38 Places To Eat in Bugis and Arab St.

38 Places To Eat in Bugis and Arab St.

Bugis is home to some of the best restaurants and cafes, and if you get too confused on where to go, here is a list categorised by the cuisine for you to make your pick!

Bugis boasts a myriad of restaurants and cafes from a variety of cuisines where you can satisfy all your hunger cravings. Close by, you can also find Kampong Glam and Arab Street, a historically and culturally rich district where many go to. This area is also a creative hub, pulling in many hipster crowds. With many up and coming restaurants and cafes popping up in the area, it can get confusing to choose where to go. Here is a compiled list of places you can go to to satisfy your cravings categorised by the different cuisines!

Asian 

1. Bumbu

Sitting within the district of Kampong Glam, Bumbu Restaurant is enchanting and filled with nostalgic allure. Serving Thai and Indonesian cuisine, this establishment spreads across two levels with Victorian style furnishing and decor. Some of the popular dishes here include the KraThong Thong, Curry Seafood in Whole Coconut, Butter Squid and Mango Chicken. Food is not only affordable but also halal certified!

Address: 44 Kandahar Street

Opening hours: 11AM – 3PM, 6PM – 10PM, daily

Contact: 63928629

Chinese 

2. The Dim Sum Place

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One of the best halal-certified Cantonese Dim Sum restaurants, The Dim Sum Place boasts an impressive range of dim sum such as their signature Peking Duck Wraps, Molten Salted Egg Custard Bun, Crystal Shrimp Dumpling and more. Their menu also includes high quality mains such as Claypot Beef Brisket, Assam Fish and more. Open until early morning, this spot is also a perfect social spot for night owls!

Address: 791 North Bridge Road, S198759

Opening hours: 5PM – 6AM, daily

Contact: 6655 8787

3. Madame Fan

Madame Fan is where you can dine and feast on Chinese cuisine in a fine-dining ambiance, romantic and undeniably luxurious. Located in The NCO Club along Beach Road, this restaurant is decked in vintage red furniture and has a children above 12 years policy. Some of the dishes you have to try include Scallop Shumai, Char Siu Bun, Jasmine Tea Smoked Ribs and the best selling Crispy Aromatic Duck.

Address: 32 Beach Road

Opening hours: 12PM – 12AM, daily

Contact: 6818 1921

Dessert 

4. Pancake Cafe Belle-ville 

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Have a sweet tooth that is often difficult to satisfy? Pancake Cafe Belle-ville’s pancake might be your answer. Specialising in fluffy Japanese pancakes, you can enjoy scrumptious desserts with your friends here. You can find a variety of pancakes including Mango Pancake, Chocolate with Grilled Banana Pancake, Mixed Berry Pancake and more! For those who want something more savoury, you can also find Katsu Sandwich here as well.

Address: Bugis Junction, #01-01B, Towers 230 Victoria Streets, S188024

Opening hours: 8AM – 8PM, daily

Contact: 6255 5456

5. Brotherbird Milk & Croissants

Sitting along Bali Lane, Brotherbird Milk & Croissant is famous for their soft serve dessert but get ready for their new menu of mochi croissant and cruffins, a mix of croissant and muffin. These scrumptious baked goods will blow you off your feet! Fresh from the oven and beautifully glazed and dusted, it is impossible to not get your hands on them. If you are stuck for choice, why not go ahead for the Original Mochi Croissant which could never go wrong!

Address: 30 Bali Lane, Stateland Cafe, S189866

Contact: 9296 4997

European  

6. I Am…

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Boasting a line-up of Dutch-inspired food, I Am… is located in Haji Lane and voted one of Singapore’s Best Cafes. Signature dishes here include the crowd favourite, Amsterdam Fries & Mayo and the popular meatball snack, Bitterballen. The restaurant is also perfect for those who enjoy dining in an alfresco setting and people watching as they indulge in the delicious food sold here. 

Address: 674 North Bridge Road, S188804

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 9AM – 11PM

Fri – Sat, 9AM – 1AM

Sun, 9AM – 10PM

Contact: 6295 5509

Fusion 

7. The Mad Sailors

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Serving a fusion of British and Asian cuisine, The Mad Sailors is dedicated to serving well loved classics with a twist. Affordable and delicious, this British kitchen sells a range of snacks, brunch and mains for you to choose from like Creamy White Wine Mussels, Spiced Scotch Egg, Shepherd’s Pie, Carbonara Duck and more.

Address: 24 Haji Lane

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 12PM – 10PM

Fri, 12PM – 11PM

Sat, 10AM – 11PM

Sun, 10AM – 10PM

Contact: 8768 00465

8. The Malayan Council

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Located along 71 Bussorah Street, The Malayan Council is a small cafe where you can indulge in delicious Malay-Western fusion food. Some of the scrumptious dishes you can order here include Cheesy Kupang, Smoked Duck Lemak Chili Padi, Singapore Chilli Lobster and more!

Address: 71 Bussorah St. Singapore 199484

Opening hours: 11.30AM – 11PM, daily

Contact: 9002 4414

9. The Hashtag Cafe

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Located along North Bridge Road, The Hashtag Cafe is a halal-certified establishment boasting interesting fusion cuisine. Not only are the food scrumptious, the atmosphere in the restaurant is also perfect to chill and enjoy the good food. Some of the popular dishes here include the Poulet Supreme, Kesom Olio and more. A fun take on local and Western cuisine, this place will give your tastebuds a ride!

Address: 743 North Bridge Road

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thur, 11AM – 10PM

Fri, 2PM – 11PM

Sat – Sun, 11AM – 10PM

Contact: 9722 4628

10. Tanuki Raw

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Tanuki Raw is a bar and restaurant that serves modern and playful Japanese-inspired cuisine. Here, you can find a large selection of unique creations that combines modern Japanese food with the playfulness of American street food. Some of the popular dishes here include a selection of rice bowls, the most popular being the Truffle Yakiniku Donburi. They are also best known for their incredible offers during happy hours between 5PM to 8PM where you can get fresh oyster for S$2 and cocktails for S$10!

Address: 111, #01-05 Middle Rd, National Design Centre, 1888969

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM, daily

Contact: 9035 9398

German 

11. Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe

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Serving authentic German food, Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe is best known for their pork knuckle, specialty sausages and the famous Black Forest Cake. There is also a selection of wines and beverages imported from Stuttgart and the Black Forest region. Some of the dishes you have to try here are the Maultaschen, Wurstchen and the Pork Knuckle. 

Address: 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-01, Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, S189559

Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM, daily

Contact: 6336 8675

Indian 

12. Flying Monkey

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Flying Monkey is a contemporary Pan Indian restaurant and bar located in the Kampong Glam district where you can enjoy scrumptious food with a pinch of fun. Housing two 500 degree coal tandoors in their kitchen, every dish comes out fresh and deliciously charred. You can also find classic and bespoke cocktails to accompany your meals for the night. Some of the must-try include Butter Chicken, Meen Kulambu and the Prawn Koliwada.

Address: 67 Bussorah Street, S199480

Opening hours: 

Mon, closed

Tues – Thu, 12PM – 2.30PM, 5.30PM – 11PM

Fri – Sat, 12PM – 2.30PM, 5.30PM – 11.55PM

Sun, 12PM – 2.30PM, 5.30PM – 11PM

Contact: 6291 0695

Indonesian 

13. Indo Bowl

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Brought into Singapore by the popular halal cafe Royz et Vous from Kuala Lumpur, Indo Bowl is not officially Indomie-endorsed but is best known for the incredible sized bowls of Indomie. The IndoMie Mumbo Jumbo for instance is huge and meant for 3 to 4 people to share. The IndoMie menu here is also varied and includes IndoMie Ayam Bakar, IndoMie Dendeng, IndoMie Sate Ayam and more!

Address: 39 Sultan Gate, S198487

Opening hours: 

Mon – Fri, 11AM – 4PM, 5PM – 10PM

Sat – Sun, 12PM – 4PM, 5PM – 10PM

Italian 

14. Positano Risto

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Ranked as Singapore’s most reviewed Italian restaurant, Positano Risto does not only serve amazing food, but also a great social dining experience. A halal-certified and Muslim-owned restaurant, this restaurant boasts a variety of food including Positano Lobstar Thermidor, Beef Ragu Fettucine, Truffled Mushroom Risotto and more!

Address: 66 Bussorah St., S199479

Opening hours:

Mon, 11.30AM – 9.30

Tues, 11.30AM – 10PM

Wed – Thur, 11.30AM – 9.30PM

Fri – Sat, 11.30AM – 10.30PM

Sun, 11.30AM – 10PM

Contact: 6292 18666

15. Tipo Pasta Bar

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Tipo Pasta Bar, is a halal-certified restaurant which celebrates artisanal produce, handcrafting their pasta with high quality ingredients and a unique blend of flavours. Some of the pastas they have produced include Dill & Lemon Fettuccine, Saffron Fusilli, Lemon Malfade and more. You can also build your own pasta here by choosing the type of pasta and the sauce! Some of the sauces here include Alfredo, Creamy Pesto, Tom Yum and more.

Address: 785 North Bridge Rd, S198753

Opening hours: 12PM – 10PM, daily

Contact: 8768 0785

16. Cicheti

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Hoping to bring the richness of Italy through the menu and decor, Cicheti offers a distinctive perspective on Italian cuisine. Boasting the country’s regional specialties, you can also get authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven! Some of the best pizzas here are Sopressata, Ortolana, Diavola and the classic Margherita. The menu also includes pastas like Paccheri and Tagliatelle and mains like Manzo and Iberico Pork. Craving for desserts after? Don’t fret, you can get it all here!

Address: 52 Kandahar St, S198901

Opening hours: 

Mon – Fri, 12PM – 2.30PM, 6.30PM – 10.30PM

Sat, 6PM – 10.30PM

Sun, closed

Contact: 6292 5012

Japanese 

17. Man Man Unagi

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Love unagi but not quite sure where to find them? Man Man Unagi got your back! Serving freshly imported char-grilled Japanese eel, you will definitely leave this restaurant satisfied. The eels are first skewered and grilled over a hot charcoal grill before being brushed with a secret house-made gravy and then later flame-broiled to retain its juices. If you find yourself here, make sure to order the popular Hitsumabushi which is a type of unagi ricebowl!

Address: DUO Galleria, 7 Fraser St, #01-48, S189356

Opening hours:

Mon – Sat, 11.30AM – 2.15PM, 6PM – 9.30PM

Sun, closed

Contact: 6702 1500

18. Una Una

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A fan of Unagi? Una Una is the most affordable charcoal-grilled Unagi Hitsumabushi in Singapore located in Bugis+. This Nagoya-styled dish includes grilled eel layered on a bowl of Hokkaido rice and served with condiments! While Unagi Hitsumabushi is the popular dish here, other dishes sold include Unaju, Unagi Poke Rice Bowl and more!

Address: 201 Victoria Street Bugis+, #04-10

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri, 11.30AM – 3PM, 5PM – 10PM

Sat – Sun, 11.30AM – 10PM

Contact: 6238 1011

19. Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons 

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The biggest ramen chain in Singapore, Keisuke, this particular establishment, Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons features an exclusive seasonal menu that is inspired by the four climatic seasons in Japan – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  This second installment of the chain was launched to cope with the demand for the patrons who fell in love with the ramen sold. Some of the ramen here include Tonkotsu Ramen King, Tonkotsu Ramen Spring Special, Tonkotsu Ramen Summer and more.

Address: 158 Rochor Road, Bugis Village, S188433

Opening hours: 11.30AM – 2.30PM, 5PM – 10.30PM, daily

Contact: 6333 5740

20. The Ramen Stall

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Dedicated to serving authentic Halal ramen, The Ramen Stall boasts an extensive selection of Japanese dishes that has been adapted to the local palate. Open until late, this eatery is perfect for the night owls looking for supper places to chow down on warm and hearty bowls of ramen. Some of the popular ramen on the menu include Volcano Ramen, Chicken Cha Su Ramen, Beef Ramen and more!

Address: 787 North Bridge Road

Opening hours:

Sat – Mon, 12PM – 3AM

Tue, 5PM – 3AM

Wed, 12PM – 3AM

Thu – Fri, 5PM – 5AM

Contact: 6697 4982

21. Sushi Airways

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The only airplane-themed Japanese restaurant in Singapore, Sushi Airways fly in the fishes for their menu at least four times a week from Japan for the extra freshness everyone loves in their meal. Located near Haji Lane, this unique and high quality establishment  offers an a-la-carte menu via their distinctive Flight Manual, complemented with a full alcohol menu with an excellent selection of sake. Some of the dishes here include Sashimi Mori Set, Premium Assorted Sushi, Mango Roll, Avocado Maki and more!

Address: 20A Baghdad St.

Opening hours: 11.45AM – 2.30PM, 5.45PM – 9.45PM, daily

Contact: 6291 1151

22. ROCKU Yakiniku

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ROCKU Yakiniku is a casual, upbeat and edgy new restaurant where the traditional style of Japanese dining is molded together with modern entertainment. Experience flaming charcoal grill which will accentuate the taste of fine meats, poultry and vegetables. With cuts flown in from the USA, Australia and Japan, you can find Wagyu beef brisket, Australian sirloin and short ribs for all meat lovers.  

Address: 201 Victoria St, #04-06, Bugis+

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 12PM – 3PM, 6PM – 10PM

Fri, 12PM – 3PM, 5.30PM – 11PM

Sat, 12PM – 11PM

Sun, 12PM – 10PM

Contact: 6634 3313

Korean 

23. Bonchon

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Love Korean fried chicken? Then you should head on down to Bonchon where you can get an authentic taste of Korean fried chicken. Made to order using the unique double frying method, the sauces are a hometown secret made only in Busan, South Korea so that no matter where you are, the taste stays authentic! You can also get other dishes here as well including Seafood Pancake, Tteokbokki, Samgyetang and more!

Address: 201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #01-11

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 11.30AM – 9.30PM

Fri, 11.30AM – 10PM

Sat, 11AM – 10PM

Malay 

24. Hajah Maimunah

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Specialising in traditional, Kampung-style cuisine, Hajah Maimunah is known for their fine selection of Signature dishes. Established in the 90s, some of the popular dishes here include the delectable and Juicy Sundanese Grilled Chicken, Lemak Siput, Sambal Goreng and more. With more than 40 selections to dishes to choose from the restaurants. There are also a variety of mouth-watering traditional Kuihs and Desserts available.

Address: 11 Jalan Pisang, S427357

Opening hours: 8AM – 9PM, daily

Contact: 6291 3132

25. Warong Nasi Pariaman

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Founded in 1948, Warong Nasi Pariaman is possibly the oldest Nasi Padang stall in Singapore and is well-loved by all its patrons. Famous for its Ayam Bakar which is grilled over charcoal, you’d know why this place is still so popular now after tasting this iconic dish. Other popular dishes here include ayam korma, beef rendang and ikan bakar.

Address: 736/ 738 North Bridge Road

Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM, daily

Contact: 6292 2374

Mediterranean 

26. Artichoke Cafe and Bar

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While the food is the least authentic (in the words of the owner, not mine!), it is fun and innovative, an exciting take on dishes that might seem familiar to you. Best known as one of the best brunch places in Singapore, this cafe is best for those looking to spend a lazy afternoon out, indulging in delicious food. Some of the must-try dishes here include Maple Glazed Bacon Chop, Self-Destruction and Egg Shakshouka.

Address: 161 Middle Rd, S188978

Opening hours: 

Mon, closed

Tue – Fri, 4PM – 9.45PM

Sat – Sun, 11.30AM – 2.45PM, 4PM – 9.45PM

Contact: 6336 6949

Mexican 

27. Piedra Negra

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Offering some of the best Latin American and Mexican cuisine, Piedra Negra is suitable for family gatherings, large groups and for friends who simply want to hang out. Located at the Beach Road, this establishment also boasts an extensive range of dishes such as Pescado al Ajillo, Raw Fish Mexican Style, Quesadilla Chicken, Enchilada Chicken and more!

Address: 241 Beach Road, S189753

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 12PM – 12AM

Fri, 12PM – 2AM

Sat, 5PM – 2AM

Sun, closed

Contact: 6291 1297

Middle Eastern 

28. Beirut Grill

Boasting an array of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, Beirut Grill is the best place to feast on authentic Middle Eastern food. With the cozy ambiance, this restaurant is perfect for family and groups looking to have a delicious meal and a comfortable space. Located within Kampong Glam, this establishment’s signature dishes included Lamb Chops, Shish Taouk and of course, the popular and well-loved Hummus. 

Address: 72 Bussorah Street

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 12PM – 10.30PM

Fri – Sun, 12PM – 12AM

Contact: 6341 7728

Southern 

29. Chix Hot Chicken

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Serving Nashville fried chicken made fresh with some of the hottest peppers in the world, Chix Hot Chick’n brings a taste of Southern hospitality to sunny Singapore. The first ever Nashville hot chicken concept establishment in Singapore, some of the must-try food on the menu is of course the chicken, either with waffles or sandwich! Make sure to get yourself ready for the spice party that might surprise you.

Address: 1 Jalan Pisang, S199069

Opening hours: 

Mon – Sat, 11.30AM – 11PM

Sun, 9AM – 9PM

Contact: 9839 0607

30. The Beast

Home to well-loved home cooked Southern comfort food, The Beast is best known for its buttermilk fried chicken served on top of crispy waffle drizzled with bourbon maple butter sauce. With its cosy interior elements and extensive selection of American craft beers, bourbon and rye specialty cocktails, this is the perfect place to hang out with your friends and feast on delicious Southern comfort food!

Address: 17 Jalan Klapa

Opening hours: 

Mon – Wed, 5PM – 12AM

Thu – Fri, 5PM – 1AM

Sat – Sun, 11AM – 12AM

Contact: 6295 0017

Swedish 

31. Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro

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Dedicated to serving home-cooked, traditional Swedish food, Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro hopes to create dishes that will not only satisfy your cravings but also warm your heart. Specialising in Scandinavian cuisine, this halal establishment serves authentic tastes of Sweden at an affordable price. Some of dishes you have to try when you visit include Grilled Chicken Crepe, Meatball Melt, Gravlax Sandwich and more.

Address: 257 Beach Rd, S199539

Opening hours: 

Sun – Thur, 11AM – 10PM

Fri – Sat, 11AM – 11PM

Contact: 6396 9096

Thai 

32. Abb Zabb

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Situated in the “Little Thailand” of Singapore, Abb Zabb is known for their signature Tom Yum Lobster dish along with other Thai dishes. This Tom Yum Lobster Noodle combo is made up of one whole Boston lobster, tiger prawns, scallops, mussels and an entire squid stuffed with minced pork. Fresh and good for two, this popular dish is perfect for all. Other dishes here also include Fried Squid Eggs, Fresh Oysters and more.

Address: 5001 Beach Road, #02-01 Golden Mile Complex, S199588

Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM, daily

Contact: 8666 6675

Vietnamese 

33. Mrs Pho

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Inspired and established as a tribute to all Vietnamese mothers, grandmothers and aunties, Mrs Pho is where you can taste a warm bowl of authentic pho. From small bites to original pho, you can find a range of Vietnamese cuisine here. Founded by Hoang who grew up as a refugee in Australia, this establishment is not only where you can find Vietnamese classics, but also a slice of Vietnamese culture. Some of the must-try dishes here include Special Beef Combo Pho, Hue Spicy Beef Noodle Soup and Mrs Pho Fried Spring Rolls. 

Address: 349 Beach Rd, S199670

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM, daily

Contact: 6292 0018

Western 

34. Working Title

A halal-certified burger bar, Working Title boasts a variety of gourmet burgers and signature smoothies. If you are looking for a good cup of coffee and a place to kick back and relax, then this is your spot too! Their menu is divided into basic (Magic Truffle Mushroom, Holy Guacamole) and premium burgers (Tower of Power, Darkwing Duck). They also have a brunch menu that includes Avocado Toast, Grilled Cheese and more!

Address: 783 North Bridge Road

Opening hours: 

Mon, 12PM – 10PM

Tues – Thurs, 11AM – 10PM

Fri, 11AM – 11PM

Sat – Sun, 10AM – 11PM

Contact: 8768 0463

35. Earlybird Cafe

Earlybird Cafe is not only a beautiful cafe where you can snap some aesthetic pictures for your social media feed but also boast some delicious dishes. Decorated around with little paintings of birds here and there, the minimalist and bright decor makes the establishment bright and lively. Some of the dishes you have to get here includes Tom Yum Prawn Pasta, Going Bananas Pancakes and their Flower Pot Tiramisu.

Address: 17 Jalan Pinang, S199149

Opening hours: 

Mon – Fri, 10AM – 10PM

Sat, 9AM – 11PM

Sun, 9AM – 10PM

Contact: 9788 6856

36. Symmetry

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An all-day dining restaurant and bar, Symmetry serves contemporary Australian creations masterfully prepared from high-quality and fresh produce. Hoping to share the laid-back sensibility of Aussie culture this establishment is the perfect gathering space for all occasions. 

Address: 9 Jalan Kubor #01-01 S199206

Opening hours:

Mon, closed 

Tues – Thu, 11AM – 11PM

Fri, 11AM – 12AM

Sat, 9.30AM – 12AM

Sun, 10AM – 7PM

Contact: 6291 9901

37. Bergs Gourmet Burgers

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Inspired by the desire to find the perfect burger, Bergs Gourmet Burger was established in 2009 and is dedicated to serving the perfect burger. The burger menu is extensive and you are spoiled for choice including Berg with Cheese, Porto Pop, Kiwi Stud and more. Not only that, you can also pop open a cold pint of craft beer as well – with a variety to choose from.

Address: 10 Haji Lane, S189203

Opening hours: 

Mon – Thu, 11AM – 10PM

Fri & Sat, 11AM – 11PM

Sun, 11AM – 10PM

Contact: 6293 3424

38. Fat Papas

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A halal take on the popular restaurant FatBoys, Fat Papas, is the brainchild of celebrity couple Sheikh Haikel and Anna Belle Francis. Here you can find a variety of specialty burgers including The Elvis, Bleu Peppercorn Burgers and Holy Caesar.  Not only that, you can also find extensive main courses like Honey Mustard Chicken Kebab, Country Fried Steak, Salted Egg Crab Pasta and more!

Address: 17 Bali Lane, S189853

Opening hours: 

Sun – Thu, 12PM – 10PM

Fri – Sat, 12PM – 10.30PM

Contact: 6291 8028

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