Bugis and Kampong Glam Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Bugis and Kampong Glam

Predominantly Islamic in atmosphere, the Kampong Glam and Arab Street precinct bristles with Malay, Indonesian, Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, and other Middle Eastern eateries. Ethnic restaurants mingle with nondescript hole-in-the-wall outlets, offering a disparate mix of eating experiences.

A must-try for visitors is the ‘teh tarik’. This ‘pulled tea’ is made with sweetened condensed milk. A skilled, if not somewhat theatrical tea maker pours tea from on high, thus producing a frothily delightful taste. For local dishes, try the satay or rice with assorted dishes. By night, the shishas or hookas (water pipes filled with aromatic tobacco) together with cushions and carpets make their appearance in some restaurants, producing a laid-back Middle Eastern charm.

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Liang Seah Street – Hotpot Restaurants

Liang Seah Street is a quaint old Chinese road that has so many great ‘hotpot’ restaurants. At a hotpot restaurant, you usually pay a set price for a buffet which includes a range of fresh ingredients such as vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, eggs, etc. (although some will charge per dish). You’re then presented with a big bowl of boiling water to toss in your raw food to cook yourself.

You can also get pre-cooked noodles and rice as well as a range of Korean and Chinese sources to spice up your meal. The best of the bunch on Liang Seah Street includes Xian De Lai Shanghai, Tanyoto, and Ting Yuan Hotpot. Most charge S$20-40 for a set lunch or buffet.

  • Opening Hours: Most restaurants open daily from midday to 10pm
  • Location: Liang Seah St, Singapore 189022, Singapore
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Man Fu Yuan

Man Fu Yuan inside the Intercontinental Hotel is a long-running Cantonese restaurant, ranked amongst the best of its type in Singapore. After undergoing a refurbishment at the turn of 2011, the slightly dated interior received a new lease of life, whilst the restaurant still maintained its famously authentic Chinese flavours.

A stop here wouldn’t be complete without sampling their dim sum S$5-7, whilst their stir-fried scallops and ever so light lobster noodles hit the spot perfectly. The surroundings are bright, fresh and considering you’re dining in a 5-star hotel restaurant, the prices at Man Fu Yuan aren’t too bad either.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from midday to 3pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Location: InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6825 1008
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Ginger @ PARKROYAL on Beach Road

The buffet at Park Royal’s impressive Ginger presents a quality selection of premium seafood, which comes both cold and raw or cooked and warm. Several live cooking stations dot the restaurants, with diners able to pick out their fish, crab, lobster or any other type of crustation that takes their fancy.

You can choose how you want your catch to be cooked and which sauces you want. Don’t forget to look out for Ginger's featured themed buffets, which in the past have included crab festivals as well as massive meat carvaries.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 10.30am, from midday to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 10pm
  • Location: Park Royal Hotel, 7500 Beach Rd, The Plaza, Singapore 199591, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 6505 5710
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Working Title Burger Bar

Many cheap bars in Singapore are located in backpacker hostels, and Working Title in the Arab quarter is one of the coolest of the bunch. Big with local hipsters, fashion-conscious expats, and the budget backpackers staying in one of the rooms upstairs, this artsy cafe/bar specializes in two things: ales and coffee. Bottles of often difficult-to-find ales and ciders go for as little as S$7 and they have an ever-changing selection coming straight from a micro-brewery.

The food menu, just like the seating options, is sparse but interesting. You can get homemade pies, custom made sandwiches and a generous slice of their ultra-cheesy pizza all for around S$5. You can find Working Title on the middle of Kampong Glam’s busting Arab Street.

  • Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from midday to 10pm, Friday–Saturday from midday to 11pm
  • Location: 783 North Bridge Road Singapore 198751, Singapore
  • Tel: +65 8768 0463
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