Singapore may be home to many world-class and Michelin-starred restaurants, but there are many other restaurants with a history that are worth trying too! Check out these 4 heritage restaurants with deep-rooted cultural traditions.
1. Red Star
Red Star is probably the last restaurant in Singapore that is still serving Dim Sum traditionally through push carts. Don’t be surprised to find waitresses pushing their carts along the aisle, and diners stopping them to order or request for recommendations. Each cart would have a limited number of each food item, so be sure to be quick in spotting and stopping a waitress! It will be hectic but a food worth snatching is a food worth eating! Now who’s up for this fun Dim Sum game?
Address: 54 Chin Swee Rd, #07-23, Singapore 160054
2. Spring Court
Opened in 1929, the Spring Court restaurant is now being helmed by the third generation. Currently based in Chinatown, this restaurant spreads across 4 levels in a shophouse, with 650 seats. Its rare to find a restaurant that is this big in scale, let alone survive through the ages! Started in 1929, this restaurant has witnessed numerous historic events that affected Singapore, from WWII, to strikes, riots, to independence and till today’s stability.
Classy from the outside, this mix of Cantonese and Hokkien cuisine, the Spring court plays on its Chinese heritage with its traditional Chinese furniture. Definitely a 5 star for both its food, history and ambience. Get ready to pamper yourself with good food and ambience.
Address: 52-56 Upper Cross St, Singapore 05834
3. Guan Hoe Soon
One of the last few restaurants that still serves authentic Peranakan cuisine, this restaurant is a must visit for those that are intrigued with Peranakan culture. Don’t be deceived by its plain interior design and simple looking menu. Its food will definitely wow your taste-buds. The chunky Otah Otah is definitely a must have and the must-share portion of tangy Assam Pedas Pomfret. Unlike other Peranakan restaurant, Guan Hoe Soon has no intricate interior design or any fanfare. Just simple, classic, comforting meal that reminds of you of home.
Address: 40 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427764
If you’re interested in the traditional coffee shop setting of old Singapore, then you should definitely give this place a visit. Used to serve as the eating house for the British army, the COLBAR still retains its old school outlook till today. Furnished in 50s looking tables and chairs, its interior did not seem to undergo any form of revamp. Its drinking menu reminds you of the colonial days as its beverage list is highly unusual. It carries many different English craft beer, from sweet cider to bitter IPA, which makes one wonder if the list was continued since its colonial days.
Address: 9A Whitchurch Rd, Singapore 138839