At long last, it appears we have seen the last of Singapore’s sporadic thunderstorms and ceaseless drizzle. Why not celebrate the end of rainy season at the island’s best beachside restaurants?
We all know the signs: the sky turns a heavy shade of grey, the prices for a regular taxi ride curiously double, and, in a matter of seconds, the rain comes down – hard. Thanks to the recent north-east monsoon, which begins in December and lasts for three months, Singaporeans emerged from three agonising months of quarantine only to be met by notoriously unpredictable showers and nightmarish private hire rates. Fortunately, the end of February will bring a long-awaited respite: clear skies. As monsoon season draws to a close, we recommend you mask up and head down to these five beachside restaurants in Singapore – perfect for dining, drinking, and delighting in our newfound cache of Vitamin D.
1. GREENWOOD FISH MARKET & BISTRO
We have raved about its New England Clam Chowder, a nourishing broth made with the freshest seafood, and the rest of Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro’s menu is equally delectable. The family-owned restaurant at Quayside Isle covers both Western and Asian cuisine. The Lobster Yi Mein, one of its signatures, tosses noodles with whole Boston lobster, fried century egg, and oyster broth in a clay pot. But Greenwood’s piece de resistance, of course, is fish, and its list is almost formidable. You can choose from over 30 types – including Red Snapper, Atlantic Halibut, and New Zealand Swordfish – and have it done your way, whether pan-seared, baked, steamed, chargrilled, battered, or crumbed. Finally, oyster lovers will delight in Oyster Tuesdays, during which freshly shucked house oysters go for less than two dollars.
For more information, visit greenwoodfishmarket.com
PS.Cafe has outlets all across the island, but its East Coast Park venue may just be our favourite. Surrounded by lush foliage, with the ocean just a minute’s walk away, the restaurant boasts lofty indoor seating as well as a candlelit alfresco area. It is known for its Truffle Shoestring Fries, an aromatic delight topped with truffle oil, parmesan, and parsley – need we go on? For a healthier choice, look to the Superfood Salad, which packs a rather nutritious punch with blueberries, almonds, pumpkin, quinoa, roasted nuts, and goji berries atop a bed of spinach and romaine. Lastly, we would be remiss not to mention their extensive selection of desserts, ranging from the Flourless Orange Cake with orange butterscotch sauce to the PS. Profiteroles, a sumptuous guilty pleasure of choux pastries, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce.
For more information, visit pscafe.com
3. OLA BEACH CLUB
International travel may be a distant fantasy, but Ola Beach Club is a worthy alternative. With nautical beach umbrellas, panoramic sea views, and water sports galore, the Sentosa-based eatery transports us straight to the shores of Hawaii. Its menu is similarly inspired, with starters like Ahi Poke – customisable, but featuring tuna and maui onions – as well as Caviar and Crab, which stacks caviar, Dungeness crab, apple, celery, and crème fraiche. If you’ve worked up an appetite while paddle-boarding, indulge in mains like the Kua’aina Burger, set apart by its use of li hing mui powder and grilled pineapples, and the Huli Huli Chicken, glazed with teriyaki sauce and accompanied by burnt leek, vegetable puree, and natural jus. The menu also includes all-day breakfast, bar snacks, and tiki cocktails, guaranteed to satisfy any ravenous beachgoer.
For more information, visit www.olabeachclub.com
4. TANJONG BEACH CLUB
Tanjong Beach Club – world-class restaurant, bar, and urban escape – can truly do it all. One of the jewels of the Lo & Behold Group, the restaurant’s coastal-inspired menu is at once sophisticated and hearty. The Seafood Fideua sees rock lobster, langoustines, clams and Iberico chorizo salami cooked to perfection in a paella pan. The Crispy Skin Barramundi is a simpler pleasure, with fish complemented by a fresh zucchini herb salad and smoked eggplant puree. And most importantly, since no beach day is complete without a refreshing cocktail, order the Copabanana, a concoction of vanilla and banana-infused dark rum along with homemade passionfruit syrup, coconut, and pineapple – like dessert in a tiki glass.
For more information, visit tanjongbeachclub.com
5. SABIO BY THE SEA
We all know Sabio has mastered the tapas bar concept, but Sabio by the Sea, its newer rendition at Quayside Isle, adds in the flair and flavour of the Josper grill. Flown-in from Spain, it combines the heat of a convection oven with the smokiness of charcoal cooking. The El Pulpo sees octopus leg seared on said grill, then served with “viola” mashed potatoes and seasoned with paprika. Like its predecessor, Sabio by the Sea also offers a variety of hot and cold tapas that are ideal for sharing. The Tortilla Espanola, a potato and onion omelette, is a regional classic, while the Ceviche de Gambas, pairing tiger prawn ceviche with corn tortilla chips, is a more contemporary take. Finally, as custom dictates, end the meal on a sweet note with Churros, fried doughnuts with a choice of house-made chocolate or caramel sauce.
For more information, visit dhm.com.sg/sabio