Singapore Botanic Gardens
(+65) 6476 6711
Just five minutes from the centre of town, and set in the Botanic Garden’s exquisite Ginger Garden, it’s hard to beat this place for location and setting. It’s the ideal destination for an escape, to take down the pace a few notches, and idle over lunch with friends.
Halia is Malay for ginger, and many of the dishes feature this aromatic spice. We kicked off with their signature drink, ginger jive, a deliciously refreshing mocktail, and fruit punch mixed with wild honey specially imported from Vietnam.
Notable amongst the items on their newly launched menu was the starter of blue cheese, walnuts and wild honey bread fingers, which excited the palate with its wicked combination of sweet and savoury. For mains, we recommend the miso-charred sea perch fillet with seaweed and tomato ginger relish on braised potato, which was light and juicy and bursting with flavour. Dessert-lovers must try the ginger nougat parfait, with roasted fresh pineapple and spicy pineapple sauce.
Set lunches start at a reasonable $21. You can park just a hop away on Tyersall Avenue, so there’s no need to do a long, sweaty walk through the gardens – unless you want to, of course.