Bedrock Bar & Grill
96 Somerset Road
(+65) 6238 0054
Keith Loh presides behind the bar at the entrance to this unexpectedly atmospheric joint off the lobby of the new Pan Pacific Suites, and shakes up a mean cocktail. Roy’s whisky sour and my martini twist are classics; Ellie’s raspberry daisy fruity but not sweet.
The seductive offer of bacon tempura with blue-cheese dip keeps us in the bar for a while, but no one hurries us. “It’s happy hour from 4.30pm to 7pm. We open for dinner at 6pm, and close when we close,” declares Keith.
To get to our cosy booth, we have to pass the semi-open kitchen featuring an oven that is about to release our fragrant pita-type flatbread, to be served with softly roasted whole garlic.
We start with rich, smoky tomato soup, Panko Caesar salad with Pancetta and plenty of anchovies, and – heavenly decadence – roasted marrow on toast.
You can order dishes “for the table”, which serve from two to four people. Comprising eight cutlets served with roasted vegetables, sausage and egg, the whole rack of lamb is a feast. Server Sharon explains that the 500-gram T-bone steak sizzling on a cast-iron skillet is “tender-stretched”, meaning hung by the hind-quarters rather than by the heels. As with the other dishes, they’re happy for you to share. Our sides of cauliflower mash and creamed spinach are very, very good.
The desserts look amazing but are far beyond our powers. The signature apple crumble serves at least two and takes 20-25 minutes to prepare, we are told. And just next door is Oriole Café and Bar , where the Singapore Barista Champion for 2008 and 2009, John Ting, has set up shop. Java-lovers, rejoice!