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Singapore: Top Restaurants - Business Times-Citibank Guide

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The Singapore Business Times-Citibank just came out with their Guide to Top 100 restaurants in Singapore. They are sorted into different categories. Here are the top 5 (in no particular order) for each category:

FRENCH / FINE DINING
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Au Jardin Les Amis
Au Petit Salut
Les Amis
Iggy's
Raffles Grill

ITALIAN
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Il Lido
Garibaldi
Michelangelo's
Da Paolo Il Ristorante
Oso Ristorante

CHINESE
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Lei Garden
Hua Ting
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Imperial Treasure Teochew
Peach Garden at 33

JAPANESE
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Nadaman
Keyaki
Inagiku
Kuriya
Shiraishi

INDIAN
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Rang Mahal
Muthu's Curry
Samy's Curry
Tandoor
Song of India

MODERN EUROPEAN / MEDITERRANEAN
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One Rochester
White Rabbit
PS Cafe at Harding
Halia
Bistro Petit Salut

AMERICAN
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Morton's of Chicago
Lawry's The Prime Rib
Equinox
Town
Long Bar Steakhouse

THAI / VIETNAMESE / KOREAN
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Indochine Waterfornt
Chang Korean BBQ
Crystal Jade Korean
Thanying
Thai Village Shakrsfin

PERANAKAN / INDONESIAN
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Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee
Blue Ginger
Sanur
Tambuah Mas
Garuda Padang Cuisine

SINGAPOREAN / SEAFOOD
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Long Beach Seafood
Jumbo
Red House
No Signboard
Liang Kee Teochew

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  1. This guide is not for foodies. It is typical for those on corporate accounts who wants nice ambiance. I almost choke at some of the names out there.

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    1. re: FourSeasons

      Yes, definitely for those dining at company expense. BTW, other Japanese restaurants which gained a "Merit" rating include: Akashi, Santaro, Tatsuya, Shima and Aoki.

      Vansh & Yantra got in the Indian "Merit" section.

      1. re: klyeoh

        The reviewers simply have no clue about Japanese food.

        1. re: FourSeasons

          I think the reviewers have no clue about Italian food, either! Da Paolo?! Michaelangelo's?! Maybe they should put Pizza Hut on the list....

            1. re: FourSeasons

              LOL, you all must have had really bad experiences there.

              Da Paolo used to be quite a choice destination during its hey-days back in the early-90s. Then, Paolo Scarpa was one of the hottest chefs in town & was the first to introduce squid's ink risotto to S'porean diners. I haven't been back to Da Paolo for ages, so can't vouch for its standards nowadays - is it that bad?!

              Michelangelo had an upheaval recently when long-time partner Angelo Sanelli left to open his own restaurant Mietta at Arab St (near Sultan Mosque). I've yet to try it, though I'm usually down in that neighbourhood for Arabic food at Cafe le Caire, the "teh tarik" drinks in Bussorah St, and nasi padang places. Interesting to have an Italian joint in the Arab Quarter.

              1. re: klyeoh

                Ok, I have not been to Dao Paolo and Michelangelo for ages too. But I have never been impressed with them even when they were at the peak of their reputation.

                As to the Japanese scene, the review seem to focus on where Singapore corporate and businessmen spend their money. Most of them serve generic Japanese food to rich (ok, let me include upper middle class) Singaporeans. And to rank Aoki below Kuriya, Inagiku and Keyaki is a big joke.

                1. re: FourSeasons

                  Same with the Indian category - Yantra & Vansh didn't make it to their top 5.

    2. When we're in Singapore, we eat Chinese, Singaporean, some Peranakan and some Indian. We live in the US but my wife is from Malaysia and she has relatives/friends in Singapore, so any other cuisines wouldn't draw much interest to me while in Singapore. I do remember really liking Long Beach, Jumbo, and No Signboard. Please don't tell me that my brain and tastebuds have betrayed me!