Longtail Asian Brasserie & Bar
70 Collyer Quay, #01-03 Customs House
I’ll admit to expecting big things while strolling along the Marina Bay boardwalk on the way to Longtail. Partly because of the mouthwatering photos Jan-Peer Lehfeldt had sent a couple of days beforehand, and also, the impressive pedigree of those involved in this family business. German Jan-Peer worked for the Four Seasons group for years; his Thai wife and the owner of the business, Nickie Sangngampal, was most recently with Alila Villas in Bali; and Nickie’s mother, Jongkolnee Thoboonme, is a Thai food icon in Singapore.
Service is seriously impressive: two refreshing cocktails, a Passionfruit Mojito ($16) and a Longtail Sling ($16), arrived within minutes of us sitting at outdoor tables overlooking the water, and were swiftly followed by bar bites, street food favourites from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Signature dishes with standout flavours were the steamed green curry chicken bao ($7), Vietnamese spring rolls ($12), pulled pork shoulder ($14), and the unexpectedly excellent Chiang Mai sausage with relish ($14). There are tasty and healthy salads too; the Tuna Salad ($16.50) is awash with lemongrass and basil flavours, but beware the chilli bite of the spicy Laotian salad ($14).
An eclectic range of craft beers includes Punk Beer ($11) from Scotland, while among the cocktails we also liked Summer Time ($16), a blend of gin, ginger and mandarin – the perfect accompaniment to this fresh, quality food.
You’ll need to travel to the Mekong to see longtail boats these days, but the atmosphere at this restaurant conjures up memories of lazy days by the river, with flavours to match.
Tip: The $25 set lunch changes weekly and features dishes from the three cuisines.
Must-try Dish: Chiang Mai sausage