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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

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

It was the Partner’s birthday, so it became my turn treat him to a lavish meal. The idea of having good meat for dinner never fails to perk him up so we decided on Lawry’s as the restaurant of choice. I was pretty keen to go back to Lawry’s again since it has now relocated to Mandarin Gallery in Mandarin Orchard Hotel. We got a nice seat by the windows overlooking Orchard Road. Those dining in bigger groups should ask for the pretty booth seats.

Lawry’s is famous for its prime rib roast beef. There are a few other choices of main courses to choose from like Lobsters, Fish and Chicken Cordon Bleu, but since Lawry’s is famous for it’s prime rib, then that’s their speciality and probably the best tasting dish there.

We both chose the Lawry’s Cut which is 280gms of the Prime Rib for about $80+ and comes with a Spinning Salad, Yorkshire Pudding and Mashed Potatoes.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (2)

First, we had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon to get things started. I love drinking wine when eating steaks and roast meats. The wine tastes nicer and so does the food. And it just feels so much more festive with a glass of wine in hand! It’s too bad that prices of alcohol are so much higher in Singapore than elsewhere. 

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Bread Basket

Bread basket – Normal tasting bread.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (2)Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad

The Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad– The waitress will literally announce aloud to everyone that this is Lawry’s famous original spinning bowl salad. She will then make a performance out of mixing the salad dressing into the salad ingredients. The metal bowl is placed in another bowl of ice so it spins like hell during the demonstration.

I found this quite hilarious the 1st time I saw it several years back. Isn’t this supposed to be some posh restaurant, and not a circus? The staff did not skip a beat when the next table totally ignored her. They must feel totally jaded with this performance if required to repeat this numerous times a day everyday!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Famous Spinning Salad (3)

The salad tastes good. The vegetables are fresh and crisp and almost makes you believe you’re neutralising the bad effects of eating so much red meat later on. Though strictly speaking, one should omit the salad dressing to be truly healthy. I finished the whole lot, fried croutons and all. Lawry’s even serves you a chilled fork, which is thoughtful of them. But can someone tell me why this salad is famous because it sure doesn’t look that stunning, appearance wise.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm)

This is the 280 gm cut of delicious roast beef. Before we ordered, we were wondering if we might be able to finish 280 gm. I said, go for it since the 200gm roast beef is only about $10 cheaper. (If necessary, we can dabao!) Turns out I managed to wallop the entire piece of roast beef. It was really a very delicious piece of meat. It was cooked exactly to the doneness that I wanted, it was juicy, and it was tender all round. Really delicious, to the extent that I wish there was more of it!

The gravy looked a little watery at first, but it went really well with the meat as well as the Yorkshire pudding. The staff will offer you refills of gravy too, which I gladly accepted, using the Yorkshire pudding to mop up all it’s flavourful goodness. Btw, I just LOOOVE Yorkshire pudding. It’s supposed to be a damn fattening thing. These days, Yorkshire pudding is cooked by pouring a thin batter made from flour, eggs, and milk into a preheated and oiled baking pan. But in days past, fat drippings from roasting the meat was used. Or perhaps, it’s still done now, depending on the restaurant. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver do it once on TV. The amount of oil used was almost equal to the amount of batter! Still, when having a celebration, let’s go all the way!!!

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Roast Beef Lawry's Cut (280gm) (2)

If you don’t want mashed potato, you can ask for fries too. I recall previously they used to serve baked potato. Wonder if they have that if we ask.

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Carving Station

The chef skillfully carving up the meats

Lawry's The Prime Rib - Horse Radish

Whipped cream horse radish to go with the roast beef. Delicious!

Lawry's The Prime Rib

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

333A Orchard Road #04-01/31 Mandarin Gallery,
Mandarin Orchard Singapore 238897
Tel: 6836 3333 Fax: 6235 0300
Reservations:
reservations@lawrys.com.sg

Operating Hours
Sundays – Mondays: 11.30am – 10.00pm
Fridays / Saturdays / Eve & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm
(Last Order at 10.30pm)

http://www.lawrys.com.sg/

Lawry’s has a number of on going promotions. Eg DBS and POSB cards get 20% discount. Check it out!

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