Who says you need to travel the world to sample different cuisines? You can do it right here in Singapore! Join us on a gastronomic journey around the island, where we’ll take you from Japan to Hawaii – all in one page.
Address: 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68, Singapore 160056
Origin: France 🇫🇷
Say “Bonjour!” to Merci Marcel, a new cafe located at the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. The charming space takes inspiration from the many food joints that spruce up the streets of France, decked out in lush greenery and intricately patterned tiles that invite you in. Inside, get ready to be swept away by the relaxed and romantic vibes that Merci Marcel presents, beautifully complementing their authentic French fare like the Black Pepper Tuna ($25) and Ceviche of Red Snapper ($22). Want to dine with a hint of the outdoors? Head to their interior courtyard and be greeted with string lights and rustic-styled furniture, or request for a table at the Garden Patio where you’ll find mini plants hanging overhead. Totally IG-worthy!
Address: 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
Origin: Greece 🇬🇷
Dreaming of visiting the mesmerising land of Greece, but end up with hopes dashed when you think about the hefty travel costs? Well, this Greek restaurant is your next best solution. Situated at the cultural paradise of Amoy Street, a step inside Alati might just have you rubbing your eyes for reassurance that you didn’t just teleport to the islands of Santorini. Furnished with the country’s signature blue and white aesthetics, Alati is a paradisiacal escape with authentic Greek cuisine to boot. True to the Greeks’ penchant for sharing plates, opt for the Greek Octopus ($39) to indulge with your companions. Finish off your feast with a round of the Greek Fried Donuts ($20) – fluffy dough balls drizzled in honey and dark chocolate sauce that will cap off your experience on a sweet note.
Address: 559 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269695
Origin: Hawaii 🏴
For a thirst of the sunny Hawaii island, Little Hiro saves the day in a big way. Dressed up with decorative signs that evoke a beachside stand and surfboards peeking at the store’s corners, the cosy joint combines Hawaiian tastes with a contemporary Japanese flair. The food variety here can sure cause waves too, notably the Shio Ramen Burger with Chicken Karaage combo ($8.90) which interestingly replaces boring ol’ buns with ramen patties. But if you’re looking for a more simple, traditional approach, the Waikiki Deluxe Burger ($8.30) will do the trick.
Address: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Origin: Mexico 🇲🇽
Just at the corner of Bali Line and along Beach Road lies Piedra Negra, a hard-to-spot Mexican restaurant thanks to a never-ending crowd. First glimpse of the place looks just like a party where everyone’s invited – eye-catching murals on the alleyway walls outside, Latin music playing from the speakers, and a gorgeous mosaic- tiled interior that will make you forget you’re even in Singapore. Once you’re settled in, order the Guacamole ($10.90) to start and relish the sight of it freshly made in front of you via an old school mortar and pestle. You can’t go wrong with Mexican delights like the Mango Madness Ceviche ($12.90) or the all-time favourite Quesadilla Chicken ($11.90) either. And with additional levels that you can book for events, dinner gatherings and birthday parties, consider your next Mexican-themed night sorted!
Address: 1A Short Street #01-01, Singapore 188210
Origin: Cuba 🇨🇺
When a spot is lined with flags of the cuisine’s origin country at its storefront, you know it’s got to be authentic. At El Cubanos, patrons can get a slice of Cuba with Cuban-influenced dishes. Feel transported to Havana with the Grilled Chicken Cubanos ($9), which features a mixture of boneless chicken leg, crunchy onions and savoury cheese with a side of Cajun spiced fries. Vegetarians can take delight in the strictly- mushroom burgers too. With posters of native hero Che Guevara adorning the walls accompanied with Cuban music to set the mood, we wouldn’t blame you if you leave half of your heart here after a meal.
Gosso Omotenashi Dining
Address: 64 Boat Quay, Singapore 049852
Origin: Japan 🇯🇵
In Japan, there’s a certain charm about ordering made-to-order sticks of charred meat by the roadside. Along the riverside stalls of Boat Quay hides a hole-in-the-wall joint, which offers izakaya grilled on the spot. Choose between the classic Tsukene chicken balls ($7 for two sticks) with an explosion of molten cheese, and the acquired Gosso Dama ($7.80 for two sticks) with chicken liver wrapped in pork crépine. Don’t leave without sampling the Tsukimi Tsukune ($12.90), a sizzling chicken patty that oozes out milky egg yolk. Complete with wall tapestries containing Japanese inscriptions to add to the ambience, we dare you not to go “oishii”!
This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2, out on newsstands now.