There has to be a reason why Alkaff Mansion Ristorante keeps finding its name on lists of noteworthy eateries (like this one) despite its location. Unless you are a nature trekker or a lost and famished resident of Telok Blangah, there are few reasons for one to find himself at this isolated colonial bungalow for a fancy meal. But Alkaff Mansion is one of the few Italian joints here which serves authentic Sardinian cuisine worth every cent and drop of petrol you’ve used to get there.
10 Telok Blangah Green, tel: 6510-3068.
Would anyone be deranged enough to drive all the way to a forsaken corner of Changi for a meal? If it is to The Coastal Settlement, then yes. This quaint restaurant, café and bar retains its relative mystery thanks to its secluded location, and has been quietly purveying its delicious food for five years. One dish in particular that keeps drawing customers back is their wagyu cubes salad, which comes with perfectly cooked beef glazed with a delectable Japanese dressing. With a menu this good, this joint won’t be remaining a secret for long.
200 Netheravon Rd, tel: 6475-0200.
Located in the industrial estate of Sin Ming lies New Ubin Seafood. This eatery is not your run-of-the-mill tze char place, having recently been awarded its first Michelin star. On the outside, it looks the part of a laidback, kampong-style coffee shop. But a look at the menu (and the tables around you) and you will see beautifully grilled ribeye steak cubes served on wooden boards. These delicious morsels of charcoal grilled beef alone are enough to make you come back again and again.
Sin Ming Industrial Estate Sector A #01-174, Block 27 Sin Ming Road, tel: 6466-9558.
Stashed away amidst stables and galloping pens, Riders’ Café remains one of the most charming yet inaccessible cafes. It is a distance from the main road, which itself is a distance from civilisation. But a scrumptious brunch or afternoon tea on the patio overlooking greenery makes it all worthwhile. There is nothing quite as soothing as tucking into a runny Eggs Benedict while catching the rays of the sun on your face and watching children trot by on horseback.
51 Fairways Dr, tel: 6466-9819.
Amongst the many colonial residences-turn-eateries in Singapore, the Beaulieu House is one of the lesser known outlets, in part due to its sequestered address on the edge of Sembawang Park. This stately building dates back to 1910, and has been serving Western and local delights since the 1980s. The historical place also provides an atypical venue for wedding banquets and events, with a vast expanse of greenery and Sembawang beach a stone’s throw away.
117 Beaulieu Rd, tel: 6257-9234.