With so many new eateries sprouting out in Singapore every month, deciding where to eat can be the most difficult question some of us face each day. Luckily for you, we have done the hard work and sieved through the numerous restaurants that have opened, bringing to you only the most deserving ones that are worth your time.
Japanese-French fusion restaurant Lewin Terrace is located inside a beautiful colonial bungalow at Fort Canning Park and used to be the former residence of the chief of the Central Fire Station on Hill Street. Nestled amid greenery and tucked away from the bustling city, Lewin Terrace is perfect for romantic dinners.
The kitchen is helmed by seasoned chef Ryoichi Kano, who started cooking at a tender age. One of his most popular dish is the foie gras terrine wrapped in wafer-thin Japanese pickled daikon. While the foie gras terrine itself was delighfully smooth and creamy, the pickled daikon added a refreshing bite to the entire dish.
If you love wines, make sure you get award-winning general manager and chief sommelier Daisuke Kawai (previously from Les Amis), who won Top Wines Sommelier of the Year at the Singapore World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence 2013.
Lewin Terrace, 21 Lewin Terrace Singapore, Singapore 179290, +65 6333 9905, www.lewinterrace.com.sg
UNA at One Rochester
Similar to Lewin Terrace, UNA is also set in a colonial bungalow amidst lush foliage. One has a choice of an al fresco dining experience under fairy lights or an equally quaint experience indoors with dim lighting.
Helmed by chef Jean-Philippe Patruno, formerly from the now defunct Bomba Paella Bar, UNA offers an exciting Mediterranean menu, featuring home-styled cuisines from Spain, Italy and France. We highly recommend the braised ox cheeks served with smoked mashed potatoes and snails with garlic and butter.
The braised ox cheeks are tender and flavorful, while the smoked mash was velvety smooth and creamy, with the snails giving a crunchy texture to the dish. Be sure to pace yourself at UNA as the portions are generous and you definitely want to leave room for desserts.
While the first floor hosts UNA Dining, one can also visit UNA Tapas Bar on the second floor for a more laidback vibe and enjoy Chef Patruno’s tapas-style small dish menu.
UNA, 1 Rochester Park, Singapore 139212, +65 6773 0070, www.onerochester.com
The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
The Clifford Pier is situated at Singapore’s iconic heritage site, Clifford Pier. The restaurant pays tribute to the culture and history that was once characteristic of the pier by centering the menu on familiar hawker delights.
While many scorn at the thought of ordering local cuisine at a hotel, The Fullerton Bay Hotel uses top quality ingredients, ensuring that customers get a bang for their bucks. Noteworthy dishes include the kueh pie tee made with locally-reared prawns and a whole slow-roasted spice-infused porchetta, a reinterpretation of the Asian suckling pig.
The porchetta is a savoury dish, crispy and juicy at the same time, without the greasy feeling that some suckling pigs have. Do not make the mistake of ignoring the accompanying roasted garlic, for these were fragrant and tasted delicious when sprinkled with salt.
The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, +65 6597 5266, email@example.com, www.fullertonbayhotel.com
By Olivia Ng
Olivia is a fussy eater who does copious amount of yoga so that she can eat without getting fat. Follow her on Instagram @oliviagiroud or visit her blog www.onefatsheep.blogspot.sg for more good eats and to stay in the loop of what’s happening in town!