Some restaurants wow you with their dazzle and pizzazz. Others romance you with their quiet charm. Boathouse belongs to the latter category.
Situated right across the Fullerton Hotel, it is easy to overlook this nondescript, standalone building. But miss it, and you're missing out on a gem.
Boathouse is located inside this historic Fullerton Waterboat House - a heritage building (circa 1919) that once supplied fresh water to ships anchored offshore. (Photo courtesy of Boathouse)
It is so easy to be enchanted by this place. Walking into the cosy, intimate dining room - and I say dining room, not restaurant - I felt as if I was coming over to a friend's house for dinner. If you find fine dining intimidating, you'll feel completely at ease here.
The decor was understated, with very clean lines and lots of open space. Very tastefully done. In fact, it reminded me so much of a family friend's summer home in Sweden. Such is its welcoming vibe.
We were warmly received upon arrival by hosts, Kannan and Sophia, who took us through our menu for the night.
Our Amuse Bouche was a concoction of melon, mint and peach, with crushed ice, and served in a shot glass. A palate cleanser.
Fish Chowder with Seabass Carpaccio
This was my favourite dish of the evening. Searing hot chowder was poured from a teapot and onto the seabass carpaccio, cooking it in the process. Creamy, tasty and hearty. Two thumbs up from me.
Atlantic Pink Snapper panseared with shaved Zucchini & Truffle Mash in a Fish Bouillon
Another superb dish. The snapper was fabulously fresh, firm and sweet ... and in a decent portion too. I was glad the chef had a light hand with the salt because it hardly needed any seasoning.
Tagliatelle Wild Mushroom in a Truffle Sauce
The pasta was perfectly al dente, the mushrooms crunchy and sweet. I only found the rich sauce a tad salty.
But ah, that's where the freshly-baked homemade bread came to the rescue. It was perfect for mopping up the Truffle Sauce and cutting the saltiness.
White Chocolate Semifreddo with Fruit Compote
Unlike the melting ice-cream on the other plate, this semifreddo was a dream to photograph. I felt it could have been a wee bit airier. The best semifreddo I have ever tasted melted on my tongue like a snowflake. But still, this was a commendable creation that we all enjoyed.
More desserts (special order)
Extras for the dessert aficionados among us. (Bottom right) Creme Brulee, (Centre) Caramel Apple tartlets and three varieties of (melting!) ice-cream, (Top left) Panna Cotta. All competently done, but the Creme Brulee was my favourite.
Situated above Boathouse is an open air deck called [ prel . ude ].
Here, you can take in a 360-degree view of the surrounds. Grab a chair, order a drink (there is a bar here). Then, sit back and watch the world go by.
I didn't want to go home!
A picture says a thousand words, and this one aptly sums up my wonderful evening here.
3 Fullerton Road
#03-01 The Waterboat House
Tel: (65) 6538 9038
Many thanks to Kannan and Sophia of Boathouse for the warm hospitality, and The Fullerton Heritage for arranging this.
One on the Bund