Our 2nd stop on the Singapore Top 10 review circuit brought us to Fullerton Bay Hotel, the stunning art-deco gem set by Marina Bay. The hotel is a star feature of the Fullerton Heritage enclave that houses many historic buildings that have been transformed into modern landmarks of Singapore's relatively new bay scene.
One of the most magnificent transformation here must be Clifford Pier. Once the major point of disembarkation to the outlying islands and beyond, Clifford Pier has been reinvented as the gourmet venue of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, treating guests to upmarket versions of local favourites like Char Kway Teow, Ba Chor mee and Laksa.
Our special guest reviewer of Clifford Pier is Ms Dana Cheong, one of Singapore Hi-So's most recognisable faces. An indefatigable fan of gyrotonic and salsa dancing, Dana also supports various charitable causes in the country and is a committee member of the Kidz Horizon Appeal and the George Washington Ball. Dana may be the one with the enviable figure but her appetite is hearty. After a lunch sampling of several local favourites at Clifford Pier, we headed over to Fullerton Hotel Singapore for more scrumptious afternoon tea treats at the iconic hotel's signature Post Bar.
"Coming to the Fullerton Heritage area always remind me of the days when we need to catch the ferries from Clifford Pier to the outlying islands. The transformation of this space as part of the Fullerton Bay Hotel is astounding. It is indeed atmospheric and nostalgic to feast on local favourites like Char Kway Teow and Bah Kut Teh at this lovely restaurant with such a stunning view of the Marina Bay area. The Crispy Duck Pancake here is a slightly more inventive appetiser I've tried that is really big on flavour and texture. The Ba Chor Mee, which I believe is Clifford Pier's signature entree, is wonderfully balanced on flavours with the right mix of traditional ingredients. The taste is comforting and familiar even though the surrounding is quite removed from the roots of this popular street dish. If one still has space for more gastronomic indulgences after Clifford Pier, the classic 3 tiers high tea set at The Courtyard is quite the treat. At our sitting we savoured some beautiful confections inspired by Yayoi Kusama's art, which is currently showing at the National Gallery." Dana Cheong
Ms Dana Cheong, Fashionista and Gyrotonic enthusiast
Crispy Duck Pancakes, a delightful fusion appetiser @ Clifford Pier
Clifford Pier's signature Ba Chor Mee
Delightfully conceptualised dainties inspired by Yayoi Kusama's art at Post Bar
The beautifully restored Clifford Pier, up for the Best Gourmet Experience award on our Singapore Top 10 List