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10 Best Restaurants in Chinatown [2024]

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If you’re looking for an authentic Chinese restaurant food experience, look no further than Chinatown. This neighborhood is home to some of the best restaurants in the city, and you can find anything and everything from dumplings to noodles to stir-fry to sticky rice here.

Check out our list of the 10 best restaurants in Chinatown and get ready for a culinary adventure!

1. Burnt Ends

Burnt Ends - Chinatown Restaurant
Burnt Ends – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Burnt Ends)
Key ServicesBarbecue restaurant
Address7 Dempsey Rd, #01-04, Singapore 249671
Phone+65 6224 3933
Operating HoursTuesday:
Wednesday to Saturday:

Burnt Ends is a unique Singaporean barbecue restaurant. As a result, Burnt Ends is jam-packed with customers every night, thanks to its fantastic cuisine and distinctive concept. A huge double-door oven burning apple and almond wood at the heart of this restaurant adds a smoky flavor to the food.

The long counter is ideal for groups of less than six people, with a front-seat view of the action. There’s everything from pulled-pork burgers to a whole char-grilled redfish, as well as smoked ice cream for dessert.

Key Differentiators

  • Australian-style BBQ restaurant
  • Open kitchen
  • Counter seating
  • Lively, stylish space

Customer Testimonial

The food is excellent – unique and delicious! Would like to give special commendation to Thomas and Damien for the excellent service, how they took care of our dining experience, and ensured we really enjoyed our night here at Burnt Ends! Love the the ambience, the warmth and the service! definitely will be back! It’s worth every penny!

Joycelyn Tan

2. Yixing Xuan Teahouse

Yixing Xuan Teahouse - Chinatown Restaurant
Yixing Xuan Teahouse – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Yixing Xuan Teahouse)
Key ServicesTraditional teahouse
Address78 Tg Pagar Rd, Singapore 088499
Phone+65 6224 6961
Operating HoursMonday to Thursday: 10AM–8PM
Friday & Saturday: 10AM–9:30PM
Sunday: 10AM–7PM

Yixing Xuan Teahouse is a picturesque old-fashioned shop-house facade located in the center of Chinatown, where visitors can sample some of the best Chinese tea and appreciation classes. Their tea specialists will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the tea industry or allow you to try on different flavors. They’ll also give you a deeper knowledge of the history and culture of tea drinking and its customs.

This quaint teahouse serves delicious dim sum and a nice range of Chinese cuisine, including the spectacular tealeaf chicken – which is one way to turn their best feature into a highlight.

Key Differentiators

  • Learn about Chinese culture, arts and the history of tea
  • Range of premium teas
  • Preparing tea the traditional way

Customer Testimonial

attended a 2-3 hour workshop here with my girlfriends. we all had a great time here as the owner taught us how to differentiate the types of tea leaves & appreciate their qualities. it was a nice touch with the dim sum dishes they provided at the end and they went really well with the tea

Cherie Neo

3. Yum Cha

Yum Cha - Chinatown Restaurant
Yum Cha – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Yum Cha)
Key ServicesDim sum restaurant
Address20 Trengganu St, #02-01, Singapore 058479
Phone+65 6372 1717
Operating HoursTuesday to Friday: 10:30AM–8:30PM
Saturday & Sunday: 9AM–8:30PM

Yum Cha is the best choice in Chinatown for all-day dining. Yum Cha, which translates as “drink tea,” is the quintessential Chinatown dining experience on the second floor of an ancient shophouse. It is recognized for its dim sum offerings, which are also available in a daily high tea buffet.

Key Differentiators

  • First started out in 2000
  • Offer a unique dim sum dining experience
  • Dim sum tea house concept

Customer Testimonial

Quite nice place to have lunch with colleagues. Usually waiting time is less if you go with big group. Went twice and had fried olive rice with different kind of dumplings. Staff is really friendly and kind enough to serve to your dish. Price is not cheap, but not expensive.
Apart from food, there are some nice photographs of Singapore back in the day.

Chathuranga Pathirana

4. Latteria Mozzarella Bar

Latteria Mozzarella Bar - Chinatown Restaurant
Latteria Mozzarella Bar – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Latteria Mozzarella Bar)
Key ServicesItalian restaurant
Address40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
Phone+65 6866 1988
Operating HoursOPEN DAILY
Lunch: 12 noon to 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Lattaria, a restaurant that serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Chinatown, includes 11 types of Italy’s best soft cheese into its wonderfully Mediterranean menu devoid of pizza. This sunny yellow eatery is a genuine taste of Tuscany in the middle of Chinatown, with room to dine both indoors and outside.

The menu is typical for a southern restaurant, with such options as homemade gnocchi served with fresh pesto and calamari salad, but the standouts are the dishes that use the restaurant’s name to great effect.

Key Differentiators

  • Slice of Southern Italy
  • Traditional Italian cuisine
  • Offers the freshest Mozzarella and Burrata cheeses

Customer Testimonial

Quiet nice Italian joint tucked away amidst the hectic area of Duxton. Ambience was amazing and romantic, outdoor seats are definitely a must go for.

Foods ordered were the latteria platter which was super value for money and fried calamari which was fried and seasoned to perfection, absolutely enjoyed our experience here

Ho Jerome

5. Kok Sen Restaurant

Kok Sen Restaurant - Chinatown Restaurant
Kok Sen Restaurant – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Kok Sen Restaurant via Facebook)
Key ServicesSingaporean restaurant
Address30 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089137
Phone+65 6223 2005
Operating HoursTuesday to Sunday:
12:00 PM – 2:15 PM
5:00 PM – 9:15 PM

The restaurant offers a number of distinctive dishes, including the Big Prawns Bee Hoon Soup, Big Prawns Horfun, and Kung Pao Frogs Stir-Fried with Dried Chilli. The bee hoon is the one dish that will really capture your attention. Its orange-red broth has a strong prawn flavor with spicy that makes it more appealing.

This dish includes thick bee hoon, chye sim, and huge prawns. The hor fun is another must-try, with silky rice noodles immersed in a wok hei-rich sauce.

Key Differentiators

  • Chinese Zi Char Restaurant
  • Great customer service
  • Exceptional dishes

Customer Testimonial

It’s been a while since I’ve been back and I’ve forgotten how good this ZhiChar place is.

Every dish we had was amazing. I particularly liked the Bittergourd Pork Rib dish, which has amazing wok hei and balance. The claypot Yong Tau Foo was also exceptional.

Ben C

6. DM Chicken

DM Chicken - Chinatown Restaurant
DM Chicken – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: DM Chicken)
Key ServicesRestaurant
Address191B New Bridge Rd, Singapore 059423
Phone+65 6909 2758
Operating HoursDaily: 11:30AM–12AM

A 100 cm DM Chicken + DM Prawn platter is available at DM Chicken! To meet smaller groups, they also have 50 and 75 cm platters.

The hotpot platter contains Korean fried chicken and fries, two sets of lamb chops, a plate of squid ink balls, and a bowl of fruit salad. Customers may also select from the Hotpot and BBQ buffet or their own a la carte Hotpot and BBQ menu.

Key Differentiators

  • Multiple foods and sauce
  • Offers delivery
  • Special recipes

Customer Testimonial

The staff there, all of them, are helpful, friendly. We tried the buffet and is very good for value. But most of all, the quality is good but not cheap food. Our family are all happy and they all said will recommend this restaurant to others. We missed the exit, it is not exactly on the main road but just check the bumblebee statue you will find it.

Philip Tse

7. Tong Heng

Tong Heng - Chinatown Restaurant
Tong Heng – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Tong Heng)
Key ServicesTraditional Cantonese Pastries
Address285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833
Phone+65 6223 3649
Operating HoursOpen 9am – 6pm daily

If you’re a fan of egg tarts, you’ve probably heard of Tong Heng’s famous egg tarts. The use of pork lard in their egg tarts distinguishes them from the competition because it gives the crust extra flakiness. The custard is delicate and wobbly, and when you bite into the tart, it surely satisfies your tastebuds.

Key Differentiators

  • Traditional Chinese Pastries
  • Founded since 1935
  • Freshness and timeless tradition of handmade pastries

Customer Testimonial

Must try their walnut cookie!!! Egg tart is their usual star and reason why we keep coming back. Recently, we discovered that their walnut cookie is amazingly good. Crisp and very fluffy texture. Bought for friends and they are loving it too.

2 versions you can get, all the same taste wise – in a gift tin or individually wrapped. Walnut cookies in tin are vacuum packed (~4 months shelf life) and contains 6pcs. They are slightly smaller in size to fit the tin, whereas the individually walnut cookie are sealed and can last 5-7days.

Joshua Hoh

8. Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee

Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee - Chinatown Restaurant
Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee via Facebook)
Key ServicesHawker stall
Address531A Upper Cross St, #01-58, Singapore 051531
Phone+65 9278 0415
Operating HoursMonday to Saturday: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee is located in Hong Lim Food Centre, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It uses a three-generation-old family recipe that has been constantly improved until now, resulting in a dedicated consumer base that keeps returning for more.

The restaurant’s curry chicken noodle dish is a wonderful comfort food, with big pieces of chicken breast in the flavorful broth for a hearty sensation. For those wanting more, their bigger version comes with a larger serving and allows you to pick your favorite chicken parts.

Key Differentiators

  • Food Stand
  • Confort Food
  • Three-generations family recipe

Customer Testimonial

I don’t mind queueing when comes to good hawker food. Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles will always pop up in my mind when we talk about “Curry Chicken.” One of the best in Singapore

Mighty Foodie

9. Red Star Restaurant

Red Star Restaurant - Chinatown Restaurant
Red Star Restaurant – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Red Star Restaurant)
Key ServicesCantonese restaurant
Address54 Chin Swee Rd, #07-23, Singapore 160054
Phone+65 6532 5266
Operating HoursBreakfast/Lunch
(Monday to Saturday)
8.00am to 3.00pm

(Sunday & Public Holiday)
7.00am to 3.00pm

(Monday to Sunday)
6.00pm to 10.00pm

Talking about dim sum, which is everyone’s favorite form of Chinese cuisine. Red Star Restaurant has a classic atmosphere with vintage decorations and pushcarts. Aside from dim sum, the Cantonese cuisine on the menu consists of fried yam pots stuffed with scallops, prawn, and cashew nuts, as well as crispy thin suckling pig skin served with seasoned jelly thin strips.

Key Differentiators

  • Bustling
  • Informal landmark spotlighting
  • Traditional Cantonese cuisine & dim sum

Customer Testimonial

Old school restaurant with push cart ladies bringing piping hot dim sum to your table. Expect long waiting time during peak period. Really good quality dim sim, especially the siew mai (whole prawns inside), char siew sou (flaky and fragrant skin) and custard bao ( rich flavour).

Jerome Giam

10. Esquina

Esquina - Chinatown Restaurant
Esquina – Chinatown Restaurant (Credit: Esquina)
Key ServicesSpanish restaurant
Address16 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089267
Phone+65 6222 1616
Operating HoursLunch Service:
Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 2.30pm (last seating 2pm)

Dinner Service:
Tuesday to Thursday: 6pm – 10.30pm (last seating 9.30pm)
Friday & Saturday: 6pm – 11pm (last seating 10.30pm)

Esquina is a stylish Spanish tapas bar situated at the junction of Jiak Chuan Road. Carlos Montobbio, a Barcelona-born Head Chef who has been trained by several Michelin-starred chefs, runs this successful two-story eatery. Customers can anticipate a wonderful dining experience from start to finish, with Esquina’s Spanish Omelette and Grilled Spanish Octopus as notable options.

Key Differentiators

  • Intimate restaurant
  • Plating elegant Spanish dishes
  • Inventive, contemporary twist.

Customer Testimonial

If you like Spanish food and appreciate good quality food, this is the place for you! Everything is full of flavour and presented in a beautiful way. Sit at the chef’s table to see the kitchen in action, it’s truly inspiring and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Blerta Toska

Chinatown Restaurant

Chinatown is a culinary adventure waiting to be explored. With so many delicious and unique options, it can be tough to decide what to eat first. But with our list of the 10 best restaurants in Chinatown, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing no matter what you choose.

So get out there and explore this neighborhood – your taste buds will thank you for!

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Singapore. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Singapore. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Singapore has to offer.