Popular Eateries in Singapore
In Singapore, food is considered a major obsession; hence, you don’t need to struggle so hard to find a great place to have an amazing meal. Regardless of this city-state’s small size, you can literally find thousands of restaurants, bars, hawker centers and cafes that serve all kinds of sumptuous dishes.
Fortunately for visitors and residents alike, locating these eateries isn’t such an arduous task considering the excellent public transportation system available. All that’s really left is to know which eateries offer the most delicious meals and quality services. The list below does exactly that by showing you some of Singapore’s most popular eateries. Read on to find out where your next meal could likely be.
Right from the 1960s this Indian curry house has served Singaporeans with their signature fish head curry, calamansi juice and a host of other meals which will leave its visitors satisfied. At this eatery, it is a choice to eat with utensils since every person is provided with a large banana leaf they can eat off.
If you’re looking for an eatery with a great nasi padang in Singapore, Sari Ratu restaurant is a great choice. You can get a huge plate of rice served with a variety of options including potato patties, black –sauce squid and an array of curry. The options are many when it comes to Sari Ratu.
Hong Lim Food Centre
If you’re the kind that doesn’t enjoy queuing with the office crowds just to grab your lunch, you can visit this eatery for some of Singapore’s best meals. This food centre is loved for its minced pork noodles which can be found at Tai Wah Pork Noodle, peanut pancake at Granny’s Pancake and stir-fried rice noodles at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee.
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
Once you find yourself near Tiong Bahru, visiting antique shops, you might want to grab a tasty meal at this famous Food Centre. Ensure that you visit with a number of friends and order the roast meat sold at Lee Hong Kee, rice cakes and pickled vegetables served at Jian Bo Shui Kueh, and top it off with a dessert at Lian Liang Garden.
Now, we’re not quite sure why the ends of this eatery are burnt, but what we are aware of is that they serve some of the Lion City’s most refined dishes prepared in a custom-built kiln, to a pack of crowds almost every day. They are highly regarded for their smoke-infused dishes including the rich pork Sanger and grilled leaks accompanied by brown butter sauce and crushed hazelnuts.
Penang Seafood Restaurant
Penang Seafood Restaurant is ideal for large families and has gained prominence for its affordable Chinese dishes. Here you can get the best of fried pork belly, penang char kway teow, stir-fried noodles and peppery rice noodle dishes with cockles, bean sprouts and Cantonese waxed sausage.
Roland restaurant masters in serving traditional Singaporean food and is particularly noted for their sweet and spicy chili crab, crispy baby squid and black sauce prawns. It will be more fun to visit this eatery in a group of three or more to finish the large dishes available.
Located on Stamford Road, Jaan gives its visitors the privilege of dining with a British-inspired menu prepared by chef Kirk Westaway and his team. While you’re feasting at Jaan, you can also enjoy the scenery of the city’s skyscrapers and enjoy some wine from Wiston Estate.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant
This seven-tabled French restaurant found at Duxton Hill spot is always filled with people waiting to get a taste of its delicious meals. They are also noted for their affordable lunches of meals such as seared beef onglets and poached monkfish set at a price ranging from $40 to $65.
Zam Zam Restaurant
Now this restaurant has been in existence for more than a century and that is enough proof of how good this eatery really is. Famous for their Indian Muslim foods, some of their most loved dishes include the following:
- Nasi biryani (rice with beef, chicken or mutton)
- The murtabak and a chopped chicken and cheese sandwich.
Maxwell Food Centre
Located in Chinatown, Maxwell Food Centre is one of the county’s most popular eateries. It is usually filled with long queues of people waiting for Maxwell Fuzhou’s oyster cakes, assorted roast meat noodles sold at Fu Shun Jin Ji and chicken rice sold at Tian Tian stall and A Tai Chicken Rice.
This eatery found at Kensington Square operates on a reservation-only basis and is well worth trying. With the menu prepared by a husband-wife duo, you’re sure to be served with flavor-packed dishes and an atmosphere filled with love and good vibes.
Min Jiang has been serving Sichuan and Cantonese dishes since 1982. It is popular for serving dim sum pushcarts during lunch hours, and for its deep-fried stuffed dough sticks served with enoki mushroom and shredded abalone. It is also cherished for its wonton noodles served with sweet red prawns, and its steamed pumpkin ball.
Chef Bjorn opened Artichoke in 2011 and has since gained a reputation for serving the most delicious Middle Eastern food in Singapore. Take advantage of their meze series coupled with toasted Turkish bread for an unforgettable experience.
Ibid is one of the best eateries to visit on Boat Quay. They are regarded for offering six and nine-course menus and loved for their waived corkage served on Tuesdays.
Park Bench Deli
This eatery is renowned for its Chinese braised pork belly kong bak banh mi, cheese patty melts as well as their panko-crusted chicken katsu in meat and bun combos. Park Bench Deli is located at Telok Ayer Street and has earned the respect of both locals and foreigners for its excellent sandwiches and drinks.
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Found in the ever famous Clarke Quay, Hai Di Lao is one of the most advanced eateries you will find in the country. With a manicure station, iPad menus and wireless chargers incorporated into each table, you’re sure to have a memorable experience. It gets even better with specialties including their homemade fish balls stuffed with roe, and shrimp noodles served until 6am, meaning you can visit at any time of the day or night.
Odette is the kind of eatery that you probably need to book immediately you get your flight tickets to Singapore. The restaurant, which was initially a chamber of the Old Supreme Court has an elegant design as appealing as the tasty dishes they have gained a reputation for serving.
For a unique experience, this eatery serves a mix of Australian, European and Sri Lankan food. Expect to spend at least SG$150 per head for a dinner of intriguing combinations such as pea sorbet with caviar and smoked eel or venison tartare with fermented plum.
Singapore’s Burger Labo churns out the most pedigreed burger known as the BB.11. In between the buns stand an all-beef patty of minced beef cuts, bordered by American cheese, tomato and lettuce, producing an irresistible taste.
Candlenut has been recognized as a Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant globally and has earned its name for its use of cream-colored nuts in curries. Visit this place to encounter chef-owner Malcolm Lee’s Amahkase menu and his iconic pork neck satay.
Young Singaporean residents love this eatery because of their budget-friendly-yet delicious chirashi, oysters, rice rolls and beef bowls which can be washed down with a variety of cocktails or beer. The best time to visit Tanuki Raw is between 5pm and 8pm.
Bar Cicheti serves some of the best hand-made pastas in Singapore in a well-designed space that breathes unparalleled art. Make it a point to try out portions of the variety of pastas available, particularly their cacao e pepe.
Keng Eng Kee
Keng Eng Kee is specialized in tzechar (stir-fries), gaining popularity for its moonlight hor fun, coffee pork ribs and the most renowned clay pot pork liver. It is advisable to visit this eatery when you have a reservation as it is often packed with crowds of people eager to have a taste of their signature meals.
Newton Food Centre
The ever-popular Newton Food Centre has been patronized by Singaporeans since 1971. Although they have occasionally come under criticism for overpricing their meals, they have maintained their client base for one solid reason; tasty food. Do well to explore stalls including the Soon Wah Fishball Kway Teow Mee and Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette found at this eatery.
The legendary Jumbo Seafood is one of Singapore’s finest and most popular eateries. Having several decades’ experience in preparing mud crabs, the restaurant has been listed on the Singapore stock exchange. It would be a major offense to visit Singapore without grabbing a taste of the nation’s favorite chili mud crabs, slewed in spicy, savory sauce made from candlenut, ketchup and chiles.
The Coconut Club
For a place to munch on some world-class desserts, you can visit this hip eatery located around the Ann Siang Hill area. They specialize in nasi lemak, which is coconut milk rice with accompanying condiments. The Coconut Club imports their main delicacy, coconuts, from a Malaysian plantation in bulk, then fresh-squeezes those to make sure that their meals are rich. You could also try the ever famous Chendol, which is a coconut milk-scented dessert with palm sugar syrup and rice flour jelly.
Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant
Based in Jalan Besar, this eatery has thrived for at least half a century, earning a name for their delicious baskets of Hong-Kong style dim sum such as xiao long bao and char siu. Take note however that there is usually a queue that could last for at least an hour. You should probably get there before 11am if you want to be on time for lunch.
Salted and Hung
Australian-born chef, Drew Nocente’s Salted and Hung is widely noted in Singapore for his flavored dishes. For just about 88 Singaporean dollars per head, one can grab his Feed Me menu which often includes grouper boiled in fish bone broth, served alongside fish and a dub of smoked mayonnaise.
It will be virtually impossible to capture all of Singapore’s numerous eateries in this article; however, the list above will definitely be helpful to anyone searching for a great place to enjoy a delicious meal in the Lion City.