it Inspired by the cuisine of Basque Country, where meats are grilled over hot coals and stews are rustic and hearty – chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive elevates these homey dishes with techniques he’s learned cooking at some of the top restaurants in the world, including The Fat Duck in London and Spain’s Mugaritz. 

Time Out tip Try the Txuleta if you can, a showstopping grilled Angus prime rib showered with black truffle.

Photograph: Esora

17. Esora

Restaurants Japanese River Valley

What is it Modern Japanese kappo cuisine cooked to the finest degree. 

Why we love it Esora is a treat for the senses. Here, chef-owner Shigeru Koizumi prepares kappo-style cuisine with utmost precision. He welds modern cooking techniques with an obsession over produce to create the perfect dining experience. 

Time Out tip The menu changes almost every week, following the micro-seasonality of ingredients, so you never really know what you’re going to get.

Photograph: Nouri/ Facebook

18. Nouri

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it Unique ‘crossroads cooking’ by Bacchanalia’s former chef.

Why we love it Chef-owner Ivan Brehm, an alumnus of The Fat Duck and former head chef of Bacchanalia, has us hooked on 'crossroads cooking' – a term he coined that celebrates the similarities between cuisines and cultures. Expect deftly prepared dishes that use uncommon ingredients to create flavour combinations that are all at once familiar and novel.

Time Out tip Located on the second floor, above Nouri, is Appetite, the restaurant’s experimental arm that houses a multi-concept space complete with a kitchen, art gallery, and more. 

JAAN by Kirk Westaway
Photograph: Masano Kawana

19. Jaan

Restaurants French City Hall

What is it A breath-taking modern British restaurant located on the 70th floor. 

Why we love it Jaan is an intimate 40-seat restaurant where chef Kirk Westaway takes you on a culinary journey to Britain. But you won’t find the typical grub here; the restaurant reinvents classic dishes using the best of seasonal ingredients and produce. 

Time Out tip Request for a window seat – you’ll thank us later. 

Photograph: Candlenut

20. Candlenut

Restaurants Tanglin

What is it The world’s first, and only, Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant. 

Why we love it To be the world's only Michelin-starred Peranakan chef is no easy feat, but through hard work, a passion for his heritage, and unyielding dedication, chef Malcolm Lee managed to earn this badge of honour. His food I warm and comforting, and based on recipes he grew up eating. 

Time Out tip Opt for Lee’s Taste of Candlenut menu ($58/lunch, $78/dinner) if you're new to the cuisine and unsure of where to start. 

Burnt Ends
Photograph: Burnt Ends

21. Burnt Ends

Restaurants European Chinatown

What is it Award-winning grill house where everything is grilled and cooked by fire. 

Why we love it Most items on the menu are cooked in special ovens – four-tonne brick kiln – designed by chef-owner Dave Pynt. There’s just something incredibly honest about a solid slab of meat coaxed over open flames. The steak topped with bone marrow and burnt onion is something you'll find on every table, but to leave without chowing down on Burnt End's legendary sanger burger would be a travesty.

Time Out tip Reservations for this restaurant is notoriously hard to snag, but Burnt Ends is well worth the hype and the month-long (or sometimes longer) waiting list. So plan ahead. 

Photograph: Odette

22. Odette

Restaurants City Hall

What is it Three-Michelin-starred French fine-dining establishment by chef Julien Royer. 

Why we love it No list of the best restaurants in Singapore would be complete without Odette. Described as honest food with steep respect for ingredients cultivated from his farming family in France, chef Julien Royer’s cuisine prides itself on keeping up with the provenance of its produce, which results in magnificent plates that will blow any diner away.

Time Out tip Swing by early to explore the grounds of the National Gallery, where the restaurant is located. 

Birds of a Feather
Photograph: Birds of a Feather

23. Birds of a Feather

Restaurants Chinese Chinatown

What is it Western dishes get a Sichuan twist at Birds of a Feather.

Why we love it Inspired by the laid-back teahouses of Chengdu, the restaurant 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 food, too, is spiced up with Sichuan flavours served in a new light. 

Time Out tip The chef’s menu, Redefining Sichuan, offers a multi-course introduction to the best hits that the restaurant has to offer. 

Violet Oon dry laksa
Photograph: Violet Oon/ Facebook

24. Violet Oon Singapore

Restaurants Peranakan Changi 

What is it Peranakan restaurant by the doyenne of Nonya food in Singapore. 

Why we love it Whether you’re a tourist on the hunt for local cuisine or a Singaporean craving for Peranakan comfort food when you touch down, Violet Oon Singapore is sure to hit the spot. Gather around the communal tables at the brands biggest outlet to date and make your own Nyonya Poh Piah

Time Out tip Dry laksa is a dish that has to be ordered. 

The Coconut Club, nasi lemak
Photograph: The Coconut Club

25. The Coconut Club

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it Premium nasi lemak that’s well worth the hefty price. 

Why we love it When a restaurant still draws in daily queues despite charging $14.80 for a dish people typically pay $2 for, you know it's doing something right. The nasi lemak at The Coconut Club is a faultless example of the classic Malay dish. Rice comes flavoured with coconut milk from a single plantation in Sabak Bernam, Malaysia.

Time Out tip Don’t leave without trying its kueh platter, or the refreshing coconut jelly. 

Restaurant Labyrinth
Photograph: Restaurant Labyrinth

26. Labyrinth

Restaurants Singaporean City Hall

What is it One-Michelin-starred local restaurants that offer a new expression of Singapore cuisine.

Why we love it This truly local restaurant has turned locavore: 80 percent of its menu is made from ingredients sourced from the city's farms presented in a 12- or 14-course dinner that echoes Singapore's past, present, and future.

Time Out tip Inspired by the flavours he grew up with – his grandmother's cooking – the Ang Moh Chicken Rice is a reinterpretation of a hawker dish we can all get behind.

Photograph: Lolla

27. Lolla

Restaurants Fusion Tanjong Pagar

What is it Casual restaurant along Ann Siang Road with seasonal Mediterranean cuisine in small plates for sharing.

Why we love it Watch the chefs prepare your food right in front of you at a dining bar, or opt for the communal table one floor below to pass the plates around. Dishes of hand-torn pasta and grilled octopus will keep everyone at the dinner table happy. 

Time Out tip The joint is famous for its sea urchin pudding, which you’ll end up licking clean – trust us, it’s that good.

Photograph: Braci

28. Braci

Restaurants Raffles Place

What is it Italian fare reinvented with a modern twist.

Why we love it This tiny shophouse along Boat Quay might only be able to squeeze 20 people into its space, but this exclusive casual-luxe restaurant and rooftop bar doesn't pull any punches.  

Time Out tip Tasting menus at this one-Michelin-starred joint start at a reasonable $138. 

Photograph: Esquina

29. Esquina

Restaurants Spanish Chinatown

What is it Finer-than-casual small plates that highlight the best of Spanish and Catalan flavours.

Why we love it With experience in Michelin-decorated kitchens like El Celler de Can Roca and Zuberoa in Spain, chef Carlos Montobbio has brought Esquina to new heights, with dishes that cradle Mediterranean warmth. 

Time Out tip The oozy Basque cheesecake comes with a soft, melty centre – and is easily one of the best versions of the trendy dessert we've had in town.

Les Amis
Photograph: Les Amis

30. Les Amis

Restaurants French Orchard

What is it Locally and internationally lauded French fine dining establishment with three Michelin stars to boot.

Why we love it Helmed by chef Sebastien Lepinoy, the French chef sources almost everything from his country of origin. His pride and joy: handcrafted Le Ponclet butter, which is so rare, it's only served in less than 20 restaurants in the world.

Time Out tip The kitchen team works on Sundays and has a lunch menu that makes dining at Les Amis a little more accessible for the wallet-conscious diner.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Photograph: CUT by Wolfgang Puck

31. Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Restaurants Marina Bay

What is it The first Asian outpost of the celebrity chef-owned steakhouse.

Why we love it You go to CUT for one reason: the steaks. Grilled over hard wood and charcoal, the hunks of beef come from a menagerie of sources. You've got USDA Prime from Illinois, Angus and wagyu from Australia, and many more to live out your meat lover’s dreams. 

Time Out tip No meal here is complete without some sides. Go traditional with the creamed spinach with fried organic egg, or the crispy tempura onion rings. 

Photograph: Thevar

32. Thevar

Restaurants Indian Raffles Place

What is it Contemporary Indian restaurant with creative yet satisfyingly delicious plates. 

Why we love it We're not sure why it took so long, but Singapore finally has a contemporary Indian restaurant to call its own. Inspired by his travels around South Asia, his Penang heritage and his time working in Singapore, chef Murugan Thevar has created a bold, colourful menu at Thevar. 

Time Out tip The menu switches up with the season, so you’re always in for a pleasant surprise. 

Rhubarb Le Restaurant
Photograph: Rhubarb Le Restaurant

33. Rhubarb Le Restaurant

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it Contemporary French restaurant that provides an intimate and personalised experience.

Why we love it Rhubard Le Restaurant proves that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. With just seven tables, this charming shophouse space along Duxton Hill is earnest about the fine cuisine and not greedy about its prices. 

Time Out tip You’ll do no wrong ordering from the set menu, with good-sized appetisers, one main, and desserts. 

Photograph: Ahmad Iskandar Photography

34. Morsels

Restaurants Asian Tanglin

What is it A cosy, ingredient-driven fusion restaurant tucked away in the Dempsey enclave. 

Why we love it A meal at Morsels feels like coming home. The rustic barnyard-style restaurant takes after a cosy living room with a showcase kitchen at the back where you can watch chef Petrina Loh and her team whip up comforting dishes that speak to the heart.

Time Out tip In a hurry? Morsels also offer a quick and easy noodle set lunch that rotates every week where you get to try creations such as the pork jowl char siew wonton mee or the Duck-Kut-Teh. 

JB Ah Meng
Photograph: JB Ah Meng

35. JB Ah Meng

Restaurants Chinese Geylang

What is it JB Ah Meng is a Bib Gourmand awardee best known for its wok-kissed dishes. 

Why we love it The crowds keep coming back for its unbeatable zi char dishes like the san lou bee hoon. It appears simple enough, but the pancake-resembling seafood noodle dish is the joint’s star. Charred and crisp on the outside but soft on the inside, each strand of bee hoon is coated with a smoky wok hei.

Time Out tip JB Ah Meng also does a killer rendition of white pepper crab – the dish is only mildly spicy and lets the natural sweetness of the crustacean shine. 

Shinji St Regis
Photograph: Shinji by Kanesaka

36. Shinji by Kanesaka

Restaurants Japanese Orchard

What is it An exquisite sushi restaurant inspired by traditional hanare-ya or guest cottages. 

Why we love it There's a sense of hushed reverence that befalls anyone stepping into Shinji by Kanesake – you're about to worship at the altar of one of Singapore's best sushi bars, after all. Even if you're intimidated at first, give it a few minutes and you'll start to feel at home when the friendly itamae enquires about your preferences.

Time Out tip Stealing the spotlight when you step into the space is a 300-year-old hinoki sushi counter. 

Photograph: Amò

37. Amò

Restaurants Raffles Place

What is it Handmade pizzas and pastas in a casual space.

Why we love it Sophisticated yet casual, Amò makes the best pies in town. The sourdough pizzas are tossed through the air before it’s baked in a wood-fired oven that’s made in Italy, of course. The result is a light and chewy base with a crisp and slightly charred exterior. 

Time Out tip There are only nine pizzas on the menu including a creamy stracciatella buffalo cheese, prosciutto, rocket, and fig vincotto that's our fave.

OLA Cocina del Mar
Photograph: Ola Cocina Del Mar

38. Ola Cocina Del Mar

Restaurants Marina Bay

What is it A laid-back Spanish eatery that focuses on serving the freshest seasonal produce.

Why we love it An open kitchen concept, Ola’s philosophy is to source ingredients in a sustainable way while bringing simple and tasty dishes to life. Seafood takes centre-stage, sustainably sourced and very often, put through a baptism of fire in the Josper oven.

Time Out tip Try the pulpo, meaty and perfectly tender octopus kissed with smoky aroma. 

Kappo Shunsui
Photograph: Kappo Shunsui

39. Kappo Shunsui

Restaurants Japanese Orchard

What is it An intimate Japanese dining experience only for people in the know.

Why we love it Kappo Shunsui is of the few restaurants in Singapore that serve Kappo-style cuisine – an intricate balance of five primary food preparation techniques: grilling, steaming, frying, simmering, and serving food raw. Expect seasonally-driven menus. 

Time Out tip There are only 19 seats in this intimate restaurant, and each offer prime views to watch the chef cook up a feast.

Summer Pavilion
Photograph: Summer Pavilion

40. Summer Pavilion

Restaurants Chinese City Hall

What is it One-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton. 

Why we love it After all these years, Summer Pavilion is still one of the best Chinese eateries in town. Chef Cheung Siu Kong has been honing his craft in the same kitchen since 2003 and earning the restaurant its first Michelin star in 2016.

Time Out tip Dim sum and champagne? You’ll find it as part of the restaurant’s special pairing menu. 

Jumbo Seafood
Photograph: Jumbo Seafood

41. Jumbo Seafood

Restaurants Seafood Bedok

What is it An iconic local seafood joint well-loved for its crab dishes.  

Why we love it Jumbo’s been serving chilli crabs at its birthplace, East Coast Park, since 1987 and has long been a favourite of many. The reason for its popularity has to be its choice of crabs – they’re all extremely meaty, with extra-large pincers. Its sauce is pretty unique, too, deploying ground peanuts for an added crunch.

Time Out tip It might have multiple outlets around town, but the breezy East Coast Park outlet ranks high on our list for its waterfront views and tranquil setting. 

Fat Prince
Photograph: Fat Prince

42. Fat Prince

Restaurants Middle Eastern Tanjong Pagar

What is it Middle Eastern food made hipster and cool. 

Why we love it Let Fat Prince show you a whole new world of Middle Eastern flavours, shining, shimmering and splendid. Designed to reflect Istanbul’s opulent café culture – think velvet navy chairs, wooden rafters lined with gold and Arabic mosaic embedded in the walls – it’s grand without being gaudy.

Time Out tip The Fat Prince hummus is a smooth blend of chickpeas, duck fat, garlic and lemon, and sprinkled with a mix of fragrant spices. Spread it over crispy bread chips and it’s filling enough to be a meal on its own. 


Luke's Oyster Bar & Chop House
Photograph: Felix Hug

43. Luke's Oyster Bar & Chop House

Restaurants Seafood Chinatown

What is it This Travis Masiero-owned joint is your traditional American chophouse.

Why we love it Luke’s specialises in lots of meat and some stellar seafood. If you’re in the mood for the former, try the bone-in tenderloin au poivre, served with peppercorn crust and mustard cognac jus or the blue label burger.

Time Out tip Make sure you start with a tray of Luke’s oysters, sourced from chef Masiero’s hometown of Boston.

Photograph: Alati

44. Alati

Restaurants Greek Tanjong Pagar

What is it A Greek restaurant along Amoy Street that specialises in sustainable seafood caught off the Mediterranean coast.

Why we love it The flavours are kept clean, showcasing the freshness of dishes like the grilled Greek octopus that's served with vinegared onions and confit tomatoes, and shrimp saganaki. Not to be missed is the wide selection of whole fish – from European seabass to Gilt-Head seabream – that's served either grilled on in a salt-baked crust. 

Time Out tip Aside from seafood, you'll also find Greek classics such as taramosalata, Greek salad, and fyllo-wrapped feta on the menu. We recommend ordering a bunch to share for a true Grecian feast.

Sawadee Thai
Photograph: Sawadee Thai

45. Sawadee Thai

Restaurants Thai Rochor

What is it For the past few decades, Sawadee Thai has been serving authentic Thai food in Singapore.

Why we love it Save yourself from the two-hour flight to Bangkok when cravings strike – they're just as easily satisfied at Sawadee Thai. It gets a shipment of fresh Thai produce daily and offers an array of dishes in a relaxed setting. 

Time Out tip Meat lovers will like the pan-seared black Angus beef ribeye that's served with a homemade green curry sauce and the mao shan wang durian sticky rice dessert is a must.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Photograph: Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

46. Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Restaurants Japanese Chinatown

What is it Unagi specialist that preps the food over a charcoal flame. 

Why we love it The scent of burning charcoal and chefs killing, gutting, and grilling freshwater eels behind the glass panel should clue you in on the fact that this is no regular unagi shop. Order the hitsumabushi, an unagi don that can be enjoyed in three different ways.

Time Out tip Eels come cooked before your very eyes. It bodes well for freshness, not so much for those who are easily squeamish. 

Terra Tokyo Italian
Photograph: Terra Tokyo Italian

47. Terra Tokyo Italian

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

What is it For a taste of Tokyo-Italian cuisine in Singapore, turn to Terra by chef-owner Seita Nakahara.

Why we love it Not to be confused with fusion food – what's on the menu here is an appreciation of Japanese food culture (shokubunka) in Italian cuisine and culinary traditions. Chef Seita regularly travels to Japan to source for new ingredients, establishing close relationships with his suppliers to get the best quality of ingredients which he uses in omakase sets that change seasonally. 

Time Out tip No two meals at Terra are exactly the same – even though you can request for your favourite dishes in advance.

Restaurant Ibid
Photograph: Restaurant Ibid

48. Restaurant Ibid

Restaurants Singaporean Raffles Place

What is it MasterChef Asia's first winner Woo Wai Leong's first restaurant.

Why we love it Restaurant Ibid’s story first starts with its name. It’s meant to highlight Leong’s roots as a Singaporean Chinese man and his Nanyang identity – a phrase borrowed from the realm of art where Singaporean painters like Liu Kang and Georgette Chen blended Western and Eastern painting traditions.

Time Out tip Dinner highlights playful twists on chef Wai Leong’s childhood favourites with touches influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.

Photograph: Humpback

49. Humpback

Restaurants Outram

What is it Raucously fun diner and oyster bar.

Why we love it It might not live by the sea, but this beach shack along Bukit Pasoh Road is all about the goodness of the ocean. Yes, sharing plates are the norm here, but you’re more likely to lift carefully stacked elements onto your plate than crack off limbs.

Time Out tip Slurp down fresh oysters – there are always at least three types available and if you come from 5pm to 7pm they're only $3 a pop.  

Photograph: Masano Kawana

50. Skai

Restaurants Grills City Hall

What is it A contemporary grill house perched on the 70th floor of the Swissotel the Stamford.

Why we love it Skai overlooks the civic district down from the Padang to Marina Bay. Executive chef Paul Hallett is also an expert butcher and self-professed lover of steak, so it’s no surprise to see 10 types of rare beef like the Saga Wagyu tenderloin ($155) on offer.

Time Out tip Looking for a more casual meal? The Skai High Tea comes with dainty bites, sweet treats, and of course, killer views. 

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