Last Updated: September 28, 2021
Feeling stressed and burnt out from work? Sometimes the break you so desperately need is in the form of a good meal outdoors, enjoying an evening breeze and pretty views of flora and fauna. Al fresco dining will be the cure-all for a bad case of midweek slumps and leave you feeling recharged for a new week ahead. Without further ado, here are 10 al fresco dining spots for you to enjoy a meal outdoors.
Nothing goes hand-in-hand like an al fresco dining experience accompanied by salty sea air and the sound of lapping waves. We all wish we could be enjoying a sunset in Maldives right now, but until then, Coastes is your next best idyllic getaway.
Coastes recently refreshed its menu to offer new selections of fresh seafood, savoury pasta, hearty sharing platters, juicy burgers along plant-based options.
Give yourself a solid start to a weekend by relaxing under the morning sun with Coastes’ PB & J French Toast—a decadent brunch staple that’s slathered with peanut butter, sweet blueberry jam and taken up a notch with homemade luscious peach compote and fresh strawberries on top.
For an indulgent lunch or dinner, sink your teeth into the Ayam Panggang Burger. This Asian-inspired burger will take your tastebuds on a fiery adventure with sweet & spicy marinated grilled chicken smothered with sambal mayo and topped with pickled vegetables and egg. If a get-together is on the calendar, you can opt for their Fried Seafood Platter (S$42)—we’re talking beer-battered Atlantic cod, shrimps, calamari rings, scallops, and soft shell crab fried until golden brown, a perfect sharing snack to perk you right up.
Boasting a romantic canopy of twinkling fairy lights that warmly illuminate a cosy outdoor space, Canopy is the dream come true for an intimate, al fresco dinner right in the heart of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Their menu highlights include a Yorkshire Pork Rack (S$27), which boasts of pork rack grilled to perfection and topped with caramelised onion sauce and a Lobster Pomodoro (S$20), of which guests can expect fresh lobster served atop fragrant roasted pomodoro sauce.
If you’re hoping to enjoy the sunshine, Canopy also offers go-to brunch options beloved by café-hoppers—stick with the fail-safe Eggs Benedict Classic (S$17), a hefty platter of poached eggs, honey baked ham, English muffins, hollandaise sauce and more that are guaranteed to fill you right up right before an afternoon of frolicking in the nearby park.
This is for paw-rents who want somewhere to spend a chill afternoon with their pet, Wildseed Café @ The Summerhouse will be your top contender. Think a pet-friendly, breezy outdoor al fresco dining area with a garden atmosphere that’s decked out in beautiful plants and blooming flowers. They have a Waffle Factory (S$16), which is definitely something that called out to me. Patrons can pick from a variety of sweet and crunchy Biscoff Waffles, Oreo Waffles, topped with marshmallows, caramel sauce, and mini Oreos, or the Seasonal Berries Yoghurt Waffle, with a healthy mix of honey, berries, and granola.
Wildseed Café @ The Summerhouse offers an all-encompassing Afternoon Tea Set (S$48) that’s perfect for two to share, and includes both sweet and savoury offerings such as lemon white chocolate brownies, éclairs, scones, spinach quiche, salmon mousse brioche, and more.
If you’re looking for a vibrant dinner ambience, Latteria Mozzarella Bar is the one to beat, with its lush terrace and fairy lights for a perfect al fresco meal. Their Sunday Brunch Menu (S$58++) is ideal for lunch breaks and unwinding, and guests can go all out with free-flow packages starting from (S$10++). Latteria also offers a two- or three-course Set Lunch Menu (S$30/S$33++) on weekdays that’s a perfect break from a packed WFH morning. Opt for their Classic Tiramisù, a creamy, decadent dessert that’s worth all the calories.
Vegetarian options are also aplenty—take your pick from their signature items such as the Burratina Zucca (S$28), with a hefty 125g of Burrata topped with roasted pumpkin and truffle sauce, or the Stracciatella Caponata (S$25), with a fragrant combination of eggplant and pine nuts served atop 125g of shredded cow milk mozzarella. Latteria hosts regular wine dinner events, and invitations are sent via their newsletter.
Fill your grocery cart, then your stomach—Huber’s Bistro makes it ever so easy to kill two birds with one stone, especially with a conveniently located butchery right beside their bistro. Their child-friendly playground is finally going to reopen mid Oct with maintenance done, and they also offer free parking, making this al fresco eatery ideal for a family dinner night out.
Keep an eye out for their special menus that boast a plethora of options for every season, and sample German and Swiss speciality dishes.
Their latest limited-edition seasonal menu comes in lieu of Oktoberfest, and patrons cannot miss the signature Eisben (S$16.50) with piquant sauerkraut and boiled potato. Other speciality items include a slow-roasted Tafelspitz (S$17.50) with a coriander and mustard crust, which will wash down perfectly with German beer—fresh from the tap.
The Braised Grain-Fed Bone-In Beef Short Rib (S$21) is one of the hottest dishes on their regular menu, an indulgent meal of savoury ribs topped with horseradish and served alongside mashed potatoes and caramelised onions.
Chef Fabio Iannone set up Limoncello Pizza & Grill to bring a little slice of Amalfi Coast to Singapore right here along our Singapore River. The al fresco dining area boasts of views that are definitely not to be missed, and what sounds better than digging into Bistecca Grigliata (S$39) whilst enjoying an evening breeze in their open-air terrace? The 300g grilled Australian grain-fed ribeye is ideal for steak fans, given its size and affordability.
Guests can also indulge in pizzas made in the authentic Neapolitan style, where it originated from. Pizzas are available in both tomato-based and cream-based sauces, such as a simple Margherita (S$19), or Quattro Formaggi (S$26), both perennial options that will never go wrong.
Inspired by the architecture of Santorini Island, Zorba the Greek Taverna promises all diners an al fresco and pet-friendly dining experience paired with the authentic tastes and smells of the Aegean with classic Greek food. They offer a Weekday Set Lunch Menu (S$15.50++) where guests can pick between the Zorba Salad Bowl, a fragrant mix of chick souvlaki, feta, and avocado, Moussaka, or a simple Greek Chicken Rice Bowl, served with tzatziki and salad.
Bask in the sunshine with their Weekend Brunch Menu, where guests will be spoilt for choice—The Beef Souvlaki (S$26) is not to be missed, with grilled beef tenderloin skewers served with chips, baby salad and tzatziki sauce. They also offer a vegetarian Dakos Salata (S$14), a mouthwatering combination of cherry tomatoes, rusk, spinach, black kalamata, pistachio, and more, to make your Meatless Monday worth its while.
Since its relocation to The Grandstand, Ristorante Da Valentino now offers a multitude of private rooms along with spacious al fresco dining areas. They import small quantities of seasonal ingredients directly from Italy, which are served the day they arrive in Singapore so that diners can enjoy only the freshest of seasonal dishes.
As a self-proclaimed pesto princess, their Trofie al Pesto e Gamberi (S$29.90) was on my radar immediately—I mean, doesn’t the combination of homemade trofie with fragrant pesto served alongside potatoes and prawns sound heavenly? Maybe you’re a meat-lover through and through, in which case, the Stinco di Agnello Sufato (S$42.90), a hefty lamb shank served with potatoes and cherry tomatoes will be your top contender.
The Coastal Settlement boasts of an outdoor experience that has it all—a view of the sea, lush surroundings, and an eclectic international menu with fusion food. Located in Changi, this dining experience will transport you into a vibrant oasis for your afternoon brunch.
The Hae Bee Hiam Salmon Mentaiko Pasta (S$25) puts a unique spin on your perennial café menu offerings by combining fragrant hae bee hiam with creamy mentaiko sauce served atop spaghetti. If you’re going to stick with the tried-and-tested, opt for their Truffle Mushroom Linguini (S$23), a white wine reduction that’s drizzled with truffle oil. For a mix of sweet and savoury flavours, their Chicken Waffle (S$24) is the way to go, and consists of a buttery pressed croissant served with savoury crispy chicken.
Last on the list but certainly not the least, is Sabio By The Sea. It’s a casual, al fresco eatery with a hearty variety of Spanish bar bites and mains that’s cooked to smoky perfection in their Josper grill.
Speaking of which, they have an exclusive Josper Grill Menu, which includes the Chuleta de Cordero a la Parrilla (S$28), tender lamb cutlets served alongside arugula salad. If you’re a Spanish food enthusiast, their wide selection of paellas will check all your boxes—The Paella de Carne (S$29+) is topped with chicken, beef, capsicum, and chorizo before it’s baked to perfection in their Josper oven. If you’re opting for something meatless, Sabio by the Sea also offers a Vegan Paella de Pescado (S$29+) which contains plant-based prawns and calamari.
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