8 Restaurants In Singapore’s Heartlands That Are Worth Checking Out

by Pinky Chng
FOOD  |  January 07, 2018
  • Etna Italian Restaurant
    1 / 8 Etna Italian Restaurant

    This sophisticated Italian ristorante is all about the authentic Italian experience – they’re even approved by the Italian government, so surely that means something. Go for the eponymous Etna – pizza topped with mozzarella cheese, porcini mushrooms, Parma ham, cream cheese and pistachio.

    110 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455298

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  • Yoda Japanese Dining
    2 / 8 Yoda Japanese Dining

    It bears no relation to any particular Star Wars character, but the (food) force is strong with this one. Having been in the Japanese fine dining scene for a good three decades, Chef Fabio knows how to make one brilliant sushi roll. Feeling indulgent? The10-course omakase at Yoda Japanese Dining comprises oyster shooters, premium sashimi, tempura and more.

    #01-17 Viva Business Park, 750 Chai Chee Rd, Singapore 469000

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  • iSteaks
    3 / 8 iSteaks

    It’s no premium steakhouse, but you see hungry diners braving the queue for a reason – your meal comes extremely value-for-money, from $10. At iSteaks, we’re going straight for the thickly-cut slabs of steak that come with a range of sides, from gooey mac and cheese to buttered corn to fresh garden salad.

    #02-03/04/05/06 myVillage, 1 Maju Ave, Singapore 556679


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  • Bodacious & Bistro
    4 / 8 Bodacious & Bistro

    This industrial-chic space is unpretentious, but that’s not to say they’re uncreative. They’ve got homey classics like the Country Beef Pie, as well as locally-inspired grub like the Laksa Pasta (both pictured). Did we also mention all-day breakfast?

    70 Biopolis St, Singapore 138547

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  • Red Star Restaurant
    5 / 8 Red Star Restaurant

    A word of warning: All the typical stereotypes of an authentic, old-school yum cha experience is brought to reality at Red Star Restaurant. Service is fast-paced, and the place is almost rowdy; but that’s no excuse to give up a dim sum meal at this 50-year-old restaurant. P.S. Bring a group, and get all the dim sum varieties!

    #07-23, 54 Chin Swee Rd, Singapore 160054

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  • Keng Eng Kee Seafood
    6 / 8 Keng Eng Kee Seafood

    Restaurant meets hawker centre at this tze char (cooked-to-order) eatery tucked beneath a HDB block. And, the Michelin folks found their way there and gave it a thumbs up, too. Menu faves include the Prawn Rolls, Coffee Pork Ribs (pictured) as well as their crab dishes.

    #01-136, 124 Bukit Merah Ln 1, Singapore 150124

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  • Pocoloco
    7 / 8 Pocoloco

    Throw all your notions of fancy schmancy Italian cuisine out the window – Pocoloco dishes out vongole and foie gras for just about a tenner. Sauces and dressings are made from scratch – your risotto wears a distinct nutty taste from porcini mushrooms, while your bolognese is hearty and infused with white truffle oil.

    #01-779, 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560408

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  • Horizon Bistronomy
    8 / 8 Horizon Bistronomy

    Fine-dining inspired dishes, prepared with fresh produce sourced from all over the world, are served in a bistro setting at this casual waterside space. Start with the eponymous Horizon Cold Angel Hair (pictured) to whet your appetite for their French-inspired mains like the Duck Leg Confit or Herb Grilled Pork Collar.

    #02-04 The Punggol Settlement, 3 Punggol Point Rd, Singapore 828694

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.


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