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Price: S$50. Wine: S$58.
This 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 Alfresco
42 Waterloo Street
Telephone: 6333 5003.
Fax: 6323 2417.

Indochine Wine Bar and Restaurant
49 Club Street
Telephone: 6323 0503. Fax: 6323 2417.

1 Empress Place
Telephone: 6339 1720.
Fax: 6339 0420.

Price: 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.
Pierside Kitchen and Bar
Price: S$60. Wine: S$70.
The 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.
One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road
Telephone: 6438 0400. Fax: 6438 3436.
Web site:
Saint Pierre
Price: S$100. Wine: S$45.
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.

Central Mall, 3 Magazine Road
Telephone: 6438 0887. Fax: 6438 4887.
Web site:
Union Restaurant and Bar Price: S$60. Wine: S$50.
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.

81 Club Street
Telephone: 6327 4990. Fax: 6327 4989.