It’s always refreshing to escape Singapore for a bit.
But, you don’t even need to leave town to “get away” at these unique, one-of-a-kind restaurants and cafes in Singapore!
*COVID Update: Remember to check ahead to make your bookings at these restos! Also, let’s keep group gatherings to a maximum of 8 people, shall we? Mask up, practice social distancing, and embrace the new normal.
Check out these unique restaurants in Singapore that totally don’t feel like the little red dot at all:
Bask in the sun while you dine at Coastes, situated along the golden stretch of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. The restaurant offers stunning seafront views of Singapore and a laidback beach vibe, right up to the water’s edge. Tuck into generous servings of burgers, pizzas, pastas and fresh seafood dishes, then wash it all down with premium beers and house pour spirits.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-06, 099000, Sentosa
Experience an authentic German casual dining with Frieda at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel. The restaurant houses the Daybar and Frieda Garden—a relaxing botanical dining area complete with palm trees. The open concept allows ample natural light to cascade into your dining experience, almost mimicking a day in the Caribbean. Complete your relaxing experience with a glass of refreshing wine or German beer on tap. Tip? Frieda really turns on the charm at 5pm with its daily selection of Happy Hour offers.
Frieda Restaurant, on the other side of the walkway, is a cosy dining space for German fare just as you would have it at home.
Frieda, 13 Stamford Road, Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, 178906
3. Sushi Airways
This casual Japanese restaurant doesn’t feel like Singapore—unless, that is, you happen to be on a plane above Singapore land. Boarding passes, airplane windows, and waitresses dressed as airline stewardesses add to your unique dining experience at this aircraft-themed restaurant.
Don’t worry, there’s no sub-par airline food here, only the freshest sashimi and sushi flown in straight from Japan four times a week. We’re all aboard!
Sushi Airways, 20a Baghdad St, 199659
4. Knots Cafe & Living
What would a cafe opened by a florist look like? Like this: woody furniture accented by plants, with terrariums and bunches of roses, orchids, and sunflowers adorning the space. The cafe even doubles as a furniture shop—you can even buy the very chair you’re sitting on!
Knots Cafe & Living, #01-07, 160 Paya Lebar Rd., 409022
5. SEED Park Container Restaurants
Love the hipster food scene of Los Angeles or London? Then, you’ll dig these off-the-beaten-track container bistros. Take your pick of local-and-Asian-inspired grub like sambal (hot chilli paste) stingray and Korean fried chicken; Western comfort foods like fish and chips; and cheap craft beers, here.
SEED Park Container Restaurants, 50 Punggol East, 828826
6. Central Perk
This isn’t the set of the hit TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ok, it kind of is – it’s a cafe that’s designed exactly like so, from the iconic orange sofa to the brick walls, and even Chandler and Joey’s foosball table.
Even the menu is inspired by representative food items on the show as well, from Chandler’s Thanksgiving Chicken to Phoebe’s “I Can’t Eat Meat” Steak.
Central Perk, #01-01 Central Mall, 1 Magazine Rd., 059567
7. Brasserie Les Saveurs
Stepping into the plush Brasserie Les Saveurs, you’d expect an epicurean experience of refined French cuisine, and that’s exactly what you’re given. Free your afternoon and tuck into a lavish spread of scones, sandwiches, desserts, and more at Afternoon Tea, while the resident pianist serenades you with a live performance.
Brasserie Les Saveurs, The St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd., 247911
The resto looks like a cute Williamsburg, Brooklyn, cafe – cinematic fixtures and iconic diner booths transport you straight to NYC. The only giveaway: the splendid view of Marina Bay at this riverside hotspot. Here, spend your cheat day on classic diner fare like its crowd favourite Truffled Lobster Mac & Cheese ($48).
Overeasy, #01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Rd., 049213
9. Nox – Dine In The Dark
As far as unique restaurants in Singapore go, Nox definitely stands out amongst the best of them. Abandon all concern about your surroundings on this mysterious sensory journey – stripped of your sight, savour a 3-course dinner as your personal guide brings you on a gourmet journey of discovery in a completely dark dining room.
With your amplified sense of taste and smell, discover the subtleties of flavour and the art of cuisine, along with signature cocktails customised to your palate.
Nox – Dine In The Dark, 269 Beach Rd., 199546
10. Kafe Utu
Get a taste of Africa right here just off Keong Saik Road. Besides delicious and diverse dishes from the continent, you can also dig in to some breakfast, brunch, and tapas from around the world.
When the sun sets, head up to their lounge bar for an exciting cocktail experience to start your memorable night out.
Kafe Utu, 12 Jiak Chuan Rd., 089265
11. The White Rabbit
Housed in a restored old chapel along Dempsey Hill, The White Rabbit transports you to the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.
Its white walls, animal-shaped shrubs, and an outdoor bar with a “Drink Me” motif will delight fans of Lewis Carroll’s enduring novel. Meanwhile, the impeccable service and mouth-watering European cuisine will keep you coming back, ahem, through the looking glass.
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Rd., 249541
12. Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
Perfect for special occasions, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore serves up some of the best prime ribs of beef in town and gets you feeling special each time you drop by. Its
Signature USDA Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, aged 28 days, is slow-roasted on beds of rock salt to bring out its juicy flavours.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore, 333A Orchard Rd., Mandarin Gallery, #04-01, 238897
13. Lime House
Inspired by all things the Caribbean, Lime House will put you at ease as you tuck into the authentic menu ranging from slipper lobster cocktail and Caribbean fish cakes to baby back ribs and the famous Jamaican jerk chicken.
Before Covid, there’s also quality rum and great music on weekends to enjoy. So stay tuned!
Lime House, 2 Jiak Chuan Rd., 089260
14. Everest Kitchen
If you’re looking for the best of Himalayan cuisine in Singapore, head over to Little India for beloved Nepalese classics such as sukuti and momo dumplings.
Once you’ve had your fill, end off your meal with the signature mustang coffee.
Everest Kitchen, 55 Chander Rd., 219550
15. Heart of Darkness Brewery
Vietnam’s leading craft brewery has made its shores in Singapore with style. We can’t travel now due to Covid but you can definitely take your tastebuds on an international gastronomic journey. Indulge in classic Vietnamese cuisines like Bánh Mi and beer-infused pub grubs like fish tacos, pork chops, and even—WAGYU. Did we also mention that they have an eclectic variety of booze?
Heart of Darkness Brewery, 1 Keong Saik Rd., Chinatown Complex, 089109
16. Lucali BYGB
This unique resto in SG brings authentic NYC pizza to our shores. A match made in pizza heaven—Lucali BYGB is the brainchild of famed NYC pizza men: Mark Lacano (Lucali) and Gibran Baydoun (BYGB Hospitality). Started as a weekly pizza night ritual in Brooklyn, New York, the duo has brought the famed NYC pizza into our little red dot.
The restaurant has clean aesthetic—think urban decor but with homey touches that will remind you of your favourite old-school pizzeria in Brooklyn (or whatever you imagine it to be). Serving up pipin’ hot pizzas in its purest, awesome-st form, you have to have a taste at Lucali BYGB’s.
Lucali BYGB, 66 Kampong Bugis (Level M), 338987
By Pinky Chng / Additional reporting by Cheryl Lim + Mizah Salik, last updated by Willaine G. Tan, September 2020. Images: provided by restaurants or from their social media pages.