Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse
For a good ol’ steak
True to its name, Bistecca is the go-to place in Robertson Quay for a steak done well (or well done, although the chef may object). They use Australian wagyu that is organic-fed and dry-aged, then charcoal grilled to perfection. Get a steak to share, the 1.2kg t-bone Fiorentina serves two (or three small eaters) for $178. This is served with salsa verde, garlic mayonnaise, porcini mushroom sauce and a house made tomato compote. There is more than meat on the menu here; salads, pasta, fish dishes and a decadent platter of Italian cheeses served with grapes, fruit compote, crackers and house-made nut bread ($25) cater to the non-meat eaters.
Book a table here | Address: 25 Mohamed Sultan Road | Opening hours: Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 6-10pm
For hearty Italian fare
Perfect for a home-style meal of rustic Italian dishes, The Sailors is by the same folks that own Buono in Serangoon Gardens. They hand-make their own pasta, ravioli and pizza bases resulting in comforting dishes such as the linguine saporite (linguine tossed with zucchini, prawns, cherry tomatoes and mint leaves,$20) and the ravioli tartufo (rounded ravioli in truffle cream sauce, $24). Go on a Monday and Tasmanian oysters are priced at $1 each. The friendly staff help you pair wines to go with your meal or for teetotalers, a tall refreshing glass of Coca-Cola will do just nicely.
Book a table here | Address: 15 Merbau Road | Opening hours: Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 6-10pm
E Clat Gourmet Canteen
For affordable gourmet, Asian Fusion fare
E Clat (pronounced ‘eh-klaah’) serves gourmet food at affordable prices and the spacious restaurant even doubles up as a cooking school and an events venue. Headed to Robertson Quay for brunch? Try their Eggs Benedict (with honey baked ham and citrus hollandaise, $10.90), or the Bull Eye Egg (with chicken chipolata, bacon, baked beans and potatoes, 8.90). Another winner is the smoked duck pizza ($18.90), a 12-inch handmade crust pizza topped with thinly sliced smoked duck.
Book a table here | Address: 63 Mohammed Sultan Road #03-14, Sultan Link Building | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
For Bavarian fare and beer
Located in the main Robertson Quay square, Haexenhaus is an Authentic German beer bar and restaurant serving up Bavarian classics such as a mammoth sized pork knuckle ($36 with two sides) and a crisp fried wienerschnitzel (veal, $33 or pork $23 escallop with potato salad and cranberry jam). This is a great spot to kick back with one (or several) pints of beer. Don’t do beer? Ask for the Hugo ($12) – a refreshing cocktail of sparkling wine, elderflower syrup, mint and lime.
Book a table here | Address: 80 Mohammed Sultan Road #01-13 | Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6-11pm