Photo: The Ascot
For a taste of the real British pub experience
Designed to mimic the classic rowdy British pub scene, The Ascot is the brainchild of Sylvester Thang, a UK university graduate. The food is meant to be hearty, the company cosy, and beer great – to recall the cold winters in UK. We like the Sunday roast (chicken and barbecue pork ribs, $28 each; lamb and beef, $32), complete with potatoes, sauteed vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and tzatziki (Greek yoghurt cucumber dip) salad. Another good choice would be the Scotch eggs ($18) – a deep-fried creation of eggs wrapped in sausage and coated with bread crumbs. Wash them all down with Badger’s England’s Own beer.
Book a table here| Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-16 The Grandstand | Opening hours: Tue 3pm-11pm; Wed-Thu 12pm-11am; Fri: 12pm-1am; Sat 10.30am-1am; Sun 10.30am-11pm
For established German fare
Having outlived two decades, Werner’s Oven has been a staple hunting ground for German cuisine fanatics. Many make the trip across the island to Jurong only to indulge in the signature oxtail stew ($21.50) and sausages. May we recommend the kalbsbratwurst ($21.50) - veal sausage drenched with onion gravy, propped with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut – as well as the children-friendly nurnberger bratwurstchen (mini pork sausages, $19.50). The restaurant also serves timeless Western favourites, such as its breaded fish and chips ($14.50), and the knusperiege schweinhaxe ($21.50) – pork knuckle at its crispy best.
Book a table here| Address: 6 Upper East Coast Road, #01-01/02/03 | Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Charlie’s Tapas, Grill & Bar
For a Spanish-Western meal by the river
Charlie’s Tapas, Grill & Bar offers a view of the Singapore River if you sit alfresco and tuck into its tapas offerings, which include a chorizo espanola original (spicy Spanish pork sausage pan-seared with extra virgin olive oil, $13) and albondigas (meatballs simmered in herbed tomato sauce, $11). There are also other western items such as the baby back pork ribs ($32) and lobster pasta ($38). The Drew de Chocolate ($12) is a good choice to end the meal: a warm brownie served with vanilla ice-cream and mousse.
Book a table here | Address: 32 Boat Quay | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-midnight
La Braceria Pizza and Grill
For Neapolitan pizzas and some pastas
Chef Fabio Iannone weaves together the culinary highlights of southern Italy and a couple of northern favourites at La Braceria. He makes pizzas in a traditional Neapolitan brick oven, of which the Rucola Prosciutto di Parma ($24) stands out: a choir of mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, fresh rocket salad, parmesan cheese and Parma ham. If you prefer a non-tomato-based version, have a go at the Alla Braceria ($23) – a generous pie of mozzarella, beef tenderloin, porcini mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. One other dish that stands out is the Linguine al Granchio ($22) – pasta tossed with fresh crab meat in light tomato sauce and brandy.
Book a table here | Address: 5 Greendale Avenue | Opening hours: Daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Magma German Wine Bistro
For a superb range of German wines
Apart from serving bonafide German fare – which includes beef tartare ($38) and marinated young herring fillets ($26) – this bistro offers an outrageous selection of German wines. From Riesling to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay to rose wines, you name it, you'll get it. Wines start at $9 a glass. Match a red with a fine serving of lammhaxe (lamb shank in garlic-rosemary sauce, $38), or you can also leave some room for a delightful apfelstrudel (apple strudel coaxed with vanilla sauce, $12). There’s also a mixed cheese platter ($29) if you like to go traditional.
Book a table here | Address: 2 Bukit Pasoh Road | Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun 11am-11pm
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