5 fusion restaurants getting it right in Singapore

Updated on February 26 2016

The word “fusion” can be a bit of a dirty word in the food industry, especially when restaurants throw two things together and call it just that.

Of course, slapping two random ingredients together is one thing, but really finding common ground that brings out the best in ingredients from different cultures, is totally different. It shows a level of creativity and technique that really makes a dish — fusion of whatever you choose to call it.

Singapore with its multicultural society is definitely no stranger to fusing cultures on and off a plate. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite five restaurants doing fusion right and getting that perfect balance of cross-cultural deliciousness.

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Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace is a charmingly elegant Japanese-French restaurant showcasing an innovative blend of techniques from both sides of the globe. Expect only the finest of ingredients at this place which is proudly fusion. 

Their Smoked Duck with Bettarazuke-wrapped Foie Gras Terrine is their signature dish, and with good reason. Few ingredients are added to distract from the rich, buttery taste of the pure foie gras but the addition of bettarazuke, a type of pickled daikon, adds a refreshing and light Japanese flavour to the French ingredient. 

Lewin Terrace, 21 Lewin Terrace Singapore, Singapore 179290, +65 6333 9905, www.lewinterrace.com.sg



Now at its new location at Customs House, NUVO mixes Italian and Japanese flavours with contemporary results.

Chef Mark Richards likes to combine modern techniques with traditional elements, as showcased in their Blackened Soyu River Prawn, paired with beautifully seared pancetta sea scallops and Mikan glazed carrots which bring the whole dish together.

NUVO, 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, #01-04, Singapore 049323, +65 6532 9939, www.facebook.com/nuvosingapore/


Vatos Urban Tacos

When one thinks of Korean cuisine, tacos and quesadillas are not what come to mind. But somehow, Korean-Mexican joint Vatos Urban Tacos makes it work.

Their Galbi Short Rib Tacos are a prime example. Combining  marinated short rib, ssamjang aioli, Asian slaw, cilantro, chopped onions, and roasted sesame seeds, they’re a delicious way to get in on this new Ko-Mex delight.

Another great offering, their Kimchi Carnitas Fries also showcases fusion at its best, with seasoned French fries, slow braised pork, sautéed kimchi, onions, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce and jalapeños.

Vatos Urban Tacos, 36 Beach Road, Singapore 189677, +65 6385 6010, www.vatoskorean.com/en


Black Nut

Black Nut is all about fusing Singapore’s unique cultural flavours into various types of food to create dishes that reflect our daily life.

Their must-try dish is definitely their Balukoo Wantons which take inspiration from traditional Peranakan flavours. Using the buah keluak nut as its main flavour, these wantons combine diced prawns, spring onions, garlic and ginger, mixing traditional Chinese with its Southeast Asian counterpart. Served with a local touch of homemade sambal chilli.

Black Nut, 2 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229287, 6738 8818, www.facebook.com/blacknutsg


Restaurant Ember

Restaurant Ember showcases modern European dishes with clever touches of Asian cuisine. Their chef, Sufian Bin Zain previously honed his trade at prominent restaurant’s like Iggy’s and Waku Ghin so has much to offer in the way of experience.

One to try is their unique take on the traditional French Bouillabaisse which comes with the added touch of Hokkaido scallops. The sweetness of the scallops are enhanced by the hearty bouillabaisse and topped off with a garlic aioli for something absolutely delicious wherever you’re from.

Restaurant Ember, 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158, +65 6347 1928, www.restaurantember.com.sg