Annam Restaurant has closed.
Annam brings a taste of Vietnam to Singapore, serving delicious food in a nostalgic setting. Nguyen Quoc, a Vietnamese chef who trained at the Michelin-starred Le Canard in Norway, prepares exquisitely prepared classical Vietnamese dishes. Although the food is of high quality there is no pretence; waiters are friendly and the atmosphere is warm and convivial, and weekday lunchtimes Annam serves a great value set menu at only 35 SGD++.
The restaurant sits in the middle of a row of eateries that runs along Claymore Hill, on the ground floor of the Shaw centre, an easy five-minute walk from Orchard MRT. Easy to find, the green shuttered windows facade is a chic nod to the traditional style Annam has recreated. Behind the white arches and tropical potted plants, the classy interior with sepia pictures on the wall, genuine Vietnamese mosaic tiling floor, red lanterns add a cosy glow to the simple furnishings takes you a step further away from Singapore and into colonial Vietnam.
Recommended dishes include 24-hour marinated chicken in kaffir lime salt and served with mung bean sticky rice cooked in banana leaf. The chicken is left to season in lemongrass, turmeric and galangal, giving the meat a smoky flavour. For those who enjoy the simpler things in life try the warming pho soup, raised from a simple everyday dish to something special with high-quality thin slices of beef.
You will need to bring a jacket though, as this is not slurping noodles by a hot roadside and with fierce air conditioning, it is far cooler than most are prepared for. Nguyen Quoc has worked in Bangkok, London and Bali, but feels most comfortable creating dishes from his motherland. Open from noon until 14:00 and then for dinner from 18:00 to 21:00, the lunch and dinner menus are different, reflecting the times of day at which the food would be served in his home country.
Drinks wise the menu sticks mainly to wines, with some unusual beers from Vietnam, including Dai Viet and Saigon Special. The dessert list is short, but includes creamy coffee crème caramel, or sweet manioc with tapioca pearls and sweet potato, a warming sticky cake that takes the edge of the chilled dining room. Worth waiting five minutes for is customary coffee with condensed milk, which offers coffee lovers an extra-strong kick.
A sophisticated menu using fantastic produce and a warm vibe ensures Annam remains one of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 - 15:00 and 18:00 - 21:30
- MRT: Orchard
- Address: Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road 228208
- Tel: +65 6735 6656