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Jul 15, 2010 02:57 PM

1st Time Singapore Visitors


Me and my fiance will be visiting Singapore from the UK for 3 nights in November.

It will be our first visit and we were hoping you could all share some of your wisdom on where to eat.

Neither of us are fussy eaters, my fiance loves dim sum and I love very spicy food.

Were not looking for big flashy restaurants just good food at a good price.

Please send us your recommendations of where and what to try!

Best regards
Matt & Abi

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  1. - For seafood, I would recommend No Signboard in Geylang (google for exact address) - their chili crab and white pepper crab are very good and signature Singaporean dishes. Geylang is the red-light district of the city and is known for great food and durian stalls. You can also try Sin Huat in Geylang which serves great crab noodles, scallops in black bean sauce, etc.

    - For a good range of Singapore street food, try one of the many hawker centers. The most tourist-friendly one would be Newton (not too far from Orchard) but I find the prices a bit high. You can also try Tiong Bahru Market or Zion Food Centre which are also relatively close to Orchard Road. Items to try would be char kway tiao (stir fried flat noodles in dark soy sauce), carrott cake (stir fried radish cake), satay, poh piah (spring rolls), grilled stingray, bak chor mee (noodles with minced pork meat and fishball soup), etc.

    - Another famous Singapore dish is chicken rice. I would recommend Wee Nam Kee (see for pictures) in Novena or Tian Tian in the Maxwell Food Centre.

    - For peranakan food (blend of Chinese and Malay cuisine), you can try the Blue Ginger ( or True Blue ( Both are more of the upscale pernakan restaurants and some may say less authentic and more pricey, but True Blue is located in the peranakan museum and the decor is really beautiful.

    - If you want to try the Western cuisine, I would highly recommend Jaan, Iggy's or Gunther's for fine dining.

    - For bars/lounges, check out Tippling Club in Dempsey Hill (the whole Dempsey area is full of bars and restaurants) for molecular-inspired drinks, White Rabbit (also in Dempsey area - converted from an old church), Overeasy (great views of the water and Marina Bay Sands) and Oosh (also in Dempsey).

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    1. re: aj84

      Hi aj84:

      You have a nice blog. Just realized you are based in Singapore (never knew that since I only read your posts on Japan Board). We are organizing a chow dinner for Singapore hounds: . "klyeoh", "Sg-foodie" and I will attend this dinner. First time being organized in Singapore but I have attended three in Hong Kong. Maybe you would like to join us, just email to my address that is posted on my profile then.

    2. There are also a bunch of good Chinese restaurants for dim sum. My personal favorite is Imperial Treasure (the branches at Great World City, Takashimaya and Paragon are all pretty good).