Chef Thomas Lam’s Western food eatery resurfaces at the Marina Country Club@Punggol, serving up old favorites while introducing some new palate-pleasers.
Some of you may have been wondering what happened to Streets of London, the Western-food restaurant helmed by Chef Thomas Lam at Jalan Bukit Merah.
In mid-August last year, Streets of London moved to a different neighborhood: the Marina Country Club at Punggol. The good chef continues doing what he does best—cooking up affordably priced (and decently portioned) Western meals, with most of its main courses priced below S$20.
On its menu are regulars such as the oft-served but seldom perfected mushroom soup. Chef’s Wild Mushroom Soup ($6.60) would satiate the biggest mushroom-mad Hobbit around, being a blend of earthy, aromatic portobello and shitake bits balanced by the milder flavor of button mushrooms.
And then there are the more unique creations, such as the Stuffed Squid (S$13.20), a whole grilled squid stuffed with mushroom and cheese and Cheese Melt Portobello Mushroom capped with a golden, crusty layer of cheese and bacon.
For mains, one highlight is the Guiness Braised Lamb Shank (S$39.80), stewed eight hours with celery, tomatoes and potatoes. Due to the long cooking process, only six to eight portions of the dish are available daily, so call to order in advance if you are planning to have it. As I’m writing this, the memory of the tender, gelatinous chunks returns, tempting me to go for an early lunch.
Some readers may ask why Guinness is used instead of red wine. For one, the chef likes his beer. In his experimentation, he found that the malty, slightly bitter beer went well with the intense flavor of lamb.
The Chicken Stew (S$14.80), a signature dish of Chef Thomas’, is cooked with vegetables and fruits—without salt, pepper and sugar, served with bread and light salad. We tried it long ago at the branch in Bukit Merah, and we recommend you do too, if only to believe that it is possible to cook a delicious savory meal without seasoning.
The other signature chicken dish is his IPA chicken (S$19.80), a boneless chicken leg marinated with Indian Pale Ale and cooked in a secret recipe, with mashed and grilled vegetables on the side. This one’s another beer-tenderized win. Other white meat options include the Boaters’ Fish and Chips (S$14.80) beer-battered dory fillet served with fresh greens and fries.
Brunch-lovers can also opt for the All-day English Breakfast (S$16.80), a hearty meal of scrambled egg, tomato, bacon, sausage, mushroom, baked beans, hash browns and toast.
With ample space and laidback vibes, the new Streets of London makes a good choice for parties or large gatherings—just let the team know and they will customize a party plan for you. Wow your guests with a pizza-making session, a boat ride, a prawning session next door, or just plain food and fun.
Given the location, accessibility can be a bit tricky but there are free shuttle services from Sengkang MRT every 30 minutes, from noon to 2pm and 5:45pm to 11:30pm.
Streets of London
Marina Country Club@Punggol
600 Ponggol Seventeenth Ave.
Tel: +65 6886 0939