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Restaurant review: Bar-Roque Grill on Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore


Bar-Roque Grill
165 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-00, Amara Hotel
6444 9672

Roasts served: Daily à la carte, while the Butcher’s Sunday Feast is on Sundays from 12pm to 8.30pm.

Trimmings: Emulating a brunch in style, but with less gluttony involved than a buffet spread, is Bar-Roque’s one-price Sunday menu. It includes a charcuterie platter, tartes flambées, and an opulent platter of meat roasted in the gleaming rotisserie. The chef’s selection includes free-range chicken, foie gras-stuffed quail, suckling pig, leg of lamb and sides (the best mash in the world, and Alsatian sauerkraut) – plus dessert! Cost: $78

Review: Alsatian chef Stephane Istel, former executive chef of DB Bistro, and partner Kori Millar, former GM of Sky on 57, make quite a team at their recently opened Bar-Roque Grill. When you eat here, you feel like you’re part of a family dinner, with chef Stephane jovially bringing sharing feast platters to the table himself. The “made with love” feel of the  mostly Alsatian dishes is evident from the care Stephane takes with his ingredients and preparation – all meat is brined first for moist succulence.

There is talk of offering a wine pairing and we imagine this will be a hit, especially as the wines are unusual and many are from Alsace; they include the Hugel et Fils Gentil AOC 2011 ($13 a glass) and Hugel et Fils Gewurztraminer 2011 ($15 a glass), which pair perfectly with the creamy tarte flambées and one of our favourite a la carte appetisers, NZ little neck clams ($22) with homemade sausage and sourdough bread for mopping.

Beate Baldry