There’s no shame in dining solo; in fact, we think more people should try it. No fussy eater to cater to, no need to bother with someone else’s schedule – you are your own boss! Here are our favourite joints to tuck into a good meal, sip some wine, and enjoy the bliss of solitude.
Much like its food, Sinpopo finds itself nestled between tradition and modernity, located along a stretch of shops that serve classic local food. Sinpopo antes up by serving up some unpretentious fare with undeniable local leanings that we can’t get enough of.
Dishes We Love: Har Jeong Burger, Ma ling Luncheon Crisps, Gula Melaka Cake
2. The Refinery
Blending a trendy bar, grill, and creative workspace into a three-story oasis, The Refinery advocates a lifestyle you’ll fall instantly in love with. Whether you’re here after a tough day’s work, or enjoying some quiet time on a Saturday morning, you won’t be disappointed by their surprising and delicious items served from brunch ’till dinner. If you escape from work early, remember to catch their happy hour from 6-8pm every Tuesday to Thursday.
Dishes We Love: Hambagu Steak & Eggs, Wild Mushroom Risotto, The Refinery Bowl, B&W Milkshake
Housed in a window-encased space in Bishan Park, this hip establishment has generated buzz aplenty since its opening and for good reason. With food that satisfies your tummy without breaking the bank who can resist? If overlooking the stream and watching the world pass lazily by sounds tempting, Grub’s the place to be.
Dishes We Love: Mentaiko Fries, Slow Cooked Pork Belly, Sakura Ebi Linguine
Get lost in a world of villains, heroines, or philosophical musings as you recline in a plush couch and cosy up with your favourite books. There’s no better way to find some tranquility and peace of mind than at The Reading Room. Who needs company when you have good books and yummy food?
Dishes We Love: TRR Burger, Kro-battered Fish and Chips, Maine Lobster Benedict
Who says tapas is only for sharing? Enjoy hot plates like Croqeutas de Jamon (ham croquettes), or the more unusual cold plates like Rillettes Sardinas (sliced sardines on black olive ciabatta toast). The decor is similarly splendid, with traditional Catalan tiles lining the walls as well as a huge ‘Anis Del Mono’ tiled mural. Remember to say cheers to a great night with a glass of Sangria too!
Dishes We Love: Albondigas en Salsa Espanola con Tomate, Ostras Fritas, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota,
3. Cha Thai
At Cha Thai you’ll enjoy a fresh side of Thai cuisine you’ve never experienced outside of Thailand. Enjoy authentic Thai dishes such as Pork In The Garden, Creamy Crab Roll, or their Signature Tiger Prawn Panang Curry, a Cha Thai original. The best part about dining solo? You don’t have to worry about sharing their Baked Pineapple Rice (served in half a pineapple) with anyone!
Dishes We Love: Creamy Crab Roll, Signature Tiger Prawn Panang Curry, Tom Yum Soup
Dining solo means no more judgemental stares when you return from the buffet table after your third go (guilty as charged)! Having been voted the ‘Best Buffet’ by Chope diners in 2014 and 2015, Basilico should be your new go-to place for a top-notch buffet serving seasonal and authentic Italian fare. Feast on a wide selection of antipasti and hot dishes but remember to save space for desserts because they are simply heavenly.
Dishes We Love: Roasted Leg of Lamb, Roasted Pork Belly, pizzas, pastas, and many more
Who says you need company when tucking into a juicy slab of beef? We present to you Wooloomooloo, one of the best classic steakhouses in this hemisphere. Their location on the 3rd floor of the Raffles City Shopping Centre means you’ll be chowing down on a hearty slab of heaven as you look over the elegant St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Stamford Road.
Dishes We Love: Australian Wagyu Beef Selection, Colossal Crab Lumps, Australian Black Angus Tomahawk