We in Malaysia all know the truth. Our local food is better. I feel all Singaporeans know this but perhaps shy away from the Singapore/Malaysia roti, mee, curry, nasi related ongoing challenge. But let’s just be honest, we really do know that they’ve got nothing on Ipoh, JB or Penang.
I will however give it to the Singaporeans that they have nailed the restaurant scene. While I die a little inside at the price tag of a taco or bowl of spaghetti, the proof is in the pudding and this city delivers on flavour and authenticity.
National Kitchen by Violet Oon
Perhaps the million expats demanding excellence of their hometown favourites or perhaps it’s the fact that you feel like you’re in Sydney surrounded by Singaporeans rather than in an Asian city surrounded by Australians. Either way, I’m sold. Here are my go-to restaurants whenever I’m in town…
Burnt Ends for BBQ bound for a Michelin any day now (this is the feature image)
Mozza for the gnocchi and shaved truffle on marble bench tops
Tippling Club because a trip wouldn’t be complete without its colonial roots
Esquina for dream tapas straight from the streets of Barcelona
Corner House for Michelin starred creations in the Botanical Gardens
Restaurant Andre for Asia’s 3rd best restaurant according to World’s 50 Best
National Kitchen by Violet Oon for incredible Chinese/Singaporean high tea
Sarnies for when you’ve eaten too much at Maxwell and need a health boost
Wild Rocket for a fancy take on epic hawker food
Janice Wong Singapore for irristiablly beautiful desserts that Liz loves…
Have I missed any? Comment below as I’m always up for recommendations…