Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Ship Restaurant and Bar, Shaw Centre

I like restaurants that have been around for a long time. These old-school places simply ooze oodles of character and nostalgic charm. Food-wise, they must surely be doing something right if they have managed to survive for so many years?

The Ship Restaurant at Shaw Centre is one such place (the others in this category that I like are Shashlik, Tavern and Thien Kee Steamboat). E and I dropped by for a late lunch one Sunday afternoon - at 2 pm, the place was still packed with a good mix of regulars and young families. The restaurant is tucked away at a remote corner on the 4th floor of Shaw Centre and no surprises, decorated with a maritime theme (life vests and fishing nets hanging from the ceiling; maritime maps and charts on the wall; dark wood panelling and cushy red banquette seats). Somewhat tacky but also adorable in a very homely way.

The Ship Pork Loin

This US Pork Loin set lunch was only SGD15.90 and came with two HUGE pieces of pork accompanied with prune sauce. I didn't have any complaints as it was fairly juicy (and I know how difficult it is for pork to remain juicy when it needs to be cooked through!) but a tad overseasoned and salty.

The Ship Ribeye

E attacked his New Zealand ribeye steak (SGD18.90) served with marsala sauce with gusto. This was juicy and flavourful - a real steal at this price. Even the side vegetables were old school: boiled carrots, radish and cauliflower.

We saw many tables of what looked like regular customers having the sliced fish beehoon, so that would be what we will try the next time we pop by. Oh, and the escargots too, which seem to be one of the signature items here as well.

The Ship Restaurant & Bar: 1 Scotts Road, #04-34, Shaw Centre

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