With its raft of glitzy F&B offerings, JW Marriott South Beach is the new must-stop on Singapore’s gourmet circuit.
Boasting refurbished colonial-era army blocks from the 1930s, South Beach, the newly launched 634-room property managed by JW Marriott is built on storied grounds comprising the former Non-Commissioned Officers club (or, as it’s more commonly known, the NCO club) and headquarters of the Singapore Volunteer Corps.
Food, glorious food
Headlining the food and beverage offerings at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is the eponymous restaurant of the Korean-born, Aspen-raised and Japanese-trained chef Akira Back. Dishes here are an amalgamation of influences: Jeju red snapper with chojang and orange tobikko ($23); the signature tuna pizza ($25), comprising wafer-thin slices of big eye tuna, ponzu mayonnaise, truffle oil and micro shiso topping; and our favourite, line-caught Pacific halibut ($30) pan-fried to a golden crisp and married with a rich soy beurre blanc sauce.
Signatures: Tuna pizza and pan-fried Pacific halibut
Opening hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm to 3pm (Lunch), 6pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Level B1M South Tower, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1914
Beach Road Kitchen
Then there is Beach Road Kitchen, a sprawling 247-seater all-day dining restaurant that lays out a sumptuous buffet spread. Check out their larder that is packed full of live seafood including sea snails, freshly-shucked oysters and lobsters galore! Other highlights include executive chef Stefano Di Salvo’s white truffle pizza served hot from their in-house pizza oven, as well as live stations dishing out local favourites like chicken rice and laksa. Ala carte menus are also available all-day round.
Signatures: Lobster laksa, freshly-made pizzas, cold cuts and cheese showcase
Breakfast buffet: 6.30am to 10.30am (Mon to Fri), 6.30am to 11am (Sat and Sun)
Lunch buffet: 12pm to 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm to 3pm (Sat and Sun)
Dinner buffet: 6pm to 10pm (daily)
Sunday brunch: 12 to 3pm (Sunday)
Level 1 East Tower, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1913
Booze and tipples
Court Martial Bar
Built on the former SAF Court Martial centre from which it gets its name, this 55-seater bar also pays homage to the former garage space it now occupies – you’ll find car-themed knickknacks like refurbished mirrors and metallic accents at your table.
Be sure to ask about the American oak barrels at the bar, which ages a different spirit for two to four weeks at a time, and subsequently used in signature Court Martial cocktails like the Heritage Sling and the Negroni ($23) which features a barrel-aged mixture with vermouth-infused raisins.
Signatures: Heritage Sling ($22), which is based on the iconic Singapore Sling cocktail; and the South Beach Sour ($25), a whisky sour with a Singaporean twist
Bites: Wagyu beef satay ($45), Sriracha asparagus fritters ($29), signature coconut prawn ($30)
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am
Level 1 Assembly, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1916
Featuring a bar counter made up of 24 television screens, Media Bar certainly lives up to its name. With access to everything from sports to entertainment programmes, the bar makes watching television a truly social experience. And with a Happy hour programme that lasts from 11am to 8pm, why not hang out with friends with drinks and bites as you catch up on the latest news in town?
Signatures: Local craft beer ($12 a pint)
Bites: Media Bar wings ($16), beef rendang bun ($20), beer-battered onion rings ($12)
Opening hours: 11am to 12am (Mon to Sat)
Level 1 East Tower, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1915
Decorated by famed designer Philippe Starck, speciality gin bar Tonic showcases a wide (and growing) array of craft and traditional gins along its shelves. Located in the JW Marriott Hotel’s lobby, the bar also serves up a bevy of other spirits, wine and beer. Fans of East Imperial tonics and soda should certainly sample their special gin and East Imperial pairings menu.
Signatures: their Tonic Secrets range of gin-based cocktails
Opening hours: 4pm to 12am (daily)
Lobby, South Tower, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1888