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Not in any particular order, here are some of the best restaurants we’ve reviewed.
Best multi-cuisine restaurant in Singapore: Mezza9
Grand Hyatt Singapore’s multi-cuisine concept restaurant Mezza9 has joined the ever-growing list of eateries to focus on “conscious eating”, with a newly redesigned menu featuring sustainable ingredients used in each of its seven kitchens. Some of the menu must-tries include Nuea Yang-grilled Black Angus beef salad with tamarind and chilli ($48) from the Thai kitchen, Sushi Kiwami ($98) – seven kinds of nigiri, ve types of sashimi and two rolls – from the sushi counter, and the great-for-sharing Mezza9 clam and lobster bake ($128) from the grill, which includes Maine lobster, tiger prawns, clams, black mussels, smoked sausage, sweet corn and potatoes.
Don’t eat meat? Don’t’ worry! Mezza9’s Beyond Burger ($24) – also available at the hotel’s Oasis restaurant – features a vegan Beyond Burger patty, which tastes pretty close to the real thing (and delicious!), and is topped with pickles, red onions, lettuce, plant-based mayo, mustard and a dairy-free cheese that would trick any die-hard cheese lover.
And, of course, don’t miss pre- or post-dinner drinks at the connecting martini bar, where there are over 30 flavours to choose from (happy hour is from 5 to 9pm daily)!
If brunch is more your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out Mezza9’s weekly Sunday champagne extravaganza. Choose from free-flow Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne ($158), or upgrade to Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé ($178); both options are inclusive of free-flow gin and tonics, and select martinis. There’s a VIP experience for groups of four or more, including table butler service and free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Ruinart Rosé champagne ($208 per person). Without alcohol, brunch is $118; kids aged 3 to 12 dine for $59.
– Amy Greenburg
Nice restaurant in Singapore for Italian cuisine: Dolce Vita
Chef Giorgio Maggioni presents a modern twist on Italian food at Dolce Vita. A must-try starter is treccia campana di bufala ($34) featuring buffalo mozzarella from Naples, handmade by spinning, cutting and twisting the milk curd over and over again; it’s cut at the table and served with sundried tomatoes, anchovies and olive oil. We also absolutely love the newly added pappardelle with slow-roasted lamb ragout, Pecorino and artichoke ($36), and the Tajima wagyu beef tenderloin in red wine jus ($64). For dessert, try the tangy and refreshing mango mousse with passionfruit sorbet ($18).
Brunch-lovers won’t want to miss Dolce Vita’s weekend brunch! On Saturdays, guests can enjoy freeflow “R” de Ruinart Champagne, wine, select cocktails and beer for $158 (brunch without alcohol is $118). On Sundays, it’s $118 with free-flow Prosecco, wine, Mandarin Spritz and beer, or $158 with unlimited “R” de Ruinart Champagne, house wine, Mandarin Spritz and beer (or $68 for the no-alcohol option).
The fact that this brunch is offered on a Saturday already means major brownie points in my book. Throw in the delicious Italian menu and an airy, contemporary-chic, poolside space (choose indoors or alfresco), and it’s clear the Dolce Vita folks know what they’re doing; and they do it well. In fact, it’s my favourite brunch to date, and I cannot rave about it enough.
– Amy Greenburg
Great family-friendly Italian restaurant: Picotin Express
Whether it’s a cosy family dinner, a monthly meet-up with friends, or a private party, Picotin Express is well-suited for various occasions. The setting is casual and relaxed, so it’s the perfect place to drop by after work for a well-deserved pint, or turn up in shorts for laid back brunch on a Saturday. Entertainment-wise, there’s table football and a snooker table at the alfresco dining area. On a regular day, the spacious bistro offers a variety of seating arrangements for different crowds. But if you’re planning to host a function, the restaurant is equipped with a sound system and projector, and can host up to 200 people in total – 120 indoors and 80 outdoors.
Portions here are pretty generous (which we’re not complaining about) so it’s best to visit in a group, especially if you’re a small eater. An easy, elegant starter we enjoyed is the asparagus, Parma ham and poached egg salad ($20). You also won’t go wrong with the classic tomato and mozzarella salad ($18): fresh, plump and juicy heirloom tomato pieces served with a giant mozzarella ball and a flavourful pesto sauce on top.
The star of the show, however, were the mains. A must-try is whole roasted spring chicken ($25), a great option for sharing. Served with a sweet red wine sauce on the side, the chicken boasted a beautiful char on the skin and was super tender on the inside. We also devoured the herbed potatoes, carrots and shimeiji mushrooms that came along with the dish. Next came a whole baked red snapper with pesto potato and sauce vierge ($32). Paired with a refreshing lemon and apple rocket salad, this huge fish is doused in a tangy olive and Roma tomato sauce to offset any fishiness. This was a hands-down favourite at the table!
It’s commonly said that humans have a separate stomach for desserts, but to me this statement only holds true if the desserts are actually good! Here at Picotin Express, despite feeling stuffed from the meal (it was three of us against four sizeable dishes), we managed to wipe off our two desserts within minutes – a testament to how delicious they were! The apple crumble ($12), served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, was well-spiced with a tart flavour, tasting like home-baked goodness in every bite. If you have room for more, another excellent pick is the creamy panna cotta($10), which came with mixed berries on top for good measure.
– Anthia Chng
Good restaurant in Singapore for Sunday brunch: Edge
There are many winning things about Edge’s weekly Sunday brunch ($208 per adult, including free-flow rosé champagne, red and white wines, botanical gin cocktails and select beers; $188 per adult, including free-flow Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow label, wines, botanical gin cocktails and select beers; $128 per adult without alcohol; $64 for children aged six to 12), including the natural daylight and views of the Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay. Then there are the dramatic sights and sounds from the various kitchen stations, and the sheer quality and quantity of food on offer. The raw seafood bar is often our first port of call, followed swiftly by the foie gras and roast suckling pig stations.
We try to visit the farmer’s cheese theatre, with over 30 variations, before we’re too full to appreciate it. Just next to this is the relatively new botanical gin bar, where you can choose from a decent variety of gins. Not a fan of the spirit myself, I left it to husband James to sample the array. He was suitably impressed.
We can’t, of course, forget the kids! Their favourites are the charcuterie selection and the giant wagyu burger. However, it’s hard to keep them away from the kids’ dessert section and, before too long (I’d say within the first 30 minutes), they’re piling plates high with cakes, gummies, chocolate fruit and candy floss.
Request to sit at a booth near the live band; our seven- and ten-year-olds love the entertainment. A balloon artist also visits the tables to sculpt pieces for the kids.
But brunch isn’t all that’s offered at Edge. The restaurant’s got a fabulous dinner buffet every day of the week, with live stations and seafood on ice, and a daily heritage lunch featuring nostalgic dishes with modern interpretations – think crayfish Nonya laksa, lamb tandoori and crispy prawns with curry leaves.
– Amy Brook-Partridge
Top restaurant in Singapore for steaks: Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Housed along heritage-rich Mohamed Sultan Road, this Tuscan style steakhouse is an elegant spot for gatherings of all sorts – with friends, with family, or with your significant half. The restaurant is dressed in brick walls and glamorous artwork, which add a touch of old-school Italian allure, while leather booths and wood panelling give the space a classy and upscale vibe.
The char-grilled bistecca alla Fiorentina ($188), a whopping 1.1kg T-bone, is truly a sight to behold. Seen on almost every table, this sharing sized steak uses F1 Wagyu beef that’s pasture-raised in Australia, and organic Best for family style Italian grain-finished under the highest ethical standards. It’s served in thick-cut slices true to traditional Tuscan fashion and has a marbling score of six; each bite is rich, succulent and extremely flavourful. A word of caution: If you’re not used to thicker cuts of meat or if you’re a small eater, you should share this between three to four people. For something more modestly sized, there’s also a selection of individual cuts like the tenderloin ($65) and bone-in sirloin ($90).
When I’d first visited Bistecca earlier this year, I promised to return for the burrata ($40), and thankfully, I managed to try it this time! Featuring 300 grams of hand-formed young mozzarella served with a dash of balsamic and a bed of greens, this burrata was undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever had. Smooth and creamy throughout, the cheese pairs fantastically with a side of fresh Pachino tomatoes ($9) from Sicily. Another favourite at our table was the funghi ($13) – wild field mushrooms bathed in thyme butter – which was fragrant and cooked to perfection with a pleasant bite.
Apart from serving its stellar steaks, Bistecca does a mean handmade pasta, too. We devoured the fettuccine ($26) – smoked pimentón (paprika) pasta, blue crab, roasted peppers, lemon butter – and pappardelle ($28), a hearty combination of braised oxtail ragu, red wine, cherry tomato and parmigiano. There’s also an extensive wine list with everything from bubbly and reds to dessert wines, as well as a well-versed sommelier who’ll help you decide on a suitable pairing.
– Anthia Chng
Nice rooftop restaurant in Singapore: Artemis Grill
If you have somebody special that you want to wow, Artemis is your place. With to-die-for views of Marina Bay and the CBD, Artemis manages to be elegant without being stuffy. Unlike a lot of other places in Singapore, there is actually space between the tables so you get a little more privacy here than other spots to whisper sweet-nothings. The incredibly attentive wait staff and talented sommelier are as impressive as the stunning panorama outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Chef Oliver Hyde’s menu of Mediterranean-inspired flavours is like a who’s who of the kind of meals you want to eat for a special occasion: lobster, crab, fish, pork, caviar, mouth-watering dessert — it’s all here and it’s all impressive. If it’s lunch you’re after, try a set lunch (two courses for $45, or three for $52).
For starters, we’d suggest the quinoa falafel with hummus, white cabbage slaw, za’atar ($19/$28), hamachi fish tartare with apple horseradish and sea grapes ($26), and seared Boston lobster with raspberry and mango salsa, and lobster reduction ($45/$70), though all of the apps are divine.
For mains, highlights include stone bass with Jerusalem artichokes, oregano and
mussels ($42), Iberico pork “secreto” with tomato “salmorejo” and jus ($40), roasted Atlantic cod with purple carrot mash and brown butter ($55) and O’Connor “côte de boeuf” (1.1kg; $165) with chimichurri and violet mustard.
Finish with an indulgent Valrhona chocolate torte with prailine ice cream ($26) or the apple tarte tatin with salted vanilla ice cream ($16). A trio of cheeses ($26) with grape chutney, roasted walnut and raisin bread is always a great idea, too!
– Melinda Murphy
Best bistro-bar in Holland Village: The Nook
Located in buzzy Holland Village, The Nook is Singapore’s first-ever self-serving bistro bar where you can self-dispense wines, spirits and beers all under one roof. Apart from boozy drinks, the cosy taproom also offers a food menu consisting of hearty European, American and local fare that won’t break the bank. Read on for the inside scoop!
Instead of traditional paper menus, waiters who take orders, and cashiers at the payment counter, the 82-seater opts for tech-savvy features including an ordering app (Dining Butler), an automated cash machine for cash payment, 11 self-dispensing wine and spirit stations, and six Pour-My-Beer beer stations. The self-serving concept requires only around 30 percent of the manpower of a conventional bar. The catch is this: cost savings are passed down to the diners in the form of nett prices with no extra charges!
Meat lovers should try the Angus aged beef, a secret-menu item known only to regulars. The process involves dry-ageing cuts of beef for 21 days before trimming and cutting them into steaks, and the result is better flavour and a far more tender texture than a regular steak. There’s an ongoing promotion where you can enjoy one at the special price of $38 for rib-eye or $34 for sirloin – simply approach one of their service ambassadors to order.
If you’re visiting with company, get the pan fried fresh squid with chimichurri sauce ($14.90) and chicken, lamb or beef satay ($7.80 for six, $14 for 12) to share. For mains, a popular pick is the Hungry Burger ($21.90), aptly named for its generous serving; succulent beef patty topped with smoky cheddar cheese, guacamole, tomato and an egg, all nestled between charcoal buns. The pork knuckle ($33.90) is another signature that’s perfect for sharing – think crispy pork knuckle with homemade beer sauce and sauerkraut. Delish!
Feeling thirsty? There are nine wine and two spirit stations offering 44 different labels of wines, whiskies and sakes. The wine stations make it easy for first-time wine drinkers to experiment with the different varieties, as they can opt for a tasting portion before committing to a half- or full-glass serving. Look forward to a curated selection of premium vino at affordable prices; the labels are changed up every once in a while too.
If you’re not craving wine, head to the spirit stations, where you can sample drinks like Japanese sakes and whiskies. Beer connoisseurs should definitely check out the Pour-My-Beer beer stations, which serve six different types of house craft beers brewed by the folks at The Pump Room, a local microbrewery at Clarke Quay.
– Anthia Chng
Best bistro in Tanglin: House of AnLi – The Bistrot
Dining in a shopping mall doesn’t exactly evoke enticing images of whiling away the hours in a pretty setting – probably more of chomping away at some fast food in a windowless space! Yet nothing could be further from the truth with House of AnLi’s Bistrot. Belgian owner Anne-Jean Liéter moved from a smaller spot in Tanglin Mall to this expansive third- floor store in 2017, which houses not only its huge collection of furniture, furnishings and upholstery for sale, but a light and airy dining area at the back of its showroom.
The bistro’s wall-to-wall window draws you in, but its décor and food is what keeps you there. The menu covers a wide variety of dishes, from healthy, lighter options to some deliciously rich and filling fare. The breakfast menu lasts from 9am till 5pm, and includes the obligatory Belgian waffle ($10), as well as a huge range of egg options (using organic New Zealand eggs). Brunch items run from zucchini and bacon quiche ($16) and a platter of cheese ($28), to an avocado and heirloom tomato salad ($16/$24).
As stockists of the largest collection of Laguiole Jean Dubost cutlery in Singapore, it’s only fitting that diners get to feast using the French brand, eating off Portuguese tableware brand Costa Nova, also exclusively for sale at House of AnLi.
For anyone looking to add a little bubbly to their meal, there’s also a high-tea-for-two option. Offerings include mixed bruschetta, a waffle with jam and cream, and a hot drink ($48); or you can add a glass of champagne for $18, or go for the free-flow for $98, from 2pm until 5pm. Possibly best to do this after rather than before you go shopping in the store!
– Amy Brook-Partridge
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