Tucked away in a corner on the third floor of the Robinson’s department store at the Heeren is the second outlet of Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House (their first is located in a shophouse at Gemmill Lane). With the nondescript entrance and a hardly visible signboard, it was not easy to see the restaurant. Yet the place was almost packed when we were there on a Saturday afternoon.
The doorway was hidden behind some clothes racks. We were surprised to chance upon it. Once we walked through the ordinary looking entrance, we entered a very tastefully appointed restaurant. It certainly looks like a pleasant place for lunch. We had to try something there because the restaurant looked so interesting.
Luke’s describes itself as a restaurant that is inspired by classic European eateries of yesteryear as well as new-American styles to serve old school favourites with a wholesome and fresh twist. As its name suggests, seafood features prominently in the menu as well as a variety of “chops” i.e. lamb chop, pork chop and steaks etc. The regular menu prices seem quite steep for example, $96 for a dozen oysters and $78 for Colorado lamb chops. Fortunately, there was a lunch menu which has some items at slightly more affordable prices. We ordered a Luke’s Lobster Roll ($45) and an Original “Travis” Burger ($27), presumably named after the chef.
The lobster roll was well made and delicious. We only wished that it was bigger. The lobster meat was fresh and good but they were in precious little fragments. The fries and salad that came with it were more than ample. The burger looked delicious especially with the half melted aged cheddar draped over it. Unfortunately the natural tastes of the ingredients were drowned by the saltiness of the burger. It does seem like seafood is the better option here. The staff discharged their duties efficiently but in a somewhat cold manner.
Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House
260 Orchard Road #03-02, The Heeren,
Tel: +65 6733 4813