I always thought I was the diehard foodie as poorly-executed and poor-tasting dishes usually put me in a foul mood. However a visit to Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse last Saturday may have completely changed me for I had underwhelming experience with the food but the interior was so gorgeous, I have refused to strike Luke’s off my go-to places in Singapore.
After watching a thrilling movie at Cineleisure, Eye in the Sky, my friends and I made our way to Luke’s Oyster across the road for drinks but it turned out to be tap water with steaks and carbs! I was so excited to be at Luke’s and it was hidden so well on the third-floor ladies department in The Heeren Robinsons. As it was our first Luke’s experience so we couldn’t resist a steak and some sides instead of alcohol… for supper.
The restaurant interior was gorgeous! Tinnier that expected but it was dark, cosy and so so luxe that I was completely at ease the moment I stepped in. I simply cannot resist an atmospheric dining location. Bedrock at Somerset Suites always first moved me with their dark and sleek interior.
Then a full set of condiments arrived on the table and we eagerly awaited beef-coma.
The pièce de résistance was the USDA PRIME RIBEYE “NAKED” OR “LUAU” STYLE 400grams with confit garlic ($95) which Luke’s happily sliced into three for us.
Although the perfectly-medium-rare slice was breathtaking and the peppery crust so flavourful, we could not ignore the tough meat. It was wayy chewier than we would like or expected from a rib-eye. Definitely not the best steak I have had.
An irresistible side we had was the LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE ritz cracker crumbs ($26). I simply cannot not order Mac & Cheese at a steakhouse. Unfortunately this was also disappointing. The biggest problem I have with the dish is the super liquidy and bland cream sauce. Second the macaroni used was wayy too small. I liked the salty ritz cracker for it provided much-needed seasoning and texture.
The saving grace was probably the downright crispy FRENCH FRIES with rosemary & old bay ($14) Boy were these deep-fried spuds addictive!
I wished the food at Luke’s could have been better but I haven’t had their desserts so a return visit is a must. Plus the atmosphere and interior are soo lovely, it is almost irresistible.
Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House
260 Orchard Road #03-02, The Heeren,