As part of the Weekender Foodmania Awards 2016, this is the first of our three-part series on restaurants nominated in each of the categories of this year’s awards – American, Italian and Steak. Kicking this series off is the American food category, which saw Oasis (at Grand Hyatt Singapore), Brewerkz and Morganfield’s coming up top with public voting. Here’s what we got to say of the 3 restaurants.
The Place Next to the swimming pool at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, the al fresco American Grill restaurant here grills their meats in the open concept kitchen and serve up a good selection of the grills in their dinner set. Oasis, aptly named, probably has one of the best dining environment Orchard Road can afford. Tucked at the corner of the hotel, off the busy bustling shopping belts, you get to sip your wine, eat your meats, while enjoy the music of water flowing.
Just make very sure you wear something light while visiting Oasis, the Singapore’s weather can be punishing at times, and you wouldn’t want to break into a sweat while taking some time off your busy schedule chilling here.
The Food At $98++ per pax for the daily dinner, served by the platter to your table from Sunday to Thursday, and on the buffet line during the peak Friday and Saturday dinner, this is one buffet grill-meats lovers shouldn’t miss. On top of the grills, diners get to enjoy free flow House White (Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc) and Red wines (Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz), Tiger Beer, Margaritas and Soft Drinks!
On the grills for the night will be the Grass fed Flat Iron Steak, Gai Yang (Thai Chicken with homemade spicy sauce), Lamb and Rosemary Sausage, a selection of Sustainable Market Fish and Spencer Gulf Sustainable Leader Prawns.
Some of the winners that night was the tender and juicy Gai Yang, and that Thai-spicy sauce that went with it. Reminding me of the Bangkok’s street-styled, this is one you will keep taking more of. The Grilled Fish was well executed too, retaining the juice, with the right crisp skin. During my visit, the fish served was Barramundi, which was farmed locally in Singapore and is part of their sustainable initiatives here at Grand Hyatt.
The Grass fed Flat Iron Steak looked better than it tasted though, with the tough cuts making the bite a tad too unenjoyable. Got to give credit to the kitchen though, the meat was cooked perfectly at Medium Rare, now all we need is to get them a better cut! And if you are not a fan of lamb, the Lamb sausage here will prove to gamy for you, and even for the lamb lovers.
Rants It can get a little hot in here, and with Singapore’s unpredictable weather at times, make sure you are dress for the occasion while dining here.
Will I Return Again? If you can (and love to) drink and know a clique of friends who do as well, this is the ideal spot to enjoy free flow drinks with some good grills. Sanctuary of sorts, quiet, peaceful, and yet very well located in the midst of Orchard Road, will be back again to soak in the atmosphere with a glass of red in hand.
Make your reservation instantly at Oasis here.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
10 Scotts Road
Level 5 Terrace Wing
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Tel: 6738 1234
Monday to Sunday: 9am to 10pm
Other restaurants nominated in this category:
Almost 20 years since Brewerkz started brewing their own beers, this is a restaurant many will recognise as a pioneer in Singapore for its microbrewery. Till today, their American-inspired food continues to remain a comforting option, great to go with their beers and of course, that “live” games aired during the sporting seasons. Will be back for drinks and the beer snacks, anytime.
30 Merchant Road
#01-05/06 Riverside Point
Tel: 6438 7438
Priding itself for serving the “great soul food”, Morganfield’s felt short of their promise unfortunately. The meats, while tender, were not well-seasoned and rather bland. The saving grace, which came at a surprise to other diners as well that evening, was their Popcorn Pork cubes. That light crisp, juicy bites and almost perfect seasoning, will be back just for this.
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-23 The Star Vista
Tel: 6694 3635
Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday to Saturday: 11am to 12am
Ranted by the Rantee