The trend trinity: Tiong Bahru, Duxton Road, Keong Saik Road have pretty much solidified its status as hip ‘hoods for food’. Jalan Besar is on every foodie’s watch list, thanks to Antoinette for blazing the trail, several quirky concept outfits have set up shop there. Everton Park is for the art fiends who like their home brews and art fix in a chillax location. Not to be outdone, even dowdy Kampong Glam has lived up to its glam, homonym thanks to hipster cafes and rad watering holes.
We’ve identified a list of our favourite destination restaurants in several buzzing districts that are worth the journey no matter where you live:
– Maison Ikkoku
20 Kandahar Street
The place to go for the finest bespoke cocktails in town.
– Toots Brasserie
101 Jalan Sultan
Impressive rustic French Food which includes its pan-seared frog legs served with garlic butter is simply divine.
17 Jalan Pinang
A café and art gallery that’s becoming a spot for the creative community to discover emerging artists while downing espressos and pastries.
9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01
A great brunch spot that serves contemporary French food in a laidback Australian-casual style.
– Dong Po Colonial Café
56 Kandahar Street
Keeping it old school with an assortment of classic favourites that your grandparents would love: long cup butter cakes, coconut candies and golden pumpkin tarts alongside new classic Danish pastries and cherry trifle.
– A for Arbite
28 Aliwal Street, #01-01
If you prefer savoury offerings, this place is perfect for craft beer and food pairings.
NORTH CANAL ROAD
3 North Canal Road, #01-01
The first Singaporean restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine.
12 North Canal Road, #01-01
An American bistro that makes great deep fried chicken and burgers
– Shoebox Canteen and Bitters & Love
36 North Canal Road
Café by day, speakeasy bar by night
30 Penhaus Road
The first pattiserie to plant its flag in the area.
– Windowsill Pies and Fortnight
78 Horne Road
Run by a bunch of hipster 20-somethings, the latter serves interesting themed menus every two weeks.
– Butter Studio
147 Jalan Besar
If nostalgia is on your agenda, Butter Studio serves up childhood favourites such as Childhood Banana Walnut Cake in its list of baked goods.
– Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road
Home-brewed coffee and signature coffee beer.
383 Jalan Besar
An American-style diner that does a mean brunch.
2 Dickson Road
An industrial chic restaurant-bar offering playful takes on French bistro classics such as steak tartare topped with pig’s trotters.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
– Jigger & Pony
101 Amoy Street
Packed with an after-hors crowd seeking classic tipple.
– Oxwell & Co
5 Ann Siang Road
Serious contender with tis own kegged Gin & Tonic, Sangrias, Pimms and seasonal coctails
– The Market Grill
208 Telok Ayer Street
For classic burgers and lobsters.
– Ka Soh Fish Head Noodles
96 Amoy Street
Always packed to the brim during lunchtime – famous for its milkless fish soup made with hours-boiled fish bones.
– The Flying Squirrel
92 Amoy Street
Opened by local musican duo, Jack & Rai, its hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant with an impressive fusion menu and sakes.
– Black Swan
19 Cecil Street
A fresh spin on European bistro classics.
– Mex Out
39 Pekin Street
Riding the Latin American food wave with its customised burritos,t acos, rice bowls, salad bowls or nachos.
– Matt’s The Chocolate Shop
44 Amoy Street
Good ol’ chocolate fudge cakes that are truly worth bursting your calories over.
– Foodbar Dada
60 Robertson Quay
A happening spot for Spanish tapas
38 Martin Road
All about a Spanish dining experience: paellas, sangrias, funky music and communal-style dining.
– Baker & Cook
38A Martin Road, #01-01
An artisan bakery with must-try items: Turkish Pide and Carrot Cake.
– Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road
Slightly off-kilter flavour profiles of top-notch cuppa.
22 Martin Road, #02-01
An Argentinean cuisine restaurant that has an exotic mix menu with all-new flavours.
This article appeared in the Oct 13 issue.