SQUE Rotisserie & Alehouse Hot
Emmanuel Stroobant’s (Picotin, Brussels Sprouts) latest venture has been set up in Clarke Quay and the focus, as its name (pronounced ‘skew’) implies, is firmly on meat and beer. In addition to the whole chicken, leg of lamb and pork belly are also being cooked over the fire, all served alongside roasted potatoes; and the bar is stocked with 250 bottles and ten on draught.
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Best place for dinner and drinks
Sque is now one of my favourite places for gatherings with friends. Aside from the all-day beer promotions and the very reasonably priced 9-11pm happy hour drinks, I really enjoyed the food here.
I've tried three platters (meant to be shared amongst 3-4). The sausage platter ($28) is lovely - Sque does its sausages perfectly - juicy, succulent and tasty. This won't make a full meal though. I also tried the Rotisserie Platter ($35) with a whole drumstick of smoked turkey, spring chicken and roasted potatoes. I have to admit that the spring chicken wasn't particularly memorable. The smoked turkey though, left an impression. It tasted like smoked ham, with the texture of lean poultry meat.
We also tried the Fathers' Day platter which was our favourite. With meatballs, beef sausages and pork belly, it was a satisfying (if unhealthy) platter. The meatballs were tender on the inside and roasted perfectly such that it retained its juiciness. The beef sausages, too, were bursting with flavour and perfectly roasted at its skin. And my biggest surprise of the night - the pork belly. I'm not a fan of pork belly. Even if I have to eat it, I usually cut away the fat. But this heap of perfectly charred, unctuous belly fat tasted so surprisingly good! The skin on top was crisp and the fat beneath was so tender you hardly had to chew into it.
For the price we paid and for the quality of our beers and food, it was well worth the money. I'll definitely return again for a good night of drinks and food. I have no quibbles about anything - service was excellent, food was excellent, drinks were cheap and we had a great view of the Singapore river. Thanks for a great night, Sque.
Excellent Service Recovery, But Mediocre Food
Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse is an open concept casual beer bar that is situated alongside the Singapore River at Clarke Quay. Supposedly, Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse specialises in a huge variety of beers, bar bites, and rotisserie... But in reality, this doesn't seem to hold true.
One of the better things about Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse is the ambience. Due to its open concept, diners have a great view of the Singapore River, and can enjoy the breeze or people watching as well. It's a good place for chilling, as you can be casually dressed. Furniture is also rather comfortable and evenly spaced, though there isn't much decor. However, an open concept also does have its drawbacks, as a tall ceiling means rain tends to splatter the outermost seats, and hot, still days can be quite uncomfortable.
Service at Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse is friendly, polite and efficient, though food does take some time to be served. I think it's great that staff actually ask for feedback on your dining experience, and are also trained to offer more beer when you're about to finish, which is a good sign of alertness. Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse also has an excellent process of service recovery, if you have a valid reason to be dissatisfied with a dish, they'll take it back and remove it from your bill, no questions asked. And they'll also apologise and offer you the choice of ordering a replacement dish. Great stuff, and something I wish other establishments would emulate!
I struggle with the food at Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse though. On one hand, I want to really like it, as it's presented beautifully, and looks fantastic. But when it comes to the actual taste, most of their dishes are sorely lacking, being either overcooked, undercooked, or simply not fresh. Because of this, I feel that prices at Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse are rather unjustified, and somewhat expensive. And for a place that calls itself a 'Rotisserie', I can't overlook roast items which are dry inside!
However, I like the extensive range of beers at Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse. The only issue is that sometimes, some options may not be available... Check with staff when placing your order!
Overall, I would probably recommend Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse for their beers, some of the bar bites, and for chilling or relaxing. I know it's a place where staff will treat customers well, and provide good service. But skip their main dishes and most of their food.