The Big Sheila

Average: 4 (1 vote)

This Australian restaurant offers big portions of dishes like the Ploughman's Lunch ($26), a platter including a scotch egg, prune and pork terrine, cheese, chutney and baguette. There's also desserts like Tim Tam cheesecake ($13) to close the meal and wines such as Ash Ridge sauvignon blanc 2011 ($19/glass, $99/bottle) to wash it all down.

Hidden away along a sleepy row of shophouses in a residential neighborhood in Siglap is this homey, personal gem of a restaurant helmed by chef-owner Fleur Glover. An intimate space, it feels like a stylishly monochromatic yet well “lived-in” home, and big communal table occupies practically the entire room. Glover is a daily presence at the eatery, often serving up food and clearing dishes herself.

Her recipes (many learnt from her caterer-restaurateur mother) are also pure comfort: Home-style favorites served up in soul satisfying portions. A standout is the thoughtfully composed Ploughman's Lunch ($26)—a perfectly fried Scotch egg, rich prune and pork terrine, crumbly vintage cheddar, sharp chutney and crusty baguette—which is perfect for sharing. Also don’t miss her pies like the black olive and cheese filled Black and White ($13)—it makes a great packed lunch.

Like any good host, Glover wouldn’t let you leave without a little something for the road: You can get these pastries, together with a wide range of other meals, to-go and for delivery (godsend, considering how difficult it can be to find the place). But really, nothing beats a seat at Glover’s table with a bottle or two of easy drinking Aussie wine (from $16/glass, $79/bottle) and some good friends.

With its out-of-the-way location and clientele of regulars, this spot feels almost like an underground supper club (except you can eat here anytime you want). It’s a really special treat: Rarely have we felt so at home “dining out” in Singapore.

Venue Details
Address: The Big Sheila, 15 Swan Lake Ave., Singapore, Singapore
Phone: 6645-4422
Area: East
Cuisine: Australian
Price Range: $$
Open since: December, 2012
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm; Wed-Sun 5-11pm; Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
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