At Fosters, we provide a unique and enjoyable steakhouse dining experience in a relaxed environment. Renowned for serving mouth-watering steaks and great renditions of English classics, Fosters is the place to catch up with friends or share special moments with family.
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Grand Dame Of Excellent British English Cuisine
It's a testament to the fantastic quality of Fosters that they've survived in the constantly evolving and highly competitive food and beverage environment of Singapore for nearly 3 decades. Fosters Restaurant, also known as Fosters Steakhouse Restaurant or Fosters English Rose Cafe, has not only kept up with the times, but may still have a thing or two to school their competitors in the British English cuisine arena.
Ambience at Fosters is like a step back into merry olde England. Styled in the tradition of great British English pubs, with dark wooden furniture, cozy layout, and mood lighting, Fosters also has ye olde suit of knight's armour fronting their interior. The outdoor alfresco dining area has lush greenery and a mini fountain providing atmosphere. Perfect for relaxing, and slow conversations over hot meals.
Service at Fosters is excellent... if you're served by the senior staff. They are knowledgable, professional, and friendly, able to offer sound advice on menu items, and treat diners as old friends. On the flip side, the younger staff aren't much for conversation, and I had a rather unpleasant experience with an incredulous and awkward reply from one of them. Generally though, service at Fosters Restaurant / Fosters Steakhouse Restaurant / Fosters English Rose Cafe befits service at high-end fine dining establishments, albeit without the premium price tag.
Prices at Fosters are rather wallet friendly, ranging from SGD $15 - $50 per dish. Specialising in traditional British English pub grub, Fosters is also a pretty good steakhouse, offering a variety of quality cuts of beef. Dishes are rustic with generous portions, high quality and very tasty, though their belief in scratch preparation means you'll have to wait awhile for your order to be ready. Dining at Fosters is like savouring fine wine, make sure you're not in a hurry.
Complimentary Bread & Butter helps to allevite hunger pangs while you wait for your order to be prepared, most dishes are served in about 10 - 20 minutes.
The classic British English Pork Sausages / Bangers And Mash, SGD $18 for 2 perfectly grilled, meaty yet juicy pork sausages. Served on a bed of smooth mashed potatoes, savoury brown onion gravy, and baked beans. Slight spin with the addition of crispy strips of smoky bacon, anything goes well with bacon! Prepared in about 10 minutes, and utterly declicious.
The Herb Roasted Half Chicken is easily among the best roast chicken I've ever had. The meat is well cooked, still moist inside, and pulls away from the bone easily, while the skin is crisp and savoury. Fragrant with the scent of fresh herbs, the dish is complemented with boiled carrots and string beans in a savoury brown gravy, and thick cut English chips. Staff will warn you that this order takes twice as long to prepare, and I waited about 30 minutes for this. Good things come to those who wait!
The Beef Fillet Fantastique (SGD $42) is rightly named. A tender, juicy, thick cut of prime beef middle cut steak, done to your liking, on a bed of crisp fried onions and topped with fresh field button mushrooms. Served with a side of baked potato in a jacket, fresh vegetables of the day like broccoli, carrots, asparagus and a grilled tomato. The meat is perfectly seasoned, and good enough even without any sauce.
The Fish And Chips was the most disappointing dish for me here. Portion size looked more like an appetizer or bar snack, rather than a main course. And while I loved the freshness of the Cod fish, the herbed batter was greasy and limp, and inconsistent in its thickness. Furthermore, they don't use thick cut English chips, but potato wedges, which isn't traditional. Skip this, and go for the beef, pork or chicken instead.
Heavenly place with sinful food
I first dined at Fosters this year for a birthday lunch and was most impressed with their interior decor (apart from their food). Soulful music play in the background as patrons savor their dishes and enjoy the ambience of this small restaurant. At first, I was shocked at their prices (pretty high for individual dishes) but I later learnt why - the food was too good to be cheap!
I ordered their Norwegian Salmon and the salmon was so well-prepared as well as its side dishes of mashed potatoes and long beans. For dessert, my friend recommended trying their Apple Crumble, and I never regretted ordering it. The Apple crumble was accompanied with a scoop of yummy vanilla ice cream and the apple crumble itself was out of this world. It was so warm and soft and flavorful that I actually felt sad after finishing it.
heavenly afternoon tea set
Fosters is more commonly known as a steakhouse, rather than An English Rose Cafe. Offering a charming Devonshire Cream Tea Set 3 to 6pm daily, it is absolutely worth every penny. At only $10.50++, it offers you it's famous scones, fruit cake, a pot of tea as well as finger sandwiches. These are accompanied by generous amounts of jam, clotted cream and butter which you can slather on, and complements the taste really well. The scones smell absolutely amazing and taste as good as it smells. What's best is that you are allowed to swap the fruit cake and sandwiches for more scones if you would prefer that, and which I would recommend doing.
The restaurant is also really homely and decorated in an authentic English manner, with plush seats and even a knight's suit of armour. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there.
Wonderful Oxtail Stew and Steak
This has been my favorite (and my department) restaurant for lunch at Holland Village. Sometimes we go there when we have a lunch meeting with our customers too. The ambience is wonderful - dim lights, nice deco and helpful/polite waitresses.
We usually go for the set lunch menu that is really value for money. Their oxtail stew from the set lunch is the best and usually sell out fast. My colleagues and I considered ourselves 'lucky' if we managed to order it before they run out. My second choice is the juicy and tender fillet of tenderloin (steak). I always go for medium well so that its not too raw or too hard. By the time you get to the dessert and coffee/tea, you know that will be hardly awake after lunch. ;) Definitely value for money set lunch at $19.50++ (for the oxtail or steak).