Restaurants and Cafes for 5-Person Gatherings

Restaurants and cafes around Singapore are finally allowing customers to dine-in again – well, as long as you limit it to groups of five! We've picked out some places we love that are perfect for catching with friends and loved ones in a safe and comfortable environment.

These spots are spacious enough for tables to be spread out, casual enough so you can be loud, but not so rowdy that you can't hear a word you're saying. And obviously, the food is really, really good!

Da Paolo Pizza Bar

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For a boisterous pizza party
Nothing like sharing a pie together to say, "we're back, baby!" Da Paolo Pizza Bar at Holland Village is a household name for top-notch pizza and pasta, with a convivial ambience to boot. Satisfy your pizza cravings with the Bosco D'inverno, which Burppler Lee Pei Yi calls a "simple but well-executed pizza!" "There was just the right amount of truffle flavour to get us all sinning the air and salivating". For the classics, you won't go wrong with the parma ham- and rocket-laden Rucola e Crudo.

Masizzim ([email protected])

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For getting hot and bothered
At Masizzim (we find the Somerset outlet more spacious), feast on delicious Korean stews, pancakes and even roll your own tuna rice balls by hand! After all, there's nothing like a massive and homely spread to share lockdown stories over. Burppler Doreen T also recommends sharing the Cheese Egg Roll ($9.80), a "satisfying huge slab of rolled up omelette filled with cheese in between. Extremely filling."

The Glasshouse

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For garden cafe-type vibes
Don't you miss the sound of clinking coffee cups and coffee being ground? Soak in the green vibes at The Glasshouse while catching up with your friends and loved ones over solid cold brew, filter coffee, and their crowd-favourite toasts. Psst, they've just come up with their own take on Basque Burnt Cheesecake too, served with speculoo crumbs and berry compote.


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For Middle Eastern-inspired grub and soul music
Bjorn Shen's Artichoke is about the good vibes, so it's really perfect for hosting your much-awaited get together – especially if you manage to snag a table in the cobblestone courtyard. Nothing is quite as they appear here: the Crab Toast ($16) comes with chicken crackling and tzatziki while the Shwarma Spiced Chicken ($22) is loaded with fried egg and fries. Don't skimp on the mezze – the hummus with spiced mushrooms and halloumi salad are excellent choices.

Caffe Fernet

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For a bayside get-together
Alfresco dining by the Bayfront? Yes, please! Caffe Fernet opened up earlier this week with tables spread out even more than usual, so there's plenty of space to go around. The housemade Ricotta Toast ($14) with chestnut honey and thyme is a favourite for Burpplers Edith L. and Sean Sean. Other hot picks include the Cacio e Pepe ($26) and Spicy Rigatoni Vodka ($28), large enough to be shared by a few people.


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For farm-to-table Japanese appreciation
Imagine a perfectly white restaurant with plenty of natural light streaming in. Then, throw in an urban rooftop garden that supplies it with fresh produce and herbs. This is Noka, a calm farm-to-table Japanese concept with very good food. Think organic salads, Cod Popcorn – "yummy pieces of crispy black cod coated with sweet chilli sauce... goes well with sake!" according to Burppler Eat.Drink.Travel – and Sushi Moriawase, among others.

Merci Marcel (Tiong Bahru)

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For a bistro rendezvous
It's time to wine and dine at one of our favourite spots for Authentic French fare. The Tiong Bahru restaurant is back with their full menu, and that means hot options like Saucisse de Toulouse ($26, pork sausage with buttery mash) and Duck Parmentier confit ($27). For sharing, look to the Slow Cooked Feather Blade Beef ($22). As Burppler Wandering Beatrice puts it, "Couldn't stop reaching out for this plate of sauce-y beef that was thinly sliced, oh so tender, topped with creamy mushroom."

Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar

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For a CBD escape
Set in a rustic and fast-casual setting, Nassim Hill remains a popular brunch favourite as well as late-night dinner spot for corporate types. Taking a spin on classic cafe food, you'll find creations like Spicy Eggs Benedict and Chilli Crab Pasta, which Burppler Gienna Woo says "was really yummy and the crab meat was substantial unlike other restaurant's I've been to." Leave some space for their famed malt-flavoured Stout beer bread!

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