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Forum Seafood, Boat Quay, Singapore
Part 7 of Singapore-Second Home series.
With the setting of the sun, our tummies have started grumbling as well. Time to look for a good place to have dinner in Boat Quay.
In Singapore, the sun sets at 7pm, year-round. So don’t be surprised if its not yet fully dark at 8pm. Your body clock has to adjust! LOL.
Boat Quay is a nice place to spend the evening and have dinner. Strolling around the row of restaurants in Boat Quay, you might not be able to decide right away on where you will settle and have a meal. For the budget-conscious, McDonalds can be found at the southern end of the row of shop-houses.
Boat Quay is alive and kicking at night
As you walk along to find the best seafood restaurant for your taste, each establishment’s staff will
greet persuade you to eat at their restaurant. A lot of them are more forceful and overt in trying to sell their food to the extent of offering discounts. Competition is really tough among restaurants here so don’t be annoyed if someone’s been trying to lure you for the nth time as it’s all part of the experience.
TRIVIA: The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore used to be Singapore’s General Post Office. In 1997, it was acquired from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to be developed into a hotel. With the URA setting some stipulations on the restoration, the new owners carefully retained and restored its architectural features. It is now a 400-room luxury example that serves as a living example of heritage conservation and renewal.
And since I mentioned the word discount, don’t get easily swayed by price-cuts. Normally, discounts are just buffers, but the restaurants aren’t on the losing end at all. Having said that, Boat Quay is pricey and touristy but you have to dine there at least once.
Fronting The Fullerton Hotel is Cavenagh Bridge, the only suspension bridge in Singapore which linked the commercial district to the civil district.
We weren’t really sure where we would eat but since their smiling Filipina staff approached us gently, we chose to dine at Forum Seafood.
Scallops with Broccoli
Basically, the meal was just okay. I loved the scallops as they were very fresh and juicy. The pineapple rice was also good. When we got the bill, we weren’t surprised that it reached S$100 (around P3,300) since we carefully browsed through the menu before we ordered. Never ever be tempted to order LIVE seafood. They’re mind-blowingly very expensive and they’re still going to be killed anyway. LOL!
Boat Quay Road
After dinner, we walked back to the riverside park fronting UOB Plaza and stayed there for a while before taking the MRT back home.
The ideal river setting. In the Philippines, do we actually have parks built around rivers? I know Iloilo has a river conservation project. How about Pasig River, or Marikina River?
(…to be continued)