Al Fresco Restos to Try as Large Group Dine-Out Returns


Al Fresco Restaurants to Try as Singapore Resumes Large Group Dine-Out

As the Singaporean government relaxes limits on social gatherings, many of us are scrambling to reunite with friends, families, and colleagues for a long-delayed yet much-needed get-together. Gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed, while mask-wearing is only optional when outdoors. Aside from extroverts itching to return back to normal, F&B owners are expected to benefit from this since they are one of the hardest-hit industries by the pandemic.

But while this development is a sign that we may be seeing the end of the pandemic tunnel, we should not let our guards down. COVID-19 is still lurking, after all. If you are organizing a brunch or dinner soon, consider these al fresco restaurants in Singapore that not only yield gorgeous outdoor views, but also promote better ventilation and are conducive to social distancing.

Jekyll & Hyde

Located along Neil Road, Jekyll & Hyde is one of the pioneer cocktail bars in Singapore. Their two-storey space features a pet-friendly courtyard decked with industrial-themed furniture. We recommend their curry fried chicken that goes for S$45 for 10 pieces and mango sticky sushi for S$13. Of course, be sure to try out their cocktail offerings like Basil (Thai basil vodka, cranberry hibiscus infusion, lavender bitters; S$15) and Artemis (jalapeño tequila, Mexican tarragon syrup, blue pea infusion; S$15).

Location: 74 Neil Road

Caffé Fernet

Diners at this restaurant can bask in the gorgeous view of the Marina Bay while indulging in Italian favourites. Their menu, prepared by executive chefs David Tang and Gary Lian, also comes in a gluten-free version. With their al fresco set-up and prime location, Caffé Fernet surely makes for a perfect after-work hangout spot! The restaurant is open everyday from 5 PM until 11 PM.

Location: Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-05

Tanglin Gin

Sitting on Dempsey Hill, Tanglin Gin offers a lush escape from the humdrum of Singapore’s urban jungle. The space emits a rustic ambiance, thanks to its wooden furnishings and green surroundings. You can book an outdoor table, which is said to be “a nature lover’s dream, great for sitting and sipping a gin and tonic while you enjoy the view of our private jungle in the city center.” Tanglin Gin, the first award-winning gin distillery in Singapore, also offers tours and tastings for less than S$50 per pax. Operating hours are from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Location: 26A Dempsey Road

Publico Ristorante

Canopy-covered tables dot the al fresco set-up of Publico, an Italian restaurant by the waterfront. They boast various awards under their belt, including Best Ambiance 2019/2020 by Wine & Dine Singapore and Award of Excellence 2018 by G Restaurant. New York firm AvroKO designed the restaurant’s interiors, which mimic a tropical paradise with the injection of greens. Publico offers pasta, pizza, and desserts, as well as beer, champagne, and wines.

Location: 1 Nanson Road Level 1

The Halia

Tucked in Botanic Gardens’ Ginger Garden, The Halia is swathed by lush greeneries and enclosed by glass windows to allow natural light to pass through. The romantic set-up hidden from the bustle of the city also makes it a favourite wedding reception venue. Contemporary European fares with touches of Asian flavours dominate the all-day menu, with recommended choices such as King Island Striploin (S$58), Smoked Salmon (S$17), and Halia’s Singapore-Style Chili Crab Spaghettini (S$26).

Location: 1 Cluny Road

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