Eat, Drink, Plunge – the tagline of Sandbank, the new restaurant in East Coast Park. At Sandbank Parkland Green, you can eat pizzas and grilled meats, drink ice-cold beers and plunge into the 15 meter pool – and you can do that till 12 midnight. The sister restaurant of the Bank Bar & Bistro in Shenton Way is an exciting family restaurant by day and cool bar by night in a unique setting along the ever popular East Coast Park.
Sandbank is one of the largest food and beverage establishments in Parkland Green. The front pf the restaurant facing East Coast Park is dominated by the black walls of the raised swimming pool; there are in fact 2 pools – an adult pool and a shallower one for children. Even the adult pool is not very deep – so don’t dive in. The pools can be used by any customer eating or drinking at the restaurant.
There is an indoor dining hall and al fresco dining area. You can also have a dip in the pool and order drinks from the poolside bar. The colourful furniture in the alfresco area is poolside furniture so you can sit there in your wet swim suits. The interior is nicely decorated. There are colourful cushioned chairs and a mix of high bar tables and normal dining tables. Large TV screens play programmes for the sports fans.
Sandbank has an extensive menu – ranging from bar bites and platters for sharing to pastas and mains like whole fish, baby back ribs, rack of lamb and steaks. Their dessert items are quite limited though. The drinks list is quite comprehensive covering shooters, beers, ciders, aperitifs, whiskeys and more.
We went there for lunch on a weekday afternoon. We were seated in the main dining hall indoor which was not air-conditioned; it was cool and breezy. We ordered their signature Charcoal-grilled Cola-marinated Chicken Wings ($14) and Sandbank Hawaiian Pizza ($25). A latte was $6.50 and soft drink was $5.50.
The food was served after only a very short wait. The Cola-marinated Chicken Wings were kind of sticky due to the caramelized cola. There was a hint of sweetness and the taste of cola was discernible. The wings also had a slightly smokey taste and was overall interesting and tasty. It came with papaya coleslaw which was refreshing and delicious. The freshly baked Hawaiian Pizza was a thin crust seafood version – with pineapple, prawns and mussels. There was a generous amount of prawn and mussel toppings and the scent of the seafood was quite strong. The thin crust was airy and crispy and had a cracker-like crunch. We liked the pizza but we would prefer the conventional version of Hawaiian Pizza with ham and pineapple.
We had an enjoyable lunch at Sandbank Parkland Green. It was a nice cool day and we had a good view of East Coast Park and the sea beyond. The staff at Sandbank was friendly, attentive and efficient. As always, we appreciate very much the fact that free water was offered. There is no service charge and no GST added to the bill.
There is no lack of dining options in Parkland Green (see post – Drink & Dine @ Parkland Green) but Sandbank – with its combination of interesting concept, good service, long opening hours, convenient free car parking and wide choice of food and drinks – is one of our favourites.
Food : 3
Service : 4
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32 Parkland Green
Tel +65 6247 7988
Tue / Wed / Thu: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri / Eve of PH: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Sat / PH: 8:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sun – 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.