MYKONOS ON THE BAY
#01-10 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, tel: 6334-3818. Open Mon to Fri, 6.30-10.30pm; Thu to Fri, noon-2.30pm; Sat to Sun, noon-10.30pm.
Greek and Mediterranean. The setting is ideal for a romantic dinner, with a cool blue and white colour scheme and the idyllic quay for a backdrop.
Trust us, you’ve not eaten good octopus until you’ve tried the Grilled and Marinated Octopus ($21.90) here – we were blown away by the unexpectedly tender bite.
The comforting combination of melt-in-the-mouth eggplant, full-bodied braised minced beef sauce and creamy bechamel make the rustic Mousaka ($27) unforgettable.
For optimum enjoyment of the Gyros Platter ($27.50), take a bite of the salty smoked pork shavings, then refresh your palate with the pita bread, yogurt and diced cucumber, and repeat.
The Gioyvetsi Garida ($30.50) is a risotto-like dish made with risoni pasta in a stock infused with saffron and the essence of prawns and mussels. The short grains aren’t quite al dente, but the rich umami flavours are intoxicating.
SPUDS & APRONS
109 Mount Faber Road, Level 2, tel: 6377-9688. Open Sun to Thu, 11am-11pm and Fri to Sat, 11am-2am.
Make it a weekend family lunch outing by taking the kids up in a cable car to this spacious restaurant nestled up on Mount Faber, which looks out over Harbourfront and the sea.
Probably the best cheese fries we’ve ever had are the Wicked Fries & Gravy ($8), a hotplate of steak fries smothered in brown sauce (made with the jus of roast chicken) and the ultra-flavourful blend of six cheeses – mozzarella, parmesan, gruyere, emmental, cheddar and provolone.
The slow-cooked Crispy Pork Belly ($26) comes with a spectacular crackling, and tart pineapple pickle to cut through all the fat.
There will be smiles all around the table if you end your meal with the sweet Jar of Happiness ($11), aptly named for its textural mish-mash of fresh berries, salted caramel, shortbread crumble and vanilla ice cream.
#01-20/21 The Grandstand, tel: 6466-3303. Open Sat to Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm and Tue to Sun, 5-10.30pm.
Seafood, Louisiana-style – we’re talking boiled crabs, mussels and prawns spiced with Cajun sauces. Expect to get your hands, and possibly clothes, dirty, so leave the white shirt at home.
Pretty bang for your buck is the Combo Bag #01 ($80), which feeds two hungry people with a meaty Sri Lankan Crab, prawns, mussels, potatoes, corn and sausages. The Dancing Crab Signature sauce that the seafood comes doused in is customisable to three levels of spice (Mild, Spicy and Extra Spicy), all of which are rather tame for Singaporean taste buds.
We weren’t expecting to be bowled over by The Atlantic Cod Fish and Chips ($22), but the fillets of flaky white flesh wrapped in light, crispy batter and served on a bed of Cajun fries were one of the best fish and chips we’ve tried.
If all the above aren’t enough to fill you up, there are snacks galore to do the job, from the fragrant, unctuous Garlic Noodles ($6) and Truffle Fries ($7), to the crumbed Crab Cakes ($13) and plump Fried Oysters ($18).