Friday, May 10, 2013

The Ascot @ The Grandstand


Will the former Turf City becomes the next Dempsey with more food and beverage establishments setting up at the newly revamped Turf City rebranded as The Grandstand? It waits to be seen whether The Grandstand will be next food paradise when diners will flock to.


The Ascot is the latest establishment to open at The Grandstand in mid February 2013. The owner, Sylvester who spent time studying in the UK wanted to recreate in Singapore the very best of the quintessential English pub experience offering the very best of authentic English comfort food with a spectacular host of alcoholic beverages.

Cold Cut Platter 4.2/5

The Cold Cut Platter ($18) comes with 3 types of cold cuts served with silver onions, gherkins, scotch eggs and homemade bread. Scotch Eggs are a first for me. I didn't know eggs can be wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Love that the yolk was still runny and it came with different textures of enjoyment.

Smoked Tomato Soup 4.5/5

This is probably one of the best tomato soup I ever had. The Smoked Tomato Soup ($8) drizzled with peso was velvety, hearty and comforting.

Strawberry Spinach Salad 4.5/5

The Strawberry Spinach Salad ($18) sounds a bit bizarre with the medley of crumbled blue cheese, pistachios, bacon and avocado drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette was surprisingly very good and well balanced. Many people do not like the acquire taste of blue cheese but the one used at The Ascot is rather mild and it is quite easy for the local palate.

A Bunch of Bangers 3.5/5

A Bunch of Bangers ($20) comes with 3 Broiled Sausages (veal, kurobuta pork, pork & garlic) and served on traditional English dish made with shallow fried leftover vegetables known as Bubble and Squeak. It got its name because of the bubbling and squeaking sounds during cooking.

Badgers Tangle Foot from UK

The best beverage to compliment the sausages is none other than having an ice cold beer. The Ascot's selection of alcoholic beverages includes Fullers London Pride, Pure Blond and Crown Lager, house pour spirits such as Cruzan Light Rum, as well as a diverse range of beers imported from England, Australia and other parts of Europe. The Ascot's variety of beers also changes every week. I had a Badgers Tangle Foot from UK ($15) which is a in between beer that is light and not too bitter.

Cottage Pie 3/5

The Cottage Pie ($22) is an all time English favourite served with buttered peas at the side. A simple and homely meal with minced beef topped with mash potatoes. Can't help going back for more serving of it.

Pan Fried Fish on Turkish Bread 4/5

I was not having high expectation of the Pan Fried Fish Sandwich ($16) served with salad and fries as it looked rather ordinary. I was proven wrong when I sunk my teeth into the soft Turkish bread sandwiched with beautifully cooked fish that was fresh and moist. The fries also had a nice outer crisp as it was doubled fried. A technique that the fries are first deep fried to par cooked, drained of excess oil and deep fried again until golden brown.

Roasted Chicken 4.2/5

The Roasted Chicken ($24) served with vegetables and potato Lyonnais was finger licking good. The moist and tender chicken was well marinated and very tasty. I would love to go back for this dish again.

Classic Bread & Butter Pudding 3.5/5

A slight twist from the tradition, the Classic Bread & Butter Pudding ($9) at The Ascot uses Brioche instead of the usual stale white bread giving it a rich and tender crumb.

Deep Fried Mars Bars 3.5/5

I have never heard of Deep Fried Mars Bars ($8) until today. Since I don't have a sweet tooth, I was afraid that the deep fried mars bars will be too sweet for my liking. It turned out that it was acceptable for my palate. It was not too sweet and had a nice thin batter coating which helps to tone down the sweetness as well as giving the dessert an extra texture.

Hidden right at the corner of The Grandstand and probably the only few places that serves authentic English food. The Ascot is also a great place to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the city. On weekends, Brunch is available at The Ascot and it also has a Sunday Roast which is a popular family tradition originating from the North of England.

The Ascot
The Grandstand
200 Turf Club Road
Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 64620881
Nearest MRT: Botanic Garden (CC Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 11pm
Fri: 1130am - 1am
Sat: 1030am - 1am
Sun: 1030am - 11pm (Sunday Roast starts from 430pm - 830pm)
Weekend Brunch: 1030am - 230pm

1) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk to Turf Club Road. Continue on Turf Club Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT station. Take Exit A. Use the overhead bridge to exit B. Walk down Dunearn Road towards Turf Club Road, to bus stop opposite Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42019). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. 15 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Sixth Avenue MRT  station. Take Exit A. Walk down Bukit Timah Road. Walk to bus stop at Sixth Avenue Centre (Stop ID 42011). Wait for The Grandstand Shuttle Bus. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

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