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Review of Boat Quay

Boat Quay
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“Ripped off”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Please watch out if your coming to Singapore for a holiday or trip and you find yourself at boat quay looking for something to eat.
I have lived in Singapore for nearly 20 years now and brought a friend to boat quay last week for dinner, we ate a Thai restaurant, we only had the following, stingray , frogs legs a vegy dish , pineapple rice and 2 beers, now I know for a fact anywhere else this would have only cost 50 to 70 dollars, so when the bill came and it was 247 dollars you can imagine my shock.
The trouble is my friend paid and it was not until he had settled the bill with his credit card did I find out how much it was.
I felt terrible as it was my idea to bring him there.
There was a couple sat on the table next to us disputing their bill when we turned up, I did not think much of it at the time, but now I know why.
The trick they pull, is to repeat you order back to you very quickly, and as they walk away say "large" or "big"... If you look at the menu you will see a small portion is 12 dollars medium about 18 then large jumps up 50 or more, the thing is you not getting a large potion your just paying for it.
So be warned

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Singapore, Singapore
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“OK from the water, so-so from the quay”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

It's never a bad idea to hop on a river sight-seeing cruise in Singapore and enjoy the view. Things always look so difference with a perspective from the water. Boat Quay, settled bravely right next to the massive financial giant's skyscrapers, like it's defending its right to exist, still gives you the feeling that once there was more to behold in Singapore than just concrete and steel. But when you set foot on land, you quickly realize the past is the past. Today, there's little more to find here than mediocre restaurants and a few bars aimed at a western drinkers crowd. There's nothing wrong with it, really, but many will call this place a 'tourist trap'. I had dinner here a few times, and lunch, and a few drinks (see my review of The Penny Black, London pub) and it was never spectacular, nor bad. At night, if you get a table by the water, the view over both the old colonial centre and the new district is very good, though. But Boat Quay should be worried about its right to exist in the long run. With Clarke Quay just a short stroll away, a 'tourist trap' as well but with a totally different style, I see little unique benefit in Boat Quay, other than maybe a few dollar less per order.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“scam”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

if you are coming here for the seafood or whichever i will have advise you do not come here. as the food here is high priced and they only target innocent tourist. if you are visiting the pub , you can get a nice view of the singapore river.

Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Restaurant and bars”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Beautiful scenery at night, lots of bars and restaurants to chose from!

You can take some time and stroll around the river side after meal, and walk to the nearest MRT at City Hall or Raffles MRT, they're really close by...

And it's romantic to go around with your other half and spend some time to enjoy the breeze

Visited September 2012
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Pahang, Malaysia
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“Fun to wander”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Lots to see and do. Great for taking photos and learning about the history and founding of modern Singapore. Plenty of museums nearby, too. Not to mention great dining at one of many seafood restaurants.

Visited February 2013
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