Last updated on December 1st, 2023 at 12:47 am
I’m compiling and sharing this list to showcase the amazing modern Singaporean cuisine (or what we call, Mod-Sin) that you can find in Singapore and around the world.
What is Mod-Sin Cuisine?
Mod-Sin stands for Modern Singaporean cuisine. We use it to describe traditional Singaporean dishes and flavors with a modern interpretation. Mod-Sin cuisine represents not only Singapore’s diverse food culture, distinct flavors and chef’s creativity but it is also a testament of Singaporeans’ pride towards our local food fare.
The Beginnings of Mod-Sin Cuisine in Singapore
The term “Mod-Sin” was first coined by Chef Willin Low in 2005. His then-restaurant, Wild Rocket, featured iconic hawker dishes in his own interpretations like Laksa Pesto Linguine, Chicken Rice-inspired Salad, and Pandan Panna Cotta with Gula Melaka that no one had ever had before. It became an instant hit amongst foodies and the rest is history.
Today, the standards and popularity of Mod-Sin cuisine has not only evolved from casual dining to private dinings but it has also raises to fine dining and Michelin-starred level with international awards.
You can also find more specialized styles of Mod-Sin cuisines like Mod-Indian, Mod-Malay, Mod-Peranakan cuisines as well as diversified styles with cross-border influences.
The Amazing List of Mod-Sin Restaurants & Private Dining
This list features the restaurants & private dining that serve Mod-Sin cuisine (including Mod-Indian, Mod-Malay, Mod-Peranakan and more) in Singapore and around the world.
It is sorted by Country, followed by Category, Name of the Restaurant/Private Dining in alphabetical order. ★ stands for Michelin star
Casual Dining / Bar
- The Kongsee
- Xiao Ya Tou
- Magic Square
- Candlenut ★
- Labyrinth ★
- Mustard Seed
- Thevar ★★
- Alter Native (closing after April 2023)
- Whey ★
As a Singaporean and a foodie, I’m proud that my home country has its very own Mod-Sin cuisine.
I’ll be updating this list regularly to keep it as accurate as possible for your mod-sin food adventures.
If you have a suggestion, feedback or know of a reputable or up-and-coming restaurant or private dining that serves mod-sin cuisine in any part of the world, please comment below or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to include it!
Cover photo credit: Labyrinth restaurant