• Straits Kitchen: If you like hearty Singapore hawker fare but prefer it in air-conditioned comfort, head to Straits Kitchen at the lobby of the Grand Hyatt. It’s perfect for guests bent on a multicultural gastronomic tour, for they can taste ethnic Chinese, Indian and Malay food here. What’s interesting is its open-kitchen concept which lends some theatrics to the dining experience. Satay, laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, rojak (local salad)… the list just goes on.

Lobby level, Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road

Tel: (65) 64167114

  • Lingzhi Vegetarian Restaurant: Vegetarian food isn’t a bore if you’re dining at the five-star, award-winning Lingzhi Vegetarian Restaurant. Since savouring Chef Lam Chun Hing’s flawless vegetarian dishes 14 years ago, we still haven’t found the combination of mushrooms, tangy fruit and vegetables in delicious stock to match. With creatively-named dishes like “Fire in the Belly” or “Monkey Head Mushrooms wirh Shredded Ginger” you can bet going green is anything but boring!

#05-01 Liat Towers
541 Orchard Road

Tel: (65) 67343788

  • Project Shop Café: If the look of the fashion label from which the Project Shop Café was conceived can be described as no-frills and basic, then the food in its café can be described in the same way – no-nonsense, with natural flavours and fundamentally good! At Paragon, fashion habitués who turn up in droves for brunch on weekends still have to queue, even though the café has relocated and doubled, with 55 seats. The best-sellers, which include Laksa Presto and Turkey Cranberry Sandwich, remain as good.

#03-41/44 Paragon
290 Orchard Road

Tel: (65) 67356765

  • The Canteen: The Canteen is a misnomer since the fuss-free eatery really resembles a stylized hotel restaurant. It is surrounded by designer stores and yuppie couples, and designer wear-clad ladies amongst fans. Sample its fine fare, which includes Duck Confit, Thai-style Beef Salad and Hokkien Noodles.

#02-10 Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road

Tel: (65) 63338966

  • Din Tai Fung: Located within Paragon, Din Tai Fung is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in town. Do expect to queue, for after all, it’s ranked one of the world’s top 10 by The New York Times. Fans’ favourites include Deep-fried Pork Chops, Steamed Chicken Soup with Noodles and Steamed Crab Meat Dumplings.

#B1-03/06 Paragon
290 Orchard Road

Tel: (65) 68368336

  • Sushi Tei: At Sushi Tei, be prepared to wait up to an hour for a table or a seat by the kaiten (conveyor belt) on busy nights. No reservations are taken, but you can go up to the reception and “register” for dinner early. Leave your mobile number with them – they’ll call you when your table’s ready. While away your time by shopping, and whet your appetite by thinking about their Dragon Roll (king prawn sushi with avocado and mayo). Salmon Belly Sashimi and tangy Japanese salads.

#05-12/18 Paragon
290 Orchard Road

Tel: (65) 62351771

Written by:
Editorial Team