From mozzarella and Mediterranean sharing plates to French crepes and Indian curries, Singapore restaurants offer a diverse range of cuisines! It also has a number of dining districts meaning you don’t have to travel far to find a fantastic meal. Here we sample six restaurants across Singapore’s three quays.
Go for: Good ol’ Italian by the river
Situated right along the Singapore River, this Italian spot serves a mix of classic Italian dishes in generous portions that can be enjoyed alfresco or in the air-conditioned indoors.
We started with the polpo e burrata ($26) – bite-sized pieces of creamy (but not too overpowering) burratina served with grilled octopus and tomato pesto – which was a delicious choice. For pastas, we chose the handmade tortelloni di bufala ($26) – pasta stuffed with buffalo mozzarella; soft and savoury, it paired well with the basil sauce and sweet pearl onions. Another great option is the ravioli del plin ($28); also homemade, it’s stuffed with beef that’s been stewed for three hours. As for pizzas, we’d recommend the tartufo ($20 for a nine-inch, $28 for a 12-inch), spread with delicious black truffles and quail eggs. Or, for more variety, order a twelve-inch pizza and choose two flavours. With crisp skin and tender meat, the pan-seared trota salmonata (rainbow trout; $32) from Norway was a lovely addition to the meal. We didn’t have room for more, but noted down the beef sirloin ($38) and grilled seabass ($34) for next time!
To end the night, we dug into the panna cotta ($10), made with a mix of almond and fresh milk, and topped with salted dark chocolate crumbs.
Don’t miss: Tortelloni di bufala – Lindsay Yap
Go for: Tasty comfort food accompanied by great live music.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from in buzzing Clarke Quay, but one that caught our eyes and ears on a Friday night was Warehouse Singapore. Relaxed and family-friendly, it has local acts playing live acoustic sets each night, which makes it a great spot for pre-dinner drinks or for the main course. Speaking of which, the menu includes a range of Western dishes like pizza, salads and steaks, as well as Asian snack favourites like spring rolls and chicken satay. There’s also a selection of group platters ($64 to $79) that are perfect for sharing alongside your tipple of choice.
Don’t miss: The pizzas; it’s something that Warehouse gets just right. The Mediterranean pizza ($26) with pesto, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes was particularly delicious, with the right balance of flavours, plus a crispy base – always a plus in my book! Meat lovers should try the fillet steak slider trio ($32), with a side of ever-so-moreish truffle fries ($12). Also, real cocktail lovers shouldn’t miss out on the appletini ($20), which comes with a torch-blown caramelised apple on top for authentic flavour. – Susannah Jaffer
Go for: Curries with splendid city views
This waterfront restaurant offers a wide selection of North Indian dishes great for sharing. Opt for alfresco seating where you’ll face the beautiful banks of Boat Quay, or dine inside where it’s less crowded. If you’re planning a party, you can also book the second floor, which can seat up to 50 people.
We kicked things off with tandoori chicken ($20 for half; $38.90 for full), which was well seasoned and tender. Another popular item on the menu is butter chicken ($23) – a mildly sweet, creamy tomato gravy with chicken chunks. While it paired well with saffron rice ($6), it perhaps wasn’t as flavourful as we’d hoped. What stole the show, however, was the Kashmiri rogan josh ($23.50), a delicious lamb curry cooked with red Kashmiri chillies and 14 other spices. Order a side of garlic naan ($4.50) and load it up with the succulent lamb chunks; the combination is addictive! Then, if you’re still hungry, grab a serve of palak paneer ($17), a North Indian classic featuring cottage cheese, spinach and spices.
Don’t miss: Kashmiri rogan josh – Anthia Chng
Go for: Crepes, cider and a casual night out
If you’re after gluten- or egg-free food (or even if you’re not), this cosy creperie and cider bar on Boat Quay makes for a fun experience. The restaurant serves egg-free galettes made from buckwheat flour imported from France (FYI, buckwheat flour is gluten-free because it’s made from seeds and is a relative of rhubarb, not wheat), with options like duck, salmon and beef available. My favourite was The 79 (reblochon cheese, potato, caramelised onion and bacon; $20), but I also really liked the Chase the Spices (masala chicken, tomato, cheese, ginger, onion and peanut; $18). For something fun, try the maki galettes and crepes, which are rolled up to look like sushi rolls. They’re not only beautiful, but also tasty little morsels that you eat with chopsticks. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s signature artisanal ciders imported from France ($6 per glass).
Don’t miss: I admit it – I love sweets. Few things make me happier than a good crepe; and this place has good crepes. They’re made with white flour, but you can opt for buckwheat flour if you prefer. I chose the Coco Chanel (pear, chocolate, Chantilly and almond; $11) and it was darn good. Even better? My husband’s dish: Normandy Landing (homemade salted caramel; $8). Pure heaven. – Melinda Murphy
Go for: An urban waterside escape
Within minutes of arriving for our reservation, I was enjoying the riverside breeze and sunset while sipping a refreshing Pandora’s Smash ($18) – rum, crème de cassis and calamansi. My first impression? The restaurant name is spot on. Epitomising eternal summer, this outdoor gem adopts a Hamptons-meets-Santorini vibe; candle-lit, white-washed wood tables, rattan armchairs, and plushy cushions in shades of Aegean blue and coral.
With the freshness and flavours at the core of Mediterranean cuisine, Summerlong serves up some mouth-watering renditions that are great shared. The oozing goat cheese in the sweet corn fritters ($17), and the pork & veal meatballs with canellini bean puree, tomato and capsicum sauce ($16) were sinful starts, and surprisingly filling. For the main event, we went with the recommended smoked pork ribs with pomegranate glaze and dukkah crust ($38) and Persian fried chicken with mint-honey sauce ($25) – both tender to the bone. A little tip: don’t let your gluttonous gut do the ordering! Though the spiced broccoli with tahini and hazelnuts ($12) were a delicious side, next time we’ll be mindful to balance the richness of mains with a simple side salad.
There isn’t a dessert menu here; so we recommend you revisit the cocktail menu for the a sweet finish; the Crème de Summerlong ($21) is a mix of rum, almond milk, cookie dough and vanilla yoghurt served in a clay mug.
Don’t miss: Smoked pork ribs with pomegranate glaze and dukkah crust – Leanda Rathmell
D.O.P Mozzarella Bar
Go for: Indulgent Italian in a breezy setting
This cosy osteria sits along the river at Robertson Quay, offering both alfresco and indoor dining in its sleek and modern space. Start with one of the most popular items, the mozzarella ball ($17), which oozes molten cheese and Parma ham upon cutting. Or, if you prefer something more traditional, opt for the “Make Your Own” antipasto ($32), which lets you choose your mozzarella, one cold cut and one side dish.
For mains, you won’t go wrong with the spaghetti frutti di mare ($24) – pasta with fresh clams, squid, prawns and crabmeat in a light tomato sauce. Generously sized and extremely flavourful, this dish is a must-try if you love seafood. Alongside other pasta options, D.O.P also serves a small selection of pizza, as well as mains like grilled sea bass fillet ($28). Wash it all down with a glass of prosecco – affordably priced at $8 until 8pm – or choose a bottle from the range of Italian and New World wines, most of which are within the $100 mark.
Don’t miss: The homemade scialatielli ($28). This sinful signature dish consists of al dente linguine-style pasta doused in creamy black truffle pesto, sitting in a bowl that is a hollowed-out caciocavallo cheese (similar to aged provolone) – as good as it looks! If you’re unable to finish the cheese, you can (and should) bring it home to snack on. – Anthia Chng
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