Restaurants in Singapore

Eating is one of the main attractions in Singapore, and with a wealth of options from basic street food to seriously high-end dining there’s no excuse for a mediocre meal. If you just want to grab something and go, then the city’s hawker centres, which have gathered together street food vendors into a more orderly environment, are usually your best bet.

The Singapore restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over S$200)
Moderate (S$80 to S$200)
Cheap (up to S$80)
These Singapore restaurant prices are based on the average price of a three-course meal and a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent; they do not include service charge or tax. Restaurants in Singapore will add a 10% service charge, 7% Goods and Services Tax and 1% government tax to the bill. This 18% is known as 'triple plus' and is mandatory. Tipping is not required on top.

Les Amis

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

Les Amis is Singapore's undisputed Grande Dame of fine French dining, and is regularly named as one of the best restaurants in the world. Signature dishes include lightly smoked eel “tiède”, with crispy pork crouton, horseradish and Dijon mustard emulsion, and pasta with crispy shrimp in a truffle stock. In addition to the main restaurant, which seats just 30 people, there are five private dining rooms and a ‘chef’s table’ with a view of the kitchen.

Address: 2-16 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6733 2225.

Raffles Grill

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

The classic French cuisine and top-class service has made Raffles Grill (in the Raffles Hotel) arguably the most exclusive restaurant in Singapore. It has previously been named as the island's top restaurant, and the old colonial interior is innately stylish, while the food is exquisite. Signature dishes include pan-fried duck liver with puff pastry and wild mushrooms, and pan-seared Angus beef rib-eye with truffle mash, finishing with the rich chocolate moelleux. No lunch Saturday, closed Sunday.

Address: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6412 1816.

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Steakhouse

With the name of one of the world’s top chefs attached, you know that this will not be an ordinary steakhouse. And whether you go for the signature wagyu, USDA prime beef, lamb chops or even the lobster, the food here is simply mouth-watering. The wine list is impeccably selected, albeit very pricey indeed, with an appropriate emphasis on robust reds. The décor uses oak, bronze and leather to give an intimate feel despite the location in the Sands hotel’s (admittedly upmarket) shopping plaza.

Address: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6688 8517.

Saint Pierre

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: French

The 2013 relocation of this renowned restaurant to a new waterside spot has also signalled a shift in tone from fine dining to informal eating, and most diners would agree that it’s a change for the better. It also means that there are some more affordable options alongside the five- and 10-course tasting menus: highlights include roasted lobster in a fennel-tinged broth. One old favourite, Grandma Stroobant's flourless chocolate cake, remains on the menu and lives up to its reputation as unmissable. There’s also a brunch on Saturdays and roast on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

Address: Central Mall, 3 Magazine Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6438 0887.

Forlino

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

Opened in 2008, this inventive upscale Italian restaurant quickly wowed both critics and local diners. Since then the Michelin-starred chef Osvaldo Forlino has left, but the restaurant has continued to receive acclaim. This is rooted in a masterful blending of Italian cooking with choice ingredients from across Europe and Asia, resulting in exquisite dishes like tortellini ai cinque formaggi with saffron cream sauce, slow braised Kurobuta pork cheek and beetroot puree. Situated beside Marina Bay, the location is a perfect complement to the extraordinarily good cooking.

Address: 2-6 One Fullerton, One Fullerton Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6877 6995.
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Binomio

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Spanish

You can tell that this is a great choice by the number of Spanish expats who are regulars. There’s a more relaxed tapas bar at the front – good for people-watching – as well as a restaurant at the back, and either way the atmosphere is great and the food even better. The prices are reasonable for the quality, and at the lower end of Singapore’s moderate price bracket – particularly if you go for the set lunch.

Address: Craig Place #01-02, 20 Craig Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6557 0547.
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Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Street food

Deciding that street food stalls are too unhygienic and chaotic, the Singaporean authorities have had them all gathered into what are called hawker centres. This is one of the most popular, with dozens of different vendors; one of the most famous is Tian Tian, for its chicken rice. The seating is shared between all the stalls, so do what the locals do and save a seat by placing a pack of tissues on it, while you decide which stall takes your fancy. You’ll find people from all walks of life tucking in here, and at lunch time the queues can get quite long.

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone:

The Blue Ginger

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Peranakan

The Blue Ginger is a tasty and cosy dining experience, located in a traditional Peranakan shop-house in the heart of Chinatown. Peranakan food emerged from traditional home cooking, blending Malay and Chinese culinary styles and flavourings. The menu here includes favourites like Ayam Buah Keluak (braised chicken with turmeric, galangal and Indonesian black nuts) and Babi Pong Tay (stewed pork shoulder in preserved black bean paste with cinnamon bark). The décor is rather like dining inside a great aunt's house filled with family treasures.

Address: 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6222 3928.

Food Republic

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Asian

Located on the fourth floor of the Wisma Atria shopping mall, this hawker centre is a popular hangout for hungry shoppers at lunchtime and an eclectic mix of diners in later afternoon and early evening. A broad selection of Asian cuisines - ranging from north Indian curry to Hainanese Chicken Rice - are served from almost 100 kiosk-style outlets, with central seating in a large food court. For sweet-toothed diners, look out for several specialist dessert kiosks selling Asian snacks and sweet puddings.

Address: Wisma Atria Mall, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore, Singapore
Telephone: 6737 9881.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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