Hidden gem alert! If you’re looking for a comfy hole-in-the-wall spot that does amazing rustic French fare, Summer Hill is your spot. Helmed by chef Anthony Yeoh of the now defunct Cocotte, this cosy bistro in Clementi focuses on just a few homey dishes done really well. Think aromatic roast chicken, pork collar, and hearty prime rib steak with all the fixings. Pair it with a glass of vino and enjoy on the patio for the perfect easy-going, oh-so satisfying meal.
Our first impression of Summer Hill was that it’s a quaint, no-frills spot with unpretentious vibes that draw you in and make you feel welcome right away. The way it works is you order at the counter, grab a seat in the al fresco dining area out front (there are only a few tables inside, and the patio is much more roomy), and then the servers bring your meal to your table.
We were huge fans of chef Anthony’s roast chicken at Cocotte, so we just had to try the Summer Hill version. Well no surprises here because it was every bit as good as we remembered. The meat was tender and juicy, the skin was golden and herbaceous, the seasonal sides were fresh, and the gravy was the bomb. C'est délicieux!
Why we’ll be back:
Honestly, this was some of the best roast chicken we’ve had in Singapore. When you combine the good eats with the easy-going atmosphere, it was almost like having a home cooked meal on a good friend’s patio. We also like that the sides change on a regular basis, so we’re sure that every time we go back there will be a bit of variety. We recommend coming here on a Sunday when you’re looking for a relaxed and hearty meal.
The wine selection at Summer Hill isn’t huge, so you may want to bring your own bottle, especially because they have no corkage fees. Another great service they offer is their takeaway kits where the chefs do all the prep, pack it up for you take home along with instructions, and all you have to do is pop it in the oven.
The roast chicken meal goes for $23 for half a chicken or $45 for the whole bird.
Summer Hill, 12 Clementi Street, Block 106 #01-62, Singapore 120106. p. +65 6251 5337. Open Tues - Sun 11:30am - 9:30pm