What is a Dark Kitchen?

Dark kitchens: the solution to kitchen inefficiencies and high operational costs.

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Why use a dark kitchen?

A dark kitchen is a kitchen space whereby no dine-in customers are served. They are often tucked away in more residential and quieter neighbourhoods, and cook food to either supplement another dine-in restaurant elsewhere or, more commonly, be delivered on third-party delivery platforms straight to the customer’s door.

Dark kitchens have existed in Singapore and around the globe for some years now, but recent years have seen an explosion in their popularity. The food delivery boom, driven by our changing habits and the success of delivery companies like Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and Grabfood as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, have encouraged more and more food entrepreneurs to try their hand in the dark kitchen world. But what is it that’s so attractive about them?


What Are The Dark Kitchen Solutions In Singapore Like?

Our state-of-the-art dark kitchens in Singapore are perfectly optimised for food-delivery businesses intent on keeping costs low and profits high. Our kitchens boast anywhere from 20-32 units, some of which even have dine-in availability if your customers prefer to eat in.


  • Driver pickup area
  • Receiving & loading dock
  • Staff pantry
  • Restrooms


  • Order pickup & processing
  • Courier handoff
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Safety & health inspections
  • Delivery logistics
  • Extraction & ventilation
  • On-site support staff
  • Insurance
  • 24/7 Access


  • 2 Compartment sinks
  • 2 Prep sinks
  • Hand wash sink
  • Commercial exhaust hood
  • Tempered air
  • Power and gas
  • Grease-trap/interceptor
  • Cold & freezer storage
  • Dry storage / Dry rack
  • Extraction & ventilation


  • Gas points
  • Power outlets
  • Gas/fire safety system
  • WiFi
  • Fire suppression systems


The future of restaurant business in Singapore


With the F&B industry in a period of huge transition, one thing is clear: restaurant businesses must adapt in order to survive. The rise of food delivery services has come about following a shift in consumer behaviour and has been expedited by the recent pandemic. Now more than ever, customers are looking for convenient sources of food that match the quality they would find in a dine-in restaurant. To meet this demand, restaurants have had to shift towards selling their food on third-party delivery services and optimise their kitchens in a way that complements this. Even though dine-in restaurants will always exist in some capacity, their hold over the industry as the status-quo for high-quality meals is fading away. With highly efficient delivery-focused dark kitchens popping up around the country, the dine-in model is becoming obsolete. Optimised dark kitchen spaces offer restaurant businesses the chance to grow and expand at a much faster rate, and without unjustifiable risk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What are dark kitchens?

    Virtual or ghost kitchens are other names for dark kitchens. They are also sometimes referred to as ghost kitchens and dark kitchens, but all work in the same manner.

  2. How do dark kitchens work?

    Dark kitchens work by catering to the growing market of food delivery orders from mainly third-party delivery platforms like Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and GrabFood. They usually do not have any seating area (though some facilities do have dine-in), and therefore do not serve dine-in or even takeout orders. Most, if not all, of the rental area is used for kitchen space to improve efficiency and cut costs. The result is a streamlined kitchen that is set up for ultimate success.

  3. How do you get a dark kitchen?

    Most dark kitchens are opened in collaboration with a dark kitchen provider like Smart City Kitchens. The provider will organise all the bureaucratic difficulties of opening a new restaurant like renovations, permits, insurance, and more. This means that you can move in and start cooking within weeks.

  4. How much do dark kitchens cost?

    Expect to spend from SG$2500 per month on opening a ghost, or dark, kitchen (compared to over S$200k for a traditional restaurant). This will of course vary depending on how much new or specialised equipment you need, how big your space is, and where it is located.

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