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We all know Singapore is a foodie nation – and these days, dining options run the gamut from the run-of-the-mill (no offence to everyone’s favourite Italian and Thai dishes, which we definitely couldn’t live without!) to the straight-up uncommon.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of those less-commonly found cuisines for those of you who have adventurous tastebuds. Ready, set, eat!
1. Peruvian — TONO Cevicheria
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While a visit to South America may not quite be on the cards for your average Joe, a visit to what the restaurant dubs “first-ever authentic Peruvian cevicheria in Singapore and Asia” is as simple as hopping onto a Grab to TONO Cevicheria in Bugis.
As TONO focuses on seafood – more specifically, Peru’s national dish, ceviche (marinated raw seafood cured in citrus juices) – you’d be remiss not to give one of its signatures, Ceviche TONO ($28++), comprising market fish, crispy baby calamari, purple potato and smoked aji amarillo “tiger’s milk”, a try.
Another popular dish for those who prefer to keep it a bit simpler is Lomo Saltado ($40++), a traditional stir-fried beef with tomatoes, onion, coriander and potato. Don’t mind if we do.
Try it: TONO Cevicheria is at DUO Galleria, 7 Fraser St, #01-49/50, Singapore 189356. Call 6702-7320 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
2. Latin American — TONITO
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Newly opened at Changi Airport’s Jewel in April, TONO’s “little brother” restaurant, TONITO Latin American Kitchen showcases the different flavours from the region by serving authentic favourites from Mexican, Venezuelan, Argentinian and Cuban cuisine, among others.
Its Peruvian chef-owner, Daniel Chavez, aims to make LatAm food approachable and appealing for diners, and dishes such as Tallarin Saltado ($26++), a stir-fried Peruvian pasta with onions, tomatoes, coriander and a special soy sauce, definitely hit the spot.
Its Latino sandwiches — such as the Mexican Torta ($18++), comprising chicken, avocado, chipotle aioli, tomato salsa and coriander – and range of antichuchos (marinated grilled skewers) are also a popular choice, according to the restaurant.
Try it: TONITO Latin American Kitchen is at 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-248, Jewel at Changi Airport, Singapore 819666. To make a reservation, call 6904-3975 or e-mail email@example.com. The restaurant does not take bookings on Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays.
3. Chinese — The Dragon Chamber
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This gritty Chinese speakeasy – which is hidden away behind a kopitiam on Circular Road — has been making headlines since it opened earlier this year for its very exotic spin on Chinese cuisine.
No, you won’t get your regular zi char dishes here, but rather things like D*** Soup ($30++), a six-hour boiled chicken and pork-based herbal soup featuring the, ahem, privates of a crocodile.
Or, if that’s just a tad too far out of your comfort zone, go for the mouthwatering Wagyu Truffle Beef Hor Fun ($68++, serves two to three pax), comprising premium A4 Kagoshima Wagyu, crispy deep-fried hor fun strips, poached egg and finished with a truffle gravy.
Try it: The Dragon Chamber is at 2 Circular Road, Singapore 049358. Call 6805-8181 to make a reservation.
4. African — Kafe UTU
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Choose from eclectic, hearty dishes such as Fried Plantain with Mango Chilli Marmalade ($16), Lamb Heart With Chimichurri Sauce ($20), Caribbean Goat Curry ($28) and Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew ($28).
The dessert menu is also chockful of intriguing options, including Nakupenda ($10), a Kenyan doughnut topped with house soft-serve ice-cream, and Malindi Halwa ($10), a Swahili mochi made with fresh dragon fruit juice, an assortment of nuts and spices, dukkah filo and coconut yoghurt.
Try it: Kafe UTU is at 12 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089265. Visit https://kafeutu.com/#reserve to make a reservation.