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Tipsy Food Guide: Singapore (Part One)

Published on 29 Feb 2016 / by: Tan

Finally a post on foods! Tipsy Food Guide will be a segment where we share our love for foods. We will have recommended restaurants and/or dishes divided into different cities/places. Stay tuned for more!

Singapore has been a popular destination for Indonesians to run away from our suffocating city. Not only is it just over an hour flight away, Singapore is packed with food delicacies. Not just food stalls, but also upscale restaurants. A wide range of cuisines is available everywhere. Rarely have I seen empty restaurants in Singapore. During meal times, most of the restaurants are filled with customers. Not just the food courts, but also the more upscale restaurants. Even if the waiting list could cost 3 hours, Singaporeans are still loyal to the queue.

We present to you our go-to restaurants while we are in Singapore. Eat away people!

1. Hai Di Lao

We always go to the one in 313 Somerset. At meal times, the queue can be up to 3 hours long. It is best that you call and reserve first if possible. If not, spend your 3 hours shopping around the mall or snacking first. Despite the long wait, people seem not to mind. While you wait, they are already serving you with free popcorns, fruits, and drinks. They even go further by providing their customers with iPad (borrowed) as well as manicures. Anyways, the best time to come early morning (they open at 10.30 a.m.), late afternoon (between 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.), or late night ’til dawn (they open until 6.00 a.m.!!).

The million dollar question: is it worth the wait? Not really, if you’re not a huge fan of steamboat. But since I love steamboats, I would say it’s so worth it. When eating shabu-shabu, one of the most important thing is the soup and they got it on point. I love the tomato soup above anything else. They also serve very fresh ingredients. To top everything off, their service is remarkable right from the start. They have almost everything you need while eating out. From aprons to baby cots, as well as plastic zip bags so your phone is splatter-free. The servers (mostly Chinese) are hospitable and attentive, too.

Favorite dishes: Chicken soup hotpot, tomato based soup, black pork, salmon skin, homemade noodles

Address: 313@Somerset 4th floor, 313 Orchard Road (+65 6835 7227)

Opening hours: 10.30 a.m. - 6.00 a.m.

Price: $$ (approx. SGD 50 per pax)

 

2. Wild Honey

“At Wild Honey, we love breakfast. But we’re not talking about your grandmother's breakfast. We love the limitless and delicious possibilities of breakfast – sweet, savory, spicy, chewy, gooey, crunchy, simple and elegant – and are passionate that breakfast can and should be enjoyed all day.” (www.wildhoney.com.sg)

Truly well said.

My husband has a thing for breakfasts and brunches. He especially love them for some good reasons. When we first ate there, we were sure we have to go back again. They have quite a diverse selections of food, which makes me want to go back and try all the foods in the menu. But once I am there, I mostly end up choosing my same favorite dish again and again. And that is, the Berkeley Granola or Spanish hash. My husband’s favorite is the English breakfast, which I usually steal off his plate.

The queue is reasonable (since they already moved to a bigger place), usually up to an hour during busy times. They also have another outlet at Scotts Square.

Popular dishes: The European Breakfast, The English Breakfast

Address: Mandarin Gallery #03-02, 333A Orchard Road (+65 6235 3900)

Opening hours: 9.00 a.m. (Sat & Sun 8.00 a.m.) - 10.30 p.m.

Price: $$ (aprrox. SGD 30 per pax)

 

3. Founder Bak Kut Teh

I always visit the one in Balestier Road. My husband introduced me to this few years back and I fell in love. For those who know me, I do not like to eat pork. So I can only judge the soup and other dishes. However, most of my friends agree that this one here is one of the tastiest. The pictures of celebrities on the walls only prove further how popular the place is.

The soup is peppery, which I like, and the meat, they say, is tender. The other dishes also complement the bak kut teh very well. Overall, it is always a satisfying meal. We always order the salted vegetables, youtiao, nuts, and beancurd as side dishes. 

Address: 347 Balestier Road, New Orchid Hotel (+65 6352 6192)

Opening hours: 9.00 a.m. (Sat & Sun 8.00 a.m.) - 10.30 p.m.

Price: $ (approx. SGD 15 per pax)

 

4. Maison Ikkoku Cocktail Bar

Saving the best for the last. It was once voted as the best cocktail bar in the country by the website HungryGoWhere. The unique thing about this place is that they do not have a fixed menu for their cocktails. The cocktails are made-to-order based on your preference. Just let them know whether you want light or heavy alcohol, sweet or sour, fruity or creamy, and so on.

It is always fun watching the bartenders create drinks using exciting techniques when you sit at the bar. If you are not an alcohol drinker, you can opt for mocktails instead. The place is quite small and cozy. Perfect for a night hangout. For me, since I do not really drink (anymore), the food pairings work too well. They have a handful selection of finger foods such as spam fries and mini burgers. My favorite is the fried mac and cheese. So good. I always come at night so I have never tried their daytime menu.

The staff and the owner, Ethan, are extremely friendly as well. Next time you are there, I dare you to try the Vesper Martini (James Bond). It comes in different levels for alcohol content. Do make reservation first as they tend to run out of tables very quickly.

Favorite dishes: Fried mac and cheese, mini burgers, vesper martini

Address: 20 Kandahar Street, Level 2 (+65 6294 0078)

Opening hours: 4.00 p.m. - 1.00 a.m. (Fri-Sat 2.00 a.m.)

Price: $$$ (approx. SGD 30 per drink)

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