With 20,000 eateries to feed a nation of around 5 million, it’s no wonder that Singapore is cooking up such a storm when it comes to its global food reputation. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, its melting pot of cultures has resulted in one of the most vibrant and exciting food scenes around – and we can’t get enough of it. The traditional hawkers are without question the best place to go to gain a sense of the eclecticism of the Singaporean food culture, and the increasing number of refined and often Michelin star rated chefs are drawing worldwide attention. It was a challenge to narrow them down, but we’ve drawn up a list of our top three Singapore restaurants.
Restaurant Andre was created with a specific vision in mind, and this is clear throughout every step of the mind-blowing culinary journey that you will embark upon as soon as you arrive.
The intimate dining space and even the reception are immaculate and stylish and yet feel like home. This is largely because Chef Andre Chiang’s wife selected just about each piece of furniture. But if you’re in love with the décor, you will be stunned by the food. Works of art adorn the plates here, so delicate you’ll barely want to touch, but tuck in and you’ll be transported to a world of exquisite textures and innovative flavour combinations.
Seafood features heavily, and Andre’s French training and Asian heritage are combined here to fantastic effect.
Pollen is a dining experience that is quite impossible to recreate elsewhere. Nestled in a leafy Mediterranean garden and with access to the beautiful flower dome, this restaurant is cool and contemporary. The menus change by season and feature an array of produce from around the world. The dinner tasting menu should not be missed, and dishes such as scallops, kohlrabi and sea lettuce are paired with wines for the most discerning palates. Cocktail hour here is worth a visit too, and daiquiris are Pollen’s speciality. This is a vibrant restaurant and a mainstay on the Singapore foodie scene.
Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Hotel
An outpost of the two-Michelin starred sushi bar from Tokyo, Shinji is a well-established favourite that offers fresh and exciting Japanese cuisine the heart of the iconic Raffles Hotel. Striving to share an appreciation for age-old Japanese culinary traditions, Master Chef Koichiro Oshino leads a world-class native Japanese team of artisan chefs. At £225 ($450) a pop, the Omakase Shin Set Menu might seem costly, but for the pleasure of tucking into multiple courses of warm, hand-pressed sushi and a succession of seafood plates such as botan ebi sashimi and steamed abalone, we’d say it’s money well spent.