Christian Tan of The Loco Group's favourite dining spots

Christian Tan of The Loco Group's favourite dining spots

Because F&B insiders know best

Text: Christian Tan

Editor: Janice Sim

These days I'm busy with the recent opening of our new spit-roast Mexican chicken restaurant on Amoy Street, Chico Loco.

A hawker stall I would queue for is Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice restaurant in Novena because I'm mad for chicken rice. Also, char siew wanton noodles at Foong Kee on Keong Saik Road. 

I'm a regular at the new Kilo Kitchen on Duxton Road. I really like the new space. The hand-sanded concrete walls, modern comfort food tapas menu and tasty cocktails.

Kilo Kitchen

When I need to eat clean, I hit up Food Rebel on Stanley Street and Grain Traders on Capital Green building for a weekday quick lunch. And on weekends, The Living Cafe on Bukit Timah road. When I want to eat dirty (and healthy), I can be found at Chico Loco.

My favourite bar in Singapore right now is Junior on Tanjong Pagar Road, run by the guys at Proof & Co. When I have friends from out of town, I head to Atlas Bar for the wow factor and the incredible range of gins.

Junior Bar

My guilty pleasure is pretty much any of the cakes at PS.Cafe.

My go-to supper spot is Chico Loco on Amoy Street. Everyone is raving about the prawn toast. I have to say it's one of my favourites.

Chico Loco prawn toast

For special occasions, I go all in at Burnt Ends.

For weekend brunch with friends, I either go to Tanjong Beach Club or Super Loco Robertson Quay. I am also a massive fan of the marmite mushroom on avocado toast at Common Man Coffee Roasters.

The best place to get a meal with seafood is Ken Loon's amazing seafood at The Naked Finn in Gillman Barracks.

Christian Tan favourite dining spots

I grew up eating Asian food. My dad is from Malacca. He moved to Australia and was craving the food he grew up on, so from the few Asian ingredients he could find in Perth, he would make delicious chicken and beef curries, kway teow and seafood stir-fries!

My favourite farm in Singapore has yet to exist. To be honest I have not been to many farms. Bollywood Veggies in Kranji was an enjoyable experience a few years ago.

My all-time favourite restaurant is The Apollo, which is in Sydney.

For dining with family, it's always been my dad's home-cooked food. Every Christmas he cooks up a feast for our family and close friends. While in Singapore, my family always like to have at least one meal at Dempsey Cookhouse.

The food scene in Singapore is diverse with so many amazing influences from around the world. I hope that we see more restaurants offering good quality, affordable, comfort food in the next few years.