10 Best Restaurants In Telok Ayer To UNWIND In The CBD

Come unwind in this foodie enclave in the middle of town.

This area is more than just Korean Restaurants and historic sites. Here’s where to go to feast around the bustling area that is Telok Ayer.

Nestled between Chinatown and Raffles Place, Telok Ayer sits on prime Central Business District (CBD) land. After office hours, this enclave comes to life with al fresco dining and outdoor pubs as office workers from around the area go there to let their hair down.

Whether it is authentic Korean restaurants, hipster cafes or laid-back bars and pubs, you’ll definitely be able to find a place for every occasion. 

1. Pagi Sore

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Pagi Sore had a humble beginning as a tiny nasi padang (Malay mixed rice) stall. Since its establishment in 1989, Pagi Sore Indonesian Restaurant’s aim has always been to provide customers with original and great tasting Indonesian food. Today, it remains true to serving authentic Indonesian fare in its much bigger, yet equally homely restaurant in Telok Ayer. The waft of Indonesian spices reaches you before the dish does, and it’ll taste as good as it smells. Must-tries: the Ayam Bali (Balinese-style grilled chicken) and Tahu Telor (towering tofu omelette). 

Pagi Sore
Address: 88/90 Telok Ayer Street, Far East Square, 048470
Tel: 6225 6002
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (daily)

2. PS.Cafe

Telok Ayer Restaurant

PS.Cafe is the place for brunches, lazy afternoon teas, romantic dates and friendly celebrations in beautiful environments. Especially this restaurant in Telok Ayer, which is features a three-storey heritage shophouse tucked away along Ann Siang Hill. Find us a dish that doesn’t speak to our hearts at this crowd favourite. Spoiler alert: You can’t! It’s got it all, from brunch fare like the PS. Classic Benedict to mains like the beer-battered Fish and Chips. The folks here believe there’s always room for dessert. May we recommend the decadent Sticky Date Pudding?

Address: #02-02 45 Ann Siang Rd., 069719
Tel: 6708 9288
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (daily)

Reserve on Chope here.

3. fȳr

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Located in the heart of the CBD foodie enclave of Boon Tat Street, fȳr is a modern grill restaurant that serves up moreish food in a warm, relaxed and casual setting, ideal for all occasions, be it get-togethers or friendly catch ups. Branding its food as “primal cooking”, fyr (pronounced “fire”) takes tasty cooking right back to its roots – of fire, just-caught provisions and carnal culture. Think dishes like Iberico Pork Tomahawk, Lamb Rack or made-for-sharing Caveman Supper, prepared over a grill with lychee wood to impart exotic flavours.

Address: 19 Boon Tat St., 069619
Tel: 6221 3703
Opening hours: 12 to 3 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), and 6 to 11 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); Closed on Sundays

Reserve on Chope here.

4. Sarnies

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Established by Aussie Ben Lee, Sarnies wants to recreate the vibes in Fitzroy (i.e., the hipster capital of Melbourne) here in the heart of SG’s business district. It takes pride in serving quality ingredients – grass-fed beef, chicken free from hormones and antibiotics, and bacon cured in-house – so you’re sure to have great gourmet “sarnies” (slang for sandwich) and other delicious items. Don’t forget freshly roasted coffee in-house by the A+ coffee team that specially brews every single cup that goes out.

Address: 136 Telok Ayer St., 068601
Tel: 8284 2146
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & PH.)

Reserve on Chope here.

5. Le Binchotan

Telok Ayer Restaurant

The fact that this izakaya (informal Japanese bar) is named after the premium white charcoal used to smoke its tapas, coupled with the word “Le”, hints at its French-Japanese fusion menu. Jeremmy Chiam, the Chef-Owner, brings to the table a seamless and sophisticated blend of French and Japanese product and technique, enriched with deep smoky ‘binchotan’ flavours and surprising touches. Temperatures can reach more than 1,000 degrees Celsius, which serves to bring out the intricate flavours of the meats when grilled.

Le Binchotan
Address: #01-04, 115 Amoy St., 069935
Tel: 6224 1045
Opening hours: 12 to 2 p.m., and 6 to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); Closed on Sundays

6. Birds of a Feather

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Birds of a Feather was inspired by the idea of people flocking together as birds do. Located in hip Amoy Street, it is an all-day dining, café and bar. Western dishes sport a Szechuan twist at this funky restaurant, that’s somewhat of a cross between a Chinese teahouse and a cool gastrobar. Experience the fresh concept for yourself, with dishes like the Hot and Sour Chazuke, which consists of Niigata rice with spicy pickled mustard green broth, and Bird’s Signature Burger.

Birds of a Feather
Address: 115 Amoy St., 069935
Tel: 6221 7449
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Thu.), and 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.)

Reserve on Chope here.

7. Moosehead Kitchen & Bar

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Moosehead, a quaint restaurant in Telok Ayer, serves cuisine with an edge, which features a core of Mediterranean flavors and influences from around the world – all inspired by the investigative wanderings of owner and operator Daniel Ballis. Curious? Try the Bacon-Wrapped Chargrill Dates, Fried Artichoke or the Pumpkin Ravioli. The bar also features a trove of fine beverages including new world wines – especially Australian – and boutique, biodynamic and less well-known labels. 

Moosehead Kitchen & Bar 
Address: 110 Telok Ayer St., 068579
Tel: 6636 8055
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Lunch; Mon. to Sun.), and 6 to 10:30 p.m. (Dinner; Mon. to Sat.) / 6 to 8 p.m. (Dinner; Sun.)

Reserve on Chope here.

8. Dal In Korean Restaurant

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Apart from Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer is where you’d go for some of the best Korean restaurants in the country. Dal In is one such establishment, serving up authentic Korean cuisine in a cozy restaurant reminiscent of Seoul. With popular K-Pop songs on air and soju posters plastered over the walls, this is perhaps as close to South Korea you can get without travelling.

Customers rave over its Pig Trotters (jokbal) here, which you should call in advance to reserve one to avoid disappointment! And as with the best of Korean hospitality, service here is immaculate (and side dishes are free-flow!).

Dal In Korean Restaurant
Address: 17 Boon Tat St., 069618
Tel: 6225 1006
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Mon. to Fri.) / 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Sat.) / 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Sun.)

9. Sampo Korean Restaurant 

Telok Ayer Restaurant

Sampo Korean Restaurant invites you to experience authentic Korean food with quality meats for the best barbecue experience. To frozen meats, this restaurant says “No Way!”, and guarantees only the freshest and best meats. Some of the highlights here in this restaurant along Telok Ayer include beautifully-marbled beef, flown in fresh from the source.

Customers here can enjoy their own barbecue meats over a charcoal grill and around a table filled with side dishes and other mains. If barbecue is too much, opt for its Dak Galbi (pan-fried chicken) or Budae Jjigae (Korean army stew). No matter what, you’re in for quality food in a quality environment!

Sampo Korean Restaurant
Address: 132 Telok Ayer St., 068599
Tel: 6324 3009
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Wed.) / 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. (Thu. to Sat.); Closed on Sundays

10. Meat Smith

Telok Ayer Restaurant

“Think Barbeque, Think Meat”. If you’re missing the taste of the South, try Meat Smith, a barbeque restaurant located at Telok Ayer and Little India that combines the best of food from Texas, Kansas City, North and South Carolina. The restaurant boasts a varied selection of juicy and tender meats that would satisfy ravenous meat-lovers, including Beef Short Ribs and Spiced Pork Ribs. Perfect for a group dinner, the place also offers meat platters for parties of two to four. We say it’s a great excuse to indulge in some meaty goodness with your friends and family.

Meat Smith
Address: 167/169 Telok Ayer St., 068620
Tel: 6221 2262
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. till late (daily)

Originally by Pinky Chng Last Updated + Additional Reporting by Derrick Tan, July 2021

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