We scour the island’s restaurant scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Here, Anthia Chng heads to the newly opened Glasshouse at Robinsons The Heeren, a multi-concept dining destination in the heart of Orchard.
Located at the all-new wing of the mall, the two-storey restaurant concept offers alfresco dining for family and friends. A central menu integrates specialty dishes from four restaurants – L’Entrecôte The Steak & Fries Bistro, Sabio Tapas Bar, Made Burger Bistro and Angela May Food Chapters. The décor is sleek and minimal: mainly black furniture with red accents. While it was rather humid (only outdoor seating is available for now) when we visited for dinner, the portable air-coolers helped beat the heat.
Grub on this:
We started with Albóndigas en Salsa Española con Tomate ($15), in-house made beef meatballs in spicy tomato sauce. This appetiser from Sabio was fresh and delicious – it’ll definitely be a hit with kids who can take a bit of spice. Up next was Atún a la Parrilla ($26), grilled tuna steak served with arugula salad and spicy salsa. Perfectly seared on the outside and raw in the centre, this was my partner’s favourite; I preferred the perfectly seasoned salad. If you’re a fan of popular Parisian bistro L’Entrecôte, you’ll be happy to know that their famed steaks are available here. We tried the Trimmed Entrecôte Steak ($34.90) and swapped out the fries for an extra serving of walnut green salad. While the steak paired well with the restaurant’s legendary sauce, the meat was a tad overcooked.
Being a huge fan of Asian flavours, I was naturally drawn to the Angela May Burger ($22) from Made. Featuring a red curry prawn patty with a heap of kale salad, sandwiched in between two flax-crusted mantou (steamed buns) and laksa yogurt sauce, this innovative dish was the highlight of my meal. The fresh taste of the prawns, combined with the aromatic flavours from the spices used, made the burger a clear favourite.
Wash it down:
Quench your thirst and cool down with a glass of sangría blanco ($14), which was exceptionally refreshing on humid night. Apart from a decent selection of whites, reds and beers, there are signature cocktails available, too. Sweet and creamy, the Vanilla Sunset ($18) – vanilla-infused tequila, agave, pineapple, cinnamon and egg whites –made for the perfect sundowner.
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