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EL readers’ top restaurant picks across Singapore

Every week, we bring you the latest hot new restaurants and our favourite eateries across Singapore, but we’re not the only ones who like sharing our recommendations. When we did a shout out on Facebook for dining spots that are close to your hearts, you didn’t disappoint! So we’ll shove off for once and let the lovely EL readers take over with their top eating out picks on the island…

Kooka Café on Purvis Street; a piece of Australia in Singapore. And LOTS Gourmet near Changi – the best breakfast ever (and reasonably priced). Claire Kidd 

Kooka Cafe is a friendly wee place
Kooka Cafe is a friendly wee place


Wee Nam Kee (275 Thomson Road) where chicken rice lives up to its reputation rather than its rather dull-sounding name. Guy Turton  

Ruqxana’s Cookery Magic (cookerymagic.com) has great cooking classes, including one on Pulau Ubin. Anyta A Ghosh

Freshly Baked on Killiney Road for the best BLT. Typhaine Zagoreos de Bure  

The bars at Emerald Hill are pretty good – Ice Cold Beer is a must-try! Dora Claire 

Tippling Club at Dempsey Hill for a special meal – the degustation menu is a must. Totally amazing cocktails also. Holleigh Mason  

Café 99 at 22 Buona Vista Road. Popular with expats. A Pasir Panjang hidden gem. Debbie Caines 

For cheap meat deliveries: qbfood.com.sg. The beef is Australian and fresh. And try Kith café at Watermark Robertson Quay for great coffee, and Bar Bar Black Sheep for casual food and drinks with ample space for kids to scoot around. Tanya Do  

If you’re looking for a fab Indian restaurant, try Mustard on Serangoon Road – one of the best here. Martini Happy Hour at the Hyatt on Orchard Road on a Friday evening is a great way to end the week. Hasina Khanam

Don’t forget about Expat Kitchen for training your helper how to cook Western dishes! QB Food now has a retail outlet at 225 Outram Road called Foodie Market Place. Visit the Pasir Panjang wholesale fruit and veg market to save money. Rachel Elman O’Shea  

The Aspirasi stall in the hawker centre right in front of HarbourFront Centre does the best chicken rice that my husband, friends and colleagues have tasted. So cheap, too, at only $3.50. For newcomers on a budget, this is a great stop instead of Sentosa or VivoCity. Wilma Mangila

For vegetarian Indian food try Kamala Villas. I love the bars in Haji Lane. Vanessa Errington  

Consider RedDot Brewery at Boat Quay for a birthday party or any function in their function room on the second and third levels. They did an outstanding job for my husband’s 60th party. Highly recommended. Linda Marais

Foodie Market Place on Outram Road for the best selection of meat (and, if you’re from Texas, real sausage including Tex-Mex-style chorizo). Oh, and the prices aren’t insane! Lorinda Hollis 

Swirls Cupcakes at Clarke Quay
Swirls Cupcakes at Clarke Quay


I love Swirls cupcakes! I used them again recently to make branded cupcakes for a press event – they are so speedy and helpful, and the cupcakes always taste great. Laura Jennifer

Explore the East Coast: it’s full of quirky bars and restaurants. Discover the hawker stands – the ones at Maxwell Food Centre are particularly good. Find the rooftop Sri Lankan restaurant on Boat Quay – it’s a treat! Sunday Champagne brunches are a must, especially the one at The Terrace at the Sentosa Resort & Spa. Saturday evening hotel free-flow barbecues are great, too! Poppy Mason-Watts