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Known as one of the foodie capitals of the world, Singapore’s dining scene offers an almost seamless juxtaposition of local street eats served by hole-in-the-wall vendors in the shadows of towering skyscrapers where you’ll find some of the world’s top fine dining restaurants.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the endless dining choices in the city, and that’s why we got the low down of the best places to eat in Singapore for any budget from Andrew Burns, General Manager of db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud at the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

$$$$ Fine Dining Dinner Restaurant: Waku Ghin

Why: Chef Tetsuya Wakuda is notorious for taking the finest quality ingredients and allowing them to really show their true form with very little manipulation.

Favourite dish: Marinated Botan shrimp with oscietra caviar and uni.

Local tip: If you go for the 6pm seating, you can catch the Marina Bay Sands light show from the Waku Ghin dessert salon!

Image courtesy of Waku Ghin

$$$$ Fine Dining Lunch Restaurant: Odette

Why: Chef Julien Royer is one of the most talented young chefs in the region. His technique and balance of flavours meet a unique and delicate presentation, all while being served by a symphony of well-trained service staff.

Favourite dish: Where to start…. the bread service, cheese service and champagne trolley are must tries! Also, see if Chef can prepare his quail or pigeon baked in hay, which he usually accompanies with a house-made jam. Amazing!

Local tip: The restaurant’s location in the National Gallery of Singapore is key, so after a three-hour lunch you can walk and gaze at some fabulous pieces from colonial to modern times.

Image courtesy of Odette

$$$ High-End Restaurant: Jaan

Why: Chef Kirk Westaway is one of the most classically trained Chefs in the city. His menus reflect modern cooking with proper technique and a high quality of ingredients. Every day he strives for perfection with his very talented team.

Favourite dish: Almalfi lemon variations for your dessert course

Local tip: For the out-of-towners, Jaan has one of the best views on the Singapore skyline.

Image courtesy of Jaan

$$ The Talk of the Town: Cheek by Jowl

Why: Chef Rishi Naleendra, originally from Sri Lanka and trained in Australia is one of the most unpretentious and approachable Chefs I have encountered. His approach to cooking utilizes traditional techniques with the addition of pickling, juicing and lightly smoking to name a few

Favourite dish: You must try the marble potatoes with chives and sour cream! For everything else, ask Chef Rishi to prepare a seven-course tasting menu, where each and every course is so different and unique.

Local tip: After dinner head around the corner to Employees Only for a nightcap – my favourite is the Manhattan (arguably the best in the city!).

Image above and lead image courtesy of Cheek by Jowl 

$ Cheap Eats: Lau Pa Sat

Why: For some of the best satay in the city in a prime downtown location. Very easy to access from most hotels in the area.

Favourite dish: Sambal stingray and grilled satay with a chilled local beer

Local tip: Don’t go too late in the evening because the crowd can get pretty intense and it’s tough to find seating. They are also open until 3am on weekends!

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