The reincarnation of Duxton Hill has created a new foodie neighbourhood in Chinatown. New restaurants have opened in quaint shop houses and cool bars keep springing up in a neighbourhood whose reputation used to be far from squeaky clean. It’s now a real pleasure to walk around Duxton Hill, down tree lined lanes where you will also find independent boutiques and quirky cafes. Despite being so popular it really has a village feel to it, and makes a great place for a night out. We’ve picked five eateries that stand out from the crowd.
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Broth restaurant was already here before Duxton Hill became cool, and goes to show that an oldie can still be a goodie. The restaurant’s full name is Bar Restaurant on the Hill, and it has been a popular night time spot for those in the know for quite a while. Tasty dishes on the Australian-inspired menu include some very sticky ribs with mash and risotto bolognaise during the day, with the unusual but flavoursome kangaroo loin for supper. Desserts stick with the Aussie theme: pavlova with fresh fruits and one of the best chocolate fondants we have ever tried. Service is fantastic, especially since unlike many restaurants they don’t automatically charge for it.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:30 - 23:00,
Fri - Sat 19:00 – 23:00
- Address: 21 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089604
- Tel: +65 6323 3353
Latteria boasts eleven varieties of Italy’s favourite soft cheese incorporated into this delightfully Mediterranean menu with not a pizza in sight. With space to dine both inside and out this sunshine yellow restaurant is a real taste of Tuscany in the middle of Chinatown. The menu includes southern style dishes, including the homemade gnocchi with fresh pesto and poached calamari salad, but the highlights are definitely the dishes that incorporate the restaurant’s namesake, where you can really appreciate the subtle flavours of creamy mozzarella.
Burrata is a large tennis-ball sized cheese that appears to be melting on the inside; served on a bed of red pepper and baby tomato salad and the Nodini are smaller chunks of mozzarella hidden under a carpet of rich salty Parma ham.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30 (Lunch), Mon - Sun 18:00 - 23:00 (Dinner)
- Address: 40 Duxton Hill
- Tel: +65 6866 1988
Le Petit Cancale
Grab a seat at the small terrace outside the restaurant and experience Brittany’s finest fruits of the sea. Le Petit Cancale focuses on seafood and imports fresh Fine de Claire oysters twice a week. The atmosphere inside the restaurant really replicates a northern French seaside brasserie, with art nouveau touches and turquoise walls. At lunch they serve some great quick bites and salads, including a delicious crabmeat and seaweed mayonnaise ciabatta as well as a set lunch for those who have a little more time on their hands.
As Duxton Hill buzzes with evening crowds, book a table that looks out onto the cobbled street with a platter of seafood and a glass of champagne. Those with a sweet tooth should try the caramel lava cake, the hint of salted butter cushioning the sweet toffee flavours.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30 and 18:00 - 22:30, Sat 18:00 - 22:30
- Address: 37 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089615
- Tel: +65 6690 7565
If you fancy steak and frites the Parisian way then L’entrecôte is a great choice. Located in a small shop house, the thin restaurant has a bistro feel to it with grey polished floors and a line of tables and chairs along one side. The steak and chips come with a traditional walnut salad, but the rest of menu is also full of time-honoured French dishes including foie gras, snails and a fabulous dark chocolate mousse to finish the meal. Just like many of the bistros along the Seine, you can’t make a reservation, but you never have to wait long for a table.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:30, Sat 18:00 - 22:30
(closed on Sundays)
- Address: 36 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614
- Tel: +65 6238 5700
In 2012 there was an explosion of tapas restaurants in Singapore, but none of them are cooler than Sabio. The tiled monochrome restaurant opens out onto Duxton Hill, with a handful of tables on the small terrace and plenty of seating indoors, including along the counter where the delicious dishes are displayed. Again, you can’t book ahead, so it’s advisable to get there before 18:30 if you don’t want to wait. The best thing about Tapas restaurants is that you can try a little bit of everything, and there are plenty of hot and cold dishes that you will want more of. Recommendations include traditional Spanish potato omelette, croquetas with manchengo cheese, prawns in olive oil and garlic and the platter of Spanish ham, sausage and cheese.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 – 00:00, Sat 17:00 – 00:00
- Address: 5 Duxton Hill
- Tel: +65 6223 4645