Singapore is renowned for its diverse food scene and so out of town visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying dinner here. A great experience for first-time visitors to Singapore is to visit a hawker centre. Singapore’s version of street food sees several food stalls all housed under one roof, usually representing the different ethnic backgrounds of Singapore’s population – Chinese, Indian and Malay. Wander around and take your pick of the many different types of food on offer, and the usual rule is that if you are in doubt, go for the queue with the longest queue. There are hawker centres all over Singapore, but two that are popular with visitors are Lau Pa Sat in the heart of the financial district, and Makansutra Gluttons Bay in the Marina Bay district.
Chilli Crab is the Singapore’s unofficial national dish and is a must-try for visitors. Nearly all the local seafood restaurants dish up these crabs smothered in a tangy, spicy sauce but a popular place to take visitors is the East Coast Seafood Centre. Here you can choose from several open-air seafood restaurants and enjoy your crabs in an al-fresco breezy atmosphere.
If your guest are curry lovers, then you should definitely take them for a night out in Little India where there are plenty of good Indian restaurants to choose from, and if they prefer a lively atmosphere and to wander around and take their pick of different cuisines, then Clarke Quay is a good option, with a buzzing vibe every night of the week. And if money is no object, then make your choice from the several new celebrity chef restaurants – choose from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy and Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, among others.