Part of the swish new DUO enclave, Alley on 25 at Andaz, a luxury hotel by the Hyatt group, is host to a selection of restaurants and bars.
Being within close proximity to Andaz, it didn’t take me long before I sauntered in one day during lunch to check out their attractively-priced 3-course set menus.
Alley on 25, as they have christened the 25th floor of the hotel, is a cluster of restaurants they dub as “alley-way dining in the sky”. Not quite street dining though, the 5 restaurants feature a medley of cuisines from Mediterranean to Asian, prepared in different methods – each restaurant’s moniker is inspired by the cooking method, not so much the cuisine.
The Green Oven – family-style classics, all baked in their centerpiece Beech oven.
Smoke and Pepper – open-fire charcoal grill is the principal method here in preparing the hearty dishes.
Auntie’s Wok and Steam – classic local fare prepared with a wok and a steamer, so you guessed it, from noodles to dim sum.
Icehaus – as the name implies, cold dishes like charcuterie, seafood, sandwiches, salads.
Plancha’Lah – “teppan”-based treats, not necessarily Japanese in nature. This restaurant is only open for dinner, so no set lunch to be had here.
Enticed by the offer of a $25 set lunch, I checked out 2 of the above restaurants. And so far, so good. Plentiful, tasty and satisfying for a quick mid-day respite. I am inclined to head over for dinner one day to see how the menu evolves from the current lunch offerings.
Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of Smoke and Pepper and The Green Oven’s lunch sets.
The Green Oven:
Mushroom soup – pretty standard fare, nothing overwhelming, but thankfully not of the artificial sort either.
Baby Gem Lettuce – the lemon vinaigrette and the shards of fennel added a refreshing bite to the salad, perfect starter if you’re going for the lamb shank as a main.
Braised Lamb Shank – fork-tender and robust at the same time, this is your go-to choice if you’re especially hungry. They should have upped their game with some bread to soak up all that sauce with!
Barramundi En Papillote – don’t be fooled into thinking this would be a light dish. True, it’s featherweight compared to the lamb shank, but the addition of artichokes, potatoes and capers will fill you up.
Vanilla Ice Cream – needless to say, after the main course indulgence, a simple vanilla ice cream was more than welcome.
Smoke and Pepper:
Simple salad starters – a choice between Green Papaya and Pumpkin salad or Asian slaw. I notice a trend here at Alley on 25. Start meals with a simple salad and then bust out your chops on the mains. Not a bad idea for lunch, since not all of us can afford the luxury of a 2-hour lunch, it’s good that the starters and desserts are kept simple to let the mains shine.
Lamb Burger – if I see lamb burger on the menu, I am bound to order it. Always with trepidation but nevertheless. And happy to report the lamb burger at Smoke and Pepper is spot on! Juicy, meaty and perfect with the tzatziki yoghurt sauce.
Black Angus Beef Skewer – my carnivorous colleague couldn’t get enough of this. I didn’t dare try it since deathly stares emanated from him, but he sure seemed to enjoy it!
Coconut Ice Cream – once again, a simple ending to the meal, with some refreshing coconut ice cream.
So, will I head on up to Andaz again? Probably not that keen on trying Auntie’s Wok or Steam cooking, nor any “cold” dishes at Icehaus, but moving on up from the 25th floor, I certainly look forward to having a sundowner or two at their rooftop bar, Mr Stork, and if I hear good things about their soon-to-open 665°F steak restaurant, I’d be sure to drag my hubby over.
For a reasonably-priced set lunch in the Bugis area that will satiate you in sky-high surroundings though, yes, I would recommend giving The Green Room or Smoke and Pepper a try.
Alley on 25
Andaz Singapore Hotel by Hyatt, 25th Floor
5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
Tel: +65 6408 1288