Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 15:00
Sun: 12:00 - 15:00
Offering one of the finest views of the Singapore River, this world-class fine-dining restaurant offers authentic Indochinese cuisine amidst a grand backdrop of lotus flower-shaped Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, towering Sukothai Buddha statues, rare Shan antiques and the first ever custom-made stainless steel-and leather Ming Dynasty-style chairs.
Really great location and view, but the most watered down drinks we've had for a very long time. That was a huge disappointment honestly. We were basically being served coloured water drinks for a premium price.
Today, I'd been back to a place where I used to enjoy chilling out at. After these years, I am glad that it is still around. IndoChine Waterfront - a classy, romantic and exquisite place, will always hold a special place in my heart. Located at 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisation Museum, Singapore 179555, the number to reach them is 6339 1720. IndoChine Waterfront exudes a serene vibe and its interior setting is grand, with rich Asian taste in decor. If one chooses the grand river views by sitting alfresco, it is an excellent choice as well, to dine or chillout in simple elegance. The only drawback is that they no longer light those scented candles like they used to; I was looking forward to the familiar flowery scent but like most good things, it ain't there anymore. Anyway, the orders came - first a pot of Chamomile Tea served in a clean-cut, simple pot and cup + saucer. They served good, reliable Dilmah tea, so it is comforting for tea lovers who enjoy the conventional flavor of this well-known household brand. My Mojito came next - a concoction of sour, sweet and minty chiller, soothing all the heat of today's hectic-ness and exhaustion away. I like Mojitos a lot these days, I realize, and theirs is done just about right - the hints of flavors are blended well and yet light enough they do not obliterate or dominate each other. We shared a small snack of Goi Cuon - Vietnamese fresh rice paper prawn rolls - filled with poached prawns, lettuce, beansprouts, carrots, chives, mint leaves and rice vermicelli, and accompanied with sauce on the side. This was a refreshing platter of healthy, bland but crisp and gently-sweet dish. For more detailed information and photos, feel free to visit: http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/03/chilling-out-at-indochine-waterfront.html
Recently as part of Indochine's Gala give back green initiative, I had a chance to have dinner at their waterfront outlet at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
The meal started with a trio of Butter and French Wild L'Escargot, Wild Betel Leave with Chicken and Rice Crumbles, and Tiger Prawn Tempura with modern green wasabi sauce.
We then had a fresh salad consisting of Grapefruit, Pamelo, Baby Spinach and Wild Caught Spanner Crabmeat. It had a slight sour finish true to its Indochinese routes.
For the soup it was a tom yum soup. This was the regular coconut milk version strong in galangal.
After the palette cleanser of pineapple sorbet, the main attraction of the night was the Wild Caught Lobster, Baby Lamb Rack and Japanese Cold Soba. The lobster was done wonderfully, with a good balance of moist and bite topped with a modern Vietnamese rich seafood sauce.
For dessert it was back to tradition with the Khao Neo Mak Muang - glutinous rice served with rich mango. What a strong rich way to end the meal.
Overall, I must say that the food beat my expectations. Couple this with a nice waterfront view and booze, one cannot ask for more.