How often do you get to dine by the sea in Singapore? Rarely.
East coast? All seafood.
Marina bay? Now that's something new. And no, I'm not referring to the long row of steamboat BBQ buffet there (which is already gone, by the way), but a hidden gem in the same area. There's a little known pier that ferries people to Indonesia, but my point here is a restaurant that has great view of the sea, cooling alfresco dining and of course, good food!
Beetroot with Scallop and Caviar ($10.00)
Soft Shell Crab with Pork Floss ($10.00)
We started off our meal with these two appetisers. The pan-seared scallop wasn't of top fresh quality, but was well paired with the salty caviar and sweet beetroot. Plus points for bothering with good presentation too.
The soft shell crab was served piping hot with pork floss on it. Never seen such a combination before, it hits off surprisingly well! The crab retained little oil and the savoury floss got rid of the heavy feel of the crab.
Grilled Cod in Soy Sauce ($29.00)
Yorksire Pork with Apple Sauce ($26.00)
The cod was of a sizable chunk, perfectly grilled with a melt in your mouth texture, with the japanese soy sauce adding a light touch to the flavour. It was completed by fluffy mashed potato, some cooked greens and asparagus.
The pork was abit tough on the lean meat, but tastes better on the fattier tender parts. The apple sauce goes well with the char-grilled taste of the pork and was accompanied by the same side dishes.
Another restaurant by the sea, Tex-max.
Sea of Love ($11.00)
After the meal, it was already dark and we went to chill out at the comfortable lounge area that has plenty of cushions and leg space, suitable for large groups of friends to hang out. We had a glass of mocktail (couldn't remember the content, tastes not bad though!) to end off the night while chatting to the sound of waves and enjoying the sea breeze.
Bill for 2 was $101.23 with GST. Overall, Pier Eleven has good ambience with reasonably well food. A little out of the way, but not a problem if you had a car though. Give it a try with your date!