As the sun sets over Singapore’s eastern coastline, the vibrant aroma of sizzling seafood fills the air, beckoning food lovers to East Coast Parkway. This iconic recreational area offers an unforgettable dining experience, with a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, and food stalls serving up delectable cuisine against a picturesque backdrop of the ocean.
Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or a lover of international cuisine, there’s something for everyone here. From the tantalising aroma of BBQ sambal stingray to the savoury fragrance of crispy soft-shell crab, the dining options on East Coast Parkway are a feast for the senses. So come, pull up a chair, and let your taste buds embark on an unforgettable culinary journey.
Here’s 10 of our favourite food spots for foodies to discover on East Coast Parkway.
1. Sand Bank
SandBank really is made for anyone and everyone. The food here is a mix of Western and East Asian cuisine with a dollop of Latin American and South Asian selections thrown in for good measure.
Mushroom and cherry tomatoes make the Verdura Penne (S$17) my personal highlight from the Pasta section and the Carbonara Spaghetti (S$20) is a close second. They do a pretty mean thin crust pizza, too. Try the Chilli Crab Meat (S$26) and the Tuscany (S$27).
There are spirits, beers and wines for the adults, as well as interesting Sodas (S$8) with flavours such as Elderflower Mint, Peachy Yuzu Spritzer and Mango Passionade to choose from.
Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 get their own menu. Some popular choices are Penne & Cheese (S$10), Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla (S$10) and Salmon Creamy Spaghetti (S$10).
The whole family will love the desserts. Most exotic and elaborate is the Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake (S$14). If simplicity is the order of the day, get an Ice Cream Scoop (S$2.50) with the standard options of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.
Unfortunately, 2 of the biggest draws at SandBank— the pool and teppanyaki— are both currently (April 2023) closed. Once they get going again, Sand Bank is really one of the best places to have a blast for the whole family.
PS.Cafe at East Coast Park is also known as PS.Cafe By The Sea. Factually true, of course, but I also love the name for the lovely images that it conjures in my head.
PS.Cafe does all it can to reinforce that image, too. White-washed walls mirror the sand and spray while the ocean blue upholstery echoes the water. Pair all that with bright, airy spaces marked with vibrant greenery and you begin to understand why this cafe is so popular.
There is a breakfast menu as well as an all-day menu. The first is available till 11am on weekdays and 10am on weekends. If you’re famished, the PS. Big Breakfast is for you. You get 2 eggs (poached, fried or scrambled), smoked bacon, wilted spinach, buttered toast, baked beans with angus/pork sausage, cherry tomato, rocket & basil salad with honey truffle dressing. Mmmmm!
Wash down their Bunwiches (hehe I love this name, too) and bakery items with Coffee & Chocolate drinks, Cold Pressed Juices, Crushed Fruit Sodas, Floats and Kombucha.
Those drinks appear on the all-day menu, too. From the Mains, try the Tiger Beer-battered Fish & Chips. A burger person? There’s the PS. Burger of Australian barley-fed Angus patty, vintage cheddar, wilted spinach, crispy smoked bacon and shoestring fries. The other burger option is the PS. Impossible Burger with its Impossible patty, vintage cheddar, wilted spinach, sauteed mushrooms and shoestring fries.
They also have a Junior menu for kids under 12.
3. Breeze Seafood & BBQ
Big Splash is gone but has been replaced with Food Splash, which I think I like better (10-year-old me would be appalled at what I have become). Breeze Seafood & BBQ is one of the highlights of the area. It’s one of the newest eateries here but has built a loyal following.
On the menu are stir-fried noodle dishes, omelettes, vegetables, and a selection of BBQ seafood items. Some highlights are Sambal Stingray, Lala, Big Prawn, Sotong, Mussels (S$12 for small, SS$18 for medium, S$24 for large for each of these). You can also get whole fish such as Seabass, Red Marble Fish and Black Grouper at seasonal prices.
Rolling solo? Their 1 Pax Meal dishes include Sambal Prawn w Rice (S$9.80), Sambal Half Side Lobster w Rice (S$16.80) and Sambal Oyster w Rice (S$9.80) are reasonably-priced and filling. Their omelettes are nice, too— they are available as Vegetables Omelettes (S$8 for small, S$12 for large), Prawn (S$8 for small, S$12 for large) and Oyster (S$12 for small, S$18 for large).
4. Bakery & Bar St. Marc
Bakery & Bar St. Marc is a cosy Japanese cafe and bar with a variety of popular dishes, serene decor and really wide assortment of desserts.
Heading the Mains is a selection of 9 Mochi Pastas. No, they aren’t all made from the sweet Japanese rice cake; it refers to the chewy, bouncy texture of the fresh pasta.
Carbonara Mochi Pasta (S$17) of cream sauce, pork bacon, raw egg and Parmigiano is easily my favourite. The regal Sepia Nero Mochi Pasta (S$22) with squid, squid ink sauce, clam, cream and cherry tomatoes is perfect for the seaside location.
Bite into their burger mains that include the St. Marc Wagyu BBQ Burger (S$26) of wagyu, bacon, BBQ sauce, onion jam, pickles and cheese in a brioche bun served with skinny fries. The Breaded Fish Burger (S$18) and Breaded Chicken Burger (S$18) are lighter on both your tummy and your wallet.
There is a vegetarian section of soups, salads and finger foods such as Truffle Fries (S$15), Spring Roll 10pc (S$10) and Salsa Cheesy Nacho (S$15). Vegos have 2 Mains options— Vegetarian Aglio Olio Mochi Pasta (S$15) and Pomodoro Basil Mochi Pasta (S$15).
If you have a sweet tooth, there is no better place to indulge. They have pastries, waffle cone gelato ice cream, waffle ice cream, waffle cone softserves, parfaits and much, much more!
5. Atmosphere Thai Bistro & Bar
Atmosphere Thai Bistro & Bar is one of the mainstays along the ECP— we covered them years ago and they are still going strong. I love that this place has both the serenity of a seaside location and the metropolitan vibes of a hip drinking spot. The food is an eclectic mix of Thai, western and other international cuisines.
Begin with Soup (S$16.80), with a choice between Seafood Tom Yum (Clear/Red), Green Curry Chicken and Minced Meat Tofu. Salads range from Caesar Salad (S$8.80) to Green Papaya Salad (S$12.80) to Thai Spicy Salmon Carpaccio (S$15.80) with several others in between.
Sharing Platters are great for the vibe here. The Mega Platter (S$38.80) with mixed salad, nachos, white bait, basil chicken skewers, basil pork skewers, grilled squid head and Thai fried chicken wings is a monster of both size and taste.
On the dessert menu are Thai favourites Mango Sticky Rice (S$14.80), Ice-Cream Thai Bubble Milk Tea Waffle (S$12.80) and Red Ruby Cheese Cake (S$10.80) as well as Chocolate Lava Cake (S$13.80).
The Kid’s Set (S$6.80) comes with chicken nuggets, fries and a choice of Apple Juice, Orange Juice or Fresh Milk. You can upgrade to a Kid’s Fish & Chips (add S$2) or Kid’s Chicken Bolognese (add S$3).
6. Patros Sports Bar & Restaurant
Patros Sports Bar & Restaurant certainly lives up to the “sports” part of its name, particularly where cricket is concerned. Expect a perpetual crowd of wicket watchers from the West and the subcontinent during match season.
Patros serves North Indian and Mexican cuisine, a combination that works better than first impressions suggest. There are East Asian influences as well. You’ll see that in the appetisers menu with Chilli Prawns and the Chilli Chicken, both of which are cooked in Szechuan sauce.
Being an Indian restaurant, Patros definitely has vegetarian options. Share the Tandoori Khazana platter of vegetables marinated in rich spices, then tandoor-baked. The Banarasi Seekh Kebab swaps meat with spice-marinated veggies on skewers.
There are several options each of Samundari Curries (seafood curries), Lamb Curries and Chicken Curries. That’s besides the 15 or so vegetable curries they whip up.
Curries go best with rice and Patros Sports bar & Restaurant has 4 different types of Rice and another 4 of Biryani for you to try. 15 varieties of naan, roti, paratha and kulcha complete the Indian Bread menu.
The Mexican menu has Nachos (Prawn, Beef, Chicken or Vegetables) served with beans, jalapenos, guacamole, olives and salsa. Their Spicy Mexican Wings are a popular order, as are the Fried Calamari. The other mainstay of Mexican food, tacos are available as Mexican Tacos (3 pcs) or a Taco Platter (6 pcs) with prawns, beef, chicken, cheese, mushroom and vegetable tacos.
7. Kebab Station
Kebab Station celebrates 20 years in Singapore this year. For the 2 decades, it has been the only place along the ECP to get your fill of authentic Turkish cuisine. Dishes are prepared in their signature charcoal grill kitchen under the supervision of a chef with 30 years of experience.
By far, my favourite element of Middle Eastern cooking is basically anything with falafel. Here, I always ask for the Falafel with Dips (S$13.90), which comes with a pair of dips to dress up your crispy falafel balls.
Another great way to start is with bread and dips. Basic Pita Bread (S$3.50) works fine for me but the Cheese Bread (S$9.90) is lovely, too. To accompany, I suggest the Mixed Dips (S$21.90). It includes humus, cacik, salsa, avocado and baba ganus, and comes with lavash bread.
For seafood, your grilled fish options are Grilled Salmon (S$27.90), Grilled Sea Bass (S$30.90) and Grilled Mackerel (S$23.90). there is Baked Rice— Chicken (S$11.90), Lamb (S$12.90) and Beef (S$12.90). Kebab Station also serves pasta, pizzas and desserts.
8. Basil & Thyme
Basil & Thyme is essentially Thai & Western. Less than 5 years old, it is nonetheless one of the more popular restaurants along the ECP. Part of the reason is undoubtedly the live band space and the attached microbrewery.
Fans of Italian cuisine will be pleased with the choices. There is Aglio Olio (S$16.90), Pollo Penne Cream (S$16.90) and Ravioli in Cream Sauce (S$16.90) as well as Margherita Pizza (S$18) and Pepperoni Pizza (S$21).
Theirs is a pretty sizeable Fish and Chips (S$23.90) featuring beer battered seabass served with fries and a salad.
I can never give up a chance for satay and the chicken Satay Gai (S$10.90) here is wonderful. Staples such as Pad Thai Seafood (S$14.90), Pad Thai Chicken (S$12.90) and Pad Thai Vegetarian (S$12.90) are solid performers.
The Thai Vegetarian section has Poh Peh Tawd (S$8.90), which is 6 pieces of deep-fried spring rolls, and Fresh Spring Rolls (S$10.90), which is the healthier version with vegetables wrapped in rice paper. The vegetarian green mango salad Som Tum (S$11.90) and Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup (S$10.90) are great for everyone.
Basil & Thyme has a kids’ menu with Mac and Cheese (S$9.90), Sliders (S$9.90) and a Kids Personal Pizza ($9.90). The pizza flavours are Margherita and Pepperoni.
9. Long Beach UDMC Seafood Restaurant
Long Beach has ‘long’ (hahah, funny me!) been one of my go-to places for seafood. Be warned, the prices are as premium as the fare they serve.
This place is the king of fresh air-flown marine cuisine. Some of the most stunning examples of their fresh-flown crabs are Air Flown Live Alaskan King Crab (S$24.80++/100g), Air Flown Live Princess Crab (S$11.30++/100g), Live XL Mud Crab (S$10.80++/100g（800g- 1399g); S$11.80++/100g for 1400g & above) and Air Flown Live Dungeness Crab (S$11.80++/100g).
They also give lobsters the same premium treatment, and 2 of your options are Air Flown Live Southern Australian Lobster (S$29.80++/100g) and Air Flown Live Canadian Lobster (S$11.80++/100g).
The fare goes beyond just seafood. There is Handmade Beancurd & Shredded Mushroom (S$3 per pc, min order 4 pcs), Grilled Chicken Satay (S$12 for 5 sticks) and the deliciously exotic and exotically delicious Claypot Enoki Mushroom & Baby Cabbage (S$24).
10. Tash Tish Tosh
Tash Tish Tosh is known for its unique take on the classic Singaporean dish, Tulang Merah (red bone). Here, the process is differentiated by a 12-hour slow pressure bake in their secret stew with local herbs and spices.
The Red Bone Toolang (S$22.50) set includes 3 pieces of toolang and 4 pieces of parmesan bread. You can ask for 1 x Additional Toolang Piece (S$6.50), 4pcs Extra Bread (S$3) and Extra Gravy (S$3). An alternative is the Baby Battleship (S$21.90) that comes with 7 or 8 small baby toolang.
Whitestar (Regular S$22.90, Large $28.90) is an Alfredo based pizza topped with beef bacon and covered in mozzarella cheese. For seafood, you’ll want the Under The Sea Boat (Regular for S$26.90, Large for S$34.90). There is also the classic Hawaiian (Regular for S$22.90, Large for S$28.90).
TTT has tapped into the Korean craze, too. They have Bibimbap Teriyaki Salmon (S$18.50) and Bibimbap Karaage Chicken (S$18.50).
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