There’s no ocean in sight, but South Beach Avenue’s distinctive, wave-like microclimatic canopy provides natural ventilation – just like a lovely sea breeze.
Spanning 32,000 square feet, it boasts dozens of restaurants, bars and lifestyle services right in the Civic District (26 Beach Rd, 189768). Read on about these 8 extra-special eateries that appeal to every taste and occasion!
For authentic Kantostyle sukiyaki, head to Black Cow, which serves Japanese Wagyu Beef and other delicacies (hello, uni!) – flown in from Japan up to four times a week. Sidle up to the sake bar or settle in to a private tatami room. Worth a splurge: the Signature Truffle Donburi ($138), a rice bowl topped with Hida wagyu beef (from the Gifu prefecture), egg yolk and a showering of shaved truffles. (#B1-20)
Real Food is an organic, vegetarian-cum-vegan concept run by a team that strongly believes “you are what you eat”. They know where and how ingredients are grown and produced, and support local producers. All dishes are free of processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans fat. Pop in and relax over a pot of Sonnentor tea ($7.50), tuck into satisfying, meatfree dumplings (from $10.80) or enjoy a fresh smoothie boost (from $8.50). (#B1-19)
If you’re pressed for time, grab a quickie at Fasta. The chef has planned every dish to feature unique sauces and dressings, accompanied by a variety of seafood and meat toppings. Just take the Siow Ba Mee ($15) – crunchy, caramelised pork belly atop aglio olio-style al dente pasta with a hint of yuzu dressing – or Chickinaki ($13) – pan-fried chicken, teriyaki cream sauce and onions plus noodles of your choice. (#B1-23)
When caffeine alone won’t cut it, upgrade your tea time with Lady M’s Japanese-French confections. Only found at South Beach Avenue: the Earl Grey Mille Crêpes ($9.50), which feature a tea-infused pastry cream between handmade crepes with a tea glaze. Need more to whet your appetite? Consider its recently launched savoury menu and solid list of fine wines and Champagnes. (#01-17)
Tacos One of Korea’s hottest restaurants, Vatos Urban Tacos is influenced by the Mexican street tacos culture in Los Angeles, then combined with homecooked Korean classics. The result? Exciting creations such as Kimchi Carnitas Fries (from $19), Galbi Tacos (from $20 for two) and more. It also offers 10 craft beers on tap and specialty cocktails along with margaritas. Planning a big-group dinner? Vatos Urban Tacos can handle it! (South Beach Quarter)
Housed in the beautifully restored former Beach Road Military Camp, this cafe by day, bar by night offers an eclectic mix of Singaporean, European and Japanese dishes. Even better? It has an impressive line-up of 15 craft beers and branded beers on tap from the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. Hungry? Dig into the hefty, 200-gram charcoal-grilled wagyu beef Royal Armoury Burger. (South Beach Quarter)
This cosy Australian restaurant serves up modern takes on global faves, from pasta dishes – such as Homemade Cavatelli Pasta ($26) – to burgers (from $26.50) and breakfast fare a la fluffy pancakes (from $19). Want something light? Try the seared Hokkaido scallops with cauliflower puree ($15). Or, take comfort food to another level with lamb chops encrusted with pistachio and herbs, served with sauteed mushrooms and baked onion ($35). (#B1-21)
Under its previous name, The Whiskey Store, it won a Great Whiskey Bar of the World by The Whisky Magazine in 2006. But, the handsome Quaich Bar isn’t one to brag – okay, may just a little: It stocks more than 500 labels of the golden elixir. Given that, you’re sure to find a dram to fit your palate. It’s a great place to unwind with your mates at the end of the week, or share a quiet evening with a date. (#01-16)
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder Issue 295
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