Putting a list of “Singapore’s Best Restaurant” is a contentious one, the word ‘best’ can already be so subjective. Surely, a humble old-school zhi char restaurant can be considered ‘best’ to some. And unless someone has tried ALL the restaurants in Singapore, who can claim they know which is ‘best’?
I have my own reservations on some restaurants appearing there, but for most, they are quite worthy and commendable for putting together an intricate menu with though, personable detailed service and comfortable ambience.
Since this is the ‘fine-dining edition’, I have included prices for indication of how much you need to cough out. Reservations are a definite-must, especially for restaurants with limited seatings (Andre, Shinji, Waku Ghin).
The 10 Best Restaurants In Singapore, Fine Dining Edition
41 Bukit Pasoh Road Singapore 089855 (Outram Park MRT)
Tel: +65 6534 8880
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 2:00pm, 7:00 – 11:00pm (Tues – Sun, Closed Mon, PH)
In a short span of 3 years, Chef Andre Chiang transformed this small little restaurant near Chinatown to Singapore’s best restaurant under S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and lauded by The New York Times as a “top 10 restaurant in the world worth a plane ride”. Chef Andre’s philosophical menu ($298++ per person sans wine) is based on an “Octaphilosophy” theme of eight dishes, representing Pure, Salt, Artisan, South, Texture, Unique, Memory and Terrior. Every single dish represented perfection with the blend of ingredients, the intricacies that go into creation, and the thought process of putting it together. Personally, my dining experience was subtle and dreamy (in a good way). I can believe this is Singapore’s best restaurant. (Read: Restaurant Andre Bt Pasoh Road)
The Shoppes Atrium 2, Marina Bay Sands #02-02 (via escalator opposite Artbox Level 2), 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore.
Tel: +65 6688 8507
Opening Hours: 6:00pm and 8:30pm (Two seatings)
Opened by Celebrity Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, ‘Waku’ is to ‘spring forth’ and ‘ghin’ means silver which happens to be his favourite colour. Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands can be considered Chef Tetsuya’s dream ‘playground’, a 10,000 square feet expensive space, meant to serve maximum of 25 customers at one time. Be prepared to spend a bomb. The 10-course degustation menu has very hefty price tag of $400++ per person, noting that most of the ingredients used – trout, lobster, wagyu, caviar, are the experience luxurious types. You get the drift. Waku Ghin’s signature dish, the Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietra Caviar, is mind-blowing delicious. Every spoonful of the uni just melts in your mouth sensationally, and you feel transported to a gastronomic dreamland. (Read Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands)
Level 3, The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883 (Orchard MRT),
Tel: +65 6732 2234 or send text message to +65 8188 3200
Reserve at www.iggys.com.sg
Opening Hours: 12pm – 1:30pm (Mon-Fri Lunch), 7pm – 9:30pm (Mon-Sat Dinner), Closed Sun
Prior to Restaurant Andre, Iggy’s had been known to be Singapore’ Best Restaurant, named after respected restaurateur Ignatius Chan. It has been is in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2009, the first restaurant in Singapore to be on the coveted list. It is tough to categorise Iggy’s food. Some call it European, fusion, or east-meets-west. More correctly said, Iggy’s create dishes based on its founder’s favourite food and combinations, incorporating inspirations from the Asian, European and Australian continents. For lunch, the tasting menu is at $150++, while its usual Dinner Menu is at $235++ and Gastronomic Menu a pricier $275++. Some dishes were impressive, though a good half was not as memorable or mind (taste)-blowing. (Read: Iggy’s at Hilton Hotel)
1 Scotts Road, #02-16 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208 (Opposite HSBC Bank, Tanglin Branch)
Tel: +65 67332225
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00pm (Last seating at 2.00pm), Dinner 7.00pm (Last seating at 9.30pm), Closed Sundays
Les Amis filled the void of fine-dining French restaurants in Singapore during the 1990s, and quickly became one of the most recognisable names in the industry. However, the group seemed to have shifted focus to their mid-tier restaurants such as Aoki, La Strada and Bistro Du Vin and casual dining concepts of Canele, Nam Nam and Peperoni Pizza. , Les Amis’s Chef de Cuisine Sebastien Lepinoy, who is protégé of Joël Robuchon, joined the restaurant quite recently, planning a Dinner Degustation Menu ($280) which includes Oscietra Caviar from Kaviari with Cold Angel Hair and Sherry Vinegar, and Pan Seared Foie Gras and French River Eel accompanied by Cherry Fruits. A more affordable Epicurean menu ($120) is available for lunch.
2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox complex, Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore 178882 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 9199 9008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm (Lunch Mon-Sat), 7pm – 10pm (Dinner Daily except PH)
The word ‘Jaan’ is derived from the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘bowl’. Born in a family of farmers, Chef Julian Royer was taught to appreciate and value the beauty of seasonal produce, and it was apparent in this dishes that there are significant Asian ingredients and influence included. The. 5 course degustation menu is at $198 (wine pairing $130), 7 course artisanal menu at $238 (wine pairing $180). Do not miss the signature 55’ Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg. The dining experience, aesthetics and taste of the cuisine can be briefly summarised in one word – beautiful. (Read: Jaan Swissotel the Stamford)
38 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 08846
Tel: +65 6475 2217
Opening Hours: Lunch 12-3pm (Mon-Fri), Dinner 6pm-11pm (Mon-Sat), Bar 12pm-12am (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
For those unfamiliar with Tippling Club’s Chef Ryan Clift’s food, it has been described as “modern gastronomy”, “ever-evolving”, “cutting-edge” and “avant-garde”. If I may, in simpler terms – playful and unexpected. But do not ever use the word “molecular” on him, he hates that word. Tasting menus such as the Classic Menu (six courses for S$160++), Gourmand Menu (12 courses for S$265++), and 2 or 3 lunch sets are available at this new Tanjong Pagar location. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the creations, namely the Omelette with Smoked Eel and Caviar which has a perfect blend of the various ingredients. The Tippling Club is some parts dramatic, some parts exceptional, some parts leaving you wondering. Yah, the food can be weird. (Read: Tippling Club Tanjong Pagar)
Shinji by Kanesaka
Raffles Hotel #02-20 1 Beach Road (via Seah Street lobby) Singapore 189673. Branch at St Regis Singapore
Tel: +65 6338 6131
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Lunch), 6pm -10.30pm (Dinner), Closed Sundays
Watching the skilled Japanese chefs at work feels like an art, orchestra, and performance at the same time. Tucked away at the iconic Raffles Hotel, Shinji by Michelin-starred Chef Shinji Kanesaka is an Edo-style sushi restaurant, serving sashimi and sushi at the most superior quality at an intimate setting. Probably one of the best you can get outside Japan at this part of the world. The Omakase Wa ($300) includes appetiser, assorted sashimi, assorted cooked dishes, sushi, soup and Japanese fruit while the upper tier is at $450. I specially requested for Master Chef Koichiro Oshino, which is both serious at work, and humorous as he does his explanation in the most candid manner.
Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
#05-42/45 Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd. Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6732 7838
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:45pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-2:45pm (Sat), 10:30am-2:45pm (Sun); Dinner 6-10:30pm Daily
Some jaws dropped when Alfred Leung’s Imperial Treasures made it to the list. After all, there are many other Chinese restaurants in Singapore worthy of mention. While it may not be commonly considered the very top of Singapore’s Chinese restaurant, most dishes stands out from the average. Imperial Treasure’s Peking Duck can be considered better than many other restaurants from the capital city. To be pre-ordered in advance, the chef will crave the duck ($68) skill-fully in front of your table, into thinly crispy pieces with little meat and fats, lightly scented by the lychee wood used in the oven. Special menu for 6 at $528++, and $88++ per person. (Read Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Paragon)
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon,
Hotel Michael, Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa
Tel: +65 6577 6688, +65 6577 7888
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Thurs-Mon), Closed Tues, Wed
Joel Robuchon is known as the “Chef of the Century”, owning restaurants from Paris, Las Vegas, London to Tokyo, earning a total of 28 Michelin stars, the most of any chefs in the entire world. The L’Atelier counter is where you can watch the chefs in full action within an open kitchen concept – as though you are watching a cooking programme. The square counter seating is inspired by Tokyo sushi restaurants, with a sexy colour scheme of lush red and mysterious black. The Discovery Menu ($240) includes Duck foie gras custard with spicy black beans broth and Roasted cod with artichoke pickle tomatoes juice. Portions are small tapas-sized though. If not, try the Create-Your-Own Menu ($138) with amuse-bouche, 2 appetizers, 2 main course, and 1 dessert.
Galleria Level 42-46, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 8522
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon-Sat), 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 5:00pm -11:00pm (Sun)
The food is Italian and the restaurant feels NYC with its uplifting atmosphere and buzz (so not the finest of fine dining). Service staff walk in and fro the mozzarella bar in the middle, with pastries, mozzarella, burrata , stracciatella and burricotta cheese displayed. Chef David Almany puts up a daily selection of his best Antipasti, Mozzarella, Primi & Secondi, coupled with Pastry Chef Ariana Flores’ impeccable desserts with a tasting menu of $128++ per person . The food is hearty, fresh and of good quality, with choice of unique ingredients well put together. (Osteria Mozza Marina Bay Sands)
Which fine dining restaurant in your opinion, is Singapore Best and why?