CHINATOWN - Since opening in 2010, Restaurant André has earned countless accolades including coveted spots in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants lists, and recently two Michelin stars in Singapore’s 2016 Michelin Guide. Taiwan-born Chef André Chiang trained in France under many Michelin-starred masters, and Restaurant André is his first solo venture. Here he draws on a concept he calls Octophilosophy, where he focuses on eight different elements in his gastronomic creations: unique, pure, texture, memory, salt, south, artisan and terroir.
Why you should come here:
If you want one hell of a dining experience and are looking to impress, this is the spot to be. Set in a three-story historic house, the restaurant seats only 30 people, so the vibe is very intimate and personal. The menus change daily depending on the seasonality and availability of ingredients, and each dish shows Chef André pushing his creative boundaries with imaginative combinations of colours, flavours, textures and forms.
What we love:
You’re not going to have an experience like this anywhere else in the city, or perhaps the world for that matter. You really feel the personal touch here, as every dish is prepared by Chef André himself (with help from his culinary team) and his wife Pamela is always in front to greet and serve guests.
The food is pretty exceptional with artisanal ingredients presented in a variety of intriguing forms and fusions like green ‘spaghetti’ made with squid in an iceberg and seaweed broth topped with wild grains, or warm foie gras jelly with a black truffle coulis. And as you’d expect in a restaurant of this caliber, the service is simply spot on.
With only 30 seats available and such a stellar reputation, Restaurant André can be hard to get into. Reservations are a must, and you will probably need to book at least a month in advance to secure a spot.
The set lunches are $198++ per person, and the set dinners are $350++ per person, excluding beverages.