1. Cuisine

Best Food in Singapore 2014

Much gratitude to establishments for your invites and gifts. Sorry, we reject 90% of tastings as we prefer to explore on our own. Sorry, PRs, if we have written a negative review and made it hard for you to answer to your boss. Sorry, we reject all presents and prefer them to be donated to charities. Please forgive our principles.

Thanks to my dear old friends, Chiobu, Huccalily, Ms Atas, BFF Paul, and The Ex, who have been eating with me for years through fat and thin. And welcome a new one, William, who hasn’t gotten his own tag yet. To quote Celine Dion, “I am everything I am because you love me.” Thank you for loving an unworthy and undeserving curmudgeon as me. I solemnly swear to be as surly as I am for 2015.

A note on this list: these are restaurants we tried this year; not all restaurants are opened this year. We ate at more than 350 eateries, so the nominees are already winners. 

Best Restaurants in Singapore 2014
(These 10 restaurants will not be repeated in the sub-categories below. They are already the best.)

Restaurant Labyrinth Singapore#10. Labyrinth
Autodidactic 29 year-old Han Li Guang serves molecular mod sin cuisine, combining Western cooking methods with Singapore hawker food. The photo shows a Singapore chilli crab on a beach, with chilli crab ice cream and sands of mantou.

#9. Anti:Dote
A restobar. Catalan Chef Carlos Montobbio, 26, who has worked 3 years at one Michelin-starred Cinc Sentits (Barcelona) and half a year with the Roca brothers, comes up with Catalan tapas with Asian influence. Bartender Tom Hogen concocts wicked cocktails. 

#8. Gyoza Ya
The most affordable restaurant on this top 10 list. No big names helming the kitchen, just latest Japanese technology to make precise gyoza and jyajya men. We’ve already been back 3 times.

Zott's Raffles Place#7. Zott’s
So expensive you may want to wait till you strike that 6 million dollars toto. 29 year-old Austrian Chef Lorenz-Maria Griesser has a wealth of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany. Zott’s serves Alpine cuisine.  

#6. FOC
FOC (meaning “fire” in Catalan) is a collaboration between Michelin-starred Chef Nandu Jubany; Chef Jordi Noguera formerly from FoodBar Dada; and award-winning mixologist Dario Knox previously from Catalunya. Serves Catalan small plates. 

#5. Aoki
Oldie but goodie. There is a reason why the Japanese restaurant is packed daily.

#4. Nobuya
The ingredients are personally selected by Chef-owner Nobukawa Yoshiyuki to ensure best quality. Both Chef Nobukawa and sake sommelier-cum-manager Nobuhiko Sano worked at fine-dining Mikuni for 10 years before opening this izakaya.

saveur art singapore price#3. Saveur Art
Following the success of Saveur and Concetto by Saveur, the group has gone fine dining. Former sous chef of Jaan, Chef Tyler Lai now helms the kitchen, presenting innovative and affordable modern French food.

#2. Shisen Hanten
Culinary skills passed down for three generations of chefs cooking Szechuan food: the late Chen Kenmin, Iron Chef Chen Kenichi, and Chen Kentaro. I have never eaten spicy food like this before. The spiciness is just part of the complex and evolving tastes of the food.

Tong Le Orchard central#1. Tong Le Private Dining
Nowhere in Singapore can you find a restaurant quite like Tong Le. Some restaurants have a view, but mediocre food. Some restaurants have great food and service, but no ambience. Tong Le has everything.

Yeo Keng Nam Chicken RiceMost Popular Entry Best Chicken Rice in Singapore

Best Dish of the Year
Braised Veal Cheeks Bao by Anti:dote 
Mapo Tofu by Shisen Hanten
Molecular Chilli Crab by Labyrinth

Onion Ring by Tippling Club – WINNER

Best Concept
Grub Noodle Bar – WINNER
Herbal Oasis

Kimchi Xpress
Malaysia Boleh

fat cow burger singapore Best Budget Eats ($0-$20)
[Nameless Chicken Rice]
Century Village Fishhead Steamboat
Fat Cow Palace – WINNER
Truly Curry Rice

Best Mid-Range Asian Restaurant ($20-$50)
Mrs Pho
Sek Tong Gai – WINNER
Sik Bao Sin

Best Mid-Range Western Restaurant ($20-$60)
Dancing Crab
The Naked Finn
Potato Head Folk – WINNER

Buona terra orchard priceBest Atas Restaurant (Above $60)
Buona Terra – WINNER
Grand Mandarin

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Best Newcomer of the Year
Appare – WINNER
Fat Cow Palace

Best Decor
Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe
Tian Kee & Co
Tippling Club – WINNER

lewin terrace singapore reviewMost Romantic Restaurant
Lewin Terrace – WINNER


Best Restaurant/Bar for Big Groups
Ginza Lion – WINNER
Min Jiang @ One North
Starker @ Zhongshan Park

Best Service
&Sons – WINNER
Bloomsbury Bakers
Fat Cow Palace
Shinji by Kanesaka

Ottoman Kebab Sg PriceBest Halal
Mad Poet
Ottoman Kebab & Grill – WINNER
Song of India (Lunch Buffet)

Most Value For Money
Don Dae Bak
Fat Cow Palace
Ginza Lion
K Cook Korean BBQ Buffet – WINNER

Best Bar of the Year
Bitters & Love
Starker @ Zhongshan Park

Tipling Club

Lei Garden OrchardBest Afternoon Tea/ High Tea/ Brunch
Lei Garden – WINNER

Best Buffet
Cherry Garden
Don Dae Bak
K Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
Rose Veranda

Best Vegetarian
Concetto by Saveur
Zen Fut Sai Kai – WINNER

Henri Charpentier Dempsey hillBest Dessert of the Year
Carpenter & Cook Jr – Cinnamon Roll
Hatter Street Cafe – Whoaffle
Henri Charpentier – That Damn Burning Dome that Didn’t Burn – WINNER
Ottoman Kebab & Grill – Kunefe

Lokal Neil Road menuBest Cafe in Singapore 2014
The Lokal – WINNER
Souper Sarnies
Stirling Highway
Sunday Market

Best Event of the Year
At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy’s Student Graduation Project, SpiceOdyssey – WINNER
Gate-Crashing a Stranger’s Homecooked Meal: Eat WithLocals

Private Screening of Served Hot 烧卖 & A Taste of History 寻味地图 at Swatow Seafood Restaurant

Best Staycation
Amoy Hotel
The Westin Singapore – WINNER

Margaret River Bakery reviewBest Overseas Eat
Hong Kong, China – Bibo
Margaret River, Perth, Australia – Margaret River Bakery

New York, USA – Le Bernardin – WINNER
Seoul, Korea – Byeokjae Galbi

Best Overseas Hotel
Citadines Jakarta – Indonesia
Haeinsa Temple Stay – South Korea
Padma Hotel Bandung – Indonesia
Sofitel Melbourne – Australia – WINNER

Best Vacation
Bandung, Jakarta
Melbourne, Australia
Perth, Australia – WINNER
South Korea

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  1. Wonderful roundup and certainly a star studded list! 2014 treated many well!

    Thanks as always for the positive feedback on the projects we’ve designed and support of the Owners, Chefs and Staff at each of the venues that work so hard to make the cut on lists like these.

    We were very pleased to see Tippling Club listed so many times and lead the pack for Best Decor. Similarly, it was another nice discovery to see The Lokal taking win over the Best Cafe category.

    Keep your eyes peeled for 2015 as we have a few new tricks up our sleeve and will be launching some amazing new projects throughout the year!

    Happy New Year to all.


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