16 Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants In Singapore
Does the phrase “Michelin star restaurant” make you recoil at the thought of quadruple-digit food bills?
Dining at establishments that are recognised by the Michelin guide isn’t always expensive. Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, for example, highlights restaurants that offer good food at moderate prices. In Singapore, there are 50 Bib Gourmand establishments, ranging from hawker stalls to more upscale places – all of which you can get a meal for under S$50.
Then there’s the Michelin Plate designation, which is awarded to restaurants that don’t have the Bib Gourmand or star distinctions, but nonetheless offer quality food. There are 150 of such places in Singapore, most of which serve affordable food.
But if your tastes incline more towards the fancy and the schmancy, here are 17 bona fide Michelin-starred restaurants where you can dine for under S$50 (before service charge and taxes, that is).
|Stars||Cuisine||Name||Address||Prices from||TripAdvisor rating|
|Street food||Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle||335 Smith Street #02-126||S$3||3.5 (30 reviews)|
|Street food||Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle||Blk 466, #01-12, Crawford Lane||S$5||4 (209 reviews)|
|Peranakan||Candlenut||Block 17A, Dempsey Road||S$20||4 (415 reviews)|
|Indian||The Song of India||33 Scotts Road||S$30||4 (864 reviews)|
|Fujian||Putien (Kitchener Road)||127-129 Kitchener Road||S$30||4 (122 reviews)|
|Cantonese||Lei Garden||Chijmes, #01-24, 30 Victoria Street||S$30||4 (335 reviews)|
|Chinese||Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)||ION Orchard, #03-05, 2 Orchard Turn||S$30||4 (144 reviews)|
|Innovative||Nouri||72 Amoy Street||S$35||4.5 (49 reviews)|
|Australian||Cheek by Jowl||21 Boon Tat Street||S$38||4.5 (249 reviews)|
|European contemporary||Alma by Juan Amador||Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road||S$39||4.5 (326 reviews)|
|Italian||Garibaldi||#01-02, 36 Purvis Street||S$39||4 (480 reviews)|
|French||Ma Cuisine||38 Craig Road||S$40||4.5 (27 reviews)|
|Cantonese||Summer Palace||Regent Hotel, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road||S$48||4.5 (147 reviews)|
|French contemporary||Rhubarb||3 Duxton Hill||S$48||4.5 (371 reviews)|
|Chinese||Crystal Jade Golden Palace||Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-22, 290 Orchard Road||S$48||4 (377 reviews)|
|Chinese||Shisen Hanten||Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Orchard Wing, Level 35, 333 Orchard Road||S$50||4 (229 reviews)|
1. Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
In 2016, Liao Fan became one of first two street food stalls in Singapore to be awarded a Michelin star. Visit the hawker stall for its signature chicken rice or noodles, alongside other favourites like roasted pork rice, char siew rice, and pork ribs rice.
335 Smith Street #02-126
2. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is the other hawker stall in Singapore to be awarded a Michelin star. It’s regarded as the best place to go to for a bowl of bak chor mee (minced pork noodles), but be prepared for long queues that can span over an hour.
Blk 466, #01-12, Crawford Lane
Candlenut is the only Peranakan restaurant (thus far) to be awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant serves authentic Peranakan food with contemporary twists. While their set meals can set you back S$88++ for lunch and S$118++ for dinner, a la carte meals range from an affordable S$20 to S$32, before taxes.
Block 17A, Dempsey Road
4. The Song of India
The Song of India serves modern Indian cuisine in a large, heritage-style bungalow. Their set meals are quite pricey, but a la carte options can be had from S$30++. Check out their promotions page, as they occasionally offer discounts on set meals or seasonally inspired menus to celebrate events like Deepavali.
33 Scotts Road
5. Putien (Kitchener Road)
Putien’s outlet at Kitchener Road earned the restaurant chain its first Michelin star in 2016. Main courses like noodle or rice dishes can be had for just around S$10, but you’ll probably want to pair it with side dishes like pork ribs (S$5.90/piece), claypot chicken (S$14.90) or braised bamboo shoots (S$7.90). Alternatively, try their set lunches – their 3-course, 2-person set is priced at S$69.80.
127-129 Kitchener Road
6. Lei Garden
Lei Garden offers delicacies like braised bird’s nest and Alaska King Crab, as well as more standard – but no less tantalising – dishes like crispy roast pork and Peking duck. Head to the restaurant in the afternoon for affordable lunch sets.
Chijmes, #01-24, 30 Victoria Street
7. Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine (Orchard)
Imperial Treasure’s Orchard outlet offers Teochew dishes like Chilled Flower Small Crab, Stewed Pomfret Fillet and Smoked Eel. At a minimum of S$98 before taxes, their set menus are pricey, but their a la carte offerings are more affordable. It’s best to bring along a few friends to share.
ION Orchard, #03-05, 2 Orchard Turn
If you’re looking for an innovative fine dining experience that doesn’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with Nouri. At Nouri, you’ll get unique flavour combinations in dishes that are inspired by intersections between cultures around the world. Their lunch menu changes weekly to reflect what’s best from local markets and suppliers. Sets range from S$32 to S$40, before taxes.
72 Amoy Street
9. Cheek by Jowl
Cheek by Jowl was awarded a Michelin star in 2017 – an impressive feat for an establishment that only opened a year prior. Cheek by Jowl serves modern Australian cuisine with multicultural influences. Lunch sets start at S$42 for a 2-course meal, S$48 for a 3-course meal and S$68 for a 5-course meal.
21 Boon Tat Street
10. Alma by Juan Amador
Alma by Juan Amador offers Asian-influenced Spanish-European cuisine. While 6-course and 8-course dinner sets can be quite pricey at S$158++ and S$197++ respectively, their 3-course lunch set can be had for S$39++.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road
Garibaldi is a popular spot for Italian fine-dining. Its lunch sets, which are only available during weekdays, start at S$39++. Alternatively, order from their a la carte menu – mains range from around S$28 to S$98, before taxes.
#01-02, 36 Purvis Street
12. Ma Cuisine
A self-styled gastro wine bar, Ma Cuisine offers an extensive selection of wine that you can enjoy with sides like housemade jellied ham and parsley terrine or Burgundian snails. However, wines are sold by the bottle, so bring a few friends. Unfortunately, if you don’t drink, Ma Cuisine might hold little appeal.
38 Craig Road
13. Summer Palace
Summer Palace serves up a range of Cantonese dishes, as well as steamed and fried dim sum. Its lunch “tasting menus” are available for S$48++. However, you’ll have to fork out at least S$88 for its more substantial set menu. Alternatively, a la carte dishes range from around S$22 to S$298, but they’re more suited for sharing, so you’ll want to have a few friends with you.
Regent Hotel, Level 3, 1 Cuscaden Road
French restaurant Rhubarb occupies an intimate dining space with only 7 tables. Their seasonal, 3-course lunch menu can be had at S$48. Their a la carte mains range from S$26 to S$64 before taxes. The restaurant also offers a range of wines – perfect for pairing with Rhubarb’s selection of artisan French cheese (S$22++).
3 Duxton Hill
15. Crystal Jade Golden Palace
Another chain Chinese restaurant, Crystal Jade Golden Palace offers Teochew and Cantonese cuisine. While it has an a la carte menu, it’s only affordable if you share with friends. Its set menus start at S$48++ all the way to S$178++ per person.
Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-22, 290 Orchard Road
16. Shisen Hanten
This 2-Michelin star restaurant serves up Szechwan food with Japanese influences. Its weekend brunch menu – which includes dim sum, Peking duck, chawanmushi and more – will set you back S$50++, but you’ll need a minimum table of 4. Otherwise, go for their dim sum, which costs around S$7 to S$8 a basket.
Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Orchard Wing, Level 35, 333 Orchard Road
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You’ll also want to be on the lookout for food festivals happening in Singapore. The Great Food Festival, for example, is happening from September 27 to 30. There’ll be pop-up booths (with dishes ranging from S$10 to S$20), wine tastings, a dessert showcase and more. Tickets start at S$30 for a 1-day pass, but if you pay with Mastercard, you can take advantage of their Buy 1, Get 1 Free promo.