Sunday, 30 September 2018

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

We visited newly opened The English House restaurant by Marco Pierre White at Mohamed Sultan Road in Singapore. An English lion in the Lion City.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The restored pre-War conservation shophouse was behind a small leafy, well manicured tropical garden.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

We were met at the entrance by Swaran Singh and Sarjit Singh. If you had a double take and think that you had met the friendly doormen before, you are right. Swaran and Sarjit were the iconic doormen at Raffles Hotel for 26 years before they joined The English House, taking a part of ol' Raffles with them.

Oh... The English House has no signboard - it doesn't need any. So, when you are here at Mohamed Sultan Road, just look out for Swaran Singh and Sarjit Singh. Relax, their towering presence is hard to miss - the blue jacketed brothers are better than any signboard 😄

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Swaran Singh proudly showed me around the little garden.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The little garden was dotted with English memorabilia here and there like this regal gold 250 year old pub sign which heightened our anticipation of our royal dinner later.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore
The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Stepping into The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White, a pair of stone statues of winged knights and large medieval motif stone mural caught my eye.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Making our way into the dining halls, the decor shifted to a quaint eclectic blend of English and Straits Chinese. Chinese calligraphy high on the walls, Nanyang coffee shop style round marble tables and chairs with red English top hat, white swan, horned gnome etc.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore
The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

There were three main sections. This was the first dining hall when we first entered the restaurant.

While waiting for the rest of the party to arrive, I had the opportunity to look wandered around the restaurant - I've been here before, long ago. Those of us who partied and shuffled your feet in Madam Wong's before may see shadows of your carefree careless youth in these halls.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Oh... fancy meeting you here, fat boy.... .



Chef Macro Pierce White personally curated the menu at The English House. He is at The English House in Singapore about 10 times a year. When Chef MPW is away, his chef de cuisine Andrew Bennett who had worked with him for 14 years leads the kitchen crew.

Chef MPW was the first Briton and youngest chef to win Three Michelin Stars which he famously returned. He also declined Michelin's offer to include The English House in the Singapore Michelin Guide.

London Underground Lavatory Signs

1960s vintage London underground lavatory signs 😄 As long as it is English, anything goes at The English House 😄

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The second main dining room. Large marble top round tables, so untypical of English restaurants. The kopitiam chairs have padded leather seats for greater comfort. 

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The bar at the back of the first dining room.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Needless to say the bar was well stocked with spirits of every kind.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in SingaporeThe English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

With the right spirits even pigs can fly and there is no speed limit (as long as you don't leave the door lah... ).

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Photography buffs would be glad to know that as Marco Pierre White is a Terry O'Neill fan, White displayed his personal collection of the legendary portrait photographer's works at The English House. This is probably the largest collection of Terry O'Neill photographs in the world.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Everyone's here, time to get back to my seat. 

We booked dinner for 7pm. Less than an hour later, all the dining rooms in the 150-seat restaurant were fully packed as it was full house this Saturday evening.

For all its elegance, the atmosphere during dinner was casual and welcoming. Friendly banter and laughter can be heard around the restaurant and bar, like in a friendly pub, except that there was no background music. Ok... like an Anglicised kopitiam... .

Fillet of Sardines on Toast

Five of us, we shared a few starters. This Fillet of Sardines on Toast with vinaigrette of tomatoes (price S$28++) - the distinctive flavour and aroma of omega-3 rich oily North Sea fish was quintessentially English. A great start to the meal to come.

Parfait of Foie Gras au Raisan Sec

Parfait of Foie Gras au Raisan Sec (price S$35++). Rich creamy smooth savoury goose liver pate capped with delicate sweet tangy jelly.

Mr White's Stuffed Cabbage

Mr White's Stuffed Cabbage with fresh tomato sauce (price S$28++). Missed tasting the stuffed cabbage 😂 but love the zesty tangy sweet flavour of the tomato sauce.

Roast Rack of Lamb

Roast Rack of Lamb a la Dijonnaise. This hearty serving feeds 2-4 persons which I thought is a very fair deal at S$165++.

Roast Rack of Lamb

Oh.. how I love this roast rack of lamb. The pink meat was thick, tender and juicy. The natural gamey sweetness of lamb was complemented by delicate yet rich taste of Dijonnaise mustard sauce.

Roast Rack of Lamb

Highly recommend The English House's roast rack of lamb. For lamb lovers, this is a Must.

Grilled Rib of Black Angus Beef

Grilled Rib of Black Angus Beef (price S$225++).  Another hearty serving that feeds 2 - 4 comfortably.

Grilled Rib of Black Angus Beef

Marvellously beefy sweet 45-day dry aged Black Angus beef served beautifully medium rare with chunky tender braised spiced beef tendons in a shallow pool of dark rich jus de viande (i.e. gravy lah). Generous sides include beef fat chips (potato wedges), buttered leaf spinach.

Wing of Scottish Skate

Stella who doesn't eat beef or lamb chose this Wing of Scottish Skate (stingray lo) a la Grenobloise (price S$48++). Stella liked this which she said was sweet tasting.

Champagne Poached PearCambridge Burnt Cream

Champagne Poached Pear with Creme Vanilla and Cambridge Burnt Cream (crème brûlée). Both desserts were nice, not overly sweet. We can taste the crunchy juicy pear's natural sweetness and the smooth egginess in the Cambridge Burnt Cream.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Happy Birthday Stella 🎂

My favourite were these Madeleines - little French cakes with bits of orange inside. The sweetness in the spongy cake was punctuated with tangy sweetness of orange zest.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

The reception as we were making our way out after dinner. I am sure we will pass this way again.

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

👍 We enjoyed ourselves at The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White. The English dishes were hearty, "elevated comfort food" as Marco Pierre White so aptly put in typical English understatement. The English - Straits Chinese decor is unique and appealing. The most memorable dish for me was the Roast Rack of Lamb - best lamb ever so far, for me.

(The English House is a "restaurant with rooms". The 18 room boutique hotel will open in early 2019.)

Read more about Chef Marco Pierre White 👈 click

The English House Restaurant by Marco Pierre White in Singapore

Restaurant name: The English House
Address: 28 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238972
GPS: 1°17'35.1"N 103°50'28.9"E 🌐 1.293094, 103.841346
Waze: The English House by Marco Pierre White
Tel: 6545 4055
Hours: 6:00pm - 12:00 midnight

Non Halal



Date visited: 29 Sept 2018



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4 comments:

  1. I enjoyed my dinner there too! It was me and my partner's anniversary. Though we had already booked dinner somewhere else, I couldn't resist suggesting to him to go to The English House instead. But since it wasn't opened on Sunday, we went on Monday instead, and had two anniversary dinners (I am not complaining ;) ). we went within the first week of their opening. I was surprised, but very happy to get a reservation.

    Having read so much about the effort Marco Pierre White has put into the place, and being the busybody I am who loves to look at how people transform and preserve spaces, we arrived early for dinner to have a browse around. The space was very different to the Madam Wong's I remembered frequenting for Lady's nights when I first moved here. It was like a personal museum showcasing his eclectic but tasteful collections. I especially enjoyed the collection of Raymond Jackson “JAK” cartoon prints and his vintage carousel pieces. I also liked that he brought bits of his different restaurants with him to Singapore, and even the vintage carvery trolley from Savoy. Definitely adds to the charm of the place.

    Though we had steak the night before at Skirt, my partner couldn't resist having steak again. We had the stuffed cabbage, dry-aged Angus beef for two, and the Champagne poached pears with panna cotta. We washed it down with a very good bottle of their recommended Malbec, and enjoyed our dinner thoroughly. The steak was a touch more done than we would have liked it, but still good, nonetheless. I have always found poach fruit to be overrated, but the poach pear here was definitely well done and worth ordering.. and the panna cotta served with it was smooth and yums! I wished I had more stomach space or was with a larger group so that I could try more items like the fish cake and shepherd's pie, which were my favourites when I lived in the UK.

    Service was spot on from front of house Kate, Manager Jo, Bar Manager Andreas, and our server (oh dear.. I forgot her name! Me bad! Jasmine..?). Conversations flowed easily, and they accorded us a tour of the space. We were initially surprised that it was not more crowded than it was, but learnt that they had intentionally controlled the booking numbers while they sorted out their service. Well, we appreciated the generous attention we received, and the surprise 50% off on our food bill (they offered this during their first week or so in appreciation for putting up with their initial teething problems.. I couldn't spot any problems, but thank you very much).

    It is definitely pricier than the average dinner, but dining here is an experience, and seeing that there are plenty of options for sharing, it works out to be pretty reasonable for the quality of food served. We'll definitely be back again to try the other items on the menu, and I hear they will be starting their Sunday roast service soon!

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  2. Thank you very much PH for sharing your experience with us. You have a great eye for detail 😁 I didn't know that that silver carvery trolley was from Savoy 😄 I also missed a good picture of the vintage brass buckets for chilling wines. Like you, I shall be back.

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    1. Oh yes.. the brass buckets from Oakroom (I believe), and the carvery were in the adjacent dining (shop) space, where their private dining area is. Did you see the table from the original Rolls Royce Boardroom in the private dining room? Look out for the JAK cartoon print with him in it. They are hilarious! They are apparently waiting for one more container of stuff to arrive to fill the space 😅. So wait a bit before going back.

      I need to go back with more people to have the lamb!

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    2. I did not go to the private room 😂 when you go back for the lamb, jio me ok? 😄

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