5 simple and nice restaurants for family gatherings in Singapore

There are times when it is nice to bring the family or friends together for a meal. There is no special occasion and so it can be kept simple and affordable. Here are our TOP list of five restaurants for family gathering for dinner or other meal in Singapore. These are places which serve good food with a decent atmosphere at a reasonable price. These restaurants are also suitable for big group dining. The casual and laid back atmosphere ensures that everyone feels at home and relaxed.

Shao at Frankel, restaurants for family gathering


We start our list of restaurants for family gathering with a new neighbourhood Teochew restaurant that opened in 2018. SHAO 烧 is a casual Teochew restaurant at Frankel Avenue. Located in the hip suburban enclave where there are a number of popular cafes and restaurants, SHAO 烧 serves contemporary Chinese dishes centered on roast and barbeque meats.  Read more.


SHAO - 烧

Shao at Frankel

Chope booknow

117 Frankel Avenue
Singapore 458232

Tel: +65 6610 9233

Opening Hours: 
Mon: 11am-2:30pm; 5-11pm
Wed-Sun: 11am-2:30pm; 5-11pm
Closed Tuesday


Cheng’s @ 27 

Cheng’s @ 27 is a modernised coffeeshop in Tiong Bahru that serves zhi char. It is bright and very clean, more like a restaurant without air-conditioning than a traditional coffee shop.  The business has operated in this location since 1989.  Previously known as Cheng’s Delicacies,  a new generation of Chengs had taken over this business and renamed it Cheng’s 27.  Read more.


Cheng’s @ 27
27 Yong Siak Street
Singapore 168654

Opening Hours:
Mondays: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesdays – closed.
Wednesday – Sundays: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tel: +65 6223 7883


The Communal Place

The Communal Place is a new restaurant (opened in 2018)  near the Joo Chiat Road-East Coast Road junction. It is a trendy cafe, a casual diner and a bar rolled into one.  If the kids prefer Western cuisine when looking for nice restaurants for family gatherings, this friendly neighbourhood cafe will be on our shortlist. Read more.

The Communal Place

The Communal Place Pulled Pork Burger

The Communal Place
465 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427677

Tel: +65 62823359

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 11 am to 10.30 pm
Fri & Sat: 11 am to 11 pm
Sun: 11 am to 10.30 pm

brunch on weekends and public holidays: 11 am to 3 pm

Closed on Mondays


Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Keng Eng Kee Seafood 瓊榮記海鲜 is one of the names that crop up when discussing good places for zhi char in Singapore. It is located at Bukit Merah Lane 1. There are two dining areas at Keng Eng Kee Seafood – a small air-conditioned restaurant area and an adjacent large coffee shop area. Read more.

Keng Eng Kee Seafood
Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-136, Singapore 150124

Tel: 6272 1038

Opening Hours:
12:00pm to 2:30pm
5:00pm to 10:00pm


Old Hong Kong Kitchen

老香港小鲜 Old Hong Kong Kitchen is a new Chinese restaurant in KINEX (formerly known as One KM Mall). Known for its dim sum and roast meats, Old Hong Kong Kitchen also offers a good range of soup, seafood and vegetarian options. Read more.

Old Hongkong Kitchen KINEX

Old Hongkong Kitchen @ KINEX
#02-21 KINEX Mall 
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437157

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm 

Nearby MRT Station: Paya Lebar


There is also an outlet in Novena Square 2

Old Hongkong Kitchen @ Novena
10 Sinaran Drive, #02-80 Square 2
Singapore 307506

Tel: +65 6397 7023

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm 

Nearby MRT Station: Novena


We hope you have found our list of 5 simple and nice restaurants for family gatherings in Singapore useful. Cheers!

The Ordinary Patrons | Real Dining Experience of Ordinary People
an independent Singapore food blog

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