Eating out in Singapore - on any budget
Singapore offers a mind-blowing variety of options when it comes to eating out. One can eat really good food on any budget - there's really is something for everyone in every price range.
Recently I had the pleasure of spending a week in Singapore and during my time there I ate at all of the places listed in this post, with meals ranging from $4 Nasi Lemka to a $208 6 Act degustation at a 2 Michelin star restaurant, and everywhere in between.
Here's what I tried, and recommend.
Please note: Prices correct at time of publication.
Eating out in Singapore for under $10 - Hawker Centres
Hawker Centres are an excellent place to get delicious, cheap food. Stall holders rent their spots from the Government who own all the Hawker Centres. The Government regulates standards at Hawker centres, look out for the A,B and C signs on each stall, A being the highest.
Hawker Centres do not provide napkins, take your own hand wipes.
Peak times are breakfast and lunch times
- Fish (pomfret) soup, boiled rice, ginger and chilli $8
- Mutton biryani with boiled egg and curry gravy $6
- Jag fruit fresh $2
(above eaten at Tekka Centre, Little India)
- Popiah -Turnips, bean sprouts & peanuts in a wrap, cut into sections $1.60
- Pork and chicken satay - ketupat (a type of dumpling made from glutinous rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch), raw onions and cucumber, peanut sauce and ground pineapple $6.50.
- Nasi lemka - Crispy anchovies, fried chicken and fish, rice and sambal (chilli sauce) $4
- Cendol melaka $1.50
(above eaten at Changi Hawker Centre where there's a higher proportion of Malay-cuisine stalls than at most other hawker centres, and Changi Village is hailed as a nasi lemak haven by most locals.)
- Roasted pork rice $4
- Homemade ice tea $1.40
(above eaten at Holland Drive Hawker Centre)
- Otah fish with spices, steamed in a banana leaf and BBQ-ed.
- Lime juice drink fresh lime juice
- Chilli paste noodles with prawns & seafood
(above eaten at 328 Katong Laksa)
Also, at Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown
- Egg and roti plain prata with chicken curry $4 (2 each)
- Breakfast rice noodles, fried cabbage and carrot $2
- Fritters dough savoury salty yiokia 60 cents (like non sugary churros)
There's even a 24 hour delivery MacDonalds delivery service in Singapore!
Red House Seafood
Established in 1976, Red House is a seafood restaurant specialising in Asian seafood dishes and Singaporean favourites.
Red House had its beginnings as a family restaurant in a red colonial house along Upper East Coast Road, where red lanterns lined the façade of the restaurant and, overtime, customers grew to identify Red House by its grand lanterns.
- Pork & Shrimp dumplings siew mai
- Chicken claw with black bean sauce
- Crispy vermincilli roll
- Sri Lankan Crab, Wok fried and tossed in black pepper
- Warm almond milk with saffron & honey
With 2 branches in Singapore, Red House Seafood is popular with locals, there's a good atmosphere and super attentive staff (thank you Candy Tan!)
Halia, Malay for ginger, is located in the one-hectare Ginger Garden of the Singapore Botanic Gardens where over 250 species of gingers with their stunning foliage and colourful flowers thrive. The construction of Halia was carried out simultaneously with the development of the Ginger Garden in year 2000. Careful consideration was given to the special park setting, such that architecture conformed to the contours of the land, the dignity of mature trees and the preservation of heritage.
- Paper bag oven baked halibut fillet, soy, ginger broth, sesame Japanese rice, wakame and truffle mayonnaise $40
- Hokkaido scallop, plack pudding celeriac & vanilla puree, ginger flower sambal $27
- Charred seasonal greens with ginger milk, finger lime, spring onion & shiso leaf $18 option to add salt cured wagyu beef for an additional $5
Red Tail is Zouk Singapore’s first bar to open at their new digs along the Clarke Quay Cannary Block. Red Tail serves dynamic craft cocktails
with the finest and freshest ingredients, great wines and craft beers, as well as plating up fun sharing bites perfect to drink with.
- Menchi Katsu Burger, recommended by the waitress this is hands down the best burger I have ever eaten. Kurobuta pork and mince beef coupled with seeded aioli and tonkatsu sauce in brioche bun (served with fries) $18
- Salmon and Orange Labna - Torched salmon with Armagnac pickled beetroot and labna$23
- 'Something Old and Something New' - Gin, yellow charteuse, lemon sherbert & artisanal soda $24
- 'Flower Stall' - Pisco, mezcal, Creme de violette, maraschino liqueur & lemon $20
- 'Seoul Train' - Bourbon, pomegranate vinegar, creme de caco, cherry bitters & lemon $24
Tiger’s Milk, named after an important ingredient in Peruvian ceviche, is the first Peruvian rooftop bar in Singapore. Featuring a central Ceviche Bar, overlooking an open parrilla grill and a pisco bar; chefs prepare dishes that are complimented with music exploring the many rich and colourful textures of Latin American culture.
- Pisco Sour - Pisco, lemon and egg white shaken to a frothy finish wit ha dash of angostura bitters $18
- Coco Con Pisco - Pisco infused with pandan, frangelico, mahiki, rock melon & kaya, shaken and served in a fresh coconut.
Food wise, I tried the Inca Trail offer, four courses at a set price of $85 per person. Course one, pick a cold ceviche and causa of your choice. Course two, hot scallop cerviche alongside an anticucho of your choice. Course 3, choose a plato principal to share and course four, pineapple wedge.
2am Dessert Bar
- Shades of green - pistachio sponge, coco mousse, pandan ice cream $19
- Tiramisu (deconstructed) - Kahlua jelly, espresso ice cream & chocolate rice krispies for crunch $18
Red Eye Smokehouse
- Loaded nachos
- The Pitmasters Plate - Angus Brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, with buns + pickles $38
- The Ribs & Jerk Plate - Half slab of low & slow Pork Ribs & Jamaican jerk chicken $3
- Bone marrow mashed potatoes
- Maple corn bread with honey butter
- Keylime Pie $7
VLV combines a stylish modern Chinese restaurant, a glamorous Club Lounge, al fresco courtyard bar and a riverfront dining area.
Housed in a historic building along the riverfront, built in the 1880s, VLV Singapore is the latest crown jewel in the heart of bustling Clarke Quay.
Here's the diner tasting menu that I enjoyed at Odette, 6 Acts $208
- Hokkaido Uni - Longoustine, Mussel 'cloud' & Oscietra caviar
- Heirloom Beetroot Variation - Salt-baked beetroot, Stracciatella 'Artigiana' & Honeycomb
- Rosemary Smoked Organic Egg - with smoked potato, chorizo & buckwheat
- Confit Rainbow Trout - with charred pork collar, Miso caramel & Yuzu
- Roasted Landes Poularde - Fregola sard comme un risotto, stuffed and confit leg 7 Sauce Alberta
- Choconuts - Guanaija, Peanut Toffee & Tahiti vanilla coulant