Culturally eclectic and economically dominant, Singapore is widely considered the gateway to southeast Asia. This tiny island city-state south of Malaysia is a melting pot of people, cultures, ideas, histories, and - most importantly, in our case – food. Although Singapore itself is made up of less than 5.5 million people, the number of tourists flooding in racks up to almost three times that amount. What’s more? Many of these people are coming with just one thing on their mind: experiencing the diversity of Singapore’s cuisine.
Roaming the streets of Singapore, you will discover it offers the best of all worlds. From its famous hawker centers filled with vendors serving food that’s a mixture of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Indonesian to world-class restaurants headed by renowned chefs like Ryan Clift of Tippling Club, and Masahiro Isono of Iggy’s, and many more. With so much opportunity and inspiration around, it makes sense that we find some of the world’s best chefs here. In fact, the Culinary Institute of America opened its very first international branch in Singapore – a strong testament of the government’s investment in culinary training. Needless to say – we are definitely excited to see what other great restaurants and chefs come out of this little island.
Now – without further ado, here’s our current list of Singapore’s best restaurants!
Liquor and spirits lovers unite! Chef-owner Ryan Clift of Britain likes to do things his way. Tradition? Forget it. You may be surprised to read one of his seasonal menus and find that each course doesn’t just have a wine pair – it has the option of being paired with a cocktail. Courses are presented in the highest gastronomical fashion, but according to one source, he isn’t fond of the word “molecular” when describing his plates. Tippling Club is equal parts hip and refiner, with a bistro-lounge astmosphere. For an even finer experience, the second floor has a restaurant extension called BIN 38, for more exclusive and upscale dining.
Cuisine: Modern, experimental, global avant-garde
Location: 38 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088461
Do you think you can keep up with barbeque and grill master Chef Dave Pynt? Not only is he constantly mixing up his techniques, but his menu is changed daily to serve guests with the most fresh and and mouth-watering ingredients. Smoked, grilled, roasted, laid on coals – baked in apple or almond wood burners – the possibilities are endless. Keep it casual in Singapore at this Aussie-influenced favorite.
Location: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Live abroad vicariously through restaurant owner Ignatius Chan and Chef Masahiro Isono’s eclectic and critically aclaimed menu. Inspired by his travels, Chan wanted to create an experience for diners by reimagining global dishes through the use of Japanese ingredients. Travel to France, Italy, and Australia through an Asian perspective in this imaginative menu that reflects the union of cultures with their best ingredients.
Cuisine: Global eclectic with Japanese ingredients
Location: Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238883
Let your friends take care of you for an evening – your friends from Les Amis that is. The Les Amis group, French translation “friends,” has served guests at their award-wininng Singapore restaurant to the highest standard since 1994. Classic french techniques are transformed by Chef de cuisine Sebastien Lepinoy with fresh and seasonal Japanese ingredients. Your tastebuds will be grounded in Europe and Asia simultaneously. Best of all, you will be delightfully overwhelmed by their extensive selection of wines – often called one of the best wine cellars in all of Asia.
Cuisine: Modern European
Location: 1 Scotts Road, 1-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
The world’s most influential chefs are always evolving. Regardless of his success, however, Chef Julien Royer knows his roots and finds inspiration from his home on the farmland. Royer is best known for his artisinal style cuisine with a refined touch that is both comforting and innovative.
Cuisine: Modern French
Location: Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
It’s not difficult to find great Japanese food in Southeast Asia. However, Chef Testsuya Wakuda may significantly raise your standards. People travel to Singapore solely to experience the dining here – it’s just that amazing! You may be surprised that very few ingredients are added to each dish, but like many great Japanese chefs, they don’t want to take away from what is mainly being served. Seasoning simply, cooking simply, but only using the highest quality of food is why Waku Ghin continues to stay high on the World’s Best list year after year.
Cuisine: Modern Japanese
Location: Level 2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Try out a recipe from Waku Ghin yourself! Click here.
Based on an 8-branched “Octaphilosophy™,” – (what is Octaphilosophy™? Learn more here.) – chef André Chiang of restaurant ANDRE believes that elements of uniqueness, purity, texture, and salt, evoke emotions that stimulate the brain which causes delectable memory. In addition, the ingredients have soul beccause of their terroir that is both southern and artisinal. Like all art, however, you have to experience it for yourself in order to appreciate what the artist is trying to say.
Cuisine: Reinterpreted French nouvelle cuisine
Location: 41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore
Planning a trip to Singapore anytime soon? Why not get tips from a local chef? Check out our Singapore Local’s Tour here!