You can find Western food almost everywhere in Singapore - in hawker centres, coffee shops, cafes or restaurants, but it can be difficult to find fine western cuisine, especially one that serves up fresh Canadian oysters. Yes, you heard it right, you can get oysters at Grill Ninety Nine! However, Grill Ninety Nine was not always this cafe that was beloved by its regulars and impressed new customers. It was actually on the verge of shutting down.
The founders saw a potential in Grill Ninety Nine, especially with its prime location in Arab Street, and worked on the menu to come up with interesting drinks and food items that would satisfy their customers. Now, Grill Ninety Nine is a cozy establishment, suitable for any occasion, from celebrations to intimate get-togethers and casual meals.
Grill Ninety Nine certainly lives up to its cozy name. The restaurant is two storeys high, with a drinks bar on the second level, where they conjure up delicious cocktails and thirst quenching drinks. The seats on the first floor is typical of any restaurant whereas the entire second level can be transformed into an event space for celebrations.
Seats can be quite limited but you can always call in advance to book a reservation. I can totally see myself bringing my friends to have a chill night over amazing food and delicious drinks.
Of course, we ordered the Canadian oysters. You can get them by half dozens or by the dozens. The oysters were plump and freshly shucked before it was served on a beautiful plate, adorned with several slices of lemons. The oysters were sweet, fresh and easy to swallow. An aphrodisiac, we only wanted more after having the first one. They also had tabasco sauce to go along with the oysters and trust me when I say 6 definitely isn't enough.
They also served a mean crab cake. The crab cake was their own recipe. It came in twos accompanied with a lush salad drizzled with sesame sauce. The crab cake has real crab in it and it was crispy on the outside and fragrant and mushy on the inside. It was perfectly grilled and it is best eaten hot. The rich crab mix on the inside spilled out and harmonised perfectly with the crispy breaded outer layer.
We also got a steak and as if it wasn't already rich and decadent enough, we got an add-on and had melted raclette cheese poured all over our steak. The top of half a giant cheese wheel was melted and when the top layer was melty, they scraped it off onto our steak. It looked amazing. The waterfall of cheese seemed to envelop the steak. I tried the steak first by itself and it was cooked to perfection and seasoned well but when we paired some raclette cheese with the steak, the entire flavour profile morphed into something different. The cheese's smell was pungent but bearable. When you put it in your mouth, the salty savoury taste was a perfect match with the tender steak. It also came with a side of fries and some salad.
To wash down our entire meal, we had Butter Bandung and tried some mocktails. The butter bandung was creamy, sweet and refreshing. It was nice that they decided to incorporate some local flavours, despite the fact that they established themselves as a fine western restaurant. The food was definitely fine dining standard but the experience was so so simple, and I loved it! After my meal, I was looking forward to the next cozy night in with my friends at Grill Ninety Nine.
Grill Ninety Nine
142 Arab Street, Singapore 199828 (Bugis MRT)
Mon - Sun: 12:00PM - 10:00PM