Category Archives: Boat Quay/Clarke Quay Area


Provence Milk Buns Chocolate & Cream Wassant 
17A Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Tel: 6467 6966
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 8.30pm, Mon to Fri; 8.30am to 8.30pm, Sat & Sun
Petit Provence
#B1-29 Central Shopping Centre
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Tel: 6534 9029
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily

It may be called Provence, but its European breads are given a Japanese twist. Owned by qualified Japanese baker Yoshiaki Matsumoto, 36, the bakery employs seven Japanese and local bakers in its kitchen behind. It uses high-quality wheat imported from France, and every loaf is measured, mixed, kneaded and finished by hand.

The Petite Provence at Central Shopping Centre has less variety – just cream & choco wasant and petit chocolat chocolat. Just 50 cents each and you can finish a single one in 2 bites.

The Provence at Holland Village has walnut raisins, chocolate twist, koshi an pan, milk bun, light pound cake, cheese bun, cream cheese seasame, walnut cream cheese and chocol & cream wassant.

Our advice is to call ahead and reserve the buns/wassant and collect it later. Else be prepared to have them tell you “Sorry, we ran out!”.

House of Sundanese

House of Sudanese Ikan Gurame Goreng Taupok Goreng Isi
House of Sundanese
55 Boat Quay
Tel: 6534 3775
#B1-063 Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6334 1012
#02-18 Great World City
Tel: 6887 5535
Level 3, Changi Airport Terminal 2
Tel: 6546 4839

This has remained one of my most favourite Indonesian restaurant.  When your order has been taken, you will be given a small basket of emping (slightly bitter crackers made from Buah Melinjo) .  Ask for the restaurant’s sambal belacan (a malay style chilli mixed with belacan) and dip the emping into it.  But be careful, their sambal belacan is spicy!

One dish that I must have when I am there is their Ikan Gurame Goreng (literal translation is fish gurame fried). The gurame fried to perfection and is very crispy and tastes superb with the restaurant’s sambal belacan and warm rice.

Another dish that I love is their taupok goreng isi. What this dish is they take the fried taupok (bean curd skin) and stuff them with scallops, prawns and mushrooms and deep fry the taupok.

Riverside Indonesian Restaurant

Charcoal Grilled Snapper Fish Charcoal Grilled Cuttlefish Charcoal Grilled Chicken 
Riverside Indonesian Restaurant
#01-04 Riverside Point
Tel: 6535 0383/6735 7544
Opening Hours: Noon to 3pm, 5.30pm to 11pm

For S$10 (excluding all taxes) per pax, you can have 6 dishes served with free flow of white rice.  Some sample dishes are charcoal grilled snapper fish/cuttlefish/chicken (restaurant specialities), kangkong belacan, etc. For the full list of items, please click here. Please note that you can get this super value meal if you have a minimum of 4 persons or you pay the price for 4 persons even if 2 are eating.

But if you don’t like sweet stuff, ask the restaurant not to dip the food into the sweet black gravy.

They also have an outlet @ Plaza Singapura’s Kopitiam (Level 6, Stall 10) (see my other entry on this).

First Thai

First Thai
First Thai
23 Purvis Street
Tel: 6339 3123

It’s been a while since I last went down but the memory of authentic Thai food at very reasonable prices will prompt me to go there again soon.

I love this place coz the prices are lower, the setting fuss-free and the food still pretty darn good. This funky little joint on purvis street is housed in a shophouse thats a little old school with its interiors decked out with cermaic tiles and a mosaic floor. People choose from a pictorial menu that is supplied but order from ticking off boxes on a pink sheet to be handed off to a waiter.

Must try dishes here include the fried pandan chicken, the green curry chicken, the spicy otak, belacan fried rice and tom yum gung.

The pandan fried chicken was kind of small in portion size, but they more than made up for it by its quality. Lovingly wrapped in pandan leaves, the chicken exuded a taste that was heavenly.

The tom yum soup was also really complex, and it explodes in flavor once your put it in your mouth. They really cramp the ingredients into a tiny bowl, so its kind of hard to get your spoon into get the soup, but you know its all worth it!

The fried belacan rice and the green curry chicken were also excellent dishes. The green curry chicken was thick and flavorful, and the chicken came right off the bones, such a great complement to eat your rice with.

The service here is questionable, but there is no GST or service charge so its acceptable!

Lotus Thai Viet

Lotus Thai Viet
My Dining Room @ Kopitiam
Level 4, The Central Shopping Centre
Basement 1, Vivo City
Level 3, Tiong Bahru Plaza

They are both outlets at food courts of this restaurant called Lotus Thai Restaurant. What I do recommend here is their good value for money pineapple rice (only S$4 for a portion) & their mango salad (S$3.50). 

You can also opt for their pineapple set (for S$6) which comes with the normal portion of the pineapple fried rice, a small dish of mango salad and a bowl of tom yam soup.  I find the tom yam soup (clear one) not that spicy.  They do place a bowl of their chilli padi, normal cut red chillies and chilli powder outside their stalls so you can help yourself.

I’m disappointed by their olive rice though.  It doesn’t really give a tasty flavor, so I would avoid it if I were you.

If you have the kopitiam card, you get 10% discount.  Add $0.20 for take-aways.

Mooncakes from Sze Chuan Court

Mini Snow Skin Mooncake

Mini Snow Skin Mooncake

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Mixed Nuts Mooncake

Roasted Pine Nuts Mooncake

Roasted Pine Nuts Mooncake

Sexy Strawberry Mooncake

Sexy Strawberry Mooncake

Sze Chuan Court 

Level 3, Swissotel the Stamford


2 Stamford Road
Tel: 6338 8785
Fax:  6338 8529

IT’S that time of the year again: August, the month of mooncakes. And Szechuan Court at Fairmont Hotel has come up with a fresh take on these centuries-old Chinese favourite: mooncake laced in liqueur. For that you have to thank Szechuan Court’s very own “Mooncake Empress”, chef Mandy Yeo, who prepares to enchant mooncake lovers anew with a robust selection of unique combinations such as Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache, Baileys Chocolate and Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle, and all-time baked wholesome favourites of Double Yolk in White Lotus Paste and Peach-shaped Single Yolk & Macadamia Nuts in White Lotus Paste.

Sexy Strawberry

Vibrant freshness unfolds with our Mini Snow-Skin Strawberry & Dark Chocolate Mooncake NEW!, which will make its luscious debut this mid-Autumn. Indulge over its sweet, aromatic and juicy lure, enrobed in the richness of silky dark chocolate. Within this gem is pure strawberry heaven swirled in Swiss chocolate and luxuriously sprinkled with fragrant crushed almonds, wrapped within a core of creamy chocolate shell. 

Going Nutty for Nuts

This is also the season where healthy cuisine and traditional influence deliriously intertwine. Mooncake and nut lovers will effortlessly go nuts with our vegetarian Baked Mooncake with Roasted Pine Nuts in White Lotus Paste NEW!. The subtle sweetness and texture of the white lotus paste blends perfectly with the mild, nutty flavour of roasted pine, giving every bite its delicious and healthy punch. In addition, pine nuts are rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins, providing a good source of dietary fibre whilst boosting the immune system.

Fairmont’s commitment to healthy living is best exemplified by our Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts NEW!, blending wholesome offerings with time-honoured tradition. With no added preservatives or artificial flavouring, this mooncake is the crème de la crème choice amongst nut connoisseurs. Its rich consistency and exotic taste add a unique dimension to this morsel filled with tasty macadamia, walnut, almond, melon and sesame seeds. A great source of vitamin E courtesy of the copious amount of nuts, this baked delight boasts powerful antioxidants with cancer fighting qualities, and is high in magnesium and phosphorus, which is excellent for bones and teeth.

This unparalleled ensemble of meticulously handcrafted snow-skin and baked mooncakes will be inspiringly encased within an elegant collector’s edition mooncake box that promises to charm and captivate women and men alike, continuously showcasing the alluring patterns and svelte curves of the goddess-like female form, exuding an aura of femininity and mystique. With a bold move in concept, colour and purpose, these intricate designed boxes will rise like a phoenix, head and shoulder above the rest.

Free delivery to a single location is available for a minimum order of 50 boxes and three days advance order.

  • If you pay using Citibank credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008 for purchases made at Szechuan Court, Raffles City Atrium, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction, Chevron House, Raffles Exchange and Isetan Parkway.
  • If you pay using DBS Credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008 for purchases made at Szechuan Court Mooncake Booth (Level 2) at Fairmont Singapore & Swissôtel The Stamford • Raffles City Atrium • Junction 8 • Tampines Mall Atrium • Bugis Junction • Chevron House • Raffles Exchange • Isetan Parkway.
  • If you pay using HSBC credit card, you get 15% discount from 18 August to 14 September 2008.
  • If you pay using Standard Chartered credit card, you get 15% discount from 1 August to 14 September 2008.
  • If you pay using UOB credit card, you get 15% discount from 15 August to 14 September 2008 at Szechuan Court mooncake booth (Level 2 of Fairmont Singapore) and other booths at Raffles City Shopping Centre, Junction 8, Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction, Chevron House, Raffles Exchange and Isetan Parkway (subject to operating hours of respective booths).

Ellenborough Market Cafe

Ellenborough Market Cafe Kueh Pie Tee
Ellenborough Market Cafe
Level 1, Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel
20 Merchant Road
Tel: 6337 2288
Opening Hours: 7am to 10.30am (breakfast), Noon to 2.30pm (lunch) & 6.30pm to 10.30pm (dinner)

Located on level one, this cafe is reminiscent of a traditional eatery in the early days of Singapore. Enjoy a delectable selection of all-time local favourites and international cuisine. The Ellenborough Market Cafe is synonymous with Peranakan cuisine – a cuisine so unique, one can only sample it in this part of the world. Choose to dine indoors, surrounded by old-world charm, or dine al fresco-style by the riverside promenade.

Must try items at this buffet is definitely the durian pengat (a sweet concoction of durian mousse) and their slipper lobster in black bean sauce. Don’t forget to try the kueh pie tee (bite sized “top hats” filled with turnip, egg, and prawn with sweet chili sauce (optional)) which is freshly made on the spot (meaning they put the ingredients into the kueh pie tee on the spot; not cook the ingredients on the spot).  

Price is:-

  • Lunch: $26.90+++(adult) and $17.90(child)
  • Dinner: $32.90+++(adult) and $19.90+++(child) (weekdays)
  • Dinner: $33.90+++(adult) and $20.90+++(child) (weekends)

Please click here to see the cafe’s latest promotion.

  • If you pay using HSBC credit card, you get 15% off food bill.  Valid until 31 December 2008.

Rabbit Brand Seafood Delicacies Set Menu

Buddha Jump Over The Wall  Abalone
Rabbit Brand Seafood
Outlet 1:
#02-114 Lucky Plaza 304 Orchard Road
Tel: 6737 9722
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm, Mon-Sat (Sun & Public Holidays Close)
Outlet 2:
11 Circular Road, Singapore 049367
Tel: 6557 0874
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm, Mon-Sat (Sun & Public Holidays Close)

Small seafood sets ranging from S$4.90 to S$11.90; great if you want to try many dishes.  You can even get whole abalone for S$11.90 and Buddha Jump Over The Wall for S$8.90.  A warning – these sets are small and not filling at all if you are a big eater. And for the price you paid, don’t expect top quality abalone or shark’s fin.

Post-Makan Note:

Finally! I had the opportunity of tasting the food here on 20 Oct 2007. What I had was the “Top Shell Meat Fried with XO sauce + rice” (S$5.90/set) set and my colleague had the “Fish Maw Pottage + rice” set (S$4.90/set).

We did a take-away which was great coz if we had to eat there, it would have been too hot since it’s an open kitchen and the seating is really very limited.

What I got for my top shell set was a few pieces of top shell fried with celery and cabbages.  I did not taste the XO sauce and it was supposed to be spicy but in reality, it was not.  Overall, it was tasty though and value for money.  We even got a white fungus dessert with our set but no Chinese tea. 😛

Note: Thanks to Kok Pheng for the recommendation!