Singapore’s Best New Restaurant, an authentic Sichuan hotpot restaurant, Singapore’s 1st Philly Cheesesteak house… these are some of the NEW eats to expect at Clarke Quay.
VLV Singapore, Da Miao Hot Pot, Red House Seafood, Talay Thai, Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill, and Philly Shack are the latest additions to Clarke Quay’s food enclave.
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The area is becoming an international food quarter of sorts, where you can experience some of the best restaurants in Singapore serving anything from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, European, Latin American, to Indian cuisine.
For those looking for affordable, wallet-friendly lunches in restaurants, there are lunch deals going on EVERY SINGLE DAY, when you can get 2, 3, 4 course meals at only 10++, $15++ and $25++. (Check out this link for more details.)
Clarke Quay Block A #01-02
Tel: +65 6661 0197
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Mon – Fri)
11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Stylish Chinese Dining and Glamorous Club Lounge
The Straits Times named VLV the “Best New Restaurant” last year, giving them a thumb’s up for being “authentically Chinese and very good”.
VLV is housed in a heritage building (where a wealthy family used to stay a century ago) which retained the exterior, whilst its interior is decorated in stylish modern Chinese restaurant grandeur.
You have to be here to see it with your own eyes.
Group Executive Chef Martin Foo and team promise a good spread of quality Chinese food matched with visually-appealing presentation, from Peking Duck, Beggar Chicken, to Lobster Broth Rice. Not to be missed is the Dim Sum Lunch Buffet every weekend ($68++) which also includes a selection of 4 Chef’s signature main dishes.
Clarke Quay Lunch Promo
A possible pick for your next Corporate Lunch. The Lunch Promo is priced at a value-for-money $98++ for 4 persons, with a spread of 7-courses including Prawn Dumpling ‘Ha Gao’, Pan-fried Carrot Cake, Sea Prawn with Nutritious Herbal Soup, Sweet & Sour Chillean Seabass, Crispy Roasted Chicken, Poached Hong Kong Choy Sum, Braised Noodles with Enoki Mushroom & Bean Sprout, and Roselle Flower Osmanthus Jelly.
Da Miao Hotpot 大妙火锅
Clarke Quay Block C #01-11
Tel: +65 6250 9969
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Authentic Sichuan Hotpot Loaded With Entertainment
Good news for those craving for authentic Sichuan style Mala hotpot, the popular Da Miao Hotpot from Chengdu China has opened at Clarke Quay.
The highlight is its Mala soup base, said to contain more than twenty spices, added with special plant oil and herbs. Therefore, it is not that greasy, yet still quintessentially Sichuan.
If you fear for your tickling tongue, you can always opt for a “modified to local taste” option, or have it the “original Chinese way” if you are up for the challenge. You decide.
Of course, there are also choices of Pig Bones, Tomato and Mushroom soup bases.
Ingredients-wise, get the Beef or Fresh Shrimp Paste ($18) – a flat block of freshly-minced meat paste, made without additional starch so that you can still savour the original favours after being cooked in the soup bases.
Come at night, and you will be entertained by traditional Sichuan performances of “Bian Lian” (literally meaning mask changing), and Chinese long-sprout tea pouring ceremony by professional “Stage Artists”.
Red House Seafood
Clarke Quay Block C #01-02/03 & #02-07/08
Tel: +65 6442 3112
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri)
11:00am – 2.30pm , 5:00pm – 10.30pm (Sat – Sun)
Fresh Seafood With Strong Local Flavours
Red House Seafood, established since 1976, is one of the to-go places if you have cravings for Chilli Crabs and seafood. This is their 3rd outlet, and also the newest.
Their house-made Red House Chilli Stew sauce is one-of-a-kind, sweet and tangy with light touch of spiciness. You may find yourself in a finger-licking situation. The crab meat, especially the Sri Lankan ones, is typically thick, sweet and fleshy.
Other than the Red House Chilli Crab, I would recommend the “Kuei Fei” Crab In Claypot, featuring a not-so-common Scottish Brown Crab in a savoury, milky broth with sliced ginger, a hint of Chinese wine and thick white noodles.
If you are heading over for lunch, do not miss out the Takesumi Chilli Crab Buns ($10++ for 3), of beautiful contrast of crispy black bamboo charcoal exterior with red chilli crab fillings.
Clarke Quay Block E #01-05
Tel: +65 6337 1838
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 11.00pm, 10.30pm Last order (Sun – Thurs);
12.00pm – 2.00am, 12.30am last order (Fri and Sat)
Thai Tapas Concept With Urban Twist
You know this Thai Tapas Restaurant-Bar is not quite the ordinary when it offers Live RAW Prawn Ceviche ($16++) on its menu – caught on demand, fresh out from the tank. Think prawn sashimi (it’s grey, I know), close your eyes, pop it into your mouth, and let that original taste do its magic.
If you would like something ‘safer’, but still equally exciting, get the Aroy Mak Tasting Platter ($28++). The sharing platter has a mix of Sweet and Spicy Deep-fried Rice Noodle, tender Thai Grilled Chicken Skewers, succulent handmade Thai Fish Cakes, Golden Fried Prawn Toast, and Rice Crackers which you can dip in Thai-spiced Prawn Ragout.
Aroy! That means “tasty”.
Over here, you get Thai food prepared by Thai trained chefs, but with an unpredictable, updated twist. Think Tom Yum Lobster Bisque, White Bait with Tom Yum Powder, Chicken Skin Crackling, and Stingray Fish with Tamarind Glaze. Not forgetting a Lychee Rambutan Longan Mojito Duo to go with the savouries.
Clarke Quay Lunch Promo
A choice of one main course of Phad Thai, Pad See Ew, Basil Chicken with Rice, Green Curry Chicken with Rice for only $10++. For a more substantial meal, the main course with soup and dessert are still at a wallet-friendly price of $25++. (T&C applies)
Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
Clarke Quay Block B #01-18
Tel: +65 9834 9935
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am Daily
For Peranakan Cuisine and Juicy Satay
Remember the days when Singapore’ Satay Club used to be at Clarke Quay? So it seems apt that local Peranakan cuisine restaurateur Violet Oon opened a satay grill restaurant right at Clarke Quay.
No expenses are spared in doing up the décor, and I enjoyed sitting near the glassed-in open kitchen where you can see the meats in full grill, I mean view.
Satay options are include Chicken ($14++), Pork done Hainan style ($16++), Angus Beef ($18++), Prawn ($20++), and Tripe ($15++). The grilled angus beef is a must-order, surprisingly juicy and deliciously marinated in spices. The sticks are served in a sweet peanut sauce topped with grated pineapple – like how I remembered I had my satays.
Clarke Quay Block A #01-01-B
Tel: +65 6837 0675
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 11:00pm (Sun – Tues), 12:00pm – 2:00am (Wed – Sat)
1st Philly Cheesesteak Store In Singapore
A Philadelphia Cheesesteak, or Philly cheesesteak, is a sandwich with fillings of sliced pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese.
Philly Shack’s is one of Singapore’s very first dedicated Philly Cheesesteak eatery, serving pillowy rolls ($17++) filled with thinly-sliced yet generous portions of ribeye, topped with grilled caramelised onions and your choice of melted cheese.
Pick from American cheese, an original house-made Cheese Whiz, or Provolene.
Also featured on its menu is a range of American comfort food such as Philly Shack Burger ($17.50++), Wings ($8.50++ for 6 pieces, $14.00++ for 12 pieces), Beer Batter Onion Rings ($5.00++), alongside a wide range of craft beers and milkshakes.
Tip: Get into the store and look at their hot sauces compartment. There are more than 80 to choose from, but avoid those superbly spicy ones on first try. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Good to know: You can pick from a selection of tabletop games, like Jenga, dice, cards and beer pong to keep everyone hopping.
Free Treat for Kids Every Sunday
More reasons to bring your children out to Clarke Quay during Sundays from 12-3pm. Kids under 12 can enjoy a FREE meal with every two paying adults at selected restaurants. For a limited period only.
Participating restaurants include Talay Thai, McGettigan’s, Fremantle Seafood Market, Hot Stones, Catch Beer & Batter, Paulaner Clarke Quay, and VLV Singapore (free weekend brunch). T&C apply.
CapitaStar members can earn a whooping 3x STAR$® rewards when dining at Clarke Quay from 12pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday!
There is also FREE PARKING from 12:30pm – 1:30pm during weekday lunch ($2.14 for first two hours afterwards.) For more information, visit http://www.clarkequay.com.sg/lunch
3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
By Bus – No. 54 from Scotts Road or 32 and 195 from City Hall MRT Station
By MRT- Clarke Quay MRT, (about 5 mins walk), City Hall MRT (about 10-15 mins walk), Raffles Place MRT (about 10-15 mins walk)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Clarke Quay.