Chef Jake Kellie of Burnt Ends' favourite dining spots
Because F&B insiders know best
These days I'm busy with the daily operations at Burnt Ends — this keeps me on my toes. On the side, I have been working on a pop-up concept at Burnt Ends, the.valē. I am planning quarterly dinners throughout 2019, giving me the opportunity to present a different menu from Burnt Ends and my own take on contemporary, natural and elegant cuisine.
A hawker stall I would queue for Ji Ji Wonton Noodle at Hong Lim Food complex. It's my go-to for wonton noodles — super fresh and full of flavour.
I'm a regular at Kafe Utu. It's a great casual spot around the corner from work and has fantastic coffee as a morning pick-me-up.
When I need to eat clean, I head to Daily Cut at Tanjong Pagar. I like customizing my own bowls and eating fresh vegetables with proteins.
My favourite bar in Singapore is Employees Only. They make great, solid drinks and offer a fun, energetic vibe.
My guilty pleasure is oreos.
My go-to supper spot is Sin Hoi Sai in Tiong Bahru. It stays open till 5 am so it's the perfect spot for after dinner service. I am always taking guest chefs and good friends to try their chilli crab — my personal favourite in Singapore.
For weekend brunch with friends, I head to The LoKal. Chef Darren cooks honest, comfort food and uses great produce. It's awesome to go there with a group of friends. All the dishes are great but I love to keep it simple and order poached eggs with bacon.
The best place to get a meal with seafood is Imperial Treasure Paragon. Apart from the Peking Duck, I really enjoy their seafood, especially the razor clams and vermicelli.
For special occasions, I head to Spago. The service is some of the best I've noticed in Singapore, not to mention the gorgeous sunset and solid tunes.
My all-time favourite restaurant is Restaurant IGNI, located in Victoria, Australia about an hour outside of Melbourne in Geelong. I love how Chef Aaron lets the produce speak for itself and highlights the region's produce and seasons. It's simple but delicious food.
I grew up eating good solid stews made freshly by my dad.
For dining with family, I go to Meatsmith both at Telok Ayer and Little India. Both offer awesome meat platters which are perfect to share with family. The cheeseburgers at Meatsmith Telok Ayer also never fail to hit the spot!
The food scene in Singapore is amazing and has so much variety. We are very spoilt and I am excited to see what's next.