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Satisfying Your Taste Buds in Singapore

A travel journal to Singapore by Aya

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Quote: I've lived in Singapore for about 14 years now and I absolutely love to eat. Singapore has great food (local and international) so read on to find out about my favourite restaurants.

Satisfying Your Taste Buds in Singapore

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Overview

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To be honest, I don't think Singapore is a great place to visit. Maybe I think that because I've lived here for so long, and since it's a small island, the things you can do are limited. If you were to visit, you will definitely enjoy the local food, and cheap shopping (if you're from Japan or the States) and I guess you can experience some culture as well, if you come at the right time.Quick Tips: Singapore has a strange law saying that you're not allowed to chew gum. So don't expect to buy any gum here. It's a really hot and humid place so you should bring cool clothes, like shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. I wouldn't recommend jeans or long-sleeved clothes. You should definitely eat at a ...Read More

Akane Restaurant at The Japanese Association

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Restaurant | "Akane"

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Unfortunately, you must go with a member of the Japanese Association to be able to eat at this restaurant. But there are two more chains in Singapore - at the Le Meridien Hotel (#03-25, Orchard Road) and at Takashimaya (#04-27, Orchard Road). However, the head chef, Nogawa-san, is usually at this one. This Sushi restaurant is one of the best sushi restaurants in Singapore. It''s hard to find good sushi in Singapore (and anywhere else in the world besides Japan actually!) especially because most of the people here look to eat cheap sushi (namely kaiten zushi, which is sushi that comes around on a conveyor belt). If you''re not used to paying a high price for sushi, you may think th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Akane Restaurant at The Japanese Association
120 Adam Road
Singapore 289899
656 467-2768

The Blue Elephant

Restaurant

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This is also one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Singapore. I highly recommend you try the Tom Yum Goong soup; it's not very spicy but it's still really good. They indicate which dish is spicy or not so you can avoid the spicy dishes if you wish. The service is good and fast. Another recommendation is the deep fried stuffed boneless chicken wings. Inside is minced chicken with vegetables. Thai fish cake is usually good at any Thai restaurant, and this place is no exception. For dessert, you have to try the mango with sticky rice. The mango here is usually very sweet, tender, and juicy. Once you've finished eating here, you can walk around Millennia Walk for some shopping or stroll ove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

The Blue Elephant
9 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039596
656 438-4888

Orchard Lei Garden Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Lei Garden"

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My favorite Chinese (Cantonese) restaurant when I want a full course fine dining. The service here is great and efficient. There is usually one waiter or waitress delegated to a table. I usually get there when there are guests. You can order your dinner course in advance, and that way the food comes at a perfect pace. They have set dinner menus but you can always change some of the dishes to suit your taste. There are lots of seafood dishes and there are fish tanks outside. You can probably pick which fish or crab you want, but we usually leave it up to them. These fish can be cooked in many different ways, but my favorite is Garoupa cooked teo-chew style. The dish that makes me drool ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Orchard Lei Garden Restaurant
321 Orchard Road, Orchard Shopping Centre
Singapore 238866
(65) 6734 3988

Ah Hoi's Kitchen at Traders Hotel

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Restaurant | "Ah Hoi's Kitchen"

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This restaurant is set outdoors, but the huge fans will keep you cool. You can sit by the pool or away from it, under the roof. The service here is usually efficient and friendly. I like to go here to eat seafood. People in Singapore usually go far out to eat seafood, but the seafood here is good and it's located near Orchard Road. Before or after eating here, you can shop around at Tanglin Mall or maybe walk around Botanic Gardens because it's so close. I definitely recommend that you eat either the Chilli or Pepper crab. If there are more than five of you, you should just order both! The sauce that the crab is cooked in is so good. If you order the chilli crab, be sure to ord...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Ah Hoi's Kitchen at Traders Hotel
1A Cuscaden Road
Singapore 249716
(65) 6738 2222

Patara Fine Thai

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Restaurant

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Patara is situated just outside Orchard Road, which is probably the main street in Singapore for shopping. You can easily walk to Orchard Road from Tanglin Mall. Tanglin Mall has a supermarket as well as some other shops, so you can look around before or after you eat at Patara. The service at Patara is very good. I've been going to this restaurant for over 5 years now and the service has gotten better and better over the years. You may think that Thai food is only for people who enjoy spicy food, but you'd be suprised at how much good non-spicy Thai food you can find at this restaurant. (But of course, I enjoy the spicy food most!) I brought my grandparents there and since they c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

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In my opinion the best Thai restaurant in Singapore. It's not home-made Thai food, and it's not Chinese Thai, but it's got all the well known Thai dishes. They renovated Amara Hotel and it looks great. This place is very cold so you should bring something warm. At the end of eating dinner at this restaurant, I'm usually sweating, with a runny nose and sore lips. It really depends on what you order but you can end up with a really spicy meal. If you want that, then that's great, but if you don't, be sure to order at least one dish that's not spicy! The dessert buffet here is extremely good- especially the Thai cakes. Tom yum goong is undoubtedly one of my top ten dishes in the w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Kazu

Restaurant

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Kazu has been around for a really long time, and that just goes to show how good the food there is. There was a yakitori restaurant called Nanbantei, and one of the guys working there started his own yakitori restaurant: Kazu. Yakitori in Japanese actually means "cooked chicken" but they offer a lot more than chicken. You can order in either sticks of one or two (it depends on what you're ordering). My favourites are chicken wings, asparagus wrapped in bacon, ginnan(a bean that's good for your digestion), salmon wrapped in bacon, monohoshi cheese (minced chicken wrapped with seaweed, with cheese in the middle) and ox tongue. They also have noodles-udon, which is very good, and they have othe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

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One of my favourite restaurants in Singapore. If you're looking for a really tasty, quick and cheap meal, this place is perfect. It's unbelievable how cheap and quick the food is because it's so delicious. The service is really friendly as well (especially if you're a regular customer!).

My favourite dishes are the seafood and beancurd in a claypot, szechuan vegetable and pork strips soup, sweet and sour pork, bean sprout with salted fish, stir fried teomew, deep fried minced cuttlefish and onion omlette. For dessert, the mango pudding, almond jelly and red bean pancakes are good.

Be sure to order a few dishes and share. Order some rice with your meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

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Especially enjoyable when you eat here with many people. It is located smack in the middle of Orchard Road so before or after your meal, you can walk around or shop. It is a restaurant that serves Thai steamboat. You have a hot pot in the middle of the table and you order what you want to put in there. The service is quick and efficient. In my opinion, the best things to order are the fish glue, prawns, scallops, minced chicken wrapped in seaweed, wanton, green noodles and you should order some vegetables. You can eat them either with some spicy chilli sauce or a special kind of soya sauce. I always eat them with both the sauces. As an appetiser, you can order dishes like fish ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice

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Restaurant

Chicken Rice Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This place is a MUST if you're in Singapore. One of the best chicken rice shops in Singapore in my opinion. (There's one more chicken rice that I absolutely love and that's in a food court near Shenton Way.) Wee Nam Kee is not exactly the cleanest looking place to eat a meal but that doesn't bother me-plus their food is SO good! Hainanese chicken rice has become a local dish and you can't get chicken rice like this in any other country. It's no doubt my favourite Singaporean dish, and I can't live without it! Be sure to ask for boneless chicken so you get more meat. You should order the wanton soup and kailan too. If you like pork, you should definately order the roast pork. Even if you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Cafe Iguana

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Restaurant

Cafe Iguana Photo, Singapore, Asia
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This is one of my favorite restaurants in Singapore. My friends and I love to hang out there, especially during happy hour. Happy hour is from 6 to 9pm every day, and draft beer, tequila drinks, and house wines and spirits are on a buy one, get one free basis. This restaurant/bar is outdoors. You can choose to sit at the bar, on the stools by the high tables (there are a few long tables and you share with other people), or outside. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights get pretty busy, so you should definately make a reservation. The interior of Cafe Iguana is very impressive, one of the nicest looking bars in Singapore probably. The staff are very friendly but the service can b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 15, 2004

Cafe Iguana
30 Merchant Road
Singapore, Singapore
6236-1275

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From what I remember, this restaurant does not accept reservations. Even on weekdays there is a long line outside from around 11:30am. This restaurant was renovated last year, and the interior is now quite elegant and classy. The selling point of this restaurant is the fact that the noodles are handmade, and you can actually watch the process. Handmade noodles are definitely better than the average noodles because they have a firm, yet smooth, texture. My favorite is the soup la mian (noodles) with schezuan pickled vegetables and pork. The la mian with chicken is very light and one of my other favorites. The dumplings and appetizers are als...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Crystal Jade Kitchen

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Restaurant

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Crystal Jade Kitchen is located all over Singapore (along Orchard Road, etc.), but the one at Holland Village is my personal favorite. I used to go there a lot because it was near my high school. They have a wide selection of noodles (dry and with soup), congee (rice porridge), and other meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. You can also ask for a dim sum menu or choose a set menu (they have set menus for two to eight people). My favorite at Crystal Jade is the wonton noodle soup. The wontons have prawns in them, and the soup is clear and quite light. The noodles have a special texture, and they are probably my favorite kind of noodles. Their duck noodles and char siew noodles are al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Crystal Jade Kitchen
2/2A Lorong Mambong
Singapore, Singapore
+65-64690300

Windmill Foodcourt

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Restaurant

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This place is not quite like the average hawker centre because it is air-conditioned and very clean. It has been there since 3 years ago, so it is still fairly new. One of the best things about Singapore is the food, and one of the best things about food in Singapore is that there is a really wide variety, and you can find authentic cuisines from any country. At a food court, you can choose from a variety of hawker stalls under one roof. I also have a hard time deciding what to eat when I go to a food court. At this food court, there are about eight to ten different stalls. My first choice is usually the fish noodles (deep-fried fish with noodles in a fish broth soup), noodles wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Windmill Foodcourt
Holland Village
Singapore, Singapore

Gorkha Grill

Restaurant

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This is one of the very few Nepalese restaurants in Singapore. For some reason, there are always only a few people eating here, and I've never seen it full. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

I decided to go eat here with a friend because we missed Nepalese food. Be careful not to order too much, because the portions are fairly big. The momos are juicy and taste a lot like the momos I had in Nepal. I can't remember which daal we always order, but it was yellow and good! You should try the okra (ladyfingers) too.

This restaurant may be hard to spot because it is situated behind a row of hawker stalls, so you may want to call them before you go.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Gorkha Grill
21 Smith Street
Singapore, Singapore

Dbl O

Attraction

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I think this is the nicest place to go for Ladies' Night (Wed). Dbl O calls this night GIRL and women can get in for free and enjoy a free flow of house drinks (vodka sprite, bourbon coke, tequila shots, etc.). In Singapore, you can find a lot of clubs that offer free flow for women on Wednesday nights. It might be a foreign concept to you if you don't live in Singapore because I don't think they have this anywhere else. At Dbl O, free flow for ladies starts at 8pm and goes until 3am.A lot of the clubs in Mohammed Sultan (one of the clubbing districts of Singapore) are not very tasteful -- they are often quite filthy, especially the toilets! But Dbl O has a nice interior and nice...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2003