TOP Singapore restaurants for beer drinkers

According to a report,  “(b)eer and ale remain Singaporeans’ favourite alcoholic beverages, accounting for slightly more than 80 per cent of the total amount of liquor imported in FY2012.”  We are not surprised as a nice cold beer is the perfect antidote to deal with the hot weather.  It is also a great drink to have at a gathering of friends, to celebrate happy hour or simply go with some food (especially grilled food).  For the many beer drinkers out there, The Ordinary Patrons (TOP) have compiled a list of Singapore restaurants that we have been to that serves good food, beer and provides a nice atmosphere for merry-making. Here is the TOP list of Singapore restaurants for beer drinkers.

Singapore restaurants for beer drinkers

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Lunch at Platypus Kitchen, Bugis Junction

A platypus… is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs …” (Wikipedia). The Platypus Kitchen at Bugis Junction is a totally different animal. It is an “(a)ward winning Asian-influenced Seasonal Modern Cuisine.” It is the flagship gourmet restaurant of the Platypus Restaurant Group (Platypus Website).

Lunch at Platypus Kitchen, Bugis Junction

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Rich and Good Cake Shop in Kampong Glam

Rich & Good Kaya Swiss Roll

Why do some F&B outlets in Singapore flourish while similar stores offering the same kind of food struggle? That should be an interesting business school research project topic. The factors contributing to the popularity of a food business is often hard to pin point. Like we said in our earlier post about The Hangar Cafe on Arab Street, there could be beautiful restaurants struggling to draw in the diners while places with no decor to speak of would be extremely well patronised. Perhaps a location like Kampong Glam or Little Arab has its own magic. Rich & Good Cake Shop in Kampong Glam is another intriguing case. There is almost always a queue at this laid back unpretentious bakery on Kandahar Street.

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Coffee and light meal at Hangar Cafe on Arab Street

Running a food and beverage business in Singapore is not for the faint hearted. According to a SPRING Singapore website, 28% of F&B business are replaced every year. In addition to challenges like high rents and labour shortages there is also this other factor that intrigues us – the unpredictability of consumer tastes. We have seen beautiful restaurants struggle to draw in the diners. On the other hand, there are places where there is no decor to speak of and yet the crowds just keep on flowing in. The Hangar Cafe on Arab Street belongs to the latter category.

Hangar Cafe Singapore
Hangar Cafe at Arab Street

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Typhoon Cafe at Plaza Singapura

Typhoon Cafe - Taste of Taiwan at Plaza Singapura

Typhoon Cafe at Plaza Singapura is an attractive contemporary Taiwanese cafe on level 4 of the popular Orchard Road mall. It offers Instagram-worthy artisan fruit teas and desserts as well as classic Taiwanese dishes like Lu Rou Fan and Oyster Omelette. Signature dishes of Typhoon Cafe at Plaza Singapura include Australian Beef Short Rib with Wuxi Maltose Glaze and Crispy Whole Pork Knuckle with Taiwanese Chilli Jam.

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Brunch at Kampong Glam cafe, Maison Ikkoku The Gallery

Maison Ikkoku is a cafe in the Kampong Glam area, near Arab Street and Bussorah Street. It has undergone quite a transformation since our last visit in 2015 (you can read about our previous visit here). It is now known as Maison Ikkoku The Gallery. There is also a bar on the second level and a rooftop space known as Maison Ikkoku Rooftop, which we believe opens in the evenings.

Maison Ikkoku The Gallery

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