There’s nothing like enjoying a good feast with your loved ones and friends. To know which places in Singapore can easily accommodate large gatherings, check out the following communal dining restaurants where big plates and sharing portions are the name of the game.
Known to most as that funky, rambunctious spot along Middle Road, Artichoke by Chef-Owner Bjorn Shen churns out the craziest of Middle Eastern-inspired delights that will enthrall the gang. Think cuttlefish shawarma, beetroot or broccoli or sweet potato falafels, and even malabi milk pudding with watermelon. Come with your most adventurous crew to indulge in the Chef’s Tasting Menu, aka the best way to experience Artichoke.
The Loco Group’s fourth concept in Singapore is imbued with familiar Mexican flavours—and we love them for it. Serving up a winning combination of roasted meats and street eats, simply tuck into dishes like the 300gm rotisserie lamb and whole rotisserie chicken alongside nachos and tacos at your communal dinner. Don’t want to choose? Just try their Head Honcho Set (minimum two pax) for chips, dips, lamb, rice, veggies and desserts.
For an intimate yet unconventional dining experience (especially among friends), head to The Dragon Chamber along Circular Road. This is where you’ll find unique twists on comforting Chinese fare, like the Firecracker Chicken and Maple Fritters, Wagyu Truffle Beef Hor Fun and Mala Fries. The speakeasy restaurant also offers dishes in larger portions, so just choose your dish sizes accordingly.
A reliable choice for the carnivorous, Meatsmith (with outlets at Little India and Telok Ayer) needs little introduction. The Mother of All Platters offers the Kerala Beef Short Rib, Suckling Pig Biryani, Butter Chicken and more at its branch off Campbell Lane; while the Telok Ayer outlet serves options like the Premium Platter for 4 comprising pork belly burnt ends, brisket spring rolls, beef short rib and more.
Rumours Beach Club may not be the first place that pops into your head when you think communal dining, but it should. ‘Cause given its menu and space at Sentosa, the club is well-positioned to cater to large groups. Lounge with your crew on the comfortable sunbeds and couches, then order eats like the Balinese Rice Platter and Jimbaran Bali BBQ Seafood Platter for sharing. The best part? Three sparkling, swimming pools are just around the corner.
For epic feasts with a Spanish twist, look no further than the trusty Tapas Club, with its three outlets located across Singapore including VivoCity and Jewel Changi Airport. Order a bunch of small plates like Garlic Prawns, Spanish Omelette, Chicken Skewers and Grilled Lamb; then go for Paellas such as the Ink Squid Paella and Chicken & Chorizo Paella. Spanish Sangria is also available, so order them by the glass to enjoy some alongside the mouth-watering dishes.
If a Ko-Mex experience with the gang sounds like fun, then gather the crew and head down to Vatos Urban Tacos. On its menu at South Beach Road, find the no-brainer Guacamole & Chips, Nacho Mama’s Nachos complete with your choice of protein as well as Quesadillas, Burrito Bowls and Tacos. The Fajita Platters are also a good choice for large groups, and those come in a variety of proteins like the Galbi Short Rib, Spice-Rubbed Ribeye Steak and Grilled Chipotle Prawn.