The Place Enjoy the splendid view of Singapore skyline from The Canopy Cafe, located at the Marina Bay Golf Course. Surprised to find this eatery in the midst of the golf course, and be prepared to be in awe of the city views you can enjoy from every single table at the eatery. Was recommended to visit here for their Fried Bee Hoon by some colleagues, when we were chatting about the chao ta bee hoon at JB Ah Meng. Canopy Cafe is a casual dining concept located in a sheltered al-fresco dining spot by a large canopy, protecting diners from the harsh weather of the sunny island. In addition to the skyline views, you can enjoy views of the greens of the golf course, along with some golf-watching of the golfers swinging their way around the greens.
The Food While I was here primarily for their chao ta bee hoon, you will also find other local zichar dishes and a wide selection of western and Japanese food options on the menu of Canopy Cafe. Honestly, that got me slightly worried as a diner as such extensive menu generally does not fare well. Since I made my way all the way here, I decided to go ahead to make my orders at the counter after selecting some of the recommended items, and hoped for the best.
Of course, the main show for my meal here has to be the Johore Fried Bee Hoon (S$9), aka the chao ta bee hoon which got me to visit here. When served, just the fragrance of the bee hoon was enticing enough. The wok hei was on point, the char bits of the bee hoon lends the dish some added texture and it comes fried with fish cake and prawns.
The Ranter went with the Crispy Rice Seafood Porridge (S$9.90), which is a recommended mains here too. Unfortunately, this fell short of expectations. The broth lacked the intense flavour I was hoping for, and came across rather bland. This was a forgettable dish, though the kitchen was generous with its seafood portions including fish slices and prawns.
The crispy rice comes in a separate bowl from the porridge, where you can pour it into the porridge and enjoy the crackling sound of the crispy rice in the hot seafood broth.
Another recommended dish here, the Prawn Paste Fried Chicken Wings (S$9.90) is very shiok. Balanced prawn paste flavour, juicy chicken and these are served hot from the kitchen. Definitely an above average Har Cheong Gai.
Other dishes I tried were the Penang Fried Kway Teow (S$9), Fried Hokkien Mee (S$9) and Tahu Goreng (S$8.90). The Hokkien Mee and Tahu Goreng are pretty good if you crave for some hawker dishes after a game of golf.
Rants Canopy Cafe is the cafeteria of the golf course, which can get very busy during meal times serving golfers and regular diners. No air-conditioning, though it is still fairly breezy. My last warning is to watch out for the curious birds above your table.
Will I Return Again? For the view, a yes. For the Johore Fried Bee Hoon and Prawn Paste Fried Chicken Wings, another yes. This is definitely a hidden spot for one to enjoy a good zichar meal with a splendid view of the Singapore skyline, without a hefty price tag.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 2.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
The Canopy Cafe
80 Rhu Cross
#02-01, Marina Bay Golf Course
Tel: : +65 6342 5742
Monday to Tuesday: 9am to 10:30pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 7am to 11pm
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