While "TGIF" goes without saying for office warriors and students alike, I'm sort of having "TGI Monday" moments this semester, as I'm on a three day week timetable with Mondays and Wednesdays free like a bird (not for long though, I can foresee). Now before you start cursing at me, let me make it up by sharing a place that will actually make you look forward to Monday evenings; Morton's Bar!
It's no secret that Morton's Bar @ Mandarin Oriental runs a happy hour promotion, where selected cocktails are offered at $12.95++ each with free-flow servings of filet mignon sandwiches. The problem is that the bar tends to get very crowded with people simply standing around with no tables, and there are not enough sandwiches to go around for everyone at every serving round. This is especially so towards the end of the week.
But as the girlfriend, who was on leave, and myself found out, Monday evenings are a total different matter altogether. No need to jostle for tables, no need to raise your voice to hear yourself, and the best part: More than enough sandwiches for everyone at each round!
Do note that not all of their martini creations are valid for happy hour, but those available are definitely more than pleasing to reward yourself for getting past the day!
I haven't drink enough martinis in my life to compare, but their creations were indeed very well-balanced with a delicate spike of alcohol and refreshing fruit mixers. Lycheetini fared better among the two, as the cranberry-based Cosmopolitan felt a tad artificial.
Chicken Goujonets ($15.00)
Served hot and crispy with mustard mayonnaise, these classy chicken tenders sure satisfied the savoury pang!
Complimentary Filet Mignon Sandwiches
And this, was the mega perk-me-up. Tender, juicy tenderloin cuts in between buttered mini-buns with a dab of mustard mayonnaise. Oh my. Good things, no, excellent things do come in small packages!
But I have to say that it would be better if the doneness could be more consistent. Most of the times I had really good medium beef, but there were a few overly pink ones that made me gave up chewing and simply swallowed.
I would think that its usually not nice to ask for more in a round when some people didn't even get one. But it's different story when the friendly waitresses asked directly if you cared for another one because there really were leftovers.
Resistance was futile!
How many sandwiches did I eat, you ask. Well, the girlfriend gave me a couple of hers as she had her fill, so I had erm, more than you could count with two hands.
Bill for two was $48.14 after taxes, a surprise treat by the lovely girl (Not sure if it was due to the alcohol or the happy-to-be-on-leave mood, or both). Quality offerings with top-notch services, the Morton's experience has yet to disappoint and will definitely chase away whatever blues you are having. Leave some sandwiches on the tray for me, alright?
The Bar at Morton's
5 Raffles Avenue
Mandarin Oriental Singapore