Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Roxy Bar - Poolside Dining at Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore
During our two-day stay at the Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore, we discovered a new place to chill out. The hotel had kindly arranged for a poolside dinner at the Roxy Bar on Level 4. It's largely al fresco but there's also some indoor seating. They had marquees for an upcoming wedding (quite popular here, it seems). Looks so pretty at night.
They are even wheelchair-friendly - there's a ramp at the side for access. Too bad my mom-in-law was not even up to being wheeled about, and preferred to stay in the room. Well, can't blame her. The rooms are really comfy!
The Roxy Bar has a wide selection of drinks. At the waiter's recommendation, we took their signature A-Club cocktail, which is not available in other Accor chain hotels. It's orange, pineapple and cranberry juices spiked with Bacardi, apricot brandy and peppermint brandy. Tastes like a happy orange juice, and seems quite driver-friendly (I didn't get that nasty red flush that always happens when I take alcohol). We also took a Gunner, which was also quite mild.
The dining menu has Asian and Western selections, and even a kids' menu. We started with some snacks - Half Dozen Chicken and/or Mutton Satay with condiments. Rather elegantly presented. The peanut dipping sauce is a bit thick, almost like a paste.
Deep-fried Mushrooms - ten button mushrooms breaded and fried. They come piping hot, so bite carefully! Served with salsa.
The Roxy Burger is one of the top-selling items here. It's a huge, thick patty dressed with gherkins, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, plus two toppings of your choice (cheddar cheese, bacon, mushroom, egg). Served with French fries and coleslaw. The fries are the bomb!
More fries, happily so, with the huge platter of Fish & Chips. See how crispy they are on the outside? Soft and fluffy on the inside. I would come back just for the fries. Salivating now at the very thought. The fish is not bad either.
The Grilled Beef Tenderloin (we requested medium) was just a bit too overdone. But the decadently creamy mash more than made up for it. I absolutely loved the grilled vegetables too. Beautifully done.
Portions here are generally huge. We were so full, we had no room for dessert!
Service at the Roxy Bar is fantastic. The staff are friendly, unpretentious and very helpful. We're glad we found this place. Decent casual dining in the neighbourhood. Warm thanks to Keane and the hotel for introducing this place to us!
Level 4, Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel
50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square
(Opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre)
11.00am to 12.00am (Sunday to Thursday/Public Holidays)
11.00am to 1.00am (Friday/Saturday/Eve of Public Holidays)
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