With a climate that is constantly hot and humid, occasionally running up against the sea breeze is much welcomed. Coastes @ Siloso Beach, Sentosa, strategically situated by the sea, on the beach, offers not just that breezy charm, but also a recently refreshed food and drinks menu to complement. At the same time, it transports patrons to another sphere than the all-so-familiar, unshakable hasty pace of the city – one that swiftly induces you to an upbeat and carefree mood.
A beachfront dining almost always calls for cocktails ($16-$17) and mocktails ($10); even the teetotaller us made an exception for a drink. Our untrained taste buds were of the opinion that the Pina Colada ($16), especially, was the life of the party.
It felt like an exquisitely befitting start to the beautiful evening when the Seafood Platter ($52) made its way to within our sensory range. Enclosing the pineapple salsa were pan-fried crayfish, crab salad, fish stew, poached tiger prawns, chilli clams, and calamari rings. Recognising that seafood naturally comes at a higher cost, we remain unconvinced that this platter for two was worth the money for a starter, for there was nothing that stood out as exceptional to us.
An alternative would be to settle for the more pocket-friendly classic starters like Fries or Chicken Wings ($10-$18), or to dive right into the mains. While we are not very much sandwich people (we are pointing fingers at eateries who make them on an arbitrary basis for their high profit margin), we must say that the Baked Portobello & Arugula Ciabatta ($16) here was rather spot on. The floury crust had a slight crunch to it, and when paired with the contrasting consistency of mushroom and ricotta cheese encased within, it provided a positive and comforting texture profile. In contrast, we would pass up on the Seafood Risotto ($32) for we would rather have a clean taste of the cod fish, tiger prawns and crab meat than those drenched in tomato, as is here.
The most prestigious award of the night goes to the Bourbon-Glazed Pork Ribs ($20/$30). Not only did the meat fall off the bones at the knife’s gentlest caress, it was succulent, and importantly, meaty. It also boasts a more reasonable price tag than many of its counterparts. A dish we recommend and would order again in a heartbeat.
Whether it be the Thai-inspired Green Curry Chicken Spaghetti ($24), or the typical Spicy Penne Arrabiata ($22), we were once again of the view that they are merely run-of-the-mill fares; they are exactly what you think they taste like. We also find the ingredients repetitive – for instance, asparagus being found in these two pasta dishes and the Seafood Risotto.
Dinner thus far was filled with hits and misses, but it ended there. Starting from its desserts, Coastes had a “sharpshooter” badge proudly pinned on; the sweets had a wider range of flavours, catered to a wider audience, and were all worth the sugar high. The Forest Berries & Cream Cheese Trifle ($15) stacks layers of crunchy cookie crumble and velvety cream cheese, with fresh berries, sour but curbed with the sweetness of its comrades. An all-rounded dessert with sweetness, sourness, crunchiness and smoothness. The other two classics were well done too. Salted Caramel Brownie ($14) moist, decadent and substantial, and the Banana & Chocolate Pie ($14) rich as it sandwiches some bittersweet dark chocolate ganache. It is encouraging to find that if you include desserts in your meal, it will likely end off on a good note.
A couple of handy tips to note:
1. Take the Sentosa Express and alight at Siloso Beach. The restaurant is three minutes away.
2. Prices listed are net.
3. Especially so for lazy diners, download their C Side App to order and pay your food through the app. It is pampering to order at the comfort of your deckchair.
What’s worth ordering:
Baked Portobello & Arugula Ciabatta
Bourbon-Glazed Pork Ribs
Forest Berries & Cream Cheese Trifle
Salted Caramel Brownie
Banana & Chocolate Pie
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-06, Singapore 099000
Contact: 6631 8938 / firstname.lastname@example.org (accepts reservations)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun, PHs); 9am – 1am (Fri, Sat, Eve of PHs)
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