What had once been a relatively forlorn stretch of Robertson Quay is now set to become a vibrant F&B cluster. It is the culmination of a four-year, $75 million transformation by property developer and investor RB Capital headed by Kishin R K. It started with his purchase of the ground-floor retail podium of The Quayside for $69 million in December 2012. This was followed by the purchase of the adjacent Gallery Hotel for $232.5 million in August 2013.

Kishin says, “I saw an opportunity to revitalise that part of the Singapore River — the third quay after Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. It used to be very quiet here.”

RB Capital then engaged Chan Soo Khian of SCDA Architects as the master plan architect and designer of the new Quayside, which will have 100,000 sq ft of F&B space and a new luxury hotel. SCDA’s minimalist aesthetic is manifested in the sleek, streamlined monochromatic façade and the F&B spaces.

RB Capital’s new The Quayside on a recent evening

The first phase of The Quayside with more than 30,000 sq ft of F&B space has been opened progressively since late last year. It features restaurants such as Super Loco Mexican bar and restaurant by brothers Julian and Christian Tan of the Loco Group of Mexican restaurants; Summerlong Mediterranean restaurant by celebrity restaurateur Rohit Roopchand and his team, who are also behind Neon Pigeon and Fat Prince; as well as Decker Barbecue, a collaboration between Elliot Decker and restaurateur Min Chan.

The second phase is scheduled to open in either September or October, and it will feature 60,000 sq ft of F&B space, along with the 225-room InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay. It will see the opening of Singapore’s first Wolfgang Steakhouse by restaurateur Peter Zwiener, who will introduce his brand of New York dining experience here. Also a first in Singapore is Publico, a 14,000 sq ft Italian dining concept in InterContinental Hotel and a collaboration between RB Capital and New York-based hospitality designers avroKO.