Offering one of the finest views of the Singapore River, Indochine Waterfront Restaurant at the Asian Civilisations Museum offers gorgeous views of the river and the Boat Quay shophouses in a fine-dining setting.
Authentic Indochinese cuisine is served amidst a grand backdrop of lotus flower-shaped Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, towering Sukothai Buddha statues, rare Shan antiques and the first ever custom-made stainless steel-and leather Ming Dynasty-style chairs. Known for their ‘nutriceutial' food philosophy, they serve food that is nutritious and contains pharmaceutical benefits through the usage of plenty of fresh raw vegetables for fibre and roughage and abstaining from the use of artificial ingredients like MSG, colorings and preservatives. Its menu smacks of specialties from Thailand, Cambodia and Laos such as Vietnamese seafood sour soup, lemongrass king prawns and roast duck with lychee and pineapple.
The service is a bit of a let down, but the food does make up for it.
The Bar Opiume is a swish water hole and a great place to rub shoulders, be seen and indulge in people watching. I have to say at this point that I would still rather go to the one in Club Street. More intimate, less froo froo. Old world charm.