Singapore is the top of many a traveler’s dream bucket list. And it’s there for a lot of good reasons. The Lion City is the world’s one and only island/city state. Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore boasts beautiful scenery, a multicultural population, and a gorgeous tropical climate, all of which combine to make it a very attractive proposition for visitors. Landing in Singapore is a genuine assault on the senses, in a good way; the city has such a diverse influence of cultures that its own culture has become a beautiful chaotic mix of impressions from lands afar.
Singapore is also becoming globally renowned for its restaurant scene. Food is a big deal in the city, and the diversity of offerings is usually touted as a prime reason to visit. Much like its culture, Singapore’s cuisine is a blend of many different influences, conspiring together to make a wonderful culinary spread that will challenge and excite even the most hardened and battle-weary of foodies. Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to have a check in with where your fellow intrepid travelers might’ve chowed down in the Lion City, and remember to keep that ever-handy BUCKiTDREAM planner by your side to keep track of all the awesome restaurants you’ll be visiting on your trip!
Cure: We’ll kick off with Cure, a cozy, intimate venue of fine dining, located in southern Singapore, near the waters of the Singapore Strait. Describing itself as a modern day urban neighborhood restaurant, Cure provides a place to eat, drink and socialize, where you can enjoy a seasonal a la carte menu or kick back with a laid back snack or cocktail. The Irish Workers Lunch is a particular standout, featuring roasted lamb, Irish potato stew and baked carrot, served up a beautiful side of Irish smoked salmon, with apple tart with whiskey cream to finish. Cure brings all this fine dining to you at a very reasonable price, while maintaining a friendly, inviting and relaxed atmosphere as you partake.
Chatterbox: The ‘Home of the Legendary Mandarin Chicken Rice’ can be found on the 5th floor of Mandarin Orchid, a five-star hotel in the heart of Singapore’s bustling Orchard district, the city’s retail and entertainment hub. Serving up some of the best chicken in town, Chatterbox specializes in lean, tender meat served in generous portions, with lashings of child sauce, ginger paste and soy sauce (not all together, you can choose how you mix them!). If you don’t fancy the chicken (though you really should), they also offer up a selection of local dishes in a spacious, modern atmosphere.
Tong Ah Eating House: Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Tong Ah is very much an eating house, which excels in local breakfasts. It’s in a relaxed little corner of the city which serves up delightful Singaporean coffee with a helping of local specialty kaya toast. A much-beloved snack in Singapore and Malaysia, this native treat is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a gazing of sugar, coconut milk, and eggs, pandan and butter. It is considered a breakfast staple in the Lion City, and you really shouldn’t leave without sampling some. Breakfast isn’t the only thing served at Tong Ah; there’s plenty on offer for dinner too, though it really is all about that sweet kaya toast. You can order it at any time of the day!
Red House Seafood: For a city so close to the sea, it should come as no surprise that Singapore has more than its fair share of seafood restaurants. One of the best comes in the form of Red House Seafood, which may or may not has been named after the Jimi Hendrix song ‘Red House’. Either way, it does some of the finest crabs on offer in the city, backed up by an impressive menu of seafood delicacies. It’s situated right on the quays too, so you’ll get that authentic saltwater-sprayed atmosphere while you dine!
Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice And Noodle: Last year, this little food stand made history when it became one of the first of its kind to be awarded a Michelin star. Known as ‘hawkers’ in their native Singapore, the stalls are a common sight in and around the bustling streets; less common is to see one furnished with the highest order of culinary knighthood. You can find it in the Chinatown Complex, but be warned; ever since its newfound prestige, business has been understandably booming, with lines of hungry customers forming the whole Complex!
Kim Choo: Rice dumplings have always been a mainstay in the cuisine of Singapore, and Kim Choo is one of the finest purveyors of the art in existence. Not strictly a restaurant, more of a store, Kim Choo will provide you with some tasty, genuine article dumplings at a very reasonable price. You can also be assured of exclusivity, as the company doesn’t sell its much-sought-after produce to any hawkers or supermarkets; if you want the real deal you have to come to Kim Choo.
Singapore is a diverse culinary hotbed, and these are just a few ideas to get you started. As you make your way through this wonderful city, make sure to record and log your own discoveries, and share them with your fellow BUCKiTDREAMERS!