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6 best cafes, restaurants, and bars to check out in Siglap this weekend

Siglap is often forgotten by its hipster neighbours, Joo Chiat and Katong, but there’s a certain charm that comes with this Eastside town. 

There’s an undeniably relaxed atmosphere in this part of the island — perhaps it is the regular sight of pet owners strolling down the street or the quaint architectural style of single-storied eateries that line the road.  

Before you while your hours away in this charming neighbourhood, you might want to seek out some grub to fill yourself with first and thankfully, Siglap isn’t short of gastronomical delights. Here, we’ve rounded some of the best cafes and restaurants in Siglap you’ll want to drop by this weekend.

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Eat First is a humble eatery that serves a one-page laminated menu of just 14 dishes. Here, almost every table has a plate of steamed freshwater fish head (Asian bighead carp, also known as song he in Hokkien and Teochew dialects). Its sweet white flesh comes beautifully glazed with an umami black bean sauce and generous amounts of pork lard, making it the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of rice.

Other crowd favourites include the traditional Steamed Pork with Salted Fish and the silky smooth Bean Curd with Prawns. The spot can get quite busy during dinner service, so many regular patrons stand by the door just before they open (5.45 pm) to grab a seat.
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Address
891 E Coast Rd, Singapore 459094
Phone
+65 6443 8434

Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore is nostalgic. It used to occupy a much larger establishment along the same road, but it has since moved to a smaller space. What hasn’t changed is the Italian restaurant’s passion and dedication to freshly-made pasta and homely service.

Here, find a pasta guide — yes, you heard us right, an actual pasta guide with 16 different kinds of handmade pasta — that complements 21 mouth-watering sauces available on the menu. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with their crowd-favourite Tiramisu.

Address
9 Upper East Coast Road #01-01, Singapore 455203
Phone
+65 6241 5560

There are few things more rewarding than a cold beer on a hot afternoon, better yet if it’s a craft one. The Bullion HawkerBar is a convivial joint that offers a vast number of craft brews from around the world, all of which make for the perfect accompaniment to the delicious plates of Hokkien Mee, chicken rice, and for those who can’t decide, tze char. If you were looking for a casual, unpretentious place to hang out with friends (or friend, for now) after a long day at work or over the weekend, let it be this.

Address
394/396 East Coast Road Singapore, Singapore 428993
Phone
+65 8786 3632

Besides restaurants, Siglap is also home to a selection of cafes perfect for brunch or a spot of afternoon tea. Dutch Colony Coffee serves smooth cups of joe together with some scrumptious bites for the perfect lazy weekend out.

Having serious hunger pangs? Get the hearty breakfast platter, complete with chicken sausage, turkey bacon, avocado, sweet potato, eggs and sourdough bread. Other favourites include their bagels and the Shabsouka and soft boiled egg toast. Apart from their coffee menu, non-coffee alternatives like the Tumeric Oat Latte is great for lactose intolerant diners.

Address
113 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458230
Phone
+65 6448 5852

Black Pearl Steakhouse, previously known as Perle Noire Oyster & Grill Bar, is the place to be for a dependable plate of steak. The family-friendly restaurant has been serving customers in the area for over 14 years, testament to the quality of their food and service.

Choose between your favourite cuts of steak, all served a potato salad, spring onions and mesclun leaves paired with red wine sauce on the side. Other mains like the Grilled Salmon Fillet and the Chilli Crab Linguine favoured amongst diners here.

Address
85 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455222
Phone
+65 6448 1732

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After dinner (or lunch, we don’t judge), head to Bar Room for a tipple or two. During the current Phase 2 re-openings, take note there will be strictly no consumption of alcoholic beverages after 10.30 pm.  The quiet drinking hole is home to deliciously crafted cocktails and bites at affordable prices, making it a pocket-friendly option for diners looking for a quick drink.

Address
899 E Coast Rd, Singapore 459102
Phone
+65 8859 9356
Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.