Calling all fanatical foodies: X Michelin-starred dining experiences in Singapore
Singapore is a fantastic destination for foodies. There are currently a whopping 55 Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore, making it the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates fine dining. We don't have quite the space here to tell you about all 55 restaurants, so we're going to focus on the ultimate dining experiences in Singapore- the establishments that have secured themselves not just one star, but two or three.
There are currently six two-starred restaurants in Singapore and three with three stars, meaning you need a nine-night break to experience them all, and possibly a second mortgage.
Getting to Singapore
If you're keen to visit more than one of these restaurants during your stay then it's worth planning your accommodation to minimize your travel time to and from venues. As you'll definitely be booking well in advance to eat in any of these places, you should have plenty of time to think about where in Singapore you'd like to stay.
Another option to consider is to book your flights and hotel as a package. For example, when booking flights and hotels to Singapore with eDreams filters for elements such as dates, price, and location can be applied to tailor more relevant searches and results. Some travelers find this easier than managing multiple bookings and prefer being able to see everything in one place. Don't forget to check baggage allowances on flights so you don't get stung by unexpected fees.
Make sure you allow some time to appreciate Singapore Changi Airport when you arrive too as it's one of the most stunning airports in the world – some people even use it as a wedding venue!
Three-star Michelin restaurants in Singapore
These are the very best of the best, creating some of the most interesting and innovative food in the world. In the 2023 Michelin Guide, there were only 139 restaurants in the whole world with a three-star rating, so the fact that three of them are in Singapore is testimony to the quality of food in the city.
Let's dive in and get our mouths watering…
It doesn't get much better than Les Amis, the epitome of fine dining and French cuisine that's quite literally at the top of its game. The restaurant itself is everything you'd expect from chich French dining – smooth lines, chandeliers, subtle lighting, and all-round impeccable attention to detail. The service too is exactly as it should be – the staff anticipating your every want so that you never have to ask. The whole place can be summed up by the ladies' dress code, which is 'chic, elegant yet polished'.
Chef Lepinoy takes his inspiration for the menu from the purest form of Parisian haute cuisine, so you can expect dishes like roasted Challans duck breast from Vendée accompanied with ginger caramel pear and langoustine from Loctudy with an emulsion of olive oil from Chateau d'Estoublon. The vast wine cellar at Les Amis is the perfect complement to the exquisite menu. You will need to dust off your credit card for a trip to Les Amis but it will be a culinary experience you'll never forget.
Although both boast three Michelin stars, the look and feel of Odette couldn't be more different to Les Amis. Where Les Amis dripped with understated glamour, the vibe at Odette is much more contemporary – think lots of natural light, beautiful soft pinks, and bare concrete planters – as though you gave a stylish millennial an unlimited budget and the brief to create something 'Instagrammable'.
Chef Julien Royer named the restaurant after his grandmother Odette, and it's from her that he takes much of his inspiration. The ethos is that often the most delicious food can come from the simplest ingredients if they are pure and of high quality. A key feature of Odette is the glass-walled kitchen, where diners can watch the chefs in action.
The style at Zén is probably unlike anything you've experienced before – Japanese Scandinavian fusion isn't the most common pairing. Chef and owner Bjorn Frantzen has kept his roots close to his heart with this, his second restaurant to get the three-star Michelin accolade, the first being his flagship three-star Frantzen in his home country of Sweden.
Zén offers a set lunch and dinner menu, which will set you back several hundred dollars per person, excluding drinks, but for this, you'll get a full tasting menu containing some of the most creative and imaginative dishes that Singapore has to offer. The setting is very different again to the usual modern clean lines of a lot of Singapore as the restaurant is actually a converted Edwardian townhouse, with food served over three separate floors, the ground floor with an open kitchen.
Two-star Michelin restaurants in Singapore
Whilst they've got quite hit that supreme three-star rating, these six two-star Michelin restaurants will still blow your socks off with their creativity and flavors, not to mention their gorgeous decor and impeccable service.
JAAN by Kirk Westaway
One of the first things you'll notice when you step into the dining room at JAAN by Kirk Wastaway is the view. It's located on the 70th floor – the very top floor in fact – of the iconic Swissôtel The Stamford. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows, meaning you eat against the stunning backdrop of Singapore's skyline.
Both the decor and the food are unusual for Singapore. Inspired by Chef Kirk's heritage, JAAN takes you on a cultural journey through Devon, Cornwall's neighbor in the south-west of England. They account for every detail, from the cast chandelier symbolizing the grave and resilience of hawthorn trees to the inclusion of 'fish and chips' on the menu.
Located in the famous Keong Saik district, Thevar is perfect if you like your dining with a bit of extra spice. We mean this figuratively and literally – the area is a vibrant, buzzy street full of noise and culture, and the food is a modern take on Indian, putting a contemporary twist on everything that's delicious about Asian cuisine.
The chef at Thevar is Mano Thevar and Mano draws on his Indian heritage for inspiration. The chef's menu entices diners with delights such as Mysore spiced rack of lamb, Tajima wagyu beef, and Iberico pork. They meticulously craft each dish, as one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
Cloudstreet describes itself as having a 'progressive yet sophisticated approach to gastronomy' and this sums it up rather nicely. The restaurant has been built from scratch with two very specific aims in mind – to create a sense of luxury and decadence but also to allow the diner to have a much closer and more authentic connection with the chef. They wanted to create a restaurant that felt like stepping into your best friend's home, and the chef's counter, which allows you to chat to the chefs as they prepare your food, helps to create this relaxed vibe.
The menu is ever-changing depending on the seasons but at the time of writing includes amazing-sounding Japanese madai with fermented Pear and champagne, Sri Lankan curry of blue lobster with an aromatic coconut broth, and Corsican meagre with crab fat and "osciètre" caviar.
Waku Ghin is part of the Marina Bay Sands resort and the first thing you see on their website is an intimate video of David Beckham enjoying Japanese food – if that doesn't give you an idea of the quality (and price point) then we don't know what will.
One of the interesting things about Waku Ghin is the variety of dining spaces to choose from. If you enjoy getting up close and personal with your food then you could opt for the chef's table. The sushi room gives diners the full sushi omakase experience or unwind at the bar with a Japanese cocktail before dinner.
Our Michelin two-star round-up has so far taken us from Devon all the way to India and Japan, and with Saint Pierre we're coming back, as the name suggests, to France, albeit with an Asian accent. Chef-owner Emmanuel Strrobant credits yoga as an inspiration for the ethos and food at Saint Pierre, drawing on the principles of intuition and mindfulness to embrace the creative process and create exciting food.
Chef Emmanuel's time in restaurants both in Belgium and Asia comes through clearly in the sample menu, which includes a mix of the two cuisines – basque country wild turbot, zucchini, and isebi sitting happily alongside omi beef, kamo eggplant, and szechuan peppercorn.
Adding to the list of Japanese restaurants is Shoukouwa, a Japanese restaurant located on Fullerton Road. It specializes in edomae sushi, crafting sushi from seafood sourced from Tokyo Bay. (Edo is the former name of Tokyo, hence the name edomea, meaning 'in front of Edo'.)
The focus at Shoukouwa is on the origin of the ingredients. They collaborate with only a handful of select suppliers, and they fly in all their seafood fresh daily from Tokyo's Toyosu Market. This relationship holds immense importance – when the market closes, Shoukouwa also closes. They also have an extensive sake menu so that you can get your food and drink pairings spot on.
If you enjoyed this article and it's got your mouth watering then check out our guide to the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Miami for more foodie temptations. Michelin-starred dining might be expensive, but in our opinion, it's totally worth it. The quality of ingredients, attention to detail, and the thought that goes into the menus are just incredible and make for a luxury culinary experience you'll remember for a long time.
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