Changi Airport’s latest addition has finally opened – we’ve got the scoop on all the coolest restaurants, dessert shops and bars at Jewel!
You have to be living under a rock to not hear about all the hubbub surrounding Jewel Changi Airport! Since it opened on 11 April, visitors have ooh-ed and aah-ed all over social media about the incredible interiors (40-metre waterfall and indoor forest rivalling Gardens by the Bay’s domes, say whaaat). We got to visit and check out the retail and F&B! While there are over 100 F&B options on offer, we shortlisted our top faves, including the first Singapore locations for some pretty popular global chains. Did you know many of them are open 24 hours?! Click through to check out our top picks!
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Where: #B2-209 (open 24 hours!)
Ever since it ceased operations in Singapore back in 2003, A&W lovers here have been patiently waiting for a comeback – and what a comeback it’s been! Since Jewel opened its doors for preview week, the queue at A&W hasn’t stopped. Everyone’s trying to get their hands on the iconic A&W Root Beer (freshly made in-store daily, just like it was 100 years ago!), which is served in their signature ice-cold frosty mug. You can also sink your teeth into international favourites like the Mozza® Burger, Coney Dogs, Curly Fries, Waffle Ice Cream, Cream Cheese Burgers and Golden Aroma Chicken.
While it’s not MUIS halal-certified yet, A&W assures it is a pork- and lard-free restaurant with food ingredients sourced from halal suppliers.
The first Shake Shack outlet in Singapore (and Southeast Asia) is finally here! Serving up signature items including the ShackBurger, Shack-cago Dog, classic crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, wine and frozen custard ice-cream, this NYC Fine Casual (not fast food) chain is looking real swanky on the second floor of Jewel, complete with alfresco dining so you can enjoy your burger amongst the foliage.
There are also some one-of-a kind menu items available only in Singapore, including the Pandan Shake (vanilla frozen custard ice cream blended with pandan, coconut, and topped with gula melaka crumble) and three unique concretes (frozen custard ice cream): Jewela Melaka, made of vanilla custard mixed with coconut salted caramel, Lemuel chocolate chunks, shortbread and gula melaka; It Takes Two To Mango, made with vanilla custard mixed with mango, sago pearls, shortbread and crispy freeze-dried mango; and Shack Attack, which is chocolate custard mixed with Plain Vanilla brownies, Shack fudge sauce, Lemuel chocolate chunks, and chocolate sprinkles.
Tonito, the little brother restaurant to TONO Cevicheria, is a causal Latin American concept by the OLA Kitchen group serving up fast-casual meals from regions ranging from Mexico to Argentina. The menu is pretty wide spanning healthy Quinoa Grain Salad to Chilli Con Carne, Crispy Fish Tacos and Beef quesadillas. Giving the other burger spots at Jewel a run for their money is the whopping Mexican Torta chicken burger ($18) with Avocado and Chipotle Aioli. Safe to say there will be something for the whole fam here and if you have bigger kids (who can manage the high tables) you can grab one of the few tables overlooking that stunning indoor waterfall for the nightly shows.
Where: #01-219 to 222
Shang Social is the first standalone dining establishment by the Shangri-La Group, paying tribute to Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Sichuan cuisine. The extensively curated menu conceptualised by three of Shangri-La’s highly acclaimed master chefs features traditional and contemporary interpretations of Chinese cuisine that stay true to their authentic flavours and roots. Consisting of a formal dining space, the casual MRKT, and bar, Shang Social ensures something for everyone – whether you’re planning a sit-down meal with the fam or looking for a quick bite or drink while in transit.
Casual Norwegian fast food chain Pink Fish has swum its way to our shores! Priding themselves on sustainable and environmentally responsible practices, Pink Fish brings us responsibly farmed Atlantic salmon creatively presented in salads, wraps, burgers, and soups. Even their packaging is compostable!
Where: #05-205 (open til 3am!)
Tiger Street Lab is Tiger Beer’s first experiential concept store offering a seasonal range of beers, local street food favourites and cool merchandise. We love that the profits from beer sold at Tiger Street Lab will go towards Tiger Street Food Support Fund, which celebrates Singapore’s heritage-rich street food culture and supports the next generation of hawkers!
Where: #B2-241 (open 24 hours!)
Are you a fan of otah, mama? Brought to you by Lee Wee & Brothers (pretty much the local authority on nasi lemak and otah!), O’TAH offers fresh takes on the classic barbeqeued fish paste wrapped in banana leaves! Incorporating ingredients like scallops, salmon, corn and even cream cheese, it’s your grilled hawker centre fave, elevated. Other items on the menu include O’TAH Fries (think spam fries), Otah Burger and Tah-cos.
You can also find Singapore food souvenirs like sambal, ikan bilis (anchovies) and peanut snacks available on sale – perfect for gifting to loved ones overseas!
Hailing from Boston, USA (we take our ice cream VERY seriously! –Ed.), Emack & Bolio’s are considered the rockstars of the ice cream world with their badass ice cream flavours and oh-so-IG-worthy confections. They’ve got a whopping collection of 100 flavours, all made with ingredients of the highest quality (no dyes or milk from genetically hormone-induced cows!). One of their signature items is the Marsh “Mellow” Cone, which comes covered with Oreos, Rice Krispies and Froot Loops. Kids (and kids at heart) will go crazy for the ice cream pizzas, hand-made chocolates, homemade hot fudge sauce, smoothies, shakes, frozen yogurts, and sorbets… the list goes on, so go check it out for yourself!
Lavender Bakery is one of the must-visits when in Johor Bahru, so we’re super excited to know their artisanal bakes and pastries are now available here! Using Japanese and French pastry making techniques, the bakery creates premium quality desserts and baked goods.
Yun Nans is the largest casual dining restaurant chain from Yunnan, China, specialising in – you guessed it! – Yunnan cuisine. The Jewel Changi Airport outlet is its first overseas outpost since opening over 150 outlets in China! Using the freshest ingredients from the highlands of the Yunnan Province, Yun Nans offers specialities such as steamed pot chicken soup, braised wild porcini mushrooms, Yunnan rice noodles and handmade rose pastries.
We are HUGE fans of the doyenne of Singapore Peranakan cuisine, Violet Oon, so can’t wait to see what she has in store at VO, which will be the restaurant group’s largest outlet to date (at 3,800 square feet). Look forward to Nyonya classics like DIY Poh PIah platters and BBW delights from the live charcoal grill station. Need to grab some Singapore souvenirs? There’s also a retail section packed with beautifully packaged foodie gifts!
Where: #05-203 (open til 3am!)
First the UK, then Malaysia, and now Singapore! Burger & Lobster is set to bring their Nebraskan beef patties and Canadian lobsters to Jewel some time in May 2019. On top of their signature dishes, the chain will also introduce new dishes using locally sourced ingredients and inspired by local flavours on a seasonal basis. We can’t wait to dine here with a view of the Forest Valley and Rain Vortex!