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The restaurant located on the lobby level of The Fullerton Bay Hotel exudes a sense of grandeur with its high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows as well as grand chandeliers illuminating the place. The magnificent backdrop that is Marina Bay is also an added draw.
A good way to start the meal is with the signature Clifford Pier kong bak pao. It’s a traditional snack where the pork belly with garlic soy sauce is braised for hours to achieve a fork-tender texture. This version is given an additional umami factor with the use of kurobuta pork.
Another speciality is the soup kambing, a soup dish commonly found in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. What makes this palatable is that the mutton bones, shanks or ribs are slowly simmered with aromatic herbs and garnished with fried shallots and fresh cilantro. The fusion of ingredients gives the broth a rich satisfying punch with just the right amount of spice. It’s as good as what’s served in local hawker stalls—or even better.
Giving diners a taste of New England is The Pier lobster roll. An impressive rendition of a popular dish in Singapore, this version has generous chunks of fresh lobster meat that is dressed in rich mayonnaise. This is tucked in between soft, warm and buttery brioche buns. The side of savoury truffle fries balances out the sweetness of the dish.
The drinks list is as colourful as The Clifford Pier’s rich history. Offering beloved local fare, this is also paired with all-time hawker favourites which include the Milo dinosaur, teh tarik and bandung. The beverage menu also includes a compact list of wines from wine-producing regions in Italy, France, New Zealand and Australia.
Service staff are pleasant and attentive throughout the tasting; it’s a good overall dining experience.
The average spend per person is $36 for lunch and $58 for dinner. Expect to pay more when you order beverages.