What: Arguably the grandest fine dining experience in Singapore. The service is an elaborate ceremony of elegance and extraordinary precision where diners are spoilt rotten and the dishes are a tour de force of artistry. A most memorable experience.
Where: #01-16, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, 228208
What: There’s nothing flashy about this small, unprepossessing, intimate neighbourhood restaurant with its mere seven tables, but it’s the food dispensed from an open kitchen that does the talking, with its bold flavours, clear thinking and attractive presentation. Service is friendly but professional.
Where: 3 Duxton Hill, 089589
What: The cheekier younger sibling of Cheek by Jowl, touting superb food and a relaxed vibe. Small and large sharing plates showcase bold, exciting twists on familiar flavours, as in beetroot tarte tatin and a red snapper fish and chips. Wines are largely French and equally well considered.
Where: 21 Boon Tat Street, 069620
What: This perfectly formed “restaurant in the sky” offers a light-filled room, spectacular views and a colourful crowd of well-healed locals. But, best of all, is the sumptuous cooking of chef Kirk Westaway which provides the trump card and a menu that follows the rigours of the seasons – think poached snapper or herb-crusted lamb.
Where: Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, 178882
What: If you’re looking for French finesse, you can’t do much better than this new restaurant, run by arguably the world’s greatest female chef. In a setting that is bold, beautiful and packed with feminine charm, it’s Pic's sybaritic, sauce-driven cooking married to magical flavour combinations and a deftness of touch that delivers the aces in the pack.
Where: Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
What: Set in the luxury retail and dining atrium of the Marina Bay Sands Resort, db Bistro & Oyster Bar trades in a mix of traditional French bistro cooking with contemporary American flavours, but it’s the signature burgers which are the main draw.
Where: #B1-48, Galleria Level, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
What: The muted greys, off-pinks and really rather dreary mirrors and artwork do nothing to prepare you for the fireworks that come out of the two-Michelin-starred kitchen. Be amazed by the depth of flavour in the likes of turbot with Obsiblue prawns and Kaffir lime, or foie gras with abalone, smoked eel broth, cut through with the tangy flavours of yuzu. Cooking at its most exquisite.
Where: East Coast Seafood Centre, Block 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, 449883
What: David Thien’s beautifully executed Asian food wrapped in French technique is a treat for any Francophile. Think Foie gras with grapefruit, apple, rice cracker and ginger or Hokkaido sea urchin emboldened with crevettes, spring peas, yuzu, pork crackling and caviar. The Botanic Gardens setting is rather nice, too.
Where: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, 099891
What: Gorgeously old school brasserie with a coterie of gorgeously old school decorative touches means candles, soft lighting, bare brick walls and an ambient terrace. Add in a menu of bistro classics – think French spring chicken, charcuterie and black angus ribeye – and you could be in Les Halles.
Where: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01–00, Singapore, 088539