2013 has been a great year for us. We ate at about 200 eateries and traveled to Penang, Jakarta, Sydney, Melbourne, Taiwan and South Korea. We were finalist for Singapore Blog Awards, appeared on Suria, interviewed on inaugural issue of Yess.Im, contributed to Asia Rooms, named Best 5 Singapore Food Blogs by Hotel Club, 5 Best Food Blogs in Asia by Asia Rooms and mentioned by New York Post. Thank you for those who make these things happen and thank you to those who get us.
Thank you, Chiobu and Huccalily, for contributing and sticking with me through thick and thin. Thank you to all the PRs for your hospitality, and sorry if our honest reviews make it difficult for you to answer to your bosses. Thank you to kind and generous blogger-friends, especially Sg Food on Foot, and Pinky Piggu.
A note on this list: these are the restaurants we tried this year, not restaurants that are opened this year. The nominees represent the best in their categories. We try to avoid putting “Top Ten Eateries” in other categories, but if we do, it means the restaurant deserves the recognition.
Top Ten Restaurants in Singapore 2013
10. Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura and Toa Payoh)
Everybody has been asking the wrong question: nothing is worth a 2-hour queue because time is irretrievable. The correct question to ask is: “If you have to queue 2 hours for dim sum, which restaurant would you choose? How does THW compare to other dim sum restaurants in Singapore?” My answer is: THW has changed the dim sum scene forever in Singapore. For any dim sum restaurant I go, I compare them to THW and THW always emerges on top for the simplest reason: in most restaurants in Singapore, dim sum is made in advance and reheated when customers order. But at THW, everything is made fresh upon ordering.
Homeboy Malcolm Lee turn-soil-to-return (卷土重来) with Version 2.0 of the restaurant. Modern cooking methods, traditional Peranakan recipes, full of heart.
Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who worked 5 years at Waku Ghin, strikes out on his own. The wagyu beef bowl and kaarage are unforgettable. I still dream of them.
7. Trattoria Gallo D’oro
Simple and rustic. Tastes like home, if I were Italian.
6. Hide Yamamoto
Yandao chef Sho Naganuma (pictured right), protege of Chef Hide Yamamoto, runs this overseas outlet and serves one of the best grilled chicken with truffle in Singapore–rustic yet refined.
5. Hinoki Japanese Restaurant
The colorful Masterchef Santaro Li, who has served PM Lee Hsieng Loong and late President Ong Teng Cheong, doesn’t serve his Japanese cuisine subtle: it is heavy-handed at times but I like it that way.
Another yandao chef, Takatsuki Toshiki. This must be the most exquisite yakiniku (grilled) beef in Singapore.
3. Burnt Ends
Sexy Australian Chef David Pynt brings a new concept to Singapore: wood-fired oven and grill. Food is smokey, aromatic, primitive, sealed in its natural flavors. One of the few restaurants I’d return again and again and again.
Under the tutelage of the late three Michelin-starred chef Santi Santamaria for ten years, Chef Jose Alonso opens Binomio, focusing on northern Spanish cuisine, and the La Rioja region. If there is a restaurant in Singapore that deserves Michelin stars, this is it.
1. Ezoca Japanese Restaurant
While the food is excellent, what makes this restaurant #1 is the experience: I was in an instagram fantasy.
Most Popular Entry of the Year
Best Cafes in Singapore Part II
Best Budget Eats ($0-$20)
Balai Kainan – WINNER
Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint
Pot Shop Boys
Soi Thai Kitchen
Best Mid-Range Asian Restaurant ($15-$30)
The Sushi Bar
Tim Ho Wan (Plaza Singapura and Toa Payoh)
Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ – WINNER
Best Mid-Range Western Restaurant ($20-$50)
Foodbar Dada (closed)
Open Door Policy
Trattoria Gallo D’oro – WINNER
Best Atas Restaurant (Above $60)
Burnt Ends – WINNER
Chiroshi from The Flying Squirrel
The Flying Squirrel – WINNER
Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant
Ocean Restaurant – WINNER
Spathe Public House
Most Romantic Restaurant
Catalunya – WINNER
Best Restaurant/Bar for Big Groups
Hood Bar and Cafe
Pioneer Seafood Restaurant – WINNER
Yan Palace Restaurant 燕阁大酒楼
Binomio – WINNER
J’s Restaurant – WINNER
A Noodle Story
A Noodle Story – WINNER
Most Value For Money
Latin Quarter – WINNER
A Noodle Story
Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant
Barkode (closed) – WINNER
Best Afternoon Tea/ High Tea/ Brunch
Tuna tartar with lime sorbet in tom yam from The Kitchen Table
Common Man Coffee Roaster
The Kitchen Table – WINNER
Goki Day Korean BBQ Buffet
Ju Shin Jung Korean BBQ
The Line – WINNER
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant – WINNER
Wrap and Roll
Bull and Butcher
Ku De Ta – WINNER
Eggs benedict from Common Man
Common Man Coffee Roasters – WINNER
Department of Caffeine
One Night in Langkawi – Chef Sho Naganuma
SHATEC’s 30th Anniversary Menu at Recipes Restaurant
Best Singapore Attraction
Bukit Brown – WINNER
S. E. A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Pan Pacific lobby
Pan Pacific – WINNER
Studio M Hotel
Village Hotel Katong
Best Overseas Eat
Jakarta, Indonesia – Sate Khas Senayan
Penang, Malaysia – Duck Kway Chap at Lebuh Kimberley Night Market
Seoul, Korea – Jinju Jip Oxtail Soup
Suwon, Korea – Yeonpo Galbi (Charcoal BBQ) – WINNER
Best Overseas Hotel
Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan – Hotel Del Lago – WINNER
Tainan, Taiwan – Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza
Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Taiwan – WINNER
Categories: a. Singapore Travel
Great list! Love to see all the atas places you covered!
You’ve been to #1 Ezoca, right? Start with Magosaburo, Burnt Ends and Binomio. They are really good. I like Candlenut because it is very Singaporean.
Ezoca’s food was good, but its insensitivity in service gave it immediate failure for me
It was ok for me. But WOAH. Are you angry, eh? heh. Need me to help you find someone?
Very useful list ! But still I am surprised that Jumbo seafood restaurant is not there in the list.
If you are a seafood lover then must have a visit here. It is the only restaurant in the city dedicated for seafood dishes. For more information have a visit to the link below. http://www.joguru.com/jumbo-singapore-singapore
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This is so awesome.
I am a big fan of street food in Singapore. I will definitely enjoy it in me next trip to Singapore in Feb 2014.
This is definitely a post for bookmarking. Thanks for sharing this gem! :D
omg this is amazing, thanks for putting such a list like this together!
And woo Taiwan getting yet another rave review!
Taiwan is great! I wanna migrate there!