The Inside Track

Hit the streets, it’s time to feast!

The Lion City is a gorgeous place to be with lots of fun activities to experience. In true Southeast Asian fashion, one of the highlights of this bustling metropolis is its amazing cuisine culture! And who best to give us insider tips on the foodie scene than a savvy Singaporean like Joyce Yang from TheSmartLocal.com? This month, Joyce leads us on an exciting discovery of the most appetising eateries to the coolest hangout spots throughout the island. Buckle up for the ride!

Say konnichiwa to these culinary delights

Japanese cuisine lovers, prepare to be spoilt for choice! If you’ve got a hankering for sashimi, Irodori Japanese Restaurant in River View Hotel is the place to go.

“Their buffet-style sashimi servings are of a higher standard and eating there is akin to ordering fresh plates of ala carte servings,” says Joyce.Does steak rock your world? Head on over to District 10 Bar & Restaurant in Suntec City, another affordable Japanese buffet restaurant.

“I actually don’t eat beef, but when I had the steak there, it changed my perception completely,” said Joyce.

In fact, she sang praises of how tender the meat was and how little seasoning was required, as it only needed to be sprinkled with a dash of salt before being good to go. If it can sway her mind (and her tastebuds), we have faith in it too!

And if you’re looking for something to splurge on, Joyce recommends Kinki Sushi in Fullerton. Great food, accompanied by gorgeous decor and artful murals on the wall turns your dining experience into an Instagram-worthy memory.

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Spice up your day at Ristorante Da Valentino Located along Turf Club Road, Joyce recommends their steak and squid ink pasta.

“But the true highlight of the place is the cosy impression you get when stepping into it,” she tells us.

Decorated with photo frames of the Italian family who owns the place, it strikes a chord in those who appreciate the feeling of being in their home away from home. This cheerfully homey atmosphere is similar to restaurants in Italy itself, and the chef who takes pride in his culinary endeavours allows for an unforgettable gourmet experience.

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Got a big night out?
You can never go wrong with a classic favourite. Pile on the meat and the beer at Roadhouse, Dempsey Road and don’t miss out on their Terminator Challenge! What is that, you ask?

“Basically, if you can chow down on a 1kg burger stuffed with about six beef patties within 20 minutes, you get it for free,” Joyce explains.

Guys, it’s time to train those tummies! If you love being part of a secret, you can check out The Flagship, a dive bar near Outram Train Station. The hidden entrance is essentially an unassuming metal door accessed via an alley – not something you would expect to lead to anywhere special. Upon stepping in, however, you’ll be greeted by the surprising yet unmistakably European air.

“It’s like those bars you find in London, with typical red brick walls and plenty of art decor posters all around,” Joyce says.

Her favourite part is that you can play beer pong there!

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For groups who like a funky dining experience, OverEasy is the place to be. With one branch in Fullerton and another in Orchard, this all-American diner projects a playful persona by whipping up fun dish ideas, like their Mac & Cheeks which is a cheeky spin on the all-time favourite, mac & cheese. This version features Australian beef cheeks steeped in a herb brine for five hours and braised overnight before being served with macaroni and gruyere cheese sauce. And for cocktails, the Te-Quil-A Mockingbird will appeal to literary souls. Its combination of Cimarron Blanco Tequila, lime juice and fresh pomegranate showcases an unexpectedly refreshing side to tequila beyond shots and shooters.

“It’s a very fun place to be and although things may get a little crude sometimes, it’s all part of the appeal,” she says.

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Of love and a lust for life

Got an anniversary to celebrate with that special someone? You’ll have plenty of beautiful, romantic settings to choose from! Plan a date in the colonial-like atmosphere of Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, Telok Blangah Hill Park, infuse some sexy vibes into your night by heading to Catalunya Singapore, Collyer Quay for their Spanish cuisine, or learn the language of romance with Italian gastronomic delights at Basilico, The Regent Hotel.

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“You could also embark on a food trail adventure over at Haji Lane with your best buds when you have a special occasion to celebrate,” suggests Joyce.

Dinner, dessert, and drinks all in the same place? Jackpot!
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Have no fear, healthy eaters are also welcome here! The Daily Cut at One Raffles Place can tempt even the staunchest of non-veggie lovers to try out their salads.

“It’s a popular choice with those who want to eat clean but have a little fun with their food at the same time,” Joyce says, adding that they appeal to the crowd by adding meat choices like sliced quality steak into their salad.

Its myriad of dining selections strengthens Singapore’s reputation as a food haven, but with Joyce’s recommendations, it’s possible to make your holiday here all the more delicious. You know you want to pay all these places a visit – we know this because we feel exactly the same. The Lion City beckons you and your appetite!

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