Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse
The Central mall at Eu Tong Sen Street is known for its Japanese-accented eateries and the recently-opened buffet galore, Fisherman’s Market, is no exception. But if you take time to stroll along the outdoor plaza fronting the Singapore River, you might just be rewarded with something different.
Enter Sque (pronounced as S-kyou) Rotisserie & Alehouse, a new gastrobar by Emmanuel Stroobant, Singapore’s punk rocker celebrity chef persona, and his wife, Edina Hong, both co-founders of the Saint Pierre Group of restaurants.
“We want to introduce yet another casual dining concept like Picotin and Brussel Sprouts because fine dining is slowing down,” says Edina Hong, “Sque is a laidback venue, perfect for quick lunches and to chill out over beer and bistro fare.”
Befitting its airy location by the Singapore River, the 256-seater bistro boasts a 40-meter wide frontage with a predominantly al fresco space. The rustic-minimalist indoor dining area, decked with cool blonde-wood tables and high chairs, sits just 50.
Your dinner at Sque will be a felicitous booze-food pairing session and appropriately so, given Sque’s depth of beer menu. There are more than 200 different types of beers (priced from $6.50 to $50 per bottle) on the menu: ranging from rarely seen selections such as apple cider beer, pear-flavoured beer, chocolate-flavoured stout to the ubiquitous Tiger beer.
Pair these tipples with finger foods such as the Himalayan salt-studded onion blossom ($13) and homemade fish fingers with tartare dip ($20). Or, the decidedly European bistro fare of braised snail in butter with garlic and mushrooms ($18), bone marrow mashed with garlic and wild mushrooms crowned with toasted bread crumbs ($17) and Sque’s house salad ($16), a hearty toss of roasted Kurobuta pork belly with abby spinach and cheddar cheese cubes in a beer vinegar dressing.
But Sque is not just a beer shrine, the canteen-style counter proudly proffers a menu of rotisserie meats: chicken, pork rib, lamb leg, you name it, of which the beef rib ($38) is a standout. Here’s a humongous hunk of Lousiana-styled bone-in beef rib doused in a seriously addictive marinade of cumin, smoked garlic and cayenne pepper.
For an imminently beer-centric sweet ending, ask for Belgian chocolate with kriek beer pie ($14). And for the non-beer drinkers amongst us, they will be aptly satiated with a divine cardamon-scented Belgian choclate mousse ($9) or the plain Jane crème brulee drowned with wickedly sweet guala melaka ($9).
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-70, The Central
11:30am to 12 midnight (Mondays-Thursdays and Sundays)
11:30am to 1am (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays)
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