5 Best Places to Chill and Dine
By Alexius Chua
October 20, 2014
"Call us Foodies"
It is an undeniable fact that we Singaporeans are cra-zy about the latest food hunts. And lucky us, there’s no shortage in this little island. Here we take you on a gastronomic ride, from east to west coast, to five excellent chillax hotspots that also serve the awesome, feel-good food and beverages that warm your stomach, while not getting that pinch in your pocket. Steady or not?
1. Alt Pizza
Alt Pizza is a delicious downtown curiosity. Situated on the ground floor of Suntec office Tower, its glass façade entices you to peek inside, like a child to a candy shop, with the colourful decor, and the whimsical pop-art mural behind the bar. It is a great place to enjoy an evening with your bros while digging into artisan pizzas, craft beer and delicious Pizza Doughnuts with Nutella dipping sauce.
That’s right, we did say Nutella, who said chocolate was bad?
A must try is the Truffle Shuffle pizza. The bestseller comes with white sauce, parmesan, fennel sausage, roasted mushrooms, onions and white truffle oil. A great play of flavours, especially with its crispy thin crust.
Wanna express your creative flair? Then D.I.Y your own pizza. Alt Pizza has a wide variety of sauces and toppings to choose from. The Herb & Sea Salt Flat Bread and Artichoke & Spinach Dip are fun finds too. Complement your pizzas with craft beer flown all the way from Lost Coast brewery in Humbolt Bay, California.
Suntec City Tower 4, 01-602, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Opens daily 11am - 10pm.
2. Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill
Adored for its tantalising French cuisine with a modern twist, Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill features a contemporary setting and friendly ambience conducive for lunch and dinner hangouts. While you might equate French cuisine as pricey and exotic, this French restaurant offers great quality food at affordable prices that wouldn’t blow your budget.
Known for their beef steaks, Hippopotamus offers a wide selection of cuts from well-known sirloin, tenderloin and rib steak, to the rare hanger and skirt steaks. If you’re craving for something classic, you won’t go wrong with the French Onion Soup or Poached Egg with Red Wine.
What’s more, the restaurant has recently revamped its beverage menu and happy hour offers. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Luigi and Bay Breeze would give you that ample fruity kick. For a party of six, grab the Hippo Bucket; pick your choice of six beers at an unbeatable price. Cheers to that!
Marina Square, 01-204/205, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Opens daily 11am – 10.30pm.
3. The Drinking Market
Tucked in the bustling Katong area, The Drinking Market has a charmingly rustic ambience complete with wooden tables, decorative pendant lights, and stylish modular wall shelf littered with Thai bric-a-bracs. The menu features affordable, authentic Thai food and a wide variety of beverages. In just a little more than one-month old, The Drinking Market is set abuzz especially during weekend nights. Don’t miss out!
Our hot favourite is the Ka Pao Lat Kao (basil meat and rice with an oozing sunny side egg). If you like a little of everything, tuck into the bar grabs like Moo Yang (grilled pork collar) and Gai Yang (grilled spice chicken). Top it up with a frothy glass of draught beer.
226 East Coast Road. Open Monday 5.30pm – 11pm, Tuesday – Sunday 12.30pm – 11pm.
Photo sourced from W39 Bistro & Bakery Facebook Page
4. W39 Bistro & Bakery
Set in a peaceful neighbourhood in the West, W39 Bistro and Bakery offers a therapeutic experience beyond the superb quality food. Stepping into the café, it’s like entering a quaint, laidback English cottage, with the smell of freshly baked goodness perforating the cosy room of pastel palettes. Chat up with the friendly staff; ask them on the day’s cake selections, food-and-drinks pairings and they would politely advise. What’s more, the cafe is dog-friendly too.
Here’s the place to be if you adore excellent barbeques and cakes. For starters, try the Mini Pork Sliders, followed by Baked Lamb Ribs or the crowd pleaser, the Wagyu Burger. The meat is prepared moist and tender, so you can taste the full flavour of the meat. For desserts, slice into the rich and sweet Chocolate Cake, the texture would satisfy even the staunchiest of chocoholics!
39 Jalan Mas Puteh, Off West Coast Road. Open on Tuesday – Friday 11am- 10pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday 9am – 10.30pm.
A fusion of the word ‘potato’ and ‘tea’, Poteato is nestled on the rustic corner of Yong Siak Street. Amidst the brick walls and wood decors, this bistro café possess a certain quirkiness with a fun appeal. The concise, mouth-watering menu serves bistro dishes, potato-inspired small bites and a variety of tea selections.
Comes in a little brown bag and with some salad on the side, Sweet Potato Fries are crispy on the outside, with fluffy soft sweetness of the potato on the inside. For the mains, you’ll love the Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Louisiana Pork Ribs.
78 Yong Siak Street, 01-18. Open on Tuesday - Friday 12pm – 10.30pm, Saturday 10am- 10.30pm, Sunday 12pm – 9pm.
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