The Royal Mail at the iconic Ascott Raffles Place is the latest venture by restaurateur Michel Lu. It offers a modern take on classic British cuisine. The menu is compact, and the main focus is on its roast prime rib.
I am going out on a limb to say that it is easily one of the best prime ribs that I’ve had in Singapore. If you love steak, you must make a trip to The Royal Mail.
From the starters menu, there are tantalising options such as Caviar & Sea Urchin ($36), and Momotaro Tomato & Aged Parmesan Tart ($15), but what you cannot miss is the Blue Swimmer Crab & Avocado ($22), which comes with chunks of crab meat and sweet Roma tomatoes.
For main courses, we had the Roast Prime Rib ($48 for 200g, $58 for 280g, $66 for 340g), served with Yorkshire pudding, garlic potato mash, buttered peas, and creamed corn. It was stunning. The beef was tender, juicy and moist and I was swooning with every bite. It was that good. The prices are also very reasonable. It is very good value for the quality of meat.
We also ordered Mashed Potato with Bacon & Scallions ($8) and Creamed Spinach with egg ($8) to share.
Also worth trying is the Roasted Spring Chicken ($36), which was generously portioned and skilfully cooked, full of flavour and natural juices.
The Butter Roasted Cod Fillet ($36) was decent, but forgettable. Granted, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t mind-blowing either.
The Cape Grim hormone free Grass-fed Prime Beef Fillet ($48 for 180g), accompanied by sauteed French beans and garlic potato, was also done to a high standard, but I very much preferred the prime ribs to this.
After finishing our main courses, we moved on to desserts. The Eton Mess ($13), touted as the signature dessert, was underwhelming. We thought that the combination of strawberries, meringue, salted caramel and Devon cream was ordinary and did not justify the price tag.
Luckily, the other two desserts were more satisfying. The Banoffee Tart ($13) with salted caramel sauce was delightful. And we easily finished the Caramelised Upside-down Tarte Tatin of Pears ($16).
The Royal Mail is a fantastic addition to Singapore’s dining scene – they are one of the better mid-range steakhouses in Singapore. The restaurant is perfect during the day for a business luncheon – they have a fantastic three course set lunch at $38++/pax – and equally fitting in the evening for a romantic dinner date.
The Royal Mail
2 Finlayson Green
Ascott Raffles Place
Tel: +65 6509 3589
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
Sat: 6.30pm – 11pm