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What to eat at East Coast Park?

East Coast Park is one of Singapore’s most famous parks thanks to its location, its scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km and the multitude of activities that can be enjoyed there such as BBQing, camping, cycling and dining by the seaside. Did you know that more than 7 million people visit East Coast Park a year?

If you haven’t visited East Coast Park in a while, you may be interested to know that it has undergone a number of changes in the past few years.

  1. Parkland Green – The old golfing range has been turned into Parkland Green, a dining enclave with a huge lawn for activities. (Opened in late 2014)
  2. Marine Cove – Also known as the area where McDonalds is located. It has finally been renovated and now boasts 5 eateries plus a huge children’s playground. (Reopened in mid 2016)
  3. Seafood Centre – There are non-seafood centric eateries here, namely halal restaurant Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse!
  4. Big Splash – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  5. Raintree Cove (Where Burger King used to be) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment
  6. GoldKist (Chalets) – Vacant and awaiting redevelopment

So…. the key question is, what is there to eat at East Coast Park, aside from the Hawker Centre near the East Coast lagoon? Scroll down to find out more! The eateries are arranged by location, from nearest to town and then heading east. Note the carpark area, to make wayfinding easier. Scroll to the end for the Google map of East Coast Park.

Parkland Green – Area C1

(1920 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449875)

  1. Sandbank
  2. Atmosphere Bistro
  3. Full Pint Brewery
  4. Patro’s Sports Bar & Restaurant 
  5. Starbucks Coffee
  6. Bakery & Bar ST MARC
  7. Kebab Station
  8. Killiney Kopitiam
Marine Cove – Area C2

(1000 East Coast Parkway, Marine Cove, Singapore 449876)

  1. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  2. Babalicious
  3. Hill Street Coffeeshop
  4. My Briyani House
  5. McDonald’s
Georges @ ECP – Area C3

1010 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Park, Carpark C3, Singapore 449892

New Zealand Natural – Area C3

1010 A East Coast Parkway, Area C3, #01-K8, Singapore 449894 

Seafood Centre – Area E1

(Blk 1202/1204 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Seafood Centre Singapore 449883)

  1. Enak Enak Hong Kong Teahouse
  2. Ubin First Stop Restaurant
  3. Rong Heng Seafood Restaurant
  4. Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
  5. Jumbo Seafood
Coastal Rhythm Cafe & BarArea E1 (At the Cable Ski Park)

1206A East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon, Singapore 449891

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Coastes Singapore – Yes beach bars can serve tasty dishes too!

I’ve always had this long standing impression of beach/sports-themed bars/restaurants and greasy Western fare going hand in hand. It’s hard to change this perception because alcohol is where they make their money, so the focus is often not on the food. And their menus, they look like cookie cutter templates of one another. Once in a while though, a restaurant pops up which bucks the trend.

Coastes Singapore (1)

A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of checking out Coastes Singapore, which is located along Siloso Beach in Sentosa. Coastes has recently rolled out new dishes from classic beach bites to seafood and pasta dishes. I tried some of their new dishes and I am glad to report that I really enjoyed their seafood dishes! My dining companions and I both agreed that the seafood dishes boasted fresh tasting and succulent seafood.

Coastes - Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings) (1)

Seafood Platter $52 (Pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, calamari rings)

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Niku Katsumata–Delicious yakiniku minus the smoke

Niku Katsumata (20)

Niku Katsumata Singapore at Duxton Road is the 1st offshoot of the original Niku Katsumata in Ebisu Tokyo. Lucky for us that they have opened a branch in Singapore because it’s an invite-only restaurant in Tokyo, ie you need to know some celebrity or big shot before you can dine there.

Niku Katsumata specialises in lean Japanese beef, although they also have well marbled cuts of Wagyu. Wait a minute, haven’t we been trained that when it comes to marbling, the more the merrier right? But because these leaner cuts have been selected from cattle who have been bred and managed under the “highest Japanese standards”, these leaner cuts taste exceptionally good too.

Another special thing about Niku Katsumata is that it’s probably one of the few places you can have yakiniku without your clothes and hair stinking like hell. The meat here is cooked over a special clear crystal plate. This crystal plate is so special, hardly any smoke is produced so you can enjoy your grilled meat meal without smelling like you’ve just worked 24 hours in a kitchen. Apparently, if you dine there on a full moon, together with the crystal, this creates good Feng Shui….. I don’t know about that but then again you never know…

Niku Katsumata offers a choice of 2 set menus, the Katsumata Course $128++ and the Ebisu Course $198++. There is also an ala carte menu but this is for topping up of the set menu. I had the Katsumata Course when I was there, and there was so much food, I can’t imagine even wanting to order anything else! You can see the full menu here.

Niku Katsumata (14)

This is the special crystal plate. Although you can grill the meat yourself, I highly recommend that you leave it to the experts because you don’t want to be burning or overcooking those expensive morsels of meat.

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Izy Dining and Bar–The most eye-catching Japanese roll you will find!

At first glance, Izy Dining and Bar might strike you more as a drinking joint than a restaurant that serves proper Japanese food. But do not be thwarted by the long bar counter that takes up practically the entire front section of the restaurant, there’s good food to be had if you venture forth. Food that will not only please the taste-buds but also the eyes. And if you venture further in literally, you will reach the table seating area, which in my opinion is more comfortable for consuming lunch and dinner.

On the menu are the usual suspects for any Japanese restaurant such as sashimi, sushi, rolls and cooked dishes. However it’s the little touches here and there, and the creative use of ingredients that really set Izy Dining apart from the usual Japanese restaurants you find in malls. Everything just looks so delicious!

The piece de la resistance for Izy Dining and Bar has go to be this.

Izy Dining & Bar - Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45 (2)Japanese Nokke Roll (Uni, Ikura, Crab, Negitoro, Veg) $45

If this doesn’t catch your eye, I don’t know what will. Basically all the Japanese dream ingredients presented on one dish. It will disappear into the stomach all too quickly, so my only advice is to savour it slowly! It’s a must order if you love all these ingredients!

Izy Dining & Bar - Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

Mango Salsa Roll (Tempura shrimp, raw salmon & avocado topped with mango salsa sauce) $18

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[Chinese New Year 2017] Gu Ma Jia’s homey and affordable CNY fare

And just like that, Christmas and New Year are over and it’s time to think of how to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 28 – 30th January 2017 (Saturday – Monday), that’s like less than 4 weeks away! This means you have to start planning for your reunion dinner pretty quickly.

If you are looking for a restaurant serving casual homey fare that is affordable, for your reunion gathering, you might want to consider Gu Ma Jia restaurant located at Tai Thong Crescent. Gu  Ma Jia prides itself on serving food with less oil and less MSG. Two set menus will be available during this CNY festive period.

The “Peace” set at $599++ includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Crab Meat and Fish Maw
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Braised Duck and Sea Cucumber
  • Broccoli with Macadamia Nuts & Fresh Scallop
  • Stir-Fried Prawns with Superior Sauce
  • Steamed Lotus Leaves Rice
  • Dessert – Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

The “Prosperity” set at $768 includes

  • Yu Sheng
  • Cold Platter
  • Sea Cucumber, Crab Meat & Bamboo Fungus
  • Stir-fried Broccoli with Chinese Mushrooms & Abalone
  • “Ginseng Fortune Chicken” – Double-boiled Chicken, Roasted Pork, Scallops, Sea Cucumber and Fish Maw with Ginseng in a Claypot
  • Steamed Prawns with Gu Ma’s Home Made Sauce
  • Steamed Red Grouper with Soya Sauce
  • Seafood Fried Noodles
  • Dessert – Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts

Session Timings for set menu on Chinese New Year Eve (27th Jan 2017):

  1. 12pm – 2pm
  2. 2.15pm – 4.15pm
  3. 6pm – 7.45pm
  4. 8pm – 9.45pm

I had the opportunity to sample some of the dishes from the two CNY set menus. I have to agree that the cooking style is more homey and less seasoned as compared to other Chinese restaurants in Singapore. If you want to taste the natural flavours of the food and not have them obscured by heavy sauces, Gu Ma Jia would be up your alley.

Gu Ma Jia CNY 2017 - Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest

Longan Wolfberries Sea Birds Nest 

The dessert was one of my favourites not only due to visual appeal but because of the generous amount of jelly. And as can be seen from the colour of the jelly, it’s flavoured as compared to some versions out there where the jelly is tasteless.

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