10 Historical Restaurants in Singapore

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Dine in the olden days with food that will make your parents rekindle their childhood memories. Here’s a list of restaurants in Singapore that have stood the test of time simply because they loved what they did and made sure their customers went home feeling the same.

Chinese Cuisine

#1 Ka Soh (Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House)

Named after the woman whom the regulars adored apart from the food, this restaurant’s signature dishes include Fish Slices with Noodles and Prawn Paste Chicken. Its history has seen it change from a simple street hawker stall located along Chin Chew Street (Tofu Street) to an entity expanded to neighbouring countries, Malaysia and Indonesia. Not to mention that the outlet along College Road received Michelin’s 2016 Bib Gourmand award!

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Fish Slices with Noodles (Photo Credit: Ka-Soh)

Address: 96 Amoy Street, Singapore 069916
Operating Hours: 11:30am – 2.30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Daily)
Website: https://ka-soh.com.sg/

#2 Spring Court

Established in 1929, it is the oldest Chinese family-run restaurant around bringing back comfort food to locals. Operating in a 4-storey heritage shophouse and easily accessible via Chinatown MRT, its dishes (especially the much loved popiah) and atmosphere makes it a favourite place for group dining. And contrary to its outer appearance, facilities include VIP rooms with a Karaoke set.

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Traditional Popiah (Photo Credit: Tripadvisor)

Address: 52-56 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058348
Operating Hours: 11am – 2.30pm | 6pm – 10pm (Daily)
Website: http://www.springcourt.com.sg/

#3 Thien Kee

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A 1952-establishment currently run by its second-generation owner Benjamin Boh, the restaurant remains a favourite choice for locals. Known for its Hainanese origins, customers can find the unique style and taste in the steamboat and chicken rice. Another must-try dish is their satay.

Address: #B1-20 Golden Mile Tower 6001 Beach Rd, Singapore 199589
Operating Hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)

Peranakan Cuisine

#4 Guan Hoe Soon

Using the freshest ingredients and spices, it has been serving authentic Peranakan dishes since 1953. Now located at Joo Chiat Place having never moved from the Joo Chiat neighbourhood, new customers can still see the original dining set used on display. And apart from dine-in, catering services are also available.

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Address: 38/40 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427762
Operating Hours: 11am – 3pm | 6pm – 9:30pm (Daily)

Malay Cuisine

#5 Islamic Restaurant

Founded in 1921 by the then Master Chef of the wealthy Alsagoff family, Mr Abdul Rahiman, it is now run by Mr Kalil of his 3rd generation. Making a point in ensuring quality halal food while strictly living by appropriate preparation guidelines, it does not lack in taste, especially its legendary Beryani. Ministers of parliament and Bruneian royalties have even visited in the past to enjoy the dish.

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Islamic Beryani (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Address: 745 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 198713
Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)
Website: http://islamic.sg/

#6 Singapore Zam Zam

Established in 1908, it is not surprising that it is one of the most popular Indian-Muslim restaurants around. Among its popular dishes are Nasi Biryani, Murtabak and Roti Prata.

Located in a 2-storey building, the atmosphere is simple yet cozy topped off with friendly staff.

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Chicken Murtabak (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Address: 697/699 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
Operating Hours: 7am – 11pm (Daily)
Website: https://zamzamsingapore.com/

Indian Cuisine

#7 Muthu’s Curry

Serving the best curry bowl dish, well-prepared food and quick delivery are three favourable traits this restaurant has. Bursting with beautiful tastes of India, even its Chettinadu design and architecture are enough to feast the eyes. A great place for friends and family, customers who come must try the original Fish Head Curry – South Indian style.

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Fish Head Curry (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Address: 138 Race Course Road, #01-01 Singapore 218591
Operating Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Daily)
Website : https://www.muthuscurry.com/

#8 Ananda Bhavan

Established in 1924, it is the oldest Indian vegetarian restaurant in Singapore with deep heritage of Southern Indian cuisine. The humble start of a Brahmin family on Selegie Road, now proudly has 5 branches within the country. With the aim of serving authentic food only, the dishes are amazingly prepared with strict rules to abide by – no added MSG, no artificial preservatives or additives and no reusing of cooking oil in food.

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Address: 95 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207671
Operating Hours: 7am – 10pm (Daily)

Indonesian Cuisine

#9 Sabar Menanti II

It is one of the branches of the family-run business founded by the late Haji Marlian Athar from Sumatra. The restaurant specializes in serving nasi padang, a Sumatran Minangkabau dish comprising of steamed rice and choice pre-cooked sides. Among its top favourite dishes is Opor Nangka – young jackfruit with beef tripe cooked in curry.

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Opor Nangka (Photo Credit: MissTamChiak)

Address: 747 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198715
Operating Hours: 6am – 4.30pm (Daily)

High Tea

#10 Tiffin Room

A 10-room bungalow leased by Armenian Sarkies Brothers back in December 1887, the restaurant is located in Raffles Hotel. With its colonial feel, customers can enjoy a British-styled high tea session in the evening. Other dishes on the menu include dim sum and even curry.

*Due to renovation works in progress, Tiffin is set to re-open doors by August 2019.

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Address: Raffles Singapore 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Operating Hours: 6.30am – 10.30am | 12pm – 2pm |3pm – 5.30pm | 7pm – 10pm (Daily)

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