It is often said that true foodies think with their taste buds and are thus more willing to try out new culinary experiences; using reviews and recommendations only as a guide – not the be all and end all. As such, the hunt for the next best dish and its eventual discovery is always a thrill, no matter how far the chase!
For a trip you can truly savour together, head down south with your makan kakis to uncover an amazing array of gastronomic surprises that will please even the most seasoned of palates; if only your mouths (and minds) are open to them!
An appetite for luxury
If you are looking to indulge in a spot of fine dining or two, the Singapore Restaurant Week 2015 is a favourite amongst locals and international visitors alike. Celebrating its 10th edition this March, it is one of the best ways to enjoy high-quality fare from the city’s hottest eateries at only a fraction of the cost. Seat bookings are essential, and places are snapped up long before the event even begins – so remember to make your reservations early, especially if you are going in a big group!
Don’t mind splurging after that? Then head over to the city’s most widely acclaimed restaurant with accolades from San Pellegrino and the Miele Guide, Restaurant Andre; for exquisite flavours based on its signature ‘Octaphilosophy’ cooking that was originally created by owner Chef Andre Chiang. Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands® will also not disappoint, with its scrumptious modern European-Japanese cuisine and prime sake selection by the renowned Chef Tetsuya, the first person to have been appointed Sake Ambassador outside of Japan.
Afternoon (and evening) delights
If you and your friends take brunch seriously, Singapore is home to plenty of options that not only feature Instagram-worthy interiors, but also mouth-watering menus that offer bang for your buck. From the hearty sandwiches at Brawn & Brains and sweet treats at Drury Lane to the specialty coffee at Strangers’ Reunion, there is always a delicious excuse to eat and drink the day away!
For delectable dinners set amidst lush and idyllic surroundings, take a few nights to explore the small piece of paradise that is Dempsey Hill, with its wide variety of establishments offering everything from foie gras for cosy catch-ups to fondue for larger get-togethers.
Searching for good halal grub with a twist? Mad Jack Café serves affordable Australian-inspired meals using five-star ingredients while Jun Shin Express lets you take away unique sushi creations that do not cost an arm and a leg.
Taking drinks to a whole new level
While you and your gang of gourmands are at it, don’t just stop at feeding your stomachs: quench your thirsts with a Flappy Bird, Scrooge’s Dream or Smashing Good Thyme. Creative tipples like these are quite the rage at Jekyll & Hyde, one of the best bars in Singapore known for its bespoke concoctions by resident master mixologists. Watering holes such as the Tippling Club, which pairs alcohol with edible and tasty artwork as well as Bar Stories, where patrons can get their cocktails personally crafted, are also worth dropping by for interesting nights-out.
Fancy sipping on a refreshing alcoholic beverage surrounded by breath-taking panoramic views of the sun setting over a glittering Singapore skyline? Immerse yourself in the good vibes of a Sundown Affair with your friends, happening every evening at 1-Altitude. The highest multi-experience lifestyle joint in the world, it consists of a rooftop al fresco gastro bar, an European restaurant as well as a nightclub spread across the top three floors of the 282-metre One Raffles building.
For more down-to-earth drinking sessions over a long weekend, soak in the charming atmosphere at one of the many pubs and bars along Club Street – located just a short stroll away from Chinatown. With its elegantly restored classic shop houses and colourful details, this historical yet quirky little area rewards curious wanderers with amazing hidden gems that make for memorable moments in the city.