Best restaurants in Singapore to eat alone: Solo dining at Burnt Ends, Nouri, Pasta Bar, and more
Not ready to mingle
We could all use some alone time – even extroverts. The flightiest of social butterflies can admit that there are some days they wish they had shutters over their face to avoid human interaction, and it's definitely not because they're recluses. All we want is to have a meal, without constantly having to engage. Not everyone has the domestic capability to make a meal as good as restaurants do – so we say reclaim that solo dining time, and own it in all your lonesome glory. A task made a lot simpler at the following restaurants, whose bar counters and intimate settings allow you to really settle in and focus on the two most important things in the world: Food and little old you.
At this point, Burnt Ends' reputation surely precedes them – just this June they emerged at 53rd position in The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019, making the second-highest ranked restaurant in the whole of Singapore. And it isn't hard to understand why; their Australian barbecue is the stuff of legends. Clearly, chef Dave Pynt's expertise lies not only with his food, but also in making the venue of this world-class restaurant so comfortable and relaxed, particularly with counter seats having front-row views of the open kitchen in which aromas of the roasts about to be presented to you hit you full force. With the seats arranged in a straight row, you can easily show up by yourself, pick a spot, and feast your eyes on the grills and, shortly thereafter, feast on great meat.
20 Teck Lim Road
Reservations are only available for lunches at 12pm or 12.30pm on Fri & Sat, and dinners at 6pm or 6.30pm from Tue to Sat. Make a reservation here.
Another high-ranker appears in the form of Nouri, who holds the 39th spot of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2019, helmed by owner-chef Ivan Brehm and his melting pot menu. By that we mean that cultural boundaries are all but forgotten in this restaurant, with chef Brehm's crossroads cooking fostering experimentation with flavours from multiple parts of the world culminating in the gastronomic intersections to be found in Nouri. To nourish (a significant verb after which the restaurant was named) through food and respect – their philosophy is all the proof you need to be convinced that a solo visit to the open-kitchen floors of this transcendent and inclusive restaurant will leave you inexplicably satisfied.
72 Amoy Street, Tel: 6221 4148
Opening hours: (Tue-Fri) 11.30am-3pm, (Mon-Sat) 6pm-12am
If anyone understands the peace (and sometimes necessity) of eating alone, it's the Japanese. Esora gives us the opportunity to enjoy modern Japanese cuisine in the comfortable, well-lit environs of their sky-inspired interiors. Chef Shigeru Koizumi is quite the romantic chef, whose meticulously-designed dishes are elevated by his love of the sky culminating in a main counter placed beneath a skylight, setting the smile-inducing scene of serenity and calmness. An added benefit to that tranquil enjoyment of kappo-style Japanese cuisine at Esora: great lighting for a post-meal selfie with the hashtag #selflove.
15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Tel: 6365 1266
6-course lunches are available Wed-Sat. 8-course dinners are available Tue-Sat. Make a reservation here.
The stage is set. Rustic bar counter seats perfectly conducive for leaving you with your thoughts and relishing in the exquisite craft of handmade Italian pasta. We understand if you might feel the need to pinch yourself awake, but save yourself that twinge – it's possible in Pasta Bar. No matter the pasta shape you're in the mood for, Chef Alessandro Guistetti takes the phrase "stay true to your roots" to the literal – there will never be a day of operation that Pasta Bar doesn't make their pasta from scratch, on the basis of age-old reliable family recipes. Seat for one, please.
55 Keong Saik Rd, #01-05
Opening hours: (Tue-Sun) 6pm-10.30pm, Closed Mon
If you're more about that bustling night life, Butcher Boy is where the party's at. The fusion cuisine offered here gives us the best of East-meets-West, but also a well-stocked bar with plenty of alcohol takes care of any booze-related cravings – because there is such a thing as a liquid diet. Some nights also feature an in-house DJ to mix some accompanying tunes for your inner soliloquy. Pro tip: Try their selection of baos – it got so much hype that chef Andrew Walsh opened a bao-centric sister standalone called Bao Boy, which happens to have the same bar seating concept you could consider checking out for a night prowl.
31 Keong Saik Rd, Tel: 6221 6833
Opening hours: (Mon-Sat) 6pm-10.30pm, (Thu-Fri) 12pm-3pm, (Sun) 12pm-8.30pm
Blue Label Pizza & Wine
Nothing sounds more comforting than visiting ye old neighbourhood pizzeria – particularly when it's one that offers stone-fired pizza and a curated list of wines that go with them. Blue Label Pizza & Wine is one such place that nails the intimate space and homely pizza combination that makes for a cozy dinner that promises full contentment. And old souls whose jams are 70s and 80s rock have even more to get out of a Blue Label visit; if you go alone, no dinner conversation will drown out those classic tunes, and you get to immerse yourself in the full experience.
333A Orchard Rd, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11.30am-11pm
28 Ann Siang Road, Basement 1
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 12-2pm, (Mon-Sat) 6pm-late