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They deserve way more applause than they’re getting. From Spanish to Japanese and even hawker gems, we’ve covered them all!
Skirt has a good range of meats at varying prices, so it is easy to find something to suit your taste and budget from Char-Grilled Malaysian Chicken ($56) to Dry-aged Australian Wagyu ($324).
W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, 098374
NEXT: For local: National Kitchen by Violet Oon
The menu offers a good introduction to the food from the country’s smaller ethnic groups, with a strong focus on the Indian, Eurasian and Peranakan communities. Try the Fish Head Curry ($42) and Pineapple Upside Down Cake ($13).
National Gallery Singapore, #02-01, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, 178958
NEXT: For Spanish: Binomio
Encapsulating the soul of Spanish cuisine, Binomio offers classic tapas and paella that are among the best you can find in town. If you want authentic Spanish food, Binomio is where you want to be. Don’t miss the Grilled Iberian Pork chops with cider and honey gel and roasted cabbage ($32) and Squid Ink Paella With Clams And Calamari ($70).
20 Craig Rd, 089692
NEXT: For French: La Dame de Pic
The dishes here reflect French origins with interesting adaptions that incorporate the flavour combinations, cooking techniques and produce from the local markets. Top picks from the menu include Berlingots, Saga Wagyu Beef and White Mille-feuille. (Lunch from $128 per person, dinner from $218 per person.)
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd, 189673
NEXT: For Modern European: Cure
You have to try the Signature Gattopardo Seafood Stew In Terracotta Pot ($42) and Citrus Glazed Octopus with Sicilian Tomatoes and Lemon Potato ($32) here. Chef Lino Gauro, who is from the island of Sicily in Italy, is one of the best Western seafood chefs in Singapore.
34-36 Tras St, 078975
NEXT: For Japanese: Hashida Sushi →
Chef Kenjiro “Hatch” Hashida not only prepares exquisite traditional sushi, but also comes up with new creations. He also blends his own sauces and seeks out seasonal Japanese ingredients that are rarely seen in restaurants here, including beautiful golden ikura (salmon roe) that he serves when it is available.
The restaurant serves omakase menus. At lunch, prices range from $80 to $250 a person and at dinner, it is $350 to $500 a person.
25 Mohamed Sultan Rd, 238969
NEXT: For Indian: Rang Mahal →
Rang Mahal is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Singapore, but instead of being stuck in the past, it has evolved over the years to stay relevant to modern palates. Serving North, South and coastal Indian cuisines, its cooking is refined with a good mix of contemporary and traditional. You can’t go wrong with the Chicken Tikka Masala ($46) and Gilafi Seekh Kebab ($42).
Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, 039595
NEXT: For Chinese: Jiang-Nan Chun
Jiang-Nan Chung often comes to mind if you are looking for class on top of good Chinese cooking. We hear diners love the Signature Jiang-Nan Chung Peking Duck ($98) and Soft Shell Prawns With Sliced Almond And Crispy Rice ($15).
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, 48646
NEXT: For hawker fare – Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle
Seng Kee is great at noodle soups. The $9 bowl has pieces of fried fish maw as well as egg drop in the soup, on top of a decent amount of lean pork slices, liver, minced meat and mushroom slivers. The ingredients give the broth a strong body and plenty of umami.
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, 555945
NEXT: For hawker fare – Chiew Kee Noodle House
For a simple yet hearty meal, the soya sauce chicken drumstick noodle ($5) hits the spot. Chiew Kee’s chicken meat is smooth and juicy, the noodles are firm and do not clump up. The sauce is savoury, not salty, and just a little sweet, which is perfect with the egg noodles.
32 Upper Cross St, 058339
NEXT: For grill: Skirt
By Wong Ah Yoke, The Straits Times, 2016 / Additional reporting by Pinky Chng / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020
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