Sunday, August 02, 2009

Makan on Board the Stewards RiverBoat!

Like a mini version of the Minor in Entrepreneurship, the short Bio-Entrepreneurship course was tiring but enjoyable. So much so that while the cow has been eating, there hasn't been much contact time between hooves and keyboard, for blogging.

It's times like these that I fondly reminiscence relaxing experiences such as the fairly recent cruise down the scenic Singapore river on a cool Thursday evening. It was arranged by the folks from Santa Fe prior to a media tasting. The boat trip was a journey down memory lane for Santa Fe as it began life 10 years ago there.

Oh yes. I went trigger-happy on board the bum boat, taking in the familiar touristy sights of the Singapore landscape.

Anyway, mooving along to the tasting on board a different boat this time- the Stewards Riverboat. It was a relatively big ship that brought to mind pieces of old American history. Having had its engines removed, it was permanently anchored at Marina South Pier.

But do watch out for the little waves that rock the boat gently side to side. Taking pictures made me a little dizzy with the perceived movements of both hands, head... and sometimes food. Handy to note that should you get a little seasick, the Sante Fe crew has ginger capsules to soothe you.

Food! Food! Food!

Buffalo Wings ($6.50) are a firm favourite and the ones here were pretty good. Tangy with a bit of heat, the wings flew off the plate. That's not an exaggeration to hungry people. :p

The BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($21.90) were my personal favourite for the night. The meat was soft and easily slipped off the bone. The BBQ sauce smothered over the rack added smokiness and flavour.

As finger-food or to share, the Seafood Chimichangas ($6.50) were tasty with their filling of prawns, squid and fish. A refreshing mint sauce was served alongside.

Meat on cast-iron pans? The Chicken and Beef Fajitas (~$22 and $24 respectively) should be eaten quickly as shown by the unknowing demonstrator in the picture above. Wait too long and the meat cools off, becoming tough. Remember to slap on the sour cream, veggies and salsa on your tortilla!

My second favourite for the night was the Blackened Beef Burger ($17.90). It looks more like flattened beef burger in the pic because we requested for the staff to divide it into 6 portions. But this is bigger than it looks. A substantial beef patty with ranch sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and onion rings, made for a bite of peppery, savoury and creamy sensations.

The portioned out burger does prove that food is best shared.

Talking about sharing, our brownie was also automatically sliced into 6 portions. Kudos to the attentive staff.

We also had a waffle with ice cream. Unfortunately, desserts don't seem to be Santa Fe's strength.

What I think is their strength is the homely setting and friendly vibes. It is after all a family business with deep Christian roots.

Thanks to Leonard for the invitation and the stewards of Santa Fe for hosting moo.

Santa Fe
31 Marina Coastal Drive (other branch at Orchard Point)
Berth 1, Marina South Pier
Tel: 6278 5775

Chew On This: With the Stewards Riverboat's close proximity to the National Day Parade area, this would be a great place for a view of the fireworks....all on board a ship.


Miss Tam Chiak said...

OMG! i went santa fe alst tuesday only! so coincidental! haha

i dun like their waffles! and the beef burger my friend had was BURNT!

The Hungry Cow said...

Jaime-La-Nourriture: Yea, their desserts need more work. Burnt mooburger??! Should have sent it back! The 2 portions I had tried were done to about medium and still juicy.

Camemberu said...

Hmmm I still have never seen this riverboat and have no idea where this Marina South Pier is, but looks like it's got a good view of the SG Flier and skyline.

The Hungry Cow said...

Camemberu: The riverboat is docked at Marina South Pier which is about 5-10 mins drive from Marina Barrage. Streetdirectory may be useful. :)

Oh the Sg Flyer and skyline shots were not from the riverboat, but onboard a bumboat down the S'pore river.