There’s more to food than what you taste. Our chefs and restaurateurs have designed culinary experiences that embrace more than your palate, whether you’re dining among animals or literally fishing for dinner from the open sea. Here are seven spots that offer feasts for all the senses.
Feel the sea breeze while tucking into fresh seafood when you dine at this kelong (a fish farm), located on the waters off Changi. You’ll be doing more than choosing your main course here—be a fisherman for a day and reel in your own sea bass, snapper or grouper before chefs cook it to your preference. As the only way here is via bumboat (Smith Marine will help you book an inexpensive one), you’ll want to make a reservation at least three days in advance for a table at the first Halal-certified Chinese seafood kelong restaurant.
Smith Marine. Off Changi and Pulau Ubin.
Share a pot of tea with the Mad Hatter or solve a murder mystery in one of ANDSOFORTH’s dinners, that bring together the culinary and the cultural. The performing arts troupe organises feasts that are, in fact, immersive theatrical shows based on popular works of fiction, such as Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels and Alice in Wonderland. It’s not as straightforward as ‘dinner and a show’, either: You’ll be playing a character as actors and actresses spin their tales before you. ANDSOFORTH holds its dinner parties in various settings around the city, so check its website for details on upcoming shows.
Various venues and times.
NOX – Dine in the Dark
Tease your taste buds at this fine dining restaurant that’s cloaked in darkness. The idea behind NOX – Dine in the Dark is to let you experience a four-course dinner sans your sense of sight. You’ll have to rely on your other senses to work out the textures and flavours on chef Desmond Lee’s European-leaning plates. Don’t worry about stumbling around the dining room as you step into the shoes of the blind. The visually impaired service staff here, whose other senses are heightened, will gladly guide you through your meal.
NOX – Dine in the Dark. 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546. +65 6298 0708.
Janice Wong Singapore
You can unleash your inner child and play with your food at this restaurant helmed by local pastry queen, Janice Wong. Known for her bold, whimsical creations, the chef has developed chocolate ‘paint’ that you can slather on a plate and turn into an edible work of art. Or, let Wong create one for you. Her desserts are always beautifully presented, not unlike the works of art that hang on the walls of the National Museum of Singapore, where this restaurant calls home.
National Museum of Singapore. 93 Stamford Road #01-06, Singapore 178897. +65 9712 5338.
Mon & Sun 11am-6pm, Tue-Sat 11am-11pm.
Gourmet Safari Express
Be a park ranger at the Gourmet Safari Express, and be served a five-course dinner on a tram as it winds its way through the Night Safari. You’ll venture through the zoological park’s seven zones, cruising past hippos, zebras, giraffes and other fantastic beasts while tucking into your food. The night ends at the Night Safari’s Creatures of the Night show, where servals and striped hyenas show off their skills. The menu changes occasionally, and you’ll need to place a booking at least a week in advance for this experience.
Night Safari. 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826. +65 6360 8672.
Everyone has their personal preference when it comes to pancakes—whether they’re fluffy, crispy or studded with toppings. At Slappy Cakes’ two outlets, you’ll be a master pancake chef as you flip your hotcakes on a griddle built right into the tables. Pick from five batter flavours—including chocolate, buttermilk and zucchini—then add sweet or savoury fixings like chocolate chips, toasted almonds and mushrooms. The sky’s the limit as to what you, the chef in charge today, can do. Slappy Cakes is a great place for kids, too, who enjoying letting their creativity shine through their quirky pancake creations.
Slappy Cakes at Resorts World Sentosa™. 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-29, Singapore 098269. +65 6795 0779.
Slappy Cakes at The Grandstand at Old Turf Club. 200 Turf Club Road #01-20/21, Singapore 287994. +65 6465 1814.
Mon-Fri 10am-9.30pm, Sat & Sun 8am-9.30pm.
Conveyor belt sushi restaurants are a dime-a-dozen, but what about one that delivers plates of sushi and sashimi to your table via toy trains? Genki Sushi provides a fun, family-friendly spin to the Japanese food format: Place your order on a tablet device, and have them sent to your table via adorable mini carriages. Unload your precious cargo, then tap on another button to send the trains back to the kitchen for more.
Orchard Central. 181 Orchard Rd #04-30, Singapore 238896. +65 6238 0900.
Chinatown Point. 133 New Bridge Road #02-33, Singapore 059413. +65 6702 0900.
Bugis+. 201 Victoria Street #01-13, Singapore 188067. +65 6636 6606.
Waterway Point. 83 Punggol Central #02-23, Singapore 828761. +65 6385 1311.