The rich and famous can be found at Sentosa Cove, where millionaire homes and luxury yachts are docked. Yet, anyone can partake of the good life while there. At Quayside Isle, a dining enclave of restaurants, bars and gourmet outlets in Sentosa Cove, we discover something for every budget, with $4 coffees, $9 burgers and $150 seafood platters. Welcome to the new, yet familiar:
Photo: Bistro French Quays
Bistro French Quays
For brasserie-style dining
What was previously casual seafood grill Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is now a more intimate and romantic outfit specialising in French cuisine. Helming the kitchen here is chef Chamara Fonseka who’s resume include French heavyweights like Au Petit Salut and Les Bistrot du Sommelier – so you know these guys take their food seriously, though the venue maintains its laid back waterfront vibes. Daily brunch plates include the Pork Terrine Brioche ($18) with sweet relish and onions confit, while dinner options include a variety of sharing plates and mains like the Seafood Au Gratin ($29), a traditional cheese gratin with black tiger prawns, squid, scallop, tuna, tomato broth and potato puree.
Bistro French Quays | Address: #01-11 Quayside Isle | Tel: 62688633 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-11pm; Sat & Sun 11am-11pm
Photo: Blue Lotus
For mod Chinese fare
Former Emmanuel Stroobant-led restaurant is now helmed by an affable ex-Tung Lok
Chief Operating Officer who intends to keep the restaurant rooted in Chinese recipes and ingredients but with a modern spin. Fans of the previous menu can still look forward to old favourites like the robust Pomelo Chilli Crab, now also available on special request in single portions as a juicy Stuffed Crab Claw ($24) to avoid getting your paws dirty. Among the new dishes, we particularly enjoyed the Barramundi Fillet with Pickled Homemade Chilli Sauce ($34) that’s first pan-fried to achieve its crispy skin, then finished in a Josper oven for soft and tender meat. There’s also the fragrant Smoked Truffle Wonton Lobster Bisque ($18) – a meaty and crunchy golf ball-sized lobster wonton in a clear, slightly sweet Hong Kong-style shui gao broth. Keep an eye out for Blue Lotus’ second tapas-style outfit (think fusion dishes like Chicken Rice Paella) that’s slated to open in Tanjong Pagar toward the end of this year.
Blue Lotus | Address: #01-13 Quayside Isle | Tel: 63390880 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Photo: Brussels Sprouts
For Belgian beer and mussels
The mussels house from Robertson Quay have set up shop here – another waterfront spot, and an equally lovely place to kick back with a Belgian beer, or two, or 120 (varieties). To fill the stomach, there is moules frites (mussels with fries, $20 for 350g, $40 for 750g); meat-lovers can go for the Toast Cannibal (steak tartare on toast, $14); and light eaters should try the salade de crabe (guacamole spread on toast topped with king crab and tomato salad, $14). Everyone should gaze out at the quay while there. We like it better than Robertson Quay. Sorry, RQ!
Brussels Sprouts | Address: #01-01 Quayside Isle | Tel: 66844344 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri 5pm-1am; Sat & Sun noon-1am
Photo: Greenwood Fish market
Greenwood Fish Market
For serious seafood lovers
More than just a restaurant, the sprawling 4,100 sq ft branch of the Bukit Timah flagship is also an oyster bar, fish market and bakery.There’s lots to explore here given the variety of seafood and cheeses imported from all around the world. Highlights include the Cold Seafood Platter ($99) of steamed Boston lobster, oysters, New Zealand green lip mussels and apple-wood cold smoked salmon with Spanish onions, as well as the glorious whole Arctic Char ($99.99 for 1kg) that’s lovingly and carefully roasted in a wood oven. The multi-concept eatery also offers a selection of burgers and pastas, but trust us – it’s really the seafood that you’ll want to indulge in.
Greenwood Fish Market | Address: #01-04/05 Quayside Isle | Tel: 62620450 | Opening hours: Tues-Sun noon-10.30pm (dining section closed from 3pm-6pm)
Photo: Joe & the Juice
For the juice enthusiasts
This is the Danish juice chain’s second outlet in Singaporeand what sets this juice chain apart from many others is the energythat you’re greeted with once stepping in. We’re not just talking about the benefits of yummy freshly blended juices like the Power Shake ($6.90 for 12oz; $8.90 for 16oz), a creamy blend of fresh strawberries, banana and vanilla milk. The staff over the counter are bubbly, friendly and chatty – which is always a plus in our books. Also good is the zingy Joe’s Roots ($7.20 for 12oz; $9.20 for 16oz), a detoxing "cocktail" of beetroot, carrot and ginger. The store also offers a selection of coffee and healthy sandwiches.
Joe & the Juice | Address: #01-09 Quayside Isle | Tel: 62621468 | Opening hours: Daily 8am-10pm
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