We had some great meals in Singapore last week. Yes price wise it was very different to what we’re used to in Bangkok but we did find places to eat delicious food for reasonable prices. Here’s a rundown of the places we found that we would definitely visit again!
Japanese ~ Clarke Quay
The heavens had suddenly opened so we took the opportunity to grab a quick Japanese lunch in the mall above the Clarke Quay MRT stop. We had a main course each and a soft drink and it came in around $45. The food was really nice although, apologies, for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the restaurant.
Wine Mansion ~ Keong Saik Road
On Tuesday evening we found a lovely little restaurant on our street called Wine Mansion. As we perused the menu we realised it was Steak Tuesday – $14.95 for steak and chips. We ordered two steaks and a baked brie starter. We are a bit lacking in the cheese department in Bangkok, its expensive so has become a bit of a treat plus our lack of an oven means baking cheese is completely out of the question. Needless to say when the baked brie was put down before us, wrapped in filo pastry with a topping of raisins and chopped walnuts with a drizzle of honey, we very nearly died and went to heaven*. Served with thin toasted bread, this starter was absolutely delicious (I’m salivating as I type…).
We drank a couple of glasses of red each which I think were $7 as it was happy hour too. Our steaks were really good, a lovely red wine-esque sauce on top and delicious dressed leaves on the side. The bill including tax and service was an incredible $95. Wine Mansion has different offers on every day, food and alcohol related including Oyster Wednesday and a Wine Buffet for $25, so if you’re in the vicinity do go and check it out!!
*In the spirit of honesty, I should confess that after we got back to the hotel shattered from Universal Studios on Wednesday evening we headed to Wine Mansion for a few glasses of wine and a brie each…well it was Dave’s birthday!
Marché, Mövenpick ~ Somerset 313
We saw the Swiss looking sandwich counter first, something like recognition flashed in my brain and on seeing the sign indicating the ‘Fresh Market Restaurant’ below knew we had to check it out. Down the windy stairs past the faux mountain goats and St. Bernard rescue dogs my feeling of de ja vu was getting stronger, on arrival into the Swiss mountain village we were issued a card and I remembered; I had been to a Marché when I was in Berlin with my parents and it was good! Its basically a huge buffet of freshly cooked food in the style of a Swiss chalet.
We wandered around looking at all the delicious food on offer from cooked to order pizza, fresh salads, crepes, you name it, it was there. We finally settled on the roast beef which came with sides and a drink for $12. We watched as the chef sliced the beef in thick inch slices and gave us a generous helping of caramelised onions and potato rosti. The beef was cooked medium and was so tender it just melted in your mouth. The potatoes were more like dauphinoise which for me was a dream! When you’re done you just take your card up to the till and pay for what you’ve had. I honestly can’t recommend this place highly enough, I just wish we had one in Bangkok!
Meat Liquor ~ Duxton Road
This London burger joint has a special place in our heart; it’s where we retired to gather our thoughts last year after Dave’s job interview and the on the spot decision to move to Bangkok. We huddled in a dark corner unable to fathom quite what we’d done until we were joined by a couple of friends who not only made the whole thing real but also made us realise we’d made an awesome decision! So when we saw that Meat Liquor had just opened their first Asian restaurant and it was just round the corner from our hotel we knew we had to check it out.
The menu is basically the same as London, the vibe and decor is very similar, there is even the same kitchen roll come napkin on the graffiti’d tables. It was buzzing for a Tuesday night, full of trendies and just out of work folks. I had my usual bacon cheeseburger and fries, Dave the same burger but with cheesy fries. Their chilli cheese fries are legendary but we knew we wouldn’t be able to eat it all!
Apart from our order initially missing a burger, the food was great, just as I remember it, but it did make me realise how great our favourite Daniel Thaiger burgers are here in BKK! We had 3 drinks between us and the bill came to $135….don’t think about it, don’t think about it!
Nando’s ~ Terminal 2, Changi Airport
Boy were we excited when we saw the hint of a Nando’s in the distance as we checked in for our flight back to Bangkok. We have a fake version here but let’s face it there’s nothing like a Nando’s! We delayed going through to departures and headed up for a cheeky chicken fix!
We both had chicken pitta with hot peri peri, I couldn’t not go for coleslaw, Dave added extra cheese and pineapple to his pita. It was so good! I can’t compare it to the UK as it’s been too long but to us it was just perfect! The service was great and the staff were super friendly, a great end to an awesome time in Singapore!
So those were the meals of note. If you missed the delicious Indian we had after drinks at Marina Bay Sands then you can read about that here. It just goes to show that as expensive as Singapore is, you can eat really well for a great price if you look a little!