The best unexplored food havens in Singapore for the authentic local flavours

Written by Neha Singh 
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Neha Singh is a passionate writer, a full time blogger by profession. Her ‘itchy feet’ and passion to see the world brought her in this profession. She is an avid reader and love to travel. Our team is delighted to have her thoughts about Singapore as food paradise. Neha writings can be read in She can be contacted at 

Singapore is one of the world’s most visited destination by the tourists and there’s more than a thousand reasons to it. Not only does the place offer a perfect rags to riches storyline but is also a paradise for food lovers. If you’re on your visit to Singapore, chances are you’re already overwhelmed with so many different attractions and after enjoying the crowd and the hustle bustle of Singapore you would definitely want to fuel yourself. Well, for those who want to try the authentic, local cuisine of the place across some unexplored, commercialized places, here’s an authentic Singapore food guide, you’re going to fall for. Read on.

Whisk and Paddle

whisk and paddle singapore

Located by the serene Punggol waterway, Whisk and Paddle is a small family friendly café that serves some lip-smacking delicacies. This eatery serves breakfast all-day and you’ll find hearty meals till late at night as well. Their melt-in-the-mouth pastries and desserts are made in their own pastry kitchen. You can enjoy delicious meals by the riverside or relax under the stars at night holding a chilled beer.

Approx. Cost for meal – $10 to $25
Must try- Crabmeat Linguine


Tong Ah Eating House

Tong Ah Eating House

The Tong Ah Eating House is although a small stall sort of an arrangement located in China town but is one of the best places to have a Kaya toast breakfast. Kaya is basically a thick jam made of coconut , egg, and sugar that is served with butter, half boiled eggs drizzled with black sauce, and coffee. It is filling and delicious at the same time uniquely Singaporean.

Approx. Cost for meal – $9 to $18
Must try- Kaya toast


Morsels, Dempsey


Located inside lush, green Dempsey, is a 40-seater restaurant that serves wildly creative fusion dishes since 2013. These dishes are delicately prepared with fresh ingredients combining it with wines, craft beers, and house-infused cocktails. The result of these tested food experiments is mind-blowing and out-of-the-world experience of Singaporean cuisine.

Approx. Cost for meal- $15-$45
Must try- Tachiuo


Tamarind Hill, Labrador Villa Road

tamarind hill singapore

Located at a beautiful stand-alone bungalow at the forested Labrador Nature Reserve, Tamarind Hill serves traditional and authentic Siamese & Thai dishes. Contemporary dishes are skilfully made to fill your mouth with delightful flavours. The perfect ambience, delicious dishes, and the quietude acts as the perfect location for a romantic date. If you’re around the villa road, you can even explore the Jurong bird park with lunch option. The distance is hardly 15 minutes from there. The park has some amazing bird collection and the lunch spread is delicious too.

Approx. Cost for meal – $20 and above
Must try- River prawns


Eng’s Wanton Noodle House

Eng's Noodle House

If you are a meat lover and an oriental cuisine fan, then Eng’s Wanton Noodle House is your place to be. Unlike other popular wantons that you get in Hong Kong that are made of only prawns, wantons here are made by mixing minced of other ingredient with prawns. And if you like crisps along with your food, a bowl of wanton mee too is served with as much deep-fried lard as you want and as spicy as you can have.  It’s fun, delicious, and interesting, all at the same time.

Approx. Cost for meal- $10 and above
Must try- Wantons


The Flying Squirrel

the flying squirrel singapore

The Flying Squirrel is a hip joint with a concrete bricks interior with the entrance in a narrow alley off Amoy Street. The chefs at this eatery are Sushi and Sashimi experts giving you authentic experience of the delicacies. This eatery can be missed in a blink of an eye because of its location so look for the lane once you come near Amoy Street.

Approx. Cost for meal- $18 and above
Must try- Chef Surprise Bento


Tims Restaurant & Café

tims restaurant & cafe singapore

This one-of-a-kind restaurant is run by a Nepali in the heartlands of Toa Payoh. It serves some amazing Nepalese cuisine like Lamb Choila that’s a boneless spring lamb grilled to perfection with marinated chilli, garlic, ginger and Nepalese spices accompanied by rice. Also, Lobster with fish fillet and grilled steak are a must try.

Approx. Cost for meal- $15 and above
Must try- Spring lamb


Mr & Mrs. Mohgan’s Prata

Mr & Mrs Mohgans Prata singapore

If you love Asian food and want to hear the crunch of a prata, then this is the place you have to be. The prate here is the most crispiest in Singapore. Accompanied with fish curry or mutton curry, you will love crunch of prata dipped in the spicy curries. It’s not a big restaurant rather you can call it a food stall with back to back seating, but one thing is for sure, you will never love any other prata in Singapore more than Mohgan’s.

Approx. Cost for meal-$20 and above
Must try- Tok Kong Prata


Cacio e Pepe, Chu Lin Road

Cacio e Pepe

Get down at the Bukit Gombak station and walk a bit to the Chu Lin road to Cacio e Pepe, an extremely delicious Italian joint that gives you the perfect cosy ambiance and cherry yellow walls. If you are the pizza lovers, Cacio e Pepe is ideal for pizzas, risottos and pastas on the go.

Approx. Cost for meal for two- $20-$45
Must try- Risotto Alla Pescatora


Camp Kilo Charcoal Club

Camp Kilo Charcoal Club singapore

If you are one of those who wish to have their meals in peace and quiet, away from the hustle-bustle of the city, then head to the banks of Kallang river and enjoy a delicious meal at the Camp Kilo Charcoal Club. Enjoy the gourmet versions of our good old barbeque dishes such as French poussin chicken.

Approx. Cost for meal for two- $20- $50
Must try- Grilled Tiger Prawns



Finding a great place to eat in Singapore is not really a challenge but if you want to go the off-beaten track and explore places that are still conventional and full of flavour, the places mentioned above will satiate your quest for sure. Go ahead and binge!


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