(Updated December 2016) There are many good Chinese restaurants in Singapore and probably many more opinions as to which is the best. We know that it is impossible to have a definitive table of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. We can only share a list of restaurants that The Ordinary Patrons (TOP) have visited and liked. So here is the list of TOP Chinese Restaurants in Singapore.
TOP Cantonese Restaurants
Summer Pavilion at Ritz Carlton Hotel underwent some major renovations and re-opened around the end of 2015. The result is a beautiful restaurant with effortless elegance to showcase their top notch Cantonese cuisine. Service at Summer Pavilion is one of the best in Singapore. It must be one of top Chinese restaurant in Singapore by any measure. Read Lunch at the redecorated Summer Pavilion.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039799 Singapore
Tel: +65 6434-5286
Jiang Nan Chun is a Cantonese restaurant located in the Four Seasons Hotel. We have some reservations about their recent redecorations, but it is still beautifully furnished and a top Chinese restaurant where you can expect good food and impeccable service. Read Chinese set lunch menu at Jiang Nan Chun and Four Seasons restaurant Jiang Nan Chun, re-opened Feb 2016.
Jiang Nan Chun 江南春
2nd Floor, Four Seasons Hotel
190 Orchard Boulevard
Tel : +65 6831 7220
Crystal Jade Golden Palace at Paragon Orchard has a classy and elegant atmosphere. The service is attentive and the food is reliably good. This is a restaurant that deserves a place in any list of top Chinese restaurants in Singapore. See Peking Duck Dinner at Crystal Jade Golden Palace.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace 翡翠金阁
290 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6734 6866
Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore is helmed by Hong Kong-born chef Chan Kung Lai. Yan offers good Cantonese cuisine that is artfully presented. A meal at Yan can be a gratifying feast for the eyes as well as the palate. See 宴 Yan Restaurant at National Gallery Singapore.
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Road
Tel : + 65 6384 5585
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant is located in the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. An understated interior, excellent service and consistently good Cantonese food are reasons to visit. Read our review here.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6831 4605
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 12PM to 3PM
Dinner: 6.30PM to 10.30PM
Saturday , Sunday and Public Holiday
Lunch: 11.30AM to 3PM
Dinner: 6.30PM to 10.30PM
TOP Hokkien Restaurant
Old timer, Beng Hiang Restaurant is a favourite Hokkien restaurant of The Ordinary Patrons. We never tire of eating their Hokkien mee and ‘hae chor’. Going to this traditional Hokkien restaurant makes us feel transported in time and place. Even though it moved to its current Jurong East location from Amoy Street in 2015, the place looks almost exactly the same. Read Famous Hokkien Restaurant Beng Hiang.
Beng Hiang Restaurant 茗香菜馆
#02-331 Block 135
Jurong Gateway Road
Tel: +65 6221 6695
TOP Shanghai Restaurant
Imperial Treasures appears to have a magic touch. Each of its restaurants seem to excel in their chosen field. Imperial Treasures Shanghai Cuisine in Ngee Ann City is no exception. This restaurant comes to mind whenever we think of Shanghai food. See Imperial Treasures Shanghai Cuisine at Ngee Ann City, Singapore.
Imperial Treasures Shanghai Cuisine 御宝轩
#04-22 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road
Tel : +65 6836 6909
TOP Sichuan Restaurant
Located on the 60th storey of UOB Plaza, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant offers great views of the city and serves delectable Sichuan cuisine in an elegant setting. Si Chuan Dou Hua also serves Cantonese delicacies and dim sum. Read Si Chuan Dou Hua at UOB Plaza.
Si Chuan Dou Hua 四川豆花
#60-01 UOB Plaza 1
80 Raffles Place
Tel: +65 6535 6006
TOP Teochew Restaurants
Imperial Treasure moved their Teochew restaurant from Ngee Ann City to Ion Orchard in December 2016. The new space is quite beautiful. We were also impressed by many of the dishes we tried. Read our review here.
Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine
ION Orchard, #03-05
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 67362118
You know a Japanese restaurant is good when you see that the customers are mostly Japanese. Similarly a Teochew restaurant taking on the name of renown Teochew Association Chui Huay Lim and taking prime location in its building can’t be bad. In fact, we think it is best Teochew restaurant in Singapore. Our previous favourite was Lee Kui which unfortunately closed in 2015. Read Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine.
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine 醉花林
190 Keng Lee Road #01-02
Tel: +65 6732 3637
One of Singapore’s best Teochew restaurants, Huat Kee serves all the familiar traditional Teochew dishes. The food is of good quality and the prices are reasonable. Read Huat Kee Teochew restaurant at RELC Building.
Teochew Restaurant Huat Kee (1998) Pte Ltd 潮州酒楼发记
#02-01 RELC Building
30 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 6423 4747
TOP Chinese Restaurants for Dim Sum
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant in Carlton Hotel is one of the most well-known Chinese restaurants of Singapore. Wah Lok has a good range of dim sum available for lunch. The average price of most items is $6.90 for three pieces. Their Bo Lo Bao, Deep-fried Chive Dumplings, Baked Mini Egg Tarts and Custard & Egg Yolk Buns are among the must try items. See our post on Wah Lok here.
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant
Level 2 Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6338 8333
The savoury dim sum items at 香宫 Shang Palace in Shangri-La Hotel are very good and their the dessert items are even better. The service is excellent. This is another restaurant that must be included in any list of top Chinese restaurants in Singapore. See Delectable Dim Sum at Shang Palace.
Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel 香宫
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel : +65 6737 3644
Yan Ting, located in St. Regis Singapore, serves refined Cantonese cuisine and is renowned for their dim sum. The dining hall is a refined luxurious space with a sense of serenity. The quality of the food matches the setting and the service is top notch. Read Dim Sum at Yan Ting, The St. Regis Singapore.
Yan Ting 宴庭
Level 1U, The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 6506 6887
see also TOP Places for Dim Sum in Singapore.
TOP Modern Concept Chinese Restaurants
EMPRESS @ Asian Civilisations Museum, which opens up directly onto the Singapore River, serves good traditional Chinese food in a contemporary dining room setting. The food, locale and great view of the city skyline all help to make dining at EMPRESS a royal experience. See Prive’s new restaurant – EMPRESS @ Asian Civilisations Museum.
EMPRESS @ Asian Civilisations Museum
#01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum
Tel : +65 6238 8733
Kai Garden in Marina Square serves fine Cantonese cuisines with contemporary interpretations. On its menus are items like Chilled Cherry Foie Gras, Chilled Mini Tomatoes with Sweet Plum, Garoupa in Lobster Soup, Sweet and Sour Pork on The Rocks and Pan Fried Charcoal Pork Bun. The signature dish is the Crispy Peking Duck with a variety of sauces and a range of colourful flavoured wraps. See Kai Garden – New Cantonese Restaurant @ Marina Square.
Kai Garden 嘉苑
#03-128A/B, Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6250 4826
Lokkee, located at Plaza Singapura, is 同乐TungLok Group’s latest concept restaurant which aims to celebrate the style of cuisine commonly found in restaurants of Chinatowns in Western cities. Witty and playful touches helped to make the dining experience at Lokkee a good change from the usual types of Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Read Lokkee – Tung Lok’s new restaurant at Plaza Singapura.
#03-01 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 4566
TOP Specialty Chinese Restaurants
The unique Imperial Restaurant offers healthy Chinese food founded on an old Chinese imperial cooking philosophy with an emphasis on low-sugar, less salt and reduced seasonings. Its menu has uncommon dishes such as Cordyceps Seedling Tonic Soup, Braised Crocodile Tail and Deep-fried Frogs. The secret herbal remedy incorporated into Imperial Restaurant’s dishes is said to be a boost to the body in all sorts of ways. Read Imperial Restaurant @ Riverview Hotel.
Imperial Restaurant 宏仁堂御膳厅
Riverview Hotel Level 2
382 Havelock Road,
Tel: +65 6337 0491
Jing Hua Xiao Chi specialises in home-made dumplings and noodles. It is a very nice restaurant to enjoy Little Juicy Steamed Pork Dumplings or xiao long baos, Pan-fried Dumplings and Zha Jiang Noodles. The contemporary elegant setting in the luxurious Palais Renaissance and good food at reasonable prices help it to make it into our list of top Chinese restaurant in Singapore. Read Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京華小吃 at Palais Renaissance, Orchard Road.
Jing Hua Xiao Chi 京華小吃
#B1-04 Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6733 8231