La Brasserie

The buzz: The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s upscale European dining concept has revamped (as of July 2017) with a re-focused culinary direction on Southern French cuisine.

The vibe: That elegant and alluring old world vibe remains, with the biggest change being the more opened-up hotel side entrance (making it more inviting) as well as the new street access door to allow passersby to waltz in too. Also new are magnificent drapery by Jim Thompson and light herringbone floors, as opposed to the oakier tones previously used. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the Marina Bay waterfront remains too, offering impeccable views.

The food: Though the restaurant defines itself as a modern European brasserie, this is still a swanky joint (no flip-flops please), so expect food to match. For a case in point, try their traditional French classics such as Traditional Onion Soup ($19) and Suprême de Canard Confit ($39), as well as hearty mains like Grilled Côte de Boeuf ($99 for two persons) and Poulet Fricaseé Façon Tajine ($39).

The drinks: With a comprehensive library of wines from around the world, we know what we’ll be drinking. And you will too.

Why you’ll be back: The ambiance is certainly a draw, perfect for business lunches or even a romantic dinner. Besides the view, the excellent service doesn’t hurt either.