I’m so used to eating in Europe that I honestly had forgotten that feeling of bewilderment at struggling to find food that was safe to eat. However, here it was, staring me in the face.
I think if you can eat unrestricted by dietary requirements, Singapore must be a foodie’s paradise! I’ve never seen so many places to eat! Full disclosure, there was a time where even when I was living gluten free, I probably would have adopted a “sod it” attitude and eaten what I wanted. However, since it’s well and truly out of my system, the symptoms are far worse than they used to be when I got glutened – no more risking it!
That’s why I spent a lot of time walking round the incredible food courts and hawker markets of Singapore getting seriously depressed at not being able to eat Asian food – which I love! Due to the tastes of the group we were travelling with, we did try to avoid the local cuisine and find places that catered for a Western palette.
Anyway, enough waxing lyrical, here’s where I personally managed to eat gluten free in Singapore! These weren’t so much places that catered for gluten free as places where I managed to get something that was suitable.
Marks & Spencers – Orchard Road
Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880
I know, I know – the most British place we could have found on the island! We ate in the same M&S Cafe on Orchard Road twice – you can’t go wrong with a jacket potato after all! Both times were simply because we were hungry and it was there being all convenient and safe!
I ate gluten free in the Marks & Spencers at Wheelock Place on Orchard Road – as well as having the M&S Cafe they did also have a food section with a very small amount of their Made Without range – good for if you want to pick up some snacks or are self catering!
Subway – Clarke Quay Central
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Again, a cheat option, but it was a familiar place with salads that I know I like – seriously, what magic ingredient do Subway put in their salads to make them so nice? I mean, iceberg lettuce is hardly inspiring!
The Subway was found on the ground floor of the shopping centre, amongst lots of other food establishments.
Jungle Rotisserie – Night Safari
Night Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
On our evening to Night Safari, which I highly recommend by the way, we went to Jungle Rotisserie, a simple chicken rotisserie place. I managed to get to some plain chicken with potatoes and coleslaw.
Tip for Night Safari – bring a water bottle with you as there are water fountains near the toilets around the park!
Oromo Coffee – Beach Street
Oromo Coffee, #01-41B, Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Rd, Singapore 189702
We found this place for breakfast while we were trying to find somewhere completely different. I managed to get something called “Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bacey” – basically sausage, eggs and bacon! I asked the girl behind the counter if I could read the sausage packet to check the ingredients – she was really confused but obliged!
Oriental Western Bistro – Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
This place was at the food area by the Supertree Grove – I need to put a warning on this as the first time I was completely fine, the second time I got glutened – lesson learned – avoid the mashed potato!
The first time we went, we found that a couple of gluten free options were marked on the menu. Our server Wendy was an absolute angel and ran backward and forwards to the kitchen finding out about cross contamination and if there was any flour on the meat- they use cornflour on the grilled lamb and pork but wheat flour on the chicken.
I had grilled lamb and pork with rice and salad. Slight warning, it was served with a pot of gravy that wasn’t safe – I did suspect as much and she ran over and let me know when she realised it had been served with my meal!
Prive – Orchard Road
Prive, 501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880
We went for breakfast at this place on Orchard Road – warning, it’s pricey, but lovely! I managed to get an omelette – simple but nice!
You can also find Prive’s situated around in Singapore in Clarke Quay, the Asian Civilisations Museum, Marina at Keppel Bay and CHIJMES. The Prive group own some other restaurants around the city – I can’t confirm whether any of them cater for gluten free diets however.
The Soup Spoon – Suntec City
Sunset City, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
This place, as you may have guessed, served soup. BUT it was amazing soup and the only place I saw on my travels that had the crossed wheat symbol on the menu! Get the beef goulash – it’s absolute heaven. These are dotted all over Singapore so keep an eye out!
Looking for some more suggestions?
I hope this has given you a couple of ideas where to eat gluten free in Singapore – it’s not as easy as Europe but it certainly is doable!
Although I found all these places myself, I did research ahead of time – here are some blog posts you might find useful with some more suggestions. You should also check out my blogs on getting around the city and what to do in 3 days in the city!
“17 Gluten Free Restaurants and Cafes in Singapore For Your Next Gathering” from Lady Iron Chef
“Travel: Gluten Free Singapore” from My Gluten Free Guide
“Gluten-free restaurants in Singapore” from The Honeycombers
“7 Gluten-Free Dessert Places In Singapore” from Eatbook
Disclaimer: Whilst I am gluten free and sensitive to cross-contamination, I am not coeliac and cannot guarantee the above food would be risk-free and safe for those with Coeliac Disease. For more information, please visit my full disclaimer.