Why go: So you've had the usual hawker centre fare of chicken rice and chilli crab – it's time to visit Labyrinth for chef Han Li Guang's new expression of Singapore cuisine. Commonly found local dishes are given a creative twist and chef Han ups the ante by incorporating locally grown ingredients in 80% of his menu. Expect locally raised quails and clams farmed off the coast of Singapore at this intimate spot within The Esplanade performing-arts centre that seats only 30 guests.
What to order: Lunch is priced at SG$68 for five courses while dinner is a more extravagant affair at SG$178 for 12 courses and an additional SG$80 with wine pairing. Star dishes include the Labyrinth rojak, a salad of 12 local herbs tossed in stingless bee honey and paired with a cempedak and jackfruit sorbet.
Where to find it: 02-23, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039802
Why go: The best restaurant in Singapore according to The World's 50 Best Restaurants and a holder of two Michelin stars, Odette is a French fine-dining establishment helmed by award-winning chef Julien Royer. Named after Royer's grandmother, Odette showcases classic French culinary techniques and hospitality in a modern and artistic space housed within the iconic National Gallery Singapore.
What to order: The restaurant only offers tasting menus starting from SG$128 for weekday lunch and SG$268 for dinner. Dishes change seasonally but a mainstay on the menu is Royer's smoked 55-degree organic egg, which theatrically arrives at the table in a cloud of dry ice. Wine pairings are available upon request or choose a bottle from an extensive wine list that features independent producers from around the world.
Where to find it: 01-04, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew's Road, Singapore, 178957
Why go: You don't have to travel all the way to Japan for excellent sushi. Shinji by Kanesaka offers traditional Edo-style sushi prepared with only the best seasonal seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Dine in either of the private rooms – named Sakura and Icho (Gingko) – each furnished with elements from its namesake and decorated with handcrafted pieces made in Japan, contributing to the thoughtfulness and attention to detail you enjoy with each meal.
What to order: An omakase lunch, which comes with 12 pieces of sushi starts from SG$125, while dinner is priced from SG$220 for 15 pieces of nigiri. The fish that's paired with the shari (flavoured rice) changes seasonally but set aside an extra SG$50 for a rice bowl of uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) and negitoro (chopped tuna) – a trio of the most prized seafood.
Where to find it: Lobby, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore, 247911