1. Cuisine

Best Food in Singapore 2012

This year, we have eaten at about 250 eateries. Thank you for those who are reading: we promise to remain honest in our reviews, regardless of whether it is a tasting or we pay ourselves. We usually pay for our food and if it is a tasting, we state clearly at the bottom of the review that it is a tasting. We’d like to thank the kind PRs who have been taking good care of us and apologize to those whom we offended unwittingly. I, Wise Guy, also like to thank the contributors, Huccalily, Mr NGFL and Chiobu. You guys are the soul and heart of our blog. Without you guys, there is no point in keeping the blog. This is a food journey to document our friendship, so let’s hope our blog can carry on for a long time. And please contribute when your work schedule allows you to.

A note regarding the “awards” that we are giving out. All the nominees are the creme de la creme–food pun intended–so all the nominees are already winners.


Sea Urchin Pudding at Lolla

10. Lolla 
Exciting young 26 year-old chef and innovative food. A pity about the service and the lack of range of food. Might be overpriced.

9. Golden Rooster Western Food
A dingy kopitiam where flickering florescent lamps are swamped with flies, the Western food comes hot, comforting, crispy and affordable.

8. Nam Nam Noodle Bar
With two outlets at Wheelock and Raffles City, helmed by a Danish-Viet chef, this latest Les Amis venture has affordable food that gets people queuing – and it is worth the wait.

7. Saveur
Idealistic young local chefs open French-inspired food at affordable prices. The standards dip a bit the last time we went–we went three times already–because they couldn’t handle the crowd.

6. Penang Delights Prawn Mee
Perfected the art of prawn mee and lor mee. We visited them three times this year and the standards were consistently excellent. At $3 a bowl, we are robbing them blind.

5. Amuse
Former Les Amis chef is the consulting chef of the new menu, and helming the kitchen is his understudy, a former Les Amis sous chef. Great interpretations of international influences but may be pricey and not all dishes were orgasmic.

4. Bistro Du Vin (Zion Road)
Another venture of Les Amis Group, the bistro serves homely, hearty and very delicious French food. Great for dates and mates.

3. Blackbird Cafe
Surprisingly, this unassuming cafe serves orgasmic food at every course, every morsel.

2. B@Rochester
If we, stingy buggers, are willing to part with $30 for their interpretation of okonomiyaki, which is merely flour, this has to be on the top 10 list.

1. Esquina
Jason Atherton’s crib,
hipster vibe,
Every bite, a delight. 

Most Popular Entry of the Year

Chiso Zanmai Japanese Buffet Restaurant

Best Budget Eats ($0-$20)

Golden Rooster Western Food
Penang Delights Prawn Mee Lor Mee – WINNER
Purple Mustard

Best Mid-Range Asian Restaurant ($15-$30)

Beng Hiang 茗香菜馆
Medan Town
Nam Nam Noodle Bar – WINNER
Superstar K

Best Mid-Range Western Restaurant ($20-$50)

Blackbird Cafe – WINNER
Club Street Social

The Coastal Settlement
Omakase Burger

Best Atas Restaurant (Above $50)

Cheese souffle on fire at Bistro Du Vin (Zion Road)

Bistro Du Vin (Zion Road)
Esquina – WINNER
Yan Ting 宴庭

Best Newcomer

Esquina – WINNER
Nam Nam Noodle Bar
Omakase Burger

Best Decor

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Broadcast HQ
Cafe Gavroche – WINNER

Most Romantic Restaurant

Au Jardin Les Amis
Balzac Brasserie – WINNER
Brasserie Gavroche

Best Restaurant/Bar for Big Groups

Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant (313 Somerset & Vivocity) – WINNER
Jigger and Pony

Best Service

Au Jardin Les Amis
Chihuly Lounge – WINNER
Club Street Social
The Plain

Best Customer Service

The difference between Best Service and Best Customer Service is service refers to on-the-spot service at the restaurant while customer service refers the relationship between the restaurant and the customer and how the restaurant handles feedback and follows up with the customers.

Au Jardin Les Amis
Brasserie Wolf
Casserole at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa – WINNER
The Exchange

Best Halal (Or just no pork)

Ayam Penyet Ria – WINNER
Chihuly Lounge

Omakase Burger

Best Fusion

Angel Hair Pasta at Saveur

Our Korner
Saveur – WINNER

Most Value For Money

Golden Rooster Western Food
Nam Nam Noodle Bar – WINNER
Yan Ting 宴庭

Best Bar

28 Hong Kong Street
Club Street Social
Jigger and Pony
The Library – WINNER

Best Afternoon Tea/ High Tea/ Brunch

Chihuly Lounge
Yan Ting 宴庭 – WINNER

Best Buffet

Custard bun at Yan Ting 宴庭

Chihuly Lounge
Silver Shell Cafe
The Square Restaurant
Yan Ting 宴庭 – WINNER

Best Vegetarian

Extra Virgin Pizza

Best Dessert

Chocolate Origin
Gobi Cakes
Ondeh Ondeh Cupcake from Preparazzi – WINNER
Tong Heng 东兴 

Best Cafe

40 Hands – WINNER
Drips Bakery Cafe
Orange Thimble
Wimbly Lu

Best Recipe

Chicken Stuffed with Foie Gras in Black Sesame Wrap
Lemon Tart – WINNER
Szechuan Pancakes (Shao Bing)

Best Event

Bake a Singapore Guinness World Record – WINNER
Bosch Renowned Chefs Cookoff 
Lee Kum Kee Cooking Session
Singapore Restaurant Week Media Tasting

Best Staycation

Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
Shangri La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort Part 1 and Part 2 – WINNER
Wangz Hotel

Best Overseas Eat

Bali, Indonesia – Pulau Kelapa
London, England – Pollen Street Social
Shanghai, China – A Shan Restaurant
Tokyo, Japan – Sushi Dai – WINNER

Best Vacation

Bali, Indonesia
London, England
Shanghai, China
Tokyo, Japan – WINNER

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