As I mentioned in my post about 5 unique things to do in Singapore – Singaporeans love their food. From ultra high-end fine dining to street food, Singapore has it all, and does it all well. Even though I was unable to try the Michelin starred hawker stand because they ran out of food before I got there. I was, however, able to eat at a few different hawker stands and I was also able to get in a couple fine dining meals. Below is my culinary adventure through Singapore.
My culinary adventure began and ended at the hawker stands. The city is full of food centres with their hawker stands each specializing in something different. I visited food centres with about 20 stands, and one with over 200 stands, but one thing was constant, these people know how to cook!
My first and last meals were in Chinatown along “Chinatown food street”. I also had peanut pancakes for breakfast at a hawker stand, and an Indian Biryani for lunch at a hawker stand.
When I was hunting for Merlions I found myself hungry on Sentosa Island. Luckily for me, Sentosa is a small resort island packed with good restaurants including 4 of the 29 restaurants that received Michelin stars in Singapore’s inaugural Michelin guide in 2016. One of those restaurants was Osia Steak & Seafood Grill.
My culinary adventure in Singapore continued at the one Michelin-starred restaurant for Lunch. I visited on a Sunday so their menu was a Brunch menu, which was completely fine by me since brunch may be my favorite meal. The concept was “buffet styled” in that you could have as much as you wanted of the starters and small plates, except they served it to you. The stars of the appetizers had to be the flat bread with homemade hummus and the foie gras, but everything was good!
For the main course I was only able to select one dish, but that was fine after 8 appetizers and 2 salads! I chose the Lamb Rump. While it wasn’t the most beautiful plating it was delicious.
Lastly was dessert. Looking at the menu you would think, wow they have a pretty good selection of desserts for a brunch. Then they bring out the tray, you get ALL OF THE DESSERTS! ??? My favorites were the peanut butter ice cream and the “chocolate soup” (lava cake).
My culinary adventure in Singapore continued at Sky on 57 on top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. This is the hotel’s signature dining option, so I had pretty high expectations! The view from the restaurant is incredible. I was situated on the skyline side near a window, but not next to the window, so I had to wait until my coffee to get some pictures. There are a la carte options, but I decided to go with the chef’s choice menu.
Chef Justin Quek carefully curated my menu around my shellfish allergy. My first course was a salmon dish with caviar and squid ink risotto chips.
Second Course – Pork Belly
For my third course I had a beautiful foie gras and truffle dumpling. You had to eat it whole so you could get all of the flavors together.
I can’t remember what my fourth course was, but here is a picture, quail maybe? The plating was nice, and everything tasted good.
My main course was a Filet with black truffle.
For dessert I what seemed like a deconstructed strawberry shortcake with raspberry sorbet. I thought I had written down what everything was, but either I accidentally deleted it, I was imagining it. Either way, it was delicious.
Singapore is a paradise for any foodie and lover of fine dining, but it is also a great place for those looking to travel on a budget. As I mentioned in my last post I ate at hawker stands for all three meals and spent just over $9 US, and all of my meals were good! You could say my culinary adventure continued on my Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong, but that’s another blog post?!