Celebrate ‘Christmas by the River’ with Food & Fun!
Singapore River holds a special place in the hearts of many Singaporeans, with many fond memories forged along its banks. While I was studying for my tour guide license, I have heard many stories on the early days of the river as a trading emporium and how it has played a vital role in the growth and development of Singapore over the years.
Today, Singapore River has become a popular hangout spot for locals and tourists who come to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Singapore nightlife. Especially when Christmas approaches, there are so many fun filled activities and festive treats happening at Singapore’s iconic three quays – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay!
In every community, eating brings people together in celebration. And here in Singapore, there is no greater occasion to celebrate with a feast than Christmas. Foodies can satisfy their festive cravings with a wide array of traditional favourites and modern dishes to suit the Yuletide season from 13 F&B outlets along the river ranging from French to Japanese cuisine.
Address: 23 Circular Rd, Singapore 049379
Phone: 6223 5001
Opens Hours: Monday to Saturday 11.00am till late
Marco Marco stands for fresh-casual, high quality Italian Cuisine with a global taste. The restaurant offers affordable all-time Italian classics using fresh ingredients, daily homemade sauces and contains no MSG.
The pastas are just fantastic – seemingly rustic, yet elegant in execution. Go for the Christmas Season Lobster Pasta ($18), an exceptional lobster pasta with a light tomato and seafood stock base that imparts a ton of flavour without being heavy. The lobster is served without its shell, making it easier to chomp on the crustacean. What you see in the picture is just a tasting portion.
Fremantle Seafood Market
Address: 3E River Valley Rd, #01-05/06, Singapore 179024
Tel: 6337 1838
Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 12.00pm-11.00pm; Fri & Sat 12.00pm-2.00am
Fremantle Seafood Market brings back so much memories of my Australia days because we would always visit the famous seafood markets at Fremantle harbor in the morning to get the freshest catch of the day.
Fremantle Seafood Market in Clarke Quay has recreated this exciting seafood dining experience. You will be thrilled with the chef’s varied and unique seafood dishes. Be wowed with the variety of seafood available; all air-flown into Singapore for freshness.
The star dish that every table must get at Fremantle is the Sri Lankan Mud Crab in a bag ($108). It comes with Sri Lankan Crab, prawns, mussels, clams and corn, boiled in a blend of herbs and local spices. The seafood bag was enough for 2-3 people, assuming that there were other snacks to go along. The fun about dining here is you get to eat directly from the table with your bare hands.
From now till 31 December 2015, enjoy a 3-Course Christmas Menu at $88 which includes your choice of whole lobster momay and whole lobster thermidor and the meal comes with a Fremantle Christmas cocktail. Fremantle Seafood Market is the perfect place for families to gather for an occasion, or for a group of friends to hang out over a good meal.
With live crabs cooked right out of their live seafood gallery, it cannot get any fresher than that! There’s nothing like taking a breather and having a relaxing meal at Fremantle Seafood Market. So, are you ready for the catch?
Address: 3A River Valley Rd, #01-14, Singapore 179020
Phone: 6336 0100
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 1:00 am. Fri & Sat 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 3:00 am. Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
Japanese food is still the favourite cuisine amongst many Singaporeans. Tomo Izakaya offers an extensive menu of Japanese small-plate dining that are perfectly matched with the selection of premium sakes, shochus, beers and other spirits. From 21 to 27 December 2015, enjoy a Christmas set at $98++ for 2 pax.
We were treated with an appetizer platter consisting of amaebi yukke, fig cheese, taraba kani carpaccio, wagyu beef tatami with potato cream, edamame with nuts and cream cheese saikyou. The taraba kani carpaccio is definitely the highlight for me because you get to enjoy the fresh king crab slice with a refreshing sauce.
Also included in the Christmas set is grilled oyster with uni sauce, wagyu beef roll with asparagus & corn, and three kinds of roll sushi pinch style (daguro, salmon & kanpachi). We ended the night with a sweet potato tiramisu which is gorgeously, luxuriously creamy. The mascarpone was smooth and light, adorned with sweet potato, fig conpo and sprinklings of cocoa was a delight. Pair the dishes with a glass of beverage to make a wonderful set.
Other available dining options include Café Brios at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Town Restaurant in Fullerton Hotel, My Little Spanish Place at Boat Quay, Hot Stones Premium Surf and Turf, Harry’s and much more.
There’s always something for everyone at this year’s Christmas by the River! With so many food options, it leaves us all thoroughly sated and burping gently. For more information on Christmas by the River, please visit http://www.singapore- river.com/Christmas
Don’t miss out on these events!
RIBbon @ Read Bridge
4 Dec 2015 – 3 Jan 2016 (every Fri and Sat)
8pm & 9.30pm
Read Bridge, Clarke Quay
It’s just not Christmas without light installations to power up the festive mood. Stretched across the Read Bridge in Clarke Quay, this interaction installation has over 200 pieces of Philips LED light nodes that are placed in tubes, creating a human-like rib cage. The installation is triggered by motion sensors and pulsates in resonance with the festive music of the Singapore River when it detects pedestrian traffic along the bridge.
Christmas Carollers by Singapore River
18 & 19 December 2015
7.30pm – 9.30pm
What’s Christmas without carolling? SRO has lined up Singapore’s best choir groups (IFC Singapore, KR Acapella, Vox Camerata) to perform at various locations around the Singapore River this weekend to get everyone in the festive spirit. You will be serenaded and can even join in to belt out their Christmas favourites during the sing-along sessions.
This post is brought to you in partnership with Singapore River One.