Dining hits at VivoCity, Seah Im Food Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Telok Blangah Road, Keppel Island and Mount Faber.
The southern tip of Singapore is home to seafront condominiums, malls, and serves as a Gateway to Singapore’s Playground, Sentosa. The area is said to have great feng shui with its back to a mountain (Mt . Faber) and its front to the water. Originally called Seah Im or Jardine Steps, the hood was later renamed Maritime square and most recently, Harbourfront.
Seah Im Food Centre (2 Seah Im Road)
Before all the food options at VivoCity were available, no visit to Sentosa would be complete without a visit to Seah Im Food Centre. The hawker centre has been relatively unchanged the past few decades, playing host to a cluster of old-school tailors, a barber and of course awesome hawker food. Lunchtimes get crowded, so be ready with that tissue packet and lots of patience.
Ich iban Seafood Sliced Fish Soup (#01-18): Tender sea bass slices, light but appetizing soup and a tangy chilli makes this a winner ($4).
Thaksin Beef Noodle (#01-44): Authentic Thai beef noodles (from $5) with a choice of
brisket, tripe and beef. Comes topped with Vietnamese coriander and a vinegary chilli sauce on the side.
Cheng Ji Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (#01-59): Hokkien mee and orh luak starting at only $3! Fried unapologetically in a pool of oil, their orh luak is on the softer side, flecked with crispy bits, and comes topped with several medium-sized oysters.
Aspirasi Food Stall (#01-45): Nasi ayam (from $4) with all the deep-fried bits you could
want. The fried chicken comes coated in a choice of sauce including black pepper and lemon.
Tian Ji Niang Dou Fu (#01-52): The persistent queue here speaks for itself. The bowl ($3)
comes with standardised ingredients, which you pair your choice of carbs, and then top with heaps of soy beans.
Telok Blangah Road
San Laksa Steamboat (404 Telok Blangah Road): What’s better than a normal steamboat? Laksa steamboat! Dunk all your favourite ingredients like thinly-sliced meats, yong tau foo and seafood into the bubbling laksa broth. Tel: 6275 7069
Fuel Plus+ (16 Morse Road): No they’re not a brand of petrol, although you can still recharge with one of their iced coffees or citrusy Fuel Iced Tea. They offer an extensive menu including a lemak, lip-smacking soft shell crab curry ($18) and all-day breakfast with pulled-pork eggs benedict ($16). Tel: 6352 0768
Bay Hotel (50 Telok Blangah Road): Overlooking the Singapore Strait is Bay Hotel, where you can get easy access to both the city centre and Sentosa. They also host Street 50 Restaurant & Bar, which offers refreshing spins on local favourites like a salted egg lava chicken breast ($9.90) and cereal prawn with wasabi dressing ($9.90). Tel: 6818 6666
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant (201 Keppel Road): This iconic landmark has been around and helmed by chef Chan since 1977, serving up Beijing cuisine like their signature shredded scallops with fish and egg white (lit. Racing Crab in Chinese, $30) and Peking duck ($65). One single revolution takes 1hr 45mins, so work through one of their multi-course set menus (from $128) and watch as the spectacular view outside shifts from the city to Sentosa and to the sea.
Marina at Keppel Bay (Keppel Island)
Keppel Island was used for shipbuilding and repairs before being developed as a luxury waterfront with the construction of Keppel Bay Bridge. The spectacular sea view and spacious wooden boardwalk make the long trek in well worth it. Hungry after a long walk? Head down to Privé (2 Keppel Bay Vista), which houses three different concepts under one roof–a bar, a cafe and grill. Brunches at the cafe are especially popular, where they offer everything from eggs benedict ($16) to Hainanese chicken rice ($17). Tel: 6776 0777
VivoCity (1 Harbourfront Walk)
Designed by famed architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity currently holds the position as the largest mall in Singapore at 1.5 million sq ft. Your entire day is set with an array of retail, entertainment and F&B options. Broke? Head upstairs to the sky park to splash about in the water features or catch a view of the sea.
Dine: Every mall in Singapore will have plenty of space dedicated to food, and VivoCity is no exception–from fast food to fine dining. For authentic Spanish cuisine in a festive atmosphere, check out Serenity (#01-9), where they’re featuring dishes like honey baked ham (from $18) and Spanish codfish cakes ($12) on their festive menu (turn to pg 11 to find out more!) Want something more hearty? Pop by The Queen & Mangosteen (#01-106) for beers and pub grub, or The King Louis (#03-07A) for ribs, burgers and a medieval atmosphere. For Asian fare, go to TungLok Signatures (#01-57), or No Signboard Seafood Restaurant (#03-02) for their signature chilli crab.
Play: Look at puppies or shop for pet supplies at The Pet Safari (#03-05). This pirate-themed pet emporium even provides grooming services and sells freshly baked treats for your fur friends. On the same level is a TimeZone (#03-03) that proves that arcades are not dead with indoor bumper cars and a laser maze.
Snack attack: In the basement you’ll find a collection of small bites to fuel your day including Hodo Loco (#B2-K10), which offers Korean walnut cakes filled with a choice of red bean, chocolate or custard. Single? Head to Churro 101 (#B2-K16), where they advertise their churros as being “better than a boyfriend”. For something less sweet, try UYI Savoury Squid (#B2-K20), where they offer an entire squid on a stick both grilled and deep-fried. Nearby is also Irvins Salted Egg (#B2-K25), where they sell salted egg yolk-everything including freshly-fried fries and tofu cubes slathered with the ubiquitous sauce.
HarbourFront Centre (1 Maritime Square)
The building was previously known as the World Trade Centre and featured exhibition halls. Today, the quiet mall serves as a ferry terminal to the nearby Indonesian islands like Batam and Bintan while also playing host to a smattering of small shops. Food options include fast food, cafes and Ban Heng @ Harbourfront Centre, which serves Cantonese and Teochew cuisine, including a dim sum lunch buffet (from $19.80).
Did you know?: Did you know that Harbourfront is still officially known as Maritime Square? The name Harbourfront was coined in the 2000s to give the area a more upmarket feel after the relocation of Keppel Shipyard.
Singapore Cable Car
Built way back in 1974, the Singapore Cable Car has been a part of Singaporeans’ childhood memories for many years. Today, you can take the cable car the whole way between Mount Faber and Sentosa, with plenty to do in between all the six stops, including their Dining on Cloud 9 program, where you can have a four course meal on the cable car itself.
Start off at the Harbourfront Cable Car Station (#01-00 HarbourFront Tower Two) for a picturesque ride (adult $29, child $18; includes entry into Sentosa) toward Mount Faber, where you can find Faber Peak, a hilltop dining destination with one of the best views in town.
Value buy: Get the Faber License at $39 a year for unlimited cable car joyrides, entries into Sentosa and a whole host of discounts.
Spuds & Aprons (109 Mount Faber Road)
The restaurant is the highlight of Faber Peak with its indulgent comfort food and its view of the sea, Sentosa and incoming cable cars. An example of that indulgence? Their truffle Wicked Fries with gravy ($13) is a caloric monstrosity with truffle scented steak-cut fries topped with six types of cheeses and brown gravy. For mains, go for their popular tobiko-crusted cod ($32); a tender cod filet served with soba noodles and shimeji mushrooms. Meat lovers will also be glad to know that they do very good crispy pork belly ($27) with fork-tender meat and crunchy crackling. Tel: 6377 9688