Tucked away from bustling Telok Ayer is Ann Siang Hill: a peaceful enclave by day and a popular drinking hole by night. Some of Singapore’s best bars can be found in the many historic shophouses lining the road, think establishments the likes of Nutmeg & Clove or Operation Dagger.
Besides bars, this lively nightlife spot also has some worthy eats in its midst. Ann Siang Hill has been a breeding ground for innovative restaurants in the early days of Singapore’s modern dining scene. Now, the enclave has been welcoming a couple of new eateries as fresh developments are popping up. Whether it’s for a relaxing lunch or post-drinks supper, these restaurants have got you covered.
Blue Label Pizza at Ann Siang House is a popular evening hangout with great pizzas and drinks. The restaurant offers stone-fired pies with gourmet toppings like clams with bacon bits or Hokkaido octopus with chorizo ragu. Takeaways are available, but we highly recommend eating at the restaurant (nobody likes soggy pizza). The buffalo wings and fries are worth going for.
This Italian-Japanese bistro had been a popular fixture at Marina Bay Sands. Now, it has taken over a shophouse serving up elegant dishes and cocktails. The ala carte menu offers casual antipasti and mains. Take up the set menus, which offer more indulgent creations featuring seasonal ingredients imported from Japan.
Coriander Leaf at Ann Siang showcases authentic Asian flavours with contemporary charcoal-grilled dishes. Take for instance lamb chops with dried chilli paste or curry of young jackfruit doused with tamarind, mustard and pepper. You can also expect a list of homely dessert and bespoke cocktails to finish up your indulgent meal with.
Lolla is one of the first restaurants to introduce small-plate dining to Singapore and continues to put out excellent Mediterranean-inspired dishes. One of the most iconic bites to have here is the indulgent sea urchin pudding made with squid ink and topped with lobes and lobes of uni. The wine list here is also worth checking out.
The humble little outfit is chefs Maria Sevillano’s and Edward Esmer’s way of slipping a bit of Spanish culture in Singapore. The bar is dedicated to traditional Spanish tapas, paellas and wines. What’s worth checking out here as well is the Jamon Bar with features a range of famous Spanish hams.
Oxwell & Co started off as a classic pub catering to homesick Brits in Singapore. The bar on the first floor offers a selection of cocktails and craft beers along with quintessential bar snacks like fish and chips, pies or salads. Oxwell & Co also pulls out a mean Sunday roast every weekend.
The Coconut Club is born from a passion (and perhaps, even an obsession) for the perfect nasi lemak and cendol dessert. Every small detail in these dishes is taken into consideration. The kitchen hand-juices quality coconuts from Selangor for their rice and sources premium ikan bilis from Pangkor Island. All the effort spent is worthwhile too: The Coconut Club often sees long queues of regulars and has been acknowledged on the Bib Gourmand list in 2018.
The Feather Blade is now a permanent fixture along Club Street. The Flat Iron-inspired concept will take over modern Chinese restaurant and bar Zui Hong Lou and serve their signature flat iron steak cuts with options for sides. There will also be weekly offerings of alternative cups of beef such as the picanha, bavette and chuck eye. If you’re not too keen, try their burgers as well. Find out more about it here.