By: Verne Maree
RedBank Bar and Grillserves real American grub, though with a tiny French twist from Chef Nicolas Drouglazet of L’Angelus (Club Street) fame. You do pronounce the “t” in his name, by the way, because he’s from Brittany. So are the large and flavoursome molluscs in the rich Virginia-style oyster biscuits ($18), he says; we also recommend the tasty crab cakes ($18).
If you like your beef highly marbled, super-tender and charred to underdone perfection on the Josper grill, go for the US rib eye (300g for $45). We were also wowed by the Baja-style lobster tails ($48); deep-frying a lobster sounds like a sin, until you pull its plump and juicy flesh from a seasoned shell so crispy you’re tempted to crunch into it like Darryl Hannah in Mermaid.
Mains come with buckets of fresh fries, but don’t miss the sour-cream-and-Emmental-topped twice-baked potatoes ($15); American desserts include classics like authentic New York cheesecake and lemon pie ($12 each).
RedBank taps into the buzz of its busy neighbourhood with Wednesday ladies’ nights, Happy Hour all day and night on Sundays, two-for-one pastas and pizzas on Tuesdays, plus more. And, while the décor gives a nod to trendiness, the mega-screening of sports and friendly, low-key service in this big and spacious venue make for a casual and laidback ambience.
RedBank Bar and Grill
442 Orchard Road, #01-02 Claymore Connect