In commemoration of my beloved Singapore, this is an Ode to my former adopted country: the Ultimate Singapore Guide of the “best-of” restaurants from Peranakan to Hawker Center to Afternoon High Tea to pizza. Picking these restaurants was like picking a favorite child… difficult, but everyone has one ;)
I didn’t use an algorithm of factors, but mainly considered food quality, ambience, wow factor, bang for your buck, and my own personal experience. If you’re lucky enough to travel to the Little Red Dot, make sure to try these outstanding joints, and let me know how much you loved them.
BEST RESTAURANT: Cloudstreet: this restaurant will cost you a pretty penny, but it does everything right. Each of the 11 dishes is memorable, and the dining staff treats you like you’ve been friends forever. The interior decor and floral arrangements are the prettiest in all of Singapore.
- Runner-up: Odette- the 3-star Michelin restaurant consistently and deservedly pulls the title of №1 restaurant in Singapore. The French dinner here is an unforgettable 4-hour experience set in the National Gallery in Singapore, designed in pastels and soft shades of blush (my favorite color palette.)
Best HAWKER CENTER: Hawker Centers are perhaps Singapore’s most signature experience, with over 100 on the island to choose from. They are more than a dining complex, they are an iconic part of Singapore’s heritage and culture.
Favorite food: Claypot rice at Chinatown Hawker Center: comfort food at its best. The pot of flavorful rice cradles various meats and a sprinkling of veggies. The food is scorching hot after cooking for hours, allowing the edge of the rice to burn and crisp in the stone pot. While you’re there, grab a craft beer at Mikkeller stall. You’ll need something cool since hawker centers are outdoors with no air-con.
- Runner-up: salted egg crab and chicken satay at Newton Hawker Center, the open air seating is where they filmed the iconic Crazy Rich Asians scene