8 Top Dining Picks at Suntec City
From a casual pre-cinema dinner to a fancy celebratory meal or mid-shop coffee stop, Suntec has got to be one of Singapore’s more under-rated go-to‘s for dining. It’s an area that’s absolutely rife with restaurant competition, meaning any eatery that stands the test of time does so for good reason. Heading there this weekend? Here‘s where to eat and drink in Suntec City.
1. District 10
District 10 is one of the livelier locales for drinking and dining at Suntec City. It spans both a relaxed al fresco and sleek yet rustic indoor area, both of which serve a stellar wine selection that traverses the best of European vineyards.
It’s not just the wine that has made this a popular choice for after-work drinks either - craft beers and signature cocktails are on offer too. We’re particular fans of the ‘Asian Cooler’ that combines gin, elderflower, lychee, lime, mint and ginger for a zingy and refreshing sip.
Soaking in the laid-back vibes with the Fountain of Wealth as a backdrop, it’s an infallible choice to helping you shake off that long working day.
As for what goes on in the kitchen, this truly is a meat-eater’s paradise. Executive Chef Luca Pezzera has crafted his years of expertise and even a few Italian family recipes into must-tries like the premium 30-day aged, Cognac-dried Tomahawk steak that melts in the mouth and is sure to have you raving about it the whole way home. Equally as memorable are the 45-day aged corn-fed Fiorentina steak and 30-day aged black Angus burger topped with a tangy tomato relish, rocket leaves and parmesan crisp.
Less carnivorous diners should spring for the charcoal-grilled Boston lobster or the homemade linguine pasta with scallops and prawns in a creamy truffle sauce. Seeking lighter bites to fuel your retail therapy? Dive into their platter of American and Mediterranean delights like nachos, fried chicken wings, juicy olives, international cheeses and cold cuts.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, 01-514/515 Suntec City, Singapore, 038983
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2. Ramen Nagi
When you hear about culinary talents like those of Chef Ikuta, it’s hard to resist the temptation to try his edible delights for yourself. This acclaimed chef cut his teeth in a hole-in-the-wall ramen house in Fukuoka, Japan, and soon began garnering a boatload of accolades as word spread that he was serving a different type of ramen every day of the year. Since then, Chef Ikuta has moved onto leading the kitchen of one of 28 international outposts of famed Japanese chain, Ramen Nagi. With him at the helm, it has become one of the best loved ramen restaurants in Singapore.
Their flavoursome soupy noodles have become so sought-after that it’s not uncommon for long queues to form even before the Ramen Nagi team have opened the doors. Most likely, it’s one of the four signature (‘King’) bowls that have the people craving.
Starting with the classic, the mouth-wateringly good Butao King is their most authentic ramen. It’s prepared using age-old Japanese techniques, resulting in an award-winning tonkatsu (pork bone) broth that’s rich in flavour and silky smooth in texture. It gets even better when paired with the soft handmade noodles, sliced pork belly char siu, sous vide egg and finely chopped chives.
Each of the other three signature bowls put their own twist on the traditional and are named for the colour of the broth. Take your pick from the Green King that gives a nod to the Mediterranean with the additions of fresh basil, drizzled olive oil and grated parmesan, or the aromatic Black King that’s enriched with garlic, sesame and squid. There’s also the fiery Red King that comes powered up by cayenne pepper, chili oil and miso-infused pork; a great choice for those who like their ramen with a kick.
If you fancy channeling some creativity into your dish, feel free to customise it with the ‘omotenashi sheet’. From a tick list, diners can select how rich and spicy they would like the soup, how firm the noodles should be, how much garlic they like, and whether they’d prefer their ramen topped with pork shoulder or belly. With this much personalisation on offer, it’s sure to be the Goldilocks bowl of perfection.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, 01-512/513, Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, Singapore, 038989
Monday-Friday: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
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Weekends were made for brunch, so next time those mid-morning hunger pangs come calling, make your way to Suntec City’s Hoshino Coffee.
Welcoming and cosy, this Japanese cafe is the ideal pit-stop midway through your shopping spree or before heading into the cinema. It’s decorated in old European style with lots of dark wood, pretty ornate lamps and plush leather sofas.
As for the food, expect Asian fusion dishes made with fresh ingredients and plenty of flavour. Savoury palettes can take their pick from the teriyaki chicken with onsen egg, pot-baked curry rice and the fluffy omelette with bacon and porcini cream (served on rice).
Other international plates like sandwiches and pasta are also on offer, but it’s the sweet dishes that really have people clamouring to visit. Get your Instagram feeds ready for gourmet stacks of their specialty pancakes. Fluffy, indulgent and oh so satisfying, their deep souffle pancakes are the ultimate in photo-worthy breakfasts, arriving at the table topped with homemade whipped butter, maple or honey syrup and even ice cream, if that takes your fancy. French toast is on the menu too, served with cream, sugar and strawberries. If you can’t decide between the two treats, we suggest going for both and sharing with your fellow diners - your sweet tooth will thank you!
As for the caffeinated sips of which Hoshino is so proud, theirs sit atop many a list of the best coffee in Singapore. Their prized hand-drip variety is made using premium Arabica coffee beans carefully selected by their coffee specialist Master Kanno, and resulting in a full-bodied, almost chocolatey flavour. If coffee isn’t your thing, there’s also a dedicated matcha menu and plenty of refreshing, fruity and blended teas to choose from.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, 01-651, Suntec City, Singapore, 038983
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What’s not to love about bibimbap? Picture a steaming bowl of warm fluffy rice topped with tangy kimchi, sauteed seasonal vegetables, succulent sliced meat or fish and a sous vide egg, and we challenge you not to immediately start craving this globally loved Korean dish!
The Suntec outpost of healthy Korean eatery Dosirak has made a name for itself as serving up some of the best bibimbap in Singapore. Sophisticated the place is not, but what it lacks in decor, it more than makes up for with their colourful dishes that see fast food transformed with a taste and nutritional makeover.
Diners can choose from their signature creations or opt to build their own with a choice of fresh ingredients. The beef bulgogi is a particular fan favourite, as is the seared tuna and soy-citrus salmon. Whichever you choose, the base of your bowl can deviate from the usual white rice and take the form of buckwheat noodles, cabbage, five-grain rice or toasted grated cauliflower (ideal for those following a low-carb diet). Top yours with additional edamame, mushrooms, tofu or avocado, then select your sauce from those like spicy omma gochujang, the sweet yet savoury apple cider gochujang or soy garlic jang. Shaking it all up yourself is part of the fun of dining here, as you watch the sauce coat your chosen ingredients for a meal that’s utterly packed with flavour.
Plant-based palettes will also be happy to hear there are plenty of vegan options here too (like the kimchi tofu or avocado and sweet potato bowls) that are equally as delicious as their meat and fish alternatives.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, B1-170, Suntec City, Singapore, 038983
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Appetites at the ready! One of our top picks for dining in a group is waiting to treat you to a serious feast. It’s called Little Lamb Hotpot (Xiao Wei Yang). Hailing from inner Mongolia and now housed in the Suntec City Sky Garden, it’s a fantastic choice for communal dining and celebratory occasions thanks to their sharing specialties of hotpot and Mongolian barbecue. Our recommendation? Order both.
A quick glance at the menu is sure to get your taste buds tingling. The first decision is to choose your soup base from options such as tomato, mushroom and chicken or, for those who like it hot, their highly-praised Sichuan chili-infused mala soup. As for your hotpot ingredients, prepare yourself, because there’s an extensive range of options; some of which make regular appearances in other hotpot restaurants, and some of which are unique to Little Lamb.
Meaty delectables like the Wagyu beef, Kurobuta pork and braised lamb are best enjoyed alongside seafood must-tries such as tiger prawns, sliced cod and lobster balls. As for your veggies, there’s Chinese cabbage, lotus root, kelp, oyster mushrooms, bamboo shoots and plenty more to choose from. Pair all this with your pick of noodles and tofu, and the result is a piping hot bowlful of glorious deliciousness.
Moving onto the barbecue, each of their Mongolian-spiced and grilled delights is packed with flavour, particularly the succulent skewers, pork belly and chicken wings. Side dishes like the whole roasted eggplant and mutton dumplings complete this sensational meal that’s sure to have you planning your next visit before you’ve even finished the first.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, 03-304/305, Sky Garden, Suntec City, Singapore, 038983
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Grilled freshwater eel (also called unagi) has long since been held as one of the most delectable Japanese delicacies. When it comes to unagi indulgence in Singapore, allow us to tempt you toward Unagiya Ichinoji. It hails from the famed Japanese Bib Gourmand chain Miyagawa Honten, and prides itself on using high quality ingredients to craft each dish; in particular, the premium eel that they have shipped in from a Japanese-owned farm in Indonesia.
What makes their unagi so special? It’s all down to the cooking style, which mimics the techniques used by Miyagawa outposts in their homeland and recipes that have been passed down through four generations. It starts with the eel being carefully steamed, before a two-step process begins that is repeated three times. It sees the chefs alternate between smothering the fish with a sweet, tangy basting sauce and grilling it over charcoal. The result is soft and juicy unagi that is enriched by the fluffiness of the rice and the complete ‘umami’ deliciousness that is so commended in Japanese cooking.
As for the Unagiya Ichinoji experience, expect a bright and airy 34-seat restaurant that is endearingly and simply decorated with an unpretentious ambiance. The menu includes various takes on unagi including one that pairs it with wagyu, beef shabu or salmon. Set options are available too, and include must-tries like the unagi sashimi gozen that comes with melt-in-the-mouth raw tuna alongside the chargrilled eel, vegetables and miso.
If you’re not a lover of unagi, head here at lunchtime when don bowls like the kaisen bara chirashi or one with grilled pork skewers are available too. They come as part of a salad set with rice and miso, fried vegetables or teriyaki salmon.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, 03-307, Suntec City, Singapore, 038983
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm
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7. The Salted Plum
Following the success and popularity of their original outpost in a Circular Road shophouse, much-loved fusion eatery The Salted Plum now has a second home in Suntec City. It will come as little surprise to anyone that has dined here that patrons have been eager to sample the best of this restaurant’s new kitchen since they first opened their doors.
The food here is a celebration of flavour; blending those of Taiwan and Singapore, and giving age-old recipes a modern twist. The a la carte menu is made up of tapas-style small plates like sliced beef belly with sesame and pickled ginger and the Taiwanese sausage patties. The main event at The Salted Plum, however, is the build-your-own rice bowls. Each bowl can be customised to suit you and, depending on your chosen set, is perfectly sized for either lunch or dinner.
When it comes to deciding on the central ingredient of your dish, we would highly recommend the burnt chili chicken (charred chicken thigh with Sichuan spices and a sous vide egg), crispy pork chop or the ten-hour sous vide Wagyu karubi steak. The latter is their speciality and tops a bowl of fluffy rice along with pickles, bok choy and citrus soy. It’s well worth adding garlic chips and crispy pork croutons too, as the contrast between crunchy and smooth is a real treat for the taste buds.
The basic set includes the ‘side of the day’ (fingers crossed it’s the smashed cucumber) and free-flow drinks. For larger appetites or evening diners, we suggest upgrading to the ‘supreme’ option that also includes soup, cabbage, fried oyster mushrooms and two additional sides. It makes for a sizeable and flavoursome meal that’s sure to keep you satisfied even through the latest two-hour blockbuster at the nearby Golden Village cinema.
Address: Suntec City 3, Temasek Boulevard, B1-122A, West Wing, Singapore, 038983
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Name your favourite Cantonese dish and it’s highly likely that this globally-acclaimed restaurant will have it on their menu. Dim sum, congee, roasted delights and sizzling plates straight from the wok all await you, and it takes but a single bite to be in full agreement with the flavours, textures and presentation that earned Crystal Jade Hong Kong Kitchen its Michelin Star.
The best way to dine here is with one of the set menus, of which the largest option (set H) is our number one choice. It feeds ten people so get a group together and prepare to stay a while, as the feast that is to come is truly something to behold.
The always-delectable Peking duck kicks off your meal, served with the traditional thin pancakes, tangy hoisin sauce and finely-sliced vegetables. Next up is a rich bowl of soup with seafood and chicken, and soft sauteed scallops in XO sauce. The braised baby abalone with sea cucumber follows this small but delicious plate, before the steamed marble goby fish. The specialty Boston lobster with ginger and scallions is the piece de resistance of this menu, and it pairs perfectly with the braised noodles with truffle and porcini mushrooms. It all ends with a sweet conclusion of mango puree, pomelo and sago.
If you’d prefer to order a few dishes a la carte alongside or instead of the above set, you won’t want to miss the xiao long bao, mapo beancurd with sliced fish and the sesame-coated salted egg yolk buns.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, B1-112, Suntec City, Singapore, 038982
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Looking to expand your options?
If you’re in the area either alone or hanging out with a bunch of friends, Suntec City will have a restaurant or cafe for all occasions. Can’t decide where to eat? Check out our comprehensive Suntec City Guide, you're sure to find something right up your alley!