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28.05.2019

You are meant to be in Singapore right now. It’s written in the (Michelin) stars. Trust us, there isn’t a more vibrant, diverse food culture anywhere in the world at this minute, and it’s just a short flight (less than 6 hours!) away. Yes, gastronomic delights await, but so do fiery dishes in street stalls and bowls of their national dish, chicken rice. If you really respected this culinary emblem, you would order two.

By now, you might have an inkling that Singapore restaurants are among the finest in the world, and here’s one of India’s finest restaurateurs - Yash Bhanage (co-owner, The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro) to help you navigate Singapore's culinary chaos. Having studied and lived in Singapore for three years in 2014, and having been part of a team that launched Anti:dote, an award-winning cocktail bar at Fairmont Singapore, he lists his favourite Singapore food haunts, further bi-fork-ating them for your convenience.

Comfort Meals: Great Flavors, Street Food

Din Tai Fung: For the best Xiao Long Baos (broth-filled steamed dumplings), wantons with black vinegar and chilli, and egg fried rice.

Locate the restaurant here, www.dintaifung.com.sg

Si Wei Mao Cai: A humble Sichuan restaurant on Mosque street, Chinatown, this one whips up some delicious stewed beef.

33 Mosque St, Singapore; +65 6223 1170

Yan Kee Noodle House: This is where folks from the (food) industry hang out after work, slurping minced pork and fishball noodles.

9 Circular Road, Singapore

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon Mall: Treat yourself to a proper Peking duck meal and full red snapper.

#05-42/45, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore; +65 6732 7838, www.imperialtreasure.com/index

Haidilao Hot Pot: Sichuan style hotpot; get free manicure/iphone cover while you wait for a table.

313 Orchard Road, #4-23/24, Singapore; +65 6835 7227

For a longer list of hawkers taking food to the next level, Visit Singapore.com has a list here.

Yan Kee Noodle House: This is where folks from the (food) industry hang out after work, slurping minced pork and fishball noodles.

Modern Casual Restaurants: Fun Bars Attached

Lucha Loco: A vibrant Mexican restaurant; get drunk on their deliciously potent margaritas. PS: They will host Disco de Mayo on May 4, 2019, a super fun old-school disco dance party that you should attend with your amigos. Tequila shots will be in attendance.

15 Duxton Hill, Singapore; +65 6226 3938; www.super-loco.com

Ding Dong: This eclectic den of textures and patterns does modern Asian food, where head chef Miller Mai takes inspiration from South East Asia, but works under the wing of modern gastronomy doyen Ryan Clift. Puckerish ends to meals here include a dessert of sour plum jelly, spiced poached guava and sweet mango chilli.

115 Amoy St, 01-02, Singapore; +65 6557 0189, www.dingdong.com.sg/

Chopsuey Café: For a chilled western cafe approach to Chinese food. The greenhouse-like set up offers plenty of natural light, which makes it a bright, happy lunch spot. Ask for the daily specials and also check out their online store, which sells homemade cakes.

10 Dempsey Rd, #01-23, Singapore; +65 6708 9288, https://www.pscafe.com/chopsuey-cafe-at-dempsey-hill/

FOC: For chef Jordi’s amazing Spanish tapas + great hospitality. There’s a beautiful buzzy vibe at the long, curving bar, where you should nosh on Iberico ham and Padron peppers, and sip “Improved Negronis”. The FOC team categorises their type of cuisine as “Fine Fun Food” and indeed it is.

40 Hongkong St, Singapore; +65 6100 4040, http://www.focrestaurant.com/

Burnt Ends: This grilled meats place seats only 20; think of the best bribe you can and it won’t get you a last minute reservation here, so book (way) in advance.

Occasion Meals: Fancy Feed

Burnt Ends: This grilled meats place seats only 20; think of the best bribe you can and it won’t get you a last minute reservation here, so book (way) in advance.

40 Hongkong St, Singapore; +65 6100 4040, http://www.focrestaurant.com/

Jaan: Chef Kirk Westaway reinvents British food in a gorgeous, 80th floor Michelin starred restaurant. Look up for trippy light installations and look outside for trippier views. Here, the focus is on seasonal menus and quality local ingredients.

2 Stamford Road, Level 70, Equinox Complex, Singapore; +65 6837 3322

Cheek by Jowl: A Michelin starred modern Australian restaurant run by Chef Rishi Nalendran, it serves excellent oysters, Jerusalem artichokes and pork tenderloin. Go for the awesome wine program set up by Manuela.

21 Boon Tat St, Singapore; +65 6221 1911, http://cheekbistro.com/

There are still so many more restaurants, bars, street food stalls left to explore in Singapore. For following trips – because we know you’re going to return to Singapore again and again and again – keep checking in to http://www.visitsingapore.com.

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