If you wish to experience the true culture of your tourist destination, you have to try out their local cuisine. Singapore is one country that has a lot to offer in terms of food owing to its rich heritage. The local cuisine has evolved and obtained influences from various other cultures such as Malaysian, Chinese and even Indian, morphing into an exotic palette bursting with flavors.
Therefore, we deem it necessary to discuss the best places to eat in Singapore that will entice your taste buds and compel you to hop on the next flight to this food heaven. Check out the list we have compiled to help you find the best food in Singapore:
Rated as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2017, Wild Rocket is famous for its Mod Sin (modern Singaporean) cuisine. The concept was pioneered by Chef Willin Low, the owner of the restaurant. It is a tantalizing combination of traditional Singaporean food infused with different techniques and foreign flavors.
The restaurant offers classic Singaporean street food with a contemporary touch in a tranquil setting. Apart from an exciting a la carte menu, there are eight seats up for grabs at the chef’s counter, where Low himself will often be found serving the degustation menu.
You have to try their red snapper with tom yum bouillabaisse and Low’s signature laksa leaf pesto linguine with king prawns.
One of the best-known restaurants in the country, the award-winning Iggy’s is nestled within the Hilton hotel on Orchard Road. The restaurant’s simple yet elegant décor is mirrored in its dishes as well, which are conjured with top class ingredients using a lot of technique.
The menu includes flamboyant delicacies from around the culinary world with delicate flavors and simple presentation. Do try out their Spanish mackerel with tapioca pearls and tuna belly with pinot noir and direct your gaze at the large window looking into the kitchen as the expert chefs prepare your food.
Set against the backdrop of the lush Botanic Garden in Singapore, the Corner House serves “Gastro-Botanica” cuisine as described by co-owner and chef, Jason Tan. The menu is heavily inspired by the restaurant’s surroundings, i.e., plants and is complemented by rich proteins such as New Zealand cod and Japanese beef.
The restaurant operates in a black and white bungalow that is reminiscent of the country’s colonial history and was built back in 1910. They are famous for their degustation menu, known as the Discovery Experience, which comprises of eight mouth-watering courses.
The fine dining experience is priced at a steeper side but well worth the money and should be experienced at least once.
Candlenut in COMO Dempsey is the world’s first, and only Michelin starred restaurant that serves Peranakan cuisine. Malcolm Lee, the chef, and owner at the helm of the restaurant pays homage to his Peranakan heritage, with an exotic daily tasting menu of shared plates. He offers a contemporary twist to the age-old Strait-Chinese recipes. Using premium ingredients and the freshest seasonal produce, Chef Lee prepares his dishes that rely on a burst of spicy, tangy flavors.
The renowned architect Paola Navone has designed the new location at Dempsey, which opened in 2017. The settings are classy and posh, and a massive upgrade from the previous space with its simple, bare furnishing.
Located along the Jiak Chuan Road, near Chinatown and Outram Park MRT, Esquina is known as one of the best Spanish Tapas restaurants in Singapore. Chef Carlos Montobbio is a presentation genius as he serves intricate plates of a cuisine that is mostly rustic and hearty. He was previously trained under famous Michelin starred restaurants such as Zuberoa and Roca brothers’ Celler de Can Roca in Spain.
The food is Spanish at its core with deconstructed tortillas and Bacalao brandade, with a clever outlook of Japanese sushi. The restaurant is two-story high and yet still filled to the brim almost every night. Therefore, it is advisable to plan a visit to this place and make reservations, especially if you wish to sit at the bar table where you can enjoy front row seats to all the action in the kitchen.
The acclaimed celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda helms the fine-dining restaurant Waku Ghin, located in Marina Bay Sands. The 8000 square foot space features a main dining hall, three private cocoon rooms and intimate bar settings beautifully designed to reflect the delicate menu. The dinners move from room to room where the main course is served in one of the private enclosures by highly trained chefs.
Their signature dishes include Caviar and Wagyu with Wasabi and Citrus Soy and Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin. You are then escorted to the main dining area, which offers a mesmerizing floor-to-ceiling view of the Singaporean skyline while you enjoy the heavenly desserts and coffee.
After resounding success of Thai restaurants in Sydney, London, and Bangkok, David Thompson, an Australian chef and restaurateur, established the famous Thai food eatery, Long Chim, in Singapore. The flavors at the restaurant are akin to the vibrant street-style food of Bangkok such as wok-frying noodles and fragrant tom yums served with added refinement and panache.
The restaurant offers an intimate ambiance, nestled in the star-studded Marina Bay Sands casino and hotel complex.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Situated at the famous Marina Sands Bay, CUT by Wolfgang Puck serves the best steak in town. It offers premium quality steaks including the exclusive Australian Angus and Japanese Wagyu and Kobe as well as the more reasonable American ribeye, sirloin, and filet.
In sharp contrast to its rustic cuisine, the settings are sophisticated and classy with dark wood furniture and dim lights and the presentation of the dishes oozes finesse. The price tag is on the steeper side but well justified to a true meat-enthusiast.
These are some of the best restaurants in Singapore. We know you’ll love them. If you’ve got one to add to the list, let us know in the comments below.
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