Finding a place to chow down in Singapore is an easy game; the hard part is making the decision of which of the epic eateries to frequent. The same goes for bars, as cocktail culture in Singapore is regal. From bargain hawker fare (that’s not to be missed if you want a true bang of Singaporean flavour for your buck) to Michelin-starred banqueting, Singaporeans take their grub very seriously and are so food-enamoured that they’re often heard debating whether a place is ‘die, die, must try’ – Singlish for ‘to die for’ – that is, after they Instagram their dish.
With so much choice, we decided to seek out the places we thought you’d enjoy most, but we’ll let your nose do the morsel hunting when on the ground!
Helmed by the St. Regis team of master chefs, Yan Ting showcases exquisite yet hearty Cantonese fine dining, presenting cuisine that is faithful to the traditional cooking techniques. They’re famous for their weekend Dim Sum Brunch, where you can expect to find Singapore’s elite. While the interior ambience is lacking, this only serves to amplify the colour, fantastical styling and flavour of the food.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit is located atop lush Dempsey Hill and is set within a restored Ebenezer chapel built in the 1930s. Extending its colonial heritage, The White Rabbit serves classic European dishes with a contemporary touch. Through the use of modern techniques and premium ingredients, flavours of a traditionally heavy fare are carefully balanced and refined. The menu is complemented by an extensive range of 36 wine-by-the-glass offerings. Painstakingly preserved structures, tiles and window grilles, alongside newly customised stained-glass windows and furniture host meaningful memories within a timeless space designed to be experienced by generations to come.
Odette is award-winning Chef-Owner Julien Royer’s first restaurant, located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore. Working with the world’s best boutique producers, Odette serves Modern French cuisine that is guided by Royer’s lifelong respect for seasonality, terroir and artisanal produce. Odette is named in tribute to Royer’s grandmother who taught him how some of the most remarkable dishes can come from the purest ingredients, and believed in ensuring that the fundamental pleasures of enjoying a meal are delivered in the most thoughtful, welcoming and hospitable manner. This ethos has directed every aspect of the Odette experience, harking to a new age in fine dining.
Loof is Singapore’s first standalone rooftop bar, established at a time when foreign players dominated the scene. A toast to local culture, the bar celebrates colloquial conversations through its name – ‘loof’ is Singlish for ‘roof’. Serving Southeast Asian-inspired food and drinks alongside Asian beers and whiskies, Loof is a watering hole for the creative community. Within its offbeat art and design locale Bras Basah, Loof has hosted the works of emerging and established local artists, designers and musicians alike.
Oxwell & Co.
Nestled atop Ann Siang Hill, Oxwell & Co was conceived by a group of Brits pining for their local pub whilst embracing Singapore’s rich heritage. Housed in a four-storey shop house in the heart of Chinatown, the 4,000 square feet enclave houses a bar famous for its draft cocktails on the first floor, a quaint dining room dishing out contemporary British classics on the second floor, an elegant private dining room and an eccentric apothecary-inspired bar serving up with house-made elixirs on the third floor as well as a rooftop bar that overlooks the scenic Chinatown whilst surrounded by an edible garden that is freshly grown specially for Oxwell & Co’s food and drinks menu.