Thursday 5 May 2011


As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I have just returned from a trip to Singapore. If I had to sum Singapore up in a few words, those words would be: breathtaking architecture, lush greenery, outstanding cleanliness, endless shopping and food. Definitely food!

Singapore has some amazing food. The delights of the Hawker Centres I have already told you about. The many malls of Orchard Road are literally awash with food halls, serving a rich and plentiful array of international cuisines. Alongside stores such as Cartier, DSquared2, Louis Vuitton and Prada the architecturally, technologically stunning and wonderfully, funky shaped “Ion Mall” alone has a food hall containing somewhere in the region of eighty food stalls and numerous restaurants.

Ion Mall: one of the finest of Orchard Road's many malls. 
For a real local flavour head for breakfast at the Tea Loft and sample the Bubble Tea and the renowned Kaya Toast. Dim Sum lovers should check out Paradise Dynasty and Taste Paradise and join the debate about which one offers the best fresh dumplings in town. (To make this decision even harder also check out any one of Singapore’s many outlets of Din Tai Fung.)

The city’s cultural centres of Little India, Chinatown and the Kampong Glam area around Arab Street are also must visits for those hunting for the finest flavours and authentic foodie fare. Fans of eating heads should head (pun intended) to Little India for the Fish Head Curry and to Chinatown for the heads of ducks – I say heads, you’ll definitely need a large number of them if you are intending to fill your tummy as they do not offer much in the way of sustenance. Spend some time sucking and slurping on the beak to savour the lightly spiced seasoning and then split it open to scoop out a fingertip full of deliciously smooth and creamy brain.

Fish Head Curry: a Little India special. 
Duck heads: one of the local flavours found in Chinatown.
Those of you searching for a more formal dining experience are in luck - Singapore has an abundance of world class restaurants including eateries by some of the biggest names in gastronomy, such as Tetsuya Wakuda, Daniel Boulud, Santi Santamaria, Wolfgang Puck, and Guy Savoy all within the Marina Bay Sands complex.

Marina Bay Sands (centre) hosts eateries by some of the biggest names in gastronomy. 

My wife and I visited Singapore primarily to visit her son and his girlfriend who live and work there. We were only in town for eight days in total but thanks to their local knowledge and planning we were able to secure reservations at some of the finest and hippest places in town.

Over the next few days I will be posting in more detail about the splendid gastronomic experiences we had at Iggy’s, Les Amis, The Tippling Club, 2am:dessertbar, Gunther’s, Wild Rocket, Cocotte and more.

Unfortunately, I will have to wait much longer for my next trip to Singpaore before I can write about the numerous other restaurants on my list of those I wish to visit, such as: Jaan, Andre, Blu, Goto and FiftyThree.

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