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The weekend is almost here and if you are looking for plans, get a sense of nautical adventure and pay Smith Marine, Singapore’s first floating kelong restaurant, a visit!
Kelong is Malay for an offshore floating platform. Such structures are typically found in South East Asian waters, with few remaining in Singapore. A kelong is different, much larger and more solidly-built compared to a stilt house, just in case you are wondering.
Originally a floating aquafarm, Smith Marine is Singapore’s first floating restaurant, located off Pulau Ubin. It started farming live seafood and is today, a unique destination restaurant with expansive sea views and a sense of calm.
My guesstimate is that the main dining hall houses up to 10 tables (or 100 pax), and an adjoining sitting area with a pool table. There is also a large empty space that can be decorated and used for events and other social activities.
Do note that the restaurant isn’t air-conditioned but with industrial fans installed and sea breeze blowing in, the dining hall is comfortable to eat in. Just a word of caution, it will get noisy when rain beats onto the zinc rooftop.
The restaurant also provides diners the chance to fish and dine in the sunset out at sea, and diners can have the chefs cook their catch for them.
We visited the restaurant in October 2015 and what a feast we had! The seafood is fresh, food is tasty and portions are generous. If you go all the way there, do try the house specialty – Clam Bee Hoon. Expect to cough out about S$80 per person (or more) for the entire experience though.
Frankly, I think it’s a great experience to lounge away a balmy tropical evening.
If you enjoy seafood, a dining experience that isn’t in the city, and don’t mind travelling for food, then check out this restaurant!
For more photos, hop onto Smith Marine’s FaceBook Page here. Get a sense of nautical adventure and pay Smith Marine a visit! Here’s how:
Where: Pulau Ubin Coastal Area (01’23’52”N 103’57’42”E). To get there, you have to ride a bumboat and pick-up is from Changi Point Ferry Terminal, by reservations only by calling +65 9792 7609. Best you make reservations at least three days in advance.
The journey via bumboat is about 10 minutes and costs S$100 per boatload (max 12 people, paid to the boatman). The restaurant can help with making arrangements with the boatman too. Good luck and happy trails!