Top 10 Restaurants in Singapore

Dec 20, 2011 11:01 am

A guide to Asia's hottest restaurant scene

Photo: Brad A. Johnson
Photo: Brad A. Johnson
Lamb Ribs from One on the Bund.
 
Eat with a view on Ku De Ta's Sky Terrace.
Eat with a view on Ku De Ta's Sky Terrace.
 

Seemingly overnight, Singapore has become the hottest restaurant scene in Asia. Singaporeans have always displayed a penchant for perfectionism, and it nowhere is that attitude better reflected than in these 10 amazing restaurants.

Related: Photo Gallery of Singapore's Top Restaurants

1. Restaurant André
A shotgun blast of amuses-bouches sets the tone for an extraordinary three-hour journey of modern French-Singaporean cuisine involving every imaginable luxury from abalone to truffles. Chef André Chiang spent 14 years training under the best chefs in France—Pierre Gagnaire, Joel Robuchon, Jean and Pierre Troigros, Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, Pascal Barbot—before returning to Asia to open his own place here last year. This is, hands down, one of the best restaurants in the world. 41 Bukit Pasoh Road, +65-6534-8880

2. FiftyThree
Chef Michael Han channels Scandinavian spirit (he trained at Copenhagen’s Noma) within the confines of a hundred-year-old Peranakan shophouse, where he serves delicately arranged tasting menus with a hint of molecular trickery and a strong undercurrent of Southeast Asian imagination in dishes like fried chicken “oysters” with hairy watercress and soy powder. 3 Armenian Street, +65-6334-5535

3. Waku Ghin
Sydney’s famed Wakuda Tetsuya has created an ultra-glam, 23-seat Japanese grill, a never-before-seen hybrid of kaiseki and tepanyaki, serving a formal 10-course degustation that is the pinnacle of perfection. Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Casino L2, +65-6688-8507

4. Sam at Forest
Sam Leong, Singapore’s original international celebrity chef, recently quit the restaurant business and opened this ultra-luxe cooking school with his wife. But once a month, he opens his culinary salon in Chinatown for an extraordinary chef’s table dinner that must be booked weeks in advance. 4A Craig Road, +65-6222-3305

5. One on the Bund
Chef Calvin Yeung gives Northern Chinese cuisine a sexy, contemporary twist on stir-fried frogs, crunchy duck jaw and Szechuan-style pig intestines in a dramatic bayside locale. 80 Collyer Quay, +65.6221.0004

6. Ku De Ta
Overlooking the pool and skyline from atop Marina Bay Sands, Ku De Ta has the best view and toughest reservation in town. Chef Dan Segall oversees a smart, modern Asian menu—and the tuna toro with kaffir lime and Malden salt is simply mind-blowing. 1 Bayfront Ave., +65.6688.7688

7. Cassia
One of the most relaxing and peaceful restaurants in all of Singapore is this beautifully designed Chinese dining room at the Capella Resort, which occupies the 19th century officers’ barracks of the colonial British naval base (wrapped with a modern shell designed by architect Michael Graves) atop a rolling green hill overlooking the South China Sea. 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, +65 6377 8888

8. Tippling Club
More of a cocktail lab than kitchen, the Tippling Club occupies a blissfully secluded greenhouse in a lush, park-like setting where the bar looks like a science class: beakers overflow with smoke, and sometimes drinks aren’t really drinks at all but inconceivable compositions of gels, foams, fruits and edible sand. 8D Dempsey Road, +65-6475-2217

9. Candlenut Kitchen
Rising star chef Malcom Lee mines his Singaporean ancestry with updated riffs on Peranakan cuisine, that unique local melting pot of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian food, served in a very casual Chinatown shophouse. 25 Neil Road., +65.6226.0516

10. Iggy’s
This was the first place in Southeast Asia to load its culinary arsenal with liquid nitrogen, centrifuges and spherification. Save room for dessert: pastry chef Andres Lara (originally from Chicago) is easily the best in town. 581 Orchard Road Level 3, +65 6732 2234


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