Late Night Eating Spots in Kampong Gelam
Whether you’re looking to refuel after a cocktail-filled evening, or hunting down some late-night sustenance, Kampong Gelam is an after-hours foodie haven filled with diverse culinary options. From Sichuan fare to Lebanese cuisine, here’s a delicious guide on where to grab a late bite in the district.
From the folks behind the beloved Bhai Sarbat stall – known for their frothy cups of teh – comes Bhai Sarbat Restaurant. The eatery serves mainly Indian and Malay cuisine, from masala chicken to tikka and dum biryani, to maggie goreng to mee rebus and nasi lemak. The beverages offered here are similar to the original drink stall’s menu. We recommend their teh masala bru, Horlicks Halia (ginger) and of course, their teh tarik.
73 Bussorah Street, Tel: +65 8263 4142
Opening hours: 6:30am – 12:30am daily
Tucked away on Arab Street, Byblos Grill is a longstanding favourite for hearty Turkish and Lebanese cuisine. The restaurant, helmed by Master Chef Mohamad Salim, uses only ingredients imported directly from Lebanon to ensure authentic tastes. On the menu are Middle Eastern staples like Hummus Sanobar, Moussaka’a and Babaganoush, and charcoal grill signatures such as the Byblos Mixed Grill, Lamb Kofta and Byblos Beef Steak. A variety of seafood and stews are also available.
14 Bussorah Street, Tel: +65 6296 8577
Opening hours: 11am – 1am daily
End off your night at Chow Zan Dessert, where traditional Chinese dessert is on the menu. Aside from usual suspects like Ice Kacang, Mango Pomelo Sago, and Peanut Soup (and other extensive variations), Chow Zan serves up what’s boasted to be “Singapore’s first and only White Chendol”, which swaps pandan jelly for coconut. In the mood for other types of dessert? Chow Zan also offers ice cream, brownies and even mango sticky rice!
801 North Bridge Road, Tel: +65 +65 6297 7718
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sun 2:30pm – 11:30 pm; Closed on Tuesday
If late-night Lebanese food is your jam, then Hummus & Grill is a great choice. Nestled on Baghdad Street, the Mediterranean restaurant serves up mouthwatering classics like lamb mandi, moussaka and a good ol’ mezze platter. Desserts are to die for; sample their kunafa and baklava after your meal. Portions are generous, so bring a hearty appetite.
23 Baghdad Street, Tel: +65 9169 6520
Opening hours: 11am – 3am daily
Visit House of Kebab for the perfect midnight snack. Their shawarma is the star of the show, served with fresh greens and sauces with grilled chicken or lamb. Mezze, mains and dessert are also available here.
21 Arab Street, Tel: +65 6396 5302
Opening hours: 11am – 2am daily
For an authentic taste of Japan in Singapore, head to Makan Koryouri on Kandahar Street. These folks do Japanese cuisine right, with an extensive menu featuring everything from sushi to sashimi, rice bowls to yakitori, okonomiyaki to fresh oysters and grilled beef tongue – and so much more.
32 Kandahar Street, Tel: +65 9478 9968
Opening hours: 4pm – 12am daily
Warm your bellies with comforting charcoal-boiled fish soup at Nan Hwa Chong, Singapore’s oldest fish head steamboat restaurant. Its broth is flavourful thanks to fresh fish and additional ingredients like yam and seaweed. Complete your meal with their selection of zi char dishes. Popular choices include sambal clams, signature homemade beancurd, fried fritters and prawn paste chicken wings.
812 North Bridge Road, Tel: +65 6297 9319
Opening hours: 11am – 12am daily
North South Cuisine
Warm your bellies with authentic, affordable Sichuan fare at this cosy eatery located just off Beach Road. The usual suspects like pan-fried dumplings, baked scallion pancake, homemade dim sum and spicy braised beef noodles are available, as are more unconventional options like Mongolian silk taro ribs and pig ear with cucumber.
351 Beach Road, Tel: +65 6299 3197
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 2am daily
Where better to satisfy a dim sum craving than at one of Singapore’s best halal-certified Cantonese dim sum restaurants? The wide variety of dim sum served here runs the gamut from molten salted egg custard buns to herbal roasted duck, all made fresh twice a day. Heartier options include congee and fried rice.
791 North Bridge Road, Tel: +65 6655 8787
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm; Fri 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 2am; Sat 11am – 2am; Sun 11am – 11pm
As its name suggests, The Ramen Stall‘s signature involves comforting bowls of halal ramen with a local twist. Try out the classic Cha Shu (chicken) Ramen braised with their house sauce, or the Volcano Chicken Ramen for a spicier kick. These folks also offer a good selection of sushi, sashimi, rice bowls and kushiyaki – the perfect components to an authentic Japanese feast.
787 North Bridge Road, Tel: +65 6655 0800
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm; Fri 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 2am;
Sat 11am – 2am; Sun 11am – 11pm
Featured image: Byblos Grill