There’s no denying that the quaint Keong Saik Road near Chinatown is one of Singapore’s coolest hoods for trendy bistros, restaurants, cafés, and bars. Sure, the turnover is high, but as more quality establishments pop up here every so often, we felt it’s high time we did a proper guide. So with a hungry tummy, we took a walk down this glorious road to explore its gastronomical delights.
Want delicious beers to go with your food? The Guild is a new concept by Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery bringing together their award-winning beers with delicious comfort eats: wholesome Chicken Soup ($20), Salt & Vinegar Fries ($8), and a creamy Mac & Cheese ($18) that’s out of this world. Championing local ingredients, you’ll find oysters from Pulau Ubin and frogs from Jurong Frog Farm, used in dishes like General Tso’s Frog Legs ($14). Our top beer pick: the funky Cha Chaan Teng, a sour and salty gose that’s perfect for our humid weather. Read our review here.
The Guild is located at 55 Keong Saik Rd, #01-01, Singapore 089158, p. +65 6224 1262. Open Wed-Sun 5pm – 12am. Closed Mon-Tue.
Wine & Chef
Ever been in a situation where you’re slurping down good ol’ Singaporean fare, when suddenly, the craving for some wine arises? Wine & Chef has the perfect solution for your problem, serving up mean renditions of Hokkien Mee, Tofu and Century Egg, and even Pulut Hitam, all in the comfort of a cosy bistro. Enjoy them with an extensive (over 250 of them!) and affordable selection of Italian wines from as little as six bucks.
Wine & Chef is located at 7 Keong Saik Rd, 089115 Singapore, p. +65 6221 9279. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 11pm. Closed Sun.
This one-Michelin-starred resto by Chef Sun Kim – who’s earned his stripes in Singapore’s Waku Ghin and Tetsuya’s in Sydney – whips up French cuisine with an Asian twist, available at five courses for $118 and seven for $158. Its brand new location down the same street brings you seasonal masterpieces such as Japanese Bonito atop horseradish crème fraîche and Carabinero Prawn paired with butternut squash and sambal Korean rice. Read our review here.
Meta is located at 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089117, p. +65 6513 0898. Open Mon-Tue, Sat 6pm – 11pm, Wed-Fri 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
Cure takes the meaning of modern day neighbourhood restaurant to the next level with innovative fine-dining food, exceptional wines, and a casual tasting menu that changes with the seasons. From dishes like Smoked Bone Marrow to Strawberry Cream Meringue and Basil Sorbet, there’s no denying that New York Chef Andrew Walsh knows his way around the finest produce. Read our review here.
Cure is located at 21 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089128, p. +65 6221 2189. Open Mon-Tue, Sat 6pm – 10pm, Wed-Fri 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm. Closed Sun.
Brought to you by the fine folks behind Cure, Butcher Boy is a contemporary style Asian Grill brought to you by the team at Cure Singapore. This is where Chef Andrew Welsh fires up everything from Crispy Skin Pork Bellies ($32 for 200g) to US Grain Beef Short Ribs ($33 for 180g) and Aubergine Satays ($18) – casual, unpretentious, and fun. Read our review here.
Butcher Boy is located at 31 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089138, p. +65 8752 9578. Open Mon-Tue, Sat 5pm – 12am, Wed-Fri 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 12am, Sun 12pm – 9pm.
Aren’t neon lights just super cool? This grungy izakaya is by the people behind Hong Kong’s Fatty Crab, and as a result, comes reminiscent of the neon city’s trendy social houses. Check out the modern Japanese small plates: Squid Salad, Japanese Crab Cakes, and Duck Tonkatsu, just to name a few. Neon Pigeon might be too small-portioned for a complete dinner, but it’s ideal for indulging in late night drinks with a variety of craft sakes, wines, spirits, and especially the cocktails. Read our review here.
Neon Pigeon is located at 1A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109, p. +65 6222 3623. Open Mon to Sat 6pm – 12am. Closed Sun.
Headed by two French chefs – Philippe Nouzillat and Bertrand Raguin – hailing from the wine regions of France, be assured that whatever gets dished out at Taratata Bistrot is ‘legit’ French cuisine. With homely and comforting fare like the classic Duck Confit, French Onion Soup, and Steamed Mussels in White Wine Sauce, you’d almost wonder if you’ve been suddenly transported to a little Parisian estaminet.
Taratata Bistrot is located at 35A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142, p. +65 6221 4506. Open Tue-Sun 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 12am. Closed Mon.
Potato Head Singapore
This one probably needs no introduction. Launched by the team behind Bali’s famed Potato Head Beach Club, this three-story building houses Three Buns, popular for their gorgeous homemade burgers and Naughty Fries (sinful fries topped with hot chilli beef and béarnaise sauce). Head up to the third-floor for the intimate and elegant cocktail lounge Studio 1939, or the rooftop for a fun crowd that’s always gathering at the tiki bar.
Potato Head Singapore is located at 36 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089143, p. +65 6327 1939. Open Tue, Sun 11am – 12am, Wed-Thu 11am – 1am, Fri-Sat 11am – 2am. Closed Mon.
When Sunshine Nation, the party promoter and organisers behind kickass events like Garden Beats Festival, conceptualises a restaurant, you know it’s going to be good. All about the good times, look forward to a fusion menu of Eastern and Western influences: Sweet Potato Hummus with hazelnut dukkah and housemade focaccia, as well as Ash-Cured Ocean Trout Pastrami. You don’t want to miss out on the drinks – happy hour every day from 6pm to 7.30pm! Read our review here.
DON HO is located at 1 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109. p. +65 6223 5001. Open Mon-Fri 6pm – 12am, Sat 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am, Sun 10am – 3pm.
Bread and Hearth
If you love classic French baked goods, this is one place you’ll want to visit. From simple baguettes and croissants to amazing pain au chocolates and lemon meringue tarts, everything at Bread and Hearth is freshly baked on site well before first light – just follow the waft of bread in the air. They’ve recently started serving dinner too, with craft burgers on brioche buns (the Honey Roast Chicken with egg is a must-try, $12.80) and rustic sandwiches (tuna, lemon chicken, and bacon, from $7.50).
Bread and Hearth is located at 18 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089125, p. +65 6534 7800. Open Mon-Sat, 8am – 3.30pm, 5.30pm – 9pm, Sun 8am – 3.30pm.
Afterglow by Anglow
Raw food isn’t just for hippies anymore, as heat-free, sugar-free, and nutritious meals chock full of fibre are the norm at Afterglow by Anglow. There are no triple shot soy milk lattes here, but instead their own line of cold press juices and cocktails elevated with herbs and flowers. And of course, tasty organic dishes – think Zucchini Linguine with Walnut ‘Meat’-balls ($20) and Chocolate Salted ‘Caramel’ Fudge ($12.50). You might even want to try their Juice Cleanse packs, starting from $102.
Afterglow by Anglow is located at 24 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089131, p. +65 6224 8921. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sun.
Kok Sen Restaurant
Now in its third generation, it’s safe to say that Kok Sen Restaurant has been around far longer than any of the establishments we’ve mentioned so far. Plus, it’s also one of Singapore’s most popular zi char spots. Dishing out traditional Cantonese-style cuisine, this rustic eatery is famous for their legendary Yong Tau Foo, Bittergourd Pork Ribs and Prawn Hor Fun; these get sold out extremely fast each day so you’ll want to head there early!
Kok Sen Restaurant is located at 30B Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089137, p. +65 6223 2005w. Open daily 12pm – 2pm, 5pm – 10.30pm.
Foong Kee Coffee Shop
Foong Kee is our all-time favourite when it comes to Malaysian style roast meats with rice or noodles from a very affordable $3.50. The leaner Char Siew has a nice char and a bit of sweetness, and the Sio Bak (roast) pork is fatty with a resounding crunch – perfect with springy noodles and a hot bowl of plump pork dumplings. And the extra spicy chilli? It’s heavenly.
Foong Kee Coffee Shop is located at 6 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089114, p. +65 9181 1451. Open Mon-Sat 11am – 8pm. Closed Sun.
Yanti Authentic Nasi Padang
If you’re in the area early and need some breakfast, the good people at Yanti Nasi Padang Restaurant are up as early as the birds, dishing out generous portions of delicious Rendang, Curries, and Sotong. While not exactly cheap (expect to pay at least $8 for a heaping plate of meat and vegetables), the standards and variety at Yanti are better than your cookie cutter hawker centre Nasi Padang stalls.
Yanti Authentic Nasi Padang is located at 45 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089149, p. +65 6324 9268. Open daily 7am – 10pm.