It's wholesome, homely and comforting—there's something about Chinese food we just can't get enough of. Here's a rundown of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore.
Pig's ears, Peking duck, and decadent dim sum with custard oozing out once you bite into it. There's nothing quite like a good, hearty Chinese meal, so we've rounded up some of our favorites in this list.
Cherry Garden Cantonese Chinese restaurant, Singapore
Expect only the best at this elegant fine dining Chinese restaurant, with a wide selection of Cantonese cuisine presented with an artistic touch. Noteworthy dishes include the BBQ meat platter, wasabi prawns and double-boiled soup. The weekend dim sum buffet brunches, serve steamed custard buns with yam and juicy xiao long bao. There are two seatings from 11am-1pm and 1:30pm-330pm respectively.
Crystal Jade Golden Palace Teochew Chinese restaurant, Singapore
This fine dining outlet of the Crystal Jade Group is super luxurious, and serves up Cantonese and Teochew food. Aside from the exceptional service, the menu features authentic dishes with a decidedly modern twist that are healthier than most Chinese food options but still delicious, with a notable wine list to boot.
Imperial Treasure Shanghai Cuisine, Singapore
This restaurant serves traditional Shanghainese cuisine and has been packed since it opened. We love the wide array of starters including chilled thousand layer pig’s ears. And you shouldn’t miss the rich glutinous rice and cream crab. It can feel a little stuffy but you’re guaranteed good food.
Hai Di Lao Chinese hot pot restaurant, Singapore
The first overseas branch of the popular Sichuan hotpot chain offers good service, affordable grub and even free manicures. The food also doesn't disappoint with seven savory soup options and a comprehensive list of items, including their justifiably famous mashed shrimp and home-made tofu.
Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Singapore
There's something to be said for a good ole reliable standby, like this classy Cantonese stalwart that has recently enjoyed a facelift. It now sports a more modern look, with unexpected details like cloud decorations on the pillars, and a revamped menu with additions such as the pillowy baked custard bun and their latest signature appetizer, deep-fried century egg wrapped with minced shrimp.
Cassia Cantonese Chinese restaurant, Singapore
When it comes to the glam stakes, it’s hard to beat Cassia at the ultra chic Capella Singapore. The extensive menu at this classy fine-dining Chinese restaurant certainly measures up to its tasteful and warm decor; with ornamental lamps, gorgeous screens carved with flower like motifs, stately windows and lush sofas, all dressed in delicate shades of gray and lilac. Well-executed modern Chinese cuisine (with Western, local and Sichuan influences), top that off with discreet and attentive service.
This stalwart Cantonese restaurant has been dishing out scrumptious Chinese plates since 1995. The main dining room is swanky, featuring a dramatic gold and black color scheme, artistic calligraphy on the walls and antique displays. With the new chef, Bryan Wong Shiuh Yean at the helm, there are new signature dishes like cordyceps flower ouble-boiled soup, wok-fried beef cube with black garlic sauce and pork ribs with Mandarin orange.
Yan Ting Chinese restaurant, Singapore
It's no wonder that the dining hall at Yan Ting, replete with stained glass panels, chandeliers and plush booths (perfect for canoodling), is as luxurious it gets. The food’s as pretty as the decor, so expect excellent Cantonese cuisine and attentive, well-trained wait staff. Also worth a try is the weekend dim sum brunch.
Chopsuey Cafe Chinese restaurant, Singapore
This chic yet relaxed establishment from the PS. Cafe folks is in a corner black-and-white colonial house with a charming alfresco area. It dishes out interpretations of westernized Chinese classics such as General Tso’s Chicken Drumlets, as well as contemporary items including twice-cooked citrus and spice beef short rib. There’s also a handsome cocktail menu organized by style— shaken, muddled or stirred.
Min Jiang Chinese restaurant, Singapore
Its contemporary interior, attractive furnishings and poolside dining option (the first for a Chinese restaurant) aside, it’s the consistently good food that makes Min Jiang worth a visit. The staff are efficient and well-trained too, so you’d be just as comfortable having a business lunch as you would a family get together. The delectable dim sum is a steady draw.
Craving for more of Singapore's best restaurants? Check out our 2015 Top Tables guide.