Restaurants in Singapore
The residents of Singapore love to eat out. By one estimate there are 20,000 restaurants feeding its population of 5 million. Some of the best restaurants in Singapore are white glove, gourmet destinations while more humble options include countless street food stalls—with its rigorously enforced health codes, you can dine at them without fear. Singapore restaurants run the gamut of cuisines—at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, you'll find Thai, Malay, Indonesian and other options, while the country's large Indian population has the subcontinent's cuisine covered. Unique to Singapore, and a few cities in Malaysia, is Peranakan cuisine, a hybrid of Chinese and Malaysian cuisines.
To experience the full range of the city's culinary scene, check out Singapore restaurants that are a once-per-trip splurge, like Saint Pierre, as well as the food stalls. In Saint Pierre's formal central business district dining room, the kitchen serves dishes that are a unique combination of Japanese and French. The selection of foie gras is one of its specialties. When it's time to check out some of the more wallet-friendly options, Hainanese chicken is an unofficial national dish—chicken poached in stock and served with a chili and garlic sauce.
Owned by husband and wife Emmanuel Stroobant and Edina Hong, Saint Pierre is widely considered one of Singapore’s finest restaurants thanks to Stroobant’s innovative take on French and Japanese cuisine.
"Sin Huat is a wonderland of fresh seafood—notably the Crab Bee Hoon. The service, however, could be described as borderline hostile, and the decor? Nonexistent. Grab your own Tiger beer from the case, and hopefully, eventually, someone will bring mugs and ice. Yes.
This casual, Italian chain has several locations throughout Singapore and has earned a loyal following with its selection of specialty, wood-fired pizzas.
The Dutch colonizers of Indonesia put their own spin on the local nasi padang feast, an array of small dishes served with a helping of rice. Today, the toned-down rijsttafel is more popular abroad than in Indonesia itself.
One of the oldest restaurants in the Chinatown district, this classic Cantonese eatery was first established in 1928. The two-story dining room is simple but inviting, with wooden floors and large windows that overlook the neighborhood’s busy streets and markets.
Housed in a colonial-style shophouse, Oso Ristorante serves authentic Italian cuisine crafted by renowned chef Diego Chiarini.
Located in the hawker center of the bustling Tiong Bahru market, the Roasted Pig Specialist is easily recognizable by its bright yellow and green awning. The small stand roasts its own pigs and serves them whole (priced and sold by size) or in slices over beds of rice.
Located in Chinatown’s New Majestic Hotel, this namesake restaurant is owned by acclaimed chef Yong Bing Ngen, previously of Jade and Jiang-Nan Chun.
Located in the science and research—driven Biopolis neighborhood, Infuzi is a modern European eatery run by chef Freddie Lee. The high-ceilinged dining room is furnished with decorative glass walls, and small, intimate tables are illuminated by candlelight.
A plate of slippery rice noodles loaded with Chinese sausage, eggs, and fish-cake nuggets should do the trick.
Broth, which is an acronym for Bar Restaurant on the Hill, stands out among the other Duxton Hill eateries thanks to its unique menu of Australian cuisine.
The eponymous chef's kaiseki restaurant serves not-to-be-missed dishes that mimic the seasons.
Changi’s newest hotel houses a stylish eatery spotlighting an international team of chefs in two show kitchens.