It’s strange to think that many years ago, the majority of shophouses along the Duxton strip in Tanjong Pagar were occupied with dodgy KTVs. Now, Duxton Hill is without a doubt one of the best areas to wine and dine out in Singapore outside the CBD. And for sure, while there’s still a few of them knocking around, the majority have been scrapped, done-up and replaced by cool new food and drink establishments. So we present, City Nomads’ list of the 10 best places to eat and drink yourselves silly at Duxton Hill.
Etna Italian Ristorante
Having just revisited Etna for the Nth time yesterday for a sumptuous 3-course lunch, it was a pleasure to see that even with a new menu and new Executive Chef Ana from Sicily, this establishment is still one of our top spots for Italian cuisine in Singapore. The food is excellent, service is polite, knowledgeable and very friendly and the price is oh-so reasonable. It’s basically everything you could ever want in an Italian restaurant. Read our review here.
Etna is located at 50 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089534. Open Mon-Sun 12pm to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Sabio Tapas Bar
Sabio is the go-to outlet for Spanish tapas in the Duxton area. The $39.90 all-you-can-eat menu lets you stuff your face indiscriminately, or you can opt for a more selective route with their ala carte tapas menu, featuring signature dishes like Pulpo Con Sofrito (octopus!) and Almejas al ajillo – delicious clams in white wine sauce. Deserving special mention is the ever-popular sangria to complement your food. And the churros here? It’s to die for. Read our review here.
Sabio Tapas Bar is located at 5 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089591. Open Mon-Thu 12pm-11.30pm, Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 5pm – 12am, Sun 11.30am – 10.30pm.
Alba has the unenviable position of going up against the likes of Etna in the realm of Italian cuisine, but they more than hold their own. Alba offers a variety of pickings from degustation menus to set lunches, also features an impressive wine selection. Take the time to savour your meal while enjoying the delightful al fresco setting with great views of the city skyline. Read our review here.
Alba 1836 is located at 28 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089610. Wine Bar is open Mon-Fri 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am, Sat 6pm – 12am. Restaurant is open Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Sat 6.30pm – 10.30pm.
Pince & Pints
It seemed somewhat that 2014 was the ‘Lobster revolution’ in Singapore. Western-style seafood restaurants became all the rage, and even a couple, like Pince & Pints decided to full speed ahead and create a restaurant specialising in the stuff.
Keeping it simple, Pince & Pints offers Lobster done four different ways for $48. Expect mouth-watering dishes like their lobster roll or classic while grilled lobster with fries and salad. If you’re in a seafood mood, you really can’t go wrong here. Read our review here.
Pince & Pints is located at 32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089497. Open Mon-Sat 5pm – 11pm.
Towards the Craig Road side of Duxton, you’d probably just walk right past this bundle of awesomeness. Located on the 2nd floor, the Japanese-run Izakaya is as authentic as it gets. If you’re big into Sake and are keen to try some proper Japanese bar cuisine (not sushi, people!), then this should be right at the top of your list.
Inaho’s Kitchen Bar is located at 60 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089524. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 10pm.
Taking over from the former Pigeonhole Café is Merchants, an Aussie owned and run concept combining great wine, coffee and some yummy nibbles. Merchants sources their wine directly from vineyards in Australia and sells them at phenomenally reasonable prices. We’re talking $40-50 for a very decent bottle of wine, probably the cheapest in the area. As for food, it’s not amazing, but it certainly hits the spot and it’s solid comfort food. Read our review here.
Merchants is located at 52 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089516. Open Mon-Thu 9am – 11pm. Fri-Sat 9am – 12am. Sunday 9am – 12am.
Tippling Club is not ‘technically’ on Duxton, but it just seems too much of a shame not to include it. The restaurant and bar under Chef Ryan Clift has been well known for many years at their previous Dempsey location. The interior of funky and chic without being pretentious. The menu is an awesome experimental mishmash of tasty ingredients. As for the cocktail bar, to put it simply, you will taste some of the best drinks in Singapore here. Read our review here.
Tipping Club is located at 38 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088461. Mon-Fri 12pm – 12am. Sat 6pm – 12am.
Let’s face it: as a concept, Lucha Loco is largely responsible for changing the face of the area and pumping fresh life into the neighbourhood. The place gets crowded pretty much every night of the week, and for good reason. Music is good, the service is acceptable but more importantly, their food and drinks are simply superb. It’s not cheap but they pretty much have the best tacos and mojitos in Singapore. And of course, the tequila and mezcal selection isn’t too shabby either. Read our review here.
Lucha Loco is located at 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598. Open Tue-Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri 5pm – 1am, Sat 6pm – 1am.
Praelum Wine Bistro
Attention wine enthusiasts, this is where you should be heading to… and frequently. Run by talented and mid-20s sommelier Gerald Lu, this is a great stop for sampling a few wines, or ordering a few bottles if you are so inclined! Naturally, the food here goes perfectly with wine – for a delicious white wine pairing, go for their escargot or their baked camembert. Read our review here.
Praelum Wine Bistro is located at 4 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089590. Open Mon-Sat 6pm to 1am.
After the Jackson Plan failed (yes, pun intended), Latteria Mozerella soon opened its door as the new Italian on the corner. Despite the name (meaning dairy-shop in Italian), what really impressed us here were the other dishes; particularly the absolutely delicious lamb shank. There’s also an expansive al fresco area for drinks and dining. Well worth visiting for a classic wine and dine evening meal. Read our review here.
Latteria Mozzarella is located at 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618. Open Mon-Sun 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm.
Updated 15 June 2016