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Table for One: The Best Places for Solo Dining in Singapore

9 Restaurants
Food offers immense pleasure and satisfaction, regardless of whether one is dining solo or with company. Our MICHELIN Guide inspectors have meticulously considered the requirements of solo diners in Singapore, including seating options and portion sizes, to curate a selection of restaurants each with its own unique flavours and characteristics.
Updated on 14 May 2024

Once stigmatised as a sign of loneliness or isolation, dining solo has shed its negative connotations over time. Nowadays, it's perfectly normal to savour a meal alone, selecting dishes tailored to one's preferences and relishing each bite without distraction. The joy of solitary dining, devoid of the pressures of communal meals, has led to the widespread adoption of this "eating alone" culture.

Food offers immense pleasure and satisfaction, regardless of whether one is dining solo or with company. Even when eating alone, it's essential to approach it with earnestness and appreciation. Singapore boasts a plethora of outstanding dining establishments, and our MICHELIN Guide inspectors have meticulously considered the requirements of solo diners, including seating options and portion sizes, to curate a selection of restaurants each with its own unique flavours and characteristics. Indulge in a tranquil solo dining experience, immersing yourself in the carefully crafted culinary journey offered by these MICHELIN establishments.

9 Keong Saik Road, 089117 Singapore
$$$$ · Innovative

Renowned for its ingenuity, two-MICHELIN-Starred Thevar redefines the expectations of Indian cuisine with its inventive dishes. The chef seamlessly integrates modern European culinary techniques to reinvent traditional flavours, while preserving their unique essence. The restaurant offers a single chef's menu, along with a vegetarian alternative featuring intriguing snacks. With an extensive wine list, patrons can indulge in Indian-style wines or cocktails for a delightful buzz. The restaurant's chic and sophisticated decor, complemented by well-crafted lighting, sets the stage for an atmospheric dining experience. The striking design of the bar counter further enhances the restaurant's ambiance, making every visit a memorable one.

Burnt Ends
#01-04, 7 Dempsey Road, 249671 Singapore
$$$ · Barbecue

Whoever said barbecue must be a social affair with a crowd?

At Burnt Ends, the focal point is the brick kiln oven, exuding a tantalising aroma as charcoal roasts the ingredients, igniting taste buds with anticipation. The bustling open kitchen, with its bar counter extending at the centre, immerses diners in a vibrant atmosphere. Beyond the delectable meat entrees, the specialty snacks beckon exploration, while opting for the chef's selection promises a delightful surprise for the palate.

15 Mohamed Sultan Road, 238964 Singapore
$$$$ · Innovative

Dining transcends mere sustenance; it encompasses the environment and ambiance, integral elements not to be overlooked. Esora embraces simplicity and elegance in its space layout, accentuated by seasonal floral designs, crafting a serene and inviting atmosphere. The open kitchen, seamlessly connected to the curved bar counter, serves as the chef's culinary stage, offering guests a captivating visual spectacle. With exclusively fixed set menus featuring seasonal-themed dishes, patrons are treated to a curated culinary journey. To elevate the experience further, professional tea and wine pairing services ensure every bite is a delight to the senses.

Duo Galleria, #01-30/31/32/33, 7 Fraser Street, 189356 Singapore
$$$ · Malaysian

For aficionados of Malaysian cuisine, Seroja is a must-visit. Chef Kevin Wong's expertise lies in masterfully infusing his dishes with a myriad of spices, effortlessly capturing the distinct flavours of the Malay Islands, which have garnered a devoted following among food enthusiasts.

The restaurant offers a distinctive set menu tailored for solo diners. Seated at the bar overlooking the open kitchen, guests are treated to a firsthand view of the culinary artistry unfolding before them. Each dish, meticulously prepared and presented, showcases a delightful array of flavours and textures. The chefs take pride in providing detailed introductions to the dishes, allowing guests to appreciate the thoughtfulness and creativity infused into each culinary creation.

Sushi Kimura
Palais Renaissance, #01-07, 390 Orchard Road, 238871 Singapore
$$$$ · Sushi

Incorporating a quintessential Japanese bar aesthetic, the countertop at MICHELIN Starred Sushi Kimura boasts a century-old Hinoki cypress wood, exuding timeless elegance. Under the helm of a skilled Japanese chef, renowned for his expertise in aging fresh fish, each ingredient is imbued with a distinct and lingering flavour profile. Central to the essence of Itamae cuisine is the intimate interaction with guests. Seated at the bar, patrons have the privilege of witnessing the chef's meticulous craftsmanship firsthand, fostering a deeper appreciation for the fusion of culinary artistry. With adept pacing and detailed explanations of each dish, the chef ensures a considerate and engaging dining experience for all.

Foc (Clarke Quay)
40 HongKong Street, 059679 Singapore
$$ · Spanish

Infused with Catalan influences, the interior design at Foc (Clarke Quay) exudes an exotic charm, particularly enchanting under the soft glow of the lighting. Take a seat around the elevated bar chairs and immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of the dining room, where chefs and bartenders showcase their expertise right before your eyes. The tantalising aroma of charcoal barbecue further enhances the dining experience, whetting your appetite for the culinary delights to come. Traditional Spanish cuisine takes on innovative twists, served in small plates and portioned according to the number of diners. This thoughtful approach ensures that even solo diners can indulge in a variety of delicacies, making every visit a flavourful adventure.

Mustard Seed
75 Brighton Crescent, 559216 Singapore
$$$ · Singaporean

With its curved bar seats strategically positioned to overlook the open kitchen, guests are treated to a captivating view of the chef's culinary mastery, enhancing the dining experience with an element of excitement. Rooted in Singaporean cuisine, Mustard Seed features classics like Laksa and Rojak, and the restaurant also seamlessly integrates Japanese influences to elevate flavour profiles. The menu rotates every two months, offering an array of options, including an eight-course dinner thoughtfully curated for solo diners, epitomising a taste of tradition and heritage.

Tippling Club
38 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088461 Singapore
$$$ · Innovative

Tippling Club delights the palate with its imaginative culinary creations, employing sophisticated and innovative cooking techniques to infuse each dish with excitement. The chef's team transforms the kitchen into a veritable laboratory, presenting diners with a succession of delightful surprises. Positioned adjacent to the kitchen, the bar counter offers the prime vantage point to witness the intricate process behind each culinary masterpiece. The visual spectacle is followed by the chef's presentation of the delectable fare, accompanied by insights into their creative process. Such ingenuity is truly a feast for the senses, inviting patrons to savour every moment.

Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki
#01-01, 57 Tras Street, 078996 Singapore
$$$$ · Japanese

Crafted predominantly from stone bricks and wood, the dining room at Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki exudes rustic charm, with portions of the ceiling adorned with clear, translucent glass panels that bathe the space in natural light, fostering a cosy and unhurried ambiance. The restaurant's signature sukiyaki original soup, brewed since its inception, captivates diners with its rich and aromatic flavours, earning it widespread acclaim. Offering only a single set menu, the highlight is undoubtedly the 32- to 36-month-old Miyazaki Ozaki Wagyu beef, famous for its exceptional taste and marbling. Utilising a variety of cooking techniques, the chef elevates the beef to unparalleled heights, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.