Approved by Local Singaporeans

What better way to negotiate the food and beverage scene than asking the locals?

Instead of an article that tells you where one person thinks you should eat and drink at, why not compile the favourites of a few people to jazz it up a bit? Additionally, it’s the favourites of locals and who better to ask than the people who live and work in sunny Singapore.

Recommended by: Elissa Loi, Writer

Chong Qing Grilled Fish is the first place in Singapore to bring Chong Qing cuisine into the local food and beverage scene. Choose between seven flavours of charcoal-grilled fish with hotpot ranging from fermented black bean to spicy numbing that the Chong Qing region is renowned for and the Ma La Patin Fish is highly recommended.

Image courtesy of Chong Qing Grilled Fish

Visit them at:

  • Chinatown: 18 Mosque Street #01-01

Operating Hours: Daily, 12pm to 1.30am

Reservation: +65 6225 0087

  • Bugis: 1 Liang Seah Street #01-05/06

Operating Hours: Daily, 12pm to 1.30am

Reservation: +65 6333 9148

  • Serangoon, 2 Maju Avenue

Operating Hours: Mondays to Fridays 4pm to 2am; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 12pm to 2am

Reservation: +65 6702 6680

Joo Bar is Singapore’s first makgeolli bar and restaurant. Makgeolli is a Korean alcoholic beverage that’s milky and can be described as a lightly fizzy rice wine. The menu features modern Korean cuisine and offers suggestions on alcohol to pair with the food as well.

Visit them at: 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore

Contact: +65 8138 1628

Recommended by: Jeffrey Parama, Wedding Planner at JP Productions Pte Ltd

888 Mookata serves up authentic Thai Mookata. Mookata can be described as a combination of Korean barbeque and Chinese hot pot. The sliced meat is grilled on the dome in the middle and around it is the bubbling hotpot. Dip your meat in the prepared dipping sauces and wash it down with some hearty soup.

Visit them at:

  • BLK 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-349 Singapore 530212
  • BLK 504 Bishan Street 11 Singapore 570504

Salt Grill & Sky Bar is on level 55 of ION Orchard right in the middle of Singapore and offers a panoramic view of the sea and city. Featuring semi fine-dining, expect the best of Australian produce in minimalist style with a glass of wine.

Visit them at: 2 Orchard Turn, #55-01 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

Contact: +65 6592 5118

Opening Hours:

  • Lunch, open Daily: 11.30am to 1.45pm
  • Dinner, open Daily: 6pm – 9.45pm (Last order)
  • Degustation (Open Daily); Lunch: 11.30am to 1pm (Last order); Dinner: 6pm to 9pm (Last order)
  • Afternoon Tea, Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays: 2.30pm to 4.45pm
  • Sky Bar, Open Daily: 11.30am to 11pm

Recommended by: Nicholas Yong, Copywriter

Ryo Sushi is a laidback contemporary sushi place that operates on the ‘omakase’ experience. Omakase means ‘I leave it up to you’ which means that the chef has full creative freedom and will curate your meal as he or she feels fit.

Visit them at: 1 Tras Link #01-06 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867

Reservations: +65 6443 3463

Dinner seating is at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.

Tendon Kohaku, Suntec City serves tendon, short for tempura donburi, a Japanese dish made up of a bowl of rice topped with specially battered and deep-fried meats, seafood and vegetables drizzled with their in-house special sauce.

Visit them at: No3, Temasaek Boulevard, #03-310/311, Eat At Seven, Suntec City Mall (Tower One), Singapore 038983

Opening hours: Daily, 11.30am to 4pm and 5pm to 10pm.