Study Reveals How Expensive Fine Dining in Singapore Costs
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Study Reveals How Expensive Fine Dining in Singapore Costs Might Surprise You

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Upscale city living in Singapore tops the gastronomy scene with a slew of industry-leading Michelin restaurants. Michelin Guide in Singapore introduced last September newly-starred fine dining restaurants across the city-state including Odette, Zen, and Les Amis.

Speaking of culinary excellence, the nation was hailed as the second most expensive country for fine dining. According to recent research conducted by international foodie magazine Chef’s Pencil, the top tasting menu of a fine dining restaurant in Singapore would cost US$364 (around S$493) on average.

The research factored in 450 restaurants with two or three Michelin stars featuring its fine dining and gourmet menu. It includes lunch, a la carte, and an 8-12 course dinner among the establishments. Beverages, tips, and other government charges were excluded from the comparison of ranking. Not to mention, the winning combination of fancy wines and cocktails.

However, fine dining in Singapore follows a standard 10% service charge added to the bill, and the tipping culture is viewed as essential as well. This makes the Lion City “substantially higher” compared to other countries on the list.

Compared to other Asian countries, Japan ranked fourth, whereas China (including Hong Kong and Macau) ranked sixth. Japan is also home to a high number of Michelin-starred restaurants with 413 establishments, with a dining cost average of US$322.

On the other hand, the country with the cheapest tasting menu of top-rated Michelin restaurants is Thailand (US$173). Other Asian countries on the most affordable list are South Korea and Taiwan with an average cost of US$213.

Here’s Why Fine Dining in Singapore is the Most Expensive in Asia

The cost of rental is high and the competition for fine dining restaurants is strong, which makes it an extra challenge to earn some fast cash. The alcohol taxes, prices of meat, and sources for unique, premium products are also expensive, while additional expenses for expats (i.e.,maitre 'd, sommelier, head chef) include the housing allowance and other relocation costs. Owners of fine dining restos also consider labour pricing and foreign worker restrictions.

Overall, these factors are passed on to diners who are willing to pay the price for restaurants to maintain an efficient operation, all while tucking in to the most indulgent and delicious food in the city-state.

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