Header image courtesy of MONTI at 1-Pavilion
Singapore offers a multitude of flavours—its melting pot of culture is predominantly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and Malay cuisine. Each neighbourhood offers a different take on regional food, from street food, to dim sum delicacies. Ang Mo Kio, often abbreviated to AMK, is a residential district situated in the North-East area of Singapore. We round up some of the best eateries to try in Ang Mo Kio.
Helmed by Chef Shigeru Koizumi, Esora is situated within a heritage shophouse on Mohamed Sultan Road, where fine dining meets nature. The kappo-style restaurant showcases modern Japanese cuisine, inspired by natural wonder. Guests can expect nostalgic dishes, caressed by fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s an emphasis on a close chef-guest relationship, and the dining counter features a skylight-dressed Japanese washi paper—paying tribute to the chef’s admiration for the clear blue sky. Everything is seen in shades of sky, reminiscent of Japanese cerulean skies. The restaurant even has a dedicated tea-pairing programme, serving as an ode to the perfect brew.
Esora, 15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964 | (+65) 6365 1266
An all-American Barbecue restaurant, Jerry’s Barbecue & Grill serves Memphis-style wet barbecue in the heart of Ang Mo Kio. Expect greasy goodness in this diner-style venue, with comfort food delights including hot buffalo wings and grilled fish. The staff are super friendly, and dishes are affordable, welcoming guests in from all over. Come in a group, and order things to share—the plates are pretty hefty.
Jerry’s Barbecue & Grill, 277 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799505 | (+65) 6484 0151
Nestled in the tranquil greenery of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Canopy kick starts your weekend with a delicious brunch menu, which includes eggs, salads, and pastas. The garden dining experience runs from sunrise to sunset, welcoming you to bask in the warm heat—if you choose to sit al-fresco. The nature location is peaceful and lush, making a timid getaway from the city hustle.
Canopy Garden Dining, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue, 1 Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931 | (+65) 6556 1533
Serving different levels of spice, to cater to various tolerances, The Workbench Bistro starts from beginner and goes all the way up to extreme. Often described as a hipster cafe, the restaurant is also known for its crispy buttermilk chicken and egg lava beef burger. Treat yourself to a Japanese sweet potato waffle to finish.
The Workbench Bistro, 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-1881, Singapore 560332 | (+65) 6452 0810
Craving xiao long bao and la mian? Shanghai Renjia is a family-run restaurant, which pays tribute to authentic Shanghainese cuisine. The signature dishes are an obvious must, with favourites including the pan-fried buns and pork chop noodles, whilst the xiao long bao is a crispy, golden-brown bun, filled with a juicy soup filling.
Shanghai Renjia, 151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-3046, Singapore 560151 | (+65) 6368 6927
Perched next to the grand Fullerton Hotel, Monti is a romantic spot, decked in opulent interiors. Serving authentic Italian food since its opening four years ago, Monti continues to strive as an iconic dining venue, curated by culinary maestros. The restaurant uses premium ingredients, including specially-sourced olive oils, and handcrafted pastas. Ask the wine sommelier to match your meal with the perfect wine, if you’re out on an evening tasting.
MONTI at 1-Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327 | (+65) 6535 0724
Set in a casual environment, but serving fine dining cuisine, Unagi Gallery by OosterBay is a boutique Japanese restaurant. The chefs constantly create new dishes for the menu, to keep things exciting, and guests can expect five-star service on every occasion. Designed to cater everything to its diners, the welcoming venue is a regular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Unagi Gallery by OosterBay, 7500A Beach Road, #B1-310 The Plaza, Singapore 199591 | (+65) 9838 8209
Seafood Hunter has one mission—to create the first seafood takeaway concept store, serving the goods at a reasonable price. And they’ve done exactly that. GOSH! Inspiring Creations started with humble beginnings, running late-night bazaars and food events to get the word out. Then came Gosh!, the brand which prides itself on serving only the highest quality seafood from their Halal certified central kitchen. Try the creative seafood fusion, where seafood lovers unite, to taste the best of premium dishes, at a very affordable price.
GOSH! Inspiring Creations, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #B2-48, Singapore 569933 | (+65) 8686 9918