Feeling English? The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar has officially opened at The Ascott Serviced Apartment, and provides classic British favourites and lunchtime sets to attract the (higher paid) corporate crowd at Raffles Place.
I already like the name, called so as the world’s first high-rise mail chute still stands in its full glory by the lift lobby of the Ascott. This English restaurant is conceptualised by veteran restaurateur Michel Lu (who also owns Lucky 13) and helmed by Chef De Cuisine Peter Koh previously Sous Chef Esquina Tapas Bar.
There is no fish and chips at Royal Mail, but expect juicy Roast Chermoula Chicken, Cider & Honey Roast Lamb Leg and Roast U.S Pork Knuckle.
The 3 course set lunch is at $38+, or $55+ for the USDA Prime Roast set, likely to appeal to those who need a quiet place for corporate lunches. The starter, a warm spinach salad with slow poached egg, earns a high score.
The Roast Prime Rib, is served in three variations of thickness – The English Cut (200g), Our Classic Cut (280g) and The Royal Mail Cut (340g), recommended to be eaten medium-rare. Served with yorkshire pudding, creamed pea, corn and garlic potato mousseline, our ribs has a high percentage of fat, and if you can get past that, the meat is pretty tender succulent.
Its duck leg confit ($38++ for 3 course set) with herb roasted chat potato, asparagus spears and thyme jus is slightly on the salty side – both on the skin and meat, which sadly was too briny for me to finish.
You should always save some room for its dessert, which to me were the highlights of the entire meal. The Banoffee Tart ($13+ if ordered ala carte), which is banana, toffee and cream tart served with salted caramel sauce is sweetness haven. My friend found it too thick, but I loved every part of the caramel.
The signature Eton Mess dessert ($13+), strawberries, meringue, salted caramel (more!), devon cream and hazelnut crunch in a cup, was every mouthful a delight, every savour an enjoyment.
The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar
Ascott Singapore, Raffles Place, 2 Finlayson Green, Singapore 049247 (Raffles Place MRT) Tel: +65 6509 3589
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:30pm-11:00pm (Mon-Fri), 6:30pm-11:00pm (Sat)
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