31 Ocean Way
#01-03 Quayside Isle
Who Drinks There: A hotchpotch of Sentosa residents, W Hotel guests and boaties, plus mainlanders wanting respite from the city grind in their own bit of paradise.
Best Thing About It: The salty sea breeze combined with the view of a billion dollars worth of luxury boats makes this a chilled out place to while away an evening. There are many cuisines on offer at the year-old Quayside strip, but this touch of Latin America feels in harmony with the climate and vibe. Sitting at either bar stools or a table, it’s all open-air and relaxed.
Signature Drink(s): A comprehensive drinks menu has something for everyone, but the mojitos ($16) and five draft beers – Tiger, Heineken, Kirin, Kilkenny and Erdinger (from $13) – are a refreshing place to start.
Nibbles and Noshes: The chef has included the best of Latin American cuisine in a wide-ranging menu featuring pasta, hamburgers, tapas and salads. Kids are catered for with a bargain meal that offers a choice of main, a drink and an ice-cream ($10) after which they can scoot off and leave the adults in peace.
The friendly staff encouraged sharing and suggested the seriously garlicky gambas de ajo ($16) and the tasty pollo al mojito ($24), an appetising warm-up for the signature seafood paella mariscos a la Valenciana ($32) which was laden with seafood and had a satisfactorily crusty bottom (our test of a good paella).
When to Go: Open daily, check the excellent Happy Hour specials on the blackboard. Breakfast from 9am. Sentosa Island entry is free for cars and taxis on Friday nights and parking is free with a minimum $100 spend.