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Singapore Eats - Researching Choices

Nevy | Apr 14, 201410:36 AM

I am looking forward to this trip greatly as I've heard of wonderful things about the taste and flavours of Singapore. I am coming on business so breakfast and lunch will be working meals in an office building. Thankfully I may have some time on my own for dinners. I am giving a stipend of $100 USD (so $120 Singaporean dollars) max. I think this would kick out most options of the luxury dinners at Marina Bay area.

I will be located in the central business section and won't have a car. If it requires a moderate trip and there is great food to be had, I don't mind spending time in a taxi ride! I'm looking for food that tastes great and if I use up all my stipend, even better!

So to my Singaporean CH'ers, I am all open to your suggestions. My Singporean colleagues gave me a list of places to eat and I've cross referenced them with ieatishootipost, hungry go where in addition to old CH threads. I'd like to experience one Hawker centre ... I probably have 1 night I can do this.

There's only 2 limitations in terms of food... no beef and there must be good dessert available (or at least nearby). My colleague and I are dessertarians at heart and he abstains from beef.

Potential options

- Maxwell Centre. I was told this place has the largest amount of good stalls. There maybe other better individual stalls but the food around in the other centres aren't as great. I was told to try Jing Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon, ondeh ondeh and tapioca cake from Xing Xing, Lim Kee Banana Fritters, freshly made tofu at Hoe Kee Porridge, Tian Tian Chicken Rice, and Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake. Seeing how there is a recently rescued Tian Tian thread about how this place didn't impress, maybe I should hold off the chicken rice and indulge in everything else?

- Tim Ho Wan Singapore. Being from Toronto, I have lots of great dim sum options within reasonable driving distance. I've experienced the HK Michelin dim sum and I savoured every bite. I've heard the baked pork buns are a must try here. I would go to the central downtown location. Great dim sum is always a must eat!

- Restaurant Ember. A colleague of mine goes here for his birthday all the time. He says it's the best European / Asian fusion restaurant in Singapore. Looks like it might be changing chefs though?

- Chui Huay Lim Teochew. This is another recommendation by a colleague. I've never had authentic Teochew in Toronto so I would love to try this and she said this was one of the good sit down Teochew restaurants.

- Artichoke Cafe & Bar followed by Overdoughs. Our colleague said the desserts are out of this world so this is a must try. It looks like the Baklava are worth a detour.

- Jumbo Seafood or Long Beach Seafood for seafood. We were told either one was a great choice and it fit out budget limitations. Looking at the web, they both seem to have their lovers and haters in equal amounts.

- Hai De Lao hot pot. My colleague always wanted to try Asian 'fondue' but never found a good place in the middle of the Midwest USA. So I'm hoping to introduce him to this! A Singaporean colleague told us this was the best one to the downtown area.

- Burnt Ends. I heard about this new Aussie style BBQ place and looking at the menu, it looks pretty great! Especially the grilled octopus.

- Teppai @ Orchid Hotel. I was told this has the best and best value omakase under $120 SGD. It seems the blog world agrees... what do you think?

I'm planning to head to Singapore in June so all your suggestions are welcomed! Hopefully my Singaporean Also, please recommend ANY restaurants you think is worthy of a visit. It can be Japanese (love sushi) or any European cuisine even.

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