November 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 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 finishing touches are still being put to the huge complex of South Beach Singapore but you can already find a few restaurants and bars operating there. The hotel known simply as The South Beach is opened for business (rebranded as JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach). A number of food and beverage outlets in and around the hotel are already serving guests. 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.
The South Beach is a 654-room designer hotel 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.
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. See 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.
Fasta serves Fast Pasta – Warm Bowls, Cold Bowls and DIY pasta bowls.
Alchemist Infusion 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.
Black Cow is a modern Japanese restaurant and sake bar. Read our post on Black Cow here.
Real Food is a vegetarian and organic eatery serving healthy meals and snacks.
Fynn’s serves salad + grain bowls, sandwiches, plates and desserts.
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.