Palais Renaissance has always been known for understated luxury, but gourmands will also know that it’s Orchard Road’s best-kept dining secret. Located in the heart of the busy shopping district, the destination is a purveyor for the finer things in life, and this concept of luxury extends to its restaurants and bars.
And there’s something for everyone. Fans of Japanese cuisine will have plenty to choose from, especially with Shatoburian Yakiniku and Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar. For a relaxing afternoon with fantastic food and drinks, PS.Cafe and Merci Marcel are great options, while Wholesome Savour caters to the health-conscious with its menu of delectable nutritious bites. The Writing Club offers a cosy respite for whisky lovers to unwind at, alongside an extensive variety of rare and exceptional whiskies to choose from.
Here’s our guide to Palais Renaissance’s best restaurants and bars.
Merci Marcel has excelled in marrying two distant worlds — the bohemian art of living and French social dining — into one unique concept. Today, the all-day dining destination and independent boutique continues to offer a curated selection of gourmet food, fine drinks, art, and lifestyle products at its outlet at Palais Renaissance.
A breezy al fresco patio aside, Merci Marcel also extends the island’s tropicalilty within with murals by French artist Tiphaine Sartini and plenty of handcrafted artisanal finishings. The interiors aren’t the only things worth Instagramming as the dishes here are equally noteworthy. The ‘Ravioles de Royans, Palais’, is one especially worth ordering; the French regional speciality here gets elevated with foie gras emulsion and Tête de Moine cheese. End your meal here on a sweet note with stellar desserts such as the Crème Brûlée — made from the iconic Werther’s Originals candy — and the Crêpe Marcel.
Merci Marcel, #01-03, Palais Renaissance, +65 6735 2608
Ask any self-respecting brunch lover and chances are PS.Cafe’s at the top of their list. The charming cafe has infused their signature charisma and lush surroundings into its high-vaulted Palais Renaissance outpost, all while serving up hearty takes on savoury and sweet cafe classics.
The famous Truffle Shoestring Fries and PS. Burger are always crowd-pleasers, but it’s worth being a little adventurous here with its daily specials. The Sticky Date Pudding is a time-tested dessert that’s become one of the cafe’s most ordered, and is served with lashings of toffee sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
PS.Cafe, #02-09A, Palais Renaissance, +65 9834 8232
With a philosophy that’s based on a zero-tolerance principle, Wholesome Savour is fuelled by a passion for healthy eating and flavoursome food. The plant-based therapeutic food company counts on a curated team of wellness specialists – think nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, dieticians, and Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians – to dream up a thoughtful menu of functional meals, which maximizes the optimal absorption of nutrients.
The restaurant’s Dehydrated Chips — served with cashew sour cream — is an antioxidant-rich snack that boosts immunity. Meanwhile, the Zucchini Noodle Carbonara, with truffle nut parmesan and Mycoprotein squid, promises better heart health.
Meals here end on a soothing note with one of the many herbal infusion teas, with functions that range from better digestion to anti-aging.
Wholesome Savour, #B1-06A, Palais Renaissance, +65 6736 0288
The Writing Club
With an arsenal of over 500 hand-picked labels of rare and collectible whiskies and spirits from all over the world, it’s easy to see why The Writing Club at Palais Renaissance is already a favourite haunt amongst whisky enthusiasts.
The 36-seater whisky-library sees plush leather couches and a warm setting to evoke the intimacy of a personal living room and bar. There’s a legion of rare single malts to try here, but for a more convivial setting the bar’s cocktails won’t let you down. The Writing Club’s Old-Fashioned, for example, is made with a special concoction of base spirits instead of the usual Bourbon whisky, while the Peated Whisky Sour adds a smoky kick to the classic cocktail.
To celebrate its second anniversary in August, the whisky haven also put together a specially curated set of two whiskies — a 30-year-old whisky from Tormore distillery and a 16-year-old Irish whisky — for its fans. The Writing Club was also Singapore’s representative in a four-bar joint bottling of a 2000 vintage Macallan, a rare release which saw only a handful make it to the bar.
The Writing Club, #02-10, Palais Renaissance, +65 9362 8626
Helmed by the brains behind Black Cow, Shatoburian Yakiniku by Black Cow aims to elevate the fine art of Yakiniku dining with exceptional Wagyu beef and a passion for showcasing Japan’s seasonal ingredients.
Because quality is always at the forefront here, the restaurant prides itself on serving seasonal Wagyu beef that is procured directly from auction houses in Japan. Shatoburian primarily selects Hida Wagyu beef, an award-winning brand of beef sourced from Gifu Prefecture that’s renowned for its juiciness and mesh-like marbling consistency in quality. Having adopted a sustainable nose-to-tail approach in its Wagyu imports has meant that Shatoburian is able to offer over 30 different cuts of beef, ranging from the rare misuji (oyster blade cut), to the tokujo tongue for the more adventurous.
This fall, the establishment showcases its aptitude for creating natural umami flavours with its Autumn Executive Lunch menu. Highlights include the ‘Gyutan Don’ and ‘Classic Truffle Don’, but the Signature ‘Yakiniku Don’ is one of its most popular for a reason. The latter is an indulgent bowl that comprises of three daily selected prime cuts of Wagyu beef, glazed foie gras, Hokkaido sea urchin, caviar, and sashimi-grade onsen egg, all served on a bed of high-grade Hokkaido rice.
Meanwhile, the Wagyu Sando is a flavourful alternative to the rice dishes; Chateaubriand beef and glazed foie gras are served on toast instead and topped with grated seasonal black truffles. Shatoburian’s Shato-Suki, which utilises Sirloin, is perhaps the best way to experience the best of two Japanese cooking methods — Sukiyaki and Yakiniku. The Wagyu meat is dipped in raw sashimi-grade Japanese egg yolk here before eating.
Shatoburian Yakiniku, #02-08/09, Palais Renaissance, +65 6904 3308
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar stays true to its namesake — a large port city east of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture — in many ways. Its interiors are clearly inspired by a Japanese fishing village with fishing tools, wooden fixtures and metal accents throughout. On the menu, one would find plenty of options that incorporate produce from this quiet little coastal city, alongside a curated premium sake list.
Although the establishment offers an extensive menu that includes sushi, sashimi, and noodles, robatayaki remains at the forefront here. The robatayaki dishes are known to be authentic and fresh, especially the fish and seafood. The Tsukune, Iberico Pork Collar with Yuzu Miso, and Mentai Tebasaki are also favourites on the menu, and make for great pairings with the sake there.
Ishinomaki Grill & Sake Bar, #B1-02/02A/03, Palais Renaissance, +65 6737 1065