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By Chris | February 23 2007
When it comes to taste, nowhere in Asia boasts a smorgasbord of global cuisines quite like Singapore.
And its recent proliferation of European restaurants means the visitor has even more gastronomical variety to choose from. Here are some of our recommendations.
Style / Ambiance: Saint Pierre, the brainchild of Owner Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and his wife, Edina Hong, opened its doors in December 2000 and is now part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux group.
Situated in the Central Mall, the restaurant serves a delightful selection of delicate French cuisine, and has become a staple for frequent visitors to the city.
+65 6438 0887
5 Magazine Road, Singapore 59571
Style / Ambiance: Yixing Xuan is a teahouse and a restaurant combined, located on the bustling Tanjong Pagar Road.
Translated it means ‘happy, small house’, which is unsurprising since customers feel happy and relaxed at this venue. A true oasis of serenity in the heart of the lively business district, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip slipped in for a quick cup of tea here in 1992. You can also attend regular tea appreciation lectures with expert Mr Vincent Low, where he teaches visitors the subtle art of tea-making.
+65 6224 6961
30/32 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088453
Style / Ambiance: Overlooking the peaceful and fragrant Palm Court, Raffles Grill has an aura of timeless elegance and sets the tone as Raffles’ formal dining room.
The restaurant has been beautifully restored to its former glory, complete with French windows and colonial furnishings. Complementing its contemporary French cuisine is an extensive wine list from the hotel’s in-house cellar. This is the ideal grill for those seeking a light and innovative menu for afternoon or evening dining.
+65 6412 1816
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Style / Ambiance: For dinner with a stunning view over Singapore, we recommend the elite traveler visits Equinox restaurant.
Seated in the elegant amphitheater-style restaurant, expect to be awed by three-story high teak and rice paper lanterns, Ming-inspired wooden trellises and a luminous wall made entirely from mother of pearl. International cuisine at its best.
+65 6837 3322
Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 017882
Cuisine: North American
Style / Ambiance: The solid elegance of this venue, with its spacious leather booths, engraved glass partitions and classic white tablecloths give this dining experience an intimate appeal.
When it comes to the personal touch, Morton’s excels on every level. Famous for its unique tableside presentation, menu items are displayed by the friendly waiting staff, who are more than willing to present a ‘show and tell’, much to the delight of guests.
+65 6339 3740
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 4th Storey, 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 39797
Style / Ambiance: Elite travelers expecting exclusive banquets will be impressed by the contemporary Chinese/Asian cuisine at Xi Yan.
As an exclusive, private venue, diners are offered 12 courses for their delectation. Xi Yan private dining was first conceived in the year 2000 by celebrity chef, Jacky Yu in Hong Kong at eventually opened its Singapore branch in 2005. At Xi Yan, they consider Asian cuisine as a true art form. Being a strong favorite among critics since its conception, this restaurant often welcomes famous faces but is not just for a who’s who clientele from around the world but simply for those interested in good food.
Style / Ambiance: Forlino is a favorite for those seeking Italian fine dining with a personalized touch in a sumptuous setting.
The restaurant seats 80, mainly made up of tables for two, but it also offers three private rooms. Chef Patron Mario Caramella’s menu features his signature style of cuisine, which marries classical Italian flavors and ingredients with contemporary presentation and cooking techniques. A top choice for modern dining.
Cuisine: Modern European
Style / Ambiance: Novus is magnificently located within the National Museum, providing a striking mix of modern interiors juxtaposed against colonial grandeur.
This restaurant offers a quintessential dining experience that includes a fresh and current interpretation of European cuisine. An ideal selection for those desiring a formal dining experience.
+65 6336 8770
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, 178897
Style / Ambiance: This restaurant is incredibly intimate with only 12 tables, seating a maximum of 45.
It has been beautifully created to mimic a French ‘Relais et Châteaux’ style establishment. Ideal for romantic dinners, Au Jardin is also the perfect venue for business lunches and dinners. Featuring delicate flavors and light sauces to create an exceptional French cuisine, it has a unique set of signature creations to enjoy. There is also an eightcourse dégustation menu, which varies according to the season.
+65 6466 8812
1, Cluny Road, Singapore 6466 8812
Style / Ambiance: Il Lido Dining + Lounge Bar at the Sentosa Golf Club is arguably the most stylish restaurant on the island, boasting an extravagant view of the South China Sea.
Chef Gianluca Visani, is one of the youngest head chefs on Singapore’s dining scene and also a native Italian. Spending the last 12 years perfecting his culinary skills as a sous and head chef at various top-rated restaurants in Europe, his expertise is also legendary in the UK and the Emirates, as well as Singapore.
Chan Kok Kit
+65 6866 1977
Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892
Style / Ambiance: The Li Bai restaurant is renowned for its Cantonese cuisine served in the tradition of the grand Emperors.
With a keen emphasis on enhancing the natural flavors and fragrances of every ingredient, Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming skillfully creates exquisite Chinese cuisines, offering a divine gourmet experience for diners. The restaurant boasts two elegant private dining rooms, accommodating up to 10 persons each, which makes it an ideal venue for exclusive events.
Sam Pek San
+65 6839 5623
Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230
Style / Ambiance: The European/Japanese menu boasts creations sourced from the freshest ingredients from the region and beyond.
The brainchild of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, whose Sydney restaurant has a global reputation for being one of the best in Australia, Waku Ghin offers a ten-course degustation menu for a maximum of only 25 guests, promising an exclusive experience.
The average price of $380 might seem steep, but once you consider the number of chefs working behind the scenes almost equals the number of diners, and that this is likely to be one of the best meals you can have in Singapore, there’s no doubt that it’s worth it.
+65 6688 8507
2 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Level 2 Dining, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972