F&B work in Singapore is notoriously transient. Dealing with manpower crises are everyday struggles – flaky part-timers who don’t turn up for their shifts, workers who quit by way of no-shows, being short-handed during festive periods… We could go on.
Laksa linguine. Hainanese chicken rice risotto. Ondeh ondeh pancakes. In the hawker food mecca that is Singapore, trendy restaurants and cafes are also taking cues from the city’s familiar flavours, putting a local twist on global cuisine. It’s one way that they’ve been wooing the new generation of diners, who are always after the most unique food trends and concepts.
When we speak of Singapore as a food capital, we’re no longer just referring to our humble yet glorious Chicken Rice or Chilli Crab – we’re also celebrating the myriad of fine dining restaurants, informed by the city’s diverse cuisines and cultures.
When possibly every industry has felt the positive effects of going digital, there’s no reason why the F&B world shouldn’t have a seat at the table.
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There’s no denying that Singapore’s F&B industry is outrageously competitive. But we’re also a city of serial foodies, eager to dine at yet another restaurant. So, it could simply take some gentle prodding to turn potential customers into seated diners.
A 2018 report by UBS found cash to be a diminishing mode of payment in several Asian countries. In Singapore, for instance, consumer payments in cash make up only slightly over 40% of total transactions, with cashless payments accounting for the rest.
Food establishments – restaurants, cafes, bars, and even entire new-age hawker centres – are sprouting all across Singapore as quickly as others are closing. To a restaurateur, this means there’s certainly money to be made in the F&B industry, but the pressure of high costs, amongst many other challenges a business might face, weighs heavy.