Top restaurants to dine at during Singapore Restaurant Week 2016

Top restaurants to dine at during Singapore Restaurant Week 2016

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Text: Denise Kok

Bookings for Singapore Restaurant Week open on 29 February. Here are the top tables to secure a spot at

Seafood lovers have much to look forward to when the 12th edition of Singapore Restaurant Week returns this March. From 19 to 26 March, more than 100 hundred restaurants across the city will roll out three-course menus priced from $28 and $38, for lunch and dinner respectively. This year, seafood takes centrestage as chefs plan their Restaurant Week menus upon a diverse haul of ingredients drawn from the sea. Not sure which restaurants to book into? Here're our top picks. 

1. Sushi Mieda 

Sushi Mieda, Singapore restaurant week

Type of cuisine: Japanese

Why go? With renowned Japanese Chef Nobumasa Mieda lending gravitas to his eponymous fine dining outfit in Singapore, a meal here doesn't come cheap. After all, the restaurant flies in fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from Japan, all of which goes into a sublime sushi experience or extravagant multi-course kaiseki meal. Book ahead to secure one of eight seats in this cosy, high temple of Japanese gastronomy.   

60 Collyer Quay. Level 10 OUE Tower. Tel: 8425 7846

[Correction as of 2 March 2016: We've been informed that this restaurant will no longer participate in Singapore Restaurant Week]

2. Bacchanalia

bacchanalia, Singapore restaurant week

Type of cuisine: Modern European

Why go? Bacchanalia might have moved from its covert cave in the Freemason House to a light-filled space along Hong Kong Street, but the same inventive plates dreamt up by the kitchen remains. Under the watchful eyes of head chef Ivan Brehm — a former alumnus of fine dining restaurants Mugaritz, Per Se, and Fat Duck — a meal at Bacchanalia draws upon inspiration from larders the world over to turn out dishes layered with flavours and textures. Think scallops paired with a dash of cacao, and cold-pressed coconut cream flirting with a creamy risotto. 

39 Hong Kong Street. Tel: 9179 4552

[Correction as of 2 March 2016: We've been informed that this restaurant will no longer participate in Singapore Restaurant Week]

3. Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare

gattopardo singapore restaurant week

Type of cuisine: Italian 

Why go? Occupying an enviable two-storey space complete with its very own candle-lit terrace, Chef Lino Sauro's homage to the seafood-heavy repertoire of South Italy takes centrestage in this charming restaurant. Charred octopus, sweet Sicilian red prawns, and beautifully made tagliolini topped with sea urchin sauce are but some of the dishes the kitchen turns out. Don't forget to order a bottle of wine to go with your meal. Their stellar Italian-leaning wine list should not go unexplored. 

34/36 Tras Street. Tel: 6338 5498 

4. Long Chim  

Singapore restaurant week long chim

Type of cuisine: Thai 

Why go? Why would anyone trust an Aussie chef to whip up a Thai meal? Well, we certainly would if the man in question is Chef David Thompson. After all, Thompson has devoted a sizeable part of his culinary career to his adopted cuisine, going so far as to dabble with recipes guarded by the Thai royal court. At Long Chim, you'll get to taste his elevated take on Thai street food that's grounded with well nuanced, authentic flavours from the Land of the Free.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Atrium 2. #L2-02. Tel: 6688 7299 

Related article: David Thompson's Long Chim

5. Brasserie les Saveurs 

Singapore restaurant week brasserie les saveurs

Type of cuisine: French

Why go? In keeping with the regal elegance of The St. Regis Singapore, Brasserie les Saveurs' imposing chandeliers and plush interiors set the stage for fine French fare grounded by classical French flavours. Come evening, the hotel's resident pianist takes his place behind the grand piano, giving diners the full St. Regis experience where each meal comes peppered with a dash of luxury. 

29 Tanglin Rd. Tel: 6506 6860

Reservations can be made here from 29 February 2016. Do note that restaurants awarded with a DiningCity Star are subject to an additional charge of $12++ and $20++ for lunch and dinner respectively.