Consider this a cautionary tale.
Having just returned from a week in Singapore I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the food there. While it's true that Singapore is a business center (as opposed to a tourist 'destination') the wife and I found plenty to see and do (and eat). The good news is, the variety of cuisine is only slightly exceeded by it's (high) quality.
|A Coconut, no lime.|
|A ChinaTown Meal|
|Curried Goat and sides|
There are also cheap eats on Arab St. (not pictured) but, be aware that most places there do not serve beer or wine due to Islamic restriction:
|And they mean it.|
Finally, the seafood. A word to the wise, be careful when dining out on "local" seafood. A quick trip to Trip Advisor illustrates why. Forum Seafood looks nice from the outside, they have fresh seafood in tanks that look inviting:
|Seafood at Forum|
While food can be had (mostly) cheap, alcohol prices are killers. A local Tiger beer goes for S$10 at the least, and import beer is even more. Wine by the glass is a minimum of S$12 and mixed drinks can run anywhere from S$16 - S$50+. The Singapore Sling runs around S$20-S$36. Most of that is taxes, it's the same for tobacco products, and you won't find cheap beer at the many 7-elevens around town either. We saw a sign for a 24-pack of Tiger on sale for around S$200. When I first saw it I thought it was a mis-print.
All in all, despite the obvious setback at Forum, I enjoyed my dining experiences in Singapore, and it's not really fair to say I didn't enjoy the food at Forum because the crab and clam were delicious. If anything, it was a rather expensive lesson. Just pay attention to the prices, moderate your drinking, and you will get out of there fairly cheaply on the food front. This is good because most of your money is going to the hotels, which are very expensive as well.