Wine & Dine

IN PRINT: In the Hood for Food


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.


–         Artistry

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.


–         Symmetry

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.



–         Sur

3 North Canal Road, #01-01

The first Singaporean restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine.


–         Communal

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



–         Antoinette

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.


–         Suprette

383 Jalan Besar

An American-style diner that does a mean brunch.


–         Cocotte

2 Dickson Road

An industrial chic restaurant-bar offering playful takes on French bistro classics such as steak tartare topped with pig’s trotters.



–         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


–         Bomba

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.


–         Bochinche

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.