Keong Saik is the buzzing street for eclectic and award-winning restaurants and bars.
Seriously, if you haven’t taken a stroll down Keong Saik Road, you’re missing out on Singapore’s greatest up-and-coming gems. The street imbues a new meets old vibe, as you’ll find modern cuisines inside old shophouses still clad with bright colours.
Whether it be restaurants with fine dining concepts or chic bars, the Keong Saik food scene has got it all. It’s truly a foodie haven. Don’t forget to shop around and look out for cool street art while you’re there!
Things to do around Keong Saik Road
1. Kesa House
Sitting right in the heart of it all – trendy bars, eclectic restaurants, traditional shophouses – Kesa House is the ultimate flexible living space. Kesa House goes beyond the regular hotel experience, offering sleek design spaces, multi-functional rooms, and communal spaces like the downstairs Affogato Bar and Kesalobby. If you’re stopping over for awhile, or just moved to Singapore and need to get of grip of the city, Kesa House is the perfect spot for you.
Address: 55 Keong Saik Rd., 089158
Tel: 6958 1588
2. Duxton Plain Park
Tucked away from the bustling street is Duxton Plain Park, a peaceful stretch for residents and visitors. With shophouses on either side of the park, you’ll fine a unique ambience of city and nature melded into one. The meandering shape mirrors is reminiscent of the old Kranji railway which the park was developed from. Rich with history and beauty, this park is definitely worth a walk through.
Duxton Plain Park
Address: Entrance via New Bridge Rd., Neil Rd., Kreta Ayer Rd. and Yan Kit Rd.
3. The Working Capitol
Providing multi-functional co-working, events, private offices and some F&B dining concepts, The Working Capitol ensures collaboration in the best possible way. Sprawled across five shophouses with minimalist and sleek interior decor, you’ll find optimum productivity and entertainment.
Additionally, The Working Capitol positions themselves as the neighbourhood builder for Keong Saik’s food scene, providing spaces for new eclectic dining concepts to enter the fray. You can find popular chains like Shake Shack, as well as unique restaurants such as Meta and Man Man.
The Working Capitol
Address: 1 Keong Saik Rd., 089109
Tel: 6805 4001
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)
Admission: From $79/month
Take a moment to relax with this spa’s cosy ambience. Bodylite has a range of massage packages and spa treatments such as 90 minute massage ($105) and the Body Wrap ($58), which starts off with a body exfoliation followed by a full detoxifying treatment with hydrating mask and infrared red light for relieving muscle aches. Feel rejuvenated to take on the day in the bustling city!
Address: 26a Keong Saik Rd., 089133
Tel: 6323 3024
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (daily)
This Japanese hair salon will rejuvenate hair and style that perfect a swoopy look. Whether it be for a regular haircut (from $78), or a pampering kind of day with services like keratin treatment ($320), hair straightening ($300) and silky treatment ($90), there’s something for everyone’s haircare needs. Right above Covo you’ll find KJStudio which provides fluffy and natural eyelash extensions.
Address: 43 Keong Saik Rd., 089147
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Where to eat and drink
1. Pasta Bar
This cosy pasta spot has caused quite the stir amongst Italian cuisine lovers in Singapore. Chef Alessandro draws inspiration from his ancestors and family recipes, producing regional traditional pasta dishes that are to die for. Each pasta shape is hand made daily, using a variety of premium flours and fresh eggs – once you taste fresh pasta, you can’t go back. Check out the Tagliatelle with 24-hour stewed beef ragout ($32), the Garganelli Cacio e Pepe ($28) or the Truffle Fettuccine ($46). Rich in flavour, simple yet decadent – you’ll want to savour every bite.
Address: 55 Keong Saik Rd., # 01-05, 089158
Tel: 6222 0627
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Thurs. to Sun.); 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)
2. Potato Head
Occupying four storeys in the iconic red and white shophouse that has become practically representative of Keong Saik Road is the bohemian sanctuary that is Potato Head Folk. For a day-out vibe, check out Three Buns of Level 1 & 2, especially the raved about Impossible Burger ($23). Head up a level to the reservation-only bar Studio-1939 for a intimate and seductive setting. Or go up yet another level to the rooftop bar, with twinkling lights and tropical cocktails to last the night.
Address: 36 Keong Saik Rd., 089143
Tel: 6327 1939
Opening hours (Three Buns): 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (daily)
Opening hours: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Mon. to Thurs.); 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Fri. to Sun.). For both Studio 1939 and Rooftop Bar.
3. Burnt Ends
This modern Australian Barbecue is all about honest cooking on wood ovens and grills. Burnt Ends is ranked #14 on the 2021 San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List, and for good reason. With perfectly charred and tender Wagyu Striploin ($139.10), or King Crab Legs ($101.65) slathered with garlic butter, it’s no wonder Burnt Ends has a couple awards up its sleeve.
Address: 20 Teck Lim Rd., 088391
Tel: 6224 3933
Opening hours: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
4. Bread & Hearth
This artisanal bakery cafe serves all-day breakfast, main courses, artisanal sandwiches and more. Its hand-crafted breads are baked with age-old European bread-making techniques that would impress even the most discerning of gourmands. Start your day with The Big Breakfast ($18.90) which comes with double portion of bacon, with egg and cheese sauce. Then takeaway from some of its special loaves such as the Fig loaf ($6.80) or the delicious Cinnamon Bun ($2.90).
Bread & Hearth
Address: 18 Keong Saik Rd., 089125
Tel: 6534 7800
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (daily)
Say hello to one of The Finder‘s Expatpreneur Award Winners 2021, Chef Andrew Walsh. Cure was his first culinary adventure as Chef-owner in Singapore, serving top-notch plates inspired by his Irish heritage through Nua cuisine at Cure. From Irish Brown Crab to Fraughan Sunday, try something different with this diverse menu ($118 per person for lunch; $218 per person for dinner).
Address: 21 Keong Saik Rd., 089128
Tel: 6221 2189
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Weds. to Sat.); 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
6. Afterglow by Anglow
This hotspot for the health-conscious cannot be missed. Afterglow is completely plant-based, gluten-free and free from preservatives, refined sugar and artificial flavours. Start with small plates like the Teriyaki ‘Meat’ Balls ($14) made of mushroom, and the Salted “Egg”less Sweet Potato Fries ($10). Then move on to warm mains such as the Tom Yum Zoodles ($20) for a fresh take on an South East Asian classic or the Smoked Stack Burger ($20).
Address: 24 Keong Saik Rd., 089131
Tel: 6224 8921
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
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7. Taratata Brasserie
Run by two French chefs (so you’re getting the real deal!), Taratata Bistrot serves well-loved, home-style French Classics such as escargot ($18), duck confit ($34), and the like, as well as a selection of artisanal cheeses and wines. Plus, you can get authentic French set lunch fare at an value-for-money of $38 per person.
Address: 35A Keong Saik Rd., 089142
Tel: 6221 4506
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
8. The Old Man
Step into a reimagined world of Ernest Hemmingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, with mysterious dark and gold interior as well as cocktails to impress. Peruse Hemmingway themed cocktails with a dash Asian flavours such as the The Sun Also Rises ($20), made of curry leaf infused gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves, and lime kafir. Or something a little stronger like Death in the Afternoon ($20), an absinthe cocktail mixed with prosecco, coco-pandan yogurt, froth and nutmeg.
And you know the rule, don’t drink on an empty stomach. So get your fill with bar snacks like the cheese board ($30), or dirty fries ($10). Plus, something sweet to end of the night like a creamy cheesecake slice ($16). Fun fact: The Old Man’s owner, Andrew Yap, also happens to be The Finder‘s Most Innovative (Business Transformation) Award Winner this year.
9. Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
Explore the heart and soul of Barcelona through this authentic and rustic Catalan dining concept. There are several must-tries on the menu. Start off Spherical Olives ($1.50), molecularly shaped olive concentrates, something you won’t see anywhere else. Move on to the grilled octopus with juicy pork belly and potato foam ($38). Then splurge on the ever so tender and packed with flavour Wagyu Striploin ($78) with truffle sauce and confit Piquillo peppers. To top it all off? Olivia’s iconic Creamy Homemade Cheesecake ($14) made of cream and blue cheese with almond sable. Tip: Book way in advance as this popular joint fills up fast!
Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
Address: 55 Keong Saik Rd., #01-03, 089158
Tel: 6221 0522
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tues. to Thurs.); 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
10. KYUU by Shunshui
Have a love affair with KYUU’s ten-course sashimi and robatayaki course menu with the most freshest and premium ingredients ($129). There’s also an a-la-carte menu with tempting dishes like the Scallop with decadent butter soy sauce ($22) or the Duck Breast ($14) with yuzu pepper. Pair your meal with a lovely array of sake to choose from!
KYUU by Shunsui
Address: 29 Keong Saik Rd., 089136
Tel: 6221 7098
Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Tues. to Sun.)
This modern Indian restaurant mixes nostalgic and homey flavours of Indian cuisine with a progressive twist. For example, the chef’s menu includes Black Truffle Samosa and Madras Crab Curry Rice. There’s also vegetarian menu that boasts Spiced Amra Donut and Vindaloo Young Jackfruit Roti. Each tasting menu is priced at $198. A unique Indian fine dining experience is calling your name!
Address: 9 Keong Saik Rd., 089117
Tel: 9750 8275
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.); 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sun.)
French cuisine with an Asian twist? Say no more as Chef Sun Kim combines his Korean heritage, Japanese culinary techniques, and Western culinary training in Meta’s seasonally innovative one Michelin star menu. Expect snacks from French to Japanese spectrum, such as foie gras and chawanmushi along with Lamb Saddle and Korean BBQ. Keep checking in what special seasonal ingredients are displayed, you won’t be let down.
Address: 1 Keong Saik Rd., 089109
Tel: 6513 0898
Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Tues. to Thurs.); 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Fri. to Sat.)
13. Kafe Utu
Just around the corner of Keong Saik Road is Singapore’s first modern Afro-cafe. This cozy cafe has a beautiful interior, with comfy couches to lounge in and socially dine with friends. For the Brunch menu, check out traditionally flavoured dishes like Uji, Kenyan porridge with chia seeds, quinoa, yogurt and peanut butter. Or the Maharagwe, an East African bean stew made of fava beans, coconut cream, bacon, paneer, sausage and egg.
Other African dishes to try are Swahili Fish Curry, made of red snapper with tamarind and coconut paste, as well as the Lamu Stingray Stew, served with coconut rice. You won’t find another place that serves up African dishes like this in Singapore!
Address: 12 Jiak Chuan Rd., 089265
Tel: 6996 3937
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Weds. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
14. Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Calling all Unagi lovers! You won’t want to miss this speciality Unagi restaurant that directly imports its fresh goods right from Japan. Expect perfect chargrilled Unagi, with sweet and salty eel sauce that everyone loves. If you’d like, you can watch the chef cut up, skewer and grill Unagi right in front of your eyes! This spot definitely deserves the hype.
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
Address: 1 Keong Saik Rd., #01-01, 089109
Tel: 6222 0678
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
15. Butcher Boy
This hip restaurant and bar serves up killer Asian fusion dishes. Don’t miss on the Sunday Roast every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.. The Butcher’s Roast ($40) includes roast potatoes, szechuan brussels, yorkshire pudding, and carrot misso mash – essentially your Asian and Western fusion dream come true.
With the concept of communal dining and sharing plates, there are plenty of options to go around. Feast on the many Baos, from Peking Bao ($20) to Warm Chilli Crab ($22). Then head over to the big mains such as Roasted Cauliflower Steak ($36) for the vegetarians out there, or the Grilled Lamb Rack ($98) with red curry sauce.
Address: 31 Keong Saik Rd., 089138
Tel: 6221 0668
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Weds. to Sat.); 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.); 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sun.)
16. The Guild
Are you a craft beer enthusiast? You’ll be happy to know that this independent brewery serves 19 different taps of craft beer, as well as comfort food, boozy cocktails and all-natural wines. Chef Alton Huang serves up Mac N’Cheese ($20) to Canto-Styled Braised Beef Sandwich ($23) with ingredients locally or regionally sourced. Have an elegant evening in the beautiful wood and tile decor, drink in hand with great company.
Address: 55 Keong Saik Rd., 089158
Tel: 9042 3900
Opening hours: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (daily)
17. Tong Ah Eating House
For award-winning local delights, head over to Tong Ah Eating House where you’ll be served the most wholesome kaya toast set around town. Having been around since 1939, the beauty is in its simplicity – from the humble kaya toast to the modest decorations. The eggs are perfectly soft, with strong coffee to go with it. Tip: Get free fresh coffee or tea for self-collection for orders above $20.
Tong Ah Eating House
Address: 35 Keong Saik Rd., 089142
Tel: 6223 5083
Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (daily)
18. Gaston Burgundy Bistro & Wine Bar
This vibrant all-day bistro and wine bar serves up authentic Burgundy fare. Burgundy native Geoffrey Daurelle takes inspiration from his homely recipes and brings them to Singapore. For lunch, check out the Ceviche de Barramundi ($18) with dragon fruit Tiger’s milk and crispy rice paper. For dinner, the must-tries are the Black Angus Beef Rump ($118) or ever so classic Mignon de Porc ($36), pork tenderloin with mash, braised endive and peach jus. Nothing gets classier than dining with the French.
*Please note that only cold cuts/cheese platters and desserts available between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m..
Gaston Burgundy Bistro & Wine Bar
Address: 25 Keong Saik Rd., 089132
Tel: 6909 8120
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Tues. to Sat.)*
Where to shop
1. Dustbunny Vintage
Inspired by vintage swing dresses and patterns? Dustbunny vintage pays homage to decade pieces for the modern woman – from shift dresses, pencil skirts, flare plants and vibrant in-house prints. There’s a mix of in-house label items and other pieces curated from around the world.
For the classy men out there in need of a fine tailored suit, Mills is the spot for you. With suits starting from $478, the quality of the suit makes the price tag seem like a steal. Mills suits go for timeless and classy cuts over what’s trendy, ensuring a piece that can last you a lifetime. With an appointment only system, you can look forward to intimate consultations with the tailor who can guide you towards your perfect customised suit.
Address: 30A Keong Saik Rd., 089137
Tel: 9150 7257
Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. to Sun.)
Originally by Pinky Chng + Additional reporting by Isabel Wibowo, July 2021