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An assault on the senses

Singapore has a diverse culinary scene, from hawker food to fine dining.

Singapore is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it’s no wonder. In a few short decades, the city state has built a solid reputation. It consistently ranks in the top five wealthiest countries. Its airlines are named among the best in the world; its architectural projects are setting global standards, as is the government’s investment in its ‘City in a Garden’ dream; and the South-East Asian island-nation was recently named second in the world for attracting global talent due to its strong education system. So, what next?

Well, it seems that Singapore is now taking on the culinary scene. There are close to 40 Michelin-rated restaurants in the city and it’s no secret that Singaporeans take their food seriously. Whether it’s five-star fine dining or hawker fare, a trip to Singapore is sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Here are four of our favourite places to dine and drink.

MANHATTAN
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
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Slip into your finest cocktail wear and take a step back in time to 1920s New York where whisky bars were the height of sophistication – solid timber, rich velvet, fine crystal.

This grand bar is inspired by the 19th Century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking. The world’s first in-hotel rickhouse was unveiled here in 2014 and there is no shortage of whisky – the bar features 100 American oak barrels, more than 150 whiskies and an impressive collection of liquor sourced from across the world. A shot can set you back anywhere from $25 to $600. Impressive cocktails are produced by Singapore’s premier mixologists and bartenders who have access to Manhattan’s one-of-a-kind ingredients room, brimming with unusual ingredients like wild cherry bark, shisandra berries and dandelion root.

In this bar, even ice is not simply ice – water of the highest quality and purity is hand-cut and stamped to perfectly complement the glass and liquor. Food is not an afterthought with a focus on iconic New York gastronomy.

TIP: Don’t miss the adult-only Cocktail Brunch & Boozy Milkshakes on Sundays with unlimited drinks and bar-bites including barrel-smoked Balcones Texas whisky-infused slow-roasted tomahawk.

MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE
1 Kadayanallur Street, Chinatown

A visit to Singapore is not complete without a stop at this popular hawker centre. The centre is frequented by local residents – always an indication the food is good. Your first visit can be a little overwhelming, particularly for foodies, as there are well over 60 stalls to experience. This is the place to sample Singapore’s national dish, the Hainanese chicken rice. Patiently queue at the Tian Tian stall for a plate of boiled chicken served atop rice, cooked in chicken broth and topped with chef Mdm Foo Kui Lian’s secret sauce. It’s worth the wait. A few years ago Mdm Foo beat Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay in a cook-off. In addition to the famous dish, you will find an array of delightful plates at the many stalls. And, unlike the rest of Singapore, it’s cheap. A plate of chicken rice, a serving of vibrant coloured, garlic-infused greens and nasi goreng with prawns set us back $8.

TIP: Try the beer at 3rd Culture Brewing Co. There are 12 rotating craft beers on tap.

SUMMER PALACE
Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel
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Dine in traditional Chinese style at the Michelin one-star Summer Palace. You will find classic Cantonese dishes and dim sum delicacies produced by the restaurant’s two Hong Kong chefs.

JUMBO Seafood
The Riverwalk, adjacent to Clarke Quay
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Jumbo’s is a Singaporean institution, renowned for its award-winning chilli crab. Take a seat, pull on that large bib and get stuck into the deliciously fragrant and spicy dish. Keep in mind that the crab will set you back about $120 – but it’s worth every cent.

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Candice's passion for journalism led her to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago where she has worked across multiple media and communication platforms. An avid traveller (she lists Paris, Venice and Vietnam as her faves), this mum of one loves meeting with people from all walks of life and finds inspiration within their stories. Candice joined the team in 2014 and is MWP's editor.

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