Singapore is a culinary destination, with its own talented cast of homegrown chefs. But it is also a magnet for the world’s top food personalities, some of whom have set up shop here in the last few years.
In 2015, the country dominated Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, with 10 dining establishments making the cut.
French culinary genius and Michelin-starred Joël Robuchon has an outpost of his high-end establishment Joël Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World™ Sentosa. His dramatic red and black space features refined recipes and an impressive wine list with over 1,000 labels.
Chic foodies flock to one-Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s three establishments: tapas bar Esquina in a little Chinatown nook, newly revamped casual eatery The Study (just a stone’s throw away) and swanky European establishment POLLEN at the magnificent Gardens By The Bay.
Also at Marina Bay Sands® is Waku Ghin, run by Sydney’s Tetsuya Wakuda. Meals are served in the traditional ‘omakase’ (a chef-selected menu) style. Indulge in top-notch dishes using premium ingredients and a 3,000-bottle strong wine collection.
For those keen on sampling the fare of Singapore-based chefs, Forest is a must. Celebrated local talent Sam Leong dishes out contemporary Chinese dishes in a striking space designed to emulate an indoor forest.
There’s also Restaurant ANDRE, the highest-ranked Singapore restaurant on Asia’s 50 Best restaurants 2015 list, which is set in a three-storey shophouse in Chinatown. Award-winning chef and owner André Chiang uses fresh produce to create exquisite modern French food, experimenting with contrasting flavours and textures.
Barbeque lovers should head down to Burnt Ends (also located at Chinatown) for its succulent and exceptional meats. Featuring a four-tonne, double cavity wood-burning brick kiln in its restaurant, Burnt Ends churns out delightful, mouth-watering small plates that are bound to leave you yearning for more.
For an establishment with sublime views, Sky on 57 is Singaporean chef Justin Quek’s latest offering perched atop Marina Bay Sands®. Sample his fusion East-meets-West creations like foie gras ‘xiao long bao’ (soup dumplings).
With its slew of famed establishments, Singapore is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, or simply wine and dine in the company of a loved one.
This feature originally appeared in YourSingapore.