There’s a great selection of restaurants in Orchard Road, which is a relief after all that shopping when you don’t want to walk very far. Malls make up most of the main street, but there’s plenty of options hidden amongst the shops, from places to grab a hot, great value lunch to some of the best fine-dining venues in Singapore. Our list includes a couple of popular Singaporean chains including Din Tai Fung and Crystal Jade, which both offer Chinese menus with a good variety of dim sum. Best for families is the bright Marché Food Court, which serves food from around the world. To make life easier when you visit this area, we’ve put together our Top 10 Restaurants in Orchard Road.
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Behind a discreet glass frontage on Scott’s Road sits one of Singapore’s most famous and popular restaurants: Les Amis. Serving up an inviting blend of classic and innovative French dishes, the restaurant is also known for an impressive wine list, with an in-house cellar valued at around five million SGD. The space is intimate with the main dining room seating only thirty, but the restaurant also has a private dining room with a glass window that offers a direct view of the kitchen, perfect for a cosy dinner for six people. With great attention to detail in the food, wine and service, Les Amis restaurant is the perfect place to visit as a treat, and spending an evening here would be an ideal way to celebrate a special occasion. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00-14:00 and 19:00 - 21:30 (Closed on Sunday)
- Address: 1 Scotts Road #02-16 Shaw Centre
- Tel: +65 6733 2225
Din Tai Fung
Come dinnertime or the weekend, you’re likely to be welcomed with a queue at this Taiwanese stalwart. The xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) alone are worth the wait, and other stellar dishes include fried rice with shrimps or pork chop, drunken chicken, braised beef noodles, and vegetable and pork wonton soup. Alongside these steaming plates of deliciousness, order the jasmine tea which comes with as many free refills as you can handle. The restaurant in Hong Kong won a Michelin star, so folk have high expectations and the only thing that disappoints is the length of the queue. Our favourite branch has to be the original at Paragon Centre, where you can watch the team fold dim sum in the glass kitchen.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace
The Crystal Jade Group has garnered a reputation for quality Chinese cuisine. Its repertoire includes Teochew, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Hong Kong cuisine, and it is specially favoured for its dim sum. A chain restaurant with three branches along Orchard Road, Crystal Jade tends to get busy, and there will most likely be a queue if you go at peak times, so book ahead if you don’t want to wait. Every table has an order pad, so just pick a selection for the table to share. Choices include crispy chicken with mango sauce, asparagus with Chinese yam, Peking duck and fantastic dim sum, including famous versions of Xiao Long Bao and har gow steamed buns.
Takashimaya: 391 Orchard Road, S.C. #B2-38 Tel: +65 6238 1411
Plaza Singapura: 68 Orchard Road, #02-32 Tel: +65 6336 2833
Paragon: 290 Orchard Road, #05-22 Tel: +65 6734 6866
Regular patrons will agree that the original outlet on Tanglin (formerly at Tanglin Shopping Centre) is the best, but the service and food at the other outlets are still highly commendable. The menu is comprehensive – from fresh sashimi and sushi, well-prepared side dishes (stand outs include grilled mackerel, braised pork belly and sweet potato tempura) to soba and udon noodles, and bento sets. The lunch sets in particular are good value for money at less than 20 SGD. This makes the place really popular, but staff are friendly and know their stuff and the food comes quickly, so even if you are in a rush it’s worth checking out.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 15:00 and 18:30 - 22:30
- Address: 290 Orchard Road, Paragon #B1-01/02
Tel: +65 6735 8887
Addressl: 1 Tanglin Road, Orchard Parade Hotel, #01-01A
Tel: +65 6732 4438
The two outlets of PS.Cafe on Orchard are situated away from the hustle and bustle; the branch at Palais in particular is a great refuge from the heat or the hordes. Go for a leisurely brunch or sinful afternoon tea – although the prices are a little high, portions are generous and quality ingredients are used. The menu features comfort foods such as lasagna, soup and sandwiches as well as Asian-tinged dishes like the tandoori club and miso cod. Be sure to save room for dessert – there’s a wide selection of scrumptious cakes, pies, puddings and crumbles.
- Address: PS.Cafe at Palais Renaissance: 390 Orchard Road, Level 2 Tel: +65 9834 8232
PS.Cafe at Paragon: 290 Orchard Road, Level 3 Tel: +65 9297 7008
Iggy’s is well known for its tasty modern food using the best seasonal ingredients, but with lunch starting at around 100 SGD it’s definitely the place for a treat rather than a quick snack. The food is hard to put into a category: there’s definitely a hint of Asia to the flavours, but it also has dishes that could be described as European and some that fall under the banner of fusion. Located in the Hilton Hotel, it frequently appears in Asia’s best restaurant lists. The signature dish is Cappelini pasta with shellfish oil and sakura prawns. The restaurant décor is a little plain, but service is pleasant and there’s plenty happening on the plate to keep you entertained.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 13:30 (Lunch),
Mon - Sun 19:00 - 21:30 (Dinner)
- MRT: Orchard
- Address: 581 Orchard Road, Hilton Hotel Singapore, Level 3
- Tel: +65 6732 2234
Salt Grill & Sky Bar
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00 - 13:45, Dinner 18:00 - 21:45 daily
- Location: ION Orchard rooftop, Orchard Road
- Tel: +65 6592 5118
Craving for European fare or the Swiss favourite, rösti? Head to this popular market-style food court has a popular branch on Orchard Road. Besides the rösti station, other popular stalls include pasta, pizza, savoury and sweet crepes, rotisserie and, of course, dessert. Marché is great for families or big groups that can’t agree on one type of food.
- Address: 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset, Level 1
- Tel: +65 6834 4041
Ramen lovers rejoiced when this famous outfit from Japan opened its doors at the Mandarin Gallery. Particularly popular with the after-work crowd, most come for the hearty ramen in tonkatsu broth – choose from three original recipes and add a variety of toppings such as egg, chashu pork, spring onion, nori and red pickled ginger. Desserts like the cherry blossom ice-cream and frozen sake sherbet are also worth trying.
- Address: 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery #04-02/04
- Tel: +65 6235 2797
Taste Paradise at ION Orchard
Taste Paradise features exquisitely prepared creations with a touch of sophistication. Some of these creations include the Classic Shark’s Fin in Supreme Broth accompanied with a Crispy Spring Roll served in Japanese Stone Pot which has set a benchmark for shark’s fin dishes in the new era, Crisp-fried Tofu Dipped in Black Truffle sauce and Pan-seared Foie Gras with Peking duck reduction which saw the innovations of traditional Cantonese cuisine infused with modern twists. Last but not least, Taste Paradise’s Famous XO carrot cake which has won 100 pointers from multiple food critics.
- Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #04-07
- Tel: +65 6509 9660