The spectacular cityscape is arguably one of Singapore’s biggest points of pride. Just ask anyone who’s found themselves involuntarily ooh-ing and aah-ing at the marvellous aerial shots in Crazy Rich Asians.
Locals are thrilled to call Singapore home, and foreigners are raring to come visit and take in the exceptional sights first-hand. Here are 10 restaurants that’ll bestow upon you and your date a crystal clear of the entire island, making for an unforgettable night out.
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The floor-to-ceiling windows at SKAI offer panoramic views of Singapore, from the ports and seas to the glistening cityscape. A mix of Japanese and Scandinavian design influences, the interior is chic yet understated. It’s cosy in the daytime with floods of natural light, and a glitzy spot for dinner and drinks once the sun goes down!
Their menu is infused with contemporary Japanese accents, using staple ingredients and effortlessly marrying the cooking techniques of both Western and Oriental cuisines. Make sure to get the Crispy Rye Noodles ($35), flavoured with wild mushrooms, shaved truffles and an onsen egg. This scrumptious vegetarian option is a modern reinvention of sang mee (生面), aka crispy egg noodles that are a kopitiam favourite.
If you have the cash to splash, we highly recommend getting the superbly tender Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon Fillet ($64) and the Australian Wylarah Wagyu ($120). The latter is a 250g New York strip with a stellar “MB8” beef grading level, giving it highly marbled melt-in-your-mouth texture. Their extensive selection of artisanal beef sourced from Australia, America, Japan and even Ireland will no doubt delight any true-blue carnivore.
SKAI also has an attractive set lunch menu, with tantalising dishes such as Yellow Fin Tuna, Iberico Secreto – which is a “secret butcher’s cut” from the Iberico pig – and an aromatic Earl Grey Parfait for dessert. At $39 for 2 courses and $45 for 3, it’s quite a steal and definitely a great way to #TreatYourself.
Cap off a fantastic meal with a drink or two at their craft cocktail bar, helmed by multiple award-winning bartender extraordinaire, Rusty Cerven.
Address: 2 Stamford Road, Swissotel The Stamford Level 70, Singapore 178882
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 12PM – 2.30PM, 6PM – 10PM | Sat 12PM – 3.30PM, 6PM – 10PM | Sun 11.30AM – 3.30PM
Telephone: 6837 3322
A picture perfect restaurant-slash-craft brewery, LeVel 33 operates on a refreshing gastro-brewery concept in addition to gorgeous views. If you love nothing more than knocking back a quality pint, this is where it’s at.
Variety is the spice of life, so opt for their signature Beer Tasting Paddle ($23.33) with five craft brews ranging from light blond lager to a full-bodied stout.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11.30Am – 12AM | Fri & Sat 11.30AM – 2AM | Sun 12PM – 12AM
Telephone: 6834 3133
Located on an astonishing height of 70 storeys, JAAN is the pinnacle of high-flying indulgence. With the freshest, premium ingredients and an unbeatable view, it’s the ultimate dining experience to pave way for precious memories.
They are renowned for specialising in British fine-dining, including an array of small bites served on exquisite vessels stemming from nature. This meticulous attention to detail is to highlight the produce-driven cuisine at JAAN. Cheers to food that not only looks good, but is good for you too!
Address: 2 Stamford Road, Swissotel The Stamford Level 70, Singapore 178882
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 12PM – 2.30PM, 7PM – 10.30PM | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 6837 3322
The Lighthouse is a choice destination for weddings and other momentous occasions, and for good reason! Diners are treated to a grand, unobstructed view of the entire Marina Barrage area.
It’s also a hotspot for couples from anniversary celebrations to an extravagant dinner before popping the big question. Romance is in the air, and a sweet and deliciously unforgettable way to end the evening is by tucking into one of their lovely desserts. Injected with a dose of amaretto liqueur, the Lighthouse Amaretto Tiramisu ($22) is particularly popular.
Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Opening hours: 12PM – 2.30PM, 5.30PM – 10.30PM daily
Telephone: 6733 8388
Cook & Brew resembles a gentleman’s club with luxe touches like wood and leather detailing. Breathtaking views and a classy, almost boujee ambience aside, they’re also known for their top-of-the-line service.
The menu’s pretty impressive as well, decked out with hearty grub and even seasonal fusion specials, to boot. Just check out how they spruced up a classic beef burger with smokey pork jowl char siew and crispy pork belly, subsequently dubbing it the “Hawker Burger”!
Address: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Level 33, Singapore 018961
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11AM – 12AM | Fri 11AM – 1AM | Sat 5PM – 12AM | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 6922 6948
Cap off a day of taking in the culture at National Gallery by appreciating the greatest art piece of all – the scenery. Apart from the stunning views, Aura also boasts an extensive menu with gluten-free options aplenty.
With options like Fettuccine with Spanner Crab, Prosecco and Fennel Pollen ($38) or Grilled Octopus with Smoked Peppers, Eggplant and Black Olives ($45), it’s clear that a dish doesn’t need gluten to be straight-up scrumptious.
Address: 1 St. Andrews Road, #05-03 and #06-02 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 12PM – 2PM, 6.30PM – 10PM daily
Telephone: 6866 1977
Sitting at level 40 of the CapitaGreen tower is Artemis, dripping with class and showcasing a full view of the city. There’s also a whimsical vibe from the bar counter courtesy of branches adorned with fairy lights.
The grill restaurant offers a seasonally changing menu with a Mediterranean focus. For those trying to venture out of their food comfort zone and explore new cuisines, this is a classy way to kickstart your foodie journey. We recommend the Quinoa Falafel with Hummus, White Cabbage Slaw, Pomegranate and Za’atar Herbs ($19).
Address: 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen Rooftop (Level 40), Singapore 048946
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11.30AM – 10PM | Sat 6PM – 10PM | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 6635 8677
If you’ve ever wanted to immerse yourself in the fabulous Italian culture without hopping on a plane, this is the place to wine, dine, and party in style. A hit with savvy locals and homesick expats alike, Zafferano also has frequent promotions and special events such as Free Flow Tipples and the beloved Ladies Night out. Stay tuned to their Facebook page to avoid major FOMO!
Not a party animal? Their authentic Italian fare is to die for.
Address: 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, Singapore 049315
Opening hours: Mon to Wed 11.30AM – 3PM, 5.30PM – 11PM | Thurs & Fri 11.30AM – 3PM, 5.30PM – 12AM | Sat 6.30PM – 11.30PM | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 6509 1488
With an established nightlife presence from Sri Lanka to Saint-Tropez, the Ce La Vi collective has blessed our sunny shores with a restaurant, skybar, and club lounge. It’s no doubt a brilliant spot to kick back and relax or dance the night away – depending on your mood – but their take on modern Asian dining is a must-try as well.
For instance, to all my fellow mala maniacs out there, don’t sleep on the Steamed Black Mushroom Dumplings in Szechuan Sauce ($28)!
Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sand Tower 3, Level 57, Singapore 018971
Opening hours: 12PM – 3PM, 6PM – 11PM daily
Telephone: 6508 2188
Smoke & Mirrors’ interior space transitions seamlessly into the al fresco dining area, and from the eye-catching sculptured bar counter to the sleek wood finishes, everything just spells sophistication. A feast for the eyes, but your belly won’t be disappointed either.
Sample some classic U.S-style Southern Fried Chicken ($14) or go for the British pub favourite: Bangers and Mash ($24), with venison bratwurst, no less!
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 3PM – 1AM | Fri 3PM – 2AM | Sat 12PM – 2AM | Sun 12PM – 1AM
Telephone: 9380 6313
Sunday brunch or a glam night out with your loved ones is always lovely. And with an unparalleled view of this Little Red Dot’s picturesque cityscape? That’s the special magic touch that’ll elevate the occasion into something you’ll never forget.
Plus, it makes for some killer Instagram shots. So head down to these cityscape hotspots for views that will make your jaw drop!
The views at SKAI are grand, but the food executed by their head chef Paul Hallett is just as spectacular.
Everything is made using the freshest quality ingredients, such as the Heirloom Tomatoes with Burrata and Fried Bread ($22). The tri-coloured medley of tomatoes were sweet and tangy, perfectly pairing with the rich and creamy mozzarella.
Their desserts are also awe-inspiring, such as this artistic plate of Yuzu White Chocolate ($22). Crack the adorable balls open to reveal a fragrant blend of yuzu curd and custard, a light citrus flavour dancing on your tongue along with lychee compote dotted on the chocolate “tree”.
If your sweet tooth is craving something extravagant, order the Caramelised Soy Bean Cheesecake ($22). Torched table-side for a crackling, browned sugar layer, it’s served with a delicate array of petite components: citrus jelly, lemon sorbet and edible pumpkin shards.
Completed with a dash of miso fudge, it’s unbelievably soft and creamy. A dream come true for any cheesecake lover!
Apart from the restaurant, SKAI also has a bar area for you to take the edge off while gazing into the gorgeous scenery.
The cocktails ($25 each) are inspired by various states of elevation, with themes of Sea, Rainforest, High Desert and Alpine. We sampled the unique and photogenic Camu Camu (Peruvian pisco brandy, soursop, hibiscus, lime, and the camu camu fruit) as well as the Nori Highball (Laphroaig 10 year whiskey, manzanilla sherry, ace apple cider plus a sheet of seaweed), concocted with elements of the rainforest and ocean respectively.
With good food, exotic drinks, chill vibes and amazing views, SKAI ticks all the boxes to make for the ultimate evening out with the ones who matter most. Perched on the 70th storey of The Swissotel Stamford, you’re treated to unparalleled views of the entire cityscape. Whip out your camera, hold your lover close, and take in the magnificent grandeur that Singapore has to offer!
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Photography by John Lim.
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