80 Boat Quay, Level 5
The view from Southbridge alone is reason enough to hit Boat Quay’s trendiest new rooftop bar – in one glance, you can tick off the Asian Civilisations Museum, Parliament House, Victoria Theatre, the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore Flyer and, most importantly, MBS. Completely open and decked out in black, Southbridge has an air of simple elegance that emphasises the killer skyline.
This buzzy new riverside bar is all about sinful decadence, with an innovative small plates menu that focuses on oysters and seafood. Don’t miss the oysters – they come in sets of six, and varieties include the Umami ($24), served cold and dressed in refreshing yuzu and ponzu, and my favourite, the UniFeller ($30), grilled with a layer of cheese.
The seafood doesn’t stop there – chilli crab croques ($18) offer a wholesome twist on Singapore’s beloved dish, while the lobster knuckle rolls ($28) reminded me of high-end, tangy vol-au-vents. For a shot of fabulous fish, the tuna tataki ($18) are hearty, fresh slabs of joy, while you’ll be asking for bread to soak up the scallop crudo in an Avruga caviar sauce ($20).
If you’re not into seafood, order the tasty truffle and smoked pancetta grilled bikinis ($12), or the pulled pork sliders ($12) for a spot of meaty goodness.
Southbridge’s drinks menu follows its quality, unpretentious theme, with craft cocktails, champagnes and artisanal Japanese sakes. When it comes to the original cocktail list, Italian mixologist Gerry is all about using small-batch distillers, homemade infusions and fresh tropical fruit. Ladies should sip on the fruity Sex on the Quay ($18) and fizzy La Piscine ($22), while chaps might like the whiskey-based Buffalo Twist ($19) and Southern Belle ($16).