Although everyone has their own opinions on the Lion City, there’s one thing people both new arrivals and longtime residents tend to agree on: you won’t go hungry! With almost 10,000 Restaurants to choose from, not to mention the iconic hawker centres, deciding where to go for dinner can be nearly as exciting – or as overwhelming – as the actual move.
This wide variety of dining options, here in the most expensive city in the world, led founders Christophe and Virginia to set up Survival Chic (SC) in 2010. SC helps busy executive & expat Members maximize their precious leisure time, and enjoy privileged prices, by providing a short list of 50 of the city’s top Restaurants. SC Members enjoy 30% off the Table Bill, including alcohol & brunches, on all 50 of these Restaurants – a very strong incentive to get out and try new places (and return to old favorites.)
We asked the SC Team to give us their take on new trends in the Singapore Restaurant Scene, and to suggest some longstanding favorites. Here’s what they had to say:
The first trend we’ve seen is an increasing desire for diners to ‘let their taste buds travel’, reflected in the growing number of different types of cuisine from around the world, above and beyond what was previously available. A few prime examples are BoCHINche for authentic, yet inventive Argentinean Cuisine, cool Sydney-style newcomer Luxe, and New York style fare at Sacha & Sons (a deli featuring mouthwatering bagels, reubens, & more). On the Asian side, do not miss the new sister Restaurant of The Flying Squirrel, TFS Private Works, bringing a modern twist to Japanese tapas and Omakase dining experience! Other favorites include Lime House, for fresh Caribbean cuisine, cocktails and vibes, and the ever-popular Blu Kouzina, which brings in the majority of their ingredients fresh from Greece, now in a brand new location!
Secondly, we see discerning foodies paying close attention to who’s in the kitchen. This ‘Cult of the Chef’ has resulted in the creation of new, multi-sensory hotspots like Alma by Juan Amador, Asian-influenced Spanish cuisine, created by 3-Starred Michelin Chef and helmed by Chef de Cuisine Christophe Lerouy. Meanwhile, at Chef’s Table, Stephan Zoisl, with 18 years of experience in 4 Michelin-starred restaurants, embraces diners with an open kitchen concept and a menu that includes the “Nutopia” menu, which leads diners through an intense culinary journey, starting with the Big Bang! Two new hot spots not-to-be-missed are BEEF YAKINIKU DINING YAKINIQUEST, where the owner Suguru Ishida and the chef Masaki Akutsu bring to Singapore the best of the Yakiniku Japanese tradition, and A*MUSE Omakase, a hidden private kitchen where Chef Jeremy creates every day a new menu in front of your eyes with the freshest ingredients, mixing up European and Asian flavours. We also see that restaurants with excellent chefs, such as well-regarded Chef Gabriele at Burlamacco (classy Italian) and the acclaimed Patrick Tan at Tamashii Robataya, and Willin Low of Wild Rocket (modern Singaporean), have devoted ‘regulars’ and a much stronger staying power (especially as compared to the regular Singapore restaurant shelf-life of just 18 months!)
The third trend we’ve identified is one that Singapore homeowners and renters have already know by heart: Location, Location, Location! Choose to wow your guests with the breathtaking MBS view from ME@OUE (while exploring of three different cuisine: French, Japanese and Chinese), or from Forlino, also the best spot for F1 circuit, to satisfy gourmet appetites for Italian cuisine. We can also see this reflected in new hotspots like CATO (a chic lounge meets restaurant, housed in a historic shophouse), and in the enduring popularity of rustic-luxe Tamarind Hill, set among lush greenery (serving modern Siamese), and O Batignolles, with its inviting atmosphere and it’s excellent address, just off Club Street. Meanwhile, restaurants with charming, romantic courtyards and terraces, like friendly Latteria Mozzarella and classy Senso, continue to draw crowds.
If you’re ready to head out and form your own opinions on these new foodie trends, and on some (or all) of the outstanding Restaurants recommended above, you’re in luck: you can enjoy a special welcome perk of a bottle of bubbly (worth $90) in classy Senso on Club Street if you join our 1-Year Dining Program ($350 – the card pays for itself within 3-4 uses) by 31 May!
Grab a group of friends or a hot date, and head out to dine & discover in style… without breaking the bank!