7 Singapore Cafes & Restaurants That Make You Feel Like You’re Overseas 

Transport yourself to foreign lands, food-wise, without the price tag. 

By Amanda Tan        24 April 2024

With Singapores reputation as a food paradise, it is hardly surprising that Singaporeans and residents possess an innate talent for uncovering the city-states best eats — and even some places that evoke an out-of-Singapore feeling. Here, we attempt to surprise you with some of our picks.

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine
Photos: Holiday Inn Singapore Little India

For a taste of Thailand, satisfy your cravings with Blue Jasmines array of true-to-origin dishes. Helmed by Thai Head Chef Imprassitichai, youll find all-time favourites such as wok-fried pad thai, prawn pineapple fried rice, green curry, pad krapow (Thai basil chicken), and of course, mango and blue jasmine sticky rice.

Level 5, Holiday Inn Singapore Little India, 10 Farrer Park Station Rd, Singapore 217564; Tel: 6824 8888

SAFRA members get to enjoy 20% off the total bill. Go to safra.sg/promotions/blue-jasmine for more details.

Smiths Fish and Chips

Smiths Fish and Chips
Photos: Smiths Fish and Chips Instagram

Savour a slice of the UK with Smithsauthentic fish and chips. Serving the British classic since its inception in 2006, each dish is made from quality ingredients from local British suppliers. All items on the menu including the fish and, well, chips, are prepared fresh daily on the premises.

271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02 Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708; Tel: 8498 3260

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off with a minimum spend of $30. Go to safra.sg/promotions/smiths-fish-and-chips for more details.

Good Year Seafood Village

Good Year Seafood Village
Photos: Good Year Seafood Village Instagram

Tucked away in a rather ulu industrial area in Tampines that is reminiscent of old Singapore, or some would venture Johor Bahru, this old-school zi char restaurant is best known for its golden garlic spiced pork dish, Pontian-style bak kut teh and chilli crab. 

However, we would be remiss if we didnt also recommend the savoury cabbage chicken, a comforting soup-like dish, and the prawn paste chicken wings as well.

15 Tampines Avenue, Singapore 529788; Tel: 9642 5800


Photos: Koma Instagram

If its good enough for Taylor Swift and her beau, its good enough for us. Even at its entrance, theres no mistaking the striking 20m-long walkway comprising layer after layer of orange arches (also known as torii gates), which bring to mind the famed Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto. Indoors, a 2.5m-tall Japanese bell sets the scene of whats to come — a visual feast of Japanese dishes. Dont miss the restaurants sashimi platter, sushi platter, black truffle beef tartare, truffle fried rice, and its show-stopping A5 wagyu beef tenderloin.

2 Bayfront Ave, # B1 – 67 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972; Tel: 6688 8690

Jojis Diner

Joji’s Diner
Photos: Joji’s Diner Instagram

Head down to this diner at Upper Serangoon Road if you simply must have American staples. The menu features classics such as chilli dog, mac & cheese and must-tries such as its baby back ribs. The entire experience is complete with quintessential beverages like milkshakes and lemonade as well as the fairly traditional decor of red vinyl booths and neon signs.

534 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534549; Tel: 6993 0461

Tiong Bahru Bakery – Safari

Tiong Bahru Bakery - Safari
Photos: Tiong Bahru Bakery Instagram

Take a walk on the wild side at Tiong Bahru Bakerys safari-themed cafe at Open Farm Community at Minden Road. The cafe, which was inspired by founder Cynthia Chuas visit to the African safari in Botswana, offers the bakerys signature croissants while serving safari-style bakes such as its zebra-inspired wild safari cake. Whether youre here for the pastries or for a unique, rustic experience, one things for sure: youre set for a roaring good time.

130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819; Tel: 6877 4876

La Bottega Enoteca

La Bottega Enoteca
Photos: La Bottega Enoteca Instagram

When it comes to authentic Italian dishes in a rustic setting, look no further than La Bottega Enoteca at Joo Chiat Road. Founded by Antonio Miscellaneo, who is also the chef, the food here reflects Miscellaneos Italian heritage and love for quality eats. Naturally, the restaurants signature pizzas (the restaurant made it to number 19 in 50 Top Pizzas Asia-Pacific category) are a must-try, especially the Newpolitan, as are its antipastis and home-made pastas.

346 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427596; Tel: 9071 8400

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