Your Ultimate Guide to
Keong Saik Road
10 Jiak Chuan Road | p. +65 6789 9806
31 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6221 6833
Just a few doors down from Cure you’ll find Butcher Boy, another vibrant dining venue by Chef Andrew Walsh. Start with a sassy cocktail like the Holy Smokes with coffee-infused bourbon, chocolate bitters, Angostura and smoke. Follow that up with Asian-inspired bites like the Peking pork bao buns, hamachi sashimi with creme fraiche and ginger ponzu, and the grilled whole red snapper with Vietnamese dressing and a side of skinny fries with chili and togarashi salt. If you like music, you’ll enjoy tunes by a live DJ that comes in every so often.
21 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6221 2189
16 Jiak Chuan Road | p. +65 6222 1616
1 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6223 5001
Just like the name suggests, Don Ho Social Kitchen & Bar is a pretty sweet spot to do some socialising. The tropical decor brightens up the space and gives it a groovy kind of feel and the menu features fun cocktails and modern Australian plates. Brought to you by the guys behind Sunshine Nation (think Island Takeovers & Garden Beats Music Festival), it’s no wonder this place exudes a fun but chill and trendy vibe. Swing by for dinner and pass around dishes like the smoked sweet potato hummus and char siu pork cheek sliders. They also do a fab free-flow brunch on the weekends with free flow specials starting at 28++. They tend to bring in live DJs every now and then so be sure to have those dancing shoes on.
55 Keong Saik Rd #01-01 | p. +65 9042 3900
1A Keong Saik Road #01-03 | p. +65 6222 3623
This edgy izakaya is always happening with tons of people congregating at the cool little bar and the tables surrounded by graffiti-covered walls. Cocktails are a must as they make some intriguing concoctions like the Jap Ice Tea with gin, vodka, rum, Cointreau, yuzu beer and coke. Ask for a sake throwback and a waiter will come pour sake into your mouth. Innovative eats include the shrimp karaage po boy and duck tonkatsu. Our current favourite dish is their edamame hummus topped with furikake.
55 Keong Saik Road #01-03 | p. +65 6221 0522
9 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6904 0838
Contemporary Indian cuisine is trending right now and Thevar is just the spot to find out what all the hype is about. Step inside and you have your choice of tables along the wall or a seat at the bar where you can chat with chef Mano Thevar and his culinary team. Each plate comes out looking like a piece of art and boasting big, bold flavours. Try the dosai with mackerel in a zingy tomato chutney and the tandoor baby lamb with chickpea curry and green chutney. Price for these plates can add up, but you’ll be sure to enjoy every bite.
20 Teck Lim Road | p. +65 6224 3933
1 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6513 0898
36 Keong Saik Rd | p. +65 6327 1939
There’s no better way to end a long day than with sundowner cocktails at a rooftop bar. The Potato Head rooftop is one of our favourite drinking spots in the Keong Saik hood because it’s packed with loads of leafy tropical plants and hanging fairy lights so you feel like you’re in a little garden oasis in the middle of the city. The drinks range from classic cocktails to tiki-style concoctions and straight-up scotches and spirits.
25 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6909 8120
If you’re looking for a comfy spot to sip a vino or two with friends or a date, Gaston is a lovely all-day bistro that pays homage to the owner’s native home of Burgundy, France. If the weather is good, you can grab a seat on the street-facing patio or head inside to one of the wooden tables. The walk-in wine cellar has over 350 labels to choose from and you can pair your wine with rustic eats like cheese, charcuterie and boeuf bourguignon.
55 Keong Saik Road #01-04 | p. +65 6909 5505
Hidden behind a discrete door in KeSA House is The Old Man Singapore, a sister venue to the award-winning, Hemingway-inspired cocktail bar from Hong Kong. The flagship snagged a spot on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars and World’s 50 Best Bars lists, and you can expect the same caliber of drinks at the Singapore locale. We highly suggest The Sun Also Rises with copra fat-washed applejack, curry leaf infused gin, sweet vermouth, sous-vide pandan leaves and kaffir lime.
2 Teck Lim Road | p. +65 9798 9717
The space may be small, but this cosy wine bar makes up for it with an excellent wine list and tasty French and European eats. Let the staff guide you in finding the perfect wine to suit your tastes or a great bottle to complement your meal. On the menu there are light bites like duck rillettes and foie gras terrine as well as heartier plates like the lamb saddle, côte de boeuf and steak and fries.
7 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6221 9279
This easy-going restaurant is a great spot for a glass or three of vino because they have over 400 bottles, most of which are imported directly from small, family-owned boutique wine producers in Italy. This means that not only do you have a great selection of unique wines to choose from, but the prices are also very reasonable. For example, a glass of house wine goes for just $7++. They also have great happy hour specials nearly every day of the week.
55 Keong Saik Rd #01-02 | p. +65 9889 7005
The name tells you exactly what to expect at this chic cafe and dessert bar. Here you’ll find gourmet variations of affogato, a classic Italian dessert made with ice cream and espresso. Try The Trilogy with 70% dark chocolate sorbet, white caramel and a double shot of espresso made with beans from Ozone Coffee Roasters in New Zealand. They also offer tasty bagel sandwiches and focaccia sandwiches. Also a part of the KēSa House complex – and doubling as their lobby, we predict this spot will quicly claim it’s place as a go-to Keong Saik meet up spot for those looking for daytime haunts.
12 Jiak Chuan Road | p. +65 6996 3937
For killer coffees, cocktails and African cuisine, make your way to Kafe Utu on Jiak Chuan Road. Start the day with an easy-going espresso or the ‘Ibada Ritual’, a quadruple shot of ristretto served over chilled Hokkaido milk. Fuel up on brunch dishes like the ricotta hotcakes and curried avocado toast. Later in the day you can grab boozy milkshakes, glasses of wine, Kenyan beers and divine eats like the Caribbean goat curry and Liberian peanut chicken stew. Their interiors make you feel like you’ve stepped foot into a chic African oasis. Be sure to wander upstairs and chill on their comfy leather sofas while you sip on that latte (or glass of wine).
1 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6223 5001
This poké bar and deli makes for a great spot for a coffee break or casual lunch. The coffee comes from Sarnies, so it’s quality all the way, and the food is fresh, healthy and flavourful. You can choose from signature salads or build your own bowl or wrap with a base, protein, toppings and sauce during lunch. You’ll get to eat in the Don Ho space which is a nice tropical setting to disrupt that weekday rut.
Pop by the latest addition to the ‘hood for a good cuppa amongst a bright and cozy atmosphere. The cafe is now serving up some wholesome plant-based comfort food like the Beyond Bolognese and Chili ‘Crab’ Pasta but they’ll soon be launching their full menu. We also here they’ve got a tiki bar in the works which will soon open on the outdoor patio of The Working Capitol. Stay tuned for deets.
18 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6534 7800
If you’re looking for a cosy spot to grab a cuppa and some comfort food, Bread & Hearth is a good bet. This artisan cafe specialises in handcrafted breads and pastries made fresh in house every day. Grab a croissant or cinnamon bun for a light bite or dig into heartier eats like the avocado toast, ham and cheese sandwich on baguette or the cottage pie with a side of garlic toast. You can also pick up gourmet breads and pastries to take home.
30/32 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6223 2005
20 Keong Saik Road | p. +65 6225 4468
The name may allude to a grand drinking house, but Wine Mansion is actually an easy-going wine bar and bistro tucked into the ground floor of a charming shophouse. Swing by at lunch time for an affordable set lunch or post work for excellent free-flow deals on house wine and beer from 5pm to 9pm nearly every day of the week.