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“Overhyped and disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Iggy's

Iggy's
Ranked #1,177 of 10,518 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Orchard Road
Description: Iggy’s, founded by Ignatius Chan, and is one of the top restaurants in Singapore, with international accolades and a following to match. Serving an amalgamation of modern European and Asian cuisine, the food is exceptional, using ingredients from Europe, Asia and Australia. The seasonal tasting menu is a culmination of the best of Ignatius’s travel and dining experiences throughout the world.
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Overhyped and disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

With all the marketing and all the hype I expected so much more. It was one of the most disappointing meals/service that I have experienced in Singapore.

Dollar for dollar the worst value in Singapore.

The food was nothing special. The restaurant looks like an office (once you have got past the initial black art decor design and then you come into the dining room with a "oh is that it?".

The service for a restaurant charging these prices and needing local custom was terrible. Not once was I asked what my meal was like. When i didn't eat half of the courses/left parts as they were so terrible not once did someone say they would replace it or take give some extra wine/tea as complimentary. The staff seemed to be going through the motions.

The atmosphere was dead and the food matched it.......do not waste your money.

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Focus on the ingredients shame they were such poor quality”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

A fine dining restaurant that fails to deliver on any level. The entrance corridor is the highlight of the experience. The dining room lacks any kind of atmosphere with oddly mismatched decor. Robots would have more personality than the staff, portions are small and with food going back no one thought to ask if it was ok? They are trying to be simple and creative letting the ingredients speak for themselves with the flavour combinations being the interest factor. Unfortunately the ingredients were not great quality the tomatoes in the first course lacked any flavour I think hydroponicaly grown tomatoes from cold storage have as much flavour. The best quality ingredient was some very fresh asparagus but it was ill paired and overpowered by smoked potato which was the main part of the dish again the potato had no flavour just that of smoked next course had different ingredients but bizarrely tasted the same.
Full marks for preparing a full vegetarian menu just a shame it was so disappointing and the whole experience was so bland.

  • Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Sadly lacking inspiration...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

I had lunch with a client here last month and ordered the tasting menu. I've dined at Iggy's several times in the past and was pleased to return...unfortunately I've left with little desire to return in a hurry

The restaurant has a good location being located in the HIlton Hotel which is on the main shopping strip in Singapore - Orchard Road. The restaurant itself has a classy minimalist feel to it, dark corridors as you enter which then surprise as you enter the brightly lit and warm main dining room. Tables are a little close but nonetheless comfortable however one peeve is the sliding door which opens to the kitchen which kept opening and closing, staff traipsing in and out and this became quite distracting.

Service was slow to start, ok in the middle and then slipped again as the restaurant became busier. If the true test of a great restaurant is consistency throughout the meal - Iggy's has work to do.

Now for the real test - the food. The menu is a tad eclectic with a fusion of French and Japanese influences but nevertheless makes for interesting reading and promises an innovative experience. Unforuntately as our food arrived, our hopes steadily slipped...

Nothing really popped in terms of flavour or presentation, a few weeks on no dish has stuck in my memory and the only thing I can actually remember was the dazed, lifeless and unspired look on the face of the head chef in the kitchen (who I had a constant view of with the sliding doors mentioned above). The chef looked like he had lost his passion and interest and it showed in the food - some was bland, other dishes were a little weird and the rest, plain boring. I appreciate I'm going against the grain given the high ratings of this restaurant in various polss, but serriously I don't get it.

I have a soft spot for Iggy's from past visits where the electic menu always made for an interesting memorable experience...sadly, my latest visit has been a big step backward

  • Visited May 2013
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“Indeed very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

I don't understand the vitriol in some of the other reviews, and they even complained about "dark corridors" and the kitchen doors. The ambience and design is minimalist and stylish, and it's perfectly fine.

We had the lunch set, which allows you to
choose between 2 dishes per course. There is also a tasting menu, with no choices. The amuse bouche was the typical sour tomato dish, which was ok. The 1st course of foie gras was good. The 2nd course of capellini with spicy dried shrimp is a favorite of mine, similar to what Ember does. The main of fish was ok, it was sweet, but also still fishy. The dessert of kaya and tea tarik is a creative deconstruction of a local bread spread and drink. My friend had the wagyu cheek main and berries dessert and he liked them too

We were celebrating our birthdays and they prepared an extra chocolate egg dessert which we had to crack with a hammer. Interesting, but just ok tasting

Overall it's very good. Is it as good as Noma in denmark? Of course not. But iggy's is better than most already

  • Visited May 2013
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Cor blimey, what a rip-off!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Well, I honestly don't understand what all the fuss is about this very average, but exorbitantly priced dining establishment on Orchard Road in Singapore. Is it a case of all hype and no substance or pretension like The Emperor’s New Clothes?

Let me explain. We had cause for celebration (important wedding anniversary) and as we were in Singapore we thought we'd give this place a try for the anniversary dinner as it's one of only about a handful of restaurants in the eastern hemisphere that features in the list of the 'World's 50 Top Restaurants' .

It’s upstairs on the first floor of the Hilton Hotel which doesn’t bode well as this hotel is probably one of the oldest and least salubrious hotels in this part of Singapore. Built in the 1970s it looks as if it’s never had a revamp nor any new decor or furniture in the public areas. It does not reek of opulence - just the opposite really - so we thought we’d come to the wrong place. We hadn’t, - this was it: Iggy’s. Iggy’s what you may well ask?

The entrance to the restaurant was just past some tatty looking 1950s furniture one floor up from the less than snazzy hotel lobby. You were then confronted by a what looked like a very big black box with a darkened corridor leading into it with a fanciful piece of sculpture at the end in an attempt to hone your senses to finer aesthetics for the supposedly epicurean delights ahead.

There is a choice of eating at a bar arrangement where you can enjoy watching the cooks in action or eat in the dining room. We chose the latter. This room is by no means large with about eight or nine tables which sufficient space between to engender a feeling of privacy, but not intimacy.

It’s a formal space with a carpeted floor where the low level lighting is provided by subtle wall washers and the waiters wear lounge suits. At one end of the room there is mirrored wall with a display of empty glasses. The walls are bedecked with what can only be described as rather lacklustre artworks. There are no windows and the chairs and tables were definitely not the sort of thing you’d find in an interior design magazine. The spotlights were pointing at the carpet and not focused on the flower arrangements which remained unlit. Where was the supposed sophistication?

We chose the seven course dinner and each course was served on a different shaped/coloured plate. Big deal! The food itself was not vey memorablel and when we pointed out that there were bits of shell still attached to the prawns/shrimps the waiter just shrugged.

However, the better half really enjoyed the home made chocolates handed out at the end of the meal.

The only thing that was memorable was the distraction of the glass door into the kitchen changing from being frosted to becoming clear and with a whooshing sound opening into the kitchen where you could see the cooks at work. I don’t think this actually lends itself to adding sophistication to the establishment.

Would we go again? I doubt it. The Scotts Road foodcourt is much more fun and totally unpretentious unlike Iggy's.

  • Visited November 2012
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