Quayside Isle at the luxurious Sentosa Cove looks set to be the next hotspot for lifestyle dining. The stunning view of the marina lined with yachts is matched with a row of exquisite restaurants.
A stroll down the wooden walkway takes you to memories of being in a foreign land; Quayside Isle’s atmosphere is a cross between Italy’s Capri and Australia’s Cockle Bay Wharf. Quayside Isle offers a wide selection of international cuisines – to lay them out, these include Australian, American, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean. Take up a seat al fresco at sunset and watch the night sky appear while indulging in a delectable meal.
American Express recommends three new restaurants to tuck into:
Museo’s smoked roast pork belly served with hot sauce
Asian-influenced food in art-inspired space
Pronounced ‘Moo-zay-o’, this Italian “museum” is a contemporary fusion restaurant in which art meets food. Like sister café Arteastiq, there is an arts-jamming space in the middle of the restaurant for diners to show their creativity on their canvas boards (for a price of $38) while sipping on a cup of tea or a cocktail.
Sunset dining in the comfortable and luxurious setting at Museo
Museo offers a range of 12 different creations, fittingly named after some of the most celebrated art pieces in the world. Our favorites are The Three Musicians - a dish of soft shell chilli crab in tomato-chilli sauce ($12), as well as Joys of Life - featuring perfectly smoked meat with a crisp crackling outer layer ($12). Dishes are perfectly complemented by the extensive list of Arteastiq tea, cocktails, or - for beer lovers - Jelly Slush beer, yet another innovation by Museo, where the ordinary beer or cider is made to have an icy, pulp-like texture.
This is a sophisticated yet comfortable space made for a lazy weekend afternoon or a night out with friends. Even better: they close late.
Museo | Address: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, #01-22 Quayside Isle | Tel: 67348066 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu 1.30pm-1am, Fri & Sat 1.30pm-2am
Art-Jamming at MUSEO
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
Not your usual Australian chip shop
Tiger Beer-battered turbot from Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro’s bright yellow and white walls and modern Australian menu of predominantly seafood dishes take us straight to the beaches of Sydney. A highlight of Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is their rotating daily special, with dishes prepared by the freshest imported seafood items, depending on what is brought in for that day. This makes it stand out from the other fish and chip shops.
The modern indoors of Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
The food is extremely appropriate for this fun setting overlooking the waterfront: signature dishes like the baked barramundi ($36) and pan roasted black cod ($39) are good to have on the al fresco deck. The Tiger Beer-battered turbot ($26) is our pick – light golden-brown crispy batter and an addictive side of shoestring fries scented with white truffle.
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro’s cold ocean items are air-flown into Singapore fresh or live on the day itself, so you can be assured of freshness. You can even take make your selection of the fresh seafood on display, let the chef know how you would like it to be done, and they will prepare it to your liking back in the kitchen. You can even pair it with some special sauces, such as their homemade sambal chilli.
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro | Address: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, #01-11 Quayside Isle | Tel: 62688633 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri & Sat noon-1am
Ezoca Restaurant Cuisine
The art of Japanese kaiseki
Ezoca’s Kuroge wagyu beef roasted over Japanese white charcoal.
The attention to details at Ezoca is immaculate: from the placement of the light wooden tables and calligraphy art to hand-painted plates, carefully placed ceramics and hand-carved toothpicks; the entire interior design feels authentically Japanese.
For the food, Ezoca’s head chef Morihara Shinji (formerly at Inagiku at Swissotel) presents kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) that includes an indulgent white shrimp with sea urchin and caviar, and black A4 Wagyu beef as the highlight. The 5-course meal is harmoniously paced and presented.
Sushi at Ezoca
If a la carte is the preference, the grilled black cod ($45) is a highly recommended option: it looks deceivingly simple, but the fish is extremely fresh and well-marinated with imported saikyo miso from Kyoto. The grilled eel sushi bowl ($69) may look like a simple offering but the Koshihikari rice imported from Ishikawa is so distinctly fluffy that it leaves a deep impression as one of the best rice we ever had. In case there are doubts to his commitment, he uses only Japanese mineral water in his cooking.
A more intimate and personal dining experience at Ezoca
Ezoca Restaurant Cuisine | Address: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, #01-22 Quayside Isle | Tel: 67349930 | Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm
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