The Bank Bar+Bistro: Weekend Fare

by Ruth on August 6, 2013

in Food, Places to Go, Reviews, Sponsored review

I’ve never worked in Shenton Way, and I don’t fancy working there. The crowd on a normal weekday is just too much for me and I dread it every time I have to go there for meetings, workshops or whatever.

But going to Shenton Way on a Sunday is a different story. Peace and quiet descends upon the area, and the lack of crowd is simply blissful.

And a Sunday brunch at The Bank Bar + Bistro located just across from Lau Pat Sat is a welcoming change from the usual restaurants in a shopping mall.

The establishment has recently introduced a weekend menu and I was invited to a food tasting together with my family.

The Vibe:

Decorated in dark-wood furnishing, the Bank Bar isn’t one of the most ‘family-friendly’ looking places.

BUT…. They’ve thoughtfully converted the private lounge just next to the entrance into a play room for children! (see photo below)

From my observation, it was a hit with the kids, especially the younger ones like my son. In fact, we had a hard time getting him to sit and finish his meal as he kept requesting to go back to the play room.

More about the play room later.

The food:

The Bank Bar+Bistro offers an all-day breakfast menu on Saturday and Sunday (from 9am to 6pm) that consists of a breakfast set, eggs classic, eggs benedict, French toast and pancakes. A separate ‘Weekend Special’ menu (or called the roast menu) includes roasted striploin and roasted half spring chicken. All the items are very reasonably priced.

There’s also a kid’s menu that comes with two types of sandwiches, fish and chips, pancakes and 4 pasta dishes. I thought this is really a wide selection for a kid’s menu.

My husband ordered the striploin while I had the roast spring chicken. The little boy was given a treat of fish and chips (we eat quite healthily and don’t normally let him take much fried food, especially French fries).

I found the striploin was a tad tough but once you dip it in the gravy (or pour it over), it became quite juicy and nice.

The roasted spring chicken was really yummy. It’s one of the best I’ve eaten in a long while. The meat was really tender and flavorful, even without the gravy.

I must also mention the Yorkshire pudding, which was served with both dishes. At first glance, it looked like baked potato but after we took a bit, we thought it was bread. Later, I found out it’s actually Yorkshire pudding. According to Wikipedia, it’s made from batter and usually served with roast meat and gravy. I really liked the pudding and I think it’s great they serve this instead of the usual French fries or mash potato!

By the way, our meals came with dessert of the week. We were also served soup, which was a one-off special that day. We were lucky!

As for my boy’s fish and chips. I like it that it’s the battered crust and not the breaded ones and the fish was fresh, which is what really matters.

When our meal was almost done, I couldn’t resist ordering something from the breakfast menu. I decided to go for the french toast. It came with poached pear and some berries and the toast was warm and soft. It made me feel happy eating it! Not forgetting that it looked equally good too!

The family factor

The thoughtful staff gave my boy some colour pencils and a paper for colouring.

But the best part for him was the play room.

I found out from the marketing manager that the toys in the playroom are on rental basis and get changed every month. There’s also a TV in the room and the staff played a video for the kids.

We enjoyed the good food at The Bank Bar and liked it that there’s a spacious play room for kids. Will definitely be back! Thank you, Bank Bar for the invitation.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
One Shenton #01-01,
1 Shenton Way,
Singapore 068803

Tel: 6636 2188

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Susan August 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

You know I work so close by and have been there a few time for drinks after work but never knew they had brunch on weekends. Then again, I avoid going back to Shenton Way on weekends since I have to be there from Mondays to Fridays. But I reckon it’s nice to go there for brunch since there would hardly be a crowd.
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Ruth August 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

My hubby doesn’t like venturing into the Shenton Way area during weekends too. But he was pleasantly surprised when we were there for the food-tasting. He actually likes the place and the food and doesn’t mind going back again! It’s worth checking out their brunch :)


Yee Mei August 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

This is a really cool and nice place! Nobody in the family seems to feel out of place which is really very good :) Maybe I should go check out this place sometime! Thank you for sharing this with us!


Ruth August 13, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Hi Yee Mei, we like the place and almost went back last weekend if not becoz of my boy falling sick. The food is yummy.


Martine | WAHM. Wife. Blogging Belle. August 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Awwww. Miss your family! :)
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