The Central Business District of Singapore is home to some of the city’s most dynamic restaurants, cafes, and bars (ladies nights, anybody?), which is good news for all you corporate and creative folks working in the area! With only so much time (and belly space) to spare, make the best use of your lunch breaks and dinners at the best restaurants in Singapore’s CBD.
The Black Swan
Decked out in sleek art deco reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, stepping into The Black Swan is like going back in time to the glamorous 1920s jazz age. Beyond its modern European bistro offerings, the restaurant has ramped up its menu to include a wider beef selection comparable to any classic chophouses. Sourced from the best producers and boutique ranches across the world, cuts include a Kobe Cuisine Wagyu Striploin MB 4-5 and Nipponham Angus Striploin. Looking for post-dinner drinks? Slip upstairs to their intimate cocktail lounge The Powder Room or to their new al fresco garden patio.
The Black Swan is located at 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704, p. 6438 3757. Open Mon 11.30am – 11pm, Tue 11.30am – 12am, Thu 11.30am – 12am, Fri 11.30am – 1am, Sat 5pm – 1am.
This modern Argentine restaurant on Amoy Street is fuelled by Chef Diego Jacquet’s knack for bringing together vibrant flavours and quality products. Argentina is a mixed bag of different cultures, and its cuisine is definitely not just about meat. The menu brims with creativity, with explosive dishes like the signature Provoleta, Beef & Bone Marrow Burger, and signature dessert Dulce de Leche.
Bochinche is located at 115 Amoy Street #01-02, Singapore 069935, p.
6235 4990. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm, Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm, Sat 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Sun 11am – 3pm.
Located in the alleyway right behind Bochinche, this underground restaurant is headed by Pollen’s ex-sous chef, Oliver Hyde. Maggie Joan’s serves up polished interpretations of familiar Mediterranean fare like the hearty Gypsy-style Chickpea Stew and house-made Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu. Read our full review here.
Maggie Joan’s is located at 110 Amoy Street #01-01, Singapore 069930, p. 6221 5564. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm, Sat 6pm – 11pm.
Perched 240m above street level with a spectacular view of Marina Bay, the main draw at Zafferano is the fantastic food – contemporary Italian and made with produce sourced from all over Italy – and luxurious wine lounge. Our favourite dish? The Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with green pea puree and beetroot. Read our full review here.
Zafferano is located at Ocean Financial Centre Level 43, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, p. 6509 1488. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm, Sat 5.30pm – 11pm.
Priding itself on quality and sustainability, all meats at Artemis are strictly grass-fed and hormone-free, also offering the largest selection of vegetarian and gluten-free gourmet dishes in Singapore. Think flavours from coastal Spain, Southern France, Italy, and Greece in plates such as Spicy Iberico Pork Presa and Fadi Organic Guinea Fowl.
Artemis is located at CapitaGreen #40-01, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946, p. 6635 8677. Open Mon-Wed 11.30am – 10pm, Thu-Fri 11.30am – 11pm, Sat 6pm – 11pm.
Here, Executive Chef James Tegerdine dishes out modern interpretations of European classics in an urban dining penthouse. Boasting a dedicated wine room (and vintages from Mouton Rothschild) as well as premium craft beers from its on-site microbrewery to go with your meal, this is another excellent example of sky-high dining in Singapore. Read our full review here.
LeVeL33 is located at #33-018 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981, p. 6834 3133. Open Mon-Wed 11.30am – 12am, Thu-Sat 11.30am – 2am, Sun 12pm – 12am.
OLA Cocina Del Mar
Hidden away in the Marina Bay Financial Centre is this gem of a Spanish restaurant, headed by Chef Daniel Chavez (himself a native of Peru). Casual and unpretentious, the culinary team at OLA delivers especially well with its Pulpo a la Brasa – grilled octopus with romesco sauce – and signature Cochinillo OLA roasted suckling pig.
OLA Cocina Del Mar is located at #01-06 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982, p. 6604 7050 . Open Mon-Fri 11.30am – 2pm & 6pm to 10pm, Sat 6pm to 10pm.
So named because seafood is nutritious and delicious – NUDE uses exceptional ingredients that are cooked simply and transparently. Built around one-dish meals, look forward to affordable and creative lunch items like Cauliflower Cappuccino and Miso-Walnut Snapper. When dinner comes, think ‘finer’ dishes such as King Prawn Tagliolini and Iberico De Bellota Pork.
NUDE Seafood is located at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 #01-02, Singapore 018982, p. 6443 1167. Open Mon-Fri 8am – 10pm.
Cheek by Jowl
For modern Australian dishes, head to Unlisted Collection’s Cheek By Jowl, where you’ll find hints of different cuisines coming together on one plate. Sustainability and naturalism is emphasised here, as exemplified by the organic and biodynamic wine list, as well as a full vegetarian menu. Don’t miss the Rangers Valley Rib Eye with charred lettuce and fermented soy. Read our full review here.
Cheek by Jowl is located at 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620, p. 6221 1911. Open Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm and 6pm-10.30pm, Sat 6pm-10.30pm.
Si Chuan Dou Hua
There’s no spice quite like the numbing peppercorns used in Sichuan Cuisine. Perched way up on the 60th storey of UOB Plaza, this fine-dining restaurant is best known for its mouth-watering and lip-burning delicacies like Chong Qing Diced Chicken with dried chilli and the famous Ma Po Tofu. To add to the excitement, Si Chuan Dou Hua has its own gongfu tea master.
Si Chuan Dou Hua is located at 80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624, p. 6535 6006. Open daily 11.30am – 10.30pm (High Tea from 2.30pm – 6pm).
Senso Ristorante & Bar
Senso has definitely come a long way since its establishment in 2000. A veteran in the local Italian fine-dining scene, the restaurant continues to dish out authentic interpretations of classic dishes such as Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Dolce and Traditional Veal Ossobuco with Lemon ‘Gremolata’. Head out to the courtyard (the space was originally a convent) to find colonial architecture, ornate paintings, and sculptures.
Senso Ristorante & Bar is located at 21 Club Street, Singapore 069410, p. 6224 3534. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm, Sat 6pm – 10.30pm, Sun 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm.
This contemporary smokehouse caters to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, feeding carnivorous customers with all kinds of meat prepared by Head Chef Andrew Baldus with two large authentic smokers flown in from Southern America. Plus, its highly-skilled bar stocks plenty of craft beers, cocktails, bourbons, and even the infamous pickleback (a shot of whisky chased by a shot of pickle brine).
Meatsmith is located at 169 Telok Ayer, Singapore 068620, p. 6221 2262. Open Mon-Sat 11.45am-2pm and 5.30pm-11pm.
Tao Seafood Asia
Tao Seafood offers the best of fresh seafood and Chinese culinary techniques, building its dishes on traditional, passion, and pride. They source produce from all over the world – think abalones from Australia and Mexico, mud crabs from Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and bird’s nest from Indonesia.
Tao Seafood Asia is located at 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961, p. 6844 9969. Open Mon-Sun 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm.