Singapore’s culinary scene has metamorphosed over the years into offering an impressive mix of international and local cuisines. From bustling street food-stalls to sophisticated Michelin-starred restaurants, the city’s versatile eateries appeal to discerning travellers looking for an evolved dining landscape.
While it’s grown to welcome a number of globally acclaimed restaurants, Singapore also prides itself on organic coffee houses and local eateries that use handpicked ingredients to craft quality meals that promise memorable gastronomic experiences. As for Indians looking to comfort themselves with food from their home country, Singapore’s wide variety of Indian restaurants make them feel at home.
Looking to dine at one of Singapore’s 29 Michelin-starred establishments? Don’t miss this one.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Singapore’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant, French celebrity Chef Joël Robuchon’s eponymous space is elegant and luxurious. It features a dining room inspired by the Art Deco style of architecture. Opt for its full-tasting “Menu Appetit” to indulge in the best offerings by this Provence-style French restaurant (there is a vegetarian alternative to this too). Some of the dishes that shouldn’t be missed are La Langoutine that is scampi raviolis with black truffles, Le Caviar Imperial that is wild salmon tartare with caviar and saffron crisps, and whole “Teppanyaki” seared lobster with romesco sauce, caramelised quail and mashed potatoes. Pair these with Joël Robuchon’s extravagant wine list that has over 1,000 labels. Open Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-10:30pm; tel: +65 6577 7888; joel-robuchon.com
Singapore offers an array of vegetarian, organic and vegan restaurants for travellers that wish to eat clean.
Afterglow by Anglow
This trendy restaurant aims to make vegetarian food cool again and it begins with its chic interiors. Afterglow believes in farm-to-table food that is non-processed, eco-friendly and of course, made of fresh ingredients. It “keeps its feet firmly planted in the soil” with appetisers such as the raw vegan nut “cheese” platter with crackers, and Afterglow kimchi nori rolls that are made from almond sushi rice and homemade seven-day aged kimchi. The mains consist of salads, soups and dishes such as raw lasagne, raw burger (pictured), and raw zucchini linguine with walnut “meat”-balls. Afterglow also conducts food workshops on healthy eating and retails its juices that aim to cleanse the body, apart from its all-natural toiletries, juicing equipment and organic food products. Open Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday 12pm-2:30pm, Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm; tel: +65 6224 8921; afterglow.sg
THE INDIAN AFFAIR
The comfort of Indian food isn’t ever too far away in the city.
Since its inception in 1971, Rang Mahal has established high standards for Indian cuisine in Singapore. The restaurant serves traditional Indian fare with a modern presentation, resulting in a beautiful marriage between “contemporary and heritage”. It offers a sample tasting menu that includes dishes such as Konkan coast tomato soup with goji berries, hot stone tandoori lamb chops marinated in Kashmiri chilli and nutmeg, tandoori portobello mushrooms with spices, wholesome cottage cheese cooked in a spinach-based gravy with chopped onion, garlic and green chillies, and espresso kulfi. Rang Mahal also offers a gourmet lunch buffet that is available from Sunday until Friday — appropriate for informal meetings. Additionally, the restaurant features a carefully picked wine list that complements the strong flavours of Indian cuisine. Open daily 12pm-2:30pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm; tel: +65 6333 1788;
Unwind at this coffee shop as you watch the city go by while you sip on a tasty hot beverage.
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Opened in collaboration with celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier, Tiong Bahru Bakery is known for its French patisseries. A cappuccino with the bakery’s perfectly baked croissant is an apt way to begin a relationship with this alluring Singaporean cafe. It also serves almond croissants, which are moist and dense, and taste more like cake than bread. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on Tiong Bahru Bakery’s kouign-amann, a heavily caramelised puff-pastry or Breton cake that melts in your mouth, thanks to its high butter content. It also serves savouries such as squid ink sandwich, rolling dumpling savoury croissant and spicy pork hot dog with black sesame Vienna bread. All branches at Eng Hoon, Raffles City and TANGS Orchard open daily at 8am. Closing time differs for each branch;
tel: +65 6220 3430; tiongbahrubakery.com