The Maritime House at Cantonment Road serves as an administrative building and clubhouse for all seafaring sailors and captains who call to port on Singapore shores. The commercial property is situated within a stone throw near the Keppel container port opposite the Pinnacle at Duxton housing board flats. It still serves visiting sailors till today, providing apartments accommodations- a home away for seafarers during their stay at the Port of Singapore.
Maritime House is also home to a number of commercial business and an eatery all tucked into its tiny 12-floored footprint, including the Singapore Mariner’s club, Seafarer lounge and a Maritime Medical center for the sailors, having their affiliations with the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore.
Cozy and homely experiencing a time bygone
Sailor hospitality is the name of the game here and the Mariners’ Corner Restaurant is a well-known hang out and dining point for sailors. The restaurant was founded and run by a Chinese Hainanese family, who been serving their Hainanese Western Fare since 1984. I had always wanted to write a review of this restaurant, having patronized it for over a decade, but hadn’t done so till now.
The entrance is located just right beside the building main lobby entrance, and still maintains the cozy-dreamy family restaurant feel complete with dimly candle lit setting with tables draped with traditional table cloths dating from the early 80s, it is like going into a realm back in time. Remember the old Jacks place steak houses in the 90s with dim candle lit tables draped with lumberjack-style checked table cloth? That’s the experience you get here at the Mariners Corner- an experience almost extinct in fast-developing Singapore.
The restaurant is known for their steaks and lobster dishes. I will strongly recommend their assortment of conventional steaks, such as their Tenderloin steak, Angus rib eye and T-bone, which are all of very good quality and cooked accurate to your desired doneness. All steaks are served with baked potato and/or summer tomatoes sides. Other meats worthy of trying include their NZ Venison and Lamb cutlets, which are juicy and not too dry.
Their fish selection is usually served with butter sauces and Pilaf rice. For a restaurant dine-in, prices range from as low $20 for an al-la-carte main course, up to $30 for premium steaks. You get your steaks served on the plate or on hotplates depending on your liking or on special request, their friendly staff will be open to accommodate.
Recommended side dishes shall be the Oxtail stew (which can be eaten as a meal too) and their Escargots, which costs under $12 for a half dozen. On top of your main course, you can top up $6 for access to the salad bar, served with desserts coffee and tea. The salad bar buffet which primarily serves as starters and fillers while waiting out for your main course. The salad bar selection is extensive, complete with an assortment of usual salad funfair such as lecture, tomato, etc., with added bonuses of fruits, bread (and breadsticks, my favorite), as well as pasta mixes with chilled meats.
The restaurant is family friendly, though cramped at times, making the restaurant a space constraint for visitors with wheelchairs or children strollers. The restaurant also serves and assortment of wines by the glass or bottle, just check with your sommelier/waiter for details. Went with families so managed to try most of their steaks and love the prime rib steak so much. Price are reasonable and service is excellent.
The restaurant opens 11.30 am to 3pm for lunch, where lunch set menu is served, and 6pm to 10pm (dinner menus) daily, with a mid-afternoon break in between daily opening hours. The nearest MRT to the Maritime building is Outram MRT, where you can exit at the Cantonment police complex and make your way up the hill toward the Pinnacle HDB. Basement parking in the Maritime House is free for diners. The restaurant takes reservations and is advised for festive days, such as Christmas, where they will serve a limited Christmas-only menu with inclusion of the salad bar, tea and coffee by default.
The Mariner’s corner gets my thumbs up for an enjoyable dining experience, good food with good ambience to boot, do check it out if you are in the area.
Mariner’s Corner Restaurant and Bar
Maritime House, 120 Cantonment Rd