There’s nothing quite like treating yourself (and, maybe, someone special) to a delicious meal at a nice place every now and then. Whether you’re in a sour state or just in an inexplicable mood to celebrate, great food enjoyed in a great setting will never fail to perk you up.
So when you think you have a few good dollars to shell out because you deserve a scrumptious time, choose the best places in Singapore to sit down and have your feast. Here are our top 5 picks:
Chatterbox at Mandarin Orchard has almost become synonymous with the hugely popular Mandarin Chicken Rice it serves.
This award-winning restaurant earned the Hall of Fame distinction as a Heritage Brand by Singapore Prestige Brand Award and prides itself for its tender and juicy star dish— which is best combined with chili, ginger, and dark soya for a burst of flavor. Chatterbox also boasts a variety of other delicious local fare including Lobster Laksa and King Prawn Fried Hokkien Noodles.
The Blue Ginger
A Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, The Blue Ginger is a quaint little restaurant with an old-time charm that sits along Tanjung Pagar Road, and is well-known for serving some of the best Peranakan dishes in the Lion City.
On your visit, have a go at their mouth-watering menu items such as Ayam Panggang (grilled chicken flavored with coconut milk and spices), Beef Rendang (a rich and spicy beef stew), and Kueh Pie Tee (a crispy tart shell filled with thinly-sliced vegetables). Don’t forget to finish off your meal with the house’s signature dessert—Chendol, a shaved ice treat topped with a delightful mix of sweetened red beans, coconut milk, palm sugar, and durian pureé.
Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro
If the two Michelin stars of Shisen Hanten aren’t enough to convince you that the food here’s great, then, perhaps, its history will. The current restaurant at Mandarin Orchard Singapore is the first branch of the chain outside Japan, and is backed by three generations’ worth of history that started in 1958 by the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine.”
He was born in the Szechwan province of China and with his love for cooking, honed and perfected his craft in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China before finding a new home in Yokohama, Japan.
Today, the legacy that Chen Kenmin began is carried over by his grandson Chen Kantaro to continue tantalizing tastebuds with specialties such as Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Crab Roe Soup, Cold-steamed Chicken and Jellyfish with Sesame Sauce, and “Chen’s Mapo Doufu”—stir-fried tofu in hot Szechwan pepper-flavored meat sauce served with Hokkaido rice.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
In the mood for savory and succulent ribs? There is, perhaps, no better place to go than Lawry’s The Prime Rib. Originating from America, this upscale gourmet restaurant chain thrills palates in Singapore with its unmissable Signature Roasted Prime Rib—130 grams of beef carved to order and served with Idaho Mashed Potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and Creamed Corn.
The Lobby Lounge
Have an exquisite afternoon tea with a 3-tier tea set featuring an assortment of local delights including Nyonya kueh, pie tee, and sweet pastries at The Lobby Lounge of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Also try out scones given a twist with native flavors like gula Melaka and pandan, Coconut Kaya Tarts, and the Durian Dome—simply delish!
*Featured image from Shangri-la Hotel Singapore The Lobby Lounge