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.

What others are eating here

chocolate lava @dairycream.blogspot
chocolate lava @dairycream.blogspot
[email protected]
  • Creme Brulee 1 vote
  • Prawn Cocktail 1 vote

Latest Review for The Retrospective

Overall RatingBased on 7 reviews
Most helpful review:

Food is all right, set lunch seems like good value

Food/Drink 3 | Value 3 | Ambience 3 | Service 3
Total Reviews: 216

The Retrospective is an '80s themed restaurant, so cue the period-appropriate soundtrack and pictures of actresses (and actors) with big hair on the menu cover. Foodwise, I'd describe the menu as classic American (mac and cheese, steak, pies, sandwiches) with some retro dishes thrown in (prawn cocktail, crepes suzette, steak Diane).

Foodwise, the restaurant does an overall decent job, with some niggling points. For example, jazzing the prawn cocktail up with tempura prawns doesn't work, since the prawns quickly get soggy from their proximity to all that moist dressing and greens. Also, the addition of mashed potatoes as a side with the chicken and mushroom pie seemed like a bit of a richness overkill. What the restaurant does do right though is providing good ingredients, like fresh and succulent prawns with the aforementioned prawn cocktail, and a generous serving of black truffles with the mac and cheese (as opposed to just the whiff of truffle oil).

At $25, the set lunch sounds like a great deal, considering that you get to choose any starter, main and dessert (or at least, that's what we understood from our server at dinner). So I'd definitely recommend checking out the place at lunchtime. For those of us who actually remember the '80s, it's also a fairly pleasant trip to the past.

Was this review helpful to you? YesNo

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!

For more details, please visit:

Was this review helpful to you? YesNo

Decent desserts at affordable price

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

Click : for full review and pics

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.

Was this review helpful to you? YesNo

Add to List

Create New List