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The Bank Bar + Bistro

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Situated at the ground floor of One Shenton, this all day dining bistro serves pizzas, pastas, finger food and Western style dishes.

Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 00:00

Sat, Sun & PH: 09:00 - 00:00

+65 66362188
$23 based on 19 submissions
After Work (6 votes), Business Dining (4 votes), Lunch (4 votes)
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The Bank Bar & Bistro @ One Shenton

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The Bank Bar & Bistro is an all- day dining and bar concept, set to cater towards the business crowd and the office cubicle rats who tend to become a little too hungry during their lunch breaks or after a long day at work. Although there has hardly been any raving compliments about the fare offered at the restaurant, I have to admit that my interest of the restaurant was first sparked due to her pretty interesting name and image.

The Bank Bar & Bistro serves a large array of American diner grub, along with many other light bites on top of their extensive selection of alcoholic beverages. A very popular spot for foreign expatriates and the cubicle rats around the Central Business District area, we were rather fortunate to have been able to find a table within the interior dining area since the restaurant was really streaming with customers past 6.30pm while the outdoor seats were all taken. I believe that the laid-back ambience, coupled by the booze had obviously contributed to the loud chatter and laughter.

Well- known as a crowd favourite to share, the New Yorker had certainly satisfied my cravings for good hand- made pizza. Boasting a gratifying hearty tomato base and creamy mozzarella in which its distinctive fragrance permeated through every bite, the New Yorker pizza was surprisingly delicious; even more so with its decent servings of Salami, Pepperoni and Italian Spicy Sausages slapped on the top. An utterly yummy creation that has certainly earned its reputation at the Bank Bar & Bistro.

The Cobb Salad was a super-sized plate heaving with massive portions of greens drizzled with Ranch dressing, sliced Avocado and Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken strips and it was incorporated with other ingredients such as a Hard-boiled Egg, streaks of Bacon and huge chunks of Blue cheese. It was certainly savoury enough for us but I thought that our supposed appetizer verged on being a tad too heavy as it could have almost been a meal on its own. My favourite constituent of all, the Blue Cheese did definitely add a nice layer of richness or greater depth in flavour to the salad but if only they could have been more generous with it.

Fish & Chips; deep-fried to golden brown and crisp perfection, I had particularly enjoyed the delightful contrast between the crispy coated layer and the delectably smooth and sweet flesh within. However, the batter could have been better endowed with a stronger hit of alcohol since it was hardly distinctive enough. Accompanying the large slabs of fish, I found the mushy peas to be strangely addictive while the culinary team could have been a little easier with the salt in the chips.

Our carbo staple was a lot more ordinary in comparison to the other dishes. The Fungi with Penne could have been cooked a little longer since softer pasta spells comfort while the gravy tasted a little mild and dull to me, even when infused with a touch of Blue Cheese. The chewy Sauteed Mushrooms and Pumpkins did offer pleasurable textures with each bite though. With a few other choices of pasta creations readily available, one would be able to select Spaghetti or Linguine for their dishes as well.

I have to say that the service at The Bank Bar & Bistro was disappointing. There was an apparent lack of staff on duty and many of the customers were neglected during our visit. It took a considerable amount of time before the waitresses realised that we were not served our glasses of distilled water despite our subsequent requests. The service team was kept really busy for the entire evening and they seemed not really able to manage the overwhelming dinner crowd. We had to raise our hands on a few occasions to get the bill for our table and then again, when we wanted our card back.

Judging by the crowd, The Bank Bar & Bistro is surely a favourite after-work choice for many, who might not be that particular about service standards after all. With a favourable and relaxing ambience, decent food and snacks and a wide selection of beverages to enjoy and unwind, the restaurant is an ideal choice for the corporate crowd and a fine option for anyone who is just around the area.

The HGW community like this place for...

  • New Yorker; Cobb Salad; Fish & Chips1 vote
  • Seafood Aglio Olio1 vote
  • The Gym Pick!1 vote
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• 08 Jun 2014 • 60 reviews • 0 follower

Quality food!

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For full review, please click http://oyhz.blogspot.sg/2014/06/the-bank-bar-bistro-one-shenton.html

The Bank Bar + Bistro has an all-day dining and bar concept with premium quality western cuisine and wine for business entertainment. The spacious, lofty and chic ambience works well for after-work unwinding or weekend brunches.

Service was kind of slow and the waitress had this annoyed look on her face throughout. Overworked?

As if making up for the (lack of) service though, the food served was very palatable and one will be spoiled for choices with the extensive menu.

The seafood aglio olio I had was extremely favourful, with seafood all so fresh and succulent. The squid especially, was cooked just nice and juicy. We also order barbecued baby ribs that were full of meat and so tender to the point it almost fell off the rib as soon as we touched it. The BBQ sauce was perfect with a smokey and tangy taste. Serving of the pizza was huge and thus very good for sharing.

For full review, please click http://oyhz.blogspot.sg/2014/06/the-bank-bar-bistro-one-shenton.html
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The management of The Bank Bar + Bistro responded to this review:
09 Jun 2014
Hi OYHZ,
Thank you for the wonderful review on HGW and also on your blog :) We're glad that you and your friends had enjoyed your food as much as we do!

Do come back and try our other delicious items!

Thank you!

Best Regards,
The Bank Bar + Bistro
• 25 May 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Expensive, Mediocre Food and Service.

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Slow Service and Food was bad.
Ordered the weekend special of striploin with yorkshire pudding. Worst yorkshire pudding, it was dry and no sauce was drizzled on the pudding. Companion ordered egg benedict. She was served hard boiled eggs without hollandaise sauce.
didnt serve me the weekend special dessert and never even bother to inform me when I paid for the meal.
definitely not returning for more. Not worth the money!
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The management of The Bank Bar + Bistro responded to this review:
09 Jun 2014
Dear Kelly,
Thank you for your valuable feedback and we are most apologetic you had a bad experience at The Bank Bar. We definitely share the same sentiments on the issues highlighted in your feedback and will be investigating on the matter. Please could you contact us at 63257125 or events@thebankbar.com so that we can find out more from you.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

Best Regards,
The Bank Bar + Bistro
• 30 Apr 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Disappointed food & service

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Happily gone there but met bad food, service & bad encounter
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  • Champagne $4 per glass on Wed ladies nite
The management of The Bank Bar + Bistro responded to this review:
02 May 2014
Dear Snoopycho,
Thank you for dining with us on Wednesday and for your valuable feedback. We apologise that your experience with us wasn't a good one. Please could we trouble you to contact us via events@thebankbar.com or 63257125 and provide us with more information so that we may investigate on this issue.

Thank you and we greatly appreciate your feedback.

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