The Retrospective has closed.


21 Keong Saik Road, 089128
Asian, Beer, European, French, Western
+65 62231334

Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 00:00

Fri - Sun: 12:00 - 01:00

$30 based on 8 submissions

Be transported back to the 80s and 90s while dining in The Retrospective in Keong Saik Road. The menu offers modern interpretations of popular French-inspire dishes in the past like steak diane, crepes suzette and duck a l'orange.

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Latest Review for The Retrospective

Overall RatingBased on 7 reviews
Most helpful review:

Good and Affordable meal.

Food/Drink 4| Value 4| Ambience 4| Service 4
Total Reviews: 140

The retrospective restaurant and bar is a pretty good bistro to go to I feel as its prices are competitive and food is decent too. We spent about $40 each and were full at the end of the meal. Was justly slightly disappointed with the duck confit but everything else worked for me, so it is still a good restaurant overall. I think the more interesting thing about this bistro is its retro settings, such as the paintings, furniture and even the background music. If you are in for a retro night and don’t want to spend too much on European food, then the retrospective restaurant and bar will be suitable!

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Decent desserts at affordable price

Food/Drink 3| Value 3| Ambience 4| Service 2
Total Reviews: 285

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After dinner at Chinatown Hawker Centre, we strolled here for nice desserts......and some rather bland cappucino. The Vanilla Creme Brûlée with Chai Biscotti ($11) was the earliest dish to be wiped off. While the basic standards of a crackly crust and smooth custard filling were met, the scents of vanilla was pleasant and strong. The Chai biscotti was not a common pairing but lost its crunch that day.
 How could we miss the Bread & Butter Bread Pudding especially when it is served with butterscotch sauce and peanut butter ice cream? Unfortunately, both the ice cream and gooey sauce residing on top were too little to go with the bread pudding. Also, the soft custard mixture was lacking in the pudding so we ended up with dry & doughy cake.
 The not-so-new chocolate fondant cake was the latest addition on their menu during our visit then in March. The pistachio nibs and salt grains scattered on the plate gave a pleasant savoury contrast to the chocolate cake. it would be more ideal if the ice cream was served in a bowl to delay melting time and unnecessary wastage


Conclusion: The price of the desserts ($11 each) is quite reasonable and perhaps even a bargain, considering the fact that many similar restaurants price their desserts from at least $15. However, despite few customers, waiting hours were slightly too long, especially when we order only desserts. The savoury menu with comfort food such as Mac & Cheese or Retro burger looks not too bad either.

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Cancelled a confirmed reservation

Service 3
Total Review: 1

Very disappointed. Was looking forward to trying this place out. Had a confirmed reservation, only to receive a phone call that they thought I was going a day earlier and they could not accommodate our booking! 

 The reservation was made through this site and I had email confirmation of my booking.

Following complaining regarding my disappointment the restaurant owner has contacted me directly to apologise for the mishap and is looking into why the reservation was confirmed by the system.  I think that there may be some fault with the reservation system itself and recommend calling a restaurant to reconfirm your booking.

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gourmet food retro style

Food/Drink 4| Value 3| Ambience 3| Service 4
Total Reviews: 191

had a light with their scotch egg (boiled egg with pork sausage) and buffalo wings with blue cheese (had a sour twist to the usual buffalo wings). topped it up with ice cold ginger beer... real classy diner to hang out with friends, if you don't mind splurging.


Little Charlene and I love to check out all the best cafes in Singapore!
Signing off, wanderingbeansprout

PS: Check out my  link to all the best hangouts and cafes we have visited in Singapore! Over 100 and still counting ;)

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