Singapore’s best mod-Sin restaurants: Po, Restaurant Ibid, Mustard Seed and more

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Celebrate National Day with some excellent modern Singaporean grub today

As National Day quickly approaches and more red and white flags flutter across the balmy Singaporean sky, mark your social calendar with reservations at these five establishments dishing out modern Singaporean (mod-Sin) cuisine, a creative and innovative take on familiar dishes and flavours that we deeply cherish.

Po

In any conversation involving “mod-sin”, the name “Willin Low” will likely appear. Disrupting the local food scene with his mod-sin culinary movement more than a decade ago, Willin is the mastermind behind the culinary concept at Po, the flagship restaurant inside The Warehouse Hotel, which is situated along the Singapore River. The elegant restaurant serves embellished home-style classics that our own ‘popo’ (grandmother) would approve of such as Popiah recreated from traditional family recipes, Bak Kut Teh prepared with U.S. Prime pork ribs, and Hokkien noodles served with Mediterranean wild red prawns.

Po
320 Havelock Road
The Warehouse Hotel
Singapore 169628
Tel: +65 6828 0007

Labyrinth

Chef-owner Han Li Guang implores diners to journey beyond simple reproductions of classic dishes, all by artfully evoking expressions from his childhood food memories in the one-Michelin-starred Labyrinth. His innovative and intriguing dishes are presented in well-curated set prix fixe menus with fine wine-pairing options, available for lunch and dinner. To mark Singapore’s 55th birthday, the restaurant will offer exclusive lunch and dinner menus. Dishes like Moonlight Hor Fun with wagyu short ribs, and Kueh Lapis infused with fresh Manjimup black truffles make this dining experience worth splurging on.

Labyrinth
8 Raffles Avenue
02-23 Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay
Singapore 039802
Tel: +65 6223 4098

Candlenut

Housed within former colonial barracks, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant boasts a vast dining room accented with contemporary touches. Homegrown chef Malcolm Lee delves deep into his Peranakan heritage to offer modern Straits-Chinese dishes that articulate closely-held traditions and are based on his family recipes. Order the tasting menu which includes creative dishes such as Yeye Chicken Curry, a rich, white coconut curry recipe that was passed down from Lee’s great-grandfather, and the Buah Keluak, aromatic black nut curry slow-cooked with free-range Borrowdale pork.

Candlenut
17A Dempsey Road
Singapore 249676
Tel: 1800 304 2288

Mustard Seed

Nestled in the quintessentially suburban Serangoon Gardens estate, Mustard Seed has come a long way from its modest home dining operations in a Potong Pasir apartment to an intimate 13-guest dining room, which is booked out months in advance by tenacious diners. Presented in a fine-dining omakase menu that is frequently refreshed, chef-owner Gan Ming Kiat’s repertoire of novel dishes are proudly rooted in local flavours and inspired by Japanese culinary techniques and presentation. Lucky diners have witnessed themed creations such as Ayam Pangkang, Chicken with Turmeric Rempah, and Hainanese Menchi Katsu with tomato and bacon sauce.

Mustard Seed
75 Brighton Crescent
Singapore 559216
[email protected]

Restaurant Ibid

This charming shophouse restaurant along North Canal Road is Woo Wai Leong’s restaurant debut after he won the inaugural MasterChef Asia season. The lawyer-turned-chef didn’t just rest on his TV fame laurels as Ibid was awarded the Michelin Plate within two years of operations. Drawing from the concept of ‘from the same source’ (the meaning of ‘ibid’ in Latin), the modern Nanyang menu forges chef Wai Leong’s heritage with his experiences abroad in the west. Expect set menus filled with clever and elegant dishes such as local squid with basil caviar, pan-fried buns with foie gras, and wagyu short ribs with ginseng.

Restaurant Ibid
18 North Canal Road
Singapore 048830
Tel: +65 9151 8698

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