As December approaches, the hustle and bustle of the year slows down.
Imagine this: A quiet, chill day out with a cool glass of soda (or tipple, whichever strikes your fancy), with the sound of the waves and the sun on your back.
Here are five restaurants and cafes where you can do just that.
1. FOC Sentosa
110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa
Nearest monorail station: Beach Station
Open: Wednesday to Sunday (11.30am to 11pm)
Head to Mediterranean restaurant FOC Sentosa for a day of sandy toes, sun tanning and Spanish fare.
Go ahead and sink your feet into the sandy shores of Palawan beach and enjoy stunning views of the bay.
There’s plenty to do, too. Besides the restaurant, the space also houses a beach dayclub with daybeds, bites and cocktails galore, and even a pool deck to cool off when the weather heats up.
It’s also run by the folks behind FOC Restaurant on HongKong Street, so you know the food is *chef’s kiss*.
What to order: Squid ink paella (from S$48), FOC Parrillada (assorted meat platter, S$64), Missy daiquiri (S$22)
Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa
Nearest monorail station: Imbiah Station
Open: Monday to Thursday (12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 10.30pm), Friday and Saturday (12pm to 4pm, 5pm to 12am), Sunday (12pm to 4pm, 5pm to 10.30pm)
This casual grill restaurant overlooks the South China Sea, just off the southern tip of Sentosa. Billed as Singapore’s only clifftop dining destination, this establishment is a good bet for a romantic evening out.
Panoramic vistas of the sea are available on its al fresco lawn, but the views from its air-conditioned indoor seats are equally breathtaking.
As its name suggests, the restaurant serves Argentinian and Latin American flavours in the form of smoky meats, each carefully grilled, roasted and charred Pan American-style.
What to order: Lamb al asador (from S$34), charred octopus tentacles (S$54), pisco disco (S$25)
3. The Coastal Settlement
200 Netheravon Road
Nearest MRT station: Tampines East
Open: Monday to Friday (10.30am to 11pm), Saturday and Sunday (8.30am to 11pm)
Its retro milieu, lush greenery and quirky decor make it a prime spot for fuelling your Instagram grid.
The sea views here are admittedly more limited than others on this list, but you can still steal a peek of the sparkling coastal waters during your meal.
Food-wise, there’s something for every palate. The menu is expansive and eclectic, ranging from brunch cafe staples to hawker favourites. There’s even a high tea menu available from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
What to order: Truffle fries (S$15), TCS beef rendang (S$18), TCS waffle stacks (S$16)
4. Little Island Brewing Co@Changi Village
6 Changi Village Road, 01-01/02
Nearest MRT station: Tampines East
Open: Monday to Thursday (12pm to 10.30pm), Friday (12pm to 12am), Saturday (11am to 12am), Sunday (11am to 10.30pm)
Outfitted in industrial fittings and strings of warm fairy lights that twinkle once the sun goes down, the restaurant feels pretty cosy despite its spacious digs.
Grilled meats, burgers and house-brewed beer are available here on a self-serve basis.
HungryGoWhere understands that it’s due to reopen on Oct 30 after some renovation and upgrading works.
What to order: Racks to Riches (S$138 for three or four persons), maple pulled pork burger (S$29), spam fries (S$7)
5. Sembawang Seafood Paradise at Beaulieu House
Beaulieu House, 117 Beaulieu Road
Nearest MRT station: Sembawang
Open: Monday to Friday (11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm)
Located within a conserved colonial bungalow, it is one of the few restaurants in Singapore that overlook the northern Straits of Johor.
Despite its name, there’s more than just seafood on offer here — the restaurant has been serving up Chinese and Western fare for more than 40 years.
Choose between fresh zi char for sharing with friends and family, and individually portioned Western staples such as fish and chips, oxtail stew and more.
It also recently launched a weekend brunch set menu of local favourites, available from S$12.
What to order: Hainanese pork chop (S$22), lamb shank rendang (S$28), dong po rou (S$26)
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