Fancy chilling by the scenic Singapore River with a cold pint in hand and the best dishes Penang has to offer at your table? George Town Tze Char and Craft Beer has added to their menu, a variety of toothsome, Asian-style tapas dishes and well as refreshing craft beers for you to enjoy!
Known for their authentic Penang creations and unobstructed view of the iconic Singapore river and the surrounding Central Business District, the chefs at this cozy spot in Boat Quay have been hard at work to come up with food and alcohol pairings for your evening tipples.
Expect rich, robust flavours in generous punches. The umami bomb that is packed in each bite will pair extremely well with your alcohol of choice. Be spoilt with George Town Tze Char’s extensive selection of wines that hail from the world’s top 5% brands. Or #supportlocal by indulging in locally inspired GINs like Chendol and Rojak ($12++ per glass, $122 – $128++ per bottle).
Highlights include the Black Pepper Angus Beef ($28++), whose gameness is contrasted with heavy doses of black pepper that fire up your tastebuds.
The Crispy Chestnut Beancurd ($12++) is my favourite among the new additions to the menu. Bite in and be treated to a piping hot mix of pillowy soft tofu and crunchy chestnut. Compared to the other dishes, this isn’t too strongly flavoured, which is great if you’re ordering this for a simple, alcohol-free meal.
Here to enhance your riverside beer sessions are more umami laden dishes. The Salted Pepper Eggplant ($10++) is an appetite-whetting guilty pleasure that will have you reaching for your pint, with its crisp exterior giving way to buttery smooth bites. And the generous layer of fried garlic adds smokiness to this otherwise unassuming vegetable.
Or bite into some richly flavoured Salted Pepper Pork Rib ($18++). While the exterior of each pork rib cube is a tad on the hard side, the meat itself is surprisingly not too dry! Almost like munching on pork crackling – which is another highly favoured bar snack.
Penang native and award-winning Executive Chef George Tan’s seafood skills come to the fore with George Town Tze Char’s seafood-based dishes. The Thai Style Soft Shell Crab ($9++) is a crumbly mix that melts on the tastebuds, while the Crispy Butter Prawns ($20++) could be a little less dry.
I also really love the Live Oyster Crispy Omelette ($15++) which features plump, fresh oysters that are not overly briny.
For something more substantial, indulge in the new Penang Laksa Steamed Fish Head ($28++) whose red hot spices take no prisoners. However, the spicy blend does not penetrate the actual meat of the fish too much, which will be a relief for those with a lower spice threshold. Imagine how flavourful the fish head would be though!
Top it off with a Salted Egg Yolk Crab ($15 for 500g), valid for dine-in with purchase of alcohol or food. The freshly cooked crustacean boasts plump, tender meat that is well flavoured by the rich salted egg yolk sauce. I also like that the sauce isn’t as cloyingly sweet as other seafood restaurants!
For its location, George Town Tze Char and Craft Beer’s offerings are reasonably priced and delicious to boot. If you’re looking for some local food to enjoy with a well-deserved drink after work, this is the place to head to!
Address: 81 Boat Quay
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place EW14/ NS26/ Clarke Quay NE5
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm daily
Contact: + 65 6535 6277/ +65 9682 3826 (WhatsApp)