The Singapore edition of the Michelin Guide is now in its second year, and here are the new Bib Gourmand awardees. From hawker stalls dishing out authentic local fare to world-renowned restaurants serving international cuisine, here’s where to get a pedigree meal
Ah Er Soup
#01-143, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, 6 Jln Bukit Merah
Dishes range from SS$3.50 – SS$6.50
This hawker stall serves rich and comforting Chinese herbal soups at super reasonable prices, ranging from S$3.50 to S$6.50. The hearty steaming bowls are best enjoyed on their own, or with a side of pumpkin rice for an extra S$0.80. The signature dish here — Buddha Jumps Over the Wall — is a generous mix of high-quality ingredients such as fish maw, abalone and Chinese mushroom.
11 Unity St
Dishes range from S$3.50 – S$13.00
Situated in the laid-back Robertson Quay area, this restaurant dishes out scrumptious yakitori (chicken skewers) and other Japanese grilled meats. The grilling equipment — right down to the charcoal — is imported from Japan, guaranteeing a truly authentic dining experience. A favorite here is the chicken ball skewer, which also incorporates ground chicken cartilage for a more textured bite. If you’re a bit more adventurous, try other cuts such as chicken neck, gizzard and heart.
Liao Fan Hawker Chan
78 Smith St
Dishes range from S$3.80 – S$25.00
Who wouldn’t appreciate a satisfying, top-grade meal that wouldn’t burn holes in your pockets? Also known as the place where you can get “the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world”, this sister outlet to the famed Liao Fan hawker stall in Chinatown serves up a simple Hong Kong-style roast that definitely doesn’t disappoint. The main star here is its soya sauce chicken, priced at only S$3.80, perfectly roasted to achieve the delightfully tender meat that still retains all its juices. Be prepared to stand in line, though, if you’re planning to go on weekends.
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant
1 Keong Saik Rd
Dishes range from S$6.00 – S$49.80
While plenty of Japanese restaurants in Singapore serve the popular unagi (eel), this one is a serious specialist and serves nothing else. Flown in live and chargrilled to obtain a flavorful and silky texture, the eel here is simply heavenly. Sample the umaki, bite-sized grilled eels enveloped in fluffy layers of Japanese omelet. The dining area and the kitchen are separated by a glass panel, so your dinner comes with a bit of a show as well, as cooks in rubber boots expertly fillet and prepare the meat.
The Blue Ginger
97 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Dishes range from S$8.00 – S$38.00
Tucked in a row of heritage shophouses, this restaurant prides itself on traditional Peranakan food, a unique cuisine comprising Malay and Chinese influences. To start, get the otak-otak, a spiced mackerel fish cake wrapped in banana leaves before being grilled to perfection. Then, dig into a plate of rendang, slow-cooked beef coated in an earthy, spice-packed sauce. And to conclude it all, sample the so-called “king of fruits” in a special rendition, with the bestselling durian chendol, pandan jelly swimming in a luscious blend of red beans, coconut milk and durian purée.
New Lucky Claypot Rice
#02-19, Holland Drive Market and Food Centre, 44 Holland Dr; tel: +65 6778 7808
Dishes range from S$10.00 – S$25.00
Seeing long-beloved hawker stalls recognized has been one of the more rewarding aspects of the arrival of the Michelin Guide in Singapore, and this Holland Drive gem has also gotten its due. Prepared in the traditional way, raw rice is put into claypots and cooked over high heat, resulting in a semi-burnt crusty layer at the bottom. A crowd favorite here is the Claypot Wu Wei Rice, a combination of rice, chicken and lap cheong (Chinese sausage) smothered in dark sauce with a drizzle of sesame oil. Expect the place to be packed at peak times, so make sure that you call and reserve a table beforehand.
#01-00, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Dishes range from S$12.00 – S$48.00
Helmed by chef Stephane Istel who hails from Alsace, the rustic French food here draws on classic preparations with a slight modern twist. The interior feels like a 17th-century European bar — think dim lighting, extravagant chandeliers and ornate table centerpieces. The succulent free-range rotisserie chicken, served with a side of potato gratin and chicken jus, doesn’t fail to impress, while the classic homemade apple pie wins hearts all around.
#01-01, Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Rd
Dishes range from S$15.00 – S$22.80
The first ramen chain to obtain a Michelin star, the Singapore outlet has seen endless queues of customers waiting to sample its famous truffle-infused ramen. On offer are two broth options: the soy-sauced based shoyu, and shio, featuring a mix of Okinawa sea salt and Mongolian rock salt. The pleasantly chewy noodles are freshly handmade in the kitchen, and are topped with carefully sourced toppings like bamboo shoots and negi (Japanese spring onion).
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
#01-205, 253 Jurong East St 24
Price is dependent on type/size of fish
With bold flavors and large portions, it is no wonder that this humble eatery always has a queue snaking out of it. They serve a wide variety of fish dishes, and as the name suggests, the fish head curry here is a must-try — rich and addictive with just the perfect amount of spicy kick. If you’re not really a big fan of spice, then opt for the lighter steamed fish, an equally appetizing dish that brings out the natural flavors of the meat.