Singapore’s reputation as a food paradise is truly well earned. Our city is home to a smorgasbord of buzz-worthy and critically acclaimed restaurants, serving up everything from classic European cuisine to traditional flavours from across the region.
Discover what the buzz is all about, with our guide to some of the most talked-about restaurants in Singapore.
Classic European fare
Aptly located within National Gallery Singapore, this establishment is famous for serving dishes that are themselves works of art. Head chef Julien Royer is the mastermind behind the restaurant’s ever-evolving menu of French-inspired cuisine, which currently includes dishes like foie gras, sea urchin served up in its spiny shell and pepper-crusted roast pigeon.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew’s Road #01-04, Singapore 178957. +65 6385 0498.
Mon 7-8.15pm; Tue-Sat noon-1.15pm, 7-8.15pm.
The second restaurant on the list of three-starred Michelin establishments in Singapore, Les Amis runs under the leadership of acclaimed French chef Sebastian Lepinoy.
The restaurant has long been an incubator of talent for chefs across the island, with feted dessert chef Janice Wong having done stints in Les Amis’s kitchen.
Diners visiting the establishment can expect to sample a range of classic French haute cuisine, from caviar to foie gras and blue lobster.
Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Road #01-16, Singapore 228208. +65 6733 2225.
Daily noon-1.30pm, 7-8.30pm.
Being able to earn a Michelin star is an honour in itself, but this acclaimed restaurant made headlines in 2019 when it jumped straight to a two Michelin star ranking.
Helmed by talented young chef Bjorn Frantzen, this establishment turns fine-dining into an intimately immersive experience. Guests are lavished with attention during this four-hour dining experience, which takes place across all three floors of a beautifully-preserved shophouse in Bukit Pasoh. Appetisers are served in the lounge on the main floor, followed by main courses in the dining room, and a visit to the living room for dessert.
Zén. 41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089855. +65 6534 8880.
Tue-Fri 7pm-midnight; Sat 12.30-3.30pm, 7pm-midnight.
Unforgettable Asian flavours
The Song of India
Exquisite Indian cuisine meets old-school ambience at The Song of India. Housed in a charming black-and-white bungalow along Scotts Road, this Michelin-starred restaurant is the first Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Southeast Asia.
Chef Manjunath Mural will take your taste buds on a journey through the Indian subcontinent, with mouth-watering dishes like chargrilled salmon kebabs and goan fish curry infused with tamarind.
The Song of India. 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226. +65 6836 0055.
Daily noon-3pm, 6-11pm.
Shinji by Kanesaka
Helmed by chef Koichiro Oshino, Shinji by Kanesaka has a slew of culinary awards to its name, from its Michelin star ranking to numerous accolades in local and global publications.
This establishment is famous for its authentic, Edo-style omakase meals and has been lauded as one of the best sushi restaurants on the island. Aficionados of Japanese culture and cuisine alike are bound to find this restaurant’s sublime seafood creations unforgettable.
St. Regis Hotel. 29 Tanglin Road Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911. +65 6884 8239.
Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm.
Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House
Founded by veteran restaurateur Ricky Ng, Blue Lotus is famous for serving up ‘New Age Chinese Food’, with playfully-conceived dishes that feature classic Chinese ingredients.
The brand boasts multiple restaurants around the island, but we recommend visiting the Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House at Quayside Isle, home to what local food critic Wong Ah Yoke has called ‘the king of Chilli Crab’. Instead of ketchup, the restaurant’s rendition of the dish features a spice-and-herb laden sauce.
Quayside Isle. 31 Ocean Way #01-13, Singapore 098375. +65 6339 0880.
Mon, Wed-Fri 6-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm.
Local culinary delights
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
One of Singapore’s most iconic culinary figures, Chef Violet Oon has received numerous accolades for her work in championing Peranakan* cuisine and preserving local culinary tradition.
Get clued in on the buzz surrounding this local culinary heroine with a meal at National Kitchen by Violet Oon. The restaurant’s delicious spread of Peranakan classics includes staples like ayam buah keluak (braised chicken in a spicy tamarind gravy) and red snapper in asam (a spicy and sour gravy).
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew’s Road #02-01, Singapore 178957. +65 9834 9935.
Daily noon-2.30pm, 3-5pm, 6-10.30pm.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
To experience nonya* fare with a modern twist, drop by Candlenut for a meal. Helmed by dynamic homegrown chef Malcolm Lee, this establishment is the world’s first Peranakan restaurant to boast a Michelin Star.
Unlike the cuisine at traditional Peranakan restaurants, Candlenut eschews tradition to present fresh new takes on nonya flavours. Expect to be delighted by dishes like king prawns in gula melaka (palm sugar) and fried rice seasoned with buah keluak (black nut indigenous to Southeast Asia).
Candlenut. Block 17 A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676. 1800 304 2288 (local calls only).
Mon-Thu & Sun noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm.
*Nonya cuisine is also known as Peranakan (meaning "local born") cuisine. The cuisine comes from people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.
With a slew of local awards to its name and a Michelin Star on its belt, Labyrinth has been wowing food critics since it first opened in 2014.
Authentic local flavours and freshly sourced ingredients come together in a harmonious blend at this restaurant by homegrown hero Han Li Guang. Chef Han’s menu is a great way to get a taste of Modern Singaporean cuisine, and features ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries.
Dishes here include kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs)-flavoured ice cream and mussels in a soup that evokes the taste of laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup).
Esplanade Mall. 8 Raffles Avenue #02-23, Singapore 039802. +65 6223 4098.
Tue & Wed noon-3pm, 6.30-11.30pm; Thu & Fri noon-3pm, 6-11.30pm; Sat & Sun 6-11.30pm.