For our non-Singaporean friends, ‘atas’ means ‘high class’, word derived from the Malay word meaning ‘upstairs’.
We use it as an adjective, for example “This restaurant is very atas, sure spend a lot of money”, “You have many atas friends yah? Don’t want to go to hawker centre to eat”, or “Dear, it’s our monthsary, can we go atas place to dine.”
Essentially, ‘quite atas’ here would mean looking or tasting high-end, but it wouldn’t cost that much.
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore March 2015 – The Quite Atas Edition
390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, #01-06/07 Singapore 237781
Tel: +65 67360100
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
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Palais Renaissance is the atas mall where tai tais go for tea or a haircut at David Gan’s Passion. There is also Ginzawa Japanese Restaurant revamped from Sushi Kuu. The 70-seater offers a spectrum of Japanese favourites from seasonal omakase sets, kaiseki-inspired dishes, and lunch set dons prepared by Chef Donny Tan who has more than 30 years of culinary experience. The recommended is the Tokusen Hokkai Chirashi Don ($50, only available in lunch set) with 11 types of premium seafood on sushi rice mixed with a touch of ginger. Good news, prices are not as high as before.
Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956 (Bayfront MRT. Restaurant in at MBS hotel side Level 1, between Rise and Jin Shan Lou)
Tel: +65 66885657
Alternative No: +65 66885658
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 5:30pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat)
Adrift by celebrity chef David Myers at the atas MBS. Food is Californian with a Modern Asian edge, such as King Crab Melt with Pimento Cheese ($35) – it’s their signature, Kagoshima Wagyu Beef with Onion Jam ($55), Foie Gras in Little Bahn Mi ($32), Cod with Mantou Bread and Chili Crab Sauce ($28), Arctic Char with Spiced Tomatoes and Curry, and Maine Lobster with Mochi and Shiso ($33). We loved Adrift’s desserts, and would be happy to give almost full scores for their brilliant execution. (Read: Adrift by David Myers MBS)
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #02-02, Atrium 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018955 (Bayfront MRT)
Tel: +65 6688 7299
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm
Thai street food got very atas with Chef David Thompson’s execution who propelled Nahm to be one of the best restaurants in the world. His other offspring Long Chim has very surprisingly opened in the direction of offering affordable unpretentious street food. What you can expect is “arh-arn-jaan-dtiao” single-plate foods, rather than those suitable for communal dining. I looked at the prices of the menu, and was well, both pleased and relieved. (Read: Long Chim MBS)
2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-02/03/04 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Next to Zara), Singapore 018872
Tel: +65 66887799
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Who would imagine, that a steamed bun named “dogs do not pay attention”, supposedly created by a poor village boy, would find its way to the atas MBS? Ah, Goubuli buns. Travellers to China find themselves seeking out these delicate buns at Goubuli’s original restaurant in Tianjin. Despite its popularity in China, it has never rolled out an international outlet – till now.
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #01-12, S039802
Tel: 6532 0481
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs, 5pm – 1am. Fri, Sat 5pm – 3am, Sun 11am – 11pm
Why won’t Mischief be atas? It’s opened by the atas “Barbarella”, I mean Michelle Chong, Cynthia Koh and Daniel One. Located at Esplanade Courtyard, Mischief serves up American Street Food found in food trucks all across America like Sloppy Joes, Soft Taco, Philly Cheesesteak and the crowd pleaser’s Chicken Waffle – Chef’s secret recipe chicken thigh atop a crispy waffle.
167-169 Telok Ayer Singapore 068618
Opening Hours: 11.45am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 11pm
Burnt Ends got a spot in the atas Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, and the guys behind Burnt Ends has launched Meatsmith at Telok Ayer Street. Think Blacksmith for the interior with two large authentic smokers flown in from the states, a bulls head and a dedicated cool room for charcuterie. Expect smoked meats and burgers.
18 Purvis Street #01-01 Singapore 188597
Tel: +65 67344436
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Manzoku which means ‘satisfaction’ in Japanese, serves classic favourites available at Chikuwa Tei, along with custom sushi rolls and yakitori. Fish is sourced across Japan, and sauces such as shoyu and teriyaki are made in-house. The Chirashi Don ($25) is quite lauded on social media for serving generous portions of fresh sliced fish on sushi rice. (Read: Manzoku Purvis Street)
Tang’s Steamboat Restaurant
41 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089146
Tel: +65 6221 1760
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (last order 11pm), Closed Mon
There are two main types of steamboat restaurants in Singapore. One, the type that you pay less than $20 and eat all that you wish. The atas other, you pay a lot, and end up not eating too much. Tan’s Steamboat Restaurant may belong to the later, said to offer authentic Szechuan Steamboat with a wide variety of ingredients and specialties. $89++ for Premium Set for 2 pax of 11 courses, or $69++ for the Economic Set. But food okay only lah.
27 Circular Road Singapore 049383
Tel: +65 84530129
There were four main types of noodles available at Royal Noodle (atas name) – dry or soup, spicy or non-spicy, said to be based on a Tang Dynasty recipe. Wah. I believe, well, it was a branding gimmick more than anything as both Tang Tai Zhong or Yang Guifei should had consumed better things? (Read: Royal Noodle Circular Road)
Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint
Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-609 Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6594 2202
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
How not to be atas? 4 million dollar char siew. $4,000,000. Fans of Kay Lee would be glad to know that their Guang Zhou based Zhu Jiang Char Siew ($6.80 for single roast rice, $8.80 for 2 roast, $10.80 for 3) tasted almost the same as the original stall. The menu has expanded to a variety of roast meats, noodles, double boiled soups, congee and appetisers. (Read: Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint Suntec City)
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