As a local, there are just some restaurants that you have to try for yourself. These places aren’t the mainstream chains which get the most buzz, but they have their own following of fans. From traditional Peranakan classics to Russian cuisine, here are 4 great hidden gems that are definitely worth a visit! What’s even better is that these places are all in town, making it easy to plan a day out with all your besties!
How familiar are you with Russian cuisine? With over 30 yeas of experience, Shashlik has been faithfully serving up their delicious renditions of Russian and Continental fare. If you haven’t paid them a visit yet, this is your sign!
Need some recommendations? Be sure to try out their Borshch Soup ($12), their take on the classic Russian broth of slow cooked Angus Beef Brisket. While you’re there, be sure to get their signature Shashlik of Beef ($48), which features mouth-watering cuts of lean beef tenderloin skewers infused with their house-specialty marinade.
Location: 545 Orchard Road, #06-19 Far East Shopping Centre, 238882
12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Tues-Sun)
(Closed on Mon)
French Fold –
Building upon the success of their first branch at Telok Ayer, this aesthetic little café is the perfect spot for a pretty afternoon brunch out in town! For the uninitiated, French Fold specialises in Galettes, a French dish of folded pancakes and various toppings.
If you’re feeling particularly peckish, be sure to try their No.15 ($20), which features sausage, pork pancetta, eggs, beans, and mushrooms. If you’re partial to sweet treats instead, we recommend their Crepes’ No.23 ($14), which features raspberry jam, fresh berries, and strawberry basil gelato.
Location: 390 Orchard Rd, #01-02, Singapore 238871
Putting it bluntly, Gudsht serves really gudsht. Located in Cineleisure, this colorful bar + restaurant offers a kaleidoscope of Japanese dishes and an equally wide range of drinks. They’re also open till midnight daily, which means they’re always a good option if you’re looking for some after-work drinks and bites!
Their selection of Japanese cuisine covers all of the classic comfort foods such as Pork Katsu Don ($12.90), Unagi Skewers ($5), Gyoza ($8), and Yakiniku Beef Cubes ($16). If you’re in a drinking mood, they’ve got handy bundles such as their Bourbon Bundle ($42) and a selection of flavoured Makgeolli (from $12), to name a few.
Location: 8 Grange Rd, #01-04, Singapore 239695
Operating Hours: 11am-12am (Daily)
Bonding Kitchen –
When it comes to good eats, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention one of the best peranakan spots in town – Bonding Kitchen. Located in Orchard Gateway, Bonding Kitchen specialises in modern peranakan cuisine, bringing their own creative spins on classic dishes.
Hungry for more? Some standout dishes include their Ngoh Hiang, as well as the Crab Curry Masak Lemak Kunyit. Their Wagyu Beef Rendang in particular is a must-try, featuring stewed wagyu beef with coconut milk and spices that coat the beef, creating an incredibly flavourful layer of caramelised herbs and spices.
Location: 277 Orchard Rd, #02-18 Orchard, Singapore 238858
Operating Hours: 11:30am-9:30pm (Daily)