Forget the theme parks and casino – Sentosa Island has become a desirable dining destination in its own right, brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants, bubbly brunches and casual cafés. In fact, there’s a Sentosa spot for any food-focused occasion; here are some of our top picks.
OLA BEACH CLUB
Ola has a lot to offer, from sand toys, blow-up unicorns and pizza slices for the pool, to arm floats and floaty rings (upon request); it even has special children’s dining tables and chairs, and a pram-friendly elevator (score!). Kids can also enjoy the water activities on offer (complete with life vests) such as banana boating and donut tubes ($25 per person for a 15-minute ride); stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are among the other water sports available. Meanwhile, “big kids” will relish the Hawaiian-inspired menu – think ahi poke ($20), Kalua pig tacos ($18) and tons of other tropical-influenced fare, while little ones can dig into Huli Huli chicken ($18) with vegetable puree and fries, among other choices, before cooling off with a Hawaiian shaved ice ($6). Adults, don’t miss the tiki cocktails ($17 to $22) and alcoholic popsicles ($10)!
Situated right on Siloso Beach, this place is beloved for its laid-back beach bar vibes, and its family-friendly offerings; the menu has everything from pizzas ($20 to $25), pastas ($18 to $32), burgers and sandwiches ($16 to $26) to seafood ($20 to $52) and all-day breakfast items ($10 to $22), among other easy choices. Take a dip in the ocean before chilling out with a bottle of rosé or a cold beer at one of the venue’s picnic tables, and look on as the kiddos build sandcastles. Coastes is open every day from 9am, so go early, grab a table and make a day of it!
This Spanish restaurant-beach club boasts an airy beachfront space with bright interiors, both indoor and outdoor dining areas, a pool and sunbeds. There’s loads of sandy space for little ones to run around in, while grown-ups enjoy a tipple or two with their toes in the sand. Food-wise, dig into hot and cold tapas ($9 to $26), fresh oysters (from $8 per piece) and paellas ($28 to $80), or order a sharing platter to enjoy by the pool ($78 to $98).
Le Méridien Singapore’s all-day dining restaurant Latest Recipe offers a special monthly-themed Taste of Discovery buffet dinner on Friday and Saturday nights (6 to 10pm) with both indoor and al fresco seating available. Look forward to a crustacean station with fresh seafood on ice, and chefs in action on the patio, chargrilling everything from prawns and seabass to Australian lamb racks and chicken sausages.
This month, the restaurant goes all out with Parisian pastries, presenting a selection of its signature éclairs in flavours like chocolate gold, vanilla and raspberry coconut, plus plenty of other unique dessert creations, courtesy of award-winning pastry chef Edwin Leow, such as dark chocolate orange chestnut mousse, kaffir lime apricot gateau, raspberry marmalade pistachio curd with coconut dacquoise and yuzu pate de choux. In October, look forward to Indian delights in honour of Diwali, including prawn masala, Kerala fish curry, lamb handi and chicken makhani, among other signatures.
The Taste of Discovery buffet is $65 per adult and $29 per child (kids below seven dine for free); add $28 for unlimited beer, or $38 for free-flow wine and beer. Special offer: Quote “Expat Living” to score a free bottle of Tempus Two Silver Series wine when you sign up as an SPG member with Latest Recipe (enrolment is free!); this offer is limited to two diners per reservation.
THE KITCHEN TABLE
The Kitchen Table at W Singapore offers a relaxed tropical vibe to go along with its scrumptious Sunday spread, the Sunday Remix 2.0 (available from 12.30 to 3pm), where you’ll find everything from seafood on ice, sushi and Peking duck to an Indian station and dedicated charcoal grill section, plus an array of desserts. For $148, enjoy a free flow of red and white house wines, beer and cocktails, or add $20 to enjoy unlimited champagne. There’s also a kids’ corner, where the little ones can decorate cupcakes, and tuck into kid-friendly bites like mac and cheese, and candyfloss. And, get this: brunch will score you access to the huge resort pool – a great spot for whiling away the afternoon. Children below four dine free, while it’s $48 for kids aged four to six, and $68 for kids aged seven to 12.
JOE & THE JUICE
What’s better than overlooking the water while sipping on some fresh pressed juice? This coffee shop and juice bar, which originated in Denmark, has tons of great juice creations and smoothies (or “hand shakes” and “hand meals” as they’re called here; $6.90 to $11.90 depending on the size), as well as coffee options ($5 to $6.50) and healthy sandwiches ($10.50 to $11.50) – a great spot for a morning coffee-catch up or an afternoon pick-me-up. A 12-ounce juice ranges from $6.90 to $7.20, while the 16-ounce size is $8.90 to $9.20 – a little pricey, yes, but totally tasty and worth the splurge, if you ask us. Fan favourites include the “Go Away Doc” (carrot, apple, ginger), “Hangover Heaven” (apple, elderflower, mint) and “Sex Me Up” (passionfruit, apple, ginger), among other concoctions.
Joe & the Juice
#01-09 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way
This place might be the closest you’ll get to a New York bagel here in Singapore – only here, you’ll get to sit alfresco with your bagel year-round! There are six different bagel options on offer (plain, sesame, garlic, onion, everything and cinnamon raisin; $3 each), and eight different schmears, or cream cheese, to boot – including fun flavours like jalapeno cheddar, chipotle avocado, chocolate and sundried tomato basil. It’s $6 for a bagel and schmear, or order a fullblown bagel sandwich like The Central Park ($14), which comes topped with spring onion schmear, smoked salmon and capers. If you’re looking to bring some bagels to the beach (or home), grab a dozen to-go for $30 (or half dozen for $16) and some takeaway schmear ($6). They’ve also got pizza bagels with toppings (from $8) and other breakfast fare like challah French toast ($16) and ricotta pancakes ($14), as well as cold-pressed juices ($8), coffee (from $4.50) and a range of lunch items.
Mid-week bubbles with your gal pals is always a good idea! On Wednesdays from 7pm to midnight, WOOBAR offers free-flow champagne for $36, plus half off on cocktails and spirits (with a “Boogie Woogie” 70’s theme every first Wednesday of the month). Simply reserve a table by emailing woobar.singapore@ whotels.com.
Looking for a girly daytime date instead? Try Woobar’s Drop the T2, an afternoon tea served every day from 3pm to 5pm (it’s $65 per person on weekdays and $75 on weekends) with sweet and savoury treats served in silver birdcages.
OSIA STEAK AND SEAFOOD GRILL
Having recently been awarded a Michelin star for a second year running, this place is definitely a foodie hot-spot worth checking out. With an emphasis on seasonal produce, Osia presents contemporary Australian cuisine, using ingredients sourced from Australia and the Pacific Rim. The Iconic Set Menu ($108 per person for three courses, $128 for four and $148 for five) features signatures such as the roasted Tajima wagyu beef tenderloin and oyster beignet, pan-fried foie gras with pineapple, coriander and Madagascar vanilla, beetroot cured Norwegian salmon, and the famous hot chocolate soup with black pepper ice cream. Osia offers an à la carte menu, too, as well as a set lunch menu and a Sunday brunch. Bonus points for the restaurant’s interactive open kitchen, where you can watch all the live cooking action while you eat!
This elegant and intimate restaurant is another great date night choice for foodies, as it’s Asia’s first restaurant dedicated to showcasing the Michelin star experience, with Michelin-starred guest chefs visiting from around the world on a quarterly basis as part of the Art at Curate series. Next up is Belgian chef Alexandre Dionisio of Brussels based, two-Michelin-starred La Villa in the Sky, helming the Curate kitchen from 5 to 12 October. However, this place is equally exciting when there’s no guest chef in town, as Curate’s resident chef Benjamin Halat serves up sensational menus in his own right. Using both avant-garde and classic techniques, his contemporary culinary creations are works of art in themselves. Highlights from his five-course dinner menu ($158 per person) include Boston lobster in a tomato, ginger and coconut broth, and wagyu tenderloin with potato churros and bergamot jus – the chef’s take on the traditional steak frites, where the beef is dry-aged in-house with Japanese kombu.
Meanwhile, the eight course dinner menu ($198 per person) features such signatures as the “soufflated” farm egg with truffle caviar and spinach with Parmesan foam, hazelnut-crusted pigeon breast and pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with gula melaka, pork crunch and celery. Both set menus come with a signature Snickers dessert, followed by petit fours, Granny Smith apple pralines and the attention-grabbing dark chocolate cigar infused with Cuban cigar smoke.