If you feel like dining in one of Singapore's most atmospheric and historic districts, restaurants in Joo Chiat will be a fantastic place to look. Situated south of Geylang and west of Bedok, Joo Chiat is a bastion of Peranakan culture. You can see it in the charming shophouses, the stores selling kebayas and sarongs, and most of all, you can smell it in the aromas coming from Joo Chiat's Peranakan restaurants. There are plenty of places to pick from in the neighbourhood, and you can book them all via Quandoo.
Every day, thousands of tourists visit the colourful streets of the area, taking in the facades, the bustling shops and attractions like the Eurasian Heritage Centre and the Intan Museum. If you are in the Lion City for a vacation, you'll probably join them. And, when you do, you can make the day extra special by breaking up your shopping or sightseeing with a meal at one of Joo Chiat's superb restaurants. Fill up on Peranakan cuisine and then get back out there, hunting for handicrafts to take back home.
As you may have gathered, the star of the show at Joo Chiat restaurants has to be Peranakan cuisine. This form of cooking represents a unique fusion of Chinese and Malay ingredients and cooking techniques. For the past 400 years, Peranakan (or "Nyonya") chefs have been using ingredients like tamarind, coconut, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric to create dishes with a delicate mixture of sourness and spice. It's becoming more and more popular around the world, but Joo Chiat remains one of the original places to see what it's all about. Don't miss out!
Then again, if you are looking for something less pungent and fiery, you'll find plenty of restaurants in Joo Chiat that fit the bill. There are British brasseries serving steaks and roasts, Chinese eateries that cook exquisite chicken, prawn and pork dishes, as well as fancy French haunts. Basically, it's one of Singapore's dining hotspots, so make a booking at Joo Chiat restaurants today.