Top Dining Hotspots close to Singapore's Cruise Ports



If you arrive into Singapore on a cruise liner, you will berth and one of two cruise ports: the original Harbourfront Centre or the swanky new Marina Bay Cruise Centre. The good news is, that both these ports are just a short cab ride from downtown and countless fabulous restaurants. Most restaurants on our list are in the Marina Bay area, the most picturesque part of Singapore.

 

Several of the restaurants on our list are helmed by world-renowned celebrity chefs, who have chosen Singapore to showcase their culinary skills. Choose from French haute cuisine by Guy Savoy, sensational steaks from Wolfgang Puck at CUT, or innovative Japanese/French fusion from Tetsuya Wakuda at Waku Ghin. All of these restaurants can be found within the Marina Bay Sands complex, which dominates the Singapore Skyline with its groundbreaking architecture.

 

Head upstairs to the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands and enjoy unbeatable views over Singapore at the trendy see-and-be-seen hotspot Ku De Ta or its neighbor Sky on 57, which dishes up modern interpretations of Southeast Asian favorites from Singapore’s very own celebrity chef, Justin Quek. Meanwhile, across the water with views of Marina Bay Sands are Forlino for fine-dining Italian, Catalunya and Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill with its pleasant al-fresco dining area.

 

While the Harbourfront Centre is just a 10 minute cab ride from Marina Bay, even closer is Resorts World Sentosa, where a host of restaurants await you, including our number one choice on the list L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.



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Forlino is a sophisticated contemporary fine-dining Italian restaurant with stunning views across Marina Bay. The opulent design begins with the black and white marble corridor, lined with gilt-edged walls, that leads to the main dining room. Once inside this 80-seater restaurant, though, it is the view of Marina Bay through the floor-to-ceiling windows that steals the limelight. The menu features traditional Italian dishes, interspersed with Asian ingredients, reflecting Japanese chef Kentaro Torii's roots. Fresh pasta dishes include the Tagliatelle all'Anatra (Duck Ragout, Baby Kai Lan, Caciocavallo Cheese), while main courses include La Cotoletta - Herb crusted Kurobuta pork loin with arrabbiata spicy tomato sauce, and the Guance di Bue - slow braised beef check with 100% dark chocolate and red wine sauce. A 1,000 strong wine list ensures you should have a fabulous tipple befitting your meal.


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The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill dishes up classic East Coast American cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood and wood fired grilling. With a classy interior inspired by the glamorous era of luxurious sea travel, diners sink into cushy leather booth seats beside copper-plated wall panels and black and white floor tiles. Those opting for al fresco terrace seats are rewarded with spectacular views of Marina Bay. Dine on classics such as New England Clam Chowder, Old Fashioned Crab Cakes, Lobster Thermidor or the Big Ol' Bouillabaise, or opt for the Pelican Platter, piled high with oysters, clams, lobster, crabs, mussels and prawns – perfect for sharing. Don't miss the selection of ten mojitos on offer, or the Pelican Punches – designed for sharing with friends.


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Paradise Pavilion's French-inspired neo-classical interior design sets it apart form its Chinese fine-dining contemporaries. Located at the Marina Bay Financial Centre, a private escalator whisks you up to the elegant and refined restaurant that boasts views out over Marina Bay. The menu encompasses a wide selection of classic Chinese dishes, but the undisputed star of the show is the Peking Duck, which can be seen roasting in authentic apple wood ovens as you enter the restaurant. Executive Peking Duck Chef Zheng Jing Chun was poached from one of Beijing's most famous Peking Duck restaurants Quan Ju De, and has helped make Paradise Pavilion one of the best spots in town to enjoy Peking Duck. Carved deftly before diners, the duck's skin is first served as thin slices to be dipped in a dab of sugar. The rest of the duck is meticulously sliced and served with rice flour crepes, condiments and a homemade sweet sauce that will leave you asking for more.


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Spanish restaurant Catalunya has an enviable position in the glass-enclosed Fullerton Pavilion on the waters of Marina Bay, providing stunning views to its diners. This contemporary Spanish restaurant is helmed by an international team of award-winning culinary experts from the likes elBulli, Santi, Drolma and Sketch. Executive Chef Alain Devahive Tolosa spent a decade in the kitchens at elBulli. He is joined by his former elBulli colleague, Restaurant Manager Pol Perello, in addition to three other elBulli team members. Catalunya's menu provides an interesting marriage of contemporary and traditional Spanish cuisine. A variety of hot and cold tapas includes Cod Fish "Esquixda" (a typical Catalan salad of shredded cod), Jamon Iberico Croquettes and Chicken Wings "Al Ajillo", while the "deconstructed" tortilla is a distinct nod back to the team's days of molecular gastronomy at elBulli. Larger dishes are no less enticing, with the Roasted Suckling Pig with Lemon Puree, Lobster Rice and Veal "Fricando" with Wild Mushrooms all on the menu. To complement the renowned culinary team, award winning Mixologist Dario Nocentini serves up one-of-a-kind cocktails, while a stunning list of Spanish wines will impress even the toughest wine critics.


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Helmed by Singapore's very own celebrity chef, Justin Quek, Sky on 57 offers guests a modern take on traditional Asian and local cuisine, with one of the best views in Singapore as a backdrop. Located on the Sands SkyPark on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands complex, Quek presents fine-dining interpretations of traditional favourites, resulting in innovative dishes such as Maine Lobster Hokkien Mee, Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang and his signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, where he infuses the favourite Asian dumpling with a silky-smooth goose liver. The most sought-after seats are on the outdoor terrace with its unparalleled views across the city.


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Guy Savoy in Paris is often lauded as one of the world's finest haute-cuisine establishments. With three Michelin stars under his belt and the honour of being named France's Chef of the Year by his peers, you are sure not to be disappointed at the legendary chef's outlet at Marina Bay Sands here in Singapore. Enjoy aperitifs at the champagne bar before venturing through to the modernist dining room to feast on such culinary delights as a Mosaic of Poularde, Foie Gras and Artichoke with Black Truffle Vinaigrette; "Morsels" of Veal with Springtime Flowers, Leaves and Root Vegetables; or Roasted John Dory and Sea Urchins with Water Chestnuts. For those without the time (or more likely, wthout the liquidity, as main courses hover around the $100 mark) to enjoy the full Guy Savoy experience, a 'Bubbles and Bites' menu can be enjoyed at the bar, where a selection of wines by the glass can be sampled alongside nibbles such as Oysters, Beef Tartare, Aged Cheeses, and Spanish Iberico de Bellota Ham, with dishes ranging from $25-40.


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CUT by Wolfgang Puck


 

One of the world's most celebrated chefs, Wolfgang Puck has joined other celebrity chefs in choosing the Marina Bay Sands complex for his first venture into Asia. This is the third location of his award-winning Beverly Hills steakhouse, CUT, which is widely acknowledged as one of the best steakhouses in the United States. Puck prides himself on sourcing the finest prime beef available, which is served up alongside an award-winning wine list, cutting-edge design and impeccable service. In addition to exclusive cuts of beef, guests can also enjoy a wide array of signature entrees such as "Indian Spiced" Kobe Beef Short Ribs and Pan-Roasted Maine Lobster with black truffle sabayon.


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Considered by many to be Australia's finest chef, Tetsuya Wakuda's Singapore restaurant Waku Ghin, follows in the footsteps of his famous Sydney establishment Tetsuya's, which has earned him his stalwart reputation. Fine-dining doesn't get much more intimate than this - seating just 25 diners in an evening sitting, the 10-course degustation-only menu features Modern European and Japanese fusion dishes to tempt the most jaded of taste buds. Innovative creations such as Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietre Caviar, or Abalone with Fregola and Tomato are whipped up on the stainless steel teppanyaki grills, while hungry diners look on from their counter-style seating. A sake bar, caviar lounge and an impressive arcing display of the 3,000 bottle wine collection should ensure that an evening at Waku Ghin's is one to remember.


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Ku De Ta is one of Singapore's current see-and-be-seen hotspots. This bar, restaurant and dance club in-one, boasts one of the world's most stunning locations, perched at 257m atop the magnificent Marina Bay Sands hotel with unbeatable views across the city. Begin the evening with lychee and rose water martinis at the illuminated Sky Bar and then go on enjoy modern Asian fusion cuisine in the stylish restaurant, which gives you the option of indoor or alfresco dining. Night owls can end the night in the candlelit Club Lounge to dance the night away to live entertainment or well known DJs.


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Masterchef Joel Robuchon is a true legend in the culinary world, with a staggering 26 Michelin stars to his name, from his 22 restaurants which span ten cities across the globe. His two outlets at Resorts World Sentosa signal Mr Robuchon's first foray into Southeast Asia. While many will argue that the fine dining Joel Robuchon Restaurant is the jewel in the crown, the more casual L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon provides guests with a unique theatrical dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the simplicity of Japanese cuisine and the convivial atmosphere in Spanish tapas bars, L'Atelier immerses guests into the action, with only a counter separating them from the vibrant and creative kitchen. Settle into the black and red furnishings and take your pick from innovative classic and tasting portions, or go for the blow-out with an 8-course degustation menu.


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