Half Acre Restaurant is a relatively new dining place at Straits Quay. The restaurant is located near the Straits Quay Marina Lighthouse. It opened in September 2019, having moved from its original location in Balik Pulau.
The most famous dish at Half Acre Restaurant is the kiln-roasted chicken, a dish originating from Taiwan. The chickens are roasted in a small hut outside the restaurant. The roasted chicken is served hanging, and diners enjoy it with hands (gloves are provided). It is quite a unique way of serving a chicken.
Apart from the kiln-roasted chicken, the restaurant serves a good variety of Chinese dishes – meat, vegetables, tofu, fish, prawn, crab, etc. I personally like the salted-egg tofu, which has a golden, crispy exterior. There are also good selections of soup in the menu.
During the Chinese New Year period, Half Acre Restaurant also serves specialized dishes like the “poon choi”, an auspicious one-pot dish (with abalone, scallop, mushrooms, etc.) and “lou sang”.
Here are some pictures of Half Acre Restaurant’s menu:
The dining area is based on a wooden backdrop, with lots of lantern lamps in the ceiling. There are a few VIP rooms available for customers who want to have a more private setting. There are also tables outside the restaurant, where you get to feel the sea breeze instead of the air-conditioning.
Overall, Half Acre Restaurant is a decent place to have a meal with family and friends. The hanging chicken dish is definitely worth a try.