The Royal Mail
2 Finlayson Green
Ascott Raffles Place
6509 3589 | theroyalmail.sg
Foodie entrepreneur Michel Lu’s latest venture offers an elegant and affordable respite from Singapore’s frenetic financial borough. The Royal Mail pays homage to the world’s first high-rise mail chute (circa 1947), which still gleams within the Ascott Raffles lobby.
For our cosy Saturday dinner, my beloved opted for the entrée of citrus-cured red snapper with horseradish puree, edamame and lime zest ($18) – a fresh and moreish twist on the classic ceviche. I had no choice but to opt for my dream dish – blue swimmer crab with avocado, roma tomatoes and trout caviar ($22). Was the chef telepathic? It was a delicious and very generous serving of my preferred crustacean.
Onto signature dishes. True to form, my man chose the classic cut (280g) roast prime rib with Yorkshire pud, garlic potato mash, creamed corn and a delectable timbale of buttered peas ($58). In a word: contentment. And the roast spring chicken ($36) was the ideal blend of juicy, tender and salty goodness I crave. New potatoes were fluffy and flavoursome and the spring vegetables were tender with the slightest crunch. The best roast and trimmings we’ve ever had.
Rubber arms were twisted at the mere mention of dessert. Señor chose the banoffee tart and I the Eton mess ($13 each) – superb.
You’ll love it if: You have a penchant for roasts – choose from rib, chicken, lamb or suckling piglet (the piglet must be ordered two days in advance).
You’ll hate it if: You’re a modernist lured by fusion cuisine and slick décor.
Must-try dish: Roast spring chicken with herbed butter, roasted new potatoes and spring vegetables.