The Hainanese have great culinary skills and carved a niche for themselves in Singapore’s food and beverage sector.
Mariners’ Corner Restaurant is one of the places that carries on this proud tradition.
It has been around since 1984, serving good Western-Hainanese food reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial heyday.
The staff are also attentive, informative and provide good service.
Owner Jeremy Say, who took over the restaurant from his father, said the dishes are based on traditional recipes from the colonial days.
A dish that you must not miss is the Braised Colonial Oxtail Stew.
It is based on a Hainanese recipe from Mr Say’s grandfather, who was a chef in a British household for many years.
The dish costs $18 daily, and on Wednesdays, you can enjoy the dish for $16 inclusive of soup, dessert, and coffee or tea.
Mr Say added that the dishes are homemade from traditional recipes with a secret blend of ingredients to ensure that the authenticity and quality is maintained.
For the past 32 years, Mariners’ Corner has maintained the taste of the food and kept the prices reasonable.
Everything, including the soups and sauces, is made from scratch.
The oxtail stew consists of chunks of meat and gravy served in a claypot, with rice or mashed potatoes and braised greens on the side.
The meat is cooked for about seven hours to make it tender and the sauce has a pleasant tang.
The result is a thick and juicy stew that tastes heavenly on its own or with bread.
Their steaks, lobster bisque and escargot are other tasty dishes that are worth the money.
But don’t just take my word for it. Head to Mariners’ Corner, try the dishes and be a believer!
Address: 120 Cantonment Road, #01-02, Maritime House, Singapore 089760
Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm daily
Tel: 6224-9928 (for reservations)
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