Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House

We had another round of celebration, Mother’s Day Dinner, at Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House last Monday.

Tucked away in an obscure corner in Gemmill Lane off Club Street where Ryan raised his proposal for Valerie’s hand in marriage at Senso Ristorante & Bar, one could have easily missed this little hidden gem but Chef and owner Travis’ success goes by word of mouth.

We were not disappointed. The food was undeniably delicious! The wait service (Luke’s also have certified sommelier and bartender at hand) was outstanding on every level. Hot towels were served after we had devoured the Shellfish Plateau. As the restaurant’s name indicated, Luke’s serves freshly shucked oysters sourced from around the world like New England, Australia and New Zealand, flown in a few times each week. We had Katama Bay, Onset, Powder Point and Wellfleet that night but apart from an ostreaphile’s viewpoint, they do have a good menu. Quality food with none of the fancy foams, which is the current rave in most semi to full swing fine dining restaurants these days, that I detest.

I find the service to be impeccable for when the kitchen learnt that Chris and I were sharing the clam chowder, we were served the soup in 2 proper portions. There were 6 of us that night and on hindsight, we did well to share only 2 mains as the portions were huge. No raised brows for sharing dishes here. We had plenty of starter and sides to fill us up with just enough room for desserts. We were satiated even though we did not order one main course each.

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Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House.
Inspired by classic European eateries of yesteryear.

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HITACHINO WHITE ALE.
330ml – S$19
YONA YONA – S$15 (not shown here).
These Japanese beers were our pre-dinner drinks.

Valerie had the task of ordering the food.

Valerie had the task of ordering the food.

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CORNBREAD was not from a commercial pre-mix and they were served hot straight from the oven.

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The not too dense yummilicious mini cornbreads were provided gratis.

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SHELLFISH PLATEAU – lobster, oysters, crab & tuna tartar – S$210.

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KATAMA BAY OYSTER.
Valerie does not eat shellfish that doesn’t move and oysters are one of them.
However, she promised to give it a go tonight and didn’t squirm nor squeal!
We had Onset, Wellfleet as well as Powder Point but Katama Bay took the crown.

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From left to right: CRAB, TUNA TARTAR and JUMBO PRAWN.

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TUNA TARTAR from the SHELLFISH PLATEAU.
As good as it gets; seasoned fresh sashimi.

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LOBSTER Claw from the SHELLFISH PLATEAU for me.

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LUKE’S CLAM CHOWDER – S$18.
Sage butter & littleneck clams.
This was one half of the soup as they served Chris and I proportionately.
Thick and smooth with generous servings of clam.

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DONNHOFF RIESLING 2012 – S$130
Light gold in colour, crisp with bright acidity and excellent body that went very well with our seafood.
Good choice, Valerie!

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JUMBO LUMP CRAB CAKES – S$47.
Maryland style, grain mustard & coleslaw.
Best crab cakes I have tasted so far since my return to Singapore especially when compared to Nosh’ which I had yesterday for Mother’s Day lunch, it’s heavens apart!
This btw, was half portion so it’s really value for money.

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USDA PRIME RIBEYE “NAKED” OR “LUAU” STYLE – S$88.
400 grams with confit garlic.

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Doneness was medium rare but I think we could go rare next time.
The caramelised crust formed by the luau sauce was savoury sweet.

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From left to right: PRIME RIBEYE, POTATO PUREE AND CRAB CAKE.
My dinner plate. Look at the luscious crab meat from the crab cake!!!

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POTATO PUREE – S$18.
Salted butter & chives.
Light and airy, a refreshing change from our home-style denser mash.

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PETER’S FARM VEAL CHOP – S$75.
Anchovy marmite butter.
Tender and juicy.
In comparison, I preferred this savoury chop to the ribeye.

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LUKE’S LOBSTER POT PIE – S$105.
This may sound excruciatingly expensive for a pie or a pot but a whole lobster was used here so I guess that justify the cost.

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LUKE’S LOBSTER POT PIE.
Spring vegetables, truffle oil, tarragon & puff pastry.
Except for the sauce that was a little too salty for my taste, this dish was perfect from the juicy succulent lobster chunks right down (or up) to the buttery puff pastry.

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OLD STYLE HASH BROWNS – S$20.
Boursin cheese & spring onion.
Tasted very much like crispy noodles on the outside and rosti on the inside.
If you like potatoes and cheese, this is a must order!

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NIKKA TAKETSURU 21YRS (Japan) – S$26.
Ripe fruit, pears, sherry. Slightly smoky.
Pure indulgence for Ryan that night.

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LUKE’S OREO COOKIES – S$16 (2x).
Vanilla centres, minted chocolate & whipped cream.
I do not fancy mint but this was really light and therefore agreeable but I would not order this if I were to have dessert on my own.
The oreo cookies were made from scratch not store bought and tasted rich in dark chocolate.
In fact, almost everything in Luke’s, if not all, are made from scratch.

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WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – S$16.
Stout milkshake.
Definitely the place to bring Santa for dinner.
Just make sure he’s sober enough to ride his sleigh afterwards, lol…
Crisp outside, chewy and gooey chocolate inside the crumbly dough. The shake was not too thick and had no trace of bitterness from the stout.

Bill subject to GST and Service Charge.

Bill is subjected to GST and Service Charge.

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Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House by Travis Masiero Restaurant Group.
All American (Bostonian feel) dining this side of the world, situated at the fringe of Singapore’s business district along Club Street.

Although the price tag may be slightly on the high side, we all felt there was value for money. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here.

Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
20 Gemmill Lane,
Singapore 069256.
Tel: 6221 4468.

Operating hours: Closed on Sundays
Mon – Sat: Noon till Midnight

Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
260 Orchard Road.
#03-02, The Heeren.
Singapore 238855.
Tel: 6733 4813

Operating hours: Daily
12pm – 10.30pm

Happy celebrating 🙂

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Comments
11 Responses to “Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House”
  1. wingedprisms says:

    OK – I will eat here. 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    I’m starting to wonder HOW MANY meals you had on mother’s day. 🙂
    Ummm, $20 for hash browns?

    • Sam Han says:

      Hahaha, this was the day after Mother’s Day but it’s a dinner to compensate the lunch’s crab cakes. The hash brown/rosti was really good :p

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