Don’t get us wrong here: we love our traditional hawker fare as much as any other Singaporean foodie, but these atas recreations take our homegrown flavours to the next level – and it doesn’t hurt that they are totally snapshot-worthy. Chicken rice sushi, laksa pasta and chilli crab fries anybody?
Address: Odeon Towers Rooftop #03-07, Singapore 188720
Opening hours: 5pm-1am (Mon-Thu), 5pm-2am (Fri & Sat) | Closed on Sun
While Loof – aka the Godfather of rooftop bars – has been around for over a decade, it wasn’t until the Instagram boom that led to its iconic neon signage popping up everywhere on our feeds. Perfect for a late-night table with a bunch of your coolest pals, head over to this chic watering hole and chow down on their kickass Dude-Sin (Dude- Singapore) grub featuring the must-try Chilli Crab Fries ($15), waffle-cut fries doused in housemade chilli sauce and served with blue crab dip; and the B.C.M Grilled Cheese ($18), an indulgent rendition of bak chor mee stuffed with cheese, pork mince and mushrooms. Don’t forget to pop by the freshly-revamped Loof’s Mama Shop and take home an old- school knick-knack or two.
Address: Tanjong pagar Centre #B2-04, Singapore 757492
Opening hours: 11am-11pm (Mon-Sat) | Closed on Sun
This is not a drill: your favourite local delights are now served in bite-sized versions. Enter Food Anatomy, the brainchild behind these deconstructed novelty treats with a pint-sized 14-seater space to match. At a surprisingly affordable price of $2.50 per cube, they spin homegrown flavours into wacky modular dishes from the likes of nasi lemak, rice dumpling and laksa pasta – each so itty-bitty that you can probably wolf down a dozen without a problem. Plus, it’s Instagram fodder at its finest. We can’t help but admire the artistry that goes into every creation, all meticulously designed down to the very last layer. Our only gripe was that the cubes are pre-made and heated up upon order, but they still tasted fresh when served so that shouldn’t be much of an issue.
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Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar
Address: 52 amoy Street, Singapore 069878
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Thu), 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm (Fri), 6pm-10pm (Sat) | Closed on Sun
Seng’s Wanton Mee is no stranger to every noodle-lovin’ local, having cooked up never-ending queues since its early days at the Dunman Food Centre. From a humble hawker stall to a full-fledged noodle bar, the brand new establishment whips up reimagined bowls of the original Seng’s Wanton Mee. Think Char Siew Mee ($7) featuring Japanese-style slow cooked pork belly; and Xiang Gu Mee ($7) topped with a generous serving of braised shiitake mushrooms. Come nightfall, take your pick from the solid array of premium sides – such as Stir Fried Dry Bak Kut Teh ($16), Salted Duck Egg Chicken Wings ($10) and Batalong Eggs ($10) – to pair with their signature handmade egg noodles. Be warned, their items do get sold out rather quickly so be sure to chope a table early!
Address: The Centrepoint #B1-17/18/19, Singapore 238843
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Sun)
It’s no secret that we Singaporeans love our chicken. At Roost, this 60-seater specialty joint dishes up all things chicken with a fresh twist – ￼￼from sharing plates like Chicken Chawanmushi ($4.90) and Chicken Sushi ($4.90); to their signature Yin Yang Chicken Rice ($8.90), which comes with hearty portions of flavoursome poached chicken and succulent soya sauce chicken. For the fitness-conscious, opt for the healthier versions of their Poached Chicken Rice ($8.50) and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($8.90) for a guilt-free indulgence that amounts to less than 500 calories. No doubt a delicious contender that does justice to the national dish, but it’s gonna take more than just variety to match up to your traditional plate of $3 chicken rice. Still, it’s worth a visit for its unique appeal.
Address: 320 Havelock Road, The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore 169628
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm (Mon-Sun)
Tucked away in the newly-remodelled The Warehouse Hotel, its flagship restaurant Po serves up a nostalgic slice of heritage inspired by our beloved popos’ (grandmothers) secret recipes. Interestingly, the star of the show at Po is its Popiah, which is given a gastronomic update with the Classic Platter ($28), Prawn Platter ($38) and Fresh Flower Crab Platter ($58). Here comes the fun part: you get to experience wrapping it yourself, just like how your granny does it! Another noteworthy highlight is the Carabinero Prawns and Konbu Mee ($32), a modern twist on traditional hokkien mee simmered with charcoal-grilled prawns, pork belly and sakura ebi. This one’s gonna be a pinch on your wallet, but you’re getting serious bang for your buck with Po’s top-notch fare.
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
You can find satay pretty much anywhere on the island, but if you’re craving for a truly carnivorous experience, look no further than Violet Oon’s latest kid on the Clarke Quay block. Sumptuously furnished in an oriental- chic style, this nostalgia-infused haven specialises in five types of satay offerings (from $14), all chargrilled to perfection and accompanied with their signature fiery sauces for that additional oomph. While watching the chefs work their magic over flames in the open grill room, order some Nyonya favourites from the likes of Nasi Goreng ($22), Kueh Pie Tee ($17) and Buah Keluak Otak ($16) to complete your meal. A decadent parade of Peranakan delights? Yes please!
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