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The Sampan

The Sampan, 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851,
Tel: (+65) 6732 1698, 

The Sampan, named after the Asian-style wooden boat, incorporates the Singapore River’s heritage as a bustling trading port in the 19th century (the decor inside reflects this with its old black and white photos). You can’t argue with that stunning view as you sit alfresco at The Sampan watching the boats go by to the back drop of the city skyline (check out the article’s cover image and you’ll see what we mean!). Come for the incredibly priced three course set lunch at $22 and if it’s too hot outside, we love the second floor’s vibes (which can also be hired out for events, parties and corporate do’s). The menu spans classic Asian dishes of Sichuan Pepper Chicken Spare Ribs with Spring Onion Salad ($12), an inventive remake of the classic Indian snack, Pani Puri with Stracciatella and Curried Lentils ($6.50/2 pcs) or the Vietnamese Bahn Mi ($12) sandwich which is elevated here with foie gras, plus the usual pickled veg, pork and sriracha mayo in a crispy rye baguette. Don’t miss the house made crispy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Sticker Dumplings ($9/4pcs) or the Chili Beef with Green Mango Salad and Crispy Noodles ($18) of refreshing mango, warm comforting peanuty dressing and crispy sweet beef. For dessert, a welcome change from Asian staples with the Valrhona Chocolate and Tofu Mousse with Chai Spiced Shortbread and Passionfruit Curd ($14). This is a spot we would happily take out of town guests to or just pop in for an afterwork drink and soak up the view!


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