Singapore possesses one of the most diverse food scenes on the planet, and not just because the mega city is home to Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, French, Japanese, Korean, and Italian restaurants. The experiences available in the city are also stupefyingly different, from credit card-denting tasting menus in Michelin star-decorated fine dining to world-renowned hawker centers where you can still dine for a (relative) steal. The options are simply mind-boggling.
A clutch of new restaurants serving Asian-inspired contemporary cuisine have opened in the city recently, including Indian, Chinese, and Malay venues helmed by a cadre of noteworthy young chefs. Notwithstanding some closures, the restaurant industry has remained remarkably resilient during the pandemic; locals are out in droves again at their favorite kopitiams (coffee shops), queues snake at popular stalls for roti prata (Indian flatbread) and bak chor mee (minced meat noodles), and reservation books are packed at accolades-decorated restaurants like Odette and Meta.
Note: Global inflationary pressures have created a dent in the affordable side of the dining scene, and hawker food has not been spared from rising prices. But the impact of this surge is felt most at Michelin-starred restaurants, where a tasting menu at dinner can set you back $400 or more before taxes. Still, the food-loving Little Red Dot constantly surprises with bountiful options across the price spectrum.
Born, bred and educated in Singapore, Evelyn Chen is a food and travel writer and editor, as well as one of the regional academy chairs for World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In between dinners and writing assignments, the former Zagat editor actively blogs about food on Instagram.Read More