The Place One of the most gorgeous restaurant to open in 2017, 665°F Restaurant only opened its doors during the last month of the year at Andaz Singapore. Giving you the classic New York City vibe with its dark tones and high ceilings, and if you are lucky to snag one of the private rooms here, you will enjoy views of the Singapore city skyline; otherwise, you will be at the main dining hall, enjoying the open kitchen preparing your orders for the evening.
A relatively small space, sitting what seems like a maximum capacity of 30, 665°F Restaurant is a modern steakhouse on level 38 of the hotel, with direct lift access from the hotel lobby.
The Food The restaurant is helmed by Chef Josephine Loke, with prior experiences from Odette, Open Farm Community and Tipping Club. Although knowing this will perhaps raise your expectations too high, and this is perhaps not the most ideal – find out why at the end of the article.
The starters at 665 were on point, particularly the Beef Carpaccio (S$39). The usual thin slices of raw beef, but at 665, the sliced beef are placed on stripes of celeriac – celery roots, that has the crunch of a turnip and the freshing jus of the celery. This is perhaps the most enjoyable beef carpaccio I have had since, and is enough reason for me to head back to 665.
The other favourite here was the Hokkaido Scallop Ceviche (S$39) with half-cut scallops laid out and topped with salmon Ikura and finished with lemon vinaigrette. The freshness of the ingredients are key here, and at 665, the kitchen definitely didn’t stinge on ensuring only the best gets served to the tables.
Another seafood, the Lime-cured Kingfish (S$29) came across rather bland for me, despite the starters coming with charred cucumbers, watermelon radish and complete with finger lime. Unsure if this is a starter I am looking for in a modern steakhouse setting.
The Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (S$32) was on point, and perhaps one of the most satisfying crab cakes I have had in recent years. Although for the price point, there is probably some good reasons why the crab cakes should not disappoint. Pepper sauce was served as a side dip.
Highlight of a steakhouse should most definitely be its grilled meats, particularly its steak selections. Unfortunately the Grain-fed Sirloin (S$69) fell short of expectations. Besides being rather dry, the steak came across as rather bland. Though at 340g, this is a generous serving for one, and how we wished it would have impress.
Another grilled meats, the Australian Lamb Chops (S$55) was gamy – even for someone who loves his lambs. Again, similar to the sirloin, the lamb chops were dry. Not sure if this had to do with the Pira Ovens at the 665°F Restaurant, but it definitely is not doing the meats any justice.
Surprisingly though, the favourite of the meal was the Patagonian Toothfish Fillet (S$60). Cooked in a parchment paper, the moisture was retained well in the fish, along with dill and lemon to complete the seasoning.
If you are looking to complement some sides with your meats, go for the Mushrooms (S$15), or the Garlic Mashed Potatoes (S$12). There’s also Mac & Cheese (S$14), although nothing quite beat the Green Oven’s rendition at Andaz’s other dining concept at Alley on 25.
For desserts, the Baked Alaska, Passion Fruit, Raspberry Sauce (S$28) can be shared with your fellow diners. All the sweet ending selections here are meant for sharing, so you either convince all your fellow diners to go for it, or you might have to finish it yourself.
Rants The price point is rather steep at 665°F Restaurant, and therefore were our expectations.
Will I Return Again? There have been a couple of steakhouses opening this year, including Wolfgang at Robertson Quay and Wakanui at Marina One, and 665°F Restaurant does not rank well amongst them. While the space is gorgeous, and the view makes it even better, the food did not hit the right notes with the Pandas – especially the grilled meats. Frankly, we wished it did.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Daily 6pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Rantee