Rooftop Dining in Singapore
A romantic new Singapore sky-bar delivers champagne wishes and oyster dreams. By Brian Spencer.
Published on Apr 8, 2015
A slick Venetian gastropub is a tough act to follow, but restaurateur Beppe De Vito's venue ups the ante once again. The Puglia native has ditched his Italian roots in favor of a globally inspired spin on everyone's favorite combo: oysters and bubbles.
It doesn't hurt that Southbridge's perch on top of a fifth-floor Boat Quay shophouse offers the perfect vantage point to soak up the city-state's architectural splendor. From this bend of the snaking Singapore River, colonial-era low-rises on one bank are dwarfed by lofty CBD skyscrapers on the other, with scale and scope accentuated in dazzling fashion.
A sweeping panorama of the CBD.
"I wanted to match the striking location by creating an environment where the vibe is always buzzy, yet relaxed and unpretentious at the same time," De Vito says. Translation: look for shared plates of comfort foods like pulled-pork sliders and fat, lobster-knuckle rolls, plus those oysters, served hot or cold by the half-dozen.
De Vito enlisted his compatriot Gerry Callipo, bartender of the Florence cocktail club Bitter Bar, to conceive the drinks program. It's anchored by 16 sparkling wines, a compelling range of spirits mostly sourced from small-batch distillers, and craft cocktails such as Lust, Caution, with Southbridge's Sichuan peppercorn-infused gin, or the boozy, rum-based One Night in Bangkok, playfully presented in a hollowedout coconut. With libations this smooth, and a crowd almost as photogenic as the view, we can certainly think of worse ways to while away a Friday night. 5F 80 Boat Quay; +65 6536 5818; southbridge.sg.
Juicy Wagyu beef sliders.
Photo courtesy of Southbridge.