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A large neighbourhood in Singapore’s central-south region, Bukit Merah features easy access to anywhere in the city. Covering train stations including Labrador Park, Telok Banglah, Redhill, Tiong Bahru, Harbourfront, and Outram Park, to name a few, residents and tourists are blessed with an abundance of restaurants to choose from in the area. Here are some of the must-try restaurants in Bukit Merah.
If you’re craving brunch, look no further. Refuel II offers a delectable selection of morning munchies, including the salmon scramble, and the pulled pork burger. Catered to every palette, the eatery is popular amongst families, groups of friends, and colleagues. Known for its locally-sourced dishes, and artisan espresso, Refuel’s motto is simple—uncomplicated fare meets contemporary interiors. Indulge in the mouthwatering dessert too, if your stomach has room for it.
Refuel II, #01-4468 Brickworks Estate, 28 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore, 152028 | (+65) 6265 7368
With outposts worldwide, from Las Vegas and Jakarta to New Delhi and Dubai, Akira Back is named after the chef himself, Chef Akira Back. Presenting modern Japanese cuisine with Korean influences, the award-winning restaurant opened its Singapore branch at JW Marriott South Beach, where innovative cuisine pairs with seasonal produce, and artisanal ingredients. Specialities include the scrumptious Wagyu fried rice, and the Gyudon with Saga Gyu, foie gras, and truffle jus.
Akira Back, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road, Level B1M, Singapore 189763 | (+65) 6818 1914
Bringing modern British fare to the Michelin-starred JAAN restaurant, Chef Kirk Westaway revisits his heritage and culinary experience to curate an innovative menu for gourmands. The menu changes every day, in line with seasonality and availability, to ensure freshness upon serving. An internationally celebrated restaurant, JAAN continues to excite and entice with its ever-evolving flavours, bringing a new spin on classic British dishes. The popular English Garden is a must—a colourful plate comprising over 30 vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers. What’s more, the charming interiors, like the show-stopping chandelier, make this venue an ideal date spot, ready to impress, or makes a fun evening out with pals.
JAAN by Kirk Westaway, Hotel Swissôtel, The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882 | (+65) 6874 1488
Housed under the luxury The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Summer Pavilion relishes the joys of eating together, with families and friends, as celebrated in Chinese culture and tradition. The Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant offers an extensive menu, which ranges from delectable dim sum to refined set menus, prepared by the expert culinary team. Enter the Chinese garden-inspired space, which features exclusive objets d’art, floral decorations, and hand-painted Italian tableware, paying tribute to the finer things in life. Some favourites on the menu include the fish maw and chicken and the pan-fried pumpkin and shredded yam. Indulge in this gourmet spot, and grab a drink from the Chihuly lounge whilst you’re there (or, of course, tea).
Summer Pavilion, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 | (+65) 6434 5286
Attaining the highest award from the Michelin guide, Odette holds an incredible three stars to its name. Helmed by Chef Julien Royer, the restaurant elevates French cooking to a new level, with its unique fine-dining concept. The interiors are stunning, boasting a muted pink and grey, whilst the cuisine unfolds an unparalleled artistic-meets-culinary vision. As one of the top restaurants in Singapore, Odette comes from humble backgrounds, and Chef Royer says he owes it all to his grandma, who first taught him the ropes in classic French cooking. The staff are knowledgeable and willing to run through the whole menu with you, to accentuate the experience even further. Bring someone special here, and you’ll be raving about it for months to come.
Odette, 1 St Andrew’s Road, #01-04 National Gallery, Singapore 178957 | (+65) 6385 0498
For a taste of Nyonya-meets-Singaporean cuisine, Violet Oon uses secret recipes designed for sharing. The highly-acclaimed restaurant group curates Asian gourmet delights, representing the rich heritage behind diverse Singaporean flavours. Delve into the confluence of simplicity and luxury at this fine-dining venue, which commits itself to providing quality, unique dishes, to dine in with friends and family.
National Kitchen by Violet Oon, 881 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279893 | +65 9834 9935