The Place Upper Bukit Timah is a region in Singapore which I rarely venture to, for the very simple reason that it is quite far from where I stay. My memories of the area is confined to the Upper Bukit Timah Food Centre and the row of coffeeshops opposite Beauty World Plaza. One of the fairly new establishment in this area is Stirling Singapore, a western concept restaurant which specialises in Charcoal Grilled Steaks. There is a good outdoor space here, which screens soccer matches at night and holds live music performance every quarter. While the indoor seating capacity is not exceptionally huge, it provides a rather cosy ambience to dine in the day or night.
*Editor’s Update: Stirling has moved to 43 Ease Coast Road, Singapore 428764
The Food It is quite a wide mix of western fare at Stirling restaurant, from mains such as its famous charcoal grilled steaks to duck breast to salmon.
From the appetisers, we started well with the exceedingly healthy Halloumi Salad ($9), which comes in pan-seared greek cheese served with baby spinach, tomato and capsicum salsa.The other appetiser we tried was the Bacon wrapped asparagus ($11), which I found to be highly addictive. We have to commend on the effort on the presentation of the dish, with its vibrant layering of capsicum and tomatoes. This is one dish which hardly goes wrong.
The real deal of the day was undoubtedly the Stirling Slider ($2), which we deemed good value for money even for its petite size. Check out the chunky beef patty!
Delicieux Duck Breast ($25), pan-seared with creamy truffle mushroom, asparagus and baked baby potatoes. While the duck felt a tad too dry, the rather strong blend of sides and accompanying sauce helps strike a chord with tRP.
Our favourite dish of the day has got to be the Crispy King Salmon ($23), which was pan-seared to crispy texture and served with potato and creamy leek sauce. The fresh and optimally cooked salmon impressed us with its taste, perfectly balanced with the creamy mashed potato. Can we have more of the crispy salmon skin as well? Possibly the best main here!
Of course, we could not resist ordering the Signature Ribeye Steak ($35 for 250g) at Stirling, which was slowly charcoal grilled before finishing with high intense heat. Served with truffle fries, while the Australian steak might not match up to wagyu quality, it was decently done for its value.
For desserts, we gave both the Muddy Mud Pie ($8) and Tantalising Tiramisu ($8) a try. All we can say is, stick to the mains. The desserts here felt too pre-fab unfortunately, quite a pity in our opinion.
Rants The mains were above decent, with some highlights. Adding, the menu appears to be too ambitious, perfecting just a couple of mains would definitely be better for Stirling. As for the desserts, it would definitely require some fine-tuning.
Will I return again? The cosy environment seems almost perfect for a gathering of friends after work or on weekends for some grills and soccer nights. If I resided in this area, Stirling would be one of my go-to places to chill.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
15 Cheong Chin Nam Road
Tel: +65 6469 9096
Monday – Thursday: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – Midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 1am
Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – Midnight