Singapore is not just a melting pot: when it comes to cuisine, Singapore’s amalgamation of cultural influence is a melting pot, saucepan, and wok.
This veritable foodie mecca boasts more than 35 Michelin-rated restaurants and hawker food that have earned their place among foodie’s favourites. To eat your way through Singapore is to understand its cultural makeup, its delicious DNA. Walk the foodie trail through these dynamic neighbourhoods and delight in each and every gastronomic offering.
Classic French fine dining with honour and influence from Asian flavours: in a sense, Les Amis is the quintessential Singaporean experience. This outstanding establishment has earned a prestigious two Michelin stars under the guidance and direction of Sebastien Lepinoy.
This authentic Taiwanese restaurants has been celebrated as one of Singapore’s best restaurants. Today, branches of Din Tai Fung have opened all over the world - including in Australia - sharing signature xiao long bao and their variations, soups, rice, noodles, and so much more.
In 2017, Meta was awarded its first Michelin star. Head Sun Kim pairs his classical training with Korean and Japanese elements for the ultimate ‘classic with a twist’ dishes, such as a dish that pairs beetroot, foie gras, and basil. His ever-changing menus are offered in 5 or 7 courses with lunch availability as well.
A trip to Singapore without a proper dim sum experience would be sinful! Yum Cha, the restaurant and the dining experience, is a classic. Traditional siew mai, dumplings, peking duck, and more are complemented with modern creations like poached prawns with Chinese wine or deep-fried wasabi prawns and kiwi fruit.
Not only has Odette earned an astounding two Michelin stars, but it has also claimed the ninth spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. With such obvious worth competition, this was quite a feat. Odette’s location in the National Gallery Singapore is a prelude to the all-consuming artful dining experience patrons of Odette enjoy.
If Singapore had a single signature dish, it would be the chili crab. Jumbo Seafood has been touted as one of the best chili crab purveyors in all of Singapore. With a set menu, premium set menu, vegetarian set menu, and a la carte options, patrons on all budgets can feel welcome.
Waku Ghin has just been awarded two Michelin stars for the 2017 class of restaurants, a substantial achievement. A meal at Waku Ghin is a masterclass in contemporary Japanese fine dining. Helmed by the renowned Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, Waku Ghin delivers a paramount experience of Japanese cuisine, sake, ambience, and decadence.
After moving from Sentosa Island, Saint Pierre stands near the emblem of Singapore: the Merlion. Proudly boasting one Michelin star, this restaurant offers degustation menus to delight every palate, described playfully as ‘Adventure,’ ‘Classic,’ and ‘Discover.’
Deceivingly simple, the mighty, complex flavours layered into every dish at Tai Hwa Pork Noodle has earned one Michelin star. The unassuming hawker establishment sits on famed Crawford Lane near the Lavender MRT Station. Be warned: these inexpensive master meals have initiated a culture of queueing.
As one might assume in Little India, a visit to Khansama would only be complete with a gorgeous selection of curries. Dine al fresco outside the street-facing restaurant and get your complete fill on friendly budget.
The fish head curry at Banana Leaf Apolo has been named one of the 25 must-eat dishes in Singapore. True to the name, most of your dishes will be served on a banana leaf, sticking to the delicious, aromatic Indian tradition.
Either the first or last stop in Singapore, Changi Airport is a neighbourhood unto itself. Each terminal houses options of cafes, restaurants, fast food, and bars. A favourite of many visitors is Bikanervala in T3, which serves Indian sweet and savoury treats. Another favourite for kids is the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, which - as you might imagine - features wholesome Hello Kitty decor to complement the sweetness of dessert waffles, tea cakes, and so much more.
As a massive bonus, there are a handful of options at Changi Airport that are open 24-hours a day, offering a tasty bite no matter how early or late you arrive.