South Beach Singapore is home to 16 dining and lifestyle concepts, including more than 10 restaurants, cafes and drinking places.
Consisting of the South Beach Tower, South Beach Residences and JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach in the same compound, the 32,000 square feet South Beach Avenue is the lifestyle wing for dining, wining, nightlife and beauty concepts.
Previously known as Beach Road Military Camp where the first National Service enlistment took place, it is now the combination of both old (4 heritage buildings) and new (2 towers) architectures.
Restaurants you can find there include Black Cow – a modern Japanese shabu shabu and sukiyaki restaurant, Atmastel for gourmet Italian pizzas and pasta, and Fynn’s – a casual Australian restaurant where you can plan your next brunch and dinner outings.
If you are planning for your next meal, here are 10 Restaurants & Cafes At South Beach Avenue not to be missed:
South Beach Avenue #B1-21
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm (Tues – Fri), 11:00am – 10:00pm (Sat), 11:00am – 5:00pm (Sun)
Salad, sandwich and burgers in the day, hearty portion of grilled meat and small plates at night, the modern Australian restaurant is further transformed into a brunch place during the weekends, serving brunch fare such as Chia Seed Pudding and Vanilla Hotcakes.
I also liked the interior with garden-like features, great for a weekend brunch with friends.
With 3 different menus catering to the different crowd during the week, there is always a refreshing and surprise element to attract diners to come back often.
Signature Dish – Spanish Polpo ($17)
The star dishes here include Iberico Pork ($32), Homemade Cavatelli Pasta ($25), and my favourite of Spanish Polpo ($17).
It is a pan-seared octopus leg, with tender and chewy texture, smokey charred taste, enhanced by the lingering spicy apple slaw and lemongrass.
End your meal with a Molten Milk Chocolate ($13) dessert, a milk chocolate cake with coffee caramel, vanilla gelato and lemon zest.
South Beach Avenue #B1-22
Tel: +65 6581 0085
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Lead by Italian Head Chef Andrea Tarini with a 3-Michelin-star background, the menu is crafted using the freshest ingredients flown in from Italy twice a week.
From San Marzano tomatoes, fresh burrata, San Daniele ham to mozzarella, the freshest ingredients are prepared right in front of our eyes in their open-concept kitchen.
For those thinking of recreating the memories at home, there is also a retail section within the restaurant with more than 70 varieties of artisanal cold cuts, cheeses, wines and condiments.
Signature Dish – Zuppa di Pesce ($68 for two)
If you come in a pair or group, get the Zuppa di Pesce – a tomato based seafood stew with generous serving of fresh red snapper, molluscs and shellfish which spells “umami-ness”
The fresh tomato base eluded an addictive tangy taste, also bringing out the freshness and sweetness in the seafood. The table of us couldn’t help but clear till even the sauce in the stew pot was swept clean.
South Beach Avenue #B1-23
Tel: +65 9111 1245
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Mon-Sat)
Fast + Pasta = Fasta. This is a fusion pasta cafe that serves fun, fresh, fuss-free meals, perfect for the busy hard-pressed for time working crowd.
With unique sauces and dressings that you do not commonly see elsewhere, the recommended dishes include the Scallop Wallop Pasta ($16), Siow Ba Mee ($13), Chickinaki ($12) and Smokey Quacky Ducky ($13).
Signature Dish – Siow Ba Mee ($13)
While you probably often get ‘Siow Ba’ (roasted pork) in a Cantonese-style eatery, try having it on pasta. It boosts of tender and succulent pork belly, with caramelisation of a sweet-savoury exterior, coupled with al-dente pasta of the right bite.
I also liked that hint of yuzu dressing used for that kick of refreshness towards the end of the bite.
South Beach Quarter #01-01
Tel: +65 6385 3173
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 9:00am – 1:00am (Fri)
10:00am – 1:00am (Sat), 10:00am – 11:00pm (Sun)
The Armoury does sound like a masculine name. The name came about as the drinking hole is housed within one of the heritage buildings that was formerly the military armoury of Beach Road Military Camp. Added charm perhaps.
It serves as a cafe by the day, and drinking hang-out spot of Craft Beer and Wine Bar by the night. There are 8 international craft beers and 5 branded beers on tap to cater to different budget and palate.
The food menu offers a mix of uniquely Singaporean dishes given a spin, such as South Beach Chili Crab ($17) and Lobster Satay Capellini ($29.50) and classic European dishes – Royal Armoury Burger ($19).
Signature Dish – Lobster Satay Capellini ($29.50)
This is essentially our local satay beehoon given a modern take – good to try for the more adventurous foodies.
Instead of vermicelli, you get capellini pasta tossed in peanut sauce with cuttlefish and beansprouts, topped with half a grilled lobster and papadum.
Leaning towards a sweeter profile, there are also crushed peanuts to give the dish an extra crunch.
Vatos Urban Tacos
South Beach Quarter #01-03
Tel: +65 6385 6010 / 6385 6970
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 1:00am (Fri – Sat)
Formerly named as the “Hottest New Restaurant in Seoul” by CNN when it first opened, Vatos Urban Tacos is the marriage between Mexican street tacos in LA and home-cooked Korean meals.
Started by three Korean-Americans, this outlet at South Beach Avenue (at the South Beach Quarter side) is its first outside Korea.
Experience Korean-Mexican (Ko-Mex) style of cuisine which includes Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($18), Honey Tequila Chicken Wings ($18) and Galbi Short Rib Tacos ($13 for 2, $18 for 3), refreshing and different from the usual repertoire of Korean BBQ and Korean fried chicken.
Signature Dish – Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16)
These fries are voted the “best dish in Korea” by 10 Magazine, and one of the “six must-try foods in Seoul” by The Fodor’s Travel Guide.
It is made with shoestring fries in braised pork carnitas, Kimchi, melted cheese, with toppings such as cilantro, onion, lime creme and Vatos hot sauce to give an appetising sour and spicy mix.
Mashisoyo! The combination was addictive and it was a consensus that this will go well with any K-drama.
Alchemist Beer Lab
South Beach Avenue #B1-16
Tel: +65 6386 4365
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 12:00am (Mon – Thurs), 12:00pm – 1:00am (Fri, Eve of PH),
4:00pm – 1:00am (Sat)
Upon entering Asia’s first beer infusion bar by Little Island Brewing Co., my attention was shifted to the 16 cutting edge infusion towers used for optimum brewing, extraction and infusion of beers.
With a stark resemblance to the bottles used to contain the herbs, snake and scorpions in Chinese medicinal halls, there is always a surprise element of unknown and curiosity in the taste.
I noticed several innovative infusion of fruits within the beef such as pink guava with cider in “50 Shades of Pink” (not pink in colour), lemon and lime with golden ale in “Ugly Sister” and passionfruit with cider in “Passionista”
Signature Drink – Obama ($12 for happy house, $15 after happy hour)
Black Magic stout with toasted MARSHMALLOWS, vanilla pod and mint leaves that leave a creamy sweetness.
More than just a drink, this is also like a dessert.
Caffè Vergnano 1882
South Beach Avenue #B1-17
Tel: +65 6385 5579
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Founded in 1882, Italy’s oldest family-owned coffee roaster Caffè Vergnano 1882 sources its Arabica beans from Central America and blends it with an Arabic “Sidamo” of Ethiopia. Thus, you get hints of citrus and floral notes in its exclusive 1882 Espresso blend.
Using coffee beans and chocolate powder directly imported from Italy, the cafe also conducts coffee masterclass in latte art, manual brewing and espresso making in their private room,
Signature Drink – Caffè Gianduja ($6 hot, $7 cold)
The Caffè Gianduja is a beverage from Turin, which features hot chocolate and espresso topped with whipped cream for that thick and rich texture.
If you would like a chocolate drink instead of coffee, get the Cioccolata ($5.50 hot, $6 cold) to get you to chocolate dreamland.
South Beach Avenue #01-17
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Lady M is definitely not a stranger to Singaporeans, with their pretty 20 paper-thin layered mille crepe cakes turning their charms on from New York City.
There is also this Japanese-style lightness and aesthetics. Diners could be seen whipping out their phones (and cameras) and took a dozen shots of the mille crepe (and with the mille crepe) before (finally) digging into the smooth and elegant masterpiece.
Mille Crepe ($9.50)
20 paper-thin layers of handmade crepes sandwiched with light pastry cream.
South Beach Avenue #01-18
Tel: +65 6386 6306
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Started off with their first outlet at Boat Quay in 1992, Harry’s had grown to 19 outlets across Singapore, and became one of the popular spots for Sports fanatics (live telecast of sports match), after-work crowd (happy hours and #TGIF), family and friends gathering.
Signature Dish – Harry’s Signature Wings ($13 for 6pcs, $19 for 10pcs)
If you cannot decide between the Harry’s Jazz Burger ($19.90) or Harry’s Signature Wings to go with the drinks, get both.
The wings are one of the Harry’s all-time favourites – crispy chicken wings with house spices and a hint of Tabasco.
A perfect beer bites to go with their house pour Premium Lager ($7 for half pint, $12 for full pint) and Harry’s 1992 ($16).
South Beach Avenue #B1-19
Tel: +65 6384 2206
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
An organic vegetarian and vegan concept.
They believe in “You are what you eat”, and therefore there are no processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans-fat are found in the food. They also take pride in knowing the sources of the ingredients, and actively support local producers.
Great for those intending to #CleanEat and go on a healthier diet.
Signature Dish – Dumpling ($9.80 for 8pcs)
Even though the food served is vegetarian and vegan focused, Real Food attempts to have more variety, and you can still find dishes like Curry Soup Noodles made with oat milk ($12.80) and Baked Stuffed Portobello ($11.80).
The other recommended are the plump dumplings cooked in 2 ways: fried to a golden crisp or steamed before drizzling with organic sesame oil and tamari.
South Beach Avenue’s location is convenient for friends and family for a get together, with direct access via two MRT stations, namely CC3 Esplanade Station Exit F (Circle Line) and EW13/NS25 City Hall Interchange (via Esplanade Xchange to CC3 Esplanade Station Exit F).
It is also not too far a walk from Bugis MRT.
The stunning architecture is designed by Foster + Partners, making it a venue not only for food, but for exploration and photos moments.
South Beach Avenue
26 Beach Road Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6672 5722 (Customer service tel: 9am – 6pm)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape. The entry is brought to you in partnership with South Beach Avenue.