Fast Forward

Published on 26 September 2017

Deciding where and what to eat before a show has long vexed Singaporean theatre-goers. Herewith, The A List’s favourite spots for quick and tasty, fuss-free pre-show eats.

By Melanie Lee

Photos: Old School Delights, Chef Wan’s Kitchen & Alter Ego


There are plenty of F&B outlets at the Esplanade, but for regular theatre-goers, the ones offering simple comfort food have become reliable go-to places to grab a pre-show bite. (A) Old School Delights offers MSG-free local grub such as nasi lemak and mee siam, while the recently opened (b) Chef Wan’s Kitchen offers the acclaimed Malaysian chef’s favourite childhood dishes such as Cik Aini’s mee rebus with prawn fritters. We also enjoy the trendy Poke Bowls over at (C) Alter Ego where you can have interesting add-ons such as Peruvian pomegranate or kimchi.

Photos: The Privé Group, K&C Holdings Pte Ltd & Jonathan Wong


A few delightful restaurants are just a stone’s throw away. There’s casual dining restaurant (A) Privé at the Asian Civilisations Museum, with its tasty mix of Western and Asian dishes. Across the road at the National Gallery Singapore is (B) Courtyard Café, which offers modern Straits Asian, healthy salads and their signature Courtyard Club Sandwich. Also by the river is (C) Timbre @ The Arts House, which offers pub grub and cocktails alongside live music.

Photos: Jai Thai Restaurant FB, Entre-Nous Creperie, Sumo Bar Happy


Spice up the evening first with affordable and authentic Thai food at (A) Jai Thai on Purvis Street. Or if you prefer something lighter, (B) Entre-Nous Creperie on Seah Street offers traditional savoury and sweet Brittany buckwheat crepes to please any palette. Over at Waterloo Street, (C) Sumo Bar Happy is a modern ramen and tachinomi sake bar that’s popular with the local theatre community for its rich ramen broths, hearty rice bowls and one-cup sakes.

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