Best Restaurants in Chinatown, Singapore
Chinatown is the most popular neighbourhood in Singapore and it’s not hard to see why: heritage shophouses line the winding roads, while traditional lanterns zigzag above the streets. Around every corner, the sounds of sizzling woks and smells of fresh ingredients fill the air, tempting you in for a taste.
Esquina is a contemporary Spanish tapas bar tucked away on the corner of Jiak Chuan Road. Barcelona-born Head Chef Carlos Montobbio, whom several Michelin-starred chefs have personally trained, helms this successful two-storey restaurant. Recommended dishes include Esquina’s Spanish Omelette and Grilled Spanish Octopus. Customers can definitely expect a superb dining experience from start to finish.
CHINATOWN FOOD STREET – Smith Street, Outram, Singapore, 58938, Singapore
After a multi-million dollar revamp, the iconic Chinatown Food Street reopened to the public in 2014. The 100-metre-long street features an impressive internal spot cooling system and a tall glass shelter – so that patrons can dine al fresco rain or shine. The variety of food offered at these 24 hawker stalls is as diverse as Singapore’s population. Look forward to freshly grilled satay skewers, fragrant char kway teow, crispy roti pratas, dried chili frog porridge and more.
HAIKEE BROTHERS – #02-39, 133 New Bridge Road, Outram, Singapore, 59413, Singapore
Located on the second floor of Chinatown Point, five-month-old Haikee Brothers might be a new tenant in the mall, but its history actually dates back to 1959. Third-generation hawkers James Wang and Joseph Wang have continued their grandfather’s soya sauce chicken legacy by preparing it word-for-word according to the family’s heavily guarded recipe. The soy sauce drumstick noodles will blow you away with unbelievably tender chicken and springy noodles.
SONG FA BAK KUT TEH – #01-01, 11 New Bridge Road, Singapore River, Singapore, 59383, Singapore
Despite having many local and overseas outlets, Song Fa Bak Ku Teh has successfully retained its food quality in every store. This Michelin Bib Gourmand eatery specialising in pork ribs has very humble beginnings – starting as a simple roadside pushcart in 1969. Over at Song Fa Bak Ku Teh, visitors can sink their teeth into fall-off-the-bone pork ribs and fill their stomachs with unlimited refills of piping hot peppery soup. For maximum satisfaction, complete your hearty meal with salted vegetables and sliced dough fritters.
YUM CHA CHINATOWN – 01, 20 Trengganu Street, Chinatown, Singapore, 58479, Singapore
Yum Cha Chinatown is one of the rare few places in Singapore where diners can order dim sum from old-school pushcarts and feast on retro circular communal tables. The restaurant’s traditional ambience is reminiscent of Hong Kong’s local eateries. Do not leave Yum Cha Chinatown until you have tried their steamed pork dumplings. Also known as xiao long bao, these delicate dumplings filled with soup are served steaming hot in a bamboo basket. Their best-selling custard buns filled with salted egg yolk is another must-try dim sum here.