Fact: Singaporeans love to eat. And so it shouldn’t be a surprise that many Singaporean celebrities have thrown their hat in the (food) ring by creating their own establishments. Some popular ones that come to mind are Jeanette Aw‘s Once Upon A Time or JJ Lin’s Miracle Coffee. As such, we’re spotlighting 10 newer or possibly less well-known restaurants, hawker stalls and eateries that are owned by other local celebs.
1. Sunset on 11
Sunset on 11 is the endeavour of actor Adam Chen, who has opened many eateries in the past, such as Birders, Ebisu Bowls and Park Cafe. The latest addition to his portfolio is located on the 11th floor of the Louis Kienne Serviced Residences along Havelong Road. Despite its inaccessibility, the restaurant boasts a view of the adjacent rooftop pool and the surrounding neighbourhood. Here, tuck into Western-style brunch such as Espresso Pork Chop Burger, Truffle Mac & Cheese and Shrooms & Hummus Toast.
Sunset on 11 is at 554 Havelock Road, Singapore 169639. Visit its Instagram page for more information.
2. Oppa Kitchen
Oppa Kitchen is the first hawker stall founded by Hong Junyang. As the name implies, the stall offers a variety of familiar Korean dishes such as various flavours of fried chicken, bibimbap and kimchi jjigae. Oppa Kitchen was previously a cloud kitchen offering food deliveries only, but the singer-songwriter jumped at a chance to be located in the coffeeshop owned by actor Chew Chor Meng, radio DJ Dennis Chew and food blogger Maureen Ow, or Miss Tam Chiak. Hong Junyang also co-owns The Original Boat Noodle and Machi Machi.
Oppa Kitchen is at 212 Hougang St 21, #01-349, Singapore 530212.
3. Charcoal Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant
Actor Ben Yeo is another prolific restaurateur with multiple F&B businesses under his belt. His latest concept is the Charcoal Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant where they serve fish head steamboat alongside rare Malaysian zi char dishes such as Sotong with Egg Floss and Kampong Fried Prawns. The goal was to share the comforting flavours that Ben Yeo grew up with. The stall is headed by chef Cao Yong and Ben Yeo’s cousin Ah Di, who has been a cook in the same field for almost 18 years.
Charcoal Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant is at Kallang Food Centre, 5 Kallang Place, Singapore 339152.
4. Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar
The Club Street neighbourhood is filled with many restaurant and bar options. But if you’re looking for a celeb pick, head to Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar founded by former actress and Fly Entertainment head honcho Irene Ang. With Singapore’s skyline as the backdrop, tuck into a plethora of fried foods and mains ranging from Otah Fries to Fry Beef Burger and wash them all down with the alcohol of your choice. Irene Ang also owns Bar Naked and the now-defunct Soi Candy.
Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar is at 96B Club St, Singapore 069464. Visit its Instagram page for more information.
Using tea leaves picked from Taiwan and around the world, host and actress Vivian Lai wants to elevate your tea-drinking experience with Teabrary. Teabrary was founded in September 2019 and had three outlets at its peak before Covid-19. They currently have one store left in Le Quest Mall in Bukit Batok. Slurp up a series of bubble teas made with anything from oolong and green tea to fruit and milk tea.
Teabrary is at 4 Bukit Batok Street 41, #01-19 Le Quest Mall, Singapore 657991. Visit its website for more information.
6. House Downstairs
Located within the Ulu Pandan Community Club is radio DJ Chen Ning’s baby, House Downstairs. She co-founded the cafe serving up Asian and brunch menu with barista Chong Yanjing, who used to work at Strangers’ Reunion, and a silent partner. While Chen Ning used to help out at her parent’s hawker stall, cooking and running a professional kitchen were new challenges for her. Besides speciality coffee, expect unique offerings such as Craygee (crayfish congee), Laksa Goreng and Mantou w Sweet Sambal.
170 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-03 Ulu Pandan CC, Singapore 279621
Located in a coffeeshop in Toa Payoh North is actor Shane Pow’s Gogiyo. They previously had other locations, which unfortunately shuttered as the business did not pick up after pandemic restrictions had eased. Nevertheless, you can still tuck into the variety of Korean food offered here, ranging from Korean barbecue, army stews, rice bowls and set menu options.
Gogiyo is at 978 Toa Payoh North, #02-01, Singapore 319001.
8. Bam! Restaurant
Bam! Restaurant offers sake and tapas in both omakase and small plate options in Tanjong Pagar. The restaurant is co-owned by actress Constance Song, who is also the co-owner of Hong Kong cha chaan teng-style establishment Friends Cafe. The kitchen at Bam! is headed by chef Shang Jhi, who has honed his craft with the likes of Joel Robuchon and Julien Royer. Expect exquisitely made food served in delicate, ‘gram-worthy proportions that are paired with over 80 sake options.
Bam! Restaurant is at 38 Tras St, Singapore 078977. Visit its website for more information.
9. AJ’s Teh Tarik
Nestled in a rather quiet area of Suntec City is AJ’s Teh Tarik. But despite its inconvenient location, the stall remains a crowd-puller with queues waiting for a cup of Teh Tarik, Teh Halia and Masala Chai with snacks such as curry puff and samosa. Part-time actor AJ Zahir Hussein, who has been on Channel 5 and Vasantham productions, and his wife Habibah manage the stall, which has been around since 2002.
AJ’s Teh Tarik is at 3 Temasek Blvd, B1-141 Suntec City, Singapore 038983
10. Hungry Korean Restaurant
Hungry Korean Restaurant is another celeb-owned food spot to get your fix of Korean food. The brand was previously a hawker stall and has since expanded to a standalone in Great World City. It was founded by former actress Cassandra See and actor Haden Hee. The recipes are from Cassandra See’s time at her hawker stall, such as the Signature Pork Collagen Soup, but they have since been elevated with chefs who previously worked at Grand Hyatt Jeju.
Hungry Korean Restaurant is at 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #03-116 Food Junction, Great World City, Singapore 237994.