The definition of a gastropub or gastrolounge is a bar and restaurant combined that serves premium beer and food. Newly opened in late Dec 2015, Shui Gastrolounge offers a cosy and idyllic hangout at one of Singapore’s most iconic location by the riverfront, where diners can either choose to dine indoors or at an alfresco setting watching river boats cruise by and catching all the live action of GMax opposite.
For example, instead of having a wine menu/list so commonly found in many bars, Shui Gastrolounge introduced the unique racking system where you can pick your own “poison” from a curated mix of wines and spirits at the retail shelves that is friendly to the pocket.
Shuǐ Gastrolounge has live Deejay performance every Friday evenings and live acoustic band performance every Saturday nights at 8 pm. Diners can also catch live football action and get to enjoy buy-one-get-one-free promotion on their draft beer during football nights.
Live Band Performance at Shui Gastrolounge
I had a chance to speak to Lawrence Khoong, who is the owner of Shuǐ Gastrolounge. Being his first foray into the F&B business and not a Chef by training, things were not smooth sailing for Lawrence in the beginning and the learning curve was steep.
The dishes at Shuǐ Gastrolounge are all designed for sharing to accompany the drinks from the bar, to complete your dining experience.
Drawing inspirations from Asian influences around the region, Shuǐ Gastrolounge has curated a Pan-Asian menu featuring modern and traditional cooking techniques.
For example, they have the Vietnamese Bánh mì, Malaysian Satay Skewers with peanut sauce and Japanese Donburi in their menu to reflect the diverse cultures around the region.
APPETIZERS & TAPAS
Shui’s Signature Drumlets | $10
Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops with mango dressing | $15
Sake beef cubes with spicy sauce | $12
Sambal Tumis prawn bowl | $10
Truffle fries with Seaweed & Roasted Sesame | $9
This is the perfect tapas to go with beer and a football match and we would really love it if Shui Gastrolounge could also introduce some other hot favourites like spam fries, sweet potato fries and yam fries, perhaps?
Seafood Laksa Pasta | $18
Snapper Fillet | $27
Being someone who will not rest on his laurels, Lawrence is constantly striving to improve the food and service standards here. In fact, I heard that on the day of our visit, Shui Gastrolounge has just organised and hosted a FREE ukulele class for anyone who wish to learn the instrument, and if you do not own the instrument, you can also watch and learn! Do check out their website for all the latest updates and promotions.
With warm service, good music, decent food and a nice ambience, this is the kind of place I would recommend to my friends for a cosy hangout.
No monetary compensation was received for this review and all opinions expressed were my own.