Singapore has a reputation as a food paradise and rightly so, as its culinary scene is a melting pot of international cuisines and local flavours. While Singapore is a small country, some of Singapore’s dining establishments – where flavour, ambience, and service combine almost perfectly to create a great dining experience – are just too out of the way. How many times have we said: “I’d love to go to [restaurant name] but only if I had a car”?
Well, good news for all of you who have felt that way. With Grab, there is nothing stopping you from travelling to these 7 far-flung restaurants now. Even better, make your booking through ShopBack and receive $0.20 cashback. What a time to be alive!
The Coastal Settlement
Located at the eastern end of Singapore, you might not be wrong to say that The Coastal Settlement is closer to Pulau Ubin than to Orchard Road! It offers a laid-back ambience, with a variety of vintage memorabilia decorating the restaurant. Choose between alfresco or indoor dining as you indulge in some of Singapore’s best deep fried portobello mushrooms. Perfectly deep fried and incredibly juicy, the mushrooms come with a luscious truffle mayo dip that you do not want to miss.
Address: The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Cacio e Pepe
All the way at the other end of Singapore is Cacio e Pepe – meaning cheese and pepper – the two main ingredients in Italian cooking. Behind the nondescript shopfront of this homely Italian restaurant, there is some serious cooking going on. Classic dishes such as parma ham and rock melon or the cold cut and cheese platter are must-haves. Others like the tagliatelle al tartufo – egg pasta tossed with scallops and prawn in a truffle cream sauce – show that the chefs are indeed worth their salt.
Address: Cacio e Pepe, 3 Chu Lin Road, Singapore 669890
Tin Hill Social
Tucked away in a corner of Turf City, Tin Hill Social is isolated in its location as well as culinary standing. Nothing comes quite as close to its New Zealand Hake Fish and Chips served with hand-cut wedges. Both are lightly battered and expertly fried, though this masterpiece is only available during their weekend brunch service. In any case, Tin Hill Social’s regular weekday menu is impressive as well, with a wide variety of dishes ranging from lamb rack rendang to the titanic 1+kg black angus tomahawk rib eye for sharing.
Address: Tin Hill Social, 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
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In the same vicinity as Tin Hill Social lies Riders Cafe – a quaint brunch spot. Serving contemporary food such as pan fried snapper with miso-creamed kale (weekdays) and Riders burger (weekend brunch), this cafe might be notoriously hard to reach, but its food alone makes the foray into the deep forest of Fairways Drive well worth it. Perhaps the fact that Riders Cafe turns 10 this year despite being so inaccessible is testament to the immense quality of its food. Under-the-radar? Yes. Worth the travel? Absolutely yes.
Address: Rider’s Cafe, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
The Bark Cafe
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With only 2 bus services passing by, The Bark Cafe is truly off the beaten path. Thankfully though, it is ‘conveniently’ located right beside the Changi Chapel Museum, so let your Grab driver know that’s where you’re headed. The Bark Cafe’s chicken wings are absolutely to-die-for and many venture to this far-flung restaurant just to sample these heavenly wings. The cafe also offers an extensive menu that includes pizzas, mains, burgers, and local specials (think beef hor fun, seafood mee goreng, sambal nasi goreng).
Address: The Bark Cafe, 1000 Upp Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
HoHo Korean Restaurant
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Sunset Way might be familiar to many, but with nary a train station nearby, it is not exactly the most accessible. Unfortunately, Sunset Way is also where HoHo Korean Restaurant is situated. The kitchen is run by South Koreans, so you know you’re getting the real deal here. Among the banchan, HoHo’s kimchi stands out instantly. A complex mix of garlicky, savoury, and sour flavours, it does a respectable job of whetting your appetite before the meal gets into full swing. Be warned, the mains are equally breathtaking – the kimchi stew is packed with umami flavours that’ll leave you craving seconds.
Address: HoHo Korean Restaurant, 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-58/60, Singapore 120106
Open Farm Community
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Urban farming is all the rage now and Open Farm Community is one of the pioneers of this concept. It focuses on locally-sourced, seasonal, and innovative dishes – like the roasted red snapper served with calamansi and sesame cucumber salad, garden roselle and hibiscus ketchup-pickled cucumber. Other standout dishes include the mud crab pappardelle with Thai curry sauce, crunchy yellow squash, coconut, and garden Thai basil.
Address: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
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