5 Beautiful Waterfront Dining Places In Punggol That Make It Worth The Travel

09 June 2016

Punggol might be at the far end of Singapore, but this up-and-coming neighborhood is more than worth the travel. Take a stroll along Punggol Settlement, the laid-back waterfront destination to feel at one with nature, and, of course, end off with a treat. 

Whether you’re after seafood, pasta, or brunch fare, Punggol is the perfect place to enjoy a good meal amid the soothing sea breeze.

 

1. Izakaya 95

Serving up yakitori and small plates that complement a good range of sake and beer, this Japanese-style gastropub is a great relaxing hangout with friends.

Go for the meats, which are perfectly grilled. The Salt and Pepper Lamb Rack ($10) is smoky and tender, and the Kagoshima Buta Teriyaki (grilled pork belly) ($18) is fatty and delicious.

The Foie Gras Skewers ($10) are another highlight – slightly crisp on the outside, and soft and indulgent on the inside.

To balance the meatiness of the meal, order the plump Hotate (scallop) Skewers ($6).

3 Punggol Point Rd, #02-05 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
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2. Horizon Bistronomy

With seven years’ experience at fine-dining restaurants such as St Pierre and Les Amis, chef-owner Chris Fong serves up gourmet French-fusion food at pocketfriendly prices.

Designed to impress, the starters and mains overwhelm the palate with a myriad of elements. The Angel Hair Pasta ($11) is a delicious starter – a twirl of pasta served on a slate tile with two types of oil – truffle and chorizo – and salmon roe, caviar and tobiko. A must-try is the Duo of Pork ($26), two different cuts of pork served with cauliflower puree, grilled daikon and grape mustard. The pork belly, braised for over 24 hours, is soft and melt-in-themouth tender.

Our favourite on the menu was the pretty Horizon’s Garden By The Bay ($10). Served in a flower pot, the tiramisu dish is topped with coffee jelly and a generous helping of chocolate and hazelnut “soil” crumble. Edible flowers and vines finish the look and make it almost unbearable to dig in. The layered dessert is well-balanced in flavours and textures, with crunch in the sweet cream and sponge layers.

3 Punggol Point Rd, #02-04 The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
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3. White Restaurant

The eatery has built a reputation for its mouthwatering White Bee Hoon at its first outlet at Sembawang. The owners say the soupy dish was created accidentally: they were asked to fry bee hoon for a gathering but spilt pork stock into the wok. Instead of starting all over again, they ran with the mistake, added seafood and eggs, and served it up expecting the worst. It became their signature dish.

Aside from the famous bee hoon, one of our favourites is Salted Egg Prawns (from $18). Each plump prawn is cooked to perfection and the fresh sweetness of the meat is accompanied by a coating of salted egg yolk.

Another winner is the Meat and Seafood Rolls (from $10). The unassuming brown rolls look like regular ngoh hiang but the thin wrapper is crispy and light. Each bite gave a burst of piping hot juicy pork-and-seafood filling.

Another dish your meal isn’t complete without is the crunchy and light Green Dragon Chives (from $12). The bright green chives are coated in a savoury sauce that adds to the mild, refreshing taste of the leaves.

3 Punggol Point Road, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694
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4. Whisk and Paddle

One for the cafe-hopping crowd, Whisk and Paddle is an alfresco cafe boasting a garden at the back of the building growing herbs, fruits and vegetables, which they occasionally use in their dishes. Serving up an all-day brunch and a couple of mains, the breezy and pet-friendly cafe has an outdoor play area kids will love.

Waffles and French toast are staples that can be customised with eggs benedict, ham and other breakfast offerings. Our favourite is the Eggs Benedict with Waffles and Honey Baked Ham ($13). The portions are on the small side but flavours are good – thick slices of ham and fluffy waffles with crispy edges set this apart from what’s offered at other brunch places.

If you want something warm and hearty, go for the Macaroni & Cheese ($13.80). Torched for acharred look and served in an iron pan, the melty, comfort-filled dish is perfect for sharing among two or three people.

Dessert lovers will enjoy the Cha Yen Krup ($9.80), a Thai iced tea parfait with layers of vanilla ice-cream, Thai iced tea cream, crumbed sponge cake, digestive biscuits topped with a macaron, and two sticks of butter and sugar toast. Use the toast sticks as spoons and dipping them into the cream and ice cream to enjoy the dessert fully!

10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836
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5. Leong Ji Seafood

 

Run by a Malaysian who started as a helper at coffee shops before branching out to open his own eatery, he brings to the menu a variety of Malaysian-style dishes uncommon in local zi char stalls.

Start your meal with Cuttlefish Kang Kong (from $12). This is no ordinary vegetable dish; deep-fried kang kong lightly coated in a crisp batter sits under a hefty pile of taupok, shredded mango, cuttlefish and rojak sauce – crunchy and satisfying.

A great dish for sharing is Nyonya Fish (seasonal price). Served on a hot plate, it tastes like assam fish, but the tart and sour flavours come from lime, lemons and lemongrass instead of assam (tamarind) and the gravy complements the fresh sweetness of the fish.

The Lotus Chicken ($12-$20) is another winner – the juicy battered chicken chunks and crunchy lotus chips were coated with a sticky sweet-and-sour sauce that was mildly spicy.

3 Punggol Point Road, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694

 

By Amanda Jayne Lee, HerWorldPlus, 29 April 2016
Additional reporting by Pinky Chng

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