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May 28, 2013 06:39 AM

Singapore question

Hey - I have a a few friends from home who are stopping off in Singapore for 2 days before a big surfing trip. They want recommendations and I'm trying to give them just a select few b/c I don't want to overwhelm them:

The caveats being:
1) they have almost no experience eating real Asian food except the handful of times I've taken them, so just keep that in mind from a culture shock perspective
2) one of them is allergic shellfish, so there has to be good non-shellfish options

Any help would be great?


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  1. No point trying to introduce folks who'd never had "real" Asian food to some now, on a 2 day stopover.

    Some recs:
    - Esquina Tapas Bar (
    - Burnt Ends ( first brought to my attention by fellow Hound, FourSeasons
    - Bacchanalia (
    - La Cantine (
    - CUT @ MBS ( for the best steaks in Singapore, IMO.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      well i forgot to add they specifically want local food, they do not want western food

      1. re: Lau

        Can they do 'spicy'? Some Nyonya options:
        - Indocafe - The White House, Scotts Road (
        - Guan Hoe Soon, Joo Chiat Road (
        - Violet Oon's Kitchen (

        Best Cantonese spots in town:
        - Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon
        - Crystal Jade Palace, Ngee Ann City
        - Taste Paradise, ION Orchard

        Best Indian in town:
        - Punjab Grill, MBS (
        - Song of India, Scotts Road
        - Rang Mahal, Pan Pacific Hotel

        1. re: klyeoh

          yah they could do spicy

          thx for the recs

    2. What can you get without belacan?

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      1. re: swannee

        hmm good point, i actually didn't even think about that

        1. re: Lau

          You can order without belachan. My DH is allergic to shellfish and we would just ask them to make his without prawns and belachan. We only had one hawker say no, because his sauces were all premixed.

          1. re: boogiebaby

            yah ill warn him about that

            its not like a terrible shellfish allergy like he used to really love it, but he definitely should be warned

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