A Definitive List of Our Favourite Restaurants in Singapore
Whether you're anxiously looking for a Valentine's Day lunch or dinner spot, or just plain curious about where we like to stuff our faces.| February 12, 2018
If there is one thing that we locals know, it is food. We are a country of people we are constantly looking and keeping one ear on the ground for the possibly next best restaurant, but we also keep going back to our favourites. So, it goes without saying that small as it is, Singapore is a city crawling with restaurants. Most of them not too bad, even more of them actually good, and with great variety, comes great anxiety. How does one choose?
If planning for Valentine’s Day dinner – or any dinner of personal importance for that matter – is giving you anxiety, allow us to place our two cents in the suggestion bowl. Here, and for the first time ever, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants across the island. Most of them are more or less suitable for dates – even the Chinese ones if you don’t mind the shouting waiters – but we threw in properly romantic ones, candlelight, skylight, fairylight, the works, for extra measure, along with different types of cuisines for variety. We can’t guarantee how your night will go, but we can guarantee that you will be coming back for more.
600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778
Singapore has no shortage of beautiful restaurants, but there really are none like Atlas. The entire floor fits the Roaring Twenties theme and if you’re in the mood for some booze, the selection available is ridiculously extensive. They literally have a tower of booze. Need we say more?
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Restaurant
#03-05 , 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
We visit this restaurant so often we don’t even need to look at the menu. The food is excellent and so comforting and there’s always hustle and bustle happening around the choice table. Perhaps not the best if you seek quiet conversations, but if your date and you just want really great Chinese food, why the heck not?
#12-01, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
This one is for the meat-free couples out there. Joie takes vegetarian food to the next level, so a night here is an eye-opening experience in itself. Think mushroom steak on hot rocks that actually tastes like steak and “salmon” sashimi made from konnyaku and carrots that – you guessed it – actually tastes like sashimi. It’s so odd, but the good kind of odd.
30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996
If Imperial Treasure is all booked up, try Lei Garden, the Michelin restaurant that hails from Hong Kong. We love the Hong Kong one, we love this one. The food is delicious and as authentic as Chinese food can get with excellent variety.
#01-16, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
In a city filled with people who like their food a little less la-dee-dah and a little more homely, French cuisine does not rank as high as the other cuisines like Chinese, Japanese or Italian. Les Amis, however, is the exception that we’re willing to make. The interior is a tiny bit old school compared to the other modern French establishments in the city, but sometimes old is gold.
Potato Head Folk
36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
For those who like to keep it real on dates, knuckle-deep in burgers, fries and all, Potato Head Folk is your jam. The exterior and interior alone is highly unique, though it is the open-air top floor that is the most romantic. We love their burgers so much that we once at them in the car because we didn’t have time for a sit-down lunch. They make criminally delicious banana milkshakes as well.
Senso Ristorante & Bar
21 Club St, Singapore 069410
Atlas may be the most beautiful, but Senso may well be the most romantic. With its shophouse interior, balcony and skylight, being in Senso’s courtyard instantly reminds us of one of our favourite restaurants in Milan’s Via Monte Napoleone. Widely regarded as one of Singapore’s best Italian restaurants, you’ve got ambience and taste in the bag. People actually get married here!
Shinji By Kanesaka
Lobby Floor, Carlton Hotel
76 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189558
Previously at Raffles Hotel, Shinji is possibly one of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore and definitely our top two when it comes to omakase and sashimi. Everything is so fresh, and when the cuts are that fresh, you know it’s going to be delicious. Most, if not all, of the chefs hail from Japan, so when you add everything together, you are transported back to that one time you were in Tokyo. Perfect for anyone – or any couple – who misses the incredible city.
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Our other favourite omakase and sashimi restaurant in Singapore. If Shinji’s full, try your luck with Tatsuya. Everything tastes so authentic. If you want ambience, Tatsuya gains extra points for being housed in the vintagesque Goodwood Park Hotel.
200 Turf Club Road
#01-19, Singapore 287994
Senso is romantic, but Valentino is legit old school. The interior of long-tables, wood and brick walls and curved partitions, you feel the authenticity. It is just no frills, homely, hearty, good ol’ Italian food in a restaurant run by a big Italian family.
What To Read Next: Everywhere We Think You Should Eat In New York City, The Peanut Butter Broth Noodles That EVERYONE Needs To Try and People & Places: Jongkol Palarit, Bangkok | Cover Image: YOYOKULALA.com, Story Images: YOYOKULALA.com, Joie, CHIJMES, Les Amis, Potato Head Folk, City Nomads, The Straits Times, PinkyPiggu, Unscrambled.sg,