From Marina Bay Sands and Fullerton, to Collyer Quay and Gardens by the Bay, city slickers in the CBD have plenty of options for culinary bounties
Whether it’s a seafood brunch, Scottish nosh or immaculately prepared sushi at one of Singapore’s top Japanese restos, the Marina Bay area is ripe with opportunity to broaden your culinary horizons. We’ve sussed out 12 stellar spots that’ll hook you up with great grub… and maybe a tipple or two.
Now soaring amongst the elite establishments of MBS is The Bird Southern Table & Bar, helmed by Founder, John Kunkel. Embarking on its first rodeo outside of The States (its flagship is in Miami, and has a sister outlet in Las Vegas’ Venetian | Palazzo), The Bird Southern Table & Bar sees the passing down of Kunkel’s grandmother’s Southern recipes – tried-and-tested renditions of chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, buttermilk biscuits and other kitchen comforts.
The Bird Southern Table & Bar, #01-82 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.
Situated on the second floor of Customs House is Kinki, a contemporary Japanese bar. A quirky mural by Miami Ink’s Chris Graver, plus the rhythmic blend of beats, give this establishment a cool, high-style vibe. It’s a particularly good joint to let your hair down, especially on a Friday night after work. Kinki’s rooftop menu includes light bites like okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) ,spicy miso meatballs, ebi fries and Kinki’s black pepper beef (or spicy pork) nachos. Did we mention it’s also a sweet spot for Japanese brunch?
Kinki, #02-02 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049323, p. 6533 3471.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
Fancy seafood for brunch? We’ve got news for you! The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill has recently revealed a scrumptious new East Coast American-themed brunch menu with a culinary emphasis on – you guessed it – seafood. The Pelican’s new brunch menu starts off with a rich, comforting seafood bouillabaisse chock-full of mussels, clams, and prawn. This is just the beginning though; you’ll also have seafood mains like crab omelettes and tiger prawns to choose from.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, #01-01, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213.
While OverEasy’s Orchard joint is getting all the attention these days, what with it’s wildly successful Poptart and Guilty Pleasures parties, let’s not forget its original digs at One Fullerton (pictured above). Take in the sea breeze and tuck into OverEasy’s classics like the Good Ol’ Fashioned Mac & Cheese (or the upgraded version with braised beef cheeks), spicy buffalo wings (in three levels of spiciness), as well as larger plates like the USDA 300g Angus ribeye steak & eggs with fries. And to round things off, grab one of their famous milkshakes in six flavours. The malt’s a winner in our books!
OverEasy Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-06, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213. p. 6684 1453. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm 5pm-3am, Sat 5pm-3am. Closed on Sun.
Adrift By David Myers
Inspired by the award-winning chef’s travel experiences from all across the globe, Adrift pays homage to the colourful mish-mash of food cultures from both sides of the Pacific. Highlights include foie gras banh mi, a grilled lobster mochi with ginger vinaigrette, and a king crab melt with pimento cheese (a refreshing twist on an American classic). New at ADRIFT is a the late-night supper that will be available ’til the wee hour of 2am. On the menu, you’ll find favourites like the tempura crab & avocado maki roll, Iberico pork chop with umeboshi glaze, and the classic ADRIFT wagyu burger with fries.
Adrift, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 5657. Open daily 7am-4am.
Perched high above the city in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, this high-tech brewery, restaurant, and lounge is an impressive venue to add to Singapore’s list of sky-high dining options. For a more intimate experience, book a private dining room with a spectacular view of the city, where you can immerse yourself in relaxed elegance. There’s limited outdoor seating, so call ahead to snag that sweet spot.
LeVeL33, 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981, p. 6834 3133.
Swish rooftop bar and tapas restaurant, Lantern, is the place to be if you want killer views of the Marina Bay waterfront. Mains like seared black cod and steak and frites are to be had, but if you prefer, go for light bites like the popular mini wagyu beef sliders. Head there before 8pm, and you can catch Marina Bay Sands’ spiffy laser light shows from your seat.
Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay Singapore 049326, p. 6597 5299.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Trust celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck to serve up some of the best steaks in town. The American and Australian wagyu cuts are excellent if you like your steak juicy and a little on the fatty side. But for the ultimate mouthwatering option, there’s the A5 Kobe beef from the Hyogo Prefecture in Honshu, Japan.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, #B1-71 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 8517.
This one’s an excellent choice for carnivores dining with vegetarians. Pollen isn’t 100% vegetarian, but you’ll be tempted by vegetarian highlights by chef Jason Atherton (of London’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social). Arguably the fanciest restaurant of the lot, this gorgeous establishment in Gardens by the Bay features fine plates like roasted potatoes zabaione, smoked egg, yogurt and ceps velouté, as well as a beet root risotto with homemade ricotta and cereal mix – a perfect venue for special occasions.
Pollen, #01-09 Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, p. 6604 9988.
The name’s a dead giveaway. Here, the fare’s all about succulent Brazilian churrasco meats like beef rumps, spicy sausages and honey hams, served by the restaurant’s knife-wielding Passadors. While certainly a meat-centric dining option, you’ll also get to enjoy Carnivore’s salad bar with over 15 hot and cold salads, appetizers and specialty Brazilian dishes like Feijoada.
Carnivore, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-80 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972. p. 6688 7429. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm.
The branchild of a trio of culinary heavyweights – Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich – the award-winning Osteria Mozza serves up stellar Italian plates like homemade pasta and grilled meats. The main star, however, is the mozzarella bar, which features items like smoked bufala mozzarella and ricotta with braised artichokes.
Osteria Mozza, #B1-42-46, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 8868.
This swanky tandoor specialist will be a treat for meat-lovers! Their menu features a variety of Indian tandoori dishes including dahi ke kebab, tandoori guchki, kurkuri, salmon tikka and the rather unconventional tandoori duck. The best way to experience the restaurant’s varied menu is to opt for the chef’s avant-garde five-course degustation menu.
Punjab Grill, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972. p. 6688 7395. Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm.
Bread Street Kitchen
A standout amongst Marina Bay Sands’ (already) stellar line-up of award-winning restaurants, Bread Street Kitchen (opened by none other than Gordon Ramsay) serves up British European fare. Specialities include the Cornish fillet of hake with black pudding, kale and white wine sauce; and slow-roasted pork belly that Ramsay himself would eat.
Bread Street Kitchen, Bay Level, L1-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, p. 6688 5665. Open daily Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-12am
Taking a cue from its name that loosely translates to “surging with silver”, you’d best be prepared for the dent this fancy 25-seater will do to your wallet. One thing’s for certain – for a flummoxing $400 per person for its 10-course degustation menu, you’re gonna be taken to gastronomical Utopia by renowned chef, Tetsuya Wakuda. Under this sensei of the culinary arts, you’ll be pampered with specialties like marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar, and wagyu with wasabi and citrus soy. The splurge is absolutely worth it, and besides, there’s always the nearby casino if you wanna break even!
Waku Ghin; 10 Bayfront Avenue; #02-02 Marina Bay Sands; Singapore 018956; 6688 8507; Open daily for two seatings: 5.30pm and 8pm.
The upscale restaurant features two open kitchens, a charcoal grill, antipasti bar, and a walk-in wine cellar showcasing a variety of Italian labels. This Italian rooftop restaurant on the 43rd level of Ocean Financial Centre also has a Sunset Dining menu that takes full advantage of its view – every weekday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, you get to enjoy an early dinner with dishes like baby lobster bisque, home-made cavatelli with fresh seafood in white wine sauce, and beef tagliata with celery root and sauteed artichokes.
Zafferano, Lvl 43 Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, p. 6509 1488.
The eponymous restaurant of the Globel Chef Award recipient tucked within Marina Bay Sands, Hide Yamamoto offers private teppanyaki rooms that can seat up to five or eight guests. A teppanyaki dinner course here can set you back as much as $398 per person, but you’re getting your money’s worth with delicacies like abalone steak, foie gras, lobster, and Japanese wagyu chateaubriand. A la carte is also available.
Hide Yamamoto, #02-05 Marina Bay Sands, 8 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 7098. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm.