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Tucked in an old storage warehouse on the bend of the Kallang River, this snug East-meets-West restaurant fuses Japanese and Italian comfort food in a laid-back, industrial setting. Kilo comes from the phonetic name of the nautical flag for “K”, which signals: “We wish to communicate with you.” It therefore comes as no surprise that this restaurant is the go-to for soulful food, good music and happy memories. It’s a home away from home and a favourite among Singapore’s trendy pack. Expect cosmopolitan dishes such as Korean beef tartare, Japanese caprese and Thai tea crème caramel. The cocktail list is equally strong.
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Channelling a Japanese-Scandi vibe, Wild Rocket on Mount Emily is a collage of matte-finished wood, exposed concrete and clean lines all flooded with natural light. It’s all very zen. Here local chef Willin Low pioneers mod-Sin (Modern Singaporean) dishes, giving traditional Singaporean hawker fare a modern twist, whether that be influenced by Thai, Japanese or Italian cuisine. Expect dishes such as salmon carpaccio donburi, short rib rendang and and the signature laksa pesto linguine. Ranked among Asia’s 50 best restaurants, it’s worth calling ahead for the omakase menu to be enjoyed at the chef’s table.
- +65 6339 9448
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In a country where eating is considered a national hobby, it’s little surprise that street food gets as much attention as high-end restaurants. Whether you’re spending $2 or $200, expect good-quality local dishes such as chilli crab, chicken rice, bak kut teh (pork ribs in broth) and lor mee (braised noodles). Stalls are often grouped into indoor centres such as those on the Old Airport Road, on Maxwell Road and at the Chomp Chomp Food Centre. The market in Tiong Bahru is a strong choice too. At Chinatown Complex, Singapore’s largest hawker centre, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – where lunch will set you back just $2 – became one of two street hawkers to be awarded a star when Michelin launched its Singapore dining guide in 2016. Expect very long queues.
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