Let’s face it, there is no nicer feeling than sitting outside, preferably with a nice cold glass of wine, watching the sun go down. With Singapore often alternating between a sweatbowl or a rain clogged wetland, it’s nice to get out of the AC and enjoy some fresh air now and again, especially when accompanied by some mouthwatering grub. With this in mind, we have rounded up the very best Singapore has to offer when it comes to dining al fresco.
The very funky 7Adam fuses art with food by offering a modern bistro dining style in a laidback gallery style setting. Showcasing both local and regional design talent in the form of artwork and sculptures, works of art are available for you to mull over as you enjoy contemporary bistro fare including the likes of beetroot salad, lamb rack and the perennial crowd pleaser, tiramisu. But what about the outdoors I hear you say? Fret not, this 130 seater, easy-going eatery is set in a beautiful 1900s black and white in Adam Park (hence the name) with stunning gardens, giving you a whole host of dining options.
7Adam, 7 Adam Park, Singapore 289926, 6467 0777, www.7adam.com
Probably the closest to beach-front dining in Singapore, Coastes doubles as a beach club by day, and boho-chic restaurant by sundown. In terms of decor, think old school wooden tables and white washed walls and when it comes to the menu, it’s a case of short but sweet with crowd-pleasers including ceasar salad, chicken curry and of course, Coastes’ famous chicken wings. But where this beach-front beauty really stands out for us is with its not only extensive, but reasonably priced (well, for Singapore anyway) wine, spirit and cocktail menu, with their frozen margaritas now famous in this Sassy girls household.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000, 6274 9668, www.coastes.com
The Curry Culture
For when you are in a hurry for a curry (pardon the pun, it was just too easy) then hustle on down to the always fabulous Curry Culture just off Orchard Road. Often referred to as the finest North Indian food in Singapore, this cute and cozy al fresco eatery is made all the better by the service. With good service all too often a hit or miss experience, The Curry Culture serves its curries with a helpful, and knowledgeable smile. And for those who like their vindaloos to come with a side of AC, there is also enough in the inside dining area.
The Curry Culture, 31 Cuppage Road, Singapore, 229457, 6235 6133, www.thecurryculture.com.sg
If this article was a competition in wow factor, then Tamarind Hill would win hands down. Once you’ve climbed the romantically lit stairs, thoughtfully lined with sweet-smelling Jasmine plants, you enter the Asian inspired meets colonial feel bar, and with some rather punchy cocktails on offer, it makes the perfect place to work up an appetite. Onto the dining and out onto the terrace for some perfectly put together, sophisticated and downright plate-lickingly good Asian fair. One of the most tranquil restaurants we have been to in Singapore, and with some of the finest food and drink, all this little haven needs is an adjoining hotel for those diners not quite ready to go back to the real world.
Tamarind Hill, 30 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189, 6278 6364, www.tamarindrestaurants.com
Da Paulo, Rochester
Smack bang in the middle of foodie haven Rochester Park, with its popular brunch, lunch, dinner menu and even sizable bar area, Da Paulo Rochester is like a revolving door of diners looking for quality food and drink. An extensive wine menu, of mainly well-sourced Italian wines, and huge, canopy like seating in the al fresco bar make arriving for dinner twenty minutes early a choice not a chore and when it comes to dinner, while the menu might not be huge, the food is fresh, fine and delicious. What’s more, for those days when you just can’t handle the heat, Da Paulo Rochester also houses indoor seating in its decadently decorated old black and white.
Da Paulo, 3 Rochester Drive, Singapore 139214, 6774 5537, www.dapaolo.com.sg
Whenever we go to House in Dempsey, we get the almost overwhelming urge to stage some sort of sit-in. Now this could be down to the legendary truffle fries, the funkily mismatched furniture or even the fact that they run a 1920s themed high tea every Thursday and Friday – but anyway, whatever it is House has got a hold on us and we like it! Elegantly walking the line between casual yet fine dining, House offers classic favourites such as Ham Hock Broth and Charcuterie alongside pizzas and jerk ribs. While it may have a spacious indoor seating area, thanks to the lush greenery in Dempsey – our house at House, is always outside.
House, 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672, 6475 7787, www.dempseyhouse.com
Twice voted Tatler’s restaurant of the year, IndoChine is quite the society hang-out. With crystal chandeliers, oversized buddha statues and antique furniture, IndoChine might be accused of being slightly OTT but personally, we think that just adds to its charm. The menu is Indonesian crossed with Chinese and with favourites including Vietnamese spring rolls, black pepper beef and duck in green sauce, IndoChine pride themselves on serving fresh and healthy dishes. While the food is good and the service impressive, where this Singapore staple really stands out though is the view, right on the waterfront, this al fresco spot serves up some of the best views we have found. Great views, fresh food and the chance to spot a celeb or two – who wouldn’t want that?
IndoChine, 1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 179555, 6339 1720, www.indochine.com.sg
While Il Lido might not be the finest Italian fare in Singapore, it wins hands down for location. Sat at the edge of Sentosa golf club, Il Lido not only boasts stunning views, but, when the wind is right, the softest see breeze. Popular dishes include white asparagus ravioli, black cod and veal saltimbocca, plus the fact that little stools are given for ladies bags makes it the perfect place for a special date night.
Il Lido, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Singapore 099892, 6866 1977, www.il-lido.com
Every list needs one big, bold and blow-out restaurant and The Cliff is just that. Everything about The Cliff screams luxury -from the fact that it’s perched overlooking the sea, the show kitchen, the cascading water features to the dining platforms perched over the jungle – this is one al fresco restaurant that’s truly hard to beat. While the menu is predominantly contemporary seafood; think seafood broth, trio of scallops and fresh oysters- meat eaters aren’t forgotten thanks to steaks, pork and even that flag of fine dining; foie gras.
The Cliff, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, 099891, 6371 1425, www.thecliff.sg
Au Petit Salut
A staple of the Dempsey dining scene since 2007, Au Petit Salut is all about fine food and fantastic service. With al fresco seating on the ground floor, and room for 100 more in the two upstairs levels, our personal favourite spot is outside, by the waterfall, where we can listen to the resident water toads chatting away. When it comes to the food, expect perfectly prepared French staples such as duck leg confit and bavette steak but if you are in the mood for something a little special, the tasting menu (with wine pairings of course) never fails to disappoint.
Au Petit Salut, 40C Harding Road, Singapore 249548, 6475 1976, www.thesalutgroup.com