Supertree Dining @ Gardens By The Bay
Singapore’s newest icon and attraction- Gardens by the Bay brings new meaning to the term ‘City in the Garden’ with its expansive botanical grounds which is home to about a quarter of a million different flora and fauna. Newly opened to the public on the 29th of June, this Superpark has already attracted more than 70 000 visitors within the first two days of its opening. With two MRT stations nearby- Bayfront and Marina Bay, this 101-hectare garden is conveniently accessible and the perfect place for a nature walk against the beautiful Marina Bay skyline, which is especially mesmerizing in the evenings and nights.
Gardens by the Bay is made up of three waterfront gardens- Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. The largest, Bay South is where the Supertree Grove resides. This grove is made up of twelve 16-storey Supertrees and a 128m long walkway connecting two Supertrees which you can take and walk across, to enjoy a birds’ eye view of the entire gardens.
Admission into the Supertree Grove itself is free
but the OCBC Skyway will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children <12 years old.
And if or when you get hungry from exploring and all the walking, located just steps away is Supertree Dining to satisfy and quell your hunger.
Supertree Dining which is designed and managed by the Select Group Limited, features five distinctive F&B dining concepts all in one place. While it is easy to dismiss Supertree Dining as a regular food court at first impressions, it is anything but. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows for a panoramic view of the lush tropical surroundings and real live trees growing through openings in the ceilings to maintain the natural theme of the place, even allowing drops of rain to water the leaves of the trees on rainy days for that added touch of rawness, this communal dining space is simply one of a kind.
From local to international cuisines, appetizers to desserts, there is something for everyone here at Supertree Dining. Read on to find out more about the diverse range of options that this all-inclusive one-stop family dining destination has to offer.
Hill Street Coffee Shop
Staying true to offering a traditional coffee shop experience, this section is differentiated from the other establishments with its 1960s old-school decor, brick-red window shutters and dark brown marble top tables paired with wooden chairs that we are so used to at regular heartland coffee shops.
Hill Street Coffee Shop serves up a range of local favourites- from freshly brewed kopi and teh-c to freshly steamed bread with kaya spread and half-boiled eggs that we all love with a sprinkle of pepper and dark soya sauce. Anything that you are craving for from the local ‘kopitiam’, you can find it here at Hill Street Coffee Shop.
But of course for the ones with a heartier appetite, signature dishes that are also on the menu are as follows:
Traditional Singapore Laksa $8.90 ++
I thought this was a great bowl of laksa. The ‘chu mee fen’ was cooked just right and it was still springy without being soggy. While this comes topped with an abundance of cockles, prawns, shredded chicken and sliced egg, I was more distracted by the delicious savory coconut milk based gravy which I drank every last drop of! Only complain was the lack of spiciness for oomph!
Street Fried Hokkien Mee $9.90 ++
This popular hawker and food court staple was nicely done and served up in the iconic banana leaf that makes the thin vermicelli a little more fragrant. The noodles were flavoursome and appetizing, a result from a dense brother that has been slow simmered for hours to absorb the essence of the pork bones and prawn shells. While I usually love my Hokkien Mee with extra chilli, I was not a big fan of the dollop they provided at the side which I found a tad too salty!
Signature Kampong Rendang Chicken Nasi Lemak $8.90 ++
An iconic Singapore dish of long grain Basmati rice cooked with pandan leaf and coconut milk, paired with slow-braised, succulent Rendang chicken and homemade vegetable achar on the side. I did not really like the rice as I would have preferred it to be fluffy and not so hard which this one unfortunately was…
Peach Garden Noodle House
The casual dining sister arm to the renowned Peach Garden Restaurant, Peach Garden Noodle Restaurant offers quick, convenient and affordable Chinese dishes. From the popular usual dim-sum delicacies to more exotic dishes that have been specially concocted for the Gardens by the Bay branch, this is no-nonsense authentic Chinese cuisine at its best.
The Noodle with Fresh Prawn Dumpling (Soup/Dry) $7.00 ++ was refreshing and the clear soup tasted light to the palate. Special mention to the springy noodles that were chewy and simply good to eat.
The Special Edition Gardens by the Bay Chicken Rice (NEW) $18.80 ++ as the name mentions, can only be found at this outlet. Loved the rice which was oily enough and adequately flavoured with chicken stock. The chicken meat itself was tender, moist and a great match with the trio of dips provided at the side.
Steamed Chicken Bun with Baby Abalone, Chinese Sausage and Mushroom (NEW) $12.80 ++ is one ‘da-bao’ filled with many good things and also comes with a rather expensive 0rice tag especially for a bao. This tasted especially good when still piping hot and straight out of the steamer. Loved all the flavours and how moist the skin of the bao was when I peeled it open.
The exotic Steamed Xiao Long Bao with Goose Liver in Double-boiled Shark’s Bone Cartilage Soup (NEW) $12.80 ++ is probably one of the most dear xlb you will ever eat in a casual setting. It is after all, simmered and steamed in double-boiled shark’s bone cartilage soup and goose liver wrapped in delicate xlb skin instead of regular minced meat. This is definitely not a shark-friendly dish but one that is packed full with chondroitin- great for the elderly in your family especially those suffering from arthritis and joint pains.
Selection of Fruits Shaved Ice (NEW)
Dragonfruit Shaved Ice – $8.80++
Pineapple Shaved Ice – $8.80++
Mango Shaved Ice – $7.80++
Lychee Shaved Ice – $6.80++
Pretty, delightful, refreshing and something everyone will certainly enjoy especially with our humid weather. Loved how the chefs had retained the actual fruit’s outer skin and used it to contain the shaved ice. Extra points for the aesthetics!
Pizza, Pasta & Ice-cold Beer. That pretty much sums up this Italian trattoria which also has another branch at the Botanic Gardens that is such a crowd-favourite that everyone needs no introduction to.
Casa Verde Salad $12.00 ++
Combination of garden greens, assorted mixed fruits tossed with honey lemon. A very brightly coloured dish and a great one to enjoy the lush greenery outside with. With fresh strawberries, grapes and oranges, it’s one happy affair filled with Vitamin C!
Sfilatino Casa Verde (House Specialty) $24.00 ++
A much cheesier version of the local spring roll, this melted Mozzarella with ham and mushrooms is a good option for those who do not want a whole pizza. Served with tomato salsa dip, these are bite sized pizza slices…well almost!
Baked Macaroni with Mushroom and Mozzarella Cheese $14.00 ++
Another new & exclusive dish to the Supertree Dining outlet, this Chef’s signature is warm comfort food that is perfect for a cold, wet and rainy day.
And offering a Halal option for our Muslim friends is this American fast-food chain that uses only fresh chicken brought in specially from Malaysia everyday. With both original and spicy marinated chickens available, Texas Chicken is known for their juicy and delicious meats. Plus! You can be ensured of a hearty portion of the chicken as each fowl is always and only cut into eight pieces, no more and no less.
Fire Wrap (New & exclusive to Supertree Dining)
Crunchy, juicy tender strips with fresh lettuce, jalapeno pepper slices, cheese, crispy tortilla chips, red onions and tomato, wrapped in a hot toasted tortilla
$7.80 nett for a set meal
(includes 1 Fire Wrap, 1 regular side, 1 regular soft drink)
$7.60 nett for a 2-piece set meal
(includes 2 pieces of chicken, 1 regular side, 1 regular soft drink and 1 Honey Butter Biscuit)
Honey Butter Biscuits
Handcrafted in small batches all day long, our biscuits are glazed with our famous sweet and savoury honey butter
$1.20 nett for 1 piece
$3.20 nett for 3 pieces
Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Part of the Les Amis group and the go-to place for dessert, cakes and macarons, Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie has opened its fifth outlet at Gardens by The Bay to spread more sugar love and launch new creations that can only be found here. But of course, all-day dining items such as salads, pastas and sandwiches are also available on the menu for those who prefer savoury over the sweet.
Canelé Chicken Caesar Wrap (NEW) $8.00 nett
Sliced chicken strips layered with tomatoes, cucumber and romaine lettuce, drizzled with anchovy dressing
Limited Edition Summer Macarons (On sale from 6 July to mid-August 2012) (NEW)
Violet Berries, Chocolate Rice Krispie, Mint Chocolate, Lemon Lime, Vanilla Banana
$2.50 nett for 1 piece
$11.50 nett for 6 pieces
$21.50 nett for 12 pieces
Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream (NEW) $3.00 nett
Chocolate ice cream layered with caramel, topped with hazelnuts
So do take a train or taxi or drive down to Gardens by the Bay today and be charmed by what this $1 billion Superpark has to offer. You will really be amazed by the beauty and myriad of trees, plants and flowers that can be found here. Guided tours and trails are also available for a more holistic experience of the various gardens.
And of course, do not forget to stop by Supertree Dining by the Supertree Grove in Bay South for some tantalizing treats, local delights, ice-cold beer for the grown-ups and ice-cream for the kids.
Instructions on how to get to Gardens by the Bay can be found HERE.
Thank you Hsu Lin of Ninemer Public Relations and Supertree Dining for the invitation!
Gardens By The Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Opens daily 7.30am-10pm
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