Paul's favourite neighbourhoods in Singapore

Paul Ong – Roomorama blog

City guide: Singapore

Paul provides financing solutions for MNCs. As a corporate slave, he makes it a point to utilize the leave days to escape the office and the pace of Singapore to wander about the globe.... And eat.

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Vibe... The neighbourhood is mellow, and it progressively comes alive as the day wears on. It’s the local version of a European sea-side town in the summer (with a dash of more current infrastructure).

Where to eat... In my opinion, the vicinity has one of the highest concentrations of good food in Singapore – too many to name! But to shortlist a few: Chin Mee Chin Confectionery for a traditional breakfast of local eggs and kaya buns (buns, not toast), Katong Laksa, Popiah at Glory Catering, Eng’s Wanton Noodles, Peranakan food at Guan Hoe Soon, chocolate tarts at Dona Manis Cake Shop and Mookata for pigging out on thai barbecued pig parts.

Katong Laksa – Roomorama blog Eng's Wanton Noodles – Roomorama blog Eng's Wanton Noodles – Roomorama blog Chin Mee Chin Coffee and Cake Shop

Pictured above: Katong Laksa, Eng's Wanton Noodles, Chin Mee Chin Coffee and Cake Shop (credit: Uncle Deng)

Where to hang out... The side streets of Katong are a great place to wander, with many small cultural museums and heritage spots such as the Intan, which is a Peranakan cultural museum housed in a traditional shophouse.


Pictured above: Intan (credit: CH Thyng)

Where to drink/party... Immigrants Gastrobar is great for an evening tipple and for small plates that were inspired by home-cooked local food of the earlier generations of Singapore.

Immigrants Gastrobar – Roomorama blog Immigrants Gastrobar

Pictured above: Immigrants Gastrobar (credit: The Immigrants Gastrobar)

Buona Vista / Portsdown

Where to eat... There is a good mix of lo-fi and fine in this area – Colbar offers up a perfect plate of wok-fried charred bee hoon as well as retro favourites like Chicken Maryland, whilst DSTLLRY's omakase menu is innovative (go with the cocktail pairing).

Where to hang out... Take a walk along the green corridor. Singapore’s very green in general, but rarely intimate. This is one of the few places that feels rustic yet manicured at the same time.

Colbar Green Corridor

Pictured above: Colbar (credit: Alvin Chow), Green Corridor (credit: Jonistravelling)

What are your favourite Singaporean dishes, and where do you go for them?

Chicken rice (of course) – A lot of places serve great chicken rice, but I like the one from Yet Con.

Yet Con Chicken Rice – Roomorama blog Yet Con Chicken Rice – Roomorama blog

They have stuck to the traditional Hainanese way of preparing the chicken – which means no dunking the chicken in cold water after steaming (this causes a drier and chewier skin unlike the more common smooth and gelatinous version), tougher but more flavourful chicken meat, and no sauce drizzled over the chicken. It’s also nice that the eatery has been around since the 1940s, and that not much has changed since – a nice contrast to everything else around us here in Singapore.

Yet Con Restaurant

Pictured above: Yet Con Restaurant (credit: Cavin Teo)

If you wanted to take your wife out for a fancy night out, where would you recommend for drinks and dinner?

CUT at Marina Bay Sands for a steak dinner (the chicken and lobster here are outstanding too). The restaurant also has the best cocktails (by far) in Singapore, and a very extensive wine list for those who are into that.


Pictured above: CUT (credit: Venus)

What are your favourite brunch spots in town?

Super Loco at Robertson Quay. I’ve finally found a “brunch” spot that doesn’t have the word BENEDICT on its menu. Also, they sell the best avocado toast in town.

Ronin at Hong Kong Street hits home with its dark industrial interiors, a solid wait team and perfect granola.

Super Loco

Pictured above: Super Loco (credit: Drink Somewhere)

So many new watering holes lately - what are some of your picks and why?

Shin Gi Tai – The owner and bartender Anthony is extremely well-versed in the art of Japanese cocktails, and used to helm the bar at CUT and at Jigger & Pony. I pay him a visit whatever bar that he’s at.

Anthony, owner and bartender of Shin Gi Tai – Roomorama blog

Potato Head Folk – Great cocktails by another one of my favourite bartenders in Singapore (Wan), and some of the most solid (and extensive) bar grub ever.

Potato Head Folk

Pictured above: Potato Head Folk (credit: Potato Head Folk)

Stylish places to stay in Singapore

This shophouse is located in the heritage district of Chinatown. It is a blend of old and new and the perfect home for a quintessentially Singaporean experience.

Shophouse in heritage district of Chinatown, Singapore – Roomorama blog Vacation rental apartments in Chinatown, Singapore – Roomorama blog Holiday rental apartments in Singapore – Roomorama blog

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