The Marina Bay area may be popular for its views, activities and tall skyscrapers but did you know it comes up on top as a foodie heaven too? From panoramic views and impeccably-presented dishes to a feast of authentic local delights, here’s our list of some of the best dining spots to visit if you’re in the area.
Headed by the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Giorgio Maggioni from Monza, Milan, this elegant restaurant in Mandarin Oriental offers authentic Italian fare with a contemporary flair, made using premium produce from Italy. Prior to joining the hotel, Chef Giorgio had over six years of culinary and hospitality experience, including working in Armani Hotel and Address Boulevard in Dubai as part of the pre-opening team.
Start off with the handmade buffalo mozzarella from Naples ($34), a signature appetiser cheese lovers will enjoy. The restaurant prides itself for its handmade pastas, too. Popular dishes include the carbonara ($30) – handmade spaghetti, Pecorino sabayon, pancetta, black pepper – and tagliolini with Umbria sausage ($36) – a rich mix of ricotta, spinach and black truffle – but there are other meaty picks like the roasted US Prime beef bone-in ribeye ($108) if you’re feeling extra indulgent. Here for a business lunch? Don’t miss out on their affordable lunch set, where you can opt for two, three or four courses ($38, $46 and $54 respectively).
Headed by multi award-winning Executive Chef Jason Lau, who boasts over 15 years of culinary experience, this newly opened contemporary Chinese restaurant is one to bookmark for your next meal. The 188-seater features a dining area, three private rooms and a sleek bar, making it the ideal venue for all occasions including business meetings, lunch catch-ups and family dinners.
From fiery Szechuan fare to the classic weekend dim sum treat, the menu at Blossom encompasses flavours from ancient and modern China. A must-try from the à la carte menu is the American Black Angus beef ribs glazed with wild honey ($78 per portion): marinated with over 10 ingredients, then braised for up to five hours and baked to tender goodness. Roasted to perfection, then served with freshly steamed crepes and a selection of garnishes, the Peking Duck ($80 per duck) is another popular item that’s great for sharing. If you want a variety, there are set meals available, with prices starting from $48 person for the healthy vegetarian set and business special lunch set.
Don’t miss out on the dim sum, too. Served from lunch to high tea, the dedicated dim sum menu features 15 delightful bites including the signature steamed prawn dumplings ($7.80 for four) and xiao long bao ($5.80 for three).
Stellar at 1-Altitude
For a night of total indulgence, check out the award-winning Stellar at 1-Altitude. Whether you’ve got a date to impress or you’re looking for a way to celebrate a special occasion, this restaurant runs top of our list for sensational food with a view to match. Think top-notch progressive Australian cuisine made with fresh seasonal ingredients. We recommend the Constellations 6 or 8-course tasting menus, curated by top chef Christopher Millar, a KRUG Ambassade chef in Singapore. Finding a spiffy spot for a business lunch? Stellar has a three or four-course set lunch (from $48) that’s the business.
A quirky mix of local meets Western fare is served up at Redpan, a casual dining spot by homegrown architecture firm DP Architects and the owner of popular bistro GRUB. Try the Lup Cheong Iberico Chorizo Paella ($28), an interesting combination of the homey Spanish paella dish and locally cured Chinese sausage. Another must-try for pasta lovers is the Prawn & Hae Bee Hiam Pasta ($16), an addictively spicy dish featuring tagliatelle tossed in a house-made spicy shrimp paste. Centrally located at the accessible Marina Square, this restaurant is a worthy visit if you want to surprise your palette.
Seasonal Tastes (The Westin Singapore)
The seafood dinner buffet spread at Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Singapore’s signature restaurant, is a crowd pleaser. Think free-flow, fresh seafood paired with impressive views of the Marina Bay. Food wise, here you’ll find a glorious array of crabs, half-shell scallops, freshly shucked plump oysters and sashimi. Barbecue fans can also look forward to the live grilling station where one can tuck into fresh-on-the-grill seafood like lobsters, salmon teriyaki, tiger prawns and calamari, in addition to mainstays including the Turkish lamb kebabs and rosemary beef. Buffet prices start from $68++ for Monday to Thursday nights.
Nestled in the picturesque Gardens by the Bay, Pollen offers a menu to match the surrounding botanic beauty. Helming the kitchen is Head Chef Angelo Rosso, who has previously worked for famed chefs Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal. Savour exotic dishes that focus on seasonal produce, including the A4 Wagyu tender shoulder ($68) to the whopping 1kg 35-day aged Stockyard tomahawk ($180) to Goat’s cheese crème brûlée ($20) The afternoon tea set (3-5pm) though, is what we’ve got our eye on. You get five types of savouries and five types of sweets, as well as a choice of coffee or tea. Top up $38 for free flow bubbly ($38) and you’ve got yourself a perfect Saturday afternoon!
Supply and Demand
For a hearty brunch, head down to Supply and Demand at the Esplanade. This modern Italian and Asian fusion restaurant may be known for its chic industrial interior, but its unpretentious and substantial food menu is also a winner. Starters include Garlic Truffle Fries ($17), Handmade Arancini ($15-$19) and the Caprese Con Prosciutto Di Parma ($14), all of which are great for sharing. If you’re up for a main, go for the Carbonara Classico ($19) or Mushroom Risotto ($23). Can’t decide? Just choose your meat (from $20 for chicken) and leave it up to the chef to work his magic!
Heads up cocktail aficionados: rooftop bar Orgo is a must try for its extensive menu of curated concoctions. Located at the Esplanade, this chill hangout spot offers a fab view of the city skyline, as well as cocktails made with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs – so now we can feel less guilty about our drinks! Feeling peckish? Get a couple of small plates ($12-15) to munch on or an omakase (chef-selected) set of four small plates ($45), which is perfect for the fickle-minded.
Makansutra Glutton’s Bay
Makansutra Glutton’s Bay is the pick if you’re in the mood for some local food. Here you’ll find hawker favourites like fried carrot cake, chicken rice and chili crab. Grab a few friends, order some satay skewers and chug down mugs of the local brew, Tiger. Leave feeling satisfied, without burning a deep hole in the wallet. We dare say it’s one of the most authentic Singaporean experiences you’ll find in town.
Still hungry? There’s plenty more food to try on the island.