Tasty Travels: Best Restaurants in Singapore
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If it's one thing you should plan for when you visit Singapore, it's to gain a little weight. Why? Because everywhere you look on this island, around every corner, and down every street is another unique and exciting restaurant for you to explore. Every time you step out of your hotel, you’ll walk past a little place that looks so good you simply have to stop by for one more meal. The sheer variety of cuisine is staggering; traditional Chinese establishments, restaurants with a few Michelin stars, and trendy bars that only serve small plate meals. One of the great things about a food exploration of Singapore is that you don't necessarily have to pay top dollar to get top tastes. Here, a plate of chicken rice served at Michelin star quality will cost less than five American dollars. All Singaporeans love food, so you won’t have any trouble getting recommendations from the locals on the week’s best dish or the hottest new spot that's just opened. Maybe the best casino restaurants, or even a street food stall that serves meals that taste better than anything you’ve ever tasted. However, if you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, we can help you out. We’ve put together a list of the top restaurants in Singapore: a diverse cross-section of the city’s tasty treats to keep you busy from one day to the next.
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The food and decor at Rang Mahal are an intersection of Western and Indian Influences. Indian spices meet with Western cooking methods and deliver sophisticated, complex dishes. The food isn't heavy, so it’s ideal for a date, but the flavors are spot on and delicious. Smoky tandoori portobello mushrooms are served adorned with chat masala and cheddar cheese; interesting and unexpected combinations abound. They serve a $58 lunch buffet that allows you to sample a wide cross-section of their menu without paying premium fine-dining costs.
328 Katong Laksa
Without question, this is one of the most well-known restaurants on our list. If you’re into a lot of choices and menu options, then this isn't the place for you as the menu is tiny. Thankfully tiny does not mean lacking in flavor and excitement: the star dish is the spicy laksa noodles. A coconutty, creamy concoction diced into short lengths, meaning a spoon is preferable to chopsticks; the noodles are what the restaurant is best known for. There's a chunky fish otah prepared by wrapping mackerel in banana leaves or a nasi lemak (coconut rice and assorted toppings) to die for. Check out the menu before you visit, as this is a fast-paced, table-turning spot.
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The best fresh, seasonal ingredients from the best farmers around the world and age-old Japanese culinary craft meet at Waku Ghin. Find some of the best meals in the city at this two Michelin star restaurant by Tetsuya Wakuda. Not only is the cuisine incredible, but the location and venue are as well; award-winning designer Yohei Akao has made over the dining space completely in a minimalist, natural style. Both nature and Japanese national heritage are represented here.
Remember those Michelin star restaurants we mentioned? Well, Odette is one of them. A two-star venue, Odette is carried by chef Julien Royer, a French farmer’s son, who doesn’t skimp on the influences instilled in him by his pastoral upbringing. He uses only the finest ingredients produced by small farmers. The result is a cuisine that is both innovative and traditional at the same time. Chef Royer is an expert at combining classic techniques with modern influences. Each and every dish that comes out of his kitchen is artistic, full of complex combinations, and mouth-wateringly delicious.
Warong Nasi Pariaman
This is not only a restaurant that serves the most delicious food around but also the one that has been doing it for the longest! Warong Nasi Pariaman opened its doors in 1948 and has been serving Indonesian specialties ever since. The restaurant has remained true to its originals and still offers dishes such as Ayam bakar- grilled chicken in coconut gravy- and sambal goreng- spicy stir fry made with long beans, diced beancurd, and tempeh. It’s a small venue, and it fills up quickly at all times of the year due to the delicious dishes and reasonable price point. They are Halal certified, so they don’t serve alcohol.
The waterside location would be reason enough for a visit in itself, even if Empress didn't serve an incredible Cantonese menu. Set in the historic grounds of the Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress is a combination of classic dishes like the Triple Roast platter (roast pork, barbecued pork, and sticky pork ribs) and innovative ideas. The soups are some of the best on this island. Also there's Best Dinner DTSP. Foodies, families, and friends will enjoy trying Social Roost's delectable dishes.
Singaporean cuisine is an eclectic mix of all the influences felt by the island over the years: which restaurants will you try first?