I think we can all agree that one of the best things about travelling is trying new food. Southeast Asia is known for its fantastic cuisine, but with so many options, where do you even begin? As founder and CEO of leading luxury villa booking portal TheLuxeNomad.com, as well as a self-proclaimed foodie, Stephanie Chai has tracked down all the best restaurants in Southeast Asia so that you don't have to. Below you will find her exclusive guide from cheap eats to fine dining, and everything in between.
This week, we head to Stephanie's own home turf, Singapore.
$: Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle + Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Modest hawker stands whose food is anything but, these delicious digs gained instant notoriety last summer when they became Singapore's first street food stalls to earn a Michelin star each. A must try for any visit to Singapore, as long as you don't mind long queues!
335 Smith Street #02-126 Chinatown Complex Singapore,
$: Violet Oon
Located in the National Art Gallery, Violet Oon (opening image) is where you'll find Singapore's most authentic Nyonya fare, which is a fusion of Chinese, Malay, and other influences . The restaurant also boasts a charming ambiance and impressive wine selection.
1 St. Andrew's Road, #02-01, National Gallery Singapore (City Hall Wing) Singapore 178957, violetoon.com
$: Neon Pigeon
Not your average izakaya experience, this funky restaurant offers a surprising menu of Japanese-fusion tapas you can't find anywhere else. It's perfect for dining out with friends, but can be a bit loud so don't bring someone here on a first date.
1A Keong Saik Road, #01-03, Singapore 089109, neonpigeonsg.com
$$: Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda
The best Japanese food in Singapore. Situated within Marina Bay Sands and headed by celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda, this intimate fine-dining restaurant offers a fantastic 10-course degustation dinner that is well worth the high price tag.
Level 2 Dining, L2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, marinabaysands.com