Food and Drink in Singapore
Singapore cuisine is as ethnically diverse as its peoples, a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Western influences. A visit to one of the hawker centres or shopping mall food courts will be as eye-opening as gastronomically gratifying.
Open Farm Community, Minden Road
Some meals stay with you long after the plates have been cleared. The mud crab pappardelle with Thai curry sauce and caramelised garden squash at Open Farm Community, is one of those meals. Set on 35,000 square feet of luscious green land and away from the usual hustle and bustle of the city, this hidden gem operates a “paddock to plate” philosophy.
Ce La Vie, Bayfront Avenue
Located above the landmark SkyPark Observation Deck of the Insta-famous Marina Bay Sands, Cé La Vi is a level above the rest (57 levels to be specific). Similar to its sister venue in Hong Kong, It’s all about innovative modern Asian flavours and textures, set against a backdrop of Singapore’s stunning scenery. Kick off the night with a sinfully delicious cocktail, the signature Botanic 57, which offers the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Smith Street
No Singaporean journey of tastes is complete without a visit to one of the country’s famous hawker centres. With over 260 food stalls, Chinatown Complex Food Centre is the largest hawker centre in Singapore and will leave you calculating how much food a human can safely consume in one sitting.
Komala Villas, Little India
For the biggest dosa at the lowest price, Komala Villas in Little India is the destination of choice. A large dosa, a type of pancake originating from India made from fermented batter, with three sides will set you back a whole SGD2.50. Yes, a whole meal for less than the price of a train ticket.
Atlas Bar, North Bridge Road
Atlas Bar is a gin-lover’s paradise, set in a public library-like building that would make Jay Gatsby feel at home. The knowledgeable staff will advise you based on your preference for sweet, dry, strong or bitter and they’ll throw in some tomato flavoured popcorn for good measure.
Raffles Hotel, Beach Road
With its classic colonial architecture, a stark contrast to its contemporary neighbours, the Raffles Hotel promises the quintessential Singapore experience. Stop in for an iconic Singapore Sling and end your adventure on the right note.