Tucked away in a little corner in Telok Blangah is what used to be a retreat bungalow owned by the Yemeni Alkaff family. Alkaff Mansion Ristorante provides a nice respite from the fast paced city areas in Singapore, perching on top of Telok Blangah Hill (used to be known as Washington Hill). This well-known location was once the centre of high society parties and other events, besides being a family home to the Alkaff family.
Since the mid 1990s, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante has been known to serve award-winning cuisine to patrons but ever since LHN Culinary Concepts took over the reigns in 2010, the restaurant finally restored its splendour and has become one of Singapore’s go-to dining spots and event venue for corporate, private events and weddings.
Here is what we enjoyed the most from Executive Chef Simone Depalmas’ intricately crafted menu, strongly influenced by his Italian roots.
How often do you walk down Orchard Road and find yourself stepping in to Hilton Singapore for a slice of their legendary cheesecake?
Well, we’d like to think more of Hilton Singapore. Do you know what used to be Checkers Brasserie is now revamped and known as Opus Bar & Grill? Dining there is a brand new experience now, and with Opus priding themselves on their grill, you know that you are in for the real deal.
The culinary team is helmed by Aussie chef Nick Philip, and the menu is contemporary with Australian influence. The charcoal grill and dry-age cabinet are what Opus Bar & Grill is building their success on, and they are on a mission to spoil you with only the best meals. Hilton Singapore is the first hotel in Asia to achieve MSC certifications, so you can look forward to sustainable seafood choices such as Seared Hokkaido Scallops, Black Cod Carpaccio, and Glacier 51 Toothfish Fillet.
We hopped by for dinner one of those nights, and here are some of the highlights of Opus Bar & Grill that you have to try when it is your turn too.
There are restaurants that we return to because we love the ambiance, there are those that we return to because the prices are friendly, then there are also those that hold a special place in our hearts simply because the team of chefs and waitstaff are like friends to us.
Cook & Brew at The Westin Singapore is one of those places, and it is not your typical restaurant. It is a gastrobar, sitting high on the 33rd level and with a glimpse of the city from above, with an exuberant team who are ever passionate about their food and beers, and a comprehensive menu that covers your bar snacks, mains, desserts and all the beers that you can ever dream of.
A recent change of menu had us revisiting the gastrobar, and Chef Aaron has a lot to impress, indeed. On a side note, his humble personality and comical expressions make it so easy to like him. Hailing from Canada, this man is famed for making his own sausages and meatballs, and man, do we need those with our beers!
But of course, Cook & Brew’s new menu is so fascinating that you might just need more trips back to try everything. Here are some highlights from its revamp, and 12 star dishes that you definitely must try from Cook & Brew’s new menus:
Outback Steakhouse, the largest steakhouse chain in the world, is a household name and its flagship store at Millenia Walk has been in Singapore since 2000. Known to serve reasonably-priced steaks and mains in a casual ambience with friendly service, Outback Steakhouse never goes out of fashion, and we really love its menu; it is much more comprehensive than we thought, and even if you are not a fan of steaks, you will be spoilt for choice with its array of mains. They have a fantastic range of cocktails as well! Martinis and Ribeye; how wonderful life is.
We swung by its newest outlet at orchardgateway, and sampled many signature dishes. Here are 10 things we love about Outback Steakhouse at orchardgateway.
Anytime is a good time for steaks, but SKIRT at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is one chi-chi steakhouse that we prefer to reserve for dates with the discerning loved ones. And this is why this Valentine’s Day, there is nowhere better than romancing your date with an unforgettably lavish dinner at SKIRT. After all, you need a reliable outlet where the service is impeccable and professional, and SKIRT is ideal with its mix of elegance and chic factor.
This Valentine’s Day, SKIRT presents a 5-course dinner menu (S$350++ for 2) with a bottle of Auris Spumante Brut. Wake your palate up with a trio appetiser, the Titanic – starring the Tuna Tartar with avocado puree that is a brilliant blend of the fish’s freshness and the rich taste of the creamy fruit; luxurious chicken pate accompanied by fragrant homemade roasted chicken crackers; and cured halibut with grapefruit that is a refreshing juxtapose to the first two strong flavours. Quite a myriad of flavours and textures to begin the evening, indeed.
Succeeding the trio is the Casablance that further pays homage to the ocean’s freshness – generous chunks of crab meat with tomato jelly and an apple sphere beautifully set in a martini glass. Moulin Rouge Champagne & Roses will take your breath away – seared scallop covered with champagne foam and rose petals. Nothing quite like celebrating the love in the air with a gorgeous dish like that. Every bite is pleasure to remember.
When Harry met Sally is when we indulge in a main course of Steak Sandwich – Black onyx sirloin with Marrow crumbs, tomato and onion puree. The meat is served medium, and the marrow and bread crumbs complemented the creaminess of the beef so well.
Last but certainly not least, show your date how intricately delicate and poignantly rich your love is via the dessert of 5 textures of chocolate. We really loved the chocolate ice-cream!
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SKIRT – The Boldest Grill
21 Ocean Way
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6808 7278
Tue to Sun: 7pm – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
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This guide to the best steakhouses in Singapore was last updated on 1 July 2014.
A good steak is one of the best things you can have in life. We have tried many restaurants in Singapore to find the perfect steak, and here is a list of the best steakhouses in Singapore.
Skirt at W Hotel Singapore has been winning raved reviews since opening a few months ago, so I had to check it out to find out for myself. Indeed, the restaurant lives up to the hype, and it has rocketed to become my favourite steak restaurant in Singapore. It is a top-class steakhouse with middle-range pricing.
At the entrance of the restaurant, there are “aging cabinets” which contain choice meats alongside specialty cuts of milk-fed lamb and venison. For those who like to have a drink before having dinner, the bar tucked at one end of the restaurant offers bespoke cocktails. The restaurant itself is elegant and stunning. It is classy, yet not pretentious; it gives off a cool and hip vibe effortlessly.
Daniel Boulud’s name is synonymous with fine dining in New York, and his signature Manhattan restaurant DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands needs no introduction.
While the general taste is not fantastically out of the world, the food is always consistently good. These days, sadly, even the better restaurants have neglected this point. There is nothing more disappointing than to return to a restaurant only to find that your favourite dish is not as good as before. And it is especially not acceptable at fine dining restaurants where we have to pay so much for a meal.
However, this is not the case at DB Bistro Moderne. we have dined there on many occasions and we are glad to say that they have always maintained a high standard.
You may be familiar with ribeye, tenderloin and sirloin, but have you heard of other relatively unknown cuts like skirt, flat iron and hanger steak? Here is a beginners guide to the different cuts of steak. Read on to find out which cut suits you best.
There are good steakhouses, and then there are great ones. CUT by Wolfgang Puck is definitely one of the latter. Wolfgang Puck’s outpost at Marina Bay Sands is the definition of a modern steakhouse. It is a swanky, up-scale, and posh establishment. The folks are serious about their steaks, and they do a very good one.
Au Chocolat, opened by the folks behind Ku De Ta and Catalunya, occupies a huge space at a corner of Marina Bay Sands. It is divided into two sections: a retail confectionery store where you can find all sorts of delicious snacks – such as slice cakes, cupcakes, gelato, truffle – and fun merchandise. The other half is the bistro which has an all-day dining menu.
We have been to Au Chocolat many times, and tried quite a few items from the bistro and confectionery. Here are some of the highlights.
Wooloomooloo steakhouse, a popular steakhouse chain in Hong Kong, has started their first restaurant at Swissotel the Stamford. When we talk about F&B outlets in a shopping mall, they are always predictable, mainstream or boring. Wooloomooloo, on the other hand, has a sleek and sexy interior, and most importantly, it offers top-quality Aussie beef. Moreover, it has a fantastic view of the F1 racetrack from the third level of Raffles City.
If you are looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, and your partner likes steak, this is the place to go.
When you ask meat lovers to name their favourite steakhouse in Singapore, I am sure that most of them would reply: Morton’s The Steakhouse at Mandarin Oriental.
Morton’s has been around for many years, and there is a reason why they have remained as one of the best steakhouses in Singapore. It is a place where you know that every piece of steak – whether it’s the fillet mignon, New York strip, or ribeye – will always be prepared perfectly. While the price might put off many people, it is worth saving up if you love steaks.
Nestled amidst the Mohammed Sultan enclave, Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse makes an exciting new addition to the semi-fine dining scene in Singapore. This 6-month-old restaurant claims to be the first and only Italian restaurant specialising in steak. How does it fare against other steakhouses in Singapore? Is it worth a try?
One of my strategies for finding good restaurants is through recommendations from friends. I am lucky to have many friends who are “into” food, so I can always trust them to update me about their new favourite restaurants.
A few of my friends have been telling me about Bedrock steakhouse, and whenever they feel like having steaks, I know I’ll most likely be able to find them there.
Bedrock Bar & Grill at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites is a modern New York style steakhouse – opened by restaurateur Keith Loh, who is also the owner of Oriole Cafe. The restaurant boosts a dark, sexy, and classy interior; making it the ideal place to bring your client for a business luncheon, or your date for a romantic dinner.
Located in the lush Dempsy Hill area, The Prime Society is a steak restaurant in Singapore that specialises in prime quality meats. With its indoor and alfresco dining, the restaurant can easily accommodate up to 150 guests, and they also have a bar where you can enjoy your pre-dinner drinks.
Previously from Flutes at the Fort restaurant, Chef Rollinson took over The Prime Society’s kitchen earlier this year and he was quick to make his mark on the menu. We were at The Prime Society to try his new set lunch menu ($28++ for 2 courses, $33++ for 3 courses).