Mr Punch Public House is a pub and restaurant located in the basement of the Seah Street building that houses the Mint Museum of Toys. It is easily located, directly behind Singapore’s iconic hotel, the Raffles Hotel. We had lunch at Mr Punch Public House recently.
The English pub theme is immediately obvious as we approached Mr Punch Public House. The walls at the entrance and in the restaurant itself are covered with retro posters featuring well-known British brands and products.
The stairway led us down to the dimly lit basement. Thank goodness for the bright table coverings. Mr Punch Public House is not a posh place, but it is comfortable enough for a meal or to down a couple of pints.
Here are pictures of the Mr Punch weekend brunch menu, ala carte menu and a page from the drinks menu.
We ordered a selection of three “Pre-Main” items menu – Untitled Fish Skins, Queen’s Squid and 4 Act Sliders. The three starters cost $38 plus a $5 surcharge for the sliders. We also ordered a couple of mains – a spring chicken ($28) and a lobster brioche ($32).
The fish skins were served in a mini aquarium. They were very crisp and tasty, and even better when eaten with the salted egg yolk dip.
The Queen’s Squid was a plate of fried squid coated with Marmite. It was actually quite pleasant, the sauce gave the squid an unusual taste that had some resemblance to teriyaki sauce.
The four sliders added up to quite a substantial meal. If one person ate all four as a starter, we doubt there would be space for any main course.
The spring chicken was served in four quarters. The chicken was tender and had a nicely browned skin. The chicken breast areas felt a bit dry but overall, it was a tasty spring chicken.
The lobster brioche was beautifully presented. We instantly went for the fries which were all evenly cooked till golden brown. The brioche was soft and fluffy. There were adequate chunks of lobster in the bread to make its presence felt.
No visit to a public house would be complete without trying a local beer. We scanned the list for something we had not tried before and ended up with a Mad Hat #9 from the craft beer section of the menu. A dry, slightly bitter beer.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Mr Punch Public House
26 Seah Street
Tel: +65 6339 6266