The glammed-up, if somewhat masculine, setting plays second fiddle to the succulence of the steak here at Wolfgang Puck’s Singapore outpost. Fabulously charred cuts of beef of all sizes, ages and provenances are the real deal, introduced by fancy starters include steak tartare, pork belly and beef carpaccio. And if anyone dares order the (rather good) prawn cocktail, balance can be redressed with a portion of the bone marrow flan.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018972
Barbecue restaurants are currently roaring all round the world and this modern Australian beaut with its open-concept kitchen, grills, four-tonne oven and cooking-from-wood mantra is the apotheosis. There’s theatre, there’s heat, and if there’s aroma, it’s probably charcoal, apple or almond wood. Tuck into smoked squid or peri peri chicken, if you must, but save your appetite for their epic 45-day, dry-aged Blackmore's OP rib. Chef-owner Dave Pynt is a legend so plan ahead.
20 Teck Lim Road, 088391
Stylish, professional and a touch clubby, this restaurant which apes the classic seafood house of the Eastern Seaboard hums with the contentment of patrons chowing down on the freshest shellfish or a mercurial slab of meat cooked to order. Don’t forget the option of steak as this is some of the finest in town.
22 Gemmill Lane, 069257
This paragon of modern British restaurateurship by celebrated British chef and restaurateur, Marco Pierre White, is a sepia-tinted home from home for people nostalgic for classical food and drink, particularly of a British and Italian leaning. Prices are far from cheap, but quality is good, and people like the clubby fixtures and fittings and mish-mash of idiosyncratic, largely 20c iconic photo pics and cartoons.
28 Mohamed Sultan Road, 238972
The Duxton Hill L’Entrecote may be the better known but this glassy, more contemporary outlet at Customs House is a great place for lunch in the sun. Add in a classic French bistro offering which pivots around steak, and here you have a small slice of the Rive Gauche or carnivore paradise – take your pick. Just don’t ask for the recipe of the sauce, it's a guarded secret.
70 Collyer Quay, Customs House, 049323
An elevated setting affording one of the best views of Singapore is matched by an equally covetable interior that touts Japanese maple counterpointed by touches of foliage. But it’s the kitchen which provides the fireworks. Contemporary sharing dishes with plenty of Asian inflections means Spanish octopus with shiso or wagyu beef tataki with pickled, asparagus-like eryngii and ponzu. Steak here is of the highest order, and first-rate staff gild the lily.
2 Stamford Road, 178882