Once a swampy land, Robertson Quay—named after municipal councillor Dr. J. Murray Robertson—was transformed into an entrepot hub in the mid-19th century with European and Chinese-style warehouses and boatyards, and bumboats bringing goods in and out of the river. It was only after 1970 when trading was phased out along the Singapore river that the large wharf was developed into a residential and dining district. Today, the upmarket neighbourhood is the place to see and be seen.
Named after Bernard Rodyk, co-founder of Singapore’s fourth largest law rm Rodyk & Davidson, the warehouses found on Rodyk Street used to house big companies. Today, the 70-year old warehouses have been transformed to house restaurants like Verre Wine Bar and Toby’s Estate.
Pizza Art (#01-33, 7 Rodyk Street)
Made fresh daily by chef Donato Mazzola, their sliced pizza with delicious toppings like Parma ham, mushroom and feta cheese ($6-$7 nett) is popular among of ce workers working around the vicinity. Tue-Sun 10.30am- 11pm. Tel: 6238 8380
Swirls Bake Shop (#01-08, 8 Rodyk Street)
Travelling through America to come up with the best cupcake recipe, Swirls Bake Shop does not disappoint with their gourmet sweet treats. The decoration is simple yet attractive with sprinkles and M&M’s bits donning the buttercream icing. The bestseller is the Strawberry Burst ($4.25), which uses fresh fruit and a tantalising strawberry cream cheese frosting. Daily 10am-8pm. Tel: 6634 4765
Ginza Lion (#01-01/02, 8 Rodyk Street)
Ginza Lion serves up freshly drafted Sapporo ($9) alongside sinful western delights. Order the Lion Set to share ($50 nett per person, two to dine) and indulge in 120 minutes of free- owing booze, as well as an appetiser platter, roasted beef salad, fries with mentai mayo and nachos with melted cheese. Mon-Thu 4-10.30pm, Fri 4pm- 12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm. Tel: 6634 9113
[The Quayside (60 Robertson Quay)]
Packed with punters from day to night, this 10-storey residential apartment boasts a slew of great eateries and drinking dens including Alt Pizza and Super Loco located below.
Oyster Bar & Grill Wharf (#01-01)
Boasting a mix of Mexican, Italian and Japanese cuisines, this laid-back seafood shack has a wide selection of oysters from Australia to Ireland. Their Seafood Platter ($50) comes with 1/4 lobster, four oysters, four shrimps and a fatty slab of salmon. They also do a great tapas platter, where you can mix and match up to five kinds ($25) of appetisers and snacks. Daily 3pm-2am. Tel: 6235 2466
Decker Barbecue (#01-17)
With the construction happening around the area, it’s highly possible
you might miss Decker Barbecue. Tucked away in a corner of The Quayside, this hip smokehouse serves up ribs and meats by weight, meaning you can have a taste of everything. Must-orders include their brisket ($16 per 100g) and spare ribs ($9 per 100g), which comes slathered in their tantalising housemade BBQ sauce. Tue-Sat 6-11pm. Tel: 6635 8565
While this Australian bar is known for serving classics such as Pure Blonde ($11) and Victorian Bitter ($11), and broadcasting Australian sports like AFL , NRL and Super Rugby, it is also the proud sponsor of the Singapore Tornados Hockey Club which elds four men’s and two ladies’ teams in the Singapore Hockey Federation Leagues. Season: National Hockey League starts in July. Daily 7am-3am. Tel: 6738 1077
Did you know?
Located opposite the river is another stretch of godowns that have been converted into The Warehouse Hotel, which was formerly owned by one of Southeast Asia’s most successful businessmen, Lim Ho Puah.
[Robertson Walk (11 Unity Street)]
The heart of Robertson Quay, Robertson Walk is ringed by many popular bars and swish eateries in its Mediterranean-styled courtyard including three Wine Connections outlets, The Chambers and Ju Shin Jung Korean Restaurant. In the day, the square is a family-friendly spot with children running around playing catch, but come nightfall the spot livens up with revellers looking for a quick guzzler. During football season, the courtyard gets lined up with big screen projectors.
Pies & Coffee (#01-25 Robertson Walk)
A great place for—you guessed it—pies and coffee. On display are tantalising options like chicken charcoal pie ($7.20) and chicken mushroom pie ($7.20). The former features a charcoal black crust and spicy rendang chicken filling, while the latter boasts a creamy filling with generous chunks of chicken meat. Sun-Thu 8.30am-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am- 11pm. Tel: 6733 9272
Laurent’s Café & Chocolate Bar (#01-11 Robertson Quay)
Laurent Bernard has over 20 years of culinary experience in chocolates, and this long-running chocolate bar hits the spot. When dining in, be sure to order the delicious Chocolat a l’Ancienne ($9). Our editor swears by their Blackforest Cake ($62) for birthdays. Mon 6-11pm, Tue-Thu 1pm-12am, Fri-Sat 1pm-1am, Sun 8.30am-11pm. Tel: 6235 9007
Amber Nectar (#01-01/11 Robertson Walk)
Unique beers from Germany make this a sweet spot for draft lovers. This live sports hangout pours premium taps such as Schlenkerla lager ($13), while their food offerings include ever popular crispy pork knuckles ($25/38) and beef short ribs ($28). Even more unique are their own beer growlers featuring large re llable glass bottles that allow you to take away freshly tapped draft beers. Mon 5pm-12am, Tue-Sun 12pm-2am. Tel: 6737 3774
[UE Square (81 Clemenceau Avenue)]
Listed as a historic site by the National Heritage Board in 1996, UE Square was a vision of late world-renowned architect Prof. Kenzo Tange. The structure is owned by an established engineering group, United Engineers Limited, which was one of Singapore’s first listed companies and played an important role in the physical and economic transformation of Singapore.
Calling The Quayside home for over 14 years, the popular brunch spot moved
to UE Square a few months back. Food here is honest, wholesome and creative
with delights such as their famous Rainbow Cheese Toastie ($9) drizzled with
truffle oil, where the cheese is dyed in vegetable puree in shades of pink,
orange, green, blue and red. Another must order is the Golden Poached
($18.60) with sautéed chopped bacon and mushrooms atop a multi-grain toast. Unlike your usual eggs Benedict, the poached egg is deep fried to boast a crisp outer layer. Wed-Sun 8.30am-5pm. Tel: 6734 7720
Dutch Colony & Co (#01-21)
The third joint after PasarBella and Frankel, this branch is sleeker
as compared to the other two with a simple Scandinavian interior and gorgeous daylight ooding the café through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu is the same with gorgeous cakes on display ($7.90) and filter coffee ($6.50) from Ethiopia, Colombia and Sumatra, which changes monthly. Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. Tel: 6904 4522
Serving some of the cheapest food in the vicinity, this no-frills cafe is an of ce worker’s mainstay with delicious rice dishes, which change daily. Look forward to comforting delights like nasi lemak ($5.90) and pork adobo ($6.90). The portions are generous too. Mon-Sat 6.30am-10pm. Tel: 6235 6516
District 10 Bar & Restaurant (#01-15/16/17)
This family-friendly eatery has launched a new gourmet sandwich line-up to add on to their sumptuous brunch menu. Look forward to hearty delights such as The Big B ($16), where fluffy brioche is topped with cheddar cheese and a sunny side up, along with crispy bacon and fresh greens. For a healthier bite, tuck into their chicken with pancetta and mushroom sandwich ($16). Keeping kids amused from 9am to 4.30pm on weekends is the restaurant’s bouncy castle, free for use. Mon-Thu 11.30am-12am, Fri 11.30am-1am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-11pm. Tel: 6738 4788
Eat Me (#01-22)
This salad bar is known for offering premium meat choices. Signatures include their Big Miss Steak ($13), where succulent pieces of roast beef and sous vide egg top a spinach salad with cauliflower rice, mushrooms, and balsamic dressing. Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-5pm. Tel: 6235 1500