International food and beverage joints we wished would come to Singapore: In-N-Out, Blue Bottle Coffee, Dominique Ansel Bakery, and more
Singapore is a destination with no lack of gourmet options — either born and bred or foreign establishments that have chosen to set up a home here. In the recent years, more of the latter has emerged with much fanfare. On one hand, these are restaurants and places that we've bookmarked in our past trips abroad and the other? They inject that bit of newness to this tiny city, while cementing our country's reputation for being a culinary destination. From the top of our heads, Shake Shack, % Arabica, and Luke's Lobster come up top, with queues that snaked for hours over consecutive days when they first launched their flagships. Safe to say, the highly anticipated and impending opening of Eggslut this year would probably garner similar reactions. This got us wondering: what other famed food and beverage joints would thrive here? Here are some of our picks.
We can't talk about burgers without mentioning Shake Shack's biggest rival – In-N-Out. This West Coast fast-food restaurant from the US is famous for their secret menu and animal style fries, classic cut fries are drenched in a thick glob of their house sauce, melted cheese, and chopped onions. Before the pandemic, the burger chain would occasionally host pop-ups in Singapore that would leave guests pining for more, so that might be a good chance of a permanent outpost.
Frequent travellers to the United Kingdom would be familiar with the scotch egg – a hardboiled egg wrapped in minced pork or sausage, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried till golden brown. Scotchtails is a must-have when visiting the famous Borough Market in London, where they specialise in this one-of-a-kind delicacy. Might we dare to say that this is better than the other classic English dish called fish and chips?
Blue Bottle Coffee
Ding, ding, ding. This is one of the biggest players in the coffee game in recent years and everyone in the States is obsessed with this company. Working closely with farmers around the world, Blue Bottle sources the most sustainable and highest quality coffee beans that they roast and serve in stores. The closest outlet to us would be in Tokyo but with the virus running rampant everywhere, air travel is out of the question and we have no choice but to wait patiently for Blue Bottle to open an outlet here.
Swan Oyster Depot
Revered as the late Anthony Bourdain's favourite seafood bar in San Francisco, the quaint shop near the ocean doubles up as a restaurant and market. Aside from the fresh oysters that are shucked before your very eyes, the Oyster Depot serves a mean sashimi platter based on what is caught daily. Seafood lovers would go crazy for a taste.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
We can't end this wishlist without desserts. Dominique Ansel is an acclaimed pastry chef who is best known for the creation of the cronut – the love-child between a croissant and a donut. However, the bakery located in New York, Los Angeles, and London have a ton of other offerings like the chocolate chip cookie cups and the frozen s'mores that are freshly flambeed with each order.