Craving traditional British food for a weekend lunch or dinner (that isn't brunch or high tea)? These restaurants and bars will make you feel right at home
Dainty cucumber sarnies and eggs benny don’t do it for you? Don’t think that brunch is even a proper meal? Perhaps it’s time to pay a little attention to this much-neglected British institution: The Sunday roast, consisting of slices of roast beef, roasted or mashed potato, roasted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. We’ve scoured the island and put together a list of some of our favourite restaurants that do up hearty portions of this quintessential British meal.
Oxwell & Co.
Oxwell & Co are as English as they go, and in addition to mixing up a fine example of the oh-so-English gin & tonic, it’s home to one of the best Sunday roasts you’ll find. And, if you’ve hit the sauce a little to hard the night before, you’ll be happy to know that the weekend roast runs from 12pm-6pm so you’ll be able to sleep in a bit before grabbing a wholesome lunch. Diners can look forward to slices of 28-day dry-aged striploin with roast potatoes & gravy. Add a little green to your plate with sides like roasted sweet carrots and Brussel sprouts with maple butter, and smoked bacon. Available weekends only.
Oxwell & Co, 5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069688. p. 6438 3984. Open daily 12pm-12am.
Muddy Murphy’s, no longer in its old subterranean confines at Claymore Road, has carried on the fine old tradition of its hearty Sunday roast. I can personally attest to this roast, having spent many a Sunday there catching up with the family. It’s thick slices of hand-carved prime beef smothered in home-made gravy, creamy mash, fresh vegetables and Yorkshire pudding make this one a firm favourite of mine. And, being an Irish pub, you won’t be short of beers and stouts to wash all that down. The Sunday roast at Muddy Murphy’s is available from 11.30am-4pm on Sundays.
Muddy Murphy’s, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164. p. 6735 0400.
This relaxed cafe restaurant concept will take you away from the urban hustle and bustle while treating you to a traditional weekend feast of succulent beef slices with roasted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. It’s a popular haunt for bookworms, so pack a book and grab a cuppa when your tums are warm and filled. Come early because portions are limited.
Cafe Melba, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053. p. 6440 6068. Open weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 8.30am-10pm.
Sunday roast usually brings to mind rustic English style eateries and taverns, but if you’d like to (literally) elevate your experience, book a table at the world’s highest urban microbrewery. LeVeL33’s contemporary take on the English roast features with 120-day grain-fed beef with Yorkshire pudding and oven-baked veggies, with lashings of thick gravy, of course. Did we mention you’ll enjoy a killer view to boot? Available Sunday 12pm-3.30pm.
LeVeL33, 8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 MBFC Tower 1, Singapore 018981. p. 6834 3133. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-12am, Sun 12pm-12am.
Pyxiemoss’ entrance into the dining scene certainly shook things up with Chef Tim Ross-Watson’s bold, fearless creations. But that’s not to say he doesn’t pay homage to the classics. Come January 2017, diners will be able to sit down to a scrumptious Sunday roast with a PYXIEMOSS twist. As a nod to the chef’s British and Indian heritage, the Sunday roast features in-house slow roasted beef with vegetables that’s paired with a tandoor roasted cauliflower in place of the traditional yorkshire pudding. On the side? A beetroot gazpacho and a classic Eton mess for dessert. Certainly a roast for the adventurous!
PYXIEMOSS, 43 North Canal Road, Singapore 059299, p. 6532 2171. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12am, closed Sun. Available from January 2017.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Practically an institution, you can bet your last dollar that this doyenne of decadent roasts has a stellar Sunday offering worth dragging yourself out of bed for. Sit down for the signature Prime Rib lunch with includes the famous spinning bowl salad, Idaho mashed potatoes, whipped cream horseradish and of course the quintessential Yorkshire pudding. Pick the 200g English cut, deftly sliced into three thin carvings for the most authentic experience.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib, #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897, p. 6836 3333.
The Dog & Bone
Want that truly authentic British pub experience? The Dog and Bone (recommended by our Creative Services Editor, Sal) has quite a cast of regulars who flock there to catch live sports and grab a couple of cold ones. Another one of its draws is the classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings, plus bread ‘n’ butter pudding to end things on a sweet note. Remember to ask for extra helpings of their kickass, homemade gravy!
The Dog & Bone Pub, 106 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455296. p. 9178 9552. Open Mon-Sat 4.30pm-12am, Sun 11.30am-12am.