Chope Diners’ Choice 2020
The perennial question of, “Where you want to eat ah?” has just been solved with the release of Chope Diners’ Choice 2020 Winners list, spotlighting the best food and beverage destinations in Singapore according to category.
Unlike other food awards in Singapore, the Chope Diners’ Choice is an annual celebration by Singaporeans, for Singapore’s food establishments. Locals vote in their choices for who deserves to win titles like Restaurant of the Year, Cafe of the Year, and more. The eight winning categories have deeper meaning this year for both voters and recipients—a sign of celebration and support amidst a shaky year for the dining scene in Singapore.
So, the next time you and your friends are racking your brains over where to dine, it’s simple: go for the Singaporean-approved best.
Here are the winners of Chope Diners’ Choice 2020, proudly sponsored by Shell.
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Bagging Restaurant Of The Year is The Line, the flagship restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel. Their substantial menu features 88 dishes that take you on a journey through global cuisines, from seafood on ice, sushi, naan baked in a tandoor oven, and more. What makes The Line stand out from the gamut of restaurants in Singapore is also its ambience—the 1,350 square metre space has both in- and outdoor dining spaces, all equally chic and ideal for dates or special occasions. If you’d like to dine here, make a reservation via this link.
Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore 258350
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
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Named Bar Of The Year, Hopscotch is the kind of hideaway you’d want to find yourself at after a long, stressful day. Located in Gillman Barracks, the laidback bar was formerly a pop-up. Now their permanent residence, they serve a combination of craft cocktails and bar bites such as Hyogo oysters at $4 with a minimum order of three pieces here. More substantial mains are also available, including a Wagyu Burger ($24) and Chilli Crab Linguine with Lobster ($28). On the cocktail end, Hopscotch cleverly interprets local flavours in their drinks, twisting bandung, Milo, and even Chinese herbs into tipples.
Address: 45 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109455
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 10:30pm
Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar
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Tras Street may be packed with Korean eateries, but a gem that stands out from the crowd is Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar, voted New Restaurant Of The Year under Chope Diners’ Choice 2020. Renowned for their tsukumen, Torasho Ramen & Charcoal Bar sells the dry dipping ramen in unique variations like Torasho Pork Bak Chor Mee ($14), a riff on the hawker staple, and a decadent Truffle Wagyu ($20).
Address: 32 Tras Street, Singapore 078972
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
HANS IM GLÜCK
Nothing entices Singaporeans like a good deal, and HANS IM GLÜCK is where you can get the most bang for your buck under the ChopeDeals programme. This German burger bar was voted in as Deal-icious Restaurant of the Year, and has some unusual spins on burgers apart from the usual cheeseburger, including one with berry jam, and another with blue cheese. Save more as their regular $50 and $100 cash vouchers on ChopeDeals entitle you to 10% off their menu daily, but during peak sales, these discounts can go up to 30% off.
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KOMA at Marina Bay Sands has been voted as the Most Romantic Restaurant in Singapore, and one visit makes it easy to see why. Run by the same folks who opened LAVO and MARQUEE, this Japanese restaurant specialises in theatrical fusion dishes and drinks, with decor that wows. Enter with a date through a walkway of traditional Japanese arches, then be awed by the extravagant dining area, as well as dishes like the KOMA Roll ($65), with A5 wagyu, Hokkaido uni, and king crab.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-67, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 5pm to 12am, Wed-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 12am
Wild Honey is one of Singapore’s OG cafes, serving up an international menu of all-day breakfast across its outlets islandwide. It’s little surprise that this stalwart won Cafe Of The Year, given the number of choices and cuisines you can sample across the course of one brunch. Popular favourites include the Delancy ($26), a New York-style bagel with hand-sliced beef pastrami and poached eggs, as well as the Sweet Morning ($20), where brioche French toast meets grilled mango, vanilla bean mascarpone and hibiscus-berry compote. They also have inclusive plant-based and gluten-free options.
The Marmalade Pantry
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Dining out is an experience that is so much more than just food. Chope Diners’ Choice awards that next-level approach through its Above and Beyond category, won by The Marmalade Pantry this year. The all-day dining destination has been around since 1999, with a menu that combines Western fare and Asian-fusion favourites, including the likes of Spicy Mala Chicken Cutlet ($24) and Truffle Fries ($14). Come for the food, and stay for the ambience and warm service.
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A new category for the Chope Diners’ Choice this year is the Best Delivery Experience award, which is no less important given how central food delivery has been to our lives this year. TungLok Teahouse, the casual diner arm of the TungLok Group, became a go-to for many to get their dim sum and cha chaan teng fixes during the Circuit Breaker and beyond, with great service and delivery bundles that led to this award. Their delivery options are still open, with different dim sum sets from $48 you can enjoy at home.
Address: 10 Sinarian Drive, Square 2, #01-73, Singapore 307506
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 5pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Chope Diners’ Choice 2020 winners
Chope Diners’ Choice aims to celebrate the Singapore food scene in a year where the F&B industry needs our help more than ever, so continue that chain of appreciation by visiting the restaurants on this list the next time you’re wondering where to dine.
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