Iconic American steakhouse Morton’s The Steakhouse reopens after renovations to an updated menu with fun cocktails and bloody good steaks.
If you grew up in the late ’90s in Singapore as a carnivorous gastrophile, chances are you’ve been to Morton’s The Steakhouse. If not, you’re likely to at least have swung by during its popular ‘Mortini Nights’ for martinis and those (very much sought-after) complimentary bite-sized filet mignon sandwiches.
That’s right, Chicago-based Morton’s The Steakhouse has been here since 1998, searing itself a fine reputation in Singapore for its signature prime aged steaks and classic hospitality. Over the years the upscale steak restaurant located in Mandarin Oriental Singapore has refreshed its offerings multiple times, but the recent refurbishment by the five-star hotel – which reopened just last month – gave the grand dame an opportunity to refresh herself as well.
With its reopening Morton’s The Steakhouse has curated an entire slew of new cocktail offerings at its bar, as well as some additions to the restaurant’s a la carte menu.
While we’re more familiar with – and still partial to – its bracingly-strong martinis, the more whimsical new cocktails can appeal to a wider drinking audience. The Blackberry Mojito, Guava Sidecar, and Passion Margarita, for example, are fruit-forward versions of some of our favourite classic cocktails. The Bourbon Old Fashioned remains its classical self, and something we appreciate and love.
Pro-tip: drop in for ‘Power Hour’ at the bar – which runs between 5 to 7 pm on Mondays to Fridays – and you’ll still find many of your favourite ‘Mortinis’ there.
As for its new dishes? Let’s be honest. We come to Morton’s The Steakhouse specially for that grand American steakhouse experience of the ’80s and ’90s, one that’s honed to perfection over the decades for impeccable hospitality and perfectly-executed classic dishes we’ve come to love.
It’s why our heart leaps when we see the likes of the old-school Main Lobster Cocktail, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, and Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail still on the menu. Old reliables like the Morton’s Salad and Chopped House Salad. The seafood platters. And of course, its array of USDA prime steaks such as its melt-in-the-mouth Center-Cut Filet Mignon and Porterhouse, or our favourite, the hearty Signature Cut New York Strip.
But modern sensibilities mean that newer cuts are available now. The Tomahawk Ribeye, a stalwart at Tuscan-style steakhouses, or the very indulgent Japanese A5 Wagyu New York Strip, for example. The newly-introduced lamb option, the Double-Cut Rib Lamb Chops, is fantastically juicy and tender.
Some of the new starters and entrees we did like. The Maine Lobster Ravioli, in particular, with each pasta parcel bursting with chunky lobster and doused in a delectable lobster truffle sauce, or the Lobster Mac and Cheese, which elevates with the classic American dish with shredded lobster. There’s also the Baked Corn Souffle and Grilled Oysters Casino which are worth your attention.
Then again; new is good, but at a veritable institution like this, not entirely necessary.
Because, as Billy Joel hit goes, we love you just the way you are, Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Address 5 Raffles Ave, 3rd Floor, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Singapore 039797 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 5pm to 11pm Mondays to Saturdays; 12pm to 9pm on Sundays
Tel (65) 6339 3740
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