24 hours in Singapore: Eat
24 August 2016
Whether you’re making a quick stopover in Singapore, or looking for somewhere new to bring that group of friends from out of town, here’s our quick cheat sheet for making the most out of that visit.
In this three-part guide, we explore the basics of compressing some of the best places in Singapore to eat, drink, sleep as well as things to do and see – all in a span of 24 hours. We start off the series with food, a lifestyle pillar that resonates with the city’s growing reputation in the global gastronomical scene.
It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and who are we to disagree. Start the day right with ‘the Tunisian’, a heart-warming spicy shakshouka, or ‘the Norwegian’ a full plate of eggs royale at Wild Honey.
Both their outlets at Scotts Square and Mandarin Orchard serve a mean cuppa with coffee sourced from Common Man Roasters. What’s more to love is that Wild Honey plates all-day breakfast making it perfect for those who love a sleep-in and food aficionados who love breakfast for dinner. Alternatively, tuck into one of the toasties served on homemade baguettes at Forty Hands, Tiong Bahru for brunch.
Retreat from the heat with Asian food and air condition. Sum Yi Tai in Telok Ayer serves refined dim sum that is great for both lunch and dinner. The ground floor features a more casual tapas-bar reminiscent of Hong Kong hangouts and the third story is a rooftop bar.
Recommendations include the Salted Egg Squid Tentacles, Maple Honey Glazed Char Siew, HK Style Curry Fishballs, Signature Wok Fried Carrot Cake and Black Pepper Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes. Though we’d say go crazy and order one of each item off the menu.
Alternatively try Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar on Amoy Street. These guys take the local favourite up a notch with succulent cuts of pork that melt in your mouth. During lunch, Wanton’s serves it up hawker style with individual bowls of noodles. Come night time, they switch it up to a traditional Chinese dining concept of shared dishes. Must eats are the Roasted Pork Belly, Aburi Pork Belly and Batalong Egg. The only downside is that Sum Yi Tai and Wanton’s are closed on Sundays.
Go luxe with one of the decadent degustation options. Singapore’s reputation as a hot spot for fine food in the region has recently been underscored by the inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore 2016. All time crowd favourite is Restaurant Andre on Bukit Pasoh Road.
Highly acclaimed and talked about, Restaurant Andre does not disappoint as one of, if not the best, dining experiences in Singapore. Helmed by Taiwanese born and French-trained André Chiang, the menu is based on “Octaphilosophy”, the eight characteristics of gastronomy – terroir, artisan, south, salt, memory, texture, pure and unique. Each of the eight dishes was executed with finesse in both flavour and flair making the entire experience a standout.
Jaan (located in Swissotel, The Standford) also offers well-balanced and sumptuous creations with an added plus of a view of the Marina Bay district from the 70th floor of the Equinox Complex. Previously headed by Andre Chiang, Jaan is now steered by Kirk Westaway of Devon. Starting from 5-course options, each set menu keeps true to Jaan’s concept of fresh ingredients and intricate tastes. Our personal favourites were the Foie Gras Trufle Macarons and the theatrical Soft Organic Hen’s Egg.
For a more casual encounter without compromising taste, try Australian barbeque with Burnt Ends on Teck Lim Road, headed by chef Dave Pynt. Burnt Ends ranks number 30 in the Asia’s Best Restaurants 2016 list. So it’s no surprise that reservations are highly recommended especially if aiming for one of the 17 counter seats. Highlights include the Burnt End Sanger of smoky and juicy pulled pork and tender beef cooked to perfection in Onglet, Burnt Onion and Bone Marrow.
Next week in Life Inspired’s Good Reads, our hit list for the self-proclaimed members of the tippling club, from wine bars to the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, rooftop bars to dance floors in Singapore.
See also: Ananda Everingham’s guide to Bangkok