Brunch Review: Bacchanalia Restaurant at 23A Coleman Street, Singapore 179806April 28, 2013
I had wanted to try out the food there for a while since I heard that the chefs hail from the famous Fat Duck in London, where they worked with Heston Blumenthal the man himself. Which means their way of cooking will be slightly left wing, perhaps more scientific or molecular.
Finding the place first is a challenge in itself. It's in the blue and beige Masonic Club building behind the iconic old red and white fire station and walking into the building there seem to be no signages with the restaurant name. But there will be a guy at the entrance, and you just need to walk up to him and say hi, I have a reservation (advised).
Walking in you will see immediately why it is not your regular sunny casual cheerful brunch place, but more of a posh-dark-luxe type of atmosphere. This is because after dinner the place transforms into a club. They were playing the Zouk mambo type of songs at an acceptable volume.
It was really good. I won't say it is very tremendously different from your normal eggs benedict, but the texture of the hollandaise was really light (thanks for the siphoning!) and the eggs are poached to perfection. For two eggs on 2 English muffins and a layer of creamy avocado and smoked salmon (from Tasmania no less!) each, the dish is reasonable at $18 ala carte.
The set also had French Toast ($18 ala carte) as dessert and it comprises of homemade brioche with Greek yogurt, homemade blueberry jam and granola. The toast was light and fluffy, quite fragrant and goes well with the compote. It's also quite generous in portions. Be careful it can get quite filling for one, but a great brunch dessert to share!
Lastly we had the Bacchanalia Burger ($25) that came with crispy fries and a light salad. Even though the bun looked slightly burnt in the photo, it didn't taste burnt. It was very good. Found out that the patty was grounded from USDA fresh beef and the bun was also homemade.
Take a look at the cross section of 1/4 of the burger. The meat patty inside was the bomb!
Bacchanalia Restaurant and Lounge
Masonic Club, 23A Coleman Street, Singapore 179806
Edit: I've received note that as Bacchanalia has changed their operating hours and there's no more Sunday brunch! What a pity. But there's still the monthly saturday Bacchanalia parties if you are interested! Head to their Facebook Page for more.
Monday-Thursday: Lunch 12 noon-3pm; Dinner 6pm - 12am
Friday: Lunch 12 noon - 3pm; Dinner 6pm - 2am
Saturday: Dinner 6pm - 2am