We recently had lunch at Prive Clarke Quay, the fourth and newest Prive restaurant. The other outlets currently are Prive Keppel, Prive Chijmes and Prive Asian Civilisations Museum. The Prive group also run other restaurants managed but with different names, those that we have tried include the Empress restaurant, the University Club and Roadhouse.
Clarke Quay is a large and confusing place as we did not know where the restaurant was located. It is best to try to locate Prive Clarke Quay by reference to the central fountain. It is one of the restaurants that looks directly to the fountain.
The decor of the restaurant is laid-back casual. Whether lounging in the wicker chairs outside or in the air-conditioned indoor space, there was a distinct chill-out mood in this place. The fact that most of the other diners there were tourists toting maps and cameras made us feel like we were also on vacation. The atmosphere changes after dark when the tempo of life picks up. We prefer the sleepy afternoon atmosphere.
The food served in Prive Clarke Quay is a combination of Western and Asian standards. Live music and happy hours during specified parts of the day provide additional reasons to dine here. Here are pictures of the Prive Clarke Quay menu.
We decided to try a mix of East and West cuisine – a seafood laksa ($18) and wagyu sliders ($16). Several kinds of drinks were available at reduced prices so we had some draft Guinness ($5 for half pint).
The wagyu sliders were good. The beef patties were juicy and tasty. Each slider looked small, but the three combined was enough as a meal. We would have preferred fries instead of crisps. But they all were good with the Guinness.
The seafood laksa was a rather small portion. The seafood ingredients were reasonable but it was a bowl of laksa that left us still hungry. The gravy was very thick and lemak. Not bad, but not among our better laksa experiences.
Overall, the atmosphere at Prive Clarke Quay makes it an ideal hangout place. We would visit them again, but will probably stick to pub-food type of dishes which they seem to do better.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Prive Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Road
Block C, #01-09A,
Monday to Tuesday: 5pm to 2am
Wednesday to Friday & Public Holidays: 5pm to 3am
Saturday: 11:30am to 4am
Sunday: 11:30am to 2am
Eve of Public Holidays: 5pm to 4am
Nearby MRT station: Fort Canning, Clark Quay
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