There are a variety of events taking place around the island to tie in with Australia Day 2022. Don’t miss the drinks at 1-Altitude next Wednesday (with a special offer for ANZA members of a complimentary wine or beer for bookings made for the 26th January!) or the seasonal lamington swiss rolls, in chocolate and lemon flavours, from Baker & Cook. However, a dose of Australian food and drink is available year-round on the red dot. Here’s some of our favourite spots to find Australian food and Australian coffee in Singapore.
Great Australian Restaurants
If you’re looking for a barbecue fare that won’t serve sand in your sausage sizzle, Burnt Ends is a winner. Being a perennial World’s 50 Best nominee and Michelin Star recipient, book in advance and prop yourself up at the counter-top table for some casual dining and a direct view of the hot action in the open kitchen. While it’s famed for its quality cuts like 65-day dry aged Aussie beef and Blackmore from Victoria, you’ll also find king crabs and freshwater marrons, plus sides such as Smoked Quail Egg with Caviar.
Burnt Ends, 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore. Tel: +65 6224 3933, burntends.com.sg
Salted & Hung
This contemporary Australian restaurant, founded in 2015, displays staying power for good reason. With a unique focus on cured meats, it’s a go-to for the adventurous and carnivorous – the minimal-wastage menu makes creative use of everything from skin to bone, protein to innards. Brisbane born Aussie chef Drew Nocente uses smoking, curing, pickling, searing, charring and grilling to serve up full-bodied meaty dishes such as Grass Fed Beef, Pig Head Terrine and Housemade Charcuterie. There’s fish, roasted veg, desserts, and some excellent wines waiting too.
Salted & Hung, 12 Purvis Street, Singapore. Tel: +65 6358 3130. saltedandhung.com.sg
Want surf with your turf? Wooloomooloo plays to one of Australia’s biggest culinary plus points – the pastures and sea together. Located at Swissotel the Stamford, this Singapore Stalwart serves an extensive range of cuts from Australian Black Angus beef to USDA prime beef. Complement your meats with sides such as Truffle Mac & Cheese, Creamy Spinach or Wild Mushrooms. For those who want to keep it light, the appetisers put a keen focus on premium seafood, from Tuna and Spanner Crab Tartare to Kilpatrick Oysters.
Great Australian Coffee
“Cafe Melba” comes from a combination of the words “Melbourne” and “Asia”. Serving up strong lattes, this cute cafe is the third in the chain and only opened last year. In line with the other venues, it offers the same fabulous activities for little ones, a relaxed feel, delicious coffee and great Australasian nosh. Try the Melba French toast or ribeye steak and fries while submerged within a leafy ambience. A true hideaway.
What started out in Queensland as a coffee plantation is now one of the most famous coffee institutes on the island. The fine Arabica beans here are still sourced from Dimbulah Mountain Estate plantation on the Atherton tablelands, offering a rich coffee with a sweet chocolate caramel body and long finish. Beans are roasted weekly alongside modern Australian cuisine. Enjoy a Big Aussie Toastie with a latte for breakfast with a caffeine-kick.
Find locations across Singapore. dimbulahcoffee.com
Toby’s Estate launched 16 years ago in Sydney. Founder Toby Smith learned to grow, roast and brew coffee at coffee plantations in South America and Singapore’s outlet was opened in 2011. Dedicated to keeping it real, Toby’s Estate uses unwashed or natural coffee, also known as dry processing, as it lifts the aromas without stripping the flavours (unlike wet processing). The house blend at Toby’s Estate uses the Rodyk Blend, a 5-bean mix of Costa Rica, Uganda, Panama, Brazil and Ethiopian beans. As if this isn’t enough, they also pride themselves on amazing tea and chocolate.
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04. Tel: 6636 7629. tobysestate.com.sg