If you can still remember, the Sampan was featured in my ‘‘8 Most Memorable Reunion Dinner’ article (click: here) a few months back. I was really impressed with their offerings, especially so given that they were really new to the scene. Just this week, I re-visited the restaurant and realised that they have revamped their menu, adding more Asian elements into it. Helmed by their new Head Chef Ahmad, be prepared to indulge in a myriad of mouth-watering Pan-Asian dishes such as Beef Cheek Rendang, Fresh Local Seabass and many more! And you know what? The dishes (at least for the ones I’ve tried) have definitely surpassed the previous menu. Can’t wait to be back again for their other delicious creations!
They have quite an extensive selection of Mod-Asian dishes! And yes, for people who is working around Boat Quay, you are in for a good treat! The Sampan is also offering very value-for-money set lunches – 2 Course Menu at only S$13.90++ and 3 Course Menu at S$17.90++!
Spicy and Tangy Singapore Salad // $15
Cuttlefish and Eggs
A modern interpretation of the popular Singaporean dish – Rojak and I thought the Sampan did it really well. It was refreshing, comes with a hint of spice and of course, very appetising. And I really liked the cuttlefish in the salad – reminds me of the old school rojak where you can find cuttlefish in it!
Silken Egg Tofu // $12
Peanut Sauce, Vegetable Fritters
The tofu was fried to perfection, a nice crisp on the outer layer and so soft on the inside. It goes really well with the home-made peanut sauce and vegetable fritters!
Half Shell Japanese Scallops (3pcs) // $15
Laksa Leave Pesto
The laksa flavour wasn’t really distinct – I guess they have to cater to the tourists in the area as well. Scallops (as you can see in the picture) were really plump and juicy.
Thai Style Fried Rice (Seafood) // $18
The tom yam flavour was really aromatic and the fried rice was full of wok hei flavour. Not bad and I’m willing to finish this bowl of carbs! *Picture is only in tasting portion!
Fresh Local Seabass // $21
Asian Soya Sauce Glaze, Potato Puree
This was my FAV dish at the Sampan! Seabass was really fresh (sourced from a local farm and fishes are delivered daily to the restaurant) and I love the sambal sauce on top of it. Even though it gets spicier each time, I can’t help but to finish the entire thing. Oh yes, the mash was 😋
Beef Cheek Rendang // $26
Grilled Vegetables, Steamed Rice Cake
This is another dish that caught our attention! Beef cheek wasn’t too gamey and it was well-cooked – tender; literally melts in the mouth. Rendang sauce was flavoursome but it wasn’t too overwhelming! For beef-lovers out there, you can order this!
Coconut Crème Brulee // $13
I would have loved this even more if it was less watery. But the flavour was really good!
Pandan Pancakes // $13
Vanilla Ice Cream, Palm Sugar Syrup
This was pretty good and a refreshing rendition of Ondeh Ondeh! The pancakes were really flavourful and it goes so well with the classic vanilla ice cream. Fret not, it’s not overly sweet too!
*For more information on The Sampan, you can click: here
Nearest Mrt Station: Raffles Place
Location: 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851
What To Order: Silken Egg Tofu, Fresh Local Seabass and Pandan Pancakes
Restaurant Rating: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 8/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)