December 2016 Update – The South Beach Singapore hotel is rebranded as JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach and the F&B outlets in the hotel has been (or are being) revamped or renamed. South Beach Avenue, the retail wing, has just opened and restaurants and bars like Black Cow, Cafe Vergnano 1882, Fasta, Fynn’s and Alchemist are opened for business.
Beach Road, which can already boast of the iconic Raffles Hotel, has added glitz in the style of South Beach, a luxurious mixed-use development. The upscale hotel known simply as The South Beach has been rebranded as JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach). The food and beverage outlets in and around the hotel is an interesting mix. We took a walk around South Beach to check out what it has to offer for those looking for new dining options.
South Beach is a sprawling development with an impressive distinctive design which incorporates 4 historic buildings – 3 army barracks and the Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Club – with 2 new tower blocks. The complex comprises office towers, luxury residences, a designer hotel, ball room, retail spaces and an exclusive membership club.
In the historic armoury building, called South Beach Quarter, lifestyle group Massive Collective will have four new food and beverage places. Vanity, described as an exciting multisensory cocktail bar, has opened its doors to the “by invitation only” hip and stylish crowd. Vatos Urban Tacos a Korean Mexican Restaurant, a gastropub named The Armoury and Suite 26, a new exclusive “word-of-mouth only” nightclub, will be occupying the 2-storey heritage building. It looks like the South Beach Quarter may become the new entertainment hot spot for the nightlife crowd.
The NCO Clubhouse will be home to the South Beach Club. Interesting eateries there will include a “underwater restaurant” nest to a swimming pool where diners can watch swimmers like watching fishes in an aquarium.
JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
The 654-room designer hotel was conceptualised by Philippe Starck. His touches can be seen everywhere – from the hotel entrance to the elevators and the furniture in the lobby and the restaurants.
Akira Back is one of the restaurants in the hotel. It showcases Japanese Cuisine with Korean accents.
The Media Bar is the hotel’s gastropub offfering Western and Asian fare as well as an array of beverages from classic cocktails to local craft beers.
The hotel all day dining restaurant is now called the Beach Road Kitchen. It has buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a range of local and international dishes on its menu. See our post Beach Road Kitchen – all day dining at JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach.
South Beach Quarter
Outside the hotel, at South Beach Quarter, Vatos Urban Tacos serves KoMex cuisine i.e. tacos, quesadillas and other mexican dishes with Korean twists. Craft beers and interesting cocktails are also available. See our review at Vatos Urban Tacos Singapore – New KoMex Restaurant.
Another place to dine and wine is Armoury Gastrobar. The drinks menu is extensive with a wide selection of international beers. Pub food like burgers, fries and wings as well as mains like ribs and cod fish are available. Read our review here.
South Beach Avenue
South Beach Avenue is the retail component spread across the entire basement, street level as well as a conservation building. Some of the F&B outlets are opened for business.
Dimbulah Coffee has a standalone glass house with al fresco seating on level 1. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available.
Alchemist Beer Lab has an impressive indoor bar featuring beer infusion towers as well as a al fresco dining area. It offers a wide variety of infused beers and Modern-European tapas-style menu. See our post on Alchemist here.
Black Cow is a modern Japanese restaurant and sake bar. Read our post on Black Cow here.
Caffe Vergnano 1882 serves very good coffee as well as cakes and sandwiches. Read our post on the Italian coffee bar here.
Fynn’s serves salad + grain bowls, sandwiches, plates and desserts. Read our review here.
Fasta serves Fast Pasta – Warm Bowls, Cold Bowls and DIY pasta bowls.
Harry’s Bar serves a good range opf drinks as well as comfort food.
Real Food is a vegetarian and organic eatery serving healthy meals and snacks.
Other F&B places that have opened or would be opening soon include Atmastel, Lady M and Quaich Bar.
From what we have seen, South Beach Singapore should become an exciting dining destination and clubbing & entertainment hot spot. It has something for everyone – leisure weekend breakfast, business lunch, romantic dinner, celebratory drinks or serious clubbing. With its progressive openings its hip and fun quotient will surely increase. We will update this post when we visit South Beach again.
30 Beach Road
Parking (access via Nicoll Highway) :
Monday to Friday
7am-5pm – $2.40 per/hour
5pm-11.59pm – $3.50 per/entry
12am-7am – $3.50 per/entry
Saturday, Sunday & PH
7am-7am – $5 per/entry
Nearby Stations : Esplanade, City Hall.