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Maintain Social Distance And Enjoy Yummy Eats At These Super Ulu Makan Spots

Social distancing. Working from home. Country lockdowns. Hoarding. Travel bans. Sigh, yes, things have been getting cray-cray in 2020. 

But no need to kao peh about not being able to go on vacation. It's the best time to support our local businesses because #SgUnited. And these far-from-the-madding-crowd cafes in Singapore will make you feel like you actually left the country and went somewhere... even if it was only to take a Grab ride to Kranji. 

The bonus? Seeing parts of our island that you didn't even know existed previously. Because you were then too busy taking discounted budget flights to other people's countries every weekend.

Just make sure you wash and disinfect your hands before eating. 

The Coastal Settlement

Step inside and you won’t only feel that you’ve left Singapore – the restaurant is tucked away at the tail end of Changi – but you will also feel that you’ve landed in another era. There are lots of antique furniture, vintage memorabilia and even some really old-school swings in the outdoor seating areas. For all the effort (or cab fare) that it takes you to get here, you’ll be rewarded with a good mix of local and Western dishes like grilled lamb chops, spam fries, and crayfish and prawn laksa. To add to the ambience, trade ghost stories with your beer buddies about the old Changi Camp area.

The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
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Beaulieu House Restaurant

Located in Sembawang Park, this gives you a view of the Johor Straits so you have some inkling of just how far-from-the-mad-crowds it is. The building itself is said to be the former seaside home of a (presumably wealthy) family in the 1920s. They serve mainly Chinese cuisine here, like braised pork belly, ee fu noodles and even roast suckling pig. Meeting rooms are available for rent too so bookmark this the next time you want to lock in your subordinates at your company conference.

Beaulieu House Restaurant, 117 Beaulieu Road, Singapore 759837
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La Cantina in Venezia

We don’t know about it being in Venezia (or Venice to most of us) but it sure feels like it’s very far from civilisation. Fans come here for the rather authentic caprese salad, gnocchi pomodoro and pizzas… and the gorgeous view of the South China Sea. Come at night and get a table outdoors at the verandah but be sure to make reservations as the restaurant has a small seating capacity.

La Cantina, Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508502
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Peach Garden NTU

Sure, you can find the Chinese restaurant chain Peach Garden in many locations islandwide but when you don’t want anyone to find you, try the outlet at NTU – unless you already study or work here, that is.

Peach Garden@NTU, 76 Nanyang Drive, Blk N2.1 #02-01B, Singapore 637331
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Bistro Gardenasia

This is in the Kranji “countryside”, which is as remote and rustic as you can get on our little red dot. And it makes good use of its surrounds by sourcing produce fresh from its neighbouring farms. As a result, many of the mains come with side salads and the eggs used are “farm fresh”.

Bistro Gardenasia, 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
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Di Wei Teochew Restaurant

Known as the Dempsey of the North, the rejuvenated Seletar Aerospace Park enclave is home to hip cafes like Wheeler’s Estate, The Summerhouse, Wildseed Café and Bar… and the seemingly out-of-place Di Wei Teochew Restaurant. But why not? Good for days when you want to pretend that you aren’t in SG but still, you crave traditional comfort food like deep-fried lemon chicken, braised sea cucumber, fried noodles with chai po and, of course, orh nee!

Di Wei Teochew Restaurant, 1 The Oval, Singapore 797859
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Health Advisory

Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:

- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
- Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

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