Where & What To Eat: 8 Best Restaurants In Keong Saik Road, Singapore

It's no surprise that the neighbourhood is popular with tourists
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
November 18, 2022

Keong Saik Road, which is adorned with ancient store houses, is a vibrant and busy neighbourhood that is home to some of Singapore’s most fascinating eateries.  It’s difficult to believe that the neighbourhood was once a major red-light zone dotted with brothels back in the 1960s; now,  a fresh generation of people has settled into this bustling neighbourhood. Furthermore, it is a short distance from the lively Chinatown

The best way to experience Keong Saik Road is to take a stroll down and sample any eatery. However, if you’re short on time, this fast guide to Keong Saik’s best foods can come in handy.

Best Restaurants in Keong Saik Road, Singapore

1. The Elephant Room

The Elephant Room highlights the traditions, flavours, and people of Singapore’s Little India via inventive drinks and delectable cuisine. To begin, all of their products are acquired straight from Tekka Market and its surroundings. Take a seat at the bar, request the bartender to pick one of the rare liquor they only get from India  Psst, they have a fantastic variety of Indian gin.

Address:20A Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088391
Operating Hours:Monday-Saturday: 6pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Contact Information: Call +65 9111 5131
+63 9369 7587

2. Cure

Cure is a concept founded by chef Andrew Walsh, and have recently received their first Michelin star. The informal fine-dining establishment serves Nua-Irish meals, a depiction of Walsh’s unique type of cuisine in which his Irish ancestry and family food take centre stage. Cocktails crafted with Irish whiskey and exquisite champagne are also offered.

Address:21 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089128
Operating Hours:Tuesday & Wednesday: 6pm-12pm
Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Closed on Sunday & Monday
Contact Information: Call +65 6221 2189
+63 9369 7587

3. Esquina

This vibrant tapas bar exudes an addictive energy from its open kitchen, that is overseen by head chef Carlos Montobbio. At Esquina, you’ll discover classics done very well, such as juicy and flavorful garlic prawns and crunchy croquetas, as well as some inventive variations on Spanish fare, such as paella with sea urchin.

Address:16 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089267
Operating Hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-12.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Closed on Sunday & Monday
Contact Information: Call +65 6222 1616
+63 9369 7587

4. Kafe Utu

‘Utu’ is the Kiswahili language for ‘humanity,’ and Kafe Utu’s rich cuisine of delicacies influenced by cuisines from several African nations, including Liberia, South Sudan, and Kenya, attempts to bring communities closer. The bottom floor of this three-story historic store house serves as the main café and restaurant, whereas the second floor lounge features hand-carved walls and doors and huge couch lounging places.

Address:12 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089265
Operating Hours:Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-4.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm 
Sunday: 9am-4.30pm
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Contact Information: Call +65 6996 3937
+63 9369 7587

5. Pasta Bar

The delicious spaghetti at Pasta Bar has completely spoiled us. The ever-changing cuisine is inspired by chef Alessandro Giustetti’s Italian heritage and family recipes. From the classic Tagliatelle with 24-hour braised beef ragu and parmigiano to the decadent Crab pappardelle with saffron cream and chives, there’s something for everyone.

Address:55, 01-05 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089158
Operating Hours:Wednesday-Saturday: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Monday & Tuesday: 6pm-11pm
Contact Information: Make reservation here

6. Olivia

In a friendly and relaxed ambiance, this contemporary Mediterranean diner on Keong Saik Road delivers a menu influenced by Barcelona cuisine. Olivia has a charming and personal feel to it, even down towards the name, which is a homage to chef and co-founder Alain Devahive’s daughter. Devahive has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants for almost a decade, including the renowned elBulli Restaurant in Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Address:55 Keong Saik Rd., #01-03, Singapore 089158
Operating Hours:Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Closed on Monday
Contact Information: Call +65 6221 0522
+63 9369 7587

7. Gaston

Gaston, a Burgundy wine bar and restaurant, is one of the most recent additions on Keong Siak Road. Unlike most expensive wine bars, Gaston maintains an unassuming atmosphere. You can anticipate wonderful matches with the menu’s Burgundian delicacies.

Address:25 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089132
Operating Hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-12am
Closed on Monday & Sunday
Contact Information: Call +65 6909 8120
+63 9369 7587

8. Thevar

Manogren Murugan Thevar, head chef at Thevar, transforms traditional Indian food with a modern and inventive twist on tastes and spices inspired by his Malaysian-Indian roots. The 35-seat contemporary Indian grill restaurant and bar also has an extensive wine selection and Asian-inspired drinks.

Address:9 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089117
Operating Hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 5.30pm-11pm
Closed on Monday & Sunday
Contact Information: Call +65 9750 8275
+63 9369 7587

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