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Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Cafe and Pub

I think like many Singaporeans, when we hear the word “Pub”, we tend to think of the place as a sleazy, alcoholic’s haven, a place not for the family oriented. Apparently, this is totally not the case when the “pubs” in referenced are styled after the British/Irish types. Lots of families dine there for affordable comfort food.

So, don’t be surprised when you look at Scruffy Murphy’s menu and you find a whole range of dishes on offer from things like Roast Beef, Fish & Chips, a good range of sandwiches and pasta. I love ordering the Daily Roast when I’m here. It’s one of the few places where you can get roast beef, and at a very affordable price of $16.00! Compare that to the nearly $90 roast beef I had at Lawry’s a month back! Of course, dining at Lawry’s comes with other perks such as the excellent service and a more atas feeling, but one can’t dine at Lawry’s all the time! Another dish that is supposedly very good is the Fish and Chips, although I don’t think it is that fantastic. It costs $16 and they give you 4 huge pieces of fish, of which I was unable to finish.

The Gaelic Inns chain which owns Scruffy Murphy’s, also owns other pubs like Muddy Murphys, The Penny Black Victorian London Pub, Ballymoons and Durty Nelly’s. They are all styled after Irish pubs, but are each slightly different in character. Scruffy Murphys’ is the most “open-concept” one as it faces the East Coast beach. I love it that I can have my dinner while watching the cyclists go by. The Penny Black is situated along the Singapore River, so that’s also a nice place to people watch.

Scruffy Murphy's - Lamb ChopsScruffy Murphy's - Lamb Chops (2)

Rack of lamb $25- Quite nice, but a bit tough. I love the potato triangles dipped in gravy (you can just see it sticking out behind the lamb)

Scruffy Murphy's - Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding Scruffy Murphy's - Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding (2)

Daily Roast (Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding) $16 – For $16, I think this is an absolute steal. The portion of meat is substantial. It was juicy and flavourful and I finished every single bit. For $16, i really have no complaints!

Scruffy Murphy's - Heineken Beer

Beer in the dark

Beer in the day

And no, Heineken did not sponsor this post, although they should seriously consider doing so!

Scruffy Murphy’s full house during  the Manchester United vs Arsenal Match on 1 May 2011.

Scruffy Murphy’s Irish cafe and Pub

Address: 1000 East Coast Parkway, B7 Marine Cove
(Note: Just in front of MacDonald’s facing the beach!)
Tel: +65 6449 7717 Fax: +65 6446 2334
Email:
enquiry@scruffymurphys.com.sg

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday from 3 p.m. till midnight
Thursday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday and eve of Public Holidays from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday and Public Holidays from 9 a.m. to midnight

Enjoy “Sunset” Happy hours prices daily on draught beer all night!

Happy hour prices on all house spirits and wine till 8 p.m. daily

Regent Hotel Weekend High Tea Buffet

I’ve always loved the 3 tiered service afternoon tea at the Regent Hotel Singapore on weekdays. Been there a number of times. It’s always nice to sit back and relax over a cuppa and have some nibbles. The reason why I liked Regent’s afternoon tea in particular is because of its delicious scones and clotted cream. Those of you following my blog will know that I go weak when I hear clotted cream being mentioned. Another reason why the Regent’s weekday afternoon tea is so good is because 1 tier is actually enough for 2 people, if you’re not too ravenous. Plus I always order the free flow of iced chocolate on the side.

Lately, I was reminded that Regent Hotel also serves afternoon tea during the weekends, buffet style, with a strong focus on British afternoon tea items like the various pies and sausage rolls. I immediately made reservations, only to be told that the next available spot would be 2 weeks later. Well, the 2 weeks later was last week. After having sampled what was on offer, I have to say that the experience is quite different from having the 3-tier afternoon tea on weekdays.

The buffet obviously has more food items to choose from. However, there were quite a number of misses, and a few hits. Most of the pies I felt were too dry. There was no visual appeal either as the yellow display lighting cast a horrible overcooked glow on the pies. The bread used in the sandwiches was hard, with the exception of the egg sandwiches. The dessert station featured no luscious looking chocolate cake. In my opinion, that’s a prerequisite for any self-respecting buffet! And horror of horrors, the scone was only so so. Even though I could have had as much clotted cream as I wanted, I didn’t do so because the scone wasn’t that great!

Interestingly, the best dish was the baked salmon. The salmon was so so so good. It was flaky, moist and full of flavour. The doneness was just right. Any less time in the oven and it would probably have been raw. And any longer in the oven and it would have been less flaky and moist. Delicious. I went back for 3 helpings!

Given a choice, I would prefer to go for the weekday 3-tiered afternoon tea. At least, every item on the 3-tiered stand tasted good.

Anyway….less talk and more pictures. Enjoy!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - British Pies station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Satay and Crab Curry Mantou station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Dessert station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Ice cream and waffles station

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam (2)

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Scone with clotted cream and jam

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Lots and lots of clotted cream!!

Lemon curd, very traditional to the British. Probably what Kaya is to Singaporeans.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Egg sandwich with caviar on top

The egg sandwich didn’t come with the caviar, but there is a huge bottle of it nearby so just help yourselves!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Nibbles Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Roast Lamb and Baked Salmon

Roast lamb on the left and baked salmon on the right. Of all the things at the buffet, you MUST try the baked salmon! It’s DAMN GOOD!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Crab Curry with Mantou

Crab curry with mantou. I just love fried mantous! Dip it in the curry and it’s so heavenly! Fried carbs, they appeal to me way too much!

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Mini Pavlovas

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Macarons

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Iced Chocolate

Don’t take the iced chocolate if you don’t want to fill yourself up too fast

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cup of tea for you Madam Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Cuppa tea for you sir

As part of the high tea, you get a choice of 2 drinks, be it iced chocolate, teas and coffees.

Regent Hotel Weekend Afternoon Tea - Homemade Gelato

Ice cream is “homemade”. This is nice, but nothing beats the free flow of haagen dazs ice cream at the Goodwood Park afternoon tea buffet!

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