Dining on the waterfront: 5 top restaurants with a view

 

Singapore’s skyline will be fully aglow this year once the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort opens this week. Eateries nearby are gambling on a billion-dollar view. Naturally, the ones directly opposite the resort, such as those within the Fullerton Heritage dining and entertaining complex, will be privy to the best waterfront panorama within these shores. CNNGo picks five of the best dining options with a view.

Forlino

Forlino is synonymous with Italian fine dining and impeccable service. Perched on the top of the two-story One Fullerton, Forlino also enjoys some of the best views of Marina Bay. The restaurant maximises the view with floor-to-ceiling glass panes which are themselves framed by the famously opulent setting designed by Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. Chef Giuliano Dacasto who has trained at three-star Michelin restaurants, creates sophisticated menus for discerning gourmets. Artisanal ingredients are sourced from Italy, or made fresh on the premises. A 1,000-label wine cellar ensures you won’t go without your favorite, but don’t miss the extremely good coffee after a meal here.

One on the Bund

You’ll be transported into another world the minute you step into Clifford Pier. Chef-owner Calvin Yeung designed the interior to evoke memories of old Shanghai, and it feels like a cultural museum. Many pieces of the antique furniture and vintage luggage come from his own collection.

Watch Peking ducks being roasted in the open flame oven using apple wood chips imported from Beijing. The crispy lamb ribs are also divine. Food here focuses on yuan wei or “original flavor”, so guests expecting heavy sauces and highly seasoned food will be surprised at how light and delicate some of the dishes are. There is a bar and Western dessert parlor at the harbor side of the pier, with al fresco seating directly facing the Marina Bay Sands across the waters.

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