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Food review: The Clifford Pier serves good food in a grand setting

The Clifford Pier, which serves hawker fare, recalls a colonial age of elegance and glamour

Published on May 18, 2014 5:02 PM

While I would not advocate ordering hawker dishes in a hotel in other countries, I often do so in Singapore.

That's because while hawkers in, say, Malaysia and Thailand are usually good, there are more bad than good stalls here. So in comparison, hawker fare in many Singapore hotels is above average, even if it is not the best.

And to justify paying the high prices, hotels may use better quality ingredients. Plus, they offer better ambience and service.

That is why you will see me returning often to The Clifford Pier, at Fullerton Bay Hotel, which opened 11/2 weeks ago.

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The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay, tel: 6597-5266

Open: 6.30 to 10.30am (breakfast daily to be launched soon); 11.30am to 2.30pm, 3.30 to 5.30pm, 6.30pm to midnight (weekdays); 12.30 to 5.30pm, 6.30pm to 1am (weekend)

Food: ***1/2

Service: ***1/2

Ambience: ****1/2

Price: Budget from $35 for a main dish and dessert


Rickshaw noodle ($18)

I last tasted rickshaw noodles in the 1980s, when a bowl cost just 30 cents. This version comes as a duo, comprising the traditional noodle soup with vegetable, ikan bilis and minced pork, and a modern rendition of dry noodles with diced pork and a sous-vide egg.