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4.8 /6 Excellent 188 Reviews

Alter Ego

Esplanade Bar $$ +100
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About Alter Ego

Dear diners, please take note of the following:
1. Tables will be held for 15 minutes only.
2. For Friday and Saturday bookings made at 6.30pm, 6.45pm or 7pm, please be reminded to vacate the tables by 8.20pm at the latest.

Alter Ego is the second self of A Poke Theory, dishing out Hawaiian poke bowls by day, and unapologetically sinful international bar grub like pizza fries and fried chicken skin by night. Edgy, underground and an easy go-to for a day's brunch or night's post-work drinks by the Esplanade waterfront – unleash your Alter Ego at this Raffles Avenue hotspot which offers fine views of the Singapore skyline. Seats fill up fast, so we highly recommend that you reserve a table to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 23:00
Alter Ego, Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #01-13D 8, 039802 Singapore

Further Information

Brother-and-sister team Joey and Vannessa Lee, who took Singapore by storm with their healthy Hawaiian poke bowls from A Poke Theory, are back with a darker, more indulgent dining concept which stands in total contrast to the former’s sleek and clean image. Alter Ego, their second venture at the Esplanade Mall on Raffles Avenue, offers the same fresh and wholesome poke bowls the duo have become known for, along with a selection of rich and calorie-heavy international grub that will tempt you to let go of your diet plans and ‘indulge dirty’.

Alter Ego’s signature dish, the pizza fries, will have you fighting with your friends for the last bits of straight-cut fries slathered in a three-cheese sauce and topped with smoky pepperoni. Don’t even get us started on the crowd-pleasing buffalo wings – twice-baked then tossed in a homemade spicy and tangy sauce – although you’ll want to save some room in your belly for the original poke shaker, which features shoyu salmon on a bed of sushi rice with lime avocado, spiced roasted cashews, pickled seasonal veggies and fish roe. For liquid libations, a number of draft and bottled craft beers awaits, while non-drinkers can opt for the restaurant’s T2 tea jugs for some of the most exquisite infusions you’ll find in Singapore. With splendid views of the Esplanade waterfront and a tantalising menu that draws influences from around the world, Alter Ego is on its way to becoming one of the most talked-about restaurants in the Esplanade precinct. Don’t miss out on the buzz; book a table ahead of your visit.


188 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 188 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Noise: average
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 17:12

love the food here. service staff were also very prompt, polite and friendly! might get a little bit warm if seated outside though, so be prepared.

7 reviews so far 6
18.06.2017 00:56

Food and ambiance were great and with a nice view overlooking the city skyline. Recommend for those who are looking for a place to bring their dates :)

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 13:06

Food was very good - had both the poke bowls and the shortrib cheese sandwich. Didn't have to wait long for the meal and service was good too! Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 15:30

Food was fast and fresh! They called to check if I was on my way before releasing my table - sorry I was running late!

3 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 17:20

I had an excellent time at Alter Ego. The poke bowl was wholesome and good. I just wish the chunks of fish could be larger. Also tried the pizza fries and it was very good value for the price. The cheese used for the dish wasn't the usual 'cheap' type of cheese that most eateries used so I really appreciated that. The caramelised ikan bilis tasted wonderful too though it would be good if they served it in smaller portions as it was a bit too much for two people to share. Great experience!

1 review so far 4
15.06.2017 15:04

It was an average experience at Alter Ego. Service was prompt and staffs were friendly. Pizza fries was good when eaten hot, it turns salty when cold. The Original Poke Shaker and Umami Omega pokebowls were not bad, Chilli cheese dog wasn't that fantastic though it was recommended by the staff. The portion for chilli cheese dog was disappointing, considering it's the same price as the salmon bowls, it came with a small portion of coleslaw & curly fries. There was a 10% discount for UOB cardholders.

2 reviews so far 5
21.02.2017 07:25

Being a vegan I was delighted to find a restaurant serving a vegan option for my pre-theatre dinner. I had the Green Goddess Bowl which was a satisfying mix of avocado, kimchi, brown rice, and pomegranate. I added spicy roasted cashews for an extra $2, and they added crunch and spice to my meal. They also served my favourite Chai Rebel coconut mylk! My friends had the other Poke bowls and they all enjoyed their food. We also ordered both smoothie bowls and the cacao one was the nicer if the two - but then chocolate always wins when it comes to dessert! Both were not too sweet and tasted very healthy. Reservations recommended as they were quite busy! Best place for a healthy guilt free meal at Esplanade in my opinion.

3 reviews so far 6
10.04.2017 13:34

It was a great experience! We made a reservation so we didn't have to wait. The staff were prompt to serving us and the food was delicious. It was really lively within the restaurant and we didn't mind one bit. The price was slightly on the high side. But overall I would recommend Alter Ego.

1 review so far 4
23.04.2017 00:17

Came here to celebrate my friend's birthday! The staff were very eager to help me out in this so kudos for that. The birthday girl enjoyed her grilled cheese (FOR ULTIMATE CHEESE LOVERS) as did I, and we all loved the fried fish skin. Buffalo wings are a tad monotonous with a single layer of flavour - sour-spicy, that never graduated into a different taste, so skip that. Service-wise, there's a lack of clear floor management and procedure - the staff forgot to pass us our water and we had to ask thrice before another server got it for us very apologetically. It's also slightly unhygienic to be served water from a flask on the ground. What saved the day - nice food, servers were still very friendly and we pulled off the surprise successfully so thank you! I tried to be fair in this review, hope this helps y'all target what to improve!

3 reviews so far 6
27.05.2017 18:34

Very nice ambience in the restaurant and the food was awesome! Small and cosy for a dinner gathering with friends. All the food recommendations were so good and to top it off, the happy hour was perfect! I would highly recommend my friends to try Alter Ego!

1 review so far 4
14.03.2017 10:13

My dining experience was good until the part where the service crew did not mention that there was credit card promotion. I had to find out when I walked over to the cashier to order my takeaway. Next thing, my takeaway took half hour. When I asked the crew, he went into the kitchen and he told me that there was a mixed up in order thus there was a delay. I could see the look in the crew's faces and it was a case of order not done at all. I would have appreciated the honesty rather than lying to my face. The crew did not even do any service recovery by offering anything other than a glass of water. The service needs work.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 15:31

Alter Ego is an excellent after work dinner place. The restaurant was packed as it was a Friday night. The food was really good and filling, we ordered the poke bowls and various sides to share. I will definitely come again!

3 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 01:19

We love it here! I was here a few days ago and I came here again with some other friends after trying. I love the fact that we can get the eat clean and eat dirty menu because we can accommodate people of different eating diet. the eat clean menu ends at 8pm (even though the website and a lot of reviews claim that it doesn't serve eat clean food in the evening!) love the atmosphere

1 review so far 5
29.04.2017 20:22

Ordered the umami poke bowl, juicy lucy burger as well as the pizza fries. I've to say its my first time there but will definitely not be the last. The pizza fries, albeit took super long to arrive (after i finished my mains) was super mind blowing. The cheese on top of the fries were really generous and complements well. However the fries itself was a little on the hard side. The poke bowl and burger were fantastic though. Cant wait to try our other food on the menu :)

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 10:56

The food overall was great and the service was pretty fast. Our drinks, pokebowl and appetizers arrive shortly after we placed our orders. The staff were quite attentive to the customers although we waited a little more for our bill before another waiter noticed us. I guess the first waiter we approached was busy taking new orders and kind of forgotten us getting out bill. But the ambience was great, it's good place to chill and relax on a Saturday night. Will definitely visit again in future :)

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 09:35

Ambience of restaurant was hip and friendly from the first step in! Menu offered was perfectly curated from a group to share or even for yourself. Special thanks and thumbs up to Ash, the guy who took care of us, he was really warm, delivered great hospitality to guests and recommended good plates to us! Thank u guys, keep up the awesome work!!!

2 reviews so far 4
31.12.2016 13:36

It is a great place to hang out, have drinks and chill with friends, but I somehow wished that there was more variety in their food options. The original poke shaker bowl had a great mix of ingredients in it, but perhaps wasn't too much of a hearty meal. Would be a great option if you're in the mood for light eating/dieting. Grilled cheese sandwich, loaded taters and chicken skin was great-tasting and good for communal eating 😋 overall cost on the higher side for the small portions

1 review so far 5
17.02.2017 09:31

We had the original poke bowl which was delicious and had a generous serving. The tater tots were really yummy too. Service was prompt and attentive. Had a good time at Alter Ego. Thanks guys!

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 11:32

Food was good. Only blip was when ordered a particular type of cider (which they did not have and had been replaced with another brand), the server did not inform me and processed my order with the new cider. I was only later informed by another server when the pint had already been prepared. Overall, will still go back because the food is pretty yums :)

2 reviews so far 5
06.06.2017 11:46

Ambience is great. Opt for alfresco dining if you prefer to have a conversation with your friends. Had the dirty menu as it was past 9pm. Grilled cheese with tomato soup by the side is highly recommended. The only downside is that the service crew are not as attentive to the alfresco tables and we had a hard time trying to get any attention.

3 reviews so far 6
23.03.2017 08:24

Good ambience and customer service. The service staff were attentive and the food was good! We ordered Poke Bowl (MUST TRY), Beef patty burger and Cilantro wings. My friend and I enjoyed ourselves there and we will definitely go back again and to try out their Smoothie Bowl! :)

1 review so far 5
11.05.2017 13:48

Generally great food, ambience and service. Would highly recommend the Pizza fries and Seafood Gumbo. Poke bowl was a tad bland and they didn't have extra seasoning or condiments to make up for it. They gave me extra pizza fries sauce which was a bit weird but no choice. Would come back here again for the fries!

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 09:09

Great service, good food. I would come back here again and recommend this to others. Thank you the crew at Alter Ego for the pleasant night last night

3 reviews so far 5
24.01.2017 13:50

My friends and I agreed that the poke bowls are really good. But the sinful appetizers were so-so (we have fries pizza and pulled pork dip). Loving the long happy hour as well although the selections were limited. Would strongly recommend to do reservation early since almost all tables are reserved, even the high stool bars.

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 07:00

Food was good but service was slow for a non crowded restaurant. The service staff could have managed our expectations by letting us know in advance about the longer waiting time. Food could also have been served together rather than 20 minutes apart due to different preparation time. But I'll still return for the food.

4 reviews so far 4
10.02.2017 10:30

Enjoyed the refreshing poké bowls and sinfully good grilled cheese sandwich. There was a slightly overbearing service staff that pressed us to purchase drinks and somehow added a drink to our bill when we did not order it. Would appreciate it if that particular service staff refrained from such hard-sell tactics in future. That aside, food and ambience were great, would certainly return.

1 review so far 2
23.05.2017 10:22

It's my first time at Alter Ego after much ravings. Unfortunately, it didn't impress me and would not return for a second visit. Service was slow and the cilantro lime wings was horrible; taste of frozen chicken and the texture was soft instead of crispy which really turned me off from eating more. Other than that, the poke bowls and chips were a-okay.

2 reviews so far 6
03.04.2017 09:30

Food was really good, I enjoyed the ribs/cheese sandwich and pizza fries very much. I would definitely go back again. We also had a poke bowl which was decent.. I guess they could probably have a wider selection of desserts?

4 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 00:32

Nice bar ambience, love the decor and service is really good! Menu is split into Naughty and Nice so you have the option of healthy or a little more decadent. LOVE the beef grilled cheese sandwich, its The Bombbb

2 reviews so far 5
14.01.2017 13:37

Ambience is good for 3-4 friends to catch up. Poke bowls is good and the finger food is good to share with friends and nice to go along with beer. It be good to add on more main meals to the existing menu. Cheers (",)

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 10:10

i was lucky to get my hands on a poke bowl! it was perfectly mixed with the ingredients! many customers after me left cos they have stopped selling them for the night! fantastic food, laidback ambience and of cos the good service by the staff!

1 review so far 4
17.01.2017 08:22

Not really ideal for big groups as the tables are big and it can get quite noisy indoors. Would go again in a smaller group for a smaller table so we won't have to shout across to each other. Food was okay, service was okay. Not a very memorable experience. Would try it again next time.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 17:40

Great food and great vibes. Must try: pizza fries, fried chicken skin and shortrib sandwich. You'll wanna enjoy the walk outside towards Jubilee Bridge before dinner and enjoy the sunset too ;) Nice spot for a date.

1 review so far 3
03.06.2017 09:27

Reservation was screwed up. Reserved at 7.30pm but was fully booked. Had to come at 8.30pm instead. Barely sat for long, informed us that they are taking last orders for poke bowls. Ingredients ran out for our bowls + some drinks. Had to replace / change orders. Server was confused while serving. Had no idea what drinks were what. Third time visit here but my worst. Probably might not make a visit back.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 12:55

The food was amazing! Portions given were generous. I really loved the fried chicken skin. The staff were attentive and have great attitudes. It was a good experience and I will definitely recommend it to others.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2017 07:47

Food - solid 5, service - solid 5. Spent average $35/head. Food is best for sharing. Grilled cheese with beef is a defo required staple; also don't underestimate how full you can get eating it! Reservations defo needed for a Friday night!

2 reviews so far 6
02.06.2017 09:31

The food was tasty and the service was superb! I ordered the dessert and requested for the words "Happy Birthday" written on the plate, and the restaurant was able to do so beautifully. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 5
06.05.2017 08:41

The food was good and portion was just right. The jalapeños cheddar dip was great with the fries and tortilla chips. We also ordered poke and chips, Cilantro Lime Wings and pull pork dip. All were awesome and mojito is good.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 20:21

The waiters served my friends and I tasty food efficiently and even ensured our cups of water were constantly refilled. Great job guys! Will be back for more good food and service for sure(:

1 review so far 4
24.01.2017 10:26

Waitstaff lacked attentiveness as we were seated outdoors. Food was good especially so for the poke bowls. A bit slack to be told that "as we are a bar at night, you'll need to purchase drinks to be served water". Yep, didn't get any water. Food's reasonably priced though, good ambience.

1 review so far 4
10.06.2017 08:17

The menu overall was really good;up to expectations. My only gripe was the seating and the fact that we were so close to the door that it felt even warmer then usual. Also, the ambience was off due to the poor choice of music. Was very much a distraction for me.

3 reviews so far 6
02.03.2017 21:42

Really nice food. Great service staff and atmosphere. Laid back and relaxing for a nice Sunday brunch! Highly Recommend the legendary poke bowl! Would return to try the wings and craft beers soon!

7 reviews so far 5
06.04.2017 15:13

Food is great as usual. Ordered my fav poke bowl. Tried the pulled pork which was good though sinful with the buttered baked bread. Outdoor seats were hot but no choice as indoors was booked for a private event.

1 review so far 5
14.03.2017 19:40

Glorious cheesy experience with the pizza fries and grilled cheese sandwich. Lovely toast as dessert as well! Will definitely go back for such sinful meals! Went around 5pm on a Monday evening and there wasn't a crowd as expected.

3 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 01:20

I came here with a few friends from Europe and they adore it as well! It's a nice place to chill with my friends after exploring esplanade and merlion park nearby. Recommended

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 07:45

Awesome location. Had the poke bowl and grilled cheese and both were great. Price is very reasonable as well. Staff could be more attentive but overall it was an enjoyable experience :)

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 14:18

Love the poke bowls here. So fresh and well portioned. So reasonably priced too! Many thumbs up for the fresh and wholesome ingredients used! The cheese, tuna, salmon & avocados woot!

4 reviews so far 6
12.06.2017 11:55

Very good service! Food was so so though. Pretty place to take pictures, can also stroll along the river. Great place for couples! Worth a visit if you wanna be romantic

2 reviews so far 6
22.02.2017 01:26

The food was surprisingly pretty awesome! And the beer bucket was worth it :) had a really good time with my friends the night I visited. Will definitely visit again!

1 review so far 5
11.02.2017 09:26

When someone makes a reservation for 2, please do not assign them bar top seats. Other than that little hiccup, the food, drinks and other menu items combined with the chill atmosphere was definitely awesome stuff!