"7 Riverside Restaurants to Dine At While Keeping A Safe Distance"


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In our hyperconnected world today, two months is a long time to be spending indoors without heading out, dining with loved ones, or hanging out socially. With celebrations and events around the world cancelled, postponed, or conducted virtually – it’s made us cherish the connections we have with each other even more. So it’s only natural that many of us are keen and eager to head back out after Singapore announced Phase 2 of its circuit breaker.


The question is, where can you go to enjoy a meal that tastes good, has a lovely ambience and ample space for everyone to practice safe distancing? Is it even possible to find somewhere like this? As a matter of fact, yes – and it’s right here at Clarke Quay Central. Built on one side of the Singapore River, the mall sits directly across a colourful row of bars, eateries and clubs that come alive with music and lights every night – and is accompanied by picturesque sights of the river while you dine in comfort.


When it comes to food, abundant options await in Clarke Quay Central. Take your pick from over 40 restaurants and cafés that come in a multitude of global flavours. From birthdays to anniversaries, work dinners or family get-togethers, read on for ideas on where your next meetup can be.


1) nomVnom Bistro (#03-105)


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Planning a meetup with your friends? Check out nomVnom Bistro. Their range of plant-based fast foods is not only wholesome, tasty and affordable but Instagrammable as well – especially when they are framed against the glass windows that show off the river behind. Free from preservatives and artificial ingredients, the items served here have no dairy, MSG, alcohol, onion or garlic – which makes it suitable for vegans, vegetarians or anyone looking for a healthier option!


Need a little help narrowing down options? Give any of these signature dishes a shot: Lion’s Mane Truffle Burger, Monkey King Truffle Pizza & Spinach Mushroom Linguine.


2) Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee (#02-72)


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Heading out for family time with your parents? Then go on a trip down memory lane at Rendezvous Restaurant, which started over 70 years ago as a coffee shop in Bras Basah Road! Today, the shop is synonymous with authentic Western Sumatran nasi padang and is known for their beef rendang, sayur lodeh (vegetable in spicy coconut milk), sambal sotong and sambal brinjal.


Our suggestion? Point out the items that you’d like to try, tell them how many people you have dining, and leave the portioning to them. And once the dishes arrive, don’t forget to take a family group photo against the charming riverscape behind!


3) SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse (#01-70)

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Pining for a pint with friends or colleagues? SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse awaits. The riverside venue is both casual and fun, which makes it suitable for any time of day. Besides their wide range of rotisserie items, they have an impressive menu of everything from burgers to pasta and more. They even have one of the largest draft beer selection in Singapore, with 14 types of beer on Tap and wide selections of wines and cocktails.


Plus, there’s nothing quite like watching bumboats cruise along the calming river while you sip on an ice-cold beer. Just be sure to drink responsibly!


4) UPIN Hot Pot (#03-87)

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Looking for somewhere to celebrate birthdays? Why not visit UPIN Hot Pot for an entertaining dining experience? They offer quality ingredients, homemade soup bases and have engaging performances. Watch out for their hand-pulled noodle show, a Chinese opera face-changing show, and of course, the standard birthday song and dance to complete the occasion. Be sure to call ahead of time so you get seats beside the window for a complete riverside dining experience!


5) Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant (#03-88)

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Craving for an all-you-can-eat buffet? Then be sure to make a reservation with Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant today. With over 120 items on their menu and high-quality sashimi, it’s no wonder they have a steady stream of regulars who keep coming back for more. Book a seat by the window for a cosy and romantic evening. Sit in authentic keyaki booths for a quieter experience. Or park yourself along the sushi counter and savour one of Mitsuba’s many daily promotions – the choice is yours!


6) Kublai Khan Mongolian International BBQ Restaurant (#02-01)

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Searching for something out of the ordinary? Surprise your group of friends or colleagues with Kublai Khan, a Mongolian International BBQ Restaurant that comes with majestic views of the Singapore River, and is halal certified. Barbecue is a highlight here, with a variety of meats like chicken, lamb, and beef that’s paired with unique Mongolian sauces – so be sure to bring an appetite of a warrior with you!


7) TungLok Signatures (#02-88)


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Making arrangements to dine out with your family, relatives or elderly folk? TungLok Signatures is waiting. The perennial favourite is well-known amongst locals for its authentic and premium Cantonese, Northern Chinese, Vegetarian and Seafood Specialities, as well as trendsetting Modern Chinese cuisine. With classy interiors and full-length windows that bring the soothing views of the river in, it’s bound to set the mood for an exquisite time that everyone around the table can appreciate.


And there you have it, seven riverside restaurants to fit any party size and occasion while keeping a safe distance. If you’ve tried any of the above restaurants, be sure to tag us in your photos at @shopfareast to share your experience!  For a full list of what Clarke Quay Central has to offer, check them out here. With so many shops to explore and a charming river right outside, one can easily spend a whole day discovering non-stop.