The list is extensive for places to visit, with many chefs and hoteliers travelling from all over to join in. This article is for those who only have time for 2 or 3 days in the city and aims to give you recommendations on some top establishments to visit. It’s not cheap here by any means.
Accommodation can start at $200 and soar to $2000 a night and a beer will cost you $12 but hopefully, a few of these options will let your money stretch further. Firstly I thought I would let you know where I stayed. Bunc hostel. A modern traveller haven and one of Singapore’s most comfortable hostels. The front office consists of a large table to sit expats and backpackers on their laptops with enough space to hold those who want to eat. The staff are friendly and are happy to help at all times.
Breakfast is served 6:30 am until 10:00 am every day which consists of toast, cereal and coffee enough to get you started on a day of exploring. Rooms range from 8 – 16 dorms with an average price being $10 a night except for Saturdays which tend to be a bit more. Located in little India its a 30-second walk to Jalam Basar metro on the mainline which takes you straight to the heart of the bustling city.
If you’re not one for communal living, Bunc also offers private rooms with double beds for a slightly higher price.
THE HAWKER MARKETS
“Michelin starred stall “Hong Kong soy sauce chicken rice & noodle” ”
It’s needless to say – that if you want to eat well you need to bring a big budget. However, this being Asia there are some very cheap alternatives too. You will find hawker markets dotted around the city with the largest located in little India, China town and Gluttons bay.
Expect to find cuisine from Indonesia, China and India. Prices will range from $4 to $6 so this is perfect for those lunchtime breaks. Although fair warning, head there for 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and expect to be joined by half the city as they all queue up for their lunch break!
On another note, the China town complex is famed for being the home of Michelin starred stall “Hong Kong soy sauce chicken rice & noodle” well worth the wait if you don’t mind standing in a line for sometimes several hours. Just a little tip, if you see a packet of tissues on a chair then that place is reserved!
“pride radiating from the kitchen team here so you know your food will be pure quality and refinement ”
Photograph by Kalang Kilo
Kilo is as hipster as it gets with its warehouse come homely atmosphere and contemporary food ranging from miso slaw and charred octopus to brown miso butter.
There is a real sense of pride radiating from the kitchen team here so you know your food will be pure quality and refinement. Although not the easiest to find (located on the second floor of an industrial building) it has a medium price range of dishes.
TIM HO WAN
“which are a must are the bbq pork buns, one of the lightest delights I’ve had the pleasure to eat”
Photograph by Eshtravaganza
Orchard is known for its extravagant shopping with big names like Louis Vuitton and Channel taking residency here. it is also the home of Tim Ho Wan. Known as the most affordable Michelin starred restaurant in the world, you will be blown away by the mastery of Chef Mak Kwai Pui’s Dim sum.
I was given a menu and pencil as I queued so I make my choices. It meant that once a seat was available the service is smooth and fast. The four heavenly kings section of the menu showcases the dishes that placed Tim Ho Wan in such high regard. Two choices which are a must are the bbq pork buns, one of the lightest delights I’ve had the pleasure to eat. Second would be the spongy egg cake, how they made it I do not know but you get a real sense of mastery from the kitchen but how delicate it tastes.
“For fans of Jason Atherton’s ‘Pollen street social’ in London, there is ‘Pollen ”
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If your budget extends somewhat further and you feel like experiencing Singapore’s culinary renaissance at its best there are various options for you to enjoy. For fans of Jason Atherton’s ‘Pollen street social’ in London, there is ‘Pollen’. Singapore’s version, focussing on European flavours with an Asian injection. The tasting menu is steep at $180, however, the three-course lunch menu is a better option at $55.
Despite its grandeur, they are most welcoming and sitting at their bar sipping on an ATLAS martini, a bottle of still water, and complimentary popcorn will only set you back $28.
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If by chance you do have some money to burn, head down on a Sunday for their ‘adults only Sunday cocktail brunch’ where you will be treated to Maine lobster, smoked Foie Gras and free-flow cocktails, beer and wine for a price of $150. Take it to $195 and you gain the addition of free flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne. This really is enjoying the high life.
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