It has really been a whirlwind 4 months since our launch back in December 2015. Since then we have visited almost 100 food establishments and we are on track for our 100th review very soon. As a prelude to that, we bring you our compilation of the best 10 must-try food places in Singapore 2016!
We used a few criteria to come up with this top 10 list – first, the food place has to be new or not so well-known. Second, the food has to be really super delicious or unique and uncommon in Singapore. Lastly, these are food places that you must-try if you haven’t already!
1. Meet & Melt
Meet & Melt has the most delicious dessert in Singapore right now! We are not exaggerating here, just have a look at those ridiculous over-the-top photos, and we must say that their desserts taste as incredible as they look. They have superb Shibuya Toasts, Over The Top Milkshakes and that Charcoal Waffle with Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream and Sauce!
Opened in August 2015, this mom-and-pop store at the foot of a HDB flat is the most valuable hidden gem in Singapore right now. Don’t expect too much in terms of ambience though, most of their seating is al fresco style at the HDB void deck.
Our top food pick here: Cookies and Cream Shibuya Toast @ S$12.90 – 4.6/5
Address: Blk 915 Tampines St 91 #01-49, Singapore 520915 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily 1500-2300hrs, closed on Mondays | Contact: +65 9185 8173
2. Aloha Poke
Of all the new kids on the block, Aloha Poke impressed us the most with their incredibly delicious standard of their food. They have a super healthy and refreshing Hawaiian fish salad for lunch called the poké, but we were most impressed with their dinner selections.
Opened in October 2015 by a group of banker friends, they have an expert Japanese sushi chef at the helm and the thoughtfulness that goes into the design of the food dishes here is simply incredible.
We love their Loco Moco that is the most tender and delicious slice of beef, drizzled with red wine and some kind of addictive Japanese nitsume sauce (Unagi sushi sauce), served with a piece of fried egg on top of sushi rice. Their Musubi, which is luncheon meat coated with the most addictive super-secret sauce and served à la sushi style with sushi rice gets high marks from us as well.
Our top food pick here: Loco Moco @ S$24 – 4.5/5
Address: 92 Amoy St, Singapore 069911 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1130-1430hrs and 1730hrs-late, closed on Sunday | Contact: +65 6221 6165
Opened in June 2011, Antoinette may not be new but they are super hot right now! The Straits Times got a bunch of gourmet experts to try the salted egg yolk croissants from all over Singapore, and they rated Antoinette right on top.
Besides their now famous Salted Egg Yolk Croissant, they have also introduced their Chili Crab Croissant, Salted Caramel Croissant and Scallion Arlette (which is 葱油饼 cōng yóu bǐng using French croissant dough). Croissant lovers and pastry lovers in general must give these a try!
Our top food pick here: Salted Egg Yolk Croissant @ S$6.50 – 4.3/5
Address: 30 Penhas Rd, Singapore 208188 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily 1100-2200hrs, opens 1hr earlier on Sat-Sun, closes 1hr later on Fri-Sat | Contact: +65 6293 3121
4. Paper Crane
Opened in August 2015, Paper Crane’s Canadian chef from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts has taken the Singapore gourmet scene by storm. They recently bagged a feature by TODAY that gave their Beer-battered Fresh Seabass with Chips top marks.
We were more impressed with their Southern-style Deep-fried Buttermilk Chicken with Slaw + Fries, which is fresh chicken marinated in delicious buttermilk for 24 hours! They also have a highly rated Kimchi Fries with Grilled Steak and Cilantro Mayo. We give them top marks for their fries, which is perfectly crispy and really super delicious.
Our top food pick here: Southern-style Deep-fried Buttermilk Chicken with Slaw + Fries @ S$15 – 4.3/5
Address: 96 Waterloo St, Singapore 187967 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1100-2200hrs, closed on Sunday | Contact: +65 6837 0836
The most delicious Korean beef and pork rib stews that you will ever taste in Singapore! I love their soy-flavoured stews, but Sheryn prefers their spicy-flavoured stews. The meat is OMG super tender and delicious after being slow cooked for 6-hours. Their super delightful and unique Anchovy Rice Balls is a must try as well!
Opened in September 2015, Masizzim at [email protected] is super new and super hot right now! Expect queues even on weekdays after 7pm. Go in groups of two for a shorter wait time.
Our top food pick here: Spicy (lvl 1) or Soy flavoured Beef or Pork Rib Stews @ S$18 – 4.2/5
6. To-gather Cafe
Opened in November 2013, this is the hipster cafe with the largest Facebook fan following (24k yikes!) that we have never heard of. Until we did, and we can say that this place really blew our minds. Their signature dishes are all rare and unique, and quite a few of them are really super delicious as well.
They have the perfectly grilled Pandan Chicken Chop, Mexican Quesadilla (tortilla filled with grilled chicken, bell peppers and mozzarella cheese), Pork Cordon Bleu (pork cutlet stuffed with ham and cheese) and super delicious Matcha (green tea!) and Chocolate Lava Cakes!
Our top food pick here: Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Gelato @ S$6.20 – 4.3/5
Address: Blk 84 Bedok North St 4 #01-25/27, Singapore 460084 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1100-2200hrs, closed on Mondays | Contact: +65 6445 1011
7. Twins Korean Fried Chicken
Most of the online commentators rate Twins Korean Fried Chicken Restaurant as serving one of the best and most delicious Korean fried chicken in Singapore, and we agree! Opened in May 2015 by two twin Korean chefs, Twins is really super hot right now.
For their fried chicken wings, they only serve the juicier wingette! That is the more delicious top forearm portion of the wing, and they don’t serve the drumette. We would recommend their Spicy Yangnyum and Soy & Lemon Kkanpungki. They tout some really good honey or vanilla ice cream beer as well. Their Chocolate Bingsoo looks delicious too!
Our top food pick here: Soy & Lemon Kkanpungki @ S$22 – 4.1/5
Address: 7 Craig Rd, Singapore 089667 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1100-1500hrs and 1700-0000hrs, closed first Sunday of the month | Contact: +65 9006 3875
8. Brownice Italian Bistro
If you have never heard of Brownice Ice Cream at Sin Ming Rd, go there now. Order their chocolate waffles and rejoice. Their desserts are the healthiest that you will ever find, with less calories, low glycemic index, low fat, dairy-free (and therefore acne friendly) and vegan friendly. They replaced the milk in their desserts with brown rice, and we were simply amazed at how it tasted – not the most delicious desserts ever, but their ice cream waffles are definitely top drawer.
They opened Brownice Italian Bistro in May 2015, and in addition to all the delicious desserts and pizzas from their original branch, they now serve super healthy mains as well! If you are very health conscious or if you are vegetarian, you must visit Brownice Italian Bistro.
Our top food pick here: Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Waffle @ S$8 – 4.2/5
Address: 53 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428771 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1200-2230hrs, Fri-Sun closes 30mins later, closed on Tuesday | Contact: +65 6348 2295
9. Refuel Cafe
This is our most frequently visited hipster cafe, simply because of proximity. However, this cafe also has a marvelous location – just next to Bedok Reservoir Park where you can enjoy spectacular scenic views in the evening and at night.
Opened in October 2014, we love their Baked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs. They have this super delicious tangy sauce with traces of tom yam that they use for their Baked Salmon and a couple of other dishes, and they all taste great. You won’t be able to get their scrambled eggs alone, so try their 1/2 Tank or Porky Egg Waffle. They also have super value Baked Honey BBQ Ribs, priced at only S$14.90.
Our top food pick here: Baked Salmon @ S$13.90 – 4.4/5
Address: Blk 744 Bedok Reservoir Rd #01-3029, Singapore 470744 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1100-2200, closed on Tuesday | Contact: +65 6448 0015
10. Nangfa Thai Kitchen
Opened in December 2015, Nangfa Thai Kitchen is the rebirth of the former Nakhon Kitchen Bedok, with the same boss, chef and staff. However, Nakhon Kitchen struck back with a vengeance, reopening Nakhon Kitchen Bedok just a few spots down.
You can expect top quality Thai food at Nangfa Thai Kitchen, from a chef that has had many years of experience serving Thai food to the tastebuds of Singaporeans. As a plus, the super long queues are no longer as long given the reopening of Nakhon Kitchen Bedok right next door. There are now two top quality Thai establishments side by side at a HDB void deck in Bedok, and you must really visit if you are a fan of Thai food.
Our top food picks here: Pandan Wrapped Chicken and Olive Fried Rice, both @ S$6 – 4.2/5
Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Ave 3 #01-166, Singapore 460136 – Google Maps | Hours: Daily from 1200-1500hrs and 1730-2200hrs | Contact: +65 6245 5548
Final Thoughts – 10 Must-Try Food Places in Singapore 2016
Phew! That took a while. If you haven’t tried any of the food places in our list above, be sure to do so! You won’t be disappointed with any of them. Have more new or unique super delicious food places to share with us? Please leave us a comment!