Steeples Deli is one of the oldest tenants of the dinosaur-like Tanglin Shopping Centre. The old-school mall is sometimes forgotten as a relic of the constantly evolving Orchard Road, but it's a trove of medical outfits, art galleries, and specialist tailors.
And tucked away in a corner on the second level, the country deli, with a warm homely feel and an easy languid vibe, welcomes regulars like a second home. Sandwiches and milkshakes are the main draw here, with a smattering of breakfast classics, pastas, and burgers. Bestsellers are indexed with a mark, so it's a safe bet to stick to those recommendations. The food is hearty and comforting, but I wouldn't venture that it's tops for sandwiches. Credit goes to Park Bench Deli for that.
The Philly Steak Sandwich ($19.90), loaded with red peppers, shallot crescents, a medium-well steak, melty cheddar, and cheese curds, on a garlic buttered ciabatta. I liked the garlic butter treatment to the bread, that lent a wonderful fragrance and oomph, but it couldn't mask the heavy, stodgy notes of the beef.
The Cuban Sandwich ($18.90) layered a ham slice, cheddar, caramelised onions, pulled pork, gherkins and melty cheese, between a mustard-ed crusty bread. They were a little too liberal with the mustard, its sharp bite overwhelmed everything else.
The Steeples Burger ($20.90), a multi-grain bun stuffed with a beef patty, bacon, melted cheddar, and egg sunny-side up, was fair but unexceptional.
Ahh, the milkshakes were out-of-this-world delicious. The Shamrock Milkshake ($6.90), a thick concoction of vanilla ice-cream and peppermint syrup, was absolutely smashing.
The Hubs got the Chocolate Peanut Butter ($6.90), so thick it could pass off as oozy peanut butter.
Tanglin Shopping Centre #02-25
Tel: 6737 0701
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 7pm;
Closed on Sundays