The Sampan Singapore has built its Asian-inspired menu with sharing in mind, meaning each dish is fun and social. Right on Boat Quay, not far at all from Clarke Quay MRT, The Sampan Singapore is led by Steve Collinson, the former Ku De Ta Bali General Manager, who had always dreamt of opening a Pan-Asian restaurant in Singapore. The Sampan is therefore something of a passion project, and this you can taste when it comes to the food. Dishes are sophisticated with a very good drinks list to complement, but the vibe, whether for lunch or dinner, remains casual and welcoming. Reservations at The Sampan Singapore are recommended.
Inspired by many different parts of Asia, the menu at The Sampan Singapore consists of revisited classics that a Pan-Asian restaurant simply can’t be without, as well as some new creations that The Sampan kitchen is very proud of. Then, as we said, The Sampan menu has been designed for sharing so there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone and, when you factor in an impressive selection of wines and other beverages as well, The Sampan becomes perfect for all sorts of occasions. On Boat Quay, this Pan-Asian restaurant is casual but does feel like you’re treating yourself at the same time.
If you only feel like a little nibble from The Sampan menu then there are snacks and appetisers like blue swimmer crab and pomelo salad, Sichuan pepper chicken spare ribs and fried kurobuta pork tonkatsu sandwiches with homemade ketchup. From The Sampan’s raw bar there are freshly shucked oysters, then elsewhere on the menu there’s a small but delightful selection of dumplings and spring rolls as well as larger plates like the whole baby chicken with eggplant and tomato sambal. The Sampan of Boat Quay is a restaurant you shouldn’t miss. Reserve your table now.
I'd heard good things about The Sampan before getting there, but all expectations were exceeded the entire evening. It started with the service, which was polite, efficient, and helpful. The drinks were spectacular – especially their selection of G&Ts – and quite reasonably priced. The riverside location makes it a great place to enjoy drinks with a view. I wholly recommend it, and can't wait to go back!
A wonderful menu of little tapas. Highly recommended and right on the waterfront
Appetisers and starters were pretty good but the mains (soba) was alright.