Singapore Restaurant Week 2011


Back for a third round, Singapore Restaurant Week will be held from October 10-16.

Expect the usual rush for the top tables such as BLU, Absinthe, Le Saint Julien Restaurant, Garibaldi, The Cliff and KU DÉ TA, so call in favors as pre-booking privileges have been extended to Amex Priority members.

Or, go to and sign up for their newsletter and pre-booking privileges.

Meantime, here are some nuggets to whet your appetite.

First Restaurant Week: New York City 1998

First Restaurant Week in Europe: Amsterdam 2007

First Restaurant Week in Asia : Singapore 2010

Other cities in Asia hosting Restaurant Week: Shanghai

How it started: Some organizers of a conference in New York city created a special offer for conference attendees. They organised promotional rates on three-course set meals which were such a hit that members of the public starting posing as delegates to take advantage of the offer.”

Number of people round the world participating in Restaurant Weeks: More than one million each year.

Number of cities holding Restaurant Weeks round the world: 40

Newest cities to host Restaurant Weeks: Rome, Shanghai, Singapore

Number of restaurants participating in Restaurant Weeks round the world: Approximately 3,000 per year.

Most popular Restaurant Week establishments worldwide: La Rive (Amsterdam), Amber (Hong Kong)


Overlooking the Marina Bay area, The Boathouse isn’t just about a stunning waterfront view, the food is pretty good as well.

Number of diners who participated in the last Restaurant Week Singapore: 24,000


Number of people who logged on to the last Restaurant Week Singapore website: 135,000

Based on these statistics, percentage of people getting a reservation at Restaurant Week: 17

How long it takes to fill up Restaurant Week bookings: One week

Restaurants that booked up the fastest last Restaurant Week Singapore Tatsuya, Salt Grill, KU DÉ TA, Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar, Forlino, Il Lido, Stellar at 1-Altitude, Boathouse, BLU, The Line, Absinthe, Oso Ristorante, The Knolls, Krish, Le Saint Julien, Novus, Private Affairs, The French Kitchen.

Time it took for these restaurants to book out: “For some, a matter of minutes.”

Three restaurants with the best general public reviews last Restaurant Week Singapore: BLU, Capricci, Matsu.

The number of restaurants participating this time: 90

Some of the new participants: Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar, The Lighthouse, Town Restaurant, Casa Tartufo, La Cicala, Bronte.

Some of the return participants: Garibaldi, Salt Grill, KU DÉ TA, Stellar At 1-Altitude, The Cliff, Il Lido, Forlino, Boathouse, BLU, The Knolls, Novus, Private Affairs, Table 66, Sabai, Krish, Song Of India.

The secret to getting advanced seats: Prebookings are available for some American Express Cardmembers and newsletter subscribers.

When to start booking: Set an alert for midnight, September 21.

Restaurant Week Singapore runs October 9 -16, S$35++ for a three-course dinner, S$25++ for a three-course lunch. Bookings at

Read more: Fast facts about Singapore’s Restaurant Week |

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