If you read my ‘sneak preview’ of Swire’s newest restaurant Mr & Mrs Fox, then you’ll know how excited I have been about this opening. If Swire’s existing restaurants (Café Gray Deluxe and The Continental, amongst others) are anything to go by, then it was clear from the start that Mr & Mrs Fox would be no less than fantastic.
Having already visited the ground floor bar, occupied by Mrs Fox, and enjoyed numerous artisanal cocktails and shared plates (not to mention a number of shots of Casamigos tequila…), I was eager to continue the journey upstairs on a subsequent visit and see what Mr Fox had to offer.
The 12,000 square foot, three-storey restaurant is designed by the talented design team at Charlie & Rose (also behind the design at El Loco Gringo, Stockton, Fish & Meat and Stone Nullah Tavern, to name a few). It is an absolutely stunning space with lots of wood, copper and leather to give it a comfortable, vintage look and feel that is instantly welcoming. Despite the huge space and high ceilings, there’s definitely something intimate about it that makes you want to stay there all night. For special occasions or group dinners, there’s an incredible private dining room on the third floor known as The Den.
The menu that Mr Fox presents is much bigger than Mrs Fox’s bar menu. On my first visit, I fell in love with the tandoori calamari and was therefore a little disappointed that it wasn’t on the menu upstairs. Note: apparently it’s not possible to order from the downstairs menu if you’re seated upstairs, and vice versa. I would therefore recommend visiting Mrs Fox first and sipping on a cocktail whilst enjoying the tandoori calamari – you’ll thank me later.
Everyone loves a good charcuterie board, and Mr Fox’s was no exception. Although the portions of each selection aren’t huge, the quality of the meat is excellent and comes beautifully presented on a rustic wooden board. My favourite was the pâté de campagne – I just wished there had been a bit more of it.
The braised Iberico pork collar was lovely and tender, served with a sour plum glaze, butternut squash purée and lentils, to give it a beautiful earthy flavour.
Since Mr & Mrs Fox specialises in dry-aged steak, naturally all the boys gravitated to that section of the menu and all ordered a 22oz bone-in ribeye, cooked exactly how they wanted it (medium-rare for all, I believe). I’m not sure how long these ginormous hunks of meat meat were actually aged for, since the flavour wasn’t as strong as other dry-aged beef I’ve tasted, but it was nonetheless amazingly tender and delicious – even more so with the whole roast garlic bulb smothered all over it!
I ordered the rack of lamb & belly, which was absolutely magical. The rack had a lovely rosemary crust and was perfectly cooked beneath, whilst the lamb belly, which I’m not sure I’ve ever had before, was rich and divine. The accompanying Mediterranean-style chickpea and olives were the perfect complement.
I also managed to taste a bit of the whole snapper charred in Balinese spices, which was not only beautifully presented, but delicious too.
Sides of Brussels sprouts, broccoli gratin and hand-cut BBQ-spiced fries were also excellent, with the crowd favourite being the broccoli gratin, a rich, cheesy and satisfying dish that still counts as one of your five a day!
For dessert, whilst the lemon and poppy seed cake and the goat’s cheese panna cotta were pleasant enough, we were all in agreement that the winning dessert was the banana Baked Alaska. This is never a dessert I would choose to order, but since it came strongly recommended we tried it anyway and I would now order it again and again. With banana ice cream, peanut butter, chocolate and I think there’s even popcorn in there, this is so much more exciting than just a regular Baked Alaska, yet, in keeping with its traditional ancestor, it was still drizzled in rum and lit at the table.
When we visited, Mr & Mrs Fox was still in soft opening and didn’t yet have a liquor licence. It is now fully opened and ready to serve lots of hungry customers. Prices aren’t cheap but aren’t ridiculous either, with starters around $100-$150 and mains upwards of $165. Now that I’ve seen what both Mr and Mrs Fox have to offer, it’s time to go and play upstairs in The Den…
Mr & Mrs Fox
23 Tong Chong Street
Tel: +852 2697 8500