5 fancy versions of Singapore local food

Updated on October 1 2015

When it comes to local food, everyone is both critic and fan. It’s perfectly normal for everyone to have their favourite coffee shop or hawker centre that they frequent for their favourites, but sometimes its good to have options — particularly air conditioned, comfortable, okay we’ll say it — posh options.

We’ve done some research and picked out some great places to enjoy local flavours at in comfort. Featuring some twists on the classics as well as, well, classics, these places area all about local pride and a love of cuisine — which is of course, uniquely Singapore.

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Wild Rocket 

After leaving his job as a lawyer, Chef Willin Low went on to pursue his restaurant dream and has been experimenting with local flavours ever since.

Low describes his dishes as “Mod Sin,” short for modern Singaporean, which see’s him create dishes that incorporate Asian and European fusion mixing the local classics with the cooking rituals of Western fine dining. Examples include his take on our beloved chilli crab, made with spanner crab and blue swimmer crab all mixed liberally with Italian linguine.

10A Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228119, www.wildrocket.com


The Clifford Pier at the Fullerton Bay Hotel

As one of Singapore’s most iconic heritage sites, The Clifford Pier honours the landmark’s historical role as the landing point for some of Singapore’s first immigrants. And there’s nothing more iconic than Singapore hawker food.

The latest establishment of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, reinterprets the classics with a blend of flavours and a dash of Western influence. The East-West blend (another thing Singapore is famous for) can be tasted in dishes like the Kambing soup and the Porchetta, a slow-roasted spice-infused crispy suckling pig.

The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, www.fullertonbayhotel.com


Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore

Pan Pacific is known for its theatrical dining displays that offer a culinary tour of Singapore. Enjoy authentic favourites as chefs create these dishes before your eyes, with influences from China, Malaysia, India and of course, Singapore.

A must-try is their Makan Makan special on Saturdays where they serve up a blend of local cuisine highlighting Peranakan culture with dishes such as Babi Pongteh and Ngo Hiang. Don’t miss the local desserts like Ice Kachang.

Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, www.panpacific.com



Stepping inside Labyrinth is much like walking into a fairytale — with an atmosphere created to dazzle from the imagination of Chef Han. The food is not bad either, mixing it up with new flavours and textures. Think your typical soft boiled but with a sweet yolk and frothiness.

The method in the madness is to create new textures with childhood flavours. Han’s intention is to re-imagine the flavours and textures in a new way to entice the senses. Bring friends for a chance to sample and share.

Labyrinth, Esplanade Level 2, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802, labyrinth.com.sg


Chatterbox at Mandarin Orchard 

Chatterbox has been famous for a long time now as the go-to place for some award-winning chicken rice — not a dish usually served in a comfy hotel setting. While some might be unconvinced as to the dish’s authenticity, it’s been the restaurant’s best selling item on the menu since it opened in 1971!

If that’s enough to convince you to give it a go, be sure to also try the lobster laksa, satay and Nasi Lemak. These guys keep close to the traditional cooking methods but the presentation of each dish exudes fine cuisine.

Chatterbox, Mandarin Orchard,  333 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238867,www.meritushotels.com