The buzz: (In)famous celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay brings his bustling London restaurant to Singapore located in no other place but Marina Bay Sands.
The vibe: The casual and industrial bistro with airy floor-to-ceiling windows, long wooden tables, cast iron manholes and a textured metal bar is pretty edgy for a celeb chef joint. It also has an offbeat playlist of grungy warehouse house music and softer electro tunes.
The food: The menu heavily comprises London signatures like shepherd’s pie ($38) and fish & chips ($26). The starters, which are also great for sharing, are the standouts of the menu with plates of spicy tuna tartare ($19) and the unexpectedly delicious roasted veal carpaccio ($26) topped with dollops of creamy tuna. Don’t miss the crispy tamarind spiced chicken wings ($18), which thoughtfully come with wet wipes. As far as mains go, the roasted black cod ($44) with crushed potatoes and red wine sauce is a home run, with its perfectly crisp skin, buttery flesh and hearty potatoes. Nothing is overly creative, but it’s elevated British comfort food at its best.
The drinks: Beers and wine aside, the cocktail list is sizable, though the drinks are considerably light. The heavier-sounding Trinidad Sour ($26) with rye, bitters, orgeat and citrus is sweeter than it seems, while the Tio Abuelo ($22) is a great take on a G&T with the addition of passionfruit syrup and sherry. Fans of heavier drinks should go for the Second Secret ($22) with rye and apple brandy.
Why you’ll be back: Star power is one thing, but the price points are approachable and the food hearty and reliable.