Come for the charming ambience, stay for the scrumptious food.
Set under a state-of-the-art microclimatic canopy with an iconic undulating form, South Beach Avenue is a 300-metre promenade lined with an excellent selection of bars, restaurants and cafés. The low-rise cluster consists of just a ground floor and a basement level, which provides a convenient connection to Esplanade MRT station.
South Beach Avenue’s central location makes it great for lunch meet-ups or catch-ups over drinks after work. To get you started, here are eight drool-worthy picks that are sure to satisfy any palate.
Housed in the former armoury of Beach Road Camp, gastrobar The Armoury offers attractive happy hour deals that last till 9pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
Over 15 craft beers are available on tap, including Kona Big Wave ($16), a golden ale from Hawaii, and Innocence Wayward Wheat ($16), a sweet and easygoing local brew. Chug a beer or five, but be sure to first line your stomach with Chilli Crab Spaghetti ($22), or devour the Armoury Burger ($20), which features a hefty Wagyu patty, onion jam and Gruyère on a brioche bun.
#01-01 (South Beach Quarter).
Fasta delivers a pasta fiesta with innovative creations at prices you’ll love.
One of their bestsellers is Scallop Wallop ($16), a feast of bacon, crab meat and seared Hokkaido scallops. Siow Ba Mee ($14) puts a twist on Asian pork belly and features fork-tender meat that’s roasted with rosemary and thyme, resulting in crispy skin and tender flesh.
You can also make your own custom bowl (from $11) with a choice of pasta or grain, one sauce, four sides and two garnishes.
Caffè Vergnano 1882
Embodying the traditions of one of Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee roasters, Caffè Vergnano 1882 is an elegant coffee house great for relaxing over a quality cuppa or a light meal.
Try the Espresso ($3.50) for an unadulterated taste of the aromatic Ethiopian-Central American house blend, or go for sweeter options such as Caffè Gianduja ($6.50) and Bicerin ($6.50), which layer coffee flavours with elements of chocolate.
Food options range from mains like Honey Garlic Salmon ($19) to desserts like Speculoos Cheesecake ($8.50). There’s also an academy offering workshops ($150 per pax) on brewing, espresso appreciation and latte art.
#B1-17. Tel: 6385 5579
With 21 outlets islandwide since its beginnings in 1992, Harry’s has become the go-to bar for great drinks, great food and a great time.
Satisfy your hunger with Harry’s Signature Wings ($13 for 6), Soy-glazed Beef Cubes ($18.90) or Mushroom & Truffle Oil Flatbread ($23.90). They even have Skinny Burgers (from $18.90) for the carb-conscious.
And with the latest sports matches on the telly paired with $9 Harry’s Premium Lager, house wines and spirits from 5 to 8pm daily, Harry’s is the ideal watering hole for a sweet urban escapade.
#01-18. Tel: 6386 6306
Vatos Urban Tacos
Vatos Urban Tacos was founded by a trio of Korean-Americans in Seoul who had a serious craving for the Mexican street food of Los Angeles.
The result is tastebud-tingling Korean-Mexican cuisine. The Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($19) are dressed with melted cheese, sour cream and Vatos hot sauce, while the Galbi Short Rib Tacos ($14 for two) feature ssamjang aioli.
Wash it all down with a Makgeolita ($28), which combines tequila and makgeolli, or a Vatos’rita ($30), a strikingly presented beer margarita.
#01-03 (South Beach Quarter). Tel: 6385 6010
You won’t find a cold brew at Dimbulah. That’s because this coffee house was built on the simple goal of perfecting the Espresso ($3.90) using beans grown on the Dimbulah Mountain Estate in Australia.
Over the course of one week each year, only a team of two men is allowed to harvest the coffee beans—five tonnes of them—selecting those of a precise ripeness and hence sugar levels. Talk about quality control.
At the café, we love the classic Australian offerings such as Big Aussie Toastie ($6.50) and coconut-crusted Lamingtons ($3.50). Order a Flat White ($5.20) to complete your trip Down Under.
Real Food serves up healthy and ethical vegetarian cuisine while actively supporting local farmers and producers.
Dishes are painstakingly made from scratch and cooked to order, but the menu is surprisingly wide-ranging. Go for a Veggie Omelette ($9.80) and a comforting bowl of Pumpkin Soup ($9.80), or opt for a hearty main like the Beet and Millet Burger ($13.80) or Mushroom Aglio Olio ($10.80), paired with one of their organic juices (from $6.50).
#B1-19. Tel: 6384 2206
Crisp white décor surrounds you as you step into this café known for its delicate milles crêpes, each composed of no less than 20 feather-light crêpes. No, you haven’t gone to heaven, but Lady M‘s confections sure taste divine.
Served exclusively at the South Beach boutique is the Earl Grey Milles Crêpes ($9.50), which has the tea infused into both the cream and the glaze. A crumbling of dried tea leaves and cornflowers completes the pretty dessert.
#01-17. Tel: 6702 6735
BiTES x Real Food Giveaway [CLOSED]
From 3 to 5 Oct, one winner a day will walk away with $50 vouchers to dine at Real Food at South Beach Avenue!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- The cut-off time for entries is before midnight of each day’s giveaway.
- The winner will be announced and contacted the next day through Instagram.
- You have to be in Singapore to enjoy the prize.
- Each entrant can only win once during the whole contest duration.
- The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence on the decision will be entertained.
- Management reserves the right to change the terms and conditions, and withdraw or replace the prize offers at any time.
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