If you are on a tour of Singapore and are on the lookout for the some of the more popular eateries in the country, here is a list to help you out. These restaurants are considered the best in the entire country and offer an interesting blend of local and international cuisines. Prior reservations are required in almost all of them though.
Iggy’s: Located at The Regent Singapore in Cuscaden Road, Iggy’s is owned and run by Ignatius Chan, also called as Iggy by his close friends and diners. Officially opened in 2004, the restaurant specialies in various local and international delicacies prepared from the freshest of incomparable seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant bagged the 45th place in the The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 list and offers guests the option of choosing either the four course table d’hote menu or the eight course degustation menu.
Unlike other restaurants, Iggy’s does not have a chief chef. Rather it is run by a dedicated team of chefs, most of who have been with Chan from the start. The food is awesome, the ambience perfect and the service, impeccable. You definitely need to try this palce out if you are in the area!
Jaan par Andre: You guessed it right! Jaan par Andre as the name suggests specialises in traditional and novelle French cuisine. Recently renovated in 2008, the restaurant is owned and run by Chef Andre Chiang. The eatery is a popular gastronomic hangout for locals and tourists alike.
Located in the Equinox Complex of the Stamford Swissotel, the eatery is extremely spacious and is fitted with floor to ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of Singapore.
Each dish served at the Jaan par Andre is created with great care and artistic thoughts. Cooked to perfection and served in the most creative styles, the dishes at Jaan par Andre exude inventiveness and are real show stoppers.
Les Amis: Run by Chef Armin Leitgeb, the Les Amis officially opened in 1994 and has since then, garnered its share of loyal customers. The restaurant is located at the Shaw Center in Scotts Road and specialises in traditional and international menus that change once every three months.
Some of the seasonal favorites of the hotel include the white asparagus, morels and truffles. The hotel also boasts of housing a $5 million collection of impressive wines from around the world, of which it was awarded the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Today, Les Amis is considered an icon among gourmet restaurants in Singapore and offers its guests the best in quality and service.
Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine: Again a traditional French eatery which also serves an interesting range of international delicacies, the Gunther’s Modern French Cuisine is run by Chef Gunther Hubrechsen. The restaurant officially opened in 2007 and has carved a niche for itself in the world of cuisine for using and serving only the freshest ingredients.
The dishes served at the eatery are simple and light, but by no means boring. Chef Gunther uses as little embellishment as possible but uses plenty of flavors instead to highlight his dishes.
The eatery is located in Purvis Street and can seat up to 50 guests at any one time. The establishment is decorated with curvilinear panel designs on its ceilings and bar which have been inspired by Art Nouveau.
Au Jardin: Located at the EJH Corner House in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, the Au Jardin Restaurant is a French eatery that sits amidst lush tropical gardens in a colonial bungalow. Run by Chef Galvin Lim who was inducted in to the Commanderie of Cotes de Bordeaux in 2008, the resturant boasts of serving an impressive degustation menu that is deft and at the same time, delicious.
Some of the seasonal favorites at the restaurant include the Alaskan Crab, Radish Ravioli and Acacia Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. The restaurant also has a handful of sommeliers who guide guests in choosing the right wines to complement their meals.