By Shamilee Vellu
Dec 1, 2019
IN 2019, SINGAPORE had a lot to celebrate, so it was hard to narrow down the list but we think these represent the best new eating, drinking and staying spots in the Lion City this year.
BEST NEW BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE 2019
There’s nothing linear about Rishi Naleendra’s newest venture: not its beginnings (he shut his previous restaurant after receiving a Michelin star), nor its fare, which is a heartfelt assertion of the chef’s Sri Lankan heritage interwoven with his experiences with modern Australian and European cuisine. Served in a moody, foliage-filled backdrop, Cloudstreet’s flavor pairings—like a betel leaf–enrobed Coffin Bay oyster with coconut milk and finger lime—are unexpected and deft.
cloudstreet.com.sg; set lunch from S$78, dinner from S$198.
The Old Man
Among the shophouses of Keong Saik is this intimate cocktail den, the first international outpost of Hong Kong’s famed Hemingway-inspired bar of the same name. The Singapore spot, too, made this year’s World’s 50 Best Bars list—little wonder given its ingenious blends of Asian ingredients and boundary-busting flavors like The Snows of Kilimanjaro, a sweet-savory fusion of marshmallow gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, citrus and gruyère. Top points for accessible prices and a familial atmosphere.
fb.com/theoldmansg; cocktails S$17.
Founded by classical pianist–turned luxury-property broker Peter Ng, this new listening lounge and bar in Dempsey features a thoughtfully curated roster of global talent, laid-back “living room” setting, an eclectic wine list and a whisky selection that veers from accessible (Talisker 10 Years) to extravagant (Macallan M Black). Ng believes in paying it forward—Tuesdays highlight promising musicians from Lasalle College of the Arts.
maduro.sg; cocktails from S$22.
THE BEST NEW AND REVAMPED HOTELS IN SINGAPORE 2019
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Reopened after two years of extensive renovations, guest rooms in grande dame Raffles Singapore have received modern makeovers (with the latest tech) from design doyenne Alexandra Champalimaud, and the historic Long Bar and Tiffin Room were refurbished. New offerings include the book-lined Writers Bar, and restaurants by Anne-Sophie Pic, Jereme Leung and Alain Ducasse.
raffles.com; State rooms from S$836.
The Barracks Hotel
This nostalgic transformation of a 1904 army garrison on Sentosa Island offers 40 cozily furnished rooms and suites where vintage accents blend with modern luxury. Comped heritage tours provide some context to the setting, though you’re just as welcome to laze by the central pool 24/7 or in a foliage-fringed Jacuzzi shared between the suites.