Singapore is a city-state known for its cleanliness, its multiculturalism and most of all for its abilities as a place to do business.
Singapore’s amazing range of cuisines is thanks to its immigrant population. A population that has been coming and going for many years thanks to the country’s long term standing as a world seaport.
The Malays are native Singaporeans and have the greatest influence over the cuisine on offer. However, this is closely followed by two of the world’s most favourite cuisines, Chinese and Indian.
Mix these in with a multitude of other influences from Europe, especially British and Portuguese, and Asia, prominently Sri Lankan, Thai and Middle Eastern.
You are left with an overall offering to tantalise every palate. Sometimes even a single restaurant in Singapore can offer a multitude of cuisines or its dishes can be an interesting mixture.
Here are 10 Best Restaurants in Singapore You Must Try For Unique Experience:
Candlenut Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: guide.michelin.com)
The chef, Malcolm Lee, is a native Singaporean who uses many family influences to produce a menu that is derived from Peranakan culture, and Chinese settlers in the Malay region. Dished include grandfather’s curry, crab meat and pickled shallots served in a pastry cup. Be sure to keep a little room for dessert, Candlenut is renowned for them.
Address: Block 17A, Dempsey Road, 249676, Singapore Phone: +65 1800 304 2288 Opening Hours: Mon-Sun (12-3 pm, 6-10 pm) Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
2. Spring Court
Spring Court Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: burpple.com)
This is a classic example of a restaurant in Singapore whose menu changes with the times and is open to influences by the culture it is surrounded by. Originally a straight-up Cantonese restaurant, it now opens up to a vast range of Chinese cuisines, as well as is influenced by outside cultures, such as Fijian.
Address: 52-56 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058348 Phone: +65 6449 5030 Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (11am-2:30pm, 6-10pm) Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery
Bam! Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: cntraveler.com)
Bam! demonstrates exactly the kind of fusion cooking that makes Singapore restaurants so highly thought of. This restaurant successfully combines Japanese produce made with Western techniques. The dishes are brightly coloured, complicated and are changed every day, meaning that regular visitors never have the same menu twice.
Address: 38 Tras St, Singapore 078977 Phone: +65 6226 0500 Opening Hours: Tue – Sat (12–2pm, 6–10:30pm) / Sun and Mon (Closed) Service options: Dine-in
Empress Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: yatzer.com)
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a fabulous location then Empress is sure to impress. It’s located within the grounds surrounding the Asian Civilisations Museum and if that’s not enough, it has waterside views too! If you want to know about the cuisine, it’s traditional Cantonese, with a major concentration on quality pork dishes.
Address: 1 Empress Pl, #01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 179555 Phone: +65 6776 0777 Opening Hours: Mon-Sun (11:30am-3pm, 6-10:30pm) Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway
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Folklore Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: businesstraveller.com)
Another exponent of Peranakan food, this restaurant also has a menu with strong leanings towards Eurasian cuisine. Some of the dishes that are produced here are years old, unique and can’t be found anywhere else in Singapore. You’ll also see the chefs preparing food in the old fashioned way too, handpicking flesh and grinding spices with a pestle and mortar.
Address: 700 Beach Rd, Level 2 Destination Singapore, Singapore 199598 Phone: +65 6679 2900, +65 6679 2906 Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm)
6. Open Farm Community
Open Farm Community, Singapore (image courtesy: cntraveler.com)
A truly unique experience. This is a restaurant that has a farm in its back garden which supplies a lot of its ingredients! The menu is Vietnamese/Chinese in the main and the decor is vintage country home.
Address: 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819 Phone: +65 6471 0306 Opening Hours: Mon – Fri (12-2:30pm, 6-9pm) & Sat-Sun (11-3:30pm, 6-9pm) Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
7. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Singapore (image courtesy: imperialtreasure.com)
Any guesses what the number one dish is here? The Peking Duck takes centre stage and it is widely thought of as the best you can get in the city. It is served and sliced with a flourish tableside. Firstly you get some slices for dipping, secondly, the rest is taken back to the kitchen and prepared how you like it.
Address: 290 Orchard Road The Paragon #05-42/45, Singapore 238859 Singapore Phone: +65 6732 7838 Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (11:00 AM – 2:45 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM) Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
8. Kok Sen Restaurant
Kok Sen Restaurant, Singapore (image courtesy: citynomads.com)
Upon arriving, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve been in some cheap cafe, with plastic stools and tables. Don’t worry, the same family has been serving Cantonese food at this humble restaurant for the last 50 years. You’re in for a treat!
Address: 30 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089137 Phone: +65 6223 2005 Opening Hours: Tues – Sun (12-2:15pm, 5-9:30pm) & Monday is closed Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
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9. Hajah Maimunah
Hajah Maimunah, Singapore (image courtesy: hungryonion.org)
A Malaysian and Indonesian food specialist also has many dishes that combine the two. There are over thirty dishes to choose from on the menu so it’s easy to find something that appeals. The food is handily pictured so ordering is a case of pointing before it is served up on a plate of rice.
Address: #645 of 9,991 Restaurants in Singapore Phone: +65 6291 3132 Opening Hours: Mon – Fri (9 am to 5pm) Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery
10. Corner House
Corner House, Singapore (image courtesy: straitstimes.com) Are you one of those people who hates being served their food on a plate and being expected to eat with a knife and fork? The eclectic collection of crockery and cutlery at Corner House might be tempting for you. The cuisine is ultra-modern and beautifully presented onto a startling array of artefacts.
Address: 1 Cluny Rd, E J H Corner House Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569 Phone: +65 6469 1000 Opening Hours: Wed-Sat (12-3 pm, 6:30-11 pm) & Monday and Tuesday are closed Service options: Dine-in · No takeaway · No delivery
However, foodies amongst us will also recognize it as one of the top destinations in the world to eat out. Even if you’ve found the perfect
serviced apartments in Singapore for a short stay, the likelihood is that you’re not going to want to stay in and cook very often, not with the fantastic alternatives on offer.