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Destination Guide: Singapore Restaurants

Alexandra Paretta / September 23, 2015

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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!

Tippling Club

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
Web: http://www.tipplingclub.com
E-mail: enquiries@tipplingclub.com

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Razor clams by chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club. © NSTP Travel Times

NSTP Travel Times

Fish with mirin and nori cracker by chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club. © NSTP Travel Times

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Interior of Tippling Club. © Alex Ang

Burnt Ends

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.

Cuisine: Barbecue
Location: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Web: http://www.burntends.com.sg
E-mail: eat@burntends.com.sg

Burnt Ends

Fennel, orange, and burrata by chef Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends. © Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends

Burnt marshmallow by chef Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends. © Burnt Ends

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Interior of Burnt Ends. © TODAY Online

Iggy’s

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
Web: http://www.iggys.com.sg
E-mail: info@iggys.com.sg

Lennardy

Amuse bouche by chef Masahiro Isono of Iggy’s. © Lennardy

Lennardy

Asparagus, beetroot, carrot, and mustard by chef Masahiro Isono of Iggy’s. © Lennardy

Civilian Global

Interior of Iggy’s. © Civilian Global

Les Amis

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
Web: http://www.lesamis.com.sg
E-mail: lesamis@lesamis.com.sg 

Les Amis

Passion fruit meringue by pastry chef Cheryl Koh of Les Amis. © Les Amis

Les Amis

Seasonal flowers by chef Sebastien Lepinoy of Les Amis. © Les Amis

Les Amis

Interior of Les Amis. © Les Amis

 

Jaan

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
Web: http://www.jaan.com.sg
E-mail: reservations@equinoxcomplex.com

JAAN at the  Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

Hay roasted pigeon by chef Julien Royer of JAAN. © JAAN at the Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

JAAN at the  Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

Hokkaido uni by chef Julien Royer of JAAN. © JAAN at the Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore

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Interior of JAAN. © Expat Living Singapore

Hungry for more? View gallery here.

Waku Ghin

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
Web: http://marinabaysands.com/restaurants/waku-ghin
E-mail: wakughinreservation@MarinaBaySands.com

Marina Bay Sands

Sautée bamboo clam with garlic cream by chef Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin. © Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marinated Botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar by chef Testuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin. © Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Private dining room at Waku Ghin. © Marina Bay Sands

Try out a recipe from Waku Ghin yourself! Click here. 

Andre

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
Web: http://restaurantandre.com/
E-mail: info@restaurantandre.com

ANDRE

Needlefish and purple artichoke barigoule by chef André Chiang of ANDRE. © ANDRE

ANDRE

Chilled risotto and mediterranean seafood – two ways by chef André Chiang of ANDRE. © ANDRE

ANDRE

Private dining room at ANDRE. © ANDRE

Intrigued? View more amazing dishes from restaurant ANDRE here. 

Planning a trip to Singapore anytime soon? Why not get tips from a local chef? Check out our Singapore Local’s Tour here!

Contributing Writer

A thrill-seeker who enjoys venturing into the unknown, as long as there is a surrounding of good food, music, and conversation.

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