Cover Photo: Corduroy Palace

With a Picasso in the bathroom and caviar bumps, prepare yourself for a restaurant experience that will truly assault all your senses and leave you wanting more

Located along Amoy Street and just off Gemmill Lane, you will be forgiven if your first impression of Corduroy Palace isn’t a positive one.

With a giant green bin and a questionable backroad, no one would expect that you would find a stylish New York-style fine dining restaurant with rare wines, caviar topped xiao long baos and a Picasso original in its bathroom just behind its ugly steel door.

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Corduroy Palace, which is the brainchild of Gibran Baydoun and the team behind the famous Lucali BYGB, is a restaurant you really need to take in layer by layer.

When you first open the door under the maroon awning, you will initially find yourself in the cramped and rustic Proper Slice BYGB which is a New York-styled pizza-by-the-slice joint. 

If you trust the process and keep moving forward, you will go through a Prouvé-inspired pocket door that will bring you face to face with a glass block wall that leads down a narrow cherry wood-panelled hallway and straight into the dark embrace of the restaurant. 

High-gloss burl wood tables and over 21 different vintage and antique rugs from three different countries will greet you as your eyes adjust to the dim lighting. 

Of course, the lighting is just as luxurious. In fact, they are Jørn Utzon for Fritz Hansen concert pendants designed by Danish architect Utzon  (yes, the guy famous for designing the Sydney opera house).

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Take a seat at one of its seven large, oversized banquettes that have all been draped in original Pontoglio corduroy fabric and get ready for a gastronomic experience that you will be hard-pressed to forget easily. 

We begin of course with its unorthodox and visionary wine hall, a first for Singapore and the main reason why you should be visiting Corduroy Palace. It features 10 wine coolers and allows guests to freely explore and select its own wines.

You have the option to speak to head sommelier and wine director Marcus Chen who was formerly from two-Michelin-starred Jaan by Kirk Westaway and a finalist of the World Gourmet Awards’ Rising Sommelier of the Year Award or, you can opt to use its Rdif technology to get tasting notes and photos instantly. 

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Its selection features over 300 bottles that have been meticulously curated by Chen and features rare wines from interesting regions, familiar favourites and pretty much everything in between to suit any palate, mood, occasion or budget. 

With natural and biodynamic wines placed side by side with classic and cult wines, you will be spoilt for choice with bottles that are intended to be drunk immediately. 

If wine is not your poison of choice, visit the bar which is helmed by head bartender Nina Kong for some midcentury classics that feature gins and vermouths. With no cocktail list, the sky is really the limit here. 

Once you have settled down and have a nice alcohol buzz going, it’s time for food. 

The menu, which was created by executive chef Ariana Flores, was crafted first with wine and design in mind. Its menu begins with fresh oysters from Normandy and dumplings from a much-loved hawker stall, You Peng Noodle Dumpling House, which worked with the team to create an authentic, delicious xiao long bao that features an elegant touch of caviar on top. 

You will quickly realise that caviar is the shining star at Corduroy Palace, as it is served liberally on dishes such as a fully loaded baked potato and even doled out tableside on a custom-designed light-up trolley. In typical Baydoun style, of course, you can expect to be served your caviar by the bump on your hand where you can pop it straight into your mouth for a truly luxe experience. 

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Its menu also features steak tartare that is made on a trolly next to your table, a crisp Waldorf salad with spinach, apples, grapes and egg as well as canned fish from Portugal and Spain.

As you move on to the mains, you can expect humble sandwiches like turkey, egg salad, chicken salad as well as extravagant 300g prime ribs, John dory and chicken cordon bleu and cheese platters that feature cheeses from Le Maison Mons by Lauren Mons in Saint Haon le Châtel, France.

By now, you should be completely buzzed and that’s when you wrap up the indulgent Corduroy Palace experience by grabbing a slice of pizza from Proper Slice BYGB on your way out.

Choose from its original cheese pie, pepperoni, white pizza, spinach and ricotta and sausage options which are available on a rotation basis and are open until midnight nightly. 

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With its utter disregard of traditions and legacy, Corduroy Palace stuns and inspires with its intricate details that go almost unnoticed but that seamless blend together to create an incredible and lush experience that will redefine the way you think about dining. 

Corduroy Palace | 110 Amoy Street, Gemmill Lane, S(069930) 

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