[Oct 2015 update: this restaurant has closed]
The discreet Fordham & Grand at Craig Road is so well hidden that you may have difficulty locating it. It has a small sign next to a nondescript brown door. Only a small menu board below the sign gives any indication that food is served beyond the door. Open the door and you are greeted with a dimly lit stately setting with lots of dark brown wood and black leather. The ambiance makes it an ideal place for an intimate dinner. The food is good too.
Fordham & Grand also caters to the late night crowd. It is one of the few restaurants in Singapore that offers late night dining. There is a separate menu for supper and it stays open till 3 am. It has a nice bar and an impressive drinks list.
We ordered three starters – the Foie Gras ($22), glazed strawberries and honey balsamic, the Bouchot Mussels ($21) and the Seafood Bisque ($12).
The seafood bisque was like the usual lobster bisque. We found it to be too salty.
We really liked the foie gras. It was perfectly seared and had a delectable crunchy topping which went very well with the rich creamy texture of the foie gras. The dish is highly recommended.
We learned that Bouchot Mussels were mussels grown on ropes strung from wooden poles in the sea along the French Coast; which meant that they would be grit and barnacle-free and would have full meat and a clean flavour. The blue mussels were not very big but had nice tender meat that was not at all chewy. Steamed with white wine, shallots & thyme, they were very tasty.
For the mains, we ordered the Fish of the Day with Tiger Prawns ($32) the Kurobuta Pork Collar ($34) and the Lobster Linguini ($32).
The Lobster Linguini was quite ordinary and we found the pasta a little too hard for our liking.
The fish and prawns were superb. They were very very flavourful with crispy coatings and sweet tender inside.
We ordered a Banana Cake ($14) and a Jivara Parfait ($15) to share. The desserts were feast for the eyes, in spite of the dim lighting. The Jivara parfait, with Araguani mousse & hazelnut dacquoise, was good but we especially like the Banana Cake. It was served with glazed banana slices, caramel, chocolate chantilly sauce & vanilla ice cream. The chocolate coated crunchy balls were themselves quite enjoyable and they certainly made the whole banana cake dessert marvelous. It was a sweet and wonderful way to end dinner.
The service was good. It would have been great if the staff had been a little more proactive in providing extra side plates and the like when they knew we would be sharing some of the dishes. However, when the requests were made they were prompt and courteous. On the whole, the staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.
We had a great dining experience at the Fordham & Grand. Exquisite ambiance, friendly service and delicious food.
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 4
Overall Rating : 4 TOPs
Average price per person for dinner – $70
Fordham & Grand
43 Craig Road
+65 6221 3088
Update – from 20 Feb 2015 onwards their hours will be changed to:
Daily : 5pm to 3am
Nearby Stations: Tanjong Pagar, Outram Park
#Street fact – Craig Road is named after Captain James Craig of the Merchant Service Guild. Old Chinese name for it is gu chia chui kia (little Kreta Ayer or little water buffalo cart).
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