The Ship Restaurant & Bar is one of those places tinged with nostalgia. The nautical-themed restaurant has been around since 1977 and, with the impending closure of Sloane Court and its restaurant, is one of the remaining “old-school” Western restaurants in Singapore.
The Shaw Centre branch of The Ship Restaurant & Bar underwent a renovation a few years back and reopened in 2014. The previous restaurant interior was dark and intimate, almost as if patrons had been squirrelled away under the deck of a ship. The current interior is much brighter with light wood floors.
Upon entry to the restaurant, guests are greeted by a display made up of a ship’s wheel, signalling flags and a bridge engine order telegraph used to send instructions from the bridge to the engine room.
Nautical decorations still line the wall and the dining area is decked out with furniture that looks like it could belong on a creaky old ship.
The Ship Restaurant & Bar is often packed – filled with a swathe of regulars. It is advisable to make a booking in advance.
Dining at the Mess Deck
The menu comprises Western dishes, done the old-school, Hainanese way.
They serve up warm bread rolls at the start of the meal, which is always nice.
When we visited, we had the Special Set Lunch set of Australian Striplon with Bearnaise Sauce ($17.90).
We also had the Chicken Ala Ship ($16.90) which we initially thought was going to be like Chicken Ala King served with rice but instead is chicken topped with ham and mushrooms and baked with cheese.
The Ship Restaurant & Bar is also one of the few places that we still see Chicken Maryland ($16.90) on the menu. This plate of fried chicken, banana along with corn fritter and bacon is sure to be enough to satisfy the hungriest of stomachs.
Another well-known item on the menu is the Sliced Fish Beehoon Soup, the only Asian dish served. The Ship Restaurant & Bar also offers a range of pastas that includes kid-friendly staples like Spaghetti Bolognaise ($16.90) and Carbonara ($16.90).
The Ship Restaurant & Bar also has a branch at NEX, Serangoon.
The Ship Restaurant & Bar, Shaw Centre
Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, 03-16/18, Singapore 228208