This Cantonese institution has been around for over 20 years and with a Masterchef like Lap Fai at the helm, you know the food has got to be good. If it’s dim sum and Chinese delicacies you’re after, this is a consistently good spot.
Renowned for their vast array of breakfast and brunch dishes with influences that span the globe, Wild Honey offers two contemporary and cozy cafes in the Orchard Road area for morning and mid-day meals. Their menu includes healthy options like the Raw Coconut Bircher with quinoa, almonds, apples, mango and blueberry, classic egg dishes like the Full English Breakfast decked out with the works including Cumberland sausage and baked beans, and decadent indulgences like the Brittany with Panettone French toast with baby bananas, salted caramel mascarpone, and toffee hazelnuts.
For New York transplants like us (or those with an affinity for the Big Apple), Sacha & Sons is a real treat. This New York style delicatessen offers authentic deli dishes made with house smoked and cured meats, fish, pickles and freshly baked breads. Pop in for an aromatic cup of joe made with their own blend of Common Man Coffee Roasters beans and chow down on a toasty bagel with house cured gravlax, the chicken schnitzel, Reuben sandwich, or matzo ball soup.
333A Orchard Road, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery / +65 67356961 / New York Style
Mezza9 is the Grand Hyatt Singapore’s spectacular 400-seat restaurant with nine different dining stations in one venue including a grill and rotisserie, Thai deli, sushi and sashimi station, a patisserie counter and more. The best way to indulge in all of their gustatory offerings is to head here on a Sunday for their extravagant champagne brunch.
Another culinary contender for one of Singapore’s best restaurants, Iggy’s incorporates premium ingredients and cooking techniques from Europe, Australia and Asia to produce outstanding dishes that change depending on what ingredients are currently at their prime. To get a full scope of their skills, try the lunch time tasting menu or the dinner degustation menu and let the kitchen wow you with expertly prepared renditions of Wagyu beef, Challans duck, and seasonal seafood.
For twenty years, Les Amis has been scooping up accolades for its elegant interiors, fine French cuisine, one of the best wine lists in the city and biggest wine cellars in Asia. The menus change regularly depending on the season, but you can expect to find fine classic French dishes with a slight Asian influence.
Like their flagship location on Gemmill Lane, Luke’s at The Heeren offers freshly shucked oysters and superb steaks, but the vibe here is a bit more urban and the space seems a bit more hidden away, making this one of our favourite almost-secret gems. Head up to the third floor of The Heeren and grab a seat at the bar to watch the hustle and bustle of Orchard below with a glass of bubbles in hand. And while you’re there, it would be silly not to try one of their fantastic creations from the land or the sea.
260 Orchard Road, #03-02 The Heeren / +65 6733 4813 / Oyster Bar & Chop House
There is something to be said for simplicity, like the easy-going vibe at Modesto’s where you can relax on the outdoor patio with a few beers and dig into rustic Italian fare like wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas. Inside you’ll find a somewhat more elegant dining room with tablecloths and soft lighting, but the atmosphere is still completely amiable. They also have occasional sports screenings, making this a good place to catch the game while enjoying great food.
Super fresh juices? Check. High energy servers who love putting on the theatrics? Check. Healthy sandwiches and breakfast ‘hand meals’? Check again. There are so many good reasons to come here any time of day. Come in the morning to grab a quick pick-me-up coffee and a light bite, or re-energize in the middle of the day with a guilt-free sammie and a juice. The juices all have cheeky names too like the Sex Me Up, Stress Down and Hangover Heaven.
Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #B1-56 to 59, Singapore 238877
Not super cheap, but not super expensive either, Akashi is a good bet when you’re in the mood for a mid-range sushi meal. Their lunch and dinner sets are particularly good value, and you have your choice of plump pieces of nigiri or sushi, silky soba noodles, or sukiyaki with thin slices of beef served over rice with soup and fresh fruit on the side. If you’re going a la carte, try the melt-in-your-mouth Salmon Belly Aburi Sushi.
Akanoya offers the authentic Japanese robatayaki style of BBQ where you get to pick your victuals from an array of fresh seafood, veggies and meat, and then the chefs will grill it up in front of you and serve it to you on a wooden platter. Smoky selections could include scallops in the shell, whole rockfish and juicy Wagyu beef cubes. For the full experience, pair it with one of their premium sakes.
This joint venture between Kunio Aoki and the Les Amis Group is one of the most expensive Japanese restaurants in the city, but you get what you pay for in the form of exquisitely prepared dishes made with only the freshest seafood. There is a minimum order of $100++ per person for dinner between Monday and Thursday, and $180++ on Saturday and Sunday nights. However, if you want the same high-quality fare at more affordable prices, try their lunch sets that start at just $33++ per person.
Calling all gyoza fans—this is THE spot in town to gorge yourself on delicious dumplings filled with your choice of pork, vegetables or prawns and encased in special wrappers flown in from Japan. Brought to us by the Akashi group, Gyoza-ya gets it right every time with their consistently good pan-fried or boiled gyoza, drizzled in sweet sauce or simmered in stock. And while these plump packages are the main draw, they also offer flavourful buckwheat noodles, garlic fried rice and fried chicken.
260 Orchard Road, B1-02A Robinsons Orchard and 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-56 ION Orchard / +65 6509 4647
There is a reason that people flock to Ippudo locations all over the city, mainly because their Hakata-style ramen is simply sublime. Think soft, springy noodles in a slightly spicy and savoury miso broth topped with thick slices of pork belly, spring onions and lashings of garlic oil. Just keep in mind that the place tends to get packed with other ramen fans, so you may want to come outside of peak times to grab a table all to yourself.
This hidden gem of a place takes up the whole back corridor of the second floor of Cuppage Plaza, and it offers up delicious food at great prices. They are best known for their Higawari Teishoku set meals and tasty meat dishes like yakitori skewers, tempura, beef teriyaki, and katsu curry rice. Wash it all down with free-flow green tea, hot or cold sake or a bottle of Asahi.
5 Koek Road, #02-10 Cuppage Plaza Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 6693
Don’t let the exterior fool you—this quaint little place in Cuppage Plaza offers superior sushi at prices that will make you smile. Their specialty is the Aburi sushi, which includes a variety of nigiri and maki rolls like salmon, ebi tempura and Wagyu beef, all seared to perfection to add a smoky flavour and unique texture. Other menu items include thick slabs of sashimi, vivid sea urchin accompanied by whitebait and salmon roe, and refreshing chestnut ice cream.
For those who have a desire to learn more about all the subtle nuances of sake, Kakure is your spot. Tucked away on the second floor of a black and white bungalow atop Japanese restaurant Ki-Sho, this intimate drinking den offers one of the biggest sake lists in Singapore with rare handcrafted sakes that are carefully curated by Chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto and sake sommeliers John and Makoto. Let the experts walk you through a tasting session, or go for the omakase set menu where delicate Japanese bar bites are paired with exquisite sips.
Located in Cuppage Plaza, this small yakitori spot is a true hidden gem. Foodies in the know snag a seat at the counter in front of the grill to get first dibs on the foie gras skewers, bacon wrapped oysters, and Kurobuta pork belly. The place gets packed quickly, which makes for a good vibe, but you might want to make reservations to ensure a spot.
Intimate Nagomi only has seating for 25 people, which adds to the exclusivity of this omakase spot that does daily menus based on whatever fresh seasonal ingredients are flown in from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo and other parts of Japan. The Japanese owner also offers to hold shochu in individual earthen servers for its regulars, which enhances the aromas and mellows the flavours.
Chef Suju Masayuki started out with a small restaurant in Karuizawa, Nagano in 2005 that focused on traditional Japanese cuisine using staples like brown rice, fresh fish and miso. His first restaurant saw such wild success that he has since gone on to open six restaurants and shops in Japan and one here in Singapore at Mandarin Gallery. The ingredients in his simple yet elegant dishes come straight from the local market in Nagano, the Tsukiji Fish Market, or local farms in Singapore, and his attention to detail ensures that every dish is both artful and delightful.
A member of the Akashi group, Sushi Goshin offers the same style of high-quality sushi rolls and sashimi as their mother branch, but at fabulous prices. Make your selection via the interactive iPads conveniently placed at each setting along the bar, and then watch the chefs slice and stack your creations behind the glass case displaying fresh ingredients fresh off the plane from Japan. Standout items include the crunchy Spider Maki and piquant Spicy Salmon Sushi.
Hit this place up for lunch to indulge in their all-you-can-eat buffet, which consists of 40 kinds of unlimited sushi, over 15 types of hand rolls, a variety of sashimi and more for $39. They have a buffet for dinner as well, but the ambiance leaves a bit to be desired, so we recommend coming here for lunch when you’ve got a hankering for sushi and a huge hunger going on.
360 Orchard Rd, #02-13 International Building
Tel: +65 6738 3833
Tsuta rose to fame when this tiny 9-seater Tokyo eatery run by Chef Yuki Onishi earned a Michelin star, making it the first and only ramen shop in the world to achieve such a feat. They recently set up their first overseas venture right here in Singapore, and foodies have been lining up ever since they opened to try their much-hyped-up noodles.
Recent renovations have transformed this tiny drinking den into a chic coffee shop and wine bar where you can savour an espresso or latte with Papa Palheta beans or a fine pot of tea while nibbling on light bites like cheese and Iberico ham platters or braised baby octopus amid industrial decor like grey slate tiles and brick walls. But be warned—that your coffee may just turn into a few glasses of wine.
These guys take their beverages very seriously, as is evident as soon as you step inside the beautifully designed space. The seven stations throughout the cafe include a hand-brew coffee bar, a tea academics bar and a roasting corner on site. Besides great coffee made from premium beans from around the world, The Coffee Academics also offers sumptuous breakfast and lunch dishes like pancakes and vibrant fish tacos, plus there is a coffee concierge on hand to help you create your own bespoke blend.
Legions of fans swear by Jewel Coffee, so when this bright and cheery coffee house opened their fourth branch on Orchard, they were busy from the get-go. It’s all about third-wave coffee here, so you can expect a variety of aromatic blends in the form of lattes, cappuccinos, and iced caffeine creations. Grab a seat on the atrium outside for some morning brekky or a mid-day coffee or lunch break, or come by later in the day for craft beers and special dinner offerings.
A long-time favourite with the java-junkie set, Oriole was one of the first coffee joints in the city to promote the third-wave coffee movement, and have earned a solid reputation for roasting their own high-quality Arabica beans sourced from socially and environmentally responsible farmers. With their unique blends, they create gorgeous espressos, lattes and cappuccinos, as well as cold-brew coffee with your choice of regular, low-fat or nut milk. You can now find branches around the city, but the flagship cafe is in the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites off Orchard.
96 Somerset Road, #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
Part cool cafe and part gourmet market, The Providore earns big points for its own customised blend of coffee, healthy breakfast options boasting high-quality organic ingredients, and great snacks and consumables to take away. Try the Free Range Eggs with sourdough toast, or the Ricotta Pancakes. It may be a little pricey, but its got a cute vibe and is very accessible, as the escalators from Orchard take you right to their door.
Finally one of our favorite coffee shops and bakeries has sprung up on Orchard! So if you’re on an epic shopping mission and your sugar levels are dropping, stop by the new Tiong Bahru Bakery at CK Tangs for heavenly cakes, croissants, tarts and sandwiches and a zippy cup of 40 Hands coffee.
Missing a slice of the Big Apple? Make your way to Manhattan at Regent Singapore where the rich decor evokes an ambiance of old New York, and the cocktails are barrel-aged in the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse. Settle into a supple leather sofa and swill a New York Sour or Negroni while supping on imaginative bar bites. Then there is the Adults-Only brunch with handcrafted cocktails and a decadent spread of gourmet delights. Reservations are highly recommended.
Tucked away in the basement of Forum the Shopping Mall, this dimly lit den is not easy to find, but well worth the search. Tip: First seek out Uma Uma Ramen, and then locate the electronic door that opens to stairs leading down to the bar. Have a seat at the stately bar or one of the intimate tables, and let the knowledgeable bartenders whip you up a custom creation with premium spirits, sake and herbal infusions.
583 Orchard Road, #B1-39 Forum the Shopping Mall / +65 6238 1088 / Bar / Cocktails starting at $24
Nestled on the side of the Marriot Tang Plaza Hotel (the entrance is by the road exiting the car park), it really is a hidden gem and the black door with gold accents give a little hint of the slightly Gatsby glamour that is to come behind a gilded gate. Inside, teal, gold and dark colours transport you to another world, adding to the buzz and cool 1920s-Prohibition-Era ambience.
Behind the bar is award-winning and internationally renowned mixologist Dario Knox, who creates such an innovative range of cocktails from classics to new-age and his own special concoctions. He is the secret weapon that could well make The Other Room a cocktail institution in Singapore.
The name means ‘local beer’ in Japanese, and that is exactly what JiBiru offers along with tempting izakaya style dishes like yakitori made with fresh Sakura chicken, pan-fried gyoza, and light and crispy tempura. The beer list changes often, but always includes handcrafted brews from Japan, many of which you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Choose from six beers on tap or over 90 chilled bottles and cans. Kampai!
313 Orchard Road, #01-26 / +65 6732 6884 / Japanese Craft Beers & Cuisine / Beers start at $10.50