Meatsmith Cheeseburger

Seeking for food at Telok Ayer should not be a problem considering the abundance of eateries in the area. However, looking for the best

Telok Ayer may be flooded with reputable cafes such as Korio and hidden gems such as Restaurant Aisyah, but there is a black sheep in every family. Thus, we have sussed out 11 of the best restaurants and cafes at Telok Ayer that you must check out.

Brunch

Korio

Grilled Cheese with sourdough at Korio

When it comes to sandwiches and donuts, no one does it better than Korio. Their Signature Grilled Cheese ($13) is elevated with two tangy sourdough slices and caramelised onions that serrate the richness of the sandwich.

For a less guilty start to the day, opt for their Breakfast Sammy ($14) which features two slices of homemade brioche with egg mayo and luncheon meat sandwiched between. Simple, but satisfying.

Their donuts are just as, or if not more famous. Pre-order ahead of time or drag yourself out of bed as their donuts get swept off the counter right after they open. Using brioche as their base, Korio’s Brooklyn-inspired donuts not only bear a richer flavour, but the fluffiest texture a donut can ever get.

Original Glaze donut from Korio

Their simple flavors of the Original Glaze best highlights the dreamy texture of the brioche. Not to mention, a hint of freshly-grated nutmeg in the dough to give it depth of flavor. Other recommended alternatives are the Peanut Butter & Jelly and Caramelised Biscuits.

Location: 135 Amoy St, #01-03, Singapore 049964
Tel: +659771 6491
Opening hours: 9am- 1:30pm (Tue – Fri); 9am- 1pm (Sat); Closed on Mondays and Sundays

Sarnies

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Sunlight, wooden benches and a hot cuppa joe. Located right beside Telok Ayer MRT Station, Sarnies is renowned for its brunch menu.

Their Breakkie Burg ($19) features a smashed beef patty and soft scrambled eggs. The addition of cheddar, bacon onion jam and fermented garlic butter infuses sweet and savoury elements into burger.

The Salmon Cauliflower ($19) is also another popular item, featuring crispy salmon and roasted cauliflower that is lifted by tangy elements such as pomegranate and burnt lime.

Location: Telok Ayer St, 136, Singapore 068601
Tel: +65 8284 2146
Opening hours: 7:30am- 10:30pm (Weekdays); 8:30am- 4pm (Weekends)

Dessert

LUNA Patisserie

Located along Telok Ayer Street, LUNA Patisserie is one of the best bakeries not just in the neighbourhood, but possibly the entire island. Besides the cakes’ classy and exquisite designs, the recipes were formulated thoughtfully to ensure that ecstasy is invoked in every bite.

The Orh Nee Cake ($8), the beauty that brings all the boys to the yard, features a velvety yam ginkgo paste and Chantilly coconut cream.

Meanwhile, Matcha fanatics will have every bit of their matcha cravings fixed with their Matcha White Chocolate ($8). If she was human, her blood would be 70% matcha. Packed from head to toe, the sponge, the ganache and Chantilly cream all contained matcha. And if that is not enough, the final dusting of matcha powder will get the job done.

Location: 53 Amoy St, Singapore 069879
Opening hours: 12pm- 6:30pm (Weekdays); 12pm- 6pm (Sat); 12pm- 4pm (Sun)

Chinese

Dumpling Darlings

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This Chinese restaurant is not the right place for traditions. Folding dumplings might be a revered craft in China, but down at Dumpling Darling, it is all about innovation. Brand image aside, the incorporation of various flavours and concepts gave birth to whimsical dumpling flavours.

Let go of all inhibitions and expectations and order the Dumpling Platter of 15 ($20) which includes the following: Original, Veggie, Momo, Fried Pierogi and Smoked Duck. For something even more sacrilegious, try their Dessert Dumpling ($8) that’s sweetened with vanilla beans, pears and Tasmanian ice cream.

While dumplings remain as their wow factor, don’t forget to slurp on a satisfying bowl of noodles. At an affordable price of $6, the Sichuan Pork Noodles and Braised Pork Noodles features simple and homely flavours.

Making a reservation is highly recommended, especially for dinners.

Location: 44 Amoy St, Singapore 069870
Tel: +658223 9249
Opening hours: 11:30am- 2:30pm; 5:30pm- 10:30pm (Tue – Sun)

Restaurant Aisyah

Restaurant Aisyah is a Muslim Chinese establishment founded by Steven Cheong. From traditional recipes, utensils and even down to every detail of the restaurant, it shared an uncanny resemblance to traditional restaurants in China (and that’s because everything was brought over from China).

The menu is largely inspired by Xin Jiang cuisine- expect heavier and more robust flavours- consisting of springy, freshly-pulled noodles, fried rice and dumplings. Recommended items include the Stewed Muttons Noodles ($13.9), Cumin Chicken Rice ($11.9), and Dumplings.

Location: Telok Ayer St, 176, 068624
Tel: +659372 4321
Opening hours: 11:30am- 2:30pm, 5:30pm- 9pm (Wed, Thur); 11:30am- 9pm (Fri – Sun)

Coffee

Dapper Coffee

Sparkling Unicorn Tears - sparkling blue and pink drink at Dapper Coffee

Frankly, the best coffees are all congregated in Tanjong Pagar, located right beside Telok Ayer. But, for the unmotivated foodies who are not willing to walk a few streets, Dapper Coffee has its own desirable traits.

The name might ring a bell, especially if you’ve seen a sparkling, ethereal blue and pink drink online- Sparkling Unicorn Tears ($10). Other than that, Dapper Coffee also has a Sparkling Gold Brew ($10) which is equally photogenic. Meanwhile, their espresso-based coffee utilizes a darker roast with a lingering bitter note.

But, for those who are willing to walk, Flash Coffee and Equate Coffee are great for their prominent nutty flavour whereas Lunar Coffee Brewers has a more balanced, creamier mouthfeel to their Milky Way cold brew.

Location: 73A Amoy Street Second Floor, 069892
Tel: +65 8742 8908
Opening hours: 8am- 5pm (Weekdays); 9am- 4pm (Weekends)

French European

French Fold

French Fold Crepes at Telok Ayer

For authentic crepes and galettes, there is only one place to go- French Fold, a subsidiary under popular cafe, Marci Marcel. You will be greeted by a chorus of ‘bonjour’ upon entering, and its furnishing only adds on to the atmosphere.

We settled with No.09 ($19), a savoury dish which features reblonchon cheese, organic Bayonne ham, baby potatoes, pancetta and white wine pickled onions for a counterbalance to the savoury elements.

For crepes, go for the No. 18 ($10) which features an artisanal Manuka honey, roasted buckwheat seeds, hojicha sea salt ice cream.

While burgers, salads and brunch are on the menu, you have to leave some space for a crepe or two.

Location: 204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640
Tel: +65 6970 7626
Opening hours: 8am- 10:30pm

Korean

Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ Restaurant

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Wang Dae Bak, an authentic Korean barbecue restaurant, uses authentic charcoal grill bestows a smoky aroma upon the ingredients, resulting in a nuanced flavour that is hard to replicate elsewhere. Get the Beef Set ($58) for 2pax which includes beef belly, boneless prime rib and marinated boneless prime rib and assorted vegetables. 

Location: 98 Amoy St, Singapore 069918
Tel: +65 6226 0450
Opening hours: 11:30am- 2:30pm, 5:30pm- 10:30pm

Italian

Solo Ristorante

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Hearty Italian dishes in a homely setting, that is the vibe that Solo Ristorante gives. Helmed by Chef Simone Fraternali, the menu showcases a balance between gastronomically artistic flairs and traditional flavours.

Take the Wagyu Carpaccio ($32) for example. While the Wagyu might be the star of the plate, the real show stopper was the 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano that boasts delicate sweetness as the aftertaste.

Next, taking a page from Japanese cuisine, the Taglioli ($45) is an indulgent concoction that features the same ingredient with vastly different profiles. The uni sauce, smokey and sweet, is juxtaposed against the fresh luxurious slab of fresh sea urchin atop.

Location: 45 Amoy Street, Singapore 069871
Tel: +65 6260 0762
Opening hours: 12–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm (Closed on Sundays)

Japanese

Shukuu Izakaya 

Shukuu Izakaya traditional Japanese Izakaya ambience. Photo credits: @jaceontheroad/Instagram
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Shukuu Izakaya exudes an authentic Japanese ambience. The lowlights, tan furniture and hiragana, Japanese characters- engraved on wooden panels resembled those commonly seen in traditional izakayas tucked in the back alleys of Japan.

Traditionally, alcohol is the essential element. But Shukuu ensures that no dish is left out of the limelight. In contrast to the restaurant’s atmosphere, the dishes displayed signs of nonconformity. Authentic items are still on the table. But, you will also find unorthodox creations such as Kani Gratin ($8) which is crab gratin with mentaiko– Japanese fish roe- and Rosti Mentaiko ($9) which is a Swiss-style potato shreds topped with mentaiko.

Location: 8 Stanley St, Singapore 068727
Tel: +656327 9240
Opening hours: 5:30am- 10:30pm

Western

Meatsmith

Meatsmith Cheeseburger; burgers at Telok Ayer

Meatsmith is an American smokehouse located along Telok Ayer Street.

It is home to one of the best burgers in Singapore, the MS Cheeseburger ($16). Lightly crusted potato buns, succulent beef brisket patties seared with a smoky aroma. And as you lift the perfect concoction up, buns still warm to the touch, a little bit of juice oozing out from the cracks of the caramelized patties. But that is not where it ends.

Get the Meatsmith Meat Platter ($90), a sinful compilation of pork ribs, beef brisket, pastrami, pork belly, brisket springrolls and fried buffalo wings.

Did I mention the MS Cheeseburger is $10 if you opt for takeaway?

Location: 167-169 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068620
Tel: +656221 2262
Opening hours: 11:30am- 11:45pm 

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