From boutique hotels to restaurants, they’ve got it all covered.
Unlisted Collection, the brainchild of local hotelier Mr. Loh Lik Peng (pictured above), was founded in 2011 and has a knack for discovering charming and novel spaces in offbeat locations. It has since established an international presence in bustling metropolitan cities around the world – namely Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney, with a grand total of 27 properties under its name. It is widely known as the brand behind Hotel 1929, a boutique hotel found within a row of shophouses along Keong Saik Road with a surprisingly stylish and modern interior.
Even if you have never heard of Unlisted Collection, you have probably come across some of the restaurants owned by the brand on social media. I’ve got to say, the restaurants listed below are some of the most Instagram-worthy venues in Singapore. Read on to find out more!
1. 5th Quarter
A fairly new establishment opened last year at Syed Alwi Road, 5th Quarter’s forte is in meat curing. Food aside, the extravagant interior in 5th Quarter is one that distinctively sets it apart from the rest: the vibrant combination of red and gold, heavy velvet drapes and bizarre interior decorations (for instance, the life-sized golden elephant statues). The restaurant is a partnership between the Unlisted Collection and Executive Chef Andrew Nocente, an Australian with a flair for handling meat of all sorts.
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630
Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays & Public Holidays)
Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order at 10pm)
Once an ordinary traditional ‘kopitiam’ (coffee shop), this modest space in Tiong Bahru has now transformed into a unique coupling of a hip Japanese yakitori bistro and an old-school meepok stall. In the day, local favourites such as meepok and kaya toast are offered on the menu, prepared, and served by the owners at Hua Bee who have operated the stall for more than 70 years. Concurrently, the modern open-concept yakitori bar and bistro, Bincho, operates in a separate space at the back of the shop unit.
Its refurnished interior maintains some elements of the traditional ‘kopitiam’, such as the distinct original distressed walls. Yet, Bincho successfully harmonizes elements of the old and the new, creating a sense of nostalgia despite its unusual setting. It is helmed by Chef Asai Masahi, who has impeccable knowledge and skills on traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine, especially on the art of charcoal grilling.
Address: 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078
Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays)
Lunch – 12pm-3:00pm (Last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner – 6PM till late
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/bincho
3. Burnt Ends
Brilliant food, unforgettable service and an unrivalled experience – what’s there not to love? Burnt Ends, a modern Australian BBQ, has made its mark on Teck Lim Road since its opening in 2013. The polished space features an open-kitchen concept and counter seats, where you get to experience being at the heart of the busy kitchen. You will also get to witness Chef Dave Pynt in action with his four-tonne, dual cavity oven fired with apple and almond wood and custom built grills. The menu changes daily to ensure that you get the best they have to offer.
Address: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Lunch – Wednesday to Saturday, 11:45am-2pm
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm till late
(Closed Sundays and Mondays)
4. Cheek by Jowl
The newest addition to Unlisted Collection (opened on 12 February!), Cheek by Jowl is a Modern Australian eatery helmed by Australian chef Rishi Naleendra, who previously worked at MACA at the Tanglin Road. It has replaced Sorrel at the same location on Boon Tat Street. With a seating capacity of 40, it is an intimate space perfect for a private gathering. Natural and earthy hues, illuminated by amber lighting, creates a welcoming and soothing atmosphere.
Address: 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm
Hidden away on the ground level of Wanderlust Hotel (on Dickson Road) lies a hip and chic restaurant, Cocotte. It prides itself as a French restaurant serving up authentic, unpretentious French cuisine in a casual setting. It is very spacious and well furnished with an eclectic style, and is an ideal location for a range of events from weddings, corporate to intimate gatherings.
Address: No. 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Lunch/Brunch – Monday to Thursday, 12pm-2:30pm (Last order 2pm); Friday to Sunday, 12pm-3pm (Last order 2:30pm)
Dinner – Monday to Thursday, 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order 10pm); Friday to Sunday, 6:30pm-11pm (Last order 10:30pm)
Pastry Counter – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-10pm
Situated in the same building as Unlisted Collection’s famous Hotel 1929, Ember is a restaurant that offers refined European food with a tinge of Asian influence with a strong focus on quality and freshness. It is led by Chef Sufian Bin Zain, who has an impressive resume of working in well-known establishments such as Les Amis, Beaufort Hotel’s The Cliff Restaurant, Iggy’s and Waku Ghin. It has done a revamp of its interior in 2014 to make it look more modern. Minimalistic and elegant, with a capacity of 40 (seated), Ember is an excellent venue for corporate functions or a luxurious private party.
Address: 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 11:30am-2pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6:30pm-10pm
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/restaurant-ember
Found around the corner of Jiak Chuan Street is Esquina, a contemporary Spanish tapas diner occupying a two-storey restored colonial era shophouse. It quickly gained popularity amongst tapas lovers since its opening in December 2011, and has established itself as the go-to place for unique tapas and social gatherings. Its exterior is a sharp contrast to the honed and polished, yet intimate space inside. Each storey presents an experience of its own.
Address: 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm (Last seating 2pm)
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm (Last seating 10pm)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/esquina-2-0
8. Jing Seafood Restaurant
An event held here is surely an event to remember. Jing Seafood Restaurant is the second joint venture between Chef Yong Bing Ngen of Majestic Restaurant and Unlisted Collection. Serving up contemporary Cantonese cuisine with a sight to behold, it is a great location for weddings, engagements, or even grand birthday parties. It has 2 private rooms, the first being like a viewing gallery with outside views, while the other is more intimate and tucked beyond the wine cellar.
Address: One Fullerton, #01-02/03, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm (Last order 2pm)
Dinner – 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order 10pm)
Hipsters, look out for this one! Straddled between Haji Lane and Arab Street, LongPlay offers a comfortable space for guests to lounge and relive memories with its collection of vintage records all the way from the 1950s. This chic vinyl bar has an old school charm with its unassuming industrial style, exposed amber light bulbs, open concept kitchen and white linen curtains. It has a state-of-the-art sound system that brings out the best of vinyl, and has an extensive collection of records to boot. You may indulge in the flavourful bar snacks offered by Longplay while enjoying the songs, or choose a drink from the wide selection of craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails on the drinks menu.
Address: 4 Haji Lane / 33 Arab Street, Singapore 189197
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6pm-12am
Thursday to Sunday, 4pm-12am
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/longplay
10. Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Following the successes of Majestic Restaurant and Jing Restaurant comes Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, yet another collaboration between Chef Yong Bing Ngen and Unlisted Collection. Located below the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, the exquisite restaurant serves Chinese cuisine, focusing on seafood. It can fit up to 190 guests, and also has a private room for exclusive gatherings. It has large windows for guests to enjoy the scenic waterfront view of the Marina Bay, and uses neutral tones which gives off a comforting vibe.
Address: Gardens By The Bay (below Flower Dome), 18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-10, Singapore 018953
Lunch – Monday to Sunday, 11:30am-3pm
Dinner – Monday to Sunday, 5:45pm-9pm
11. Majestic Restaurant
Housed within the New Majestic Hotel, Majestic Restaurant serves up contemporary and novel Chinese cuisine such as chilled ‘mao shan wang’ durian with gula Malacca. It is helmed by Chef Yong Bing Ngen, who held positions in renowned restaurants such as the Hai Tien Lo restaurant in Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore and Jade restaurant in Fullerton Hotel.
Address: New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
Lunch – Tuesday to Sunday, 11:45am-2:30pm (Last order 2:15pm)
Dinner – Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm-10pm (Last order 9:45pm)
Meat-lovers, you probably know about this one. Meatsmith is a modern smokehouse that rooted itself along Telok Ayer Street. It is instantly recognizable from afar due to its black and bold storefront. Its interior is edgy, and reminiscent of a masculine sensibility with its comfortable dark colours. The wide space is able to fit 100 standing and 70 sitting, and its unique interior makes for an impressive venue for any event function.
Address: 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620
Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-Late (Closed Sundays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/meatsmith
This is by far my favourite one on the list! Located at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Pollen is the ideal location for the perfect date (if your wallet allows for it). Being the only restaurant located within the dome, Pollen offers an unrivalled fine-dining experience with an impeccable view. As it is within a climate-controlled environment, you will be able to enjoy your meal in a cool Mediterranean climate, regardless if it’s rain or shine outside. Pollen serves mainly British cuisine with Asian influences and the person running the kitchen is newly appointed Head Chef, Chef Angelo Rosso.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953
Main Dining Room – Level 1
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday (Closed Tuesdays)
Lunch: 12pm-3pm (Last order 2:30pm)
Dinner: 6pm-10pm (Last order 9:30pm)
Pollen Terrace – Level 2
Afternoon Tea: 3pm-5pm
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/pollen
14. The Market Grill
Situated along the same street as The Meatsmith, The Market Grill is a trendy bistro that also caters to meat lovers. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Colin West, who has tons of experience working in renowned organizations such as Les Amis and Le Saint Julien. The Market Grill features counter seats and an open-concept kitchen for you to catch all the live action that usually goes behind the scene. Also, unique to The Market Grill is a 1.5 meter long live lobster tank with Atlantic Lobsters flown from Maine and Boston.
Address: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
Lunch – Monday to Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10pm
15. The Provision Shop
Opened by Cocotte’s head chef, Chef Anthony Yeoh, The Provision Shop is a casual neighbourhood café that serves comfort food such as Eggs Benedict and Traditional Carbonara. It is a small and friendly space with an informal atmosphere, a perfect place for brunch.
Address: Blk 3 Everton Park, #01-79, Singapore 080003
16. The Study
Last on the list, we have The Study, a British-inspired restaurant situated on Keong Saik Street. Led by Head Chef Danial, who had worked at the Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry in California, The Study presents modern and novel British bistro fare and frequently updates its menu with new creations. The inviting space is well put together with industrial metal furniture, brick walls, and overhanging lamps, creating a laidback and casual setting perfect for a private party or a nice dinner date.
Address: 49 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089153
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday, 11am-3pm
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/the-study
For more information, visit their website at http://www.unlistedcollection.com/.
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