Reward yourself with the best-tasting delights at Singapore’s Michelin-starred Restaurants 2017
You’ve whipped up an appetite from a fruitful day of meetings. Now reward yourself with a satisfying meal in Singapore, whose dining scene has been given the Michelin stamp of approval. Some 38 restaurants were awarded the coveted Michelin stars, while another 38 eateries were given the Bib Gourmand recognition for offering quality cuisine at S$45 and under. Here are five recommendations of Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurants that you could dine in. These restaurants also cater to corporate groups, so, bon appétit!
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Candlenut is the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, which has retained its status for the second year in a row. It takes a contemporary yet authentic approach to traditional Peranakan or Straits-Chinese cuisine. Unique to this region, the Peranakans descended from the intermarriage of migrant Chinese with the local Malay community here and evolved its own culture, including a distinctive cuisine that blends Malay, Indonesian and Chinese heritage flavours.
The essence and complex flavours of traditional Peranakan cuisine are preserved at Candlenut but with a refreshing, innovative twist. Its head chef and owner Malcolm Lee is a Peranakan himself and serves a taste of his heritage through a menu of refined tastes and techniques.
Known for their signature Peranakan Ah-ma-kase dinner tasting menu, patrons can savour favourites like the Local Red Lion Snapper with fresh chilli sambal and charred garlic chives or King Tiger Prawn with gula Melaka coconut sauce, lemongrass and Thai basil. For those with a smaller appetite, Candlenut now offers these dishes on their a la carte menu.
For corporate groups, Candlenut has a seating capacity of 92, including a private room for eight, perfect for intimate dinners or casual business lunches. There’s also an al fresco dining area, which seats 20 patrons.
While one Michelin-starred Labyrinth describes its cuisine as “modern inventive Singaporean gastronomy”, or “Mod-Sin”, the creations of chef-owner LG Han are an explosion of avant garde ideas on a plate. The former bank executive who is, astonishingly, a self-taught chef, combines Asian and Western culinary techniques to construct, or perhaps more appropriately, reconstruct classic local dishes that would taste familiar but invoke the culture and traditions from which they are inspired.
Located at the Esplanade Mall, Labyrinth provides private dining rooms for groups of eight to 24. The main dining room, which is equipped with audio-visual facilities, is also available for private hire for larger groups. View the brochure here.
Waku Ghin serves a 10-course Contemporary Japanese degustation menu which has been described as “culinary magic [that] materialises before your eyes” on the restaurant’s website. The name 'Waku Ghin' is derived from two Japanese words, 'Waku' meaning to 'arise' and 'Ghin' meaning 'silver'.
This two Michelin-starred restaurant’s dining concept is based upon a multi-faceted use of space. Patrons move from room to room starting with a lounge at the entrance for aperitifs before heading to private dining rooms for the latest creations sourced from the freshest ingredients. They then move on to the main dining room to relax over coffee and desserts, while soaking up the vistas of the Singapore skyline. There’s even the Bar at Waku Ghin for patrons to experience premium sakes and Japanese cocktails.
The restaurant showcases the mastery of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda in his only establishment outside of his world-famous Sydney restaurant. His signature dishes includes the Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar and Wagyu with Wasabi and Citrus Soy.
For corporate groups, Waku Ghin has a main dining room with a seating capacity of 35 and four private cocoon rooms that seat 32 patrons. Advanced booking is recommended for large groups.
This two Michelin-starred restaurant serves modern French cuisine guided by chef-owner Julien Royer’s lifelong respect for seasonality, terroir and artisanal produce. He aims to showcase the best seasonal ingredients from around the world in their purest form and flavour.
The restaurant is located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore, which is housed in two heritage buildings that were Singapore’s former Supreme Court and City Hall. The restaurant itself was designed by Sacha Leong of Universal Design Studio with a glass-enclosed kitchen as key feature, affording patrons the opportunity to witness the chefs at work. This reflects the openness and honesty of Odette that is central to its dining experience.
For corporate groups, Odette has a maximum seating capacity of 40, with a private dining room that seats 10 patrons. The restaurant advises making a reservation three months in advance.