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Singapore’s Best Restaurants: Top Tables 2014

In this food crazed city of ours it’s hard to keep up with all the new openings. It’s even harder to identify the truly great restaurants, rather than those that simply have the best PR. Based on I-S Magazine’s honest—and anonymous—reviews, Top Tables 2014 guide is a celebration of what we think really are the best spots in town, once you strip away all the hype.

This year, we went out of our way to reward restaurants that offer diners a different experience, in the choice of cuisine or in concept. Top Tables 2014 has also been tailored to include more accessible venues—it’s not all about fine dining—and is a reflection of Singapore’s maturing dining scene, with a hunger for places with more character.

And there’s a spanking new addition this year: This Top 10 list, picked by a secret panel of experts, including restaurateurs, chefs, hardcore foodies—and us. While the celebrity chef spots still hog the limelight, there are a few welcome surprises too.

1. JAAN

French. 70/F Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore, 2 Stamford Rd., 6837-3322, http://www.jaan.com.sg. Open Mon-Sat noon-2pm; daily 7-10pm. $$$

For a blowout meal, this can’t be beat. Perched up on the 70th floor, the view is breathtaking, the ambience elegant and the service spot-on. The real highlight, though, is chef de cuisine Julien Royer’s masterfully plated creations made with top-notch seasonal produce (the vegetables may be imported from France, but they are startlingly fresh) such as confit artic char and truffle ice cream with toasted poilane. No wonder our panel voted it the city’s top culinary experience.

Jaan | Singapore’s best restaurants

2. CUT

Steak, Western. #B1-71 Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8517, http://www.wolfgangpuck.com. Open Sun-Thu 6-10pm; Fri-Sat 6-11pm. $$$$

This is a faultless rendition of the contemporary steakhouse. The Wolfgang Puck project offers a really impressive menu of beef, including 300-day grain fed Australian Angus from Rangers Valley and Japanese Wagyu, along with a range of unique and delicious sauces like their signature Argentinean chimichurri. Cocktails are also amazing, so be sure to have at least one. If you’re looking for an old school meat-extravaganza, this is the ultimate.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck | Singapore’s best restaurants

3. Waku Ghin

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Japanese. #02-02 Casino level, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-8507, http://www.marinabaysands.com. Open daily 6-10:30pm. $$$$$

What sets Tetsuya Wakuda apart from the rest of the celebrity chefs? Top‑notch, personalized service that makes the hefty $400 price tag for his 10‑course degustation menu totally worth it. Expect a top-notch Japanese feast with exquisite creations using premium ingredients, such as grade nine Wagyu and Hokkaido uni (sea urchin), in an understated, elegant space. It’s easy to see why it’s among the hottest tables in town. The restaurant’s massive 3,000 bottle strong wine collection takes the experience over the top.

Waku Ghin | Singapore’s best restaurants

4. Le Bistrot Du Sommelier

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French. 53 Armenian St., 6333-1982, http://www.lebistrotdusommelier.com. Open Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6-11pm. $$$

Chef/co‑owner Patrick Heuberger’s bistro baby serves up soul-satisfying French comfort food that hits the spot in a way most prissy French plates in this city can’t. We highly recommend ordering the beef tartare, a bottle of wine—co‑owner/sommelier Max Fedkiw has got some stellar suggestions—and hunkering down for a relaxed feast. You won’t want to leave.

Le Bistrot Du Sommelier | Singapore’s best restaurants

5.Artichoke Café + Bar

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Middle Eastern. Sculpture Square, 161 Middle Rd., 6336-6949, http://www.artichoke.com.sg. Open Tue-Sat 6:30-9:45pm; Sat-Sun 11:30-2:45pm. $$

This is what all independent restaurants aspire to be. The whole space feels nicely lived-in, the decor’s eclectic (in the best way possible), and the Moorish menu’s divvyed up into small and large plates perfect for communal feasts. Everything’s delicious, plus, the service is cheerful and attentive too.

Artichoke Café + Bar | Singapore’s best restaurants

6. Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

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Indian. #B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave., 6688-7395, http://www.marinabaysands.com. Open daily 11:30am-3:30pm, 6:30pm-11pm. $$$

It’s a rare Indian restaurant that’s as sleek and modern as this. The menu is extensive with impeccably executed specialties such as Norwegian salmon tikka and tandoori foie gras with mango chutney. We also love how their indulgent five‑course degustation menus satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores.

Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra | Singapore’s best restaurants

7. Joël Robuchon Restaurant

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French. Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 6577-7888, http://www.joel-robuchon.net. Open daily 6-10:30pm. $$$$$

Joël Robuchon, the most decorated chef in the world, with 26 Michelin stars tucked neatly under his belt, doesn’t disappoint at this French gastro temple. The 16-course degustation menu of classic recipes is flawlessly executed, as are selections from the a la carte menu. We also love the gorgeous bread, cheese, dessert and tea trolleys, as well as the superb wine list, with over 1,200 labels to choose from.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant | Singapore’s best restaurants

8. The Naked Finn

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Seafood, Western. 41 Malan Rd., 6694-0807. Open Mon-Thu 6-10pm; Fri-Sat 6-10:30pm. $$

You can’t go wrong with the all-seafood menu (including simply fried, grilled or steamed fish and crustaceans) at this chic shack-eatery. But we highly reccommend the comprehensive set for four: six seafood dishes, two kinds of greens, vermicelli, and creme brulee for dessert. It’s the stuff of dreams. The cocktails are deliciously fresh and fruity too; perfect for the minimalist outdoor venue. A prime example of why less is more.

The Naked Finn | Singapore’s best restaurants

9. Binomio

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Spanish, Tapas. #01-02 Craig Place, 20 Craig Rd., 6557-0547. Open Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-midnight; Sat 6-10:30pm. $$$

Spectacular Spanish eats are dished out at both their smart main dining room and chilled-out bar space here. But for a truly unforgettable experience, spring for the tapas tasting at the bar. It’ll have you fighting till the last bite. Just $69 gets you six different items of your choosing, including crisp ham and chicken croquetas, as well as tender pork-beef meatballs in squid ink sauce. Come prepared to order just about everything—it’s all amazing.

Binomio | Singapore’s best restaurants

10. Bedrock Bar & Grill

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American, European, Steak. #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, 96 Somerset Rd., 6238-0054. Open Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Mon-Sat 6:30-10:30pm; Sat 11am-2:30pm. $$$

There’s no place better to dig into New York style steaks. They’ve got a fantastic list of choice cuts like USDA Prime dry aged ribeye and Aussie grassfed porterhouse. And everything about the décor, from the mood lighting to the brown leather and circular booths is reminiscent of a NYC steakhouse circa Sex and the City—it’s really slick.

Bedrock Bar & Grill | Singapore’s best restaurants.


Top 10 Halal Restaurants & Cafes in Singapore

Top 10 Halal Restaurants & Cafes in Singapore

Halal food might be on practically every corner in Singapore, but what if you’re looking for the best Halal restaurants or cafes?  Of fancy something a little different? Here at City Nomads we’ve rounded up our 10 favourite Halal restaurants and cafes with something for everyone from more traditional Indonesian food right the way through to Latin American cuisine. And so now in no particular order:

1. J’s Purvis Street

7 Purvis Street, 01-01, Singapore, 188586

J’s’ serves up a variety of alternative and traditional Latin cuisine such as Quesadillas, Adobo Chicken, Jalapeño poppers and the like. The dishes are surprisingly healthy-feeling, with most being served with fabulously fresh guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Excellent food, warm, welcoming staff, all at super reasonable prices. Read our full review of J’s here.

2. Alaturka

16 Bussorah St, Singapore, 199437

Alaturka is one of Singapore’s few Turkish restaurants (as the name suggests). Located in the Arab Street area, they serve up reasonably authentic Turkish cuisine which is somewhat of a rarity in Singapore. This place is no frills but the interior is actually pretty cool. A decent place if you’ve got a hankering for some grilled meats.

3. Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro @ Beach Road

258 Beach Rd, Singapore, 199539

This cute cafe pretty much started off the Halal cafe movement in Singapore, and is usually packed to the rafters as a result. Serving up hearty Swedish (and less Swedish) eats in a relaxed setting – the menu has something for everyone from meatballs to open faced sandwiches, and did we mention their cakes? Because they are well worth trying!

4. Bumbu @ Kandahar Street

44 Kandahar Street, Kampong Glam, Singapore, 198897

Bumbu is a great little spot for Indo Thai cuisine lovers. Delicious, great value for money and in a lovely setting and a menu full of choices featuring clear favourites like Coffee Chicken, Pandan Chicken and Soft Shell Crabs. With three different outlets, we are big fans of their Kampong Glam eatery – the most ornate of the three which really adds to the ambience and overall dining experience. Read our full review of Bumbu here.

5. Badoque Cafe

298 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Singapore, 469454

Granted this place is a little hard to find being nestled away in Simpang Bedok but it’s worth seeking out for great food, generous portions, solid service and a chilled atmosphere. Expect crowd pleasing comfort food like Beef Ribs, Lamb Shank and Squid Ink Pasta.

6. The Rice Table

360 Orchard Rd, #02-09 International Building, Singapore, 238869

If you’re buzzing around Orchard way looking for something different to eat and in the market for some Indonesian food, and a lot of it at very reasonable prices, then check out The Rice Table for its all you can eat lunch and dinner buffet. Not only is it excellent value but it’s also the only place in Singapore you can try authentic Dutch Rijsttafel – an elaborate meal of many dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice. Read our full review of The Rice Table here.

7. Carousel

25 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228220

This award-winning buffet restaurant is an absolute must for buffet lovers – boasting an enormous spread of succulent and tender seafood, a rotisserie, sushi and sashimi, a Teppanyaki counter, Asian and Mediterranean buffet counters, salad bar and indulgent dessert counters be sure to come very hungry.

8. Vintage Deli Cafe

66 Bussorah Street, Singapore, 199479

A cosy spot offering up homely, affordable fare in the heart of Kampong Glam. Expect good old Western comfort food in the form of Western grills and pastas coupled with no GST or service charge in this what you see is what you get spot.

9. Fluff Bakery

12 Jalan Pisang, Singapore, 199079

Fluff Bakery has become somewhat notorious on account of them regularly selling out of all stock of cupcakes by midday…..such is their popularity! Their dedicated following is down to delicious cupcakes and innovative flavours with offerings such as Raspberry Meringue, Gingerbread Key Lime Pie, and Rose and Lychee Cupcake. So for all the sweettooths reading this now, this one’s for you!

10. Le Steak by Chef Amri

248 Jalan Kayu, Singapore, 799472

Finding a decent steak that won’t break the bank in Singapore is hard enough, but throw Halal into the mix and that’s a very tall order indeed. Thank goodness then for Chef Amri Azim who is here to bring us decent steaks at decent prices, with all items on the menu below $20. Mouthwatering steaks here we come!

Of course the above is our pick of our favourite Halal restaurants and cafes to visit. If there are others you think should be on this list, then let us know which are your favourites too!


10 Great Vegetarian Eats in Singapore

10 Great Vegetarian Eats in Singapore

Singapore’s diverse and cosmopolitan food scene certainly does not leave out the veggie lovers. From traditional local dishes to inventive vegetarian delicacies, we have dutifully made a list of places to visit for a meat-free diet:

1.   Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant at Bukit Gombak

One of the more popular joints for vegetarian food, this stall lives up to its fame. Look out for is their mock Chicken Rice – only available on the weekends after 11am, it’s worth the queue. The accompanying sour and spicy chilli sauce is simply heavenly. Other things to watch out for are their Laksa and vegetarian Bee Hoon. The thick curry gravy in the Laksa tastes better with every mouthful, and the crispy crackers on the vegetarian Bee Hoon are to die for. Though it gets very busy during peak hours, quality is still guaranteed.

Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant is located at 359 Bukit Batok Street 31, Singapore, 650359. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 6.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm.

2. Jing Yi Vegetarian at Bukit Gombak

Just a walk down to the food court from Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant, the chef here is known for ensuring that each dish served is of the best quality, so be prepared to wait, especially on busy days. The Fried Rice served here is fragrant and perfectly cooked. They also serve a version of Tom Yam soup that is as sour as it should be, featuring mock squid providing a chewy texture, which gives the dish more character. The most popular dish here is the Fried Hor Fun, cooked just-so meaning enough never feels like enough!  This is a place to visit again and again, despite the wait for your food.

Jing Yi Vegetarian is located at Blk 359 Bukit Batok Street 31, Meng Soon Huat Food Centre, Singapore, 650359. Opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 1.30pm – 9.30pm.

3. Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food at Redhill

One of the many stalls worth visiting in the area is Ru Yi Vegetarian Food, which primarily serves vegetarian Bee Hoon. The star ingredient of this dish is the mock Char Siew, which is soaked in succulent and sweet gravy – the perfect complement to the deliciously smooth Bee Hoon, along with the fried bean curd and its marriage of crispy exterior and smooth interior. The stall is crazy busy in the mornings, so be sure to get there early. Don’t worry, we promise it will wake you up from your semi-conscious state in the early morn’.

Ruyi Yuan Vegetarian Food is located at 80 Redhill Lane, Stall 4, Singapore, 150080. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 5.30am – midday. Closed on alternate Mondays.

4. Tanaka Vegetarian Food at Woodlands

This eatery is busy in the mornings, so if you want to try their specials, be sure to get there early. Check out their fantastically fragrant Roasted Chicken Rice along with some mean plates of Hor Fun, Mee Siam and Fried Rice, all of which makes it a firm neighbourhood favourite.

Tanaka Vegetarian Food is located at 306 Woodlands Street 31, Singapore, 730306. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 6am – 9pm.

5. Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food at Geylang

One of the more popular among vegetarian foodies, although they serve an array of dishes, the one to look out for is the Economy Rice. The fried beancurd is fresh and crispy, with a flaky and crunchy crust and a soft, chewy centre. If you don’t feel like having rice, they also serve very qualified Bee Hoon that is neither too dry nor too oily.

Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food is located at Geylang East Avenue 1, Block 134, Singapore, 380134. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10am.

6. Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant at Coronation Plaza

Contrary to popular belief, it is very possible to have a good vegetarian meal dining out in a restaurant in Singapore – a prime example being Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant. Their mock roast pork is extremely reminiscent of the real thing –  the skin is roasted to crispy perfection and is accompanied by a sticky and sweet dip.  Be sure to also try the hot and sour soup which is packed full of flavour and crunchy ingredients. Another must try for the folks who love their heat is the Assam Fish, which is served in a little clay pot. The Assam gravy is a delicious concoction of sour and spicy flavours.

Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 587 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore, 269707. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm.

7. Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant

This is the kind of place that makes their customers feel safe about ordering anything off their menu, since everything is good. Don’t be fooled by the name – they don’t only serve Indian cuisine. They also serve up an array of Chinese and Malay dishes that can blow your socks off. Their Paper Dosa, Mango Lassi and Biryani are highly recommended.

Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant has outlets at 19 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore, 207478 and 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #01-07, Singapore, 188979. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 10.30am to 10.30pm.

8. Ananda Bhavan

Since we are talking about Indian food, Ananda Bhavan is a name worth mentioning. Watch out for their Daal Tadka and super fresh Dosai – the perfect accompaniments to their fragrant curries. With an expansive menu, boredom or choice is never an issue here.

Ananda Bhavan has outlets at 10 Buffalo Road, Singapore, 219784; 60 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 2, Level 3, Singapore, 819643 and 95 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, 207671. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 24 Hours.

9. VeganBurg

VeganBurg is probably the most go-to vegetarian fast-food joint in the island, and with good reason. Their burgers feature a pan-fried soy patty and fresh vegetables sandwiched in-between soft wholemeal buns which taste seriously good together. Look out for their Creamy Mushroom Burger which is very more-ish and be sure to rrder your burger as a meal to get hold of their perfectly crunchy Seaweed Fries.

VeganBurg has outlets island-wide. For locations and opening hours see their website here.

10. Teng Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining at Sunshine Plaza

Have you ever had vegetarian sashimi? If not, this restaurant is worth a visit. They do an excellent job with textures, and serve up some great-tasting desserts as well. If you’re into mushrooms, their king mushrooms are delightfully crunchy. Their buckwheat noodles are also popular, along with desserts like the Green Tea Chendol. Overall, this is a quaint place that serves up delicious and interesting Japanese vegetarian cuisine.

Teng Bespoke Japanese s located at 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-50, Singapore, 189652. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm.

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Written by Lady G&T

Mock chicken rice at Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant

Laksa at Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant

Bee Hoon Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food

Hor Fun at Tanaka Vegetarian Food

Paper Dosa and Mango Lassi at Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant

Creamy Mushroom Burger and Seaweed Fries at VeganBurg

Vegetarian sashimi at Teng Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining

Acknowledgement : http://www.yoursingapore.com/dining-drinks-singapore/dining.html

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