The Best Al Fresco Restaurants to Visit in Singapore
Look forward to enjoying a meal with friends at these popular dining spots with outdoor dining areas
This story was first published on June 27, 2020, and updated on August 19, 2021.
With the lifting of dine-in restrictions for vaccinated individuals, we are all eager to catch up with a small group of friends over a delicious meal at some of our favourite restaurants on the island. As daily Covid-19 cases continue to be reported, most of us may still be wary of visiting public places even with safety measures in place. A good way to ease into it while getting used to the new normal is to book restaurants with al fresco areas. Here are some of the best spots to consider.
The Alkaff Mansion
Escape the city’s hustle and bustle by heading to The Alkaff Mansion, located in a secluded spot in Telok Blangah Hill Park. It houses three distinct dining concepts, namely pintxo bar Txa, Spanish restaurant Una and Wildseed Café. Book the bar and dine at the well-ventilated al fresco area surrounded by lush greenery. It’s best to come at dinner, when the sun has set and the weather is cooler. Start the night with a refreshing DIY Sangria Punchbowl (good for parties of 3 to 5) as well as a selection of tasty tapas, among which are the ham croquettes, deep-fried Carabinero prawns and Spanish omelette studded with caramelised onions.
Located along the One Fullerton stretch, this all-American diner boasts sweeping views of the Marina Bay. Have a seat outside on comfortable chairs (spaced one metre apart) and admire the vista while tucking into hearty grub, comprising old-school crowd favourites and American classics.
The lobster tater tots, brimming with Maine lobster and finely shredded potatoes, make for a delicious starter. Follow that with other hot favourites that include truffled Mac & Cheese and Texas-style baby back ribs, the latter is served with charred romaine and grilled corn.
Super Loco Robertson Quay
Enjoy a breath of fresh air with friends at this restaurant, which has spacious outdoor seating and a view of the Singapore river to boot. The fun vibe is perfect for get-togethers, made even better with its fuss-free and delicious Mexican fare.
Start with a thirst-quenching Margarita before digging into popular favourites such as crispy nachos with a spicy habanero dip; quesadilla topped with slow-cooked beef brisket, grilled peppers and pickled onions; and soft tacos which come in a variety of fillings.
Tanjong Beach Club
Missing the beach? While short getaways to Bali or Phuket are still not possible, consider something much closer to home, like this popular beach club that recreates a tropical paradise experience. Its dining area stretches out onto the beach, which means you can go for a dip any time you want.
When hunger strikes, look forward to head chef Shiman Woo’s healthy and tasty dishes from the all-day dining menu. For something lighter, consider locally-farmed Kühlbarra barramundi, skilfully cooked to render the skin crisp and the meat moist. Served with zucchini herb salad and house-smoked eggplant puree.
Complement the meal with tropical thirst-quenchers, such as Copabanana, a mix of vanilla and banana-infused dark rum, homemade passion fruit syrup, coconut and pineapple.
PS.Cafe by the Sea
The homegrown café’s latest outlet is situated within the lush greenery of East Coast Park, overlooking the Singapore Strait. And it's no surprise that the breezy space, which spills out onto a well-ventilated patio, is inspired by its waterside location.
Even the menu takes its cues from its location with exclusive seafood dishes. A localised version of the classic French salad is the poached ocean trout niçoise, comprising string beans, green olives, spinach and tuna aioli. The Singapore chilli crab and prawns dish features its namesake ingredients served alongside wok-crisped mantous, jade fried rice and a house-made chilli crab dip.
The trattoria’s location at Customs House affords diners a panoramic vista of the bay, which complements its modern Italian fare. The interiors are surrounded by glass walls that open up so you can enjoy the unobstructed views no matter where you sit. Of course, there is is also the option to grab a table outdoors.
A selection of inventive Italian tipples and modern Italian care can be enjoyed while looking out onto the bay. Start off with the refreshing Classic Aperol Spritz, followed by crowd pleasers including cacio e pepe, featuring al dente mafaldine pasta soaked in olive oil, two types of cheese and peppercorn sauce.
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