Many of those who work in the restaurants and entertainment spots along Singapore’s three quays – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay – keep late hours, and hanker after a good meal when their shift ends. Here are some of their top supper recommendations.
333 Bak Kut Teh
We spoke to Shavinraj Gopinath of Decker Barbecue to find out some of his favourite places. The restaurant manager of this American-style barbecue joint is also an avid bartender: he recently added pre-bottled, house-crafted cocktails to the eatery’s drinks list.
I personally think 333 Bak Kut Teh (333 Balestier Road, tel: +65 6352 6192) is the best bak kut teh (pork rib soup) in Singapore. Order the signature soup, which comes with a generous serving of tender ribs, salted vegetables and steamed peanuts. Have these with steamed white rice drizzled with dark soya sauce paired with cut chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli).
This 24-hour eatery has a little of everything – Indian, Thai, Western, etc – and is fantastic when you are in a group all craving different cuisines. I usually order the sweet and sour chicken dish to go along with sambal (chilli paste) fried rice. I like my food spicy so I always ask the chef to turn up the heat.
Swee Choon Tim Sum
Big on variety and with reasonable pricing, the atmosphere at this Jalan Besar mainstay (main photo) is friendly and casual. The salted egg yolk custard bun (above), with its creamy sweet-savoury custard that oozes out as you tear the bun open, is the perfect ending to a meal here.
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
Here are some of Julian Decraene, of Summerlong’s, recommendation. Hailing from Marseilles, France, the cosmopolitan globetrotter worked in New York, London and Bali before landing here in Singapore, where he adds an international flair to casual, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Summerlong.
Always a great spot to eat at after hours, as they open till 5am. Try the Lobster Broth Ramen with Rich Creamy Soup – it is the perfect meal before heading home to catch up on sleep.
Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
Like its name implies, the server behind the Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (229 Jalan Besar, tel: +65 9826 1464) counter will use a pair of scissors to cut up the fried items that you choose from a selection of meat and vegetables laid out in front of you. Ask the server to pour a mix of sticky curry gravy and sweet sauce over your rice – delicious!
No Signboard Seafood
Open until 1am, popular seafood restaurant No Signboard Seafood in Geylang is a great spot for black pepper crab and butter squid.
Ernesh Poh of Ah Sam Drink Stall shares his recommendations. The 28-year-old started at the cocktail bar as the head chef and his foodie roots can be seen in his bespoke drink creations, one of which is his signature Bak Kut Teh cocktail.
The kebab set at King Kebabs (14 Circular Road, tel: +65 6532 1110) is good. Instead of being served in a wrap, the meat comes paired with rice. Choose the chicken or lamb.
People's Park Hakka Yong Tau Foo
The yong tau foo (tofu stuffed with ground meat or fish paste) items at People Park Hakka Yong Tau Foo (290 Jalan Besar) are generously sized and I always have it served with the authentic Hakka-style dried, thin noodles. It’s something that’s not found elsewhere.
Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup
The soup at Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup (24 Foch Road) is flavourful and they are generous with the well-cooked ingredients, including liver, kidney and intestines. The soup is refillable, so you can have as much as you want.
Hai Di Lao
DJ Aldrin (Aldrin Quek), a well-known club DJ and former ambassador of Zouk, is responsible for curating the music programme at the newly launched members’ club, 1880.
When my hotpot craving kicks in, Hai Di Lao is one of my favourite go-to places. The ingredients are fresh and the quality is good.
I especially love the thin cuts of pork and beef that they serve – the fattier, the better. The service is fantastic too. Little touches like complimentary manicures and free snacks while you wait to be seated are great. I usually head to the Clarke Quay branch after I finish work as it stays open till 6am.
Yan Kee Noodle House
The bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) at Yan Kee Noodle House (21 South Bridge Road), which is located within the popular BK Eating House, never fails to satisfy my late-night cravings. Not only do I enjoy this Singapore hawker staple, I also consider it an excellent counterpoint to any alcohol I may have been drinking.
My favourite item at The Double, 1880’s very own bar, is the crispy squid that is served sprinkled with togarashi (a powder comprised of seven types of spices) and a dip of harissa paste, which gives the snack a great spicy punch. The bar opens till 2am, but you’ll have to be a member to get in – or get a member to sign you in.
Text: Esther Au-Yong/SilverKris