Opened on 16 May, Summerlong cafe and bar pitches itself as a beachside cafe, what with its alfresco dining setting beside the Singapore River coupled with a beautiful white-washed space which reminds us of a summer seaside vacation.
Brought to you by the team behind Japanese-inspired eatery Neon Pigeon and the recently opened Middle Eastern restaurant Fat Prince, their fourth venture is all about Mediterranean beach vibes with a laidback setting.
What else are we loving? The menu. Summerlong serves up fresh food with a total of two different sections (The Beach Shack, Grill & Plancha) on the menu, an open kitchen and a counter which serves an assortment of creative tarts, soft serve ice-cream and salads. From light appetisers to scrumptious main course meals, there’s something for everyone.
The open kitchen helmed by Chef Justin Hammond (of Neon Pigeon) includes a mix of snacks, dips, and shared dishes. Our top picks: the Roasted Sweet Potato & Chili Hummus ($7) that marries both sweet and spicy flavours and for something more citrusy, try out the creamy Greek Style Burratina with tangerine, coriander and honey ($16).
If you’re all about seafood, The Beach Shack offers it both raw and cooked, including a Seafood Platter with the chef’s daily selection. Larger, more heavy dishes such as the cafe’s signature Persian Fried Chicken with mint sauce to dip ($25) can be found under the Grill & Plancha section. Fish lovers can enjoy the Black Cod served with sesame and cauliflower puree and capers ($25) and there’s even an option for vegetarians. The Roasted Forest Mushroom Tagine, which comes with zucchini and pine nuts ($21) is a big hit with vegans.
Summerlong is also the perfect brunch destination on the weekends, with dishes that suit both sweet and savoury palettes. Our pick? Falafel Scotch Egg with avocado and preserved lemon ($22) and Blueberry Pancakes, served with lemon butterscotch maple syrup and mascarpone ($18).
Known for their creative cocktail drinks, Summerlong also delivers a refreshing menu that packs a punch featuring both light and bolder tipples. In addition, the menu also has pitchers for sharing such as the Summerlong Spritz, a riff on the classic Aperol spritz ($50). Unique to Robertson Quay, the wine list consists of a hand-picked selection from Mediterranean vineyards including France, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Beer and cider are also available on tap as well as by the bottle.
The Summerlong is located at 60 Robertson Quay #01-04 and opened from Tuesday-Friday (5pm-midnight) and Saturday-Sunday (11.30am-midnight).
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