Restaurants We Love in Telok Blangah
When you’re searching for food places where you can have a good meal, Telok Blangah may not be the first choice that comes to your mind right away. But you know what, this part of Singapore deserves some exploring for there are many worthy restaurants that deserve your recognition. Here are some of them:
1. Privé Grill
What We Like: The stellar service and the sumptuous offerings
Privé Grill has the allure of being one of the few restaurants situated at Singapore’s only private island, Keppel Bay. Just the fact that it’s secluded pretty much attracts throngs of foodies - mostly expats - to dine here. One thing good about Privé Grill is that it’s not just location; it’s also got the menu which keeps them coming back for more.
To set the mood for a fantastic dinner, the restaurant’s interior is designed to be very intimate with enough space in between tables. Grayish walls and carpeted floors, accented by dim lights, complete the whole look. There’s also an al fresco area where guests can dine while enjoying the bay view filled with yachts.
Menu can’t get any stellar than the 180g Savannah Angus Ribeye Steak, which is josper grilled to perfection. Complement the main course with the rich and creamy Lobster Bisque (it’s got meaty lobster chunks) and the Scallop Ceviche - prepared with cherry tomatoes, asparagus, arugula, and olive oil. It’s also got a bit of heat to balance the citrusy flavour. Any meal at Privé Grill always comes with the amuse bouche and home-made bread.
2 Keppel Bay Vista, Telok Blangah | +65 6776 0777
2. Takumi Tokyo
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What We Like: The different culinary styles they use to prepare items
How about some Japanese fine dining? Have your wish come true at Takumi Tokyo, which is nestled within Singapore’s only private island. First of all, we just have to mention the restaurant’s picturesque view of the Keppel Bay where all the yachts are docked. The restaurant has big glass walls which gives you an unobstructed view of the background.
As for the food, Takumi Tokyo uses three authentic Japanese culinary styles – Robatayaki where skewered food is slow-grilled over hot charcoal; Teppanyaki where an iron griddle is used and other ala carte items cooked in different ways. Ingredients such as meat, fish, and other produce are imported from Kyushu, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Executive Chef Shige Shiraishi, the man who leads the kitchen, prepares wonderful items such as the Chawanmushi, a staple in Japanese cuisine. The Wagyu sirloin, prepared the teppanyaki way; while the seafood items are slow-cooked over premium grade charcoal. This gives it that distinct smokey flavour. Do try the kaiseki menu for more options too.
Marina at Keppel Bay, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, #02-01, Telok Blangah | +65 6271 7414
3. Faber Bistro
Photo courtesy of Takumi Tokyo
What We Like: Delectable delights with matching panoramic view of the city
Located atop Mount Faber is Faber Bistro, a laid back Western restaurant with a scene to die for. Though getting there may be a bit of a sweat (you may have to take a cab or cable car), it’s really worth the visit for it gives you a bird’s eye view of Singapore getting bathed in night lights once the sun has set.
Food-wise, the menu is a mix of usual favourites which include burgers, pizza, pasta, and steaks. For early-birds, follow your leisure stroll with a hearty breakfast menu of Eggs Benedict with Honey Baked Ham & Hollandaise, Thick Cut French Toast with Maple Syrup and Smoked Salmon on Sesame Bagel with Cream Cheese & Sliced Onion. Breakfast menu is available on Sundays, from 9am to 3pm.
When you do have your meal here surrounded by nature, check out Faber Bistro’s brand new menu. Its tantalising signature mains of Pan Fried Salmon Steak with Garden Vegetables & Tomato Salsa, Spaghetti & Meat Balls with Red Sauce and Grilled Spring Chicken with Mashed Potato, Onion Marmalade & Rosemary Jus awaits. For sandwich-lovers, tuck into the classic club sandwich – Faber Bistro’s version features Turkey Breast, Bacon, Fried Egg, Guacamole, Salad & Fries. Follow these up with colour cocktails and a swig of beer for a truly satisfying meal.
109 Mount Faber Road , Telok Blangah | +65 6377 9688
Photo courtesy of Faber Bistro
What We Like: Wide selection of Japanese food… plus sake!
It seems like Singapore can’t get enough of restaurants and bars with a view. Located in the iconic Mount Faber is Moonstone Bar & Grill – another one of these places which gives a panoramic view of South China Sea. You can actually come and sit in one of their comfy chairs and just watch the ships come and go. It’s a pretty relaxing way to kill time, especially if you got drinks on hand!
At Moonstone, you won’t run out of sake or “rice wines” for they have over a hundred hot and cold varieties. These go perfectly well with their Yakitori grilled fish or meat) - also a specialty at the bar.
But of course, this won’t be enough for a filling meal. So order some add-ons like the Animoko Tofu (monk fish liver tofu), Aigamo Tataki (smoked duck in sweet sauce and topped with bean sprouts), and the Chashu Udon (pork belly udon).
The Jewel Box, 109 Mount Faber, Level 2 , Telok Blangah | +65 6276 0609
5. Peony Jade
Photo courtesy of Moonstone Bar & Grill
What We Like: The dim sums!
Peony-Jade -the elegant Chinese restaurant at Keppel Club deserves a space in our list just because it has brought the beauty of the Sichuan/Cantonese cuisines to Singapore. At this home-grown restaurant, there’s a bounty of dim sums such as the Steamed Pork Ribs with Taro, Har Kaw, Pandan Custard Bun, or the famous QQ Bun. To try these offerings and more, you can avail the Dim Sum Buffet during weekends and get your money’s worth.
One thing to note about Peony-Jade is how lavishly-decorated the Telok Blangah outlet is. Its spacious interior has that oriental feel with the use of red lanterns, white table clothes, and wooden furniture.
Wait, there’s more! For OCBC members: when you dine in at Peony-Jade and you spend $80 on your meal, you get a $15 percent discount off your total bill. Spend $100 and you get additional $10 dining voucher.
Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road, M level, Telok Blangah | +65 6276 9138 / +65 6276 8327
6. Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
Photo courtesy of Peony Jade
What We Like: Feeling like royalty amidst the lush greenery
Set against the luxuriant foliage of Telok Blangah Hill Park, this Italian restaurant serves up a pristine fine dining experience you probably wouldn’t forget. Its historical charm permeates through the entire two-storey restaurant, as well as a beautiful courtyard – where the al fresco Terrace welcomes you with live jazz music from Mondays to Saturdays as you dine under the stars.
The a la carte menu is embedded with authentic Tuscan Italian dishes. Some of their best sellers include the US Prime Beef Short Ribs with Potatoes ‘Charlotte’ & Chestnuts Fondant, Lobster Broth ‘Bisque’ with Tarragon Scent & Orange, and Linguine with Spanner Crab & Grated Grey Mullet Roe ‘Bottarga’. And aside from a 3-course set lunch available at $36++ on weekdays, you’ll want to make reservations for their Afternoon Teas on Saturdays and Sunday Prosecco Brunches.
Wait, there’s more! On New Year’s Eve, dine at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante with their 6-course set dinner that includes a pre-dinner cocktail reception, a glass of Prosecco with a live band performance at $198** per person. Also, OCBC/ SCB, UOB card holders get $40 off, while Citibank card holders get a 25% discount.
10 Telok Blangah Green | +65 6510 3068
7. Street 50 Restaurant & Bar
Photo courtesy of Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
What We Like: The blend of global flavours and creative twists to local favourites
Located at in a boutique Bay Hotel along Telok Blangah Road, Street 50 Restaurant & Bar is a place to treat yourself to a whirlwind of global flavours at affordable prices. The line of food includes Italian, French and Vietnamese cuisine appearances amongst others, including Singaporean specials of course. The highlight? Everything Asian comes with a European twist.
Take the Lamb Rendang for example. Behind the western plating, its Asian flavours are translated clearly in the curry paste. Dish in half or a dozen of the exciting appetizer, Hazelnut Escargots that come flambéed with brandy right before you. And of the five desserts, your local instincts should gear you towards the Durian Pengat, which simply does not disappoint with its luscious durian pulp wrapped neatly in a crepe.
Wait, there’s more! Enjoy a Power Lunch Hour at $12.90 that includes an appetizer and a main, or tuck into their Asian Lunch Buffet on the weekends from 12pm – 4pm (Adults: $25++, Child: $12++).
50 Telok Blangah Road | +65 6818 6681
8. Spuds & Aprons
Photo courtesy of Street 50 Restaurant & Bar
What We Like: Wickedly sinful indulgences with a view
It takes a cable car ride or a drive up the hill of Mount Faber to get to Spuds & Aprons, but it will be worth it. Trust us. Once you’re up there, choose the air-conditioned Dining Room or deck out in the alfresco Garden for a panoramic view of the Habour and Sentosa Island. For those driving, it is free valet parking with a minimum spend of $30.
With a name like that, it’s no surprise that one of the must-tries at this joint is a sinful serving of Wicked Fries & Gravy. And if you love your dose of potatoes, it comes roasted, fried or mashed on the side of other mouth-watering delights like Chilli Crab in a Tux, Oven Roasted Mustard Marinated Chicken and Grilled Char Siew Lamb Rack. Then of course, there’s nothing like pairing your food with some ice-cold beer, minus5 degrees to be exact, with their Beer Below Zero.
The Jewel Box Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road | +65 6270 8855
9. The Marshmallow Tree
Photo courtesy of Spuds & Aprons
What We Like: Marshmallows. Marshmallows everywhere.
Marshmallows don’t grow on trees but at this café, the childhood favourite dominates like no other food spot in town. Inside, the garden swing, mismatched chairs, giant chalkboard wall and patches of carpet grass bring you back to a simpler time. While you enjoy the cosy hangout, we’re sure the little ones will love it there. Family-friendly café? Check.
Every drink purchased gets you a complimentary freshly roasted marshmallow and you’ll find the fluffy white wonder in their macaroons too! Besides an intriguing Domo Cup that features toasted marshmallows, cream cheese and a biscuit base, other light and savoury bites include waffles, chicken pies, muffins and cakes. And of course, they’ve got coffee brewing in the hood for your much needed caffeine fix.
46 Telok Blangah Drive #01-82 | +65 9852 1210
Photo courtesy of The Marshmallow Tree
What We Like: Authentic Peranakan food for us hungry souls.
Located within Keppel Club, you’ll find an abundance of traditional Peranakan food at PeraMakan, opened by a true-blue Nyonya with a rich culinary heritage. While it is slightly inaccessible, we believe that the effort in making your way here will be rewarded with nothing but scrumptious and authentic tummy fillers.
The menu is made up of a wide range of beef, lamb, seafood, fish, pork, vegetables, soups, as well as desserts like Chendol and Durian Pengat that you’ll definitely need to leave room for. Try their signatures like a classic order of Ayam Buah Keluak and enjoy scooping every bit of that chicken stuffed with nut pulp and spices. And don’t miss out on the tender Beef Rendang that features a lot more sauce than usual – because that’s how everyone likes it.
Level 3 Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road | +65 6377 2829
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