Can’t believe that I had never dined at Gordon Grill, which has been established since 1963. That makes the restaurant half a century old!
Located at the Goodwood Park Hotel, Gordon Grill is unexpectedly under the radar, at least for the younger generation, when it is so full of timeless charm and quality European style cuisine.
This is the kind of restaurant I would bring my mum for a weekend lunch. She is the type who likes an occasional indulge in Western classics and experience old-school service style – gracious and butler-like. In fact, the service staff is still wearing those over-sized beige jackets.
I took some time to observe the dining customers – mainly families (with some extended families), speak good English, looks like they just came from church, with one looking like they came from the set of “Masters of the Sea”. Their children are tucked in polos and pants. There is a very 90s charm about Gordon Grill, and I mean it in a good way.
Gordon Grill is introducing a special 50th Anniversary Weekend Roast Lunch Menu (till 21 July) to commemorate this special golden jubilee.
The prices are moderate considering this is Goodwood Park, at $50++ for three courses and S$60++ for four. The menu includes some of their signatures since its beginning of time, such as Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tartar of Black Angus beef with melba toast, Scotch broth, Gordon Grill signature Sherry Trifle and Mini Baked Alaska of vanilla and strawberry ice cream presented in a contemporary style.
Regulars who come back will be glad to know the menu is rotated on a weekly basis.
One of the key features of Gordon Grill is the meat wagon introduced in the 60s which was reminiscent of olden European grill rooms, which has slowly evolved to become a meat trolley.
In graceful and dignified fashion, the chef will slice the meat and plate it in front of your very eyes. This is part of the English type of service that I used to experience when I was way younger, but do not see many much more now. Can be considered a dying ‘tradition’ in Singapore restaurants.
Needless to say, my main of Roast Leg of Crackling Pork on wagon, served with silky mash, spinach, baked beans and apple sauce is as delightful as it sounds, not elaborate, but full of classical goodness.
Truthfully, Gordon Grill may not amaze immediately due to a small seating capacity, low walls and old-school appeal. However, as this charming continental restaurant turns over 50, you will feel it is like a bottle of good wine, which only gets better with time.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore (Orchard MRT), Tel: +65 6730 1744
Opening Hours: 12:00-2:30pm, 7:00-10:30pm
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