Singapore food courts
We don't eat street food, but love to taste a variety of local dishes.
Is there a great food court, like the many in Bangkok, or a restaurant that specializes in local dishes?
Would also love the one favourite restaurant for local food, with price no object.
If you don't want hawker street food, you can go to the food court called Food Republic at Wisma Atria. There are many local food there and it is clean and air conditioned. Or you can try the local-inspired buffet at StraitsKitchen in Grand Hyatt.
For local seafood, I would recommend Jumbo at Clarke Quay, or Palm Beach at One Fullerton, or Little Red House at Seafood Centre. They are all pretty good.
If you want to try peranakan food (mixed Chinese and Malay food by early Chinese immigrants), you can go to House of Peranakan at Meritus Negara Hotel at Claymore.
Just want to recommend another 2 dish. One of the better known local hawker food is Hainan Chicken Rice. My favorite one happened to be in Chatterbox at Meritus Mandarin Hotel.
The other is Curry Fish Head. This is probably too exotic to non-Asians. But if you are adventurous enough, you can head to Racecourse Road. The famous one is called Muttu Curry or Banana Leaf but my favorite one is My Makan Place.
A more gentrified environment but very local flavor and variety is the restaurant at the top of Tang's departmet store on Orchard and Scotts.