You can call me an old fuddy-duddy in a young man’s body. I listen to the Carpenters and Air Supply, and still enjoy Channel 5’s rerun of Growing Up. My idea of a romantic dinner can be very old school – at somewhere like The Ship.

Like love’s endless maze, you probably have to navigate your way through to Level 4 of Shaw Centre till the end of the ship. Be pleasantly surprised. The Ship should probably enter Singapore’s history book one day.

The Ambience
With dimly lit interiors, candle lighted tables, red booths and white table cloths, The Ship emulates the inside of a marine vessel.  The whole décor probably didn’t change much since it started 27 years ago. It was like a travel back in time when I enjoyed Western treats at Jack’s Place and Han’s with my mum. This is where you would may want to bring someone for that romantic first date.

The Food
The Ship is well-known for its steak. Some recommendations are the Ship Steak ($34.90) a US sirloin served with rich black and white mushroom sauce and flamed with brandy, the Chef’s Special ($30.90) from New Zealand, and New York Steak ($31.90) sirloin with maitre d’hotel butter served with vegetables and potatoes.

For the budget conscious, they also have combination meals, and set lunches/dinners . With taste of its authentic Hainanese origins still remaining, the chicken rice and sliced fish noodle lunch sets are popular among executives.

I had the Fish and Chips ($18.90) and Chicken Spaghetti with White Cream Sauce ($18.90) sets which comes with soup and coffee/tea. The fish was quite good stuff – succulent and fresh without being too oily. The chicken though tender, reminded me of the ones I had at Han’s. Good or bad, you decide.

The Ship Restaurant & Bar 船餐厅酒店, 1 Scotts Road, #04-34 Shaw Centre, Singapore, Tel: +65 6235 2235
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily

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  1. Oh yes. I remember the Ship from when I was young too. There used to be one at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. I like the nostalgic feel of this restaurant. Had a romantic dinner there recently for my birthday. The experience is really quite pleasing, like a walk down a comfortable memory lane.


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