You'd really have to be a gastronome of the highest order with unmatchable epicurean skills to discount the popular opinion that Singapore has the world's most vibrant restaurant landscape. Leave that onerous task to the food critics, embark on a gourmand jaunt in Singapore and find out the truth for yourself. The endless rows of food stalls in the streets and alleys of the city have since long, been rustling up eclectic dishes that were always a foodie's delight. But in the last two decades, the rising influx of expatriates from all over the world has led to the mushrooming of world-class restaurants that serve an exciting smorgasbord of appetizing delights.
1. Andre Restaurant: Chef Andre Chiang is the proprietor and attends to all his customers personally. He chats up with most of his guests and retires to the kitchen to personally oversee the preparations. He picked up his culinary skills in France as he apprenticed under some specialist chefs. And his perfection shows in any dish you try-from the 15 days baby corn, wood sorrel, fresh Challans goose ham to the Bottargo on grilled cauliflower, wild fennel, charcoal consommé, egg marmalades, sea kale granite on tomato, and much more. Located on 41, Bukit Pasoh Road and remains closed on Mondays.
3. Iggy’s: Iggy’s offers an exclusive dining ambience to the food connoisseur and you’d have to make reservations pretty ahead, as the deli has only 28 tables. You’d need to be diplomatic to cajole Ignatius Chan into revealing the recipes behind delicacies like Cappellini with Sakura ebi or Sea Urchin with cauliflower and ponzu. It serves Asian, fusion and European cuisines. Address:-The Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road.
4. Cut in Marina Bay Sands Complex: Cut is the brainchild of Wolfgang Puck, the most celebrated of chefs worldwide. It serves authentic American cuisines and delectable dishes made from different beef cuts. One can also dig into customized entrees like Maine Lobster with black truffle sabayon or Kobe beef short ribs. Venue:-10, Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Complex.
5. Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao: Singaporeans love their ‘la mian’. In Singapore you’d find many exotic and veritable delis serving an array of ‘la mian’ dishes and Crystal Jade happens to one such exclusive hotspot. It dishes out eight distinct types. Take a la mian side dish with Sichuan Chicken. Address:-241/241A Holland Avenue, Holland Village.
6. Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant: Serenity serves the most sumptuous paella, risotto, patatas bravas, and Tortilla de patatas in Singapore. Forget all the worries of the world as you pick up scoops of Paella Valenciana, Spanish corizo, Saffron Chicken, and tiger prawns with Bomba rice. Address:-1st level-98/99 VivoCity.
8. Candlenut Kitchen: Cordon bleu Malcom Lee sees to it that his Candlenut Kitchen keeps serving original Perankan cuisine to all his patrons. He constantly innovates with the dishes but spares no effort in preserving the age old Perankan fares. Address:-25, Neil Road.
9. Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria: If you like your beef lump, lamb ribs, and chicken legs barbecued then you should be heading to Carnivore. Gorge on as much meat as you like as you’ll be billed a uniform rate. Location:-The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Bay Level, L1-80.
10. Jumbo Seafood: The Jumbo Seafood is indisputably the top pick among all bistros serving marine delicacies in Singapore. It is an open air sea-facing restaurant and is the favourite dining joint of many a Singaporean. You can choose from the restaurant’s recommended dishes-Jumbo Chilli Crab, Fried Prawns with Cereal, Deep Fried Red Tilapiya, and Bamboo Clams with Minced Garlic, Salted Egg Golden Prawns, and much more. Location:-East Coast Seafood Center, Block 1206 East Coast Parkway, #01-07/8.
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