There is nothing, I repeat, nothing better than a bowl of macaroni and cheese. Come rain or shine, if it’s on the menu I’m ordering it. If it’s not on the menu I’m leaving right now to make it at home.
It’s the ultimate comfort food, and it’s my death row dinner. If the last thing I get to do on this earth is eat a bowl of steaming, cheesy pasta I will die one happy lady.
I’m not fussy, it can contain any cheese or, even better, multiple cheeses. With that in mind I had great pleasure compiling this list of the best mac and cheeses in Singapore. Now excuse me whilst I go and run a marathon to burn off all the calories I’ve consumed over the last week.
1. Spiffy Dapper
Wow. The mac n’ cheese at Spiffy Dapper is truly scrumptious. The light sauce is made using cheddar and parmesan but does not use flour as a thickener. The result? A light, cheesy, silky sauce that clings to every piece of lovely al dente macaroni. With no flour it must be healthy, right? The huge crunchy croutons on top add a delicious crispiness, whilst the spring onion lifts the entire dish. The perfect late night snack. I could easily eat my way through 10 bowls.
Spiffy Dapper: 73 Amoy St, Singapore 069892 | Tel: 8722 4953 | Website
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 5pm until late / Saturday – Sunday 6pm until late
Whilst we love Bedrock for it’s incredible steak, we heart the mac n’ cheese side almost as much, almost. Crack through the beautiful crust on top to reveal beautiful macaroni slathered in four different types of cheese. Despite the cheese overload, it’s surprisingly light. A definite must order next time you stop by, you will not be disappointed.
Bedrock: 96 Somerset Road, #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard, Singapore, 238163 | Tel: 6238 0054 | Website
Opening Hours: Lunch, Mondays – Sundays 12.00pm to 3.00pm /Dinner, Mondays to Sundays, 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Being a mozzarella bar, we had high hopes for Latteria’s offering and we were not disappointed. In true Italian style it is made with ‘quattro formaggi‘ and the quality of the cheese here shines through. It’s rich, creamy and has a delicious crust on top which adds a nice layer of texture.
Sometimes served in a pumpkin (how cute is that!?) it’s a treat for the eyes as well as your stomach. The pasta used is penne which made a great vessel for soaking up the cheesy sauce. This is one of my firm favourites.
Latteria: 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089618 | Tel: 6866 1988 | Website
Opening Hours: Sunday – Friday, Lunch 12:00 – 3.00pm, Dinner 6.00pm – 12.00am / Saturday 6.00pm – 12.00am
4. Park Bar
Parmesan, emmantal, and blue cheese? And truffle? And ham? Hell yeah! For a strong gooey, cheese fest Park bar come up trumps with their mac n’ cheese offering. The sauce is actually quite loose once you break through that crispy topping meaning the overall effect isn’t too cloying. The truffle is also quite mild ensuring the flavours of the cheese still shine through. We like to wash this down with their $9 (yes really!) glass of prosecco.
Park Bar: 281 Holland Road, Singapore, 278621 | Tel: 9721 3815 | Website
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday & Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am / Saturday 11.00am – 2.00am
5. Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar
Serving four different options of mac n’ cheese, you really are spoiled for choice at Fry. Whilst you can never go wrong with a plain traditional version, we were feeling rather adventurous and opted for the kimchi & pork belly option. Served with a fried egg and a side of mashed potato, this really is guaranteed to fill up even those with the largest of appetites.
The cheese sauce is made using cheddar and parmesan, and a nice crispy layer of mozzarella sits on top. We also love how the kimchi cuts through the cheesy richness. Surprisingly delicious.
Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar: 96 Club Street, Singapore, 069464 | Tel 9487 1287 | Facebook
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 5.00pm – 1.00am / Thursday – Saturday 5.00pm – 3.00am
6. The Beast
Bacon and cheese is one of life’s greatest combinations, which is why we love the bacon mac n’cheese at The Beast. Served in a skillet, this little dish of cheesy goodness is heavenly. The sauce fills each one of the pasta tubes ensuring bite after bite is delicious, whilst the grilled cheese on top provides a nice crunch. One portion is never enough.
Beast: 17 Jln Klapa, Singapore, 199329 | Tel: 6295 0017 | Website
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 5.00pm – 12.00am / Friday – Saturday 5.00pm -1.00am / Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm
7. Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar
This my friends, is everything you need a macaroni cheese to be. It’s comforting, stodgy (meant in an entirely complimentary way) and seriously cheesy. You’d hope so given it’s made with four types of cheese, this should definitely provide you with at least a days worth of your recommended calcium intake.
The bacon rashers on top are a welcome addition, they’re salty, crispy and full of flavour. I doubt you’d be surprised to hear this entire bowl lasted approximately 6 minutes. Delicious.
Curbside Cafe Bar: 21 Biopolis Road, Nucleos #01-21, Singapore, 138567 | Tel: 8181 1805 | Facebook
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8.00am – 6.oopm / Thursday – Friday 8.00am – 10.00pm / Sunday 8.00am – 4.00pm
8. Montana Singapore
This tiny cafe serves more than a mean coffee. How could you possibly make mac n’ cheese even better? Combine it with my other favourite food – waffles. Why not add a jalapeno kick whilst you’re at it, oh and some truffle.
These signature mac n’ cheese waffles are chewy, truffly, light and fluffy. It could be a little cheesier if you ask me, but nonetheless it’s a great mid afternoon snack. If you’re feeling tired of traditional mac n’ cheese this is definitely worth a try.
Montana Brew Bar: 1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore, 188306 | Tel: 6659 6680 | Facebook
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00am – 9.30pm
9. Ah Bong’s Italian
We love this hawker stall in Tiong Bahru that serves up three types of pasta dish per day. If you’re in a mac n cheese kinda mood, it’s best to check ahead of time (via their Facebook page) if it’s going to be on the menu du jour.
The other thing I love about Ah Bong is that there is always a twist on the plain cheesy classic, with additions of pumpkin, truffle or bacon you never now what you’re going to get. At $7 it’s also the cheapest option on our list, but it’s certainly the tastiest $7 I’ve spent in a long time.
Ah Bong’s Italian: #01-46, 56 Eng Hoon St, Singapore, 169793 | Tel: 9650 6194 | Facebook
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 2.00pm
10. Little Diner
The Old School baked Mac n Cheese from Little Diner is truly sinful. The macaroni is coated in a thick, rich sauce and topped with a cheesy breadcrumbed layer. Because I felt like consuming even more calories, I also added bacon bits in to the equation – a decision I did not regret. It’s seriously cheesy and not for the faint of heart, trust me, after eating this you will be a mac n cheese food coma.
Little Diner also offer up a more sophisticated version of this baked wonder, which includes wild mushrooms and truffle oil. We’ll definitely be back to try this next time.
Little Diner: 789 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore, 269763 | Tel: 6466 4088 | Website
Opening Hours: Lunch, Tuesday to Friday 11.30am t0 3.30pm / Brunch, Saturday – Sunday 11.00 – 3.30pm / Dinner, Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday 6.00pm – 10.00pm / Friday – Saturday 6.00pm – 10.30pm
11. 28 Hong Kong Street
We know it’s not mac n cheese as we know it, but the fried mac n’ cheese balls at 28 HKS just had to make an appearance on this list. They are, categorically, the best midnight snack post a few too many cocktails. With five huge balls per portion my favourite drinking game is to see how many I can fit in to my mouth in one go.
28 Hong Kong Street: 28 Hongkong St, Singapore, 059667 | Tel: 6533 2001 | Website
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 5.30pm – 1.00am / Friday – Saturday 5.30pm – 3.00am
My favourite thing about OverEasy is that they clearly love Mac n Cheese as much as I do. So much so there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to it. You can opt for the classic version, or add truffle and wild mushrooms, or add braised beef cheeks and gruyere.
All possess a crunchy bread crumbed top and are equally delicious, it’s impossible to choose only one. It’s also not uncommon to find me in a mac n cheese overdose situation post an OverEasy visit.
OverEasy: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-06 One Fullerton, Singapore, 049213 | Tel: 6423 0701 | Website
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm, Dinner 5.00pm – 1.00am / Friday, Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm, Dinner 5.00pm – 3.00am / Saturday 5.00pm – 3.00am
13. The Providore
The lobster mac n cheese at Providore is one of my favourites. Made using a menage a trois of taleggio, fontina and parmesan the sauce is lighter than others I tried, but still satisfyingly cheesy. Opting for rigatoni instead of the traditional macaroni is also a great idea, I liked how the sauce clung to and filled each tube.
They are not stingy on the lobster front either, the chunks are substantial and really sweet. A garnish of dill and fennel really freshens up the whole dish. This is definitely one for those who prefer a lighter mac n cheese, we recommend.
The Providore: 333A Orchard Rd, #02-05 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore, 238897 | Tel: 6732 1565 | Website
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am – 11.00pm
14. Pique Nique
Tucked away in the basement of Takashimaya, this quaint, rustic cafe is a great post-shop pitstop for my favourite snack. Elbow macaroni is baked with juicy chicken and field mushrooms then topped with gouda and mascarpone cheese. It’s quite mild and not overly cheesy, and the chicken and mushroom elevate it to a dish in it’s own right, as opposed to a mere side order.
Pique Nique: 391 Orchard Road #08-05 Ngee Ann City Tower A, Singapore, 238873 | Tel: 6238 6705 Website
Opening hours: Daily from 12.00pm – 10.00pm
15. Five & Dime Eatery
Adding a touch of chic to this simple dish is the lobster mac n’ cheese at uber trendy Five & Dime. Not only do you get a cheese sauce made from cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella, the beautiful hunks of lobster flesh and oozy lobster sauce add a delicious sweetness to proceedings. At $15, this makes the list for being the best value lobster mac n cheese in Singapore, and arguably one of the best to boot.
Five & Dime Eatery: 297 River Valley Rd, Singapore, 238338| Tel: 9236 5002 | Website
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 10.00pm / Friday – Saturday 12.00pm – 12.00am / Sunday 10.00am – 10.00pm
16. The White Rabbit
With a crumbly, crusted top, White Rabbit’s Truffle Mac and Cheese with Mushrooms ($16) exudes a mild scent of truffle upon breaking open its top. Mixing textures of crumbs, gooey cheese and soft mushrooms give every bite an evolving experience. Heavy on the cheese front, a little more truffle would have made it perfect.
Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm / Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm