For more photos and full review, pls head to www.missuschewy.com or http://missuschewy.com/2013/07/08/the-ascot-the-grandstand-authentic-english-gastrogrub/ Owner Sylvester Fedor Thang chatted with us for a bit and asked if we know what The Ascot is all about. He previously spent two years studying in the UK and wanted to recreate the very best of the quintessential English pub experience right here in Singapore. Lovingly referred to as a British ‘gastrogrub’ by Sylvester, he wanted to serve authentic British cuisine and Singaporeans would be exposed to a whole lot more than just the usual Fish & Chips. The Ascot at The Grandstand is named after the Ascot Racecourse, which is located in Berkshire. It seems that Sylvester is determined to share a piece of what he had experienced in UK with his fellow Singaporeans. Not surprisingly, The Ascot is very popular among expats as the food reminds them of home. I was initially kinda skeptical of the Strawberry spinach salad with crumbled blue cheese, pistachios, bacon & avocado ($18) but the crazy unusual combination worked surprisingly well! The blue cheese was undoubtedly pungent and had a sharp acidic flavor but the sweetness derived from the strawberry slices and raspberry vinaigrette countered this well. The husband and I were both surprised by how unique this bowl of Smoked tomato soup ($8) tasted, very full-bodied with a slightly smoked flavor to it. At the same time, it was rich, tangy, and a little sweet tasting. This certainly whetted our appetite for the remaining dishes to come! The Cold Cut Platter ($18), featuring 3 types of cold cuts served with silver onions, gherkins, scotch egg & homemade bread, is a must order at The Ascot. Obviously, the scotch egg stole the show. It is essentially hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried. Perhaps I should try this in my own kitchen next time!
We found the food quality esp the roast beef and guinness pie good but it would have been really pricey without the palate promotion that gave us 33% off. More food pics and details at http://www.eatprayflying.com/new-restaurant-review-the-ascot-grandstand/
I visited The Ascot last Sunday night. It is a nifty little restaurant nestled at the extreme end of the Grandstand Mall. Upon walking in, the ambience was perfect, with lights dimmed for comfort - giving off a rustic British gastropub feel. The restaurant had seats overlooking the stadium. We chose to be seated outside.
After looking through the menu, we decided on three items - the famous Smoked Tomato Soup ($10.50), the Calamari (I can't remember the price) and the Beef & Guiness Pie ($30). Unfortunately, the restaurant ran out of calamari that night, so we replaced that with the Ribeye Steak ($37).
The food was amazing. The Smoked Tomato Soup had an intense flavor with the right amount of saltiness such that the acidity of the tomato was not overpowering - it left us wanting more of that grungy tangy goodness after we shared the bowl of wonderful tomato essence. The Beef & Guiness Pie had a flawless savory piecrust - buttery and fluffy, with a rich stewed beef filling. The Ribeye Steak was awesome, served with mash potatoes, asparagus and baby carrots. We wanted it to be done Medium Rare, and the temperature was rendered almost perfect. The meat was tender, juicy, and well-complemented with the side dishes. One couldn't ask for more skilled execution of these dishes.
When the bill came, our meal added up to about $100 but it was money well-spent, given the ambience and the great food. We agreed that it was a good dining experience and we wouldn't mind coming back here again sometime soon.
The Ascot is a really great place for dates, where two could take a post-dinner stroll down the grandstand area, or share a sweet creamy scoop of gelato just a few shops down the aisle in the Grandstand Mall.
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In the unadorned, almost austere interiors of The Ascot, the diner's attention is wholly focused on his company and the salubrious combination of addictive liquid diet and culinary subsistence.
We started off with the Cold Cut Platter ($20.50), featuring 3 types of cold cuts served with silver onions, gherkins, scotch egg & homemade ciabatta bread. A staple on the menu at The Ascot, this star quality dish proves that some of the finest things in life don't have to be complicated. The highlight of the dish being the scotch eggs, these crumbed balls of sausage meat hide a delicately "poached" egg in the center that sees a crisp on its exterior, while the creamy yolk ties in the entire mouthful like a blissful sigh.
While you're at it, try the Strawberry spinach salad with crumbled blue cheese, pistachios, bacon & avocado ($19). Before you decide that such a combination is way too weird for you, hear me out; this works. At the end of the day, you have a surprisingly delightful bowl of rainbow colours that is sweet, acidic, savoury and nutty all at once. The sweet slices of strawberry, natural bitterness of the spinach leaves, sour raspberry vinaigrette, creamy, ever so pungent blue cheese all comes together to render an eclectic mix of tastes and textures that I promise will have you rethinking you skepticism at the start.
Comfort foods such as the Fisherman's Pie keeps things snugly familiar here at the Ascot, break through the warm crust of mash to uncover a heartwarming mix of poached salmon, smoked haddock and hake all enrobed in a delicious white sauce. Despite it's unassuming facade, this dish would certainly have you breaking out the diet.
Another new dish on the menu is the Lamb rack served with asparagus and potato lyonnaise with mint sauce ($32.50); not your typical British fare, this did not tie in so well with the whole British soiree theme. However, that being said, any desperate carnivore would be satisfied with this meaty course. The rack, neatly trimmed, were cooked to perfection, it's pink flesh humming with the romance of that rendered down mint infused pan juices.
For some sweet endings to the night, order the Classic Bread & Butter Pudding ($10.50). I adored the crumbly cubes of brioche, sticking out from the saccharine rubble; that had browned so beautifully in the oven. Warm and comforting, every spoonful draped with the richness of cream, milk and butter.
Last but not least, the Eton Mess ($8.50), macerated strawberries, fresh cream and crisp meringue create a riot of colors. It's general make-up giving off a balanced tone of sweetness and muted acidity. To be honest, I much preferred the Bread and Butter pudding; but then again, any women would be drawn to this sunny homemade dessert that flaunts the humble fresh cream.