Tired of your usual dining haunts? Looking for a food experience that goes beyond the norm? Singapore has plenty of gems that give you something to think about other than what’s on the menu. On land, on water or in the air, eating out need never be dull. Here are a few suggestions for you to check out…

All Aboard the GOURMET Bus!
One of Singapore’s no-nos is eating on public transport. Or so we thought. GOURMET Bus is a 32-seater double-decker bus inviting guests to sit on their leather upholstered seats while they are given a tour of Singapore and dine on hawker fare for lunch, high tea or dinner. They can then decamp to the neon lit free-seating lounge for drinks downstairs. The bus operates from Tuesdays to Sundays, driving past iconic sites such as the Singapore Flyer, Chinatown and Marina Bay.

For reservations go to: www.gourmetbus.com.sg

Somewhere, Beyond the Sea… ♬ ♪ ♬
If there’s a large group of you hankering for seafood, then Smith Marine may be your thing. Located between Pulau Ubin and Changi Point, this Chinese halal kelong restaurant is only accessible by ferry so you can’t get much closer to where your meal came from. In fact, they’ll even give you a rod and bait to catch a seabass or snapper from their ‘sure to catch’ pond before they serve it to you for $35. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the view while the chef cooks up the catch of the day.

To book your ferry and check the restaurant schedule, go to Smith Marine’s website at: www.smithmarine.com.sg

Challenge Your Senses
While some argue that eating is a full sensory experience of sight, smell and taste, it is said that depriving your sight will intensify the other two. The concept behind NOX Dine in the Dark is for gourmands to be taken on a journey of aroma, texture and flavor through the mystery three course menu while being waited on in complete darkness by either blind or visually impaired staff. Post-dinner, you’ll be presented with pictures and descriptions of the treats you were served, allowing you to compare notes with other guests.

Reservations can be made at: www.noxdineinthedark.com

Old-time Dining
Emulating the experience of dining on a paddleboat on the Mississippi river, Stewords Riverboat at Marina South Pier, complete with red paddle wheel, offers Southern-style American fare. Chow down on fish tacos or chicken enchiladas in their Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill on the main deck, or for lighter bites head up to the Bridge Deck where you’ll get a great view of the port from their Wood & Steel Gastrobar.

Go to their website at www.riverboat.com.sg for further details.

Up, Up and Away
If the ‘wow factor’ is what you are looking for in a dining experience then the Singapore Flyer offers exactly that. Their Premium Sky Dining Flight package comprises of a four-course fine dining menu for two, an in-flight host to attend to your every need and two rotations on the wheel, giving plenty of time to take in the spectacular panoramic view of Marina Bay.

Book your flight via their website at: www.singaporeflyer.com

English teacher Hannah, when not in the classroom, is a nighthawk who loves to explore what Singapore has to offer after dark. Between school semesters she is an avid traveler and enjoys hopping over to neighboring countries in Asia.

Photo courtesy of GOURMET Bus

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