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“Great food and wine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fordham & Grand

Fordham & Grand
43 Craig Road | Opposite Craig's Place, Singapore 089681, Singapore
+65 6221 3088
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Ranked #355 of 7,750 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: $15 - $32
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary, Australian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our Story...Fordham & Grand is an unsophisticated bistro. We welcome those who enjoy the art of revelry. Each night we seek to create a simple yet entertaining experience through the mediums of delectable food and intriguing beverages. Our goal is not to challenge you with technical and sophisticated food or beverages. We want you to feel the comforts of the everyday without the care or worry of the world on your shoulders. We want to take you on a journey into the realms of the Sandman as we glide into the small hours of the morning. Fordham & Grand is for the nightjars and the late night adventurer. Everyone is welcome.What does Fordham & Grand mean?We are named after a very cultural area and street intersection of the Bronx. Fordham Road and Grand Central was once one of New York's most cultural and vibrant places. A lot of money and culture could be found in this area. This culture gave way to some of the most interesting (and still existing) Art Deco architecture in the world. Being so cultural and vibrant and in the midst of the Prohibition, the area was also home to many great "speak easy" bars.For us, we have taken this beautiful amalgamation of the many great aspects of an exciting era and brought it to the contemporary age. The unique period of Art Deco, the "speak easy" culture of the Prohibition and the vibrancy of New York's most famous borough, the Bronx, can be found at Fordham & Grand.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Great food and wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My husband and I went to dinner with friends and loved it. Just being a door on the side of the street means you can easily just walk by and miss it. It's a small dark space with lots of wood and mirrors, with a 1920's feel to it. The service was quite good a bit too good, as we barely sat down and they were asking what we wanted to order and kept doing so another 2 times before any of us were ready. We started off with cocktails which were made with a lot of experience which was obvious. I ordered the striploin medium rare which was cooked to perfection and my husband ordered the lamb shanks which were so tender and were falling off the bone, delicious! My only one problem was when we ordered the wine (great selection by the way most bottles under SGD100). We ordered a Tassie Pinot which the waitress came to show us before opening and the proceeded to take it away and pour herself a small glass to taste. We found this quite odd and questioned her when she came back. So which she replied she was testing to see if if was corked. There were a couple of obvious problems with this scenario. First off our wine was a screw top, so no issue of it being corked. Secondly if the waitress had been trained properly in wine in the slightest she would understand if it was a bottle with a cork you would be able to smell it straight away without pouring yourself a glass to taste. So would highly recommendt trying this place out for dinner, they just really need to look at training their staff better in wine if they pride themselves on having such a great wine list.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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189 reviews 189 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
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327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
“Style but not much substance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Fordham and Grand is unfortunately symptomatic of a greater Singapore malaise, that of great appearance but not a huge amount to back it up.

Typically these places attempt to be cooler than cool with a very hard to find door being more annoying than trendy as an example. The food is ok, the drinks are ok but that's about as far as it goes.

As a concept, there is space for it within Singapore but don't go expecting top notch food. The wine list is also sub standard.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hong Kong
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“This is a restaurant I will definitely return.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

I went their with my family last night . We ordered lobster linguini, burratina , Hokkaido scallop , salmon salad , foie gras...etc. They were all outstanding . Dessert is absolutely out of this world . Must try Orange Martini & banana cake .
Very enjoyable place .

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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“Euro classics with an Asian twist”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

This is destination dining. You'd never notice this place if you were walking past. You need to look closely to see the small plaque outside a very solid timber door. Inside, the restaurant is a long, dark and moody room with the bar and kitchen at the far end. Some former team members at the fine-dining Restaurant Andre established this restaurant which offers a variety of European classics and a focus on top ingredients. There's a nod to Asian sensibilities - where chilli is used, it's quite spicy. Singaporeans will no doubt barely notice the level of heat but Western diners should take note. A small selection of wines is available by the glass but the cost of drinking here is not cheap. Personable service, well-executed dishes in an area teeming with competition, just on the fringes of Chinatown.

Visited November 2013
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Having read numerous reviews on this restaurant I was looking forward to my first experience. unfortunately our party of six made a reservation for a Sunday night which was not necessary as the place was virtually empty with only three tables occupied.
We shared five starters but unfortunately we had to use the tiny bread side plates and one small knife between three before eventually requesting knives and forks for all. Admittedly the starters especially the portobello mushroom, egg confit & arugula was excellent although the skewered seafood was cold.
Those who had the scallops and the lobster were more than satisfied but my spring chicken was served almost raw and had to be sent back not once but twice! At least this item was deducted from the bill.
This establishment is fairly expensive with main courses priced around S$30 and the starters not much cheaper.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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