Perfect spot for pre-party food and drinks at The Armoury
The best place for a girls pre-party night out before hitting the notoriously happening Suite 26 at South Beach Quarters.
If you’ve been thinking about checking out bottle club Suite 26 at South Beach Quarters (where the wildest parties happen), you should definitely make a pit stop at The Armoury on Level 1. It seems the gastrobar previously known for their selection of craft beers on tap and American bar menu has undergone a revamp. There are a lot more creative menu items – think bar bites with a twist. Trust me, those evening pre-drinks dinner dates with the girls have just gotten a lot more interesting.
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Let’s start with a signature! The Royal Armoury Burger ($19) might be a little heavy for a girls night out, but it’s not to be missed. The generous beef patty is remarkable, grilled over charcoal flame Japanese-style, so its crisp on the outside and pink towards the centre. By far one of the best beef burgers ever. Probably a good idea to order this to share if you’ve got three or more ladies at the table. For the diehard beef burger fans, just go for it. It’s 200g of Wagyu Beef goodness with onion jam, gruyere cheese, fresh leaves of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, maple glazed bacon and a buttery charcoal grilled brioche bun. A little OTT, but absolutely no regrets. Oh, and accompanied by a side of sweet potato chips.
Truffle Mushroom Charcoal Oven Pizzas
Want a familiar carb, but burger isn’t your jam? The Armoury serves Charcoal Oven Pizzas with super thin and crisp crusts. We tasted the Truffle Mushroom ($23) which is loaded with fragrant roasted mushrooms and topped with mozzarella, rocket and a generous portion of shaved truffle. No one’s gonna complain about getting this memorable vegetarian option! Also available are meatier pizzas like the Chicken & Egg ($19) which features a delicious ginger soy chicken, a very precise 62 degree hen’s egg and garlic chips, Prosciutto Ham & Arugula ($22) which is sure to be a crowd favourite and Smoked Duck ($23) which comes topped with Hoisin sauce, mozzarella, smoked duck and leek!
Old Fashioned Calamari
You should order bar bites to go along with your main for sharing. Why not order the Old Fashioned Calamari ($16) or Armoury Buffalo Wings ($16 – $30 depending on intensity of spiciness).
Armoury Buffalo Wings
It’s hard to go wrong with both, especially the wings which comes in five levels of heat – none ($16), mild ($19.50), hot ($23), crazy ($26.50) and 995 ($30). One does not simply attempt the 995 without expecting some toilet time at best and some critical stomach churning and perhaps a visit to the hospital for those with weaker tummies.
Need a safe choice? There’s always Truffle Fries ($14). The freshly fried thick cut french fries arrived piping hot and covered in shaved parmesan, drizzled with aioli and instead of the usual suspects topped with fried sage.
Wagyu Beef Tartare
Looking for an inventive dish to enjoy? Order the Wagyu Beef Tartare ($10) from the small plates menu. Not content with the traditional way this raw beef dish is served, The Armoury’s Chef Ben gets creative with this delightful crisp “waffle” of sorts which gives this so much crunch and texture. A tasty and unique addition to the dining table.
Brown Crab Strozzapreti
There are also a few pasta options at The Armoury and in particular, the Brown Crab Strozzapreti ($23) stood out among the three pastas available. A fresh crab claw and a chunk of sweet de-shelled brown crab was served with the strozzapreti and drenched in a tasty tomato based sauce with chorizos, basil tomato, pine nuts and arugula thrown in for good measure and flavour.
Admittedly the bar grub was what really caught our attention and that is exactly the sort of dinner items one would want to chow down on before a massive night of partying!
36 Beach Rd,
Friday: 8:00AM – 3:00PM, 5:00AM – 1:00AM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM, 5:00PM – 1:00AM
Sunday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM, 5:00PM – 11:00PM