branch of three restaurants serves authentic food from
Indochina. Indochine Alfresco, on Waterloo Street, offers
informal alfresco dining in a courtyard setting and
serves lighter fare like the famous Vietnamese beef
noodles. Indochine Wine Bar and Restaurant on Club Street
is more upscale, with dark decor and bold sculptures.
It offers more a complex menu, like Loatian pork patties
wrapped around lemongrass stalks. The newest branch
is the trendy Waterfront, on Empress Place, with a huge
terrace adjacent to the river and seating behind large
glass panels. It features fusion food like Cambodian
chicken with garlic, and an Indonesian platter of prawns
on sugar cane, dried beef and spring rolls.
Indochine Wine Bar and Restaurant
49 Club Street
Telephone: 6323 0503. Fax: 6323 2417.
1 Empress Place
Telephone: 6339 1720.
Fax: 6339 0420.
S$60. Wine: S$82.
This may be one of the best and trendiest restaurants,
this upmarket venue has stark, minimalist aesthetics.
Located in the heart of the city adjacent to the Metropole
Hotel, Marmalade has a smaller but popular American
menu serving high-quality food that changes frequently.
Starters may include mizune and wildflower salad or
tomato and saffron consommé, and main courses
like the crispy skin fillet of pike or pan-roasted quail
served with brioche and foie gras. Desserts like the
Jack Daniel glazed banana or the passion fruit pannacotta
are yummy. There is a five-course tasting menu at S$88
or S$118 with wines; the vegetarian version is S$78
and S$108. Closed lunch and on Sunday.
36 Purvis Street
Telephone: 6837 2123.
Fax: 6837 2124.
Kitchen and Bar
S$60. Wine: S$70.
Pierside Kitchen and Bar’s waterfront setting
allows alfresco dining with a harbour view. The modern
cuisine is strong on seafood and includes a dash of
Japanese. Starters include spiced crab cakes with marinated
cucumber and chilli, and seaweed-wrapped tuna tempura.
Main courses include: oven-roasted miso cod with new
potatoes and sweet peas and the Maine lobster linguine.
The highlight for dessert is the warm chocolate tart
with a molten lava centre. Elegant decor, staff and
ambience, Pierside has already made its mark as another
trendy dining spot.
Emmanual Stroobant, a Best Chef of the Year winner,
joins his Belgian roots and Asian experience in an elegant,
simple and modern eatery. The menu such as delicacies
like pan-fried foie gras with caramelised apple in port
sauce, and the pot-roasted Barbarie duck leg, served
with raspberry vinegar reduction and caramelised pear
are recommended. For dessert, Grandma Stroobant’s
flourless Belgian chocolate cake lives up to its reputation
as a must try. Reservations are recommended. No dinner
on Sundays; no lunch on Saturdays.
Union has a cool bar on the ground floor with dim lights
and fine cocktails and a restaurant focusing on modern
European cuisine. Try the mussels with lemongrass and
coconut or the duck pan-fried with a crispy skin and
served with a berry coulis. The lobster angel hair pasta
with caviar is one of their most popular main courses.
Top it all off with chocolate fondue and relax in a
simple and spacious setting with nice lighting and music.
A three-course lunch is available for S$25.