Top 10 Restaurants In Singapore 2013

Hey folks, it’s been a fun year of eating and blogging and getting to know some of you well. You have been my motivation in continuing to eat and write. Thank you very much for the peer awards and nominations, and taking some of your precious time off to visit me. You have been great to me as well as to the blogging community!

Below are places where their general foods/cuisines have impressed me. Cost per person varied around S$25 and above, depending on how many persons were at the table and if meal vouchers were involved. I try to provide receipts whenever possible so you can see dates visited and cost of food but this is not always available as some meals are eaten in kopitiams (therefore no receipts) while others are treats from friends who may not want to share the cost with me or any of the invited guests.

For more in-depth review and to see photos of other foods offered, click on the photos below to be redirected to the posts I did on these places.

Omakase menu means leaving it to the chef(s) to decide your food but they usually ask what you do not like or are allergic to, beforehand.

The restaurants are listed in alphabetical order and not due to merits.

1) Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant (Chinese Cuisine)

Stewed Whole South Africa Abalone with Japanese Mushroom and Kale.

Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant 阿一鲍鱼富臨
Hotel Grand Pacific.
101 Victoria Street.
Singapore 188018.
Tel: 6332 2288
Operating hours: (Daily)
11.15am – 2.30pm (Lunch)
5.45pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)
Chinese/Cantonese Cuisine.
Recommended: Stewed Whole South Africa Abalone with Japanese Mushroom and Kale.

2) Basilico Restaurant (Italian Cuisine)

Basilico Restaurant - an oasis of calm, which offers supreme comfort and anticipatory service.

Basilico Restaurant
The Regent Singapore.
Address: 1 Cuscaden Road.
Regent Singapore.
Singapore 249715.
Operating hours:
Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am (Mon – Sat); 7am – 10.30am (Sun)
Lunch: 12noon – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat); 12noon – 3pm (Sun)
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10pm
Tel:. +65 6725 3232
Recommended: The Italian Weekend Buffet Brunch (look out for the Foie Gras station).

3) En Japanese Dining Bar (Japanese Cuisine)

Pitan Tofu was served cold with some minced century egg white or egg black? What do you call the cooked albumen of a century egg?

En Japanese Dining Bar
Bukit Timah Outlet (Crown Centre)
#01-14/16, 557 Bukit Timah Road.
Singapore 269694.
+65 6468 5710.
Operating hours:
Mon to Fri: 6pm to 11pm
(Last order 10.30pm)
Sat – Sun & PH:
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
(Last order 2.20pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm
(Last order 10.30pm)
Recommended: Ala Carte Buffet featuring Sushi, Sashimi, Okinawa Cuisine, Hot Pot & More!
Remember to ask for their Pitan Tofu.

4) Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (Chinese Cuisine)

This was the third portion, the dark meat of the duck, also my favourite. The skin here were not lean. They had a layer of fats which kept the lower torso and thigh meat moist and juicy.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant
Paragon, #05-42/45,
290 Orchard Road,
Singapore 238859.
Tel: (65) 6732 7838.
Operating hours:
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
Lunch: 11.00am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
Lunch: 10.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
Recommended: Peking Duck and Radish Cake (Dim Sum Item).

5) Mamanda (Malay Cuisine)

I had reserved Tumpeng Nasi Kunyit which was to be served with tumeric rice in cone shape but they ran out of the yellow ginger rice. Tumpeng Nasi Kuning - Yellow Tumpeng, the color yellow represents heapful of gold, wealth, abundance and high moral. This kind of tumpeng is employed in cheerful and happy festivities and celebrations, such as celebration of birth, engagement, marriage, Eid, Christmas, etc... etc... Info: Wikipedia

Address: 73 Sultan Gate,
Singapore 198497.
Phone:+65 6396 6646
Operating hours: 10am -10pm
Recommended: Tumpeng Nasi Kunyit (available on certain days, call to find out).

6) Nagomi Restaurant (Japanese Cuisine – Menu: Omakase)

Moist juicy and tender thin slices of Beef.

Nagomi Restaurant
Address: 5 Koek Road,
#02-22 Cuppage Plaza,
Singapore 228796.
Tel: (65) 6732 4300.
Operating hours: 6pm – 2am
Closed on Sundays.
Recommended: Beef (Not too sure if they were wagyu)
Menu: Omakase S$125 per pax.

7) Summer Palace Restaurant (Chinese Cuisine)

Normally, I would skip any type of fried rice as one fried rice is equivalent to about 4 times plain steamed rice because of the added oil but baby abalone... Well, just make my calories count is all I ask!

Summer Palace Restaurant
Address: 3 Cuscaden Road.
Regent Hotel.
Singapore 249728.
Phone:+65 6725 3288
Operating hours: Daily
Lunch: 12noon–2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm–10.30pm
Recommended: Baby abalone fried rice.

8) Teppei Japanese Restaurant (Japanese Cuisine – Menu: Omakase)

Sashimi Rice.

Teppei Japanese Restaurant
1 Tras Link,
#01-18 Orchid Hotel (Tanjong Pagar MRT).
Singapore 076687.
Tel:+65 6222 7363 (Please call to reserve seats).
Operating hours:
Mon – Fri: 12noon – 2.30pm
Mon – Sun: 6.30pm – 8.30pm and 8.30pm – 10.30pm (two seating options).
Menu: Omakase Dinner (S$40 & S$60)
This restaurant is so popular, dinner bookings can take months.

9) Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (Chinese Cuisine)

Claypot poached squid, enoki mushrooms, dried shrimps, conpoy, bean starch noodles, assorted vegetables - S$18

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant 万豪
Address: 320 Orchard Rd,
Singapore 238865.
Singapore Marriott Hotel.
Phone:+65 6831 4605
Operating hours:
Lunch 11am–3pm
Dinner 6pm–11pm
Recommended: Claypot of poached squid, enoki mushrooms, dried shrimps, conpoy, bean starch noodles, and assorted vegetables.

10) Yantra (Indian Cuisine)

Grilled mushrooms. The sheer size made me wonder if they were juvenile portobello (portabella) mushrooms. They were grilled and came with a creamy satiny yoghurt and tumeric sauce that made it quite unique. The meaty texture of the little brown crimini was very tasty and satisfying indeed.

Address: Tanglin Mall.
163 Tanglin Road, #01-28,
Singapore 247933.
Tel: (+65) 6836 3088.
Recommended: Grilled mushrooms.

To round off this year’s blogging, I would like to stress that I am not a professional food critic. I DO NOT get paid nor ask for free foods for writing good reviews of hawkers/restaurants I visited. I/We do pay for our meals although some may be paid with promotional meals vouchers bought through third party agents/platforms. Sometimes, we do get 5-10% discounts for regular visits or a free dessert (one example: my birthday cake from Marriott), a treatment for any regular customers. My special privilege if any, is an interview with the owners/chefs and/or to be allowed into their kitchens. I do not get many food tasting sessions (where food is free) and even that do not and will not influence my opinions. That said, I do encounter ordinary foods but great services and share them all the same if I think they deserve my space and your valuable time here.

Singapore is a tiny island but our lifestyle is hectic; I do not get to see my children all the time even though we live under the same roof. Our waking and working hours are different. I would also love to catch up with my relatives more often but there are constraints, mainly time.

This blog is my diary where I have shared personal matters besides food. I write in hope that my children, friends and relatives (including future generations) can and are getting to know me better. I’m just having fun sharing the places I have enjoyed some nice food/service with great companions in the year 2013.

Taste is subjective to everyone. All opinions in my blog about food are those of my makan kakis and mine. My tastes may differ from yours just as we (my makan kakis and I) have differing views among ourselves. If you’re a local (in whatever country I have blogged), go try them and find out if we share similar tastes. Also, when you come across good makan in Singapore, share them with me 😀

I am looking forward to another year of more good food, learning photography and travels in 2014. See you there! 😉

Happy eating and bonding!

Happy New Year in advance, Everyone!

Click here to see Top 10 Best Food in Singapore.

6 Responses to “Top 10 Restaurants In Singapore 2013”
  1. laurasmess says:

    Great post Sam. Your photos are beautiful and I love reading about your foodie experiences. I’ve never really eaten abalone… that header picture is a little bit confronting to me but I am sure that it’s delicious!!! My husband and I may stop off in Singapore in transit on the way to Europe in mid 2014, not sure if we can actually adventure around but if we can, this list will be in my pocket! Happy new year Samantha, thanks for travelling through this blogging year with me! All the best for the start of the new year xx

    • Sam Han says:

      Thank you Laura. It’s my pleasure to jumping onto your wagon 😀 Do let me know if you’re in Singapore and let’s see if we can catch up over something less exotic like coffee and cakes if your transit schedule allows. I can hop to the airport to meet you if you can come out of the transit hall 😉

  2. Kev Ollier says:

    a wonderful bookmark to keep, thanks

  3. Great post!! Love the ending note about the differing tastes among each individual…it’s such an obvious point yet often it’s overlooked. Happy new year, and may 2014 bring you and your family good health and prosperity in all that you do!

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