The Best of Club Street and Gemmill Lane
We round up our favourite spots to dine and have a few drinks around Club Street and the up-and-coming Gemmill Lane.
When you take over the space where Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House used to be, you’ve got pretty big boots to fill. Angeleno, however, is doing just fine, and in fact, Chef David Almany and Chef Ariana Flores are garnering rave reviews for their fresh gourmet Italian cuisine made with primo ingredients, many of which come straight from Californian farms (fun fact: the restaurant is named after the residents of the city of Los Angeles). To start, go for the Burrata Caprese with roasted and raw cherry tomatoes and basil pesto, and then try the exquisite Saffron Linguine with littleneck clams and zucchini.
20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256
Mon – Sat: noon – 11pm
+65 6221 6986
Funky, fun and focusing on Thai fried chicken, Bird Bird is the newest venture by Chef Bjorn Shen of Artichoke fame. Grab a seat on one of the colourful milk crates outside or next to the graffiti style murals inside and grab yourself a paper-lined plate of crispy BBQ chicken subtly seasoned with hints of lemongrass and cilantro. You’ll definitely be double-dipping that bird in their tangy and slightly spicy tamarind chili dipping sauce. Pair it with a Piston Head Swedish punk beer or a Milk Tea Slushie and you’re good to go.
18 Ann Siang Road, #01-01, Singapore 069698
Tues – Thurs: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 2am
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
What’s this? The Luke’s you know and love is now an Italian restaurant? True, but if you look just next door you’ll find Luke’s in their new location where they still offer up those sublime shellfish and steaks. Your meal here could go something like this: freshly shucked oysters with a glass of bubbly followed by Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes Maryland style. Then the piece de resistance: a USDA Prime Ribeye grilled however you like, with a side of Kale Salad or Lobster Mac & Cheese.
22 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069257
Mon – Sat: noon – 11.30pm
+65 6221 4468
There is a Mediterranean theme running through the menu at Maggie Joan’s, a not-so-secret spot behind a nondescript metal door on Gemmill Lane. The interior features cozy tables set against an exposed brick wall, and the open kitchen is where all the action happens between Chef Oliver Hyde and his team. Start with the Warm Oysters with chorizo, move on to the Magret Duck Breast with roasted carrots and feta, and end with a slice of ridiculously good Pecan Pie.
110 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 089127
Entrance on Gemmill Lane
Mon – Fri: noon – 3pm, Mon – Sat: 6pm – late
+65 6221 5564
Gemmills is a new all-day dining concept and wine bar from the guys behind Moosehead and Maggie Joan’s. The space is cozy and rustic with wooden ceiling beams, shelves on the walls housing antique curios, and marble-topped tables with dark wooden chairs. The menu includes a mix of light bites like salted almonds, duck rillettes, and cheeses and charcuterie sold by the gram. They also offer great wines by the glass and bottle, and you can even pop in early in the morning to fuel up on great coffee and pastries as they open at 8am.
110 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 068579
Mon – Sat: 11am – midnight
+65 6221 5564
A tagline like ‘For Alcoholics by Alcoholics’ gives you a pretty good idea about what you’re getting into at Gem Bar. Boozy and boisterous nights are what you can expect, with stiff drinks and slick beats to help you get into the vibe. Spread out over three floors of a conservation shophouse, the space allows you to mingle with people coming in off the street on the ground floor, groove to live music on the second floor, and hedge your bets with the pool sharks up at the very top.
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069788
Mon – Fri: noon – 2am, Sat: 5pm – 2am
+65 6224 7762