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For Portuguese-style roasts
A haven for poultry lovers, Grillado serves upflat-roasted, Portuguese-style grilled chicken and chicken burgers. We like the sound of the Balmoral Beach Burger (grilled chicken breast, spinach leaves, cheese, pineapple, and mustard-mayo, $8.95) and the healthy, cheese-free Body Burger (two fillets of chicken breast, spinach and tomato, $8.95) served with a signature sauce. The sauce is a garlicky, chilli blend that apparently went through several rounds of tasting before becoming the fiery finished product.
Grillado | Address: #01-10 Quayside Isle | Tel: 67349125 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 2pm-10pm; Fri-Sun noon-10pm
For tea and cocktails with a view
Museo (pronounced "moo-zay-oh", the Italian word for "museum") is a new but similar concept from Arteastiq, the tea lounge and art space at Millennia Walk and Mandarin Gallery. Here you can choose from its range of signature teas, or indulge in cocktails such as the Breakfast Martini (London dry gin, blood orange marmalade, citrus and champagne, $21) and the intriguing Kopi-O (vanilla vodka and freshly brewed espresso, $16) that is served in a traditional coffee shop cup. Those so inclined can indulge in a little "art jam" or painting, with a very worthy view to inspie you.
Museo | Address: #01-22 Quayside Isle | Tel: 63390903 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 1.30pm-1am; Fri & Sat 1.30pm-2am; Sun 1.30pm-1am
Note Di Sicilia
For authentic Italian gelato
Combine a gelateria, bar and coffee lounge into one and you will get Note di Sicilia. Here, they use ingredients directly imported from Italy and traditional Italian machines to produce the fresh low-fat Italian gelato (although we think they taste anything but low-fat). Our favourite flavours are the creamy ones – pistachio, caramel and marronglace (chestnut). Be adventurous and try the Fruit of Cactus sorbet, made with the summer fruit of Stromboli, Italy (small $8, medium $10, large $12), which tastes like a mix of persimmons and melons.
Note Di Sicilia | Address: #01-09 Quayside Isle | Tel: 81684341 | Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Paradiso Restaurant & Bar
For vegetarian paella and tapas
From the people who brought you Latin American eateries Cuba Libre and Nueva Cuba comes Paradiso Restaurant & Bar. Sitting on Singapore’s southern slice of paradise, this restaurant is one of the few that serves up a hearty vegetarian paella (packed with mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, French beans, broad beans, fresh tomatoes and carrots, $30). For Meat-eaters, the Mojito marinated chicken served with patatas bravas and sautéed beans is a safe bet ($24), as are the tapas. We tried the perfectly cooked squid rings simmered in tomato concasse ($14), and an Asian-inspired bistec gingre (beef cubes sautéed with ginger, chilli and garlic, $16). The breakfast menu is served until 2pm every day and features a traditional Spanish omelette ($9) and a savoury pancake served with greens, bacon and ham ($12).
Paradiso Restaurant & Bar | Address: #01-03 Quayside Isle | Tel: 66945428 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 9am-midnight; Sun 9am-11pm
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
For an ocean-fresh seafood platter
What is a waterfront venue without a fresh seafood grill? Dive into Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro's Tiger Beer Battered Turbot (its take on beer-battered fish and chips, served with white truffle shoestring fries and mashed mint peas, $26), a surefire winner. These guys pride themselves on serving only the freshest ocean fish and seafood, and offer up a cold or hot seafood platter ($150, serves three to four) for those who want to try everything at a go.
Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro | Address: #01-11 Quayside Isle | Tel: 62688633 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-1am
Sole Pomodoro Trattoria
For Italian classics and eye-popping decor
After the success of Italian restaurants Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria and Sole Pomodoro Locando, the Mangiatutto group grabs a (brightly coloured) spot at Quayside Isle with a brand new trattoria. The decor is quirky with trendy bright furniture, but the menu is checkered with the usual Italian favourites. You cannot go wrong with the classics – spaghetti aglio olio e pepperoncino (spaghetti with garlic, oil and chilli pepper flakes, $22.90), penne arrabbiata (penne in spicy tomato sauce, $25.90) and prosciutto e funghi (ham and mushrooms, $25.90). A wider wine list allows for more pairing options and the friendly servers are always ready with recommendations.
Sole Pomodoro Trattoria | Address: #01-14 Quayside Isle | Tel: 67340262 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11pm; Sat & Sun 11am-11pm
This is not all. For more eats by the quay at Sentosa Cove, read Part I of this Quayside Isle food guide
Priyanka Chand Agarwal has worked in PR and marketing for startups of all sizes, but traded in climbing the corporate ladder for writing (and tweeting) about food. An avid reader, amateur cook and fashion eavesdropper, she will travel for a good cup of coffee. Follow her raves and rants @Pri_yanka