Clarke Quay known for interesting concepts and vibrant bars, offers many delicious food options which cannot be found elsewhere in Singapore.
Looking for hearty local food in the wee hours of the night?
SG Hawker which is opened 24/7 has a seven-stall food atrium with mouth-watering array of iconic Singaporean hawker dishes from Bak Chor Mee, Hainanese Chicken Rice to Char Kway Teow.
Here are 10 exciting restaurants you can check out at Clarke Quay: (Prices are subject to prevailing taxes for restaurants.)
Clarke Quay Blk E, #01-08
Opening Hours: 24/7 (for selected stalls)
SG Hawker is a modernised kopitiam serving an array of traditional local street food delights. The other good news: it is opened 24 hours daily for selected stalls.
Conceptualised by Fei Siong Group, SG Hawker offers a comfortable dining venue to experience hawker food and Singapore fare.
It includes seven stalls such as The Nasi Ayam Stall, Fried Kway Teow and Fried Hokkien Mee, 85 Redhill Fish Ball Noodles, Laksa and Prawn Noodles, Hainanese Curry Rice, Traditional Coffee & Kaya Toast, Handmade Pau, and Mee Hoon Kueh.
Here, you can find dishes made using heritage recipes handed down through generations, such as Chicken Rice, Char Kway Teow and Fish Ball Noodles.
Must-try is the Signature Soup Noodle with Fish Maw ($9), each bowl is chockful of fish balls, pork balls, pork wonton, minced pork, sliced pork, pig’s liver, chicken egg, seaweed, and thick-sliced fish maw.
The rich and mellow soup uses 85 Redhill’s soup base, boiled using fresh pork bones, chicken bones and special essences and simmered for at least 3 hours. Dried sole fish is added to enhance flavour and aroma.
SG Hawker’s version of the iconic Hainanese Chicken Rice ($4.50) features a whole chicken marinated in homemade chicken stock. Once poached, it transforms into a tender, moist meat under a silky, glistening skin. Served with fragrant rice infused with chicken fat and aromatics.
Hanjip Korean Grill House
Clarke Quay Blk C, #01-11
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 1am (Mon – Sun)
HANJIP Korean Grill House location in Clarke Quay boasts as one of the largest in town, spanning an area of more than 5000 square feet. This includes seven themed private dining rooms.
As a modern Korean grill house, it offers signature cuts of Australia Wagyu and USDA Prime Beef that have been aged to perfection. They also carry an extended range of premium Kurobuta Berkshire Pork.
Choose from the Hanjip Platter ($158), Beef Platter A ($135), or Beef Platter B ($125).
The recommended Hanjip Platter ($158) includes signature meat cuts of USDA Prime Ribeye (200g), USDA Prime Boneless Short Ribs (150g), Kurobuta Pork Belly (150g), and Marinated Kurobuta Pork Collar (150g). These meats deliver a superior flavour and texture and remain exceptionally tender once grilled.
Complement your grilled meats with a Ginseng Chicken Soup Set ($24) made with a fresh, whole spring chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, red dates, gingko nuts, and the potent Korean ginseng. The broth is soothing as it is flavourful. Comes with a bowl of rice, side dishes, and barley tea.
Lunch Pork/Beef Set for 2pax at $88/$108, consisting of a range of meats, soup/stew, pancake, and sides. Includes free flow side dishes and barley tea.
Clarke Quay Blk A, #01-04
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
If you are looking for a place to unwind, Tomo Izakaya is ideal as an intimate and relaxing venue to meet up with friends and colleagues.
The concept is inspired by the Japanese izakaya; and like a tapas bar, you can order a variety of small plates of bar chow for sharing.
Do try their signature dish Sushi Moriwase (from $28), a collection of 5 assorted sushi beautifully presented on a ladder plate – Akami, Salmon, Mekajiki, ikura, and Kanpachi.
Or get Temaki (from $6.50), a variety of hand-rolled sushi including Spicy Tekka Avo, Unagi, Salmon Cheese, Salmon Spicy, Aburi Salmon Cheese, and Salmon and Salmon Skin. All these are wrapped in dried seaweed cones.
If you love oysters, their freshly shucked oysters ($2 each) can be irresistible.
Share a platter of assorted kushiyaki skewers with the Kushi Mori ($24), which includes 5 sticks. Enjoy them grilled a la minute over live charcoals, including Negima (chicken with leek), Tsukune (chicken meat ball with sweet soya sauce), Aspara Maki (pork belly-wrapped asparagus), Nankotsu (chicken breast soft bone), and Enoki Bacon (golden mushroom wrapped with bacon).
Set Lunch is available (priced from $14.50 – $16.50) and you have 12 varieties of Bento Sets to choose from.
The lunch bento specials range from Una-Tama, Teriyaki Chicken, Kaki Fry, Gyu Nira Itame, Ebi Chilli Sauce, Surumeika Kimchi, Buta Soki, Salmon Teriyaki, Tori-Karaage, Salmon Fry, Torichilli Avaca and Oyako.
The crowd-favourite Salmon Teriyaki Bento with grilled salmon in teriyaki sauce comes recommended.
Clarke Quay Blk D, #01-07
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Travel back to old Beijing through a trip to Hutong restaurant, a 110-seater resto clad in Chinese silk drapes and bold, red lanterns. Its ambiance aims to preserve the Chinese city’s distinctive charm and laid-back character in contrast to the bustling backdrop of Clarke Quay riverside.
Diners order their Mala Xiao Long Xia with Moutai ($38.90) with baby crawfish stir-fried with a blend of aromatic mala spices. When served, a shot of Moutai is drizzled over and flambéed for a dramatic presentation.
All skewers are marinated in a special in-house blend of cooking wine, salt, white pepper powder, and cumin powder. For some meats, they add dark soya sauce to intensity the umami. Marination is done overnight to ensure the meats are thoroughly flavoured.
A special blend of salt, sugar, garlic powder, cumin powder, chicken stock powder and chilli flakes (for spicy offerings) are sprinkled atop the skewer.
Instead of plates, these are served over a China-imported griller to keep them warm throughout your meal. As the skewers are grilled over charcoals, each one gets that nice, smoky finish that linger as you eat.
For a fuss-free lunch, get the Set Lunch Hutong ($15) with an assortment of 8 sticks of BBQ skewers, including meats like beef, pork, and chicken; veggies like broccoli, romaine lettuce, eggplant; oyster mushroom, and potato chips.
Clarke Quay Blk A #01-06
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Hopheads is all about having fun, good vibes, and lots of booze.
Now as a pop-up bar at Clarke Quay, they offer everything from draft beers to soju, cocktails, liquors, wines, bubbles & champagne, and premium alcoholic drinks, Hopheads got something to cure your worries away.
Of course, food is just as essential. You can order the Cheese Charcuterie ($21.90) featuring 3 types of cheese (rotational, and I had garlic herb cheese, blue cheese, camembert), salami, crackers, and seasonal fruits and nuts like dried apricots and walnuts.
Other recommended items to munch along are Mentaiko Fries ($16.90), Roasted Chicken Drumstick ($14.90), and the Prawn Cracker with spicy Belachan Chilli ($7.90).
For drinks, why not try Jing A Worker’s Pale Ale?
This pick-me-up is brewed via double dry-hopping process and combines Mosaic and Cascade hops. Beer geeks will notice even the colour is hues apart from most traditional Pale Ales. The hops and malt are balanced to blend the flavours and add a moderate hop bitterness.
Or go for Jing A Mandarin Wheat, a smooth drink combining pale barley malt and wheat. This blend imparts a mild sweetness and complements the sparkling aroma of mandarin orange peels (1-year aged Xinhui orange peel from Guangdong) and freshness of coriander.
Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar
Clarke Quay Blk B, #01-13
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Operating for over 14 years, Cuba Libre is home not only to good mojitos but a special curation of Latin American and Singaporean tapas.
It is helmed by Chef Alex Moreno, whose passion for Latin American cuisine led him to create his specialty Beef Empanada ($12), stuffed with minced melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked beef and Ropa Vieja Bites ($12), which is classic Cuban tapas of pulled beef on banana chips.
Try the other dishes of Summer Crab Rolls ($18), Beef Rendang Croquetas ($12) and crowd-fav Chicken Wings ($12) back by popular demand.
Check out the 3 Course Set Lunch available for $16 at Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar, available till 31 December from 12pm to 2pm (Mon – Fri). Includes a starter, main, dessert, and drink (soft drink, juice or tea).
Clarke Quay Blk C, #01-05/06
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sat, Eve of PH), Closed Sun, Mon
While Zouk is widely recognised as the pioneer clubbing institution in Singapore, not many know that they have a restaurant concept of Capital Kitchen.
Many come to enjoy the 1-for-1 house pours, available 6pm to 10:30pm from Tuesday to Saturdays.
The restaurant serves quite a range of mains, from Kurobuta Pork ($35), Bangers & Mash ($20), Fuhu Fried Rice ($22), Grilled Octopus Leg with Croquette ($30), to a bowl of Signature Broth Congee ($15).
I had the Fish & Chip ($27) which turned out to be quite crispy, with golden-battered Hoki fish to be dipped with mushy peas, tartar sauce and truffle sauce.
Another favourite is the Crab Meat Pasta ($25), cooked with generous amount of crab meat with sweet-spicy tomato sauce and chilli padi with spaghetti.
Zorba The Greek Taverna
Clarke Quay Blk A, #01-02
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Santorini-inspired Zorba the Greek Taverna is more than just a place to eat – it’s an instant cure for wanderlust by bringing Greece to you.
Enjoy a healthy Hellenic menu of authentic, timeless Greek cuisine in a genuinely relaxing ambiance. Mediterranean coast colours of blue and white fill the interiors, offering waterfront views for your pleasure.
Weekend All-Day Breakfast (available 9am to 4pm) includes Shakshuka ($18), Giaourti ($12), Greek pancakes Tiganites ($16), Tsoureki ($16), Avokanto ($18), Avga ($20), and Zorba Breakfast Platter ($26).
The all-in-one dish Zorba Breakfast Platter ($24) has everything you need for a hearty balanced meal.
You get either scrambled or poached eggs, served with meats (Greek sausage and bacon), mushrooms (feta-stuffed grilled Portobello), veggies (roasted Roma tomatoes and caramelised onion), fruit (avocado), and a slice of toast.
Check out the Set Lunch with offerings of 1 course with drink ($15.50); 2 course ($18.50); and 3 course ($23.50) – which includes a soup of the day, main, and dessert.
House of Seafood
Clarke Quay Blk A, Outdoor
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
Crab lovers should be familiar with House of Seafood which has another outlet at Clarke Quay.
Its al fresco dining area offers breezy waterfront views, making it ideal for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner by the bay. In bar dining menus are available for those who want to chow and chill.
Other than regular favourites of Chill Crab, Golden Creamy Butter Crab, Signature Salted Egg Crab, and Original Indonesian Baked Crab, the restaurant takes pride for its award-winning Best Black Pepper Crab and a bevy of seafood specialties.
House of Seafood’s Black Pepper Crab ($70/kg) uses the freshest crabs and has a strong peppery taste without being too spicy.
Do not miss the house special Fried White Bee Hoon with XO Sauce and Seafood ($18). This best-selling Singapore noodle dish comes with large fresh prawns and vegetables fried in seafood broth with wok-hei.
[Closed] Minion Café
Clarke Quay Blk A, 01-01A/01-01B/01-01C/01-01D
Opening Hour: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The cheeky yellow-in-blue-overalls Minions have invaded Clarke Quay and set up the first ever Minion-themed café in Southeast Asia. Till Feb 1, 2021, immerse yourself in a Minion-ful experience through thematic food, drinks, and merchandise.
Feast your eyes and tickle your taste buds with picture-perfect dishes courtesy of 1-Group’s Head Restaurant Chef Tom Kung and his team. Apart from dishes based on PARCO Japan’s menu, new Singapore-inspired dishes were also created for the local palate.
Make it a satisfying and fun lunch with Minion Wagyu Lunch Plate ($27) featuring a tender strip of black pepper wagyu loin patty topped with sunny-side-up egg. Accompanying the steak is a crispy fried ebi prawn, mini chicken sausage, veggies, and two yellow Minion rice balls.
Go for some local flavour with the Minion Keema Chicken Curry ($24) made with mildly spicy minced chicken and vegetable curry. A Minion-shaped turmeric rice stands on the side looking over sauteed portobello mushrooms, a thin crunchy slice of lotus root, and banana chips.
Bite into a yellow-coloured bun of Minion Wagyu Cheeseburger ($32) filled with a juicy Wagyu beef patty on watercress, with cheddar cheese and ketchup. Served with a side of crunchy onion ring, French fries, cornichon pickles and a small serving of minestrone soup.
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