Friday, February 15, 2013

Romance on The Love Boat

Hi peeps, it is amazing where intrepid steps may take you as you explore this lovely island. Surprises lie hidden in every corner. The lions had one of their most romantic experiences last weekend. It was totally unexpected and entirely unplanned. Heck, it was one of those surreal moments that gives you goosebumps all over. Was it divinely appointed? One will never know... ...

It all started when the frisky lion stumbled upon a dining venue with a rather strange name. He was trawling the internet for a Latin American restaurant at first when the name popped up in a list of recommended places to dine. Hmm... with such a unique moniker, "Breaking Bread" piqued his interest all at once. It was located on hey, a rather familiar place - Stewords Riverboat. Wasn't this baby docked along Sentosa's shoreline near one of the (nostalgia pangs!) old monorail stations a few years ago?  

Gosh, the lion immediately alerted his eager lioness and off they went in search of this lost makan place. They headed for the crane-infested section of the construction-heavy Marina Bay area. They were a little lost as they had never driven to this part of the island before.

Soon, a weird-looking building in the shape of a ship, lying peacefully on a field of greens, greeted their eyes. Could this be the spot?

Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Doesn't it resemble the cruise ship (see below)
that was docked in the sea just a distance away?
The salty smell of the sea.
Enjoying the view.
A group of fishing enthusiasts. These guys sure are privy to the most
beautiful spots on the island.
So are these 3 cats.
Hey, what took you so long to discover this place. Meow!
Plenty of fishes here to fill our tum tums.

No steamships in sight! Only cruise liners. Wrong spot, blah. But ahoy! The eagle-eyed lion soon spotted the silhouette of a steamship in the far distance. Off they went again!

The lion's keen navigational skills brought him finally to the
Singapore Maritime Gallery.

Ahah! Mission accomplished. All hands (or rather tummies) on deck!
Different areas on the boat, including private function rooms,
are named after biblical places.
Head for Platform 1, Berth 1.
Entering Santa Fe Tex-Mex Restaurant.
Newspaper article depicting the struggles of an entrepreneur
in Singapore.
Is this serendipity at work or what?
It happened to be a lucky Tuesday for the lions.
Window-side booth seats, please.
Patrons are given kind permission to roam around the riverboat.
Be nice!
OMG! A million dollar view here at the top deck!
This place is sooooo underrated!
Imagine spending an evening here during special occasions to catch those
elusive bursts of fireworks.
Dinner commences. A large glass of margarita to start off.
This definitely rivals the dining experience at
The Ship in Penang.
But you get the real deal here, the riverboat is
not moored on dry land but in water.
Not for people with weak stomachs though.
It was a choppy night.
Cuchi's state of blissful reverie was interrupted by
the friendly waiter who mistook her indulgent chilled-out look
for seasickness! LOL! A seasick pill was kindly offered to her but
politely she declined. Service tops the experience here.
Smurfy, the meat-lover, making a guest appearance
alongside the Smoky Ribs.

Crispy Fish and Chips.
Bethel Function Room.
Finally, the open-air deck space christened "Breaking Bread".
It was closed for the night that day.
This has got to be Singapore's very own manifested version of The Love Boat.
Where else can one find such old world charm but here on a restored American steamboat?
Dine under a carpet of stars. Oh, what heady romance!
Again, the view of lighted landmarks in the distance is stunning.

Here is our review for Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill:

Food Quality: 7.5 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 10 pawprints out of 10

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

Santa Fe All American Tex-Mex Grill
31 Marina Coastal Drive
Stewords Riverboat Main Deck
Marina South Pier Berth 1

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