SINGAPORE | SINGAPOREAN CUISINE

Modern Asian

Pidgin

Focussing on fusion dishes and variations on local themes, head chef and owner of Pidgin Adrian Ling has created something of a unique concept, and the industrial chic of the 60-seat dining room bears this out well. There is a playfulness and sense of adventure about the menu that means both familiarity and surprise go hand in hand.

Mon–Sat 12–2.30pm, 6.30–10.30pm
7 Dempsey Road, #01-04
6475 0080

Straits Kitchen

Modern Asian food in a buffet setting, Straits Kitchen allows you to move freely between Malay, Indian and Chinese-style dishes. All the food is halal, and there is a range of Singaporean classics available, such as chicken rice and laksa, which can be followed by homemade durian ice cream. A good way to introduce yourself or friends to the variety of Singaporean cuisine.

6.30am-12.00 midnight
G/F Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road

1market 

Celebrity Malaysian television cook Chef wan serves up a buffet of halal dishes that brings together tastes from all over southeast Asia. There is a suitably diverse range of choices on offer, and as well as the expected dishes from Malaysia, China and India, you will also find some unexpected options, including Sudanese food. A large 500-seat venue, it is nevertheless full at times, so it pays to book ahead.

11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm
#04-45-49 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road

Sky on 57

Justin Quek has created an Asian fusion menu in a room with a view at the top of Marina Sands. The menu is quintessentially modern Asian, with classics being reinterpreted in imaginative and sometimes surprising ways (e.g., foie gras xiao long bao or lobster in black pepper sauce). The view is simply stunning, encompassing Sentosa, the financial district, Marina Bay and beyond.

Level 57 SkyPark Tower 1
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
10 Bayfront Avenue
6688 8857

Tong Le Private Dining

Tong Le prepares set menus of both classic and contemporary Chinese dishes, and they seek to combine innovative food and fine dining in a thoroughly modern way. 6- and 7-course menus are on offer, and the exclusivity of the experience is enhanced by one of the  two dining rooms being located in a revolving tower, providing a 360? view of the city. Bookings are essential.

OUE Tower
Level 4 and 5
60 Collyer Quay
6634 3233

Bumbu

Serving an array of Indonesian, Thai and Peranakan dishes, this is a simple eaterie that thrives on producing traditional halal dishes from across the region. Like the menu, the decor is eclectic, but the atmosphere is welcoming and you can eat al fresco. A house speciality is the century eggs salad.

Tue-Sun 11am-3pm, 6-10pm
44 Kandahar Street
6392 8628

Cé La Vi (formerly Ku Dé Ta)

The menu reflects modern Asian flavours, under the auspices of Chef Frederic Faucheux, best-known for his work in Michelin-starred restaurants and much-loved favourites such as Nobu. He is assisted by pastry chef Jason Licker, a rising star after his recent win on Iron Chef Thailand.

12 noon-late
SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands
1 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7688

Australian

Burnt Ends

A small, 18-seat restaurant serving up modern and innovative Australian barbecue in a casual setting, Burnt Ends offers a range of beautifully barbecued and smoked dishes, such as quail’s eggs and grilled squid in paprika butter oil, as well as more robust concoctions such as the Burnt Ends sanger. Cooking on three bespoke metal grills and using a four-ton brick cavity oven, the concept is complemented by the decor, which includes charcoal-toned hanging lamps and burnt wooden counters.

Mon-Sat 6pm-12 midnight; Tue-Sat 11.45am-2pm
20 Teck Lim Road
6224 3933

British

Oxwell & Co.

Run by the former head chef at Claridge’s, Oxwell & Co. serves up simple, traditional British fare made with garden fresh ingredients from its own rooftop garden. Dishes like Yorkshire pudding, prawn cocktail and lemon posset conjure up a time past, yet this is all executed in a thoroughly modern style. This is matched by the location and decor, which manages to be both retro and up-to-date at the same time. A concept that is finding itself many enthusiastic followers.

6pm-12 midnight
5 Ann Siang Road

Colbar

Colbar is simply a place that everyone should visit once during their time in Singapore, if for no other reason than the unique experience it provides. In business since 1953, very little has changed since then, despite a relocation fifty years later. The menu is retro before retro became chic, featuring dishes such as pork chops, fish and chips, eggs and beans, and curry chicken, and there is a range of English beers and some imported ciders. One of the most interesting and engaging places to eat that you will find, if you are interested in the way things used to be.

9A Whitchurch Road
6779 4859

Contemporary and Classic Continental

The Black Swan

A contemporary dining concept in a classic, art-deco setting, The Black Swan is found in the former premises of the Kwangtung Provincial bank. The menu features interpretations of modern European dishes, and a more informal menu (the burgers here are particularly good), and there is also a cocktail bar, The Powder Room, upstairs.

19 Cecil Street
8181 3305

Nox – Dine in the Dark

An extremely innovative concept, a three-course set menu is served to you in total darkness, the aim being to let your sense of taste come to the fore in order to experience food in a new, awakening way. They offer a mystery menu of modern European dishes, and your guide (not waiter) takes care of your every need, even giving you pictures and descriptions of what you’ve eaten after the meal.

269 Beach Road
6298 0708

Stellar

With one of the most spectacular dining views available in Singapore, Stellar offers a contemporary menu with special 4-, 5- and 6-course tasting menus available that you can create yourself. The food is artistically presented and there is an a la carte menu as well. Book early to get a window seat with breathtaking views of Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore Flyer and East Coast Park.

Stellar @ 1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place
6438 0410

Pollen

Mediterranean-inspired modern European cuisine, Pollen is located in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay and so diners are surrounded by a variety of vegetation in a climate-controlled environment where the temperature is -20°C—perfect for escaping Singapore’s heat and humidity. This innovative fine dining experience is the brainchild of Jason Atherton (a Gordon Ramsay protégé) and there are a la carte and dinner tasting menus available.

8 Marina Gardens Drive #01-09
6604 9988

LeVeL 33

Under the auspices of executive chef James Tegerdine, LeVeL 33 offers contemporary continental classics, honed by his experience in a number of the world’s top eateries. LeVeL 33 features both an a la carte and set lunch menu options and is a firm favourite with those working in the financial district. The venue is also noted for its Saturday brunch and Sunday Roasts, offering a contemporary take on the traditional British version. LeVeL 33 also features its own micro-craft brewery, which is the highest in the world.

#33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
8 Marina Boulevard
6834 3133

Bacchanalia

Featuring chefs trained at Heston Blumenthal’s iconic Fat Duck, including Brazilian Ivan Brehm, Bacchanalia unsurprisingly features a daring and innovative menu of re-interpreted classics and newly created dishes. The atmosphere is relatively informal for a fine dining establishment, and communal dining is encouraged, with portions smaller than normal to encourage sharing.

Tue-Thu 6pm-12 midnight, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 6pm – 2am, Sun 11.30am-5pm
Masonic Club
23A Coleman Street
6509 1453

Saint Pierre

A menu consisting of modern French food inspired by Japanese techniques and ingredients, Saint Pierre has been up and running since 2000 in the CBD, but has now moved to Sentosa Island. There is a popular 10-course omakese menu available, and the restaurant is also a treat for the eyes with its large floor-to-ceiling windows.

31 Ocean Way
#01-15 Quayside Isle
6438 0887

Gordon Grill

A venerable Singapore classic, the Gordon Grill has been serving classic continental cuisine and premium steaks from its meat trolley since 1963; sides of meat are wheeled to your table, and then cut and weighed before you. There is a six-course degustation menu as well as a range of fresh seafood and an extensive dessert menu. An old-school dining experience of the type that is harder and harder to find, and so visiting the Gordon Grill should be a part of any stay in Singapore.

12–2.30pm, 7–10.30pm
The Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
6730 1744

Bacchus Boathouse

Contemporary European cuisine served in a heritage boathouse, the restaurant features an open deck and is a favourite for both romantic nights out and family get-togethers. With signature dishes such as sea bass chowder and crab cakes, the food is well-presented and the service attentive.

Mon-Sat 12-2pm, 6.30-11pm
#03-01 The Waterboat House
3 Fullerton Road
6538 9038

Dutch

I Am Cafe

An Amsterdam-inspired cafe (although with one obvious difference) that does a good line in halal casual food, such as burgers, frittes and mayo, crepes and Dutch apple pie. They also serve house blend coffee and mcoktails, and you can expect to find the place full to bursting most evenings. A good atmosphere that captures the cafe spirit exceedingly well.

11am-10pm
674 North Bridge Road

French

DB Bistro Moderne

Serving French classics and bistro-style food combined with a modern American touch. Known as much for its burgers as its escargot, there are private rooms in addition to the main restaurant, and a 15-seat bar. Located at Marina Bay Sands, Chef Daniel Boulud is carving out a following and the venue is popular with theatre and concert-goers before and after a show.

2 Bayfront Avenue
The Shoppes at Marina Bay
6688 8525

Restaurant Andre

Modern French cuisine with a daily changing fixed eight-course dinner menu. Known particularly for its foie gras, this is definitely in the top echelon of Singapore French restaurants, and so you can expect an all-out dining experience and the best of contemporary French cuisine.

41 Bukit Pasoh Road
6534 8880

Cocotte

A new addition, slightly off the beaten track in Little India, Cocotte promotes communal dining and so is attracting a clientele looking for a new experience. Located in the boutique hotel Wanderlust, the may stand-out dishes include the roast chicken that is marinated for two days. A new concept in Singapore dining, the combination of food and location makes it a popular choice with the adventurous.

2 Dickson Road
6298 1188

Clifford

The menu features a range of French classics such as steak tartare and rack of lamb, and dining here in the evening provides a stunning view of the Singapore cityscape. Also known for its Sunday brunch buffets, where oysters, foie gras and crêpes suzette top the bill, the restaurant is perfectly located in the Fullerton Bay Hotel and gazing out through its 10 metre high floor-to-ceiling windows almost warrants a visit on its own.

Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay
6597 5288

Bar-roque Grill

Stephane Istel, former executive chef at DB Moderne Bistro, has now branched out on his own and has created a menu of traditional French classics, including rotisserie meat and gourmet sausages, and the restaurant is welcoming in both its decor and philosophy. The menu is reasonably priced and the cooking a treat. A firm favourite with many and a popular meeting place.

Tanjong Pagar
165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-00

Gunther’s

Contemporary French cuisine served in a stunningly modern minimalist interior is the essence of Gunther’s. Consistently highly-placed in the world’s best restaurant listings, Gunther’s food is sophisticated without being unnecessarily experimental, the result being a menu that reflects the best in contemporary French cooking, combined with an ambience that is both elegant and welcoming.

Mon-Sat 12-3pm, 6.30-10.30pm
36 Purvis Street #01-03
6338 8955

Indian

In terms of Singaporean cuisine, Indian food can not really be considered ‘international’, as so many local dishes have been profoundly influenced by Indian cooking. Nevertheless, for those coming to Singapore from parts of the world where they are less familiar with Indian cuisine, several restaurants have been included here to as a starting point for an exploration of the island’s wonderful food from India and its neighbours. 

Tiffin Room

For many, no stay in Singapore is complete without a visit to Raffles Hotel, where the jewel in their gastronomic crown continues to be the Tiffin Room. Chef de cuisine Kuldeep Negi creates Indian curries of the first order, and the buffet lunch and dinner can be accompanied by selections from the extensive wine list. The old-world formality of the Tiffin Room is not to everybody’s taste these days (although there is no longer an overly strict dress code), but the food on offer continues to be amongst some of the best Indian food served in Singapore—no mean feat in this town.

12 noon-2pm, 7-10pm
Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road
6412 1816

Ananda Bhavan Restaurant

Opened in 1924, Ananda Bhavan is the oldest vegetarian Indian restaurant in Singapore. Popular with people from all walks of life, the cuisine has both north and southern Indian influences, but also reflects Singaporean gastronomic diversity in that Chinese flavours can also be found in many dishes. There are now five outlets, but the original location remains the best.

7.30am-10.30pm
221 Selegie Road
6339 3643

Annalakshimi

A volunteer-run, buffet style restaurant run as a not-for profit that offers diners the opportunity to eat what they want and pay what they feel is appropriate. It attracts all levels of Singaporean society, including many from the surrounding CBD, and there is well-cooked, hearty food from all over India available. Although payment is by donation, anything less than $10 for a meal is probably rather churlish.

Mon-Sat 11am-2pm
104 Amoy Street
6223 0809

Gajalee

Gajalee specialises in fresh seafood cooked in the Malvani style, with dishes such as clams cooked in coriander and coconut, oysters in curry and Bombay Duck, which is a type of lizard fish found off the coast of Mumbai and is usually fired in a masala batter or stuffed with prawns and chutney. Although seafood is their signature, meat, chicken and vegetarian dishes are also available.

11.30am-3.30pm, 6-11pm
Unit 17/19 Cuppage Terrace
Cuppage Road
6733 3278

Punjab Grill

An Indian fine dining restaurant, Punjab Grill was established by Jiggs Kalra, who has had a significant role to play in the international embracing of Indian food. A number of his original creations appear on the menu, including the Paan Shot, a digestive drink based on a traditional recipe and which is served to all diners with his compliments. The food is largely that of the Punjab region, and the menu seeks to reinterpret classics with a nod to modernity.

11am-12 midnight
B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7395

Samy’s Curry Restaurant

A family-run south Indian restaurant that has been in business since the 1950s and that has always had the aim of reproducing food for Indian immigrants in a style that replicates as closely as possible how dishes would be cooked at home. Served on a banana leaf, the food’s authenticity and passion is unquestionable, and the restaurant now has a large and loyal following of people from all over the city.

Wed-Sun 11am–3pm, 6–10pm
25A Dempsey Road
6472 2080

Indonesian

Gurame

Facing the sea, a highlight of dining at Gurame is its array of hot and spicy sambal sauces, served in traditional stoneware that really enhance its authentic Indonesian halal cuisine. The house speciality is the fried Gurame Goreng, which is a deep fried fish on which the restaurant has (literally) made its name. Equally well known are dishes such as the Kepala Ikan, Tahu Kipas and Udang Gala Sambal.

12-3pm, 6-10pm
11 Changi Coast Walk
6542 2038

Kintamani

One of Singapore’s longest established Indonesian restaurants, it serves up very traditional fare from either a buffet or a la carte menu from within the Furama Riverfront Hotel. The gado gado—a boiled cabbage salad with long beans, potato, boiled eggs and beancurd—is a house speciality, while there is also a good range Malay kuehs on the dessert menu.

12-2.30pm, 6-11pm
Furama Riverfront Singapore
405 Havelock Road
6739 6463

Italian

Il Cielo

A small, intimate venue that provides an oasis from the bustle of Orchard Road, the menu features contemporary Italian dishes using imported seasonal ingredients. There are modern twists on a range of Italian classics, and there is handmade pasta and hand cured meats on offer. The signature dish of made-to-order Burrata mozzarella is well worth the visit, as is the location which is next to the pool on the 24th floor of the Hilton Hotel.

Level 24
Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
6730 3395

Badoque

A feature of Badoque is the creative Halal menu where Italian favourites are imaginatively reinterpreted. With pizzas, steaks and innovative salads (such as chicken and orange) being the order of the day, this is a low-key, reasonably priced venue that has good, honest food and a welcoming atmosphere that attracts a large and loyal East Coast clientele.

Simpang Bedok
298 Bedok Lane/Road
6446 6928

Ristorante Da Valentino

A well-established and popular family-run restaurant offering classic Italian dishes with great attention to detail. Their pastas are simple and hearty, the pizzas are full and flavoursome and they offer a good range of fresh seafood. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and it’s a venue that sees patrons return time after time.

200 Turf Club Road #01-19
6462 0555

Pete’s Place

Pete’s Place is one of Singapore’s most revered and awarded establishments, having been in operation since 1971 and still drawing enthusiastic diners today. Classic Italian cuisine served in classic Italian style, with old world favourites such as minestrone soup, wood-fired pizzas, spaghetti topped with seafood, wholesome salads and freshly-baked breads topping the bill of fare. The service is old-school too, and overall a night out at Pete’s Place is the sort of full dining experience to be savoured.

Grand Hyatt Hotel
10-12 Scotts Road
6416 7113

Forlino

Award-winning chef Kentaro Torii presents the best of contemporary Italian cuisine at Forlino, and this combined with the high standards of service and fantastic views makes it a popular choice amongst discerning diners. The sophisticated menu uses ingredients imported from Italy or handmade on the premises, and the wine list here is extremely impressive. Set lunch menus are available during the week, making it the ideal venue for a business lunch, while the night time views over Marina Bay make it an enticing choice for dinner.

12-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
1 Fullerton Road #02-06
6877 6995

Japanese

Keisuke Tonkotsu King

Keisuke Tonkotsu King has a reputation for serving some of the tastiest ramen to be found in Singapore. A relatively small space, diners can choose the strength of their ramen, some varieties of which are unusually created from a soup base of prawns and crab rather than shio, miso or shoyu.

11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm
Tras Link
#01-19 Orchid Hotel
6636 0855

Hilltop Japanese Restaurant

A teppanyaki restaurant with an extensive menu, the decor might be considered a little faded these days, although the quality of the food remains undiminished, with pork belly and black pepper fillet beef as signature dishes. Chefs undertake the usual range of gymnastics with the cooking utensils and the restaurant remains one of Singapore’s most popular venues for traditional teppanyaki.

2 Jurong Hill
6266 3522

Izy

Izy offers an 8 course omakase menu that enables diners to sample highlights from across chef Kazumasa Yazawa’s imaginative small plate menu. The food on offer is innovative and adventurous, as is the decor, and this new venue is a good example of the modern style of Japanese cooking that is proving to be very popular in Singapore.

27 Club Street
6220 3327

Ki-sho

An upscale restaurant offering contemporary Japanese food from decorated head chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto, seasonal ingredients such as aori ika, hida wagyu and monkfish liver are imported from Japan twice a week. The tasting menu enables diners to experience a range of dishes, and there are private rooms with traditional rice paper sliding doors as well as a lounge and sake room.

Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30pm
29 Scotts Road
6733 5251

Keyaki

Keyaki offers an authentic Japanese dining experience from master chef Hiroshi Kagata, who specialises in the art of kaiseki and sashimi. The restaurant offers an omakese experience where the chef decides your menu for you, and waitresses in kimonos offer attentive service. The surrounds of the venue are tranquil and relaxing, as the dining room is located in a sculptured Japanese garden.

12-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm
7 Raffles Boulevard
Marina Square
6826 8240

Tanuki Bar

Founded by Howard Lo of Singapore’s Standing Sushi Bar, Tanuki Bar offers raw gourmet dishes such as oyster shooters and steak tartare, as well as a comprehensive small plates menu featuring contemporary sushi dishes. There is also a selection of innovative and exotic cocktails.

181 Orchard Road
No. 02-03 Orchard Central
6636 5949

Korean

Big Mama

Good food inspires a loyal clientele here who return often to sample the extensive menu on offer at Big Mama. The signature dishes, such as dakgalbi suyuk and pan fried pork belly, are usually served in large portions ideal for sharing, while the jeongol hot pot is also a particular favourite. Always busy, so reservations are advised.

11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–11pm (closed Mondays)
2 Kim Tian Road
6270 7704

Red Pig

Located near the financial district, this is a low-key Korean barbecue restaurant where the eponymous red pig meat is a house speciality. There is a good range of side dishes such as kimchi, cold beancurd, mushrooms and the homely atmosphere makes it extremely popular both with Korean ex-pats and Singaporeans alike.

Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, 5.30-11.30pm Sat-Sun 5.30-11.30pm
93 Amoy Street
6220 7176

Togi

Bibimpap is the signature dish at Togi and the classic Korean meal is very well executed, especially when accompanied by their range of spicy-sweet chilis. They also do some tasty variations of Korean street food, such as spicy rice cakes, while the crispy pancakes are also a favourite dish. There is always a good crowd here, and the neighbourhood is constantly busy, so a trip to Togi offers you a good night out with fine eating.

Mob-Sat 12-2pm, 6-9pm
11 Mosque Street
6221 0830

North American

CUT

Singapore’s best contemporary steakhouse, this Wolfgang Puck venture offers a wonderful array of beef, including Australian Angus and Japanese Wagyu, while executive chef Joshua Brown also produces innovative entrees and homemade sauces. The dining room is sleekly apparalled and the service is of a high standard. A real stand-out location backed up by an extensive international wine list.

Sun-Thu 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6-11pm
#B1-71 Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
6688-8517

Crab in Da Bag

A new, ‘hands on’ dining concept where Asian and Louisiana flavours meet. Seafood dishes in homemade sauces are essentially emptied out from a large pot on to your table, and everyone goes from there. No plates, no cutlery (apart from crab hammers and the like), diners just dig in to what has been laid on the table before them. A fun way to dine with friends in a casual atmosphere, albeit a little on the messy side.

4pm-12am
Big Splash
Block D Unit #01-25, 902 East Coast Parkway
6440 0083

Relish

An upmarket burger restaurant, the burgers here are well-priced and good quality. Interesting burger combinations such as Wild Rocket, Blue Cheese & William Pear and Soft Shell Chili Crab mean that Relish is a cut above most other burger places, and is well worth visiting.

Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 6.30-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm
501 Bukit Timah Road
#02-01 Cluny Court
6763 1547

Omakase Burgers

Boasting a unique burger patty smashing technique, Omakase Burgers are unusually tender and juicy, and there is good range of tasty, uncomplicated choices. They present good value for money, with the option to add an extra patty or have a set meal that includes fries and a drink. Located in the new Grandstand Mall complex (formerly known as Turf City), this is a great choice for the burger aficionado.

Mon-Thu 11.30am–3.30pm, 5–9.30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm
#01-05 The Grandstand
200 Turf Club Road
6763 2698

The Handburger

Offering some of the biggest burgers around, the beef burgers here are made from grass-fed New Zealand beef and come with a dizzying range of toppings. The Works is their signature burger and the name tells you all need to know. Fish and veggie burgers are also available, and sides include salads, mushroom soup and chunky fries. Ideal for those who like their burgers to be a meal and not just a snack.

Sun-Thu 11.30am-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-10pm
#B1-65/66 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
6334 4577

Russian

Shashlik

Shashlik has been around since 1986, serving borsch soups the like of which can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Despite being in operation for over twenty-five years, the tastes have never become stale, and the food is cooked with the same flair and enthusiasm as it has always been. Its sixth-generation Hainanese chefs have evolved their tastes and recipes over time, but the Russian essence remains.

12.30-3pm, 6.30-10.30pm
545 Orchard Road
#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre
6732 6401

Seafood

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

Famed for its chili crab (no small feat when the dish is so revered in Singapore), there are several jumbo seafood outlets scattered across the island, but the nicest location with the best view is the one located at Riverside Point. Razor clams and cereal prawns are also exceedingly popular dishes.

30 Merchant Road
#01-01/02 Riverside Point
6532 3435

Red House Seafood Restaurant

Creamy custard prawns that are battered, deep fried and then coated in a blend of milk and butter is the house speciality, but there is always a wide range of fresh seafood on offer at Red House.

#01-14 The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
6735 7666

Palm Beach Seafood

Sri Lankan crabs, prepared in 11 different ways, are one of the most popular dishes at Palm Beach, although the spicy marbo goby and lobster with vermicelli are also house specialities.

12-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm
One Fullerton #01-08
1 Fullerton Road
6336 8118

7th Storey Live Seafood & Charcoal Steamboat

Chili and black pepper crabs cooked over charcoal are the staple dishes here, and the Hainan influence is easily discerned, cooked as they are by a chef with over 30 years’ experience. Great views are also available from the outdoor terrace.

11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm
01-05/06 Marina Barrage
260 Marina Way
Marina Bay
6222 7887

The Naked Finn

Fresh seafood simply cooked on a char grill, and served with with olive oil or butter marks out the menu at The Naked Finn. Indian squid, Atlantic scallops and African lobsters are regularly on chef Ken Loon’s menu, and there are set meal options available as well.

41 Malan Road #01-13
Gillman Barracks
6694 0807

Spanish

Esquina

Executive chef Andrew Walsh brings modern Spanish tapas to Chinatown and Esquina features a large and innovative menu, with house specialities such as baked bone marrow,  aged rib-eye beef and fired squid ink calamari. There is a good Spanish drinks list as well. The tiny 12-seat restaurant doesn’t accept reservations and so you need to be prepared to wait for a table.

Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm
16 Jiak Chuan Road
6222 1616

Catalunya

A contemporary Spanish restaurant offering a distinctive menu that reflects Spain’s diverse culinary regions. House specialities include suckling pig, and the standards of hospitality and service are high. The setting is stunning, being located in The Fullerton Pavilion, a glass-encased floating glass dome and with great views of Marina Bay.

12pm-2am
The Fullerton Pavilion
82 Collyer Quay
6534 0886

Los Primos Taberna Y Tapas Bar

The range of classic Spanish tapas on offer include dishes such as huevo estrellado, as well as an a la carte menu, in an informal setting. Food can be accompanied by a selection of Spanish beers or you can choose from a well constructed wine list. Located in the ground floor of a renovated shophouse, there is a lively atmosphere and also a stylish cocktail bar.

81 Club Street, No. 01-01
6423 1773

Kaixo

The brains behind Kaixo (which means ‘hello’ in Basque) started out in private dining, and they now offer a range of small plate fare, including specialities such as pan-seared scallops with braised leeks, sautéed squid tentacles and pinxtos, (mussels with red capsicum spread on toast). The decor is simple but stylish, and with only 30 seats the atmosphere is homely and welcoming.

Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm, Mon-Sat 6-11pm
96 Tanjong Pagar Road
6225 0545

Lolla

Lolla offers a sophisticated modern tapas menu (e.g., a tortilla topped with flakes of smoked eel, or sea urchin pudding) in a chic interior, complete with open kitchen and communal eating in the basement, in addition to the 13-seat counter. The wine list is well considered and complements the food on offer extremely well.

Mon-Sat 12-2pm, 6pm-12am
22 Ann Siang Road
6423-1228,

Binomio

The tapas tasting menu at Binomio is a real highlight, featuring outstanding dishes such as  the pork meatballs in squid ink sauce or the char-grilled pork belly. The restaurant has both a main dining room and a more informal bar area, and the truly authentic Spanish food, as well as some unique speciality dishes from the Rioja region, is accompanied by a good quality wine list.

Mon-Fri 12-2pm, 6pm-12am, Sat 6-10.30pm
#01-02 Craig Place
20 Craig Road
6557 0547

Swedish

Fika

A cafe-style eaterie serving a range of halal bistro-style dishes that might be called Swedish classics. such as pickled herring and meatballs, while there is also a good range of desserts and sweet dishes.

Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11pm
257 Beach Road
6396 9096

Thai

Thai To Go

Serving a good variety of authentic Thai dishes in a relaxed and informal setting, they offer classics such as pineapple rice and tom yum goong. The restaurant is an informal yet stylish affair, and there is the added bonus of a home delivery service.

11am-10pm
#01-05 Sembawang Cottage
369 Sembawang Road
6758 2110

Nara

Nara offers Thai cuisine that has its origins in street food, but which has been taken up a level. Their Boat Noodles are a speciality, while the tom yung goong and prawn paste chicken are also worth sampling. The food is authentic and traditional, and is cooked using high quality ingredients.

11.30am-10pm
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #B3-2

Vietnamese

The Orange Lantern

A slightly unorthodox combination of a restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food that is halal, their pho is exceedingly popular and one of the best in the city. The Vietnamese spring rolls are also done extremely well, while the barbecue beef in betel nut leaves is a house speciality and crowd favourite. The service is swift and efficient and dining is always a pleasant and friendly experience.

11am-10pm
73 Killiney Road
6732 8032

Wrap & Roll

Dishes from all over Vietnam can be tasted at Wrap & Roll and their paper rolls are unsurprisingly a house speciality, You can select from the menu or go for the DIY option and make your own wrap yourself. The Ha Noi grilled pork skewers and Ha Noi La Vong grilled fish are stand out dishes.

10am-10pm
#B3-19, 2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard

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