Hawker culture food in Singapore doesn't have to be completely old or downmarket to be authentic. In brand-spanking new Marina Bay (more on Marina Bay, Singapore). Makansutra's K.F. Seetoh set up Makansutra Gluttons Bay to serve as a home for both old hawker names and novel up-and-comers - and incidentally creating a culinary hotspot and nightlife destination in Singapore's swankest district.
Makansutra Gluttons Bay patrons sit with Marina Bay as a picturesque backdrop - across the bay, they'll see the Marina Bay Sands towering over the district. About 12 hawker stalls flank an assortment of plastic-covered stone tables topped with large umbrellas (the only concession to the weather); the area has enough seating for over 500 guests, who come every night to take in the view and the authentic hawker fare.
"Marina Bay is a very iconic part of Singapore - Gluttons Bay is about delivering a street food experience in the slickest part of Marina Bay," says Makansutra founder K.F. Seetoh. "I said we should bring back the old style, open-air street food stall that we used to have in the 60s and 70s. And we keep prices as cheap as possible."
To deliver on this retro food experience, Seetoh and his colleagues shortlisted some of Singapore's best-known names in hawker food, along with a few new names to cater to the city-state's evolving tastes. You'll find Wee Nam Kee's famous chicken rice alongside Filipino favorite Gerry's Grill and their barbecued squid. You can order Alhambra satay and wash it down with Singapore's favorite brew, Tiger Beer. (More on Southeast Asia beers.)
- How to get there: Makansutra Gluttons Bay is located in the Marina Bay district, right next to the Esplanade opera house. Ride the Singapore MRT and disembark at Esplanade MRT station (Circle Line; CC3) - take Exit D to emerge at the Esplanade Park. Makansutra Gluttons Bay on Google Maps. For more on using Singapore's efficient transport system, read our article about Riding Singapore's MRT and Buses with the EZ-Link Card.
- Hawker happenin': For more on Singapore's hawker culture, read our introduction of Singapore hawker centers, or check out our list of top ten hawker centers in Singapore. For a Singapore event that celebrates the street food scene across the globe, check this out: The World Street Food Congress Convenes in Singapore.