5 restaurants that offer hearty classic American cuisine in Singapore

Pancakes. (PHOTO: Yardbird)
Pancakes. (PHOTO: Yardbird)

By: Alexandra Lin

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at Marina Bay Sands is a great place for classic American cooking. The stars of the menu are the signature 100-year-old recipe Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken with honey hot sauce (S$34), and the famous Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles ($40). Vying for attention too are the boldly flavoured hickory Smoked Pork Ribs (S$46) and Lobster Mac & Cheese made with five artisanal cheeses (S$64).

The Great American Brunch available on weekends also rolls out items such as the instagrammable funfetti pancakes and buttermilk pancakes (both S$22). Tuck into satisfying breakfast classics such as Bacon Hash Waffles and Eggs (S$24), and the All American breakfast with eggs, crispy bacon, potatoes and Yardbird biscuit (S$20). This place also boasts over 100 whiskey labels and excellent handcrafted cocktails.

Tel: 6688 9959


Black Tap Crispy Chicken Sandwich. (PHOTO: Black Tap)
Black Tap Crispy Chicken Sandwich. (PHOTO: Black Tap)

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

It’s time to revisit Black Tap, most famous for its generously portioned New York-style burgers and towering CrazyShake milkshakes with over-the-top flavours and toppings. The selection of gourmet burgers include the award-winning Greg Norman Burger (S$27) composed of premium wagyu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula.

There’s also the classic All American Burger (S$23) with cheese and special sauce, which is simpler, yet just as satisfying. Top your meal with signature snacks such as Korean BBQ wings, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Fried Mozzarella. The drinks menu offers nine different CrazyShake milkshakes, including the popular Cookies N’ Cream Supreme shake.

Tel: 6688 9957


(PHOTO: Wolfgang Steakhouse)
(PHOTO: Wolfgang Steakhouse)

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore

The New York-inspired Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore is the place for the juiciest top quality dry-aged steaks. The Robertson Quay restaurant only serves USDA Prime Black Angus steak, which is dry-aged onsite for 28 days to ensure the meat develops a superb flavour.

Different cuts are offered here, from the New York Sirloin at S$125 to ribeye at S$148. Portions are generous but you could share seafood-based starters such as the Wolfgang crabcakes (S$38), jumbo shrimp cocktail (S$43), fresh seafood platter (S$55) or the lobster bisque at S$23. Pair these with Californian wines and your meal is complete.

Tel: 8870 9070


Large meat platter. (PHOTO: S'Mao Texas)
Large meat platter. (PHOTO: S'Mao Texas)

S’mao Texas-Style Barbecue

S’Mao Barbecue is launching a two-month-long pop-up at Casa Verde, Singapore Botanic Gardens from now to early January. Specialising in authentic Texas-style barbecue and smoking techniques, S’Mao is all about low and slow cooking. Simply seasoned with salt and black pepper, the meats are expertly smoked to achieve succulence and depth of flavour. This concept is headed by chef-owner Chia Jue Mao (also known as Smoky Mao), whose menu is inspired by his experience in Austin, Texas, and North Carolina.

Tuck into the Duroc Pork Ribs (half rack at S$40 and full rack at S$80) that’s ultra-tender and packed with flavour. Or bite into the juicy S’Mao Signature Smoked USDA Angus Short Rib ($15/100g). Great for sharing is the S’Mao Meat Platters: The Medium Meat Platter (S$125) showcases a half rack of Duroc Pork Ribs, 150g Honeyed Duroc Pork Belly, and two House-made Cajun-style Andouille Sausage. For bigger appetites, the Large Meat Platter (S$195) offers a double portion of the medium-sized platter.

Both platters come with six sides such as French fries, cornbread with butter, S’Mao coleslaw, charred corn on the cob, Basil Mac ‘N’ Cheese and charred romaine served with buttermilk dressing. Pair the meats with the Homemade Pomegranate BBQ (S$2) or Mole Rojo (S$3), a blend of spices, nuts and chocolate, inspired by Chef Mao’s trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Open from Fridays to Sundays, 5.30pm – 9.30pm

Tel: 6467 7326

Pre-order/Takeaway: WhatsApp 8940 3884


Beyond Burger. (PHOTO: 25 Degrees)
Beyond Burger. (PHOTO: 25 Degrees)

25 Degrees Singapore

Another popular burger joint is 25 Degrees, located at Hotel G near Bugis. Originating at the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, 25 Degrees is known for its comfort all-American fare such as juicy burgers, hot dogs, and creamy milkshakes.

Here, you can choose one of the burger creations (from S$14) or build your own burger with a choice of beef patty, fish and other accompaniments. For non-meat eaters, there's a newly-improved Veggie Burger whose patty is prepared with tofu, oatmeal, spices, carrots, broccoli, and onions. The wholesome creation is stacked up with beer-battered onion rings, sautéed mushrooms, arugula, roasted tomatoes and laced with a dairy-free chipotle sauce.

This item is added to the permanent burger line-up along with The Beyond Burger (S$18) featuring a 180g Beyond Meat patty, layered with vegan cheese, avocado, roasted tomatoes, jalapenos, guacamole, butterhead lettuce, beetroot and complete with citrus sauce, in between fluffy charcoal buns.


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