Besides being home to hawker centres that offer delicious, affordable meals, Singapore also boasts a constellation of Michelin-starred restaurants, a number of which can be found in the Marina Bay area.

If time is of the essence during your trip, and you’d like to tick as many world-class restaurants off your list, start your gastronomic journey at the bay, with a variety of cuisines from French fare to Japanese-European.

Chef cooking teppanyaki at Waku Ghin

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Cuisine: French
Michelin Stars: 2

If you’ve never thought of food as visual art, a visit to Odette will likely change your perceptions.

To say that Odette is known for French cuisine would be a bit of an understatement: Aptly located in the National Gallery Singapore, the restaurant is famous for the artistic presentation of its food, which is as beautiful to look at as it is exquisite to taste. Named after chef Julien Royer’s grandmother, Odette serves modern French fare inspired by seasonal and artisanal produce, with dishes like Brittany Blue Lobster and chef Julien Royer’s signature 55’ Smoked Organic Egg.

National Gallery Singapore. 1 Saint Andrew's Road #01-04, Singapore 178957. +65 6385 0498.
Mon 7-9pm; Tue-Sat noon-1.30pm, 7-9pm.

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Cuisine: Japanese
Michelin Stars: 2

Taste the flavours of the sea with a visit to Shoukouwa. This intimate restaurant is located at One Fullerton, making it a great place to have dinner, followed by a stroll to take in the beautiful waterfront view.

Inspired by the Edomae (literally ‘in front of Tokyo Bay’) tradition of sushi-making, this establishment exemplifies Japanese cuisine at its finest, with an omakase (chef-selected) menu of sushi offerings made from the freshest seafood.

The maguro (tuna), sea eel and halibut are flown to Singapore daily from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji market, and prepared before your eyes by Shoukouwa’s team of world-class sushi chefs.

One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road #02-02A, Singapore 049213. +65 6423 9939.
Tue-Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun 6-11pm.

Waku Ghin
Close up of prawn dish served at Waku Ghin

Cuisine: Japanese-European
Michelin Stars: 2

Expand your palate with a journey that spans global food culture at Waku Ghin, a two-Michelin-starred establishment housed in Marina Bay Sands®. Helmed by chef Tetsuya Wakuda—a globally recognised chef—the restaurant combines the freshest Australian produce with French culinary arts and Japanese-style presentation.

Chef Tetsuya is as famous for his skills in the kitchen as for his ability to mentor protégés: Fellow Singapore-based chefs of Michelin star winners like Sam Aisbett (Whitegrass), Sun Kim (Meta), and Rishi Naleendra (Cheek Bistro) have honed their craft under his supervision.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands®. 2 Bayfront Avenue L2-01, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8507.
Daily 5.30pm-midnight.

The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
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Cuisine: European
Michelin Stars: 1

The word ‘bacchanalia’ refers to uninhibited festivities, and gourmands will certainly be able to celebrate their love for food when they visit The Kitchen at Bacchanalia. Just a stone’s throw away from the Singapore River, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia serves classic European dishes, with a Carte Blanche menu that pays particular attention to contrasting flavours and seasonality of ingredients.

Following a four-year apprenticeship, chef Luke Armstrong embarked on a journey to London, with nothing but a pair of running shoes, some knives and a passion for the culinary arts. Since then, chef Luke has honed his craft at various Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe, and has brought his expertise to helm The Kitchen at Bacchanalia.

Bacchanalia. 39 Hongkong Street, Singapore 059678. +65 6909 6360. 
Tue-Sat noon-2pm, 6-9.45pm.

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Cuisine: British
Michelin Stars: 1

Take your dining experience to the next level at JAAN, an intimate, 40-seat restaurant perched on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford. The restaurant offers an untrammelled vista of the Marina Bay area to accompany its delectable, modern British fare.

With a name derived from the Cambodian word for ‘bowl’, JAAN’s philosophy towards the culinary arts—Reinventing British—presents the food of his childhood with a fresh, modern perspective. Born in Devon, England, JAAN’s Chef de Cuisine Kirk Westaway grew up with memories of picking herbs and vegetables with his mother in the family garden, and channels this deeply rooted passion for childhood tastes into exciting new flavours.

Swissôtel The Stamford. 2 Stamford Road Level 70, Singapore 178882. +65 6837 3322.
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 7-10.30pm.

Cheek Bistro
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Cuisine: Australian
Michelin Stars: 1

While some chefs find an early childhood calling for the culinary arts, Colombo-born chef Rishi Naleendra of Cheek Bistro fell in love with the world of food later in life, during a part-time café stint in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, chef Rishi has refined his culinary techniques at some of the hottest restaurants in Australia, such as Taxi Kitchen.

Cheek Bistro refers to the working relationship between chef Rishi, who runs the kitchen, and his wife Manuela, who manages the front of house. Reflective of the restaurant’s earnest branding, Cheek Bistro serves dishes—like pork tenderloin, Hasselback potatoes and Challans duck—that are labours of love and revelations for the taste buds.

Cheek Bistro. 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. +65 6221 7911.
Mon-Fri noon-2pm; Sat 6-10pm.

Saint Pierre
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Cuisine: French
Michelin Stars: 1

Helmed by Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Emmanuel Stroobant, a pioneer of Singapore’s fine dining scene, Saint Pierre serves impeccably prepared French dishes that will enhance your appreciation for Gallic cuisine’s long heritage of excellence. Chef Emmanuel began his career in F&B, cleaning dishes in Belgium at the tender age of 16. He then embarked on a culinary journey that led him to train at various Michelin-starred establishments before opening his first restaurant at just 23.

Saint Pierre’s 6- and 10-course menu will certainly prove to be an epiphany for Francophile food lovers. A la carte dishes here include steamed hairy crab with corn and lemongrass, and celeriac cooked with soy and black winter truffle.

One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road #02-02B, Singapore 049213. +65 6438 0887.
Tue-Sat 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-11pm.