Since the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore earlier this week, it had everyone in a frenzy. If you left the cinemas wishing you could live like a crazy rich Asian but don’t have the bank account for it, you’re not the only one. Fret not, though – here are a few places to have Crazy Rich Asian meals on a (somewhat) Crazy Poor Asian budget.
Essentially a silver service restaurant and bar, Art is one of the best Italian dining establishments you can find in sunny-side Singapore. Combining elegance and intimacy into their dining experience that rivals even those in Milan, Rome, and Florence, this 80-seater osteria celebrates the Italian gastronomic heritage like no other.
Have a stab at their Free Range Chicken Essence with Parmigiano Cheese Tortellini or tuck into the intriguing Bronze Dye Spaghetti with Octopus and Smoked Paprika. These masterpieces will have you ooh-ing and aah-ing before taking your first bite! Did someone say Ferrero Rocher? Art transforms this well-loved Italian confectionery into a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Loops and globes of the famed hazelnut chocolate are adorned with edible gold flakes before being presented to you in true upscale fashion.
Drawing inspiration from classic Italian favourites and giving them an upgrade, you can expect a world-class contemporary dining experience at Aura Restaurant. The chef focuses his dishes on homely flavours, inviting guests to share them in a casual, family-style setting. Every dish is an original creation unique to Aura but maintains honest and authentic to the ethos of Italian culinary arts.
The menu showcases a wide variety of antipasto, pasta, and wholesome mains that feature the finest and freshest ingredients from the land and the sea. Give yourself a treat with the Cod and Sea Urchin Custard, a luxurious treasure trove that’s about to be your latest obsession. Nonna will also be proud of Aura’s Tagliolini with Scampi as well as the indulgent Angus Beef Tagliata with Bone Marrow, Porcini and Confit Potatoes.
Experience the richness of nature at The Halia, one of the most beautiful Halal-certified dining spots in Singapore. In the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, The Halia is an inviting space with lush foliage complemented by wood-carved tables and open verandas with a menu to match.
For the ultimate treat, we recommend getting the Halia Chilli Crab Spaghettini. You’re sure to find comfort in the warm, tangy-sweet Chilli Crab sauce that covers a bed of al-dente noodles. Those with a sweet tooth can go straight for their Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch and Vanilla Ice Cream, a gooey, toothsome dessert that will make any dessert lover’s heart (and taste buds) go wild!
Dine like a Spaniard and embrace festive flavours over a striking view at this gorgeous dining spot located in Quayside Isle. Dishing out flavourful creations to get the party started, Sabio by the Sea is an extension of the main outlet at Duxton but celebrates the same Spanish bacchanalia that governs the foundation of this establishment.
The menu, itself, is bold and intense. Conjuring up visions of matadors, evoking Iberian inspired flavours, and leaving a vibrant legacy – the plates here come to life as soon as they hit the table. The Paella Negra, a medley of seafood and squid ink, is the perfect example of what we mean. The savoury flavours come together to bring a dish you’ll be craving for days to come.
Those living in Singapore know that the Sentosa Cove area is one of the most prestigious on the island – and what’s more indulgent than splurging on a luxuriously upscale Chinese spread in this snazzy neighbourhood? Best known for their skillfully prepared dishes, the menu here will have you spoiled for choice.
Relish in The Blue Lotus Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab, where fresh crab is simmered with lemongrass and curry leaves, and with just enough chilli to give it a kick – it’s one creation we can’t get enough of. Other favourites include the Crispy Fried Squid Tentacles and Lemon Gelo with Lime Sorbet, but don’t just take our word for it – try it out for yourself!
6. JUMBO Seafood
When someone mentions seafood in Singapore, foodies will tell you that it all began with JUMBO Seafood. This mega house of ocean delights has 5 outlets across the island, which is a testament to the brand’s dedication in serving some of the best seafood dishes to its diners.
Diners old and new swear by their Chilli Crab, touting it as one of the – if not THE – best in Singapore. Other local flavours not to be missed include the sweet and spicy Crispy Baby Squid and the robust Golden Egg Salted Prawns.
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