It’s almost like being back stateside.
American food are known for their distinct hearty flavours and loved for their reliable comfort factor. This Fourth of July, get your star-spangled banners ready and head down to these restaurants, to celebrate the best of what the US has to offer.
Overeasy is a classic American diner that’s decked with all-American paraphernalia, sending you right back to the 1970s. Think retro vinyl booths, checkered flooring, tiled walls and long wooden bar counters, complete with neon lights. Our favourite Overeasy outlet is its first one at One Fullerton, which also gives a picturesque view of the Marina Bay skyline. The restaurant features dishes that are characteristic of the classic American diner. Some of the restaurant’s star players include the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger ($24), served with Japanese cucumbers, housemade coleslaw and fries, and The Truffle Burger ($28), served with a signature wagyu chunk blend patty, Swiss cheese, sautéed onions & mushrooms, truffle mayo and fries.
Overeasy has several outlets. Visit www.overeasy.com.sg
The East Coast (we’re talking about the US, not SG’s humble east side) has been known for its scrumptious seafood dishes, from Maine to Philly to Boston. To satisfy your seafood temptations without needing to fly across sprawling oceans for more than 20 hours, head to Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse, which serves a wide selection of dishes from fresh raw oysters ($48 for six) to Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($58) and lobster pot pies ($115). Its spring menu also includes its Antonius Caviar, boasting the finest quality of fresh, unpasteurised caviar from the waters of Warmia in Poland (prices start at $30). Inspired by the old seafood houses of the Atlantic Coast, the restaurant’s head Chef, Travis Masiero, takes inspiration from his hometown in Boston, delivering dishes that bring forth the freshness of the shucked oysters while incorporating a Bostonian twist that is true to his roots. The oysters are fresh from the waters of Massachusetts and the North Eastern coast of the US, giving you that quintessentially American taste right on your plate.
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse has several outlets. Visit www.lukes.com.sg
If you are looking for a taste of the South, try Meat Smith, a barbeque joint in locations all across Singapore that combines the best of food from Texas, Kansas City, North and South Carolina. The restaurant boasts a varied selection of juicy and tender meats that would satisfy ravenous meat-lovers, including ½ Pork Spare Ribs ($25), Dino Beef Rib ($85 per rib) and Iberico Bacon Loin ($36 per 220 grams). Perfect for a group dinner, the place also offers barbeque platters, with the BBQ Platter for two ($95) and Meat Smith BBQ Platter for three to four ($180). We say it’s a great excuse to indulge in some meaty goodness with your friends and family.
Meat Smith has various outlets. Visit www.meatsmith.com.sg
First opened in New York City in 2001, the Clinton Street Baking Company has since made a name for itself as one of the best places to go to get a good breakfast. In fact, its best known for its delicious blueberry pancakes that have been voted best in the city twice on New York Magazine. You can get a taste of the famed blueberry pancakes in its outlet on Purvis Street. The best news yet? Clinton Street Baking Company serves breakfast all hours of the day, so no need to worry about the consequences of hitting that snooze button.
At 31 Purvis St, 188608; tel: 6684 4845. Visit www.clintonstreetbaking.sg
Featuring hearty and robust dishes in its extensive menu, The Market Grill is known for its — you guessed it — grilled selections, ranging from standard to premium cuts of high grade meats to seafood, including its signature flown-in live Boston Lobster, among many others. Opened since 2012, the American restaurant also has burgers and rolls, its most famous being the Lobster Roll ($56), prepared with herbed pommery mayonnaise, toasted brioche roll and greens and served with a side of fries. The Market Grill also serves 350 day grain fed Sabchoku Wagyu ($49 for Tri Tip) as well as Duroc Pork chop ($36). If you are in for a less meaty meal, opt for salad options such as the Lobster Salad ($30) that allows you to taste the best of the American cuisine’s lobster, without the overwhelming feeling of chewing on too much protein.
At 208 Telok Ayer Street, 068642; tel: 6221 3323. Visit www.themarketgrill.com.sg
A star player in the nightlife that is surrounding the Esplanade area, Mischief offers the best of American and South-East Asian street cuisine with dishes featuring a creative fusion of the two. Headed by Chef Mark Tang, the dishes served here are modern, but prepared by traditional techniques. Just like the foods you can find in America’s ethnic enclaves, Mischief’s menu offers you Singapore’s take on American staples. One interesting dish is the Wagyu Cheeseburger ($24), which gives the classic US cheese burger a twist with the inclusion of a Japanese beef patty. The patty is topped with sharp cheddar and BBQ sauce and served between a brioche bun. Other intriguing dishes include Prawn Paste Chicken Wings ($16), Broccoli & Cheese ($8) and their Pulled Pork Fettucine ($23). The place features a nice dining area that transitions into party spot at night with a bar right beside it, so whether you are planning for a nice dinner out with friends or are in absolute need for a party night out, this spot offers you both.
At 8 Raffles Ave, #01-10/12, 039802; tel: 65320106. Visit www.mischief.sg
Serving the authentic flavours of true American BBQ, the restaurant prepares, smokes and slow roasts its smoked specialities to perfection, giving the food a unique Smokey’s signature taste. The diner uses traditional American methods, utilising wood chips and imported American cooking equipment to cook its meats, with the preparation process taking several hours. The wait is well worth it, however, as it leaves Smokey’s meats tender and bursting with flavour. Try its Angus Beef Short Rib ($46), that features a tender 200 day grain-fed Angus beef short rib, mesquite smoked and roasted for over 20 hours that is elevated with a homemade BBQ sauce. But if you are in the mood for something less filling, try Smokey’s Classic ($21), boasting a medium rare beef patty paired with a plain old fashioned bun.
At 73 Joo Chiat Pl, 427790; tel: 6345 6914. Visit www.smokeysbbq.com.sg
Giving you a taste of the American South, The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bourbon Bar is the home to true blue home-cooked Southern comfort food for you. Its Chicken & Waffles ($20), a classic Southern dish, boasts a boneless chicken thigh brined for 24 hours and then fried till golden brown, served with crisp buttermilk waffle and its house-made bourbon maple butter sauce. Available only on the weekends, its brunch menu features its Southern Big Breakfast ($22) served with andouille sausage, sunny side up and an array of other sides, as well as its Pulled Pork Hash ($20), featuring a 10 hour slow cooked pulled pork with a side of home fries and poached eggs.
At 17 Jln Klapa, 199329; tel: 6295 0017. Visit www.thebeast.sg
By Lauren Ong, June 2019
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