A quick note about Bar-roque Grill at Amara Hotel, Tanjong Pagar

I was just there for dinner this Saturday, I think it’s very good and I will be going back again. And here’s why…

  1. It’s a grill that’s not Australian or American. This means it’s repetoire is wider.
  2. Service is impeccable. Well, like all new restaurants, it’s a little clumsy but they are so friendly that you feel like a regular customer and our needs were anticipated which is awesome.

Things we loved:

  1. The Tarte Flambe. Having tasted the real thing in Alsace and something similar in Singapore, the Tarte Flambe by Chef Stephane is a delicious as it gets. Our favorite was the bacon and mushroom. The best accompaniment would be a bottle of Alsace Gerwurtztramminer and/or a Reisling.
  2. The mussels and clams. Served on a cast-iron pan, it was simply delicious. It’s a nice starter for two to share. Needs more bread to soak up the lovely white wine sauce.
  3. The Salt-baked Fish. Probably the best salt-baked fish I’ve had in many years. Perfectly cooked, flaking and sweet. I am definitely ordering it again.
  4. The Roast Chicken. If you hate roast chicken because of the dry grainy and flavorless meat, Chef Stephane’s roast chicken will convert you with it’s crispy skin and juicy meat.
  5. The Apple Tart. Chef Stephane’s mother’s recipe; served with a rum and raisin ice cream, it’s perfect.

Things not so much:

  1. Pork Leg. Large enough to serve 8 of us with leftovers, it came out slightly too porky (unpleasantly so) and dry. Skin was crackling though.
  2. Mash Potato. First time we had it, it was grainy and lumpy but the flavor was good, so we ordered it a second time which turned out much better.

What made us uncomfortable:

  • Air-conditioning. It was uneven. And with the doors open to the warm outdoors, it made things worse. The air-conditioning was alternating between completely shut off to full-blast which distracted the dining experience because you’re either too cold or sweating from the heat.

Bar-Roque Grill is at 165, Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-00 (inside the Amara Hotel), open: Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am. Tel. 64449672. Reservations recommended.

Posted on 8th Jul 2013 in French


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