If you and your clique of friends are not suggesting Keong Saik Road as a place to chill after work, you are missing out on one of the few places in Singapore that you can call quirky and hip. Keong Saik Road is close to Outram Park MRT, and within easy reach of Chinatown, so it’s great for friends who don’t drive. It is recommended not to drive because parking can be quite a headache.
Everyone loves a place that oozes history. Harking back to the 1960s, Keong Saik Road was the Gelyang of present day. It was a prominent red-light district with a high concentration of fancy brothels located in the three-storey high shophouses. Since then, Keong Saik Road has become a home to boutique hotels like Royal Peacock Hotel and Hotel 1929 along with coffee shops and art galleries. It is a popular destination amongst locals and tourist alike, as its historical architecture stands in great contrast to the soaring modern day Singapore city skyline. What was once the turf of the notorious Sio Loh Kuan secret society, it seems that Michelin star Chef Jason Atherton is now the new kingpin. Jason Atherton famously fell out with his former boss Gordon Ramsay. And it seems he’s found new turf, helming the kitchen of The Study and the Esquina Tapas Bar Here’s a list of noteworthy restaurants to visit while you’re on Keong Saik Road:
1. The Study (formerly known as Keong Saik Snacks)
49 Keong Saik Rd Heavily influenced by the British café culture, The Study is a place to chill and experience the chef’s clever twist on traditional English food. A joint project by Michelin-starred British celeb chef Jason Atherton and famed local hotelier Loh Lik Peng, this casual and laid-back eatery serves up a selection of classic British fare like grilled lamb chops with shepherd’s pie ($32) and house-cut duck fat chips with sea salt ($9). You can also choose from a range of drinks on offer, including cocktails like Float Like a Butterfly ($23), a mix of vanilla ice-cream and tequila soda.
2. Taratata Bistrot
35A Keong Saik Road Started by French chefs Bertrand Raguin, who held kitchen stints at various restaurants including the former L’Aigle d’Or at Berjaya Hotel, Taratata is a quirky little bistro in Keok Saik Road. With its back-and-white checked tiles and confection of red banquettes, let Taratata send you to the romance and charms of Paris. The fully stocked menu features bistro classics such as steak tartare as well as French classics like cassolette d’escargot. Piled your table with their homemade pork pate, hand-chopped steak tartare, cassolette d’escargots with mushrooms, ribeye with potato gratin; duck confit on a bed of white bean ragout, pear belle Hélène dessert and finish with a big serving of profiterole.
3. Oriole Coffee Roasters
10 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089264 Singaporeans really love to have their kopi (“coffee”) with their breakfast. And this, according to the Internet, is touted to be one of the best. Order their Straits Seven Set. It comes with a cup of Kopi made with quality Espresso in a traditional unassuming Singapore coffee cup, a pair of 62 degree poached eggs using farm fresh eggs and handmade kaya toast. Although it is more expensive than your usual coffeeshop kopi and kaya toast, you pay for quality and its quality you’ll get. The cafe is small and mostly with communal seating arrangements. But still it is comfortable and rustic. A place with a relaxed atmosphere, this is a cafe that would be suitable to spend afternoons reading and chatting up a storm.
4. Esquina Tapas Bar
16 Jiak Chuan Road Inspired by the colourful tapas bars found in Spain, Esquina provides visitors to the culturally-rich Chinatown with an added choice of European cuisine to the ethnic enclave. Esquina serves mainly modern Spanish tapas in a rustic shophouse locale surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints. Michelin star Chef Jason Atherton leads the culinary direction for Esquina and he doesn’t disappoint. The place is rather small with only 19 seats, making it exclusive and intimate so make sure you come early as they don’t take reservations. Pile your table and fill your stomach with their salt & pepper squid, roasted pedron pepper, iberico pork & foie burger, sevllle orange & rosemary ice cream, roast duck with truffle honey and marinated beetroot salad. Submitted By: EatWhatFood