Amazing Bites in the Lion City
Exciting dining experiences for discerning foodies
With international celebrity chefs adding glamour to the local dining scene, and iconic Singapore dishes finding their way onto menus around the world, Singapore today holds its own as a world-class culinary destination. For travellers here for the first time or even repeat visitors, there are always new restaurants and eateries – like these that opened within the last six months – dishing up a gastronomical adventure.
LOCAL FLAVOURS & ASIAN FLAIR
Best for: Food enthusiasts looking to sample modern renditions of local and Asian delights
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
Local celebrity chef and Singapore's food ambassador Violet Oon has opened a new restaurant in nightlife hotspot, Clarke Quay.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill focuses on well-loved favourites, including street food like satay (grilled skewered meat), that comes in assorted meats like chicken and even prawn, as well as small plate creations, such as crispy silver fish fritters served with fiery chilli sauce; these are best shared and great for communal dining and large groups.
Items from Oon’s other Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) establishment,
National Kitchen by Violet Oon – situated at
National Gallery Singapore in the City Hall precinct – are also available, including
kueh pie tee (a thin, crispy pastry shell filled with a spicy-sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables like turnip and bamboo shoots, prawns and chilli) and
babi pongteh (stewed or braised pork with fermented soya beans). Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill has a private dining room to accommodate up to 14 guests, as well as a 40-seat outdoor dining area.
For innovative Asian plates, there's
Bistro November. Melbournian couple John-Paul Fiechtner and Sally Humble are behind this unique pop-up restaurant situated within the premises of boutique stay
Hotel 1929 on Keong Saik Road.
The menu changes almost every day and is dependent on what Chef John-Paul Fiechtner finds in the markets of nearby Chinatown. Items that have made it on the menu include a burnt barley porridge, which has chopped raw squid drenched in prawn head butter, as well as a dessert of durian leaf ice cream served in a durian shell. This is an excellent choice for foodies looking for experimental flavours.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill – Address: #01-18 Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Road;
Tel: +65 9834 9935; Email:
Bistro November – Address: 50 Keong Saik Road; Tel: +65 9054 1435
MULTI-CONCEPT DINING DESTINATIONS
Best for: Food lovers who want a little bit of everything in one easy-access location
Sessions is a 3-in-1 dining destination in Hard Rock Hotel Singapore at
Resorts World Sentosa. One section serves as a cafe offering sweet treats such as waffles and dessert-in-a-jar made by acclaimed local patissier Chef Kenny Kong, and the other focuses on delectable crab-based feasts in a casual setting. Guests can choose to either have the crabs done Singapore-style (with chilli or black pepper) or served in large buckets the Louisiana way.
What makes Sessions special is the interactive space that comes with a fully equipped kitchen for both groups and individuals to try their hand at cooking under the guidance of Sessions' and celebrity chefs from Resorts World Sentosa's other restaurants, and even guest chefs.
Seletar Aerospace Park
An unusual dining enclave is the redeveloped
Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) – an integrated industrial space for aerospace activities and research that’s also home to a cluster of black-and-white colonial bungalows gazetted for conservation. Food and beverage establishments are within walking distance of one another in an area called The Oval and housed within some of the 32 black-and-white colonial bungalows, giving diners plenty of options.
Dining concepts include
The Summerhouse, a massive 45,000sqft space that's home to a 90-seat farm-to-table, seasonal produce-focused restaurant of the same name on its second floor, and
Wildseed, a beautifully decorated cafe (offering coffee and sandwiches) by day and laid-back bar by night, on level one. There is also
Wheeler's Estate, which serves Australian cuisine within a verandah and features a 9m-long bar. For those who prefer something more Asian,
Di Wei Teo Chew Restaurant has Teochew delights such as cold crab and pork rib yam ring on its menu.
Sessions – Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa;
Tel: +65 6577 6567; Email:
Seletar Aerospace Park – Address: Park Lane/Hyde Park Gate, Seletar Aerospace Park
Best for: Food connoisseurs who want a stellar meal by renowned Michelin-starred chefs
The Michelin Guide launched in Singapore in 2016, making the country an even bigger dining destination. Aside from official Michelin-starred restaurants that were awarded last year, visitors can dine at other places where Michelin chefs run the kitchens, like The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar and Kam’s Roast.
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar
Tucked away in Dempsey Hill, an enclave of fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, boutique shops and art galleries,
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar marks culinary legend, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first foray into Singapore’s dining scene. This establishment in multi-concept lifestyle destination
COMO Dempsey features an open-concept kitchen and promotes communal dining (perfect for large groups), with a menu personally curated and crafted by the talented Michelin-starred chef.
The focus is very much on vegetable-based dishes, such as an asparagus angel hair pasta with shiitake mushrooms and a spinach with mint, black pepper, and lemon pizza, but the menu also has a special caviar section that includes signature dishes like egg caviar. The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar seats up to 160 people and boasts two private dining rooms as well as an alfresco terrace for those who prefer to dine amidst Dempsey's lush greenery.
Food enthusiasts who’ve visited Hong Kong would be familiar with the famed roast duck restaurant
Kam’s Roast – which was awarded one star in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in the Hong Kong & Macau Michelin Guide. With its first outlet at Pacific Plaza on Orchard Road, Kam's Roast serves up signature Cantonese dishes based on a 75-year-old Kam family recipe. Diners can look forward to roast duck, char siew (barbecued pork), as well as suckling pig served with rice or yellow noodles. Serving sizes range from small to large, ideal for groups of all sizes.
The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar – Address: 17D Dempsey Road; Tel: 1800 304 5588; Email:
Kam’s Roast – Address: #01-04 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road; Tel: +65 6836 7788