Whenever we have visitors to Singapore who ask for local food during lunch, we always end up at Straits Kitchen in the Grand Hyatt. Where else can you enjoy local delights like Hainanese chicken rice, satay, laksa, popiah and Indian curries in a civilised and most importantly air-conditioned environment ?
Chinese roast duck
The alternatives are the big hawker centres like Newton Circus or Maxwell Markets which are all good and well, and probably serve much more authentic hawker fare, including pork – Straits Kitchen is halal – but these are not the sorts of places where I wouldchoose to go to catch up. It’s where you go to eat and leave. Perhaps that’s just me.
Deep fried cempedak
The last time we went we had a rare treat – battered and deep fried cempedak – a fruit that tastes like a mix of jackfruit and durian (both of which I love). It’s a very traditionally Malaysian snack and I remember buying these from street vendors when I was a young girl visiting my mother’s hometown of Penang. These are harder and harder to find, taken over by the more popular banana or sweet potato fritters. At any rate, I was thrilled and I wished my mum was there to enjoy it with me.
All up, Straits Kitchen doesn’t serve the most authentic food, but the environment is just so pleasant and the choices abundant, it will remain one of the staples where we take visiting friends and family.
Ground Floor, Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel: 6732 1234
Open Weekdays 12pm-2:30pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm; Weekends 12:30pm-3pm, 6:30pm-10:30pm