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Restaurant bar review: Corduroy Palace brings midcentury American decadence to Amoy Street

When you think about the fabric corduroy you may be visualizing pants with a comfortable feel and distinct texture. However, you never had a second thought that the fabric is much more than that, it has a long and interesting history.

Dive into this Asiaone about this mid-century-inspired dining place.


From the Medieval period, the fabric provides an incredible warmth feeling and it is for the same reason that the fabric is favored to be utilized in the garments of European royalty in the colder months.

When the Industrial Revolution era arrived, the fabric was demoted into a working-class staple. However, the fabric was rediscovered and it became popular with the 1960s hippie culture with its use in bell-bottom pants.

To cut the story short, the lowly corduroy became a symbol of glamour and grunge, and that is why it is the best thing to describe Corduroy Palace.


Placed in the moody alleyway in Gemmill Lane, the entrance to Corduroy Palace might inspire awe.

Established by the visionary Gibran Baydoun and the squad that created the famous Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali BYBG, their wine cellar is reminiscent of the prestigious era of the Medieval period.

The dimly lit space is like an amalgam of an American bar, art collector’s lobby, a wine-tasting club, and a classic restaurant.

With its drop-down ceiling, walls draped with knitted fabric, and classic rugs provide a nostalgic feel.

Also, the wide banquet halls are clad in corduroy and the bar is dimly lit with only warm light bulbs illuminating the area.

The gastrobar also boasts an eclectic collection of artworks hanging on the wall which are reminiscent of Picasso’s abstract expressionist era.

Upon your visit, you will be summoned by the God of Wine himself as the libations are the first order of business.


As for the food, the menu is crafted by head chef Ariana Flores and it is inspired by the 1960s hippie era.

You can start with an hors d’oeuvre of Jonah Crab Claws in ice for $40. The crab’s exoskeleton might irritate the impatient but the caramelized butter dip will win you over.

Another interesting starter is their Canned Fish for $25. The establishment also offers a variety of seafood platters like codfish, octopus skin, and capers, each has its own signature dip.

To provide a Singaporean taste, they also offer a non-American dish, You Peng’s Dumplings that you can get at $50 for ten pieces.

The xiao long bao was derived from the famous hawker stall in Bukit Timah. As you already noticed, they are much more expensive than your typical soup dumplings.

They also offer a decadent treat of caviar served in trolleys. This briny goodness are served in a dollop and can be paired with a nice vodka.

Main Dishes

You can be surprised by the variety of main dishes that they offer. One of these is their Chicken Cordon Bleu for $34. It is composed of a roulade of Benton’s ham, tender chicken, and a tasty roll of provolone.

If you are looking for something fancy, you can try their Prime Rib worth $150 per 300g. The meat has a crispy exterior with a juicy and red interior, oozing with flavor.

They are also serving Idaho baked potato, served with sour cream and topped with a nice dollop of caviar.


Finally, for desserts, their bestseller Pie of the Day that you can get for $18 is a must-try. It is a tart of chocolate, crowned with gold-painted hazelnuts which are reminiscent of Ferrero Rocher.

This restaurant lived up to its name and it is the best description of it, as a dining place of glamour and grunge.

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