There is never a shortage of restaurants here. Here are a few that are trending now.
Oso Ristorante| Change can be a very good thing, as Oso Ristorante proves with their spectacular new spot on the 27th floor of the Oasis Hotel Downtown. Situated between the hotel’s two swimming pools, the new space features huge glass panels, rustic brick walls and intimate corners for tête-à-tête meals. Chef Diego Chiarini has left some of his Italian classics on the menu like the Veal Milanese, plus added contemporary dishes to go with the new digs. We recommend the Orecchiette with prawn in its own bisque and the succulent Duck Breast with whisky and bacon.
100 Peck Seah Street, Oasia Downtown Hotel Level 27 / +65 633 278 378 / Italian Cuisine
Blackwattle| Brought to us by Chef Clayton Wells of Automata in Sydney, Blackwattle is a modern Australian eatery where the set menus are determined by what is fresh, exciting and in season. Grab a seat in the pared-back dining room on the ground floor or head upstairs for sophisticated sips and bar bites. Expect inspired plates like the Pork Secretos with eggplant, fried garlic and mustard oil, and the Fremantle octopus with XO, red vinegar, ink and fennel puree. Your meal might not be cheap, but the quality and creativity is definitely worth splurging for.
97 Amoy Street / +65 622 422 32 / Modern Australian Cuisine
Restaurant Gaig| There are plenty of Spanish restaurants in Singapore, but not too many can boast Michelin-starred origins and family recipes that have been winning accolades for over 150 years. Chef Carles Gaig is the fourth-generation owner of the original Restaurant Gaig in Barcelona, and he now brings his authentic Catalan cuisine and culture to our shores. As expected, the tapas and paellas are simply superb, but if you can only try one dish, make it the Traditional Cannelloni pasta stuffed with slow-cooked shredded pork and beef and smothered in a rich truffle cream sauce.
16 Stanley Street / +65 6221 2134 / Catalan Cuisine
Vatos Urban Tacos| With a winning combination of easy-going vibes, tequila-tastic bevvies and big, bold Korean-Mexican flavours, Vatos Urban Tacos is just as adored here in Singapore as it is in its native Seoul. You won’t find dishes like this anywhere else around town, like the Kimchi Carnitas Fries with braised pork, spicy kimchi, gooey cheese and hot sauce, and the sweet and spicy Honey Tequila Chicken Wings with fried jalapenos and a creamy blue cheese dip. Wash it all down with a Sexy Sanchos Strawberry margarita spiked with apple and strawberry ciders.
36 Beach Road / +65 6385 6010 / Mexican-Korean Cuisine
Blue Label Pizza & Wine| For easy-going glasses of vino and wood-fired pizza straight out of the oven, make your way to Blue Label Pizza & Wine, a new CBD hotspot created by the team behind Luke’s and Angeleno. The small space is done up with funky wood panelling and comfy booths, and the menu features a decent selection of shared snacks, veggie and meat pizzas and an eclectic selection of wine from both the New and Old World. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome on a first-come-first-serve basis.
28 Ann Siang Road / +65 9821 9362 / Italian Cuisine
Common Man Stan| Chances are if you’ve ever had a really amazing cup of coffee in Singapore, it was probably made with Common Man Coffee Roasters beans. For years now coffee connoisseurs have been seeking out their excellent roasts at the CMRC roastery and cafe and select venues that sell their brews. Now there is a new place to get your CMCR fix at Common Man Stan on Stanley Street. Of course the coffee here is simply divine, but their homemade bagels and brunch dishes are also already winning fans.
11-12 Stanley Street / +65 6877 4855 / Cafe