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The 14 essential restaurants and eateries in Telok Ayer to visit

There’s nothing quite like Telok Ayer. What was once a busy coastal port has been swallowed by the Central Business District — its trademark shophouses towered over by skyscrapers. Yet, these conserved buildings are more than just relics of the past. In fact, they house some of the best — and most important — restaurants in the country.
Unlike other neighbourhoods, this bastion of gastronomy is most alive on weekdays. The ravenous lunch crowds come at noon and the after-work barflies stay till past midnight.
There are nearly a hundred different eateries here, offering everything from comforting hawker food to Korean and European cuisines. Here, we’ve scoured through the area for the best eats.

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1. Basque Kitchen by Aitor

Chef Aitor Orive, formerly of the one-Michelin-starred Iggy’s, presents another side to Spanish cuisine with his Basque-inspired restaurant. Dishes here showcase ingredients and styles of cooking unique to Basque Country. The casual fine-dining space also has an extensive Spanish wine list to boot. Find out more from our review.

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Basque Kitchen by Aitor
Address
97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917
Phone
+65 6224 2232
2. Cheek by Jowl

This one-Michelin-starred restaurant, led by husband-and-wife team chef Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo, takes on modern Australian cuisine peppered with Asian influences. Dinner offers a more relaxing dining experience away from the busy CBD crowds.

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Cheek by Jowl
Address
21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Phone
+65 6221 1911
3. Gaig

Another side of Spanish cuisine, this time classic Catalan food, can be found at Gaig. The restaurant is run by chef Carles Gaig who also owns the original Michelin-starred fine-dining outfit in Barcelona. The Singapore branch presents a more casual relaxed affair. Expect dishes such as the cannelloni which is prepared according to a 19th-century recipe.

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Gaig
Address
16 Stanley Street, Singapore 068735
Website
Phone
+65 6221 2134
4. Kimme

Chef Sun Kim of one Michelin-starred Meta explores a more casual dining concept with Kimme. The modern Asian bistro sees stronger Korean influences in dishes while weaving in Western culinary techniques. While the restaurant encourages a more communal experience on the first floor, a little more privacy can be had upstairs. Find out more from our review.

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Kimme
Address
47 Amoy Street, Singapore 069873
Phone
+65 6514 1588
5. Lerouy

Chef Christopher Lerouy has gone through several restaurant concepts since leaving the one-Michelin-starred Alma by Juan Amador. But his most recent project, Lerouy, is where he feels most at home at. The modern French restaurant only has degustation menus to be had by the counter seatings circling the open kitchen. Find out more from our review.

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Lerouy
Address
3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722
Phone
+65 6221 3639
6. Maggie Joan’s

This hideaway restaurant at the back of Amoy Street is now serving modern European fare. Chef Seumas Smith brings in ingredients from his hometown and adopts a more refined, bistronomy approach to his food. Worth your while, if you can find the restaurant. Find out more from our review.

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Maggie Joan's
Address
110 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 069930
Phone
+65 6221 5564
7. Nouri

Chef Ivan Brehm showcases ‘crossroads dining,’ a cuisine which draws influences from around the world including his Brazilian heritage. The one-Michelin-starred restaurant is an open kitchen concept, and diners are encouraged to dine by the marble counter table. The cocktails and wines here are a must-have with dinner. Find out more from our review.

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Nouri
Address
72 Amoy Street, Singapore 069891
Phone
+65 6221 4148
8. Preludio

Over at the newly-erected Fraser Tower is Preludio, another fine-dining establishment. Here, chef Fernando Arevalo pulls out a series of ‘chapters’ marking the evolution of his restaurant and cuisine. The first is ‘monochrome,’ of which dishes follow a black and white theme. Find out more from our review.

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Preludio
Address
82 Cecil St, #03-01/02, Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Phone
+65 6904 5686
9. Birds of A Feather

This Sichuan-inspired restaurant goes for more than just numbing heat in its food. The dishes here explore more expressions of the cuisine and is a good entry point for beginners to malaFind out more from our review.

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Birds of A Feather
Address
115 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 069935
Phone
+65 6221 7449
10. Fyr

Fyr is a modern grill restaurant serving up dishes with modern Asian touches. Chef Teddy Chung goes for barbequing, roasting, searing and smoking: best experienced with the Caveman Supper, a sharing platter of meats for three to four hungry folk.

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Fyr
Address
19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069619
Phone
+65 6221 3703
11. The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co.

Roman restaurant The Mast of Mozzarella & Co. has made Frasers Tower home for its first Southeast Asia outpost. The menu is cheese-centric, with dishes such as sfogliatella (puff pastry and fresh ricotta) and salmone scozzese e zucchine (smoked salmon, zucchini and ricotta). Expect fresh mozzarella and burrata here.

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The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co.
Address
182 Cecil Street, #01-05/08, Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Phone
+65 6513 8010
12. Meatsmith

The local smokehouse doles out Southern American barbecues: think sausages, brisket, ribs and stuffed pig smoked over hickory wood. The meat platters here are worth having if you’d like to have a bit of everything.

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Meatsmith
Address
167 – 169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620
Phone
+65 6221 2262
13. Muchachos

This popular taco spot at Keong Saik has now moved to a new, and much bigger, home at Fraser Tower. Besides tacos and burritos, Muchachos has also added on the menu burgers and buffalo wings to go with drinks.

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Muchachos
Address
182 Cecil St, #01-01, Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Phone
+65 6513 0215
14. Park Bench Deli

Gourmet sandwiches are a speciality at Park Bench Deli. Go for indulgent grilled cheesesteak sandwiches or buttermilk fried chicken with sriracha — delicious bites on the go, great for the busy CBD crowd. The deli often does popular sandwich collaborations with neighbouring restaurants (think Cheek by Jowl).

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Park Bench Deli
Address
179 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068627
Phone
+65 6815 4600
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