Brunch Review: Bacchanalia Restaurant at 23A Coleman Street, Singapore 179806

Finally went for Sunday brunch at Bacchanalia at the Masonic Club today, and I am happy to share a great, if not slightly different brunch experience.

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.

Well on to the food! Since we had 4 people, we ordered a Brunch Set for $38++ to share, two ala carte items, two teas and a latte. Works out to be around $24 per person. That's really alright!

Here's the Sunday brunch menu. Note that they are open for only dinner for the rest of the days. You can find the dinner menu here.

I had a specialty English Breakfast tea from Jing Teas ($6) to start. Loving those double-walled glasses! Speaking of drinks, did you know the name of the restaurant, Bacchanalia, refers to "the wild and mystic festivals of the Greco-Roman god Bacchus (or Dionysus), the wine god. The term has since come to describe any form of drunken revelry." Nice.

 But in fact I was there to try their eggs, which apparently is sous vide. The hollandaise sauce was also sous vide, after which a siphon gun was used to aerate it. We got the Eggs with Salmon and Avocado ($18).

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!

I really enjoyed alternative brunch experience there. I would definitely recommend that you check the Sunday brunch menu out first if your wallet's feeling a bit too light for a dinner, though rates are high they won't be sky high.

Bacchanalia Restaurant and Lounge
Masonic Club, 23A Coleman Street, Singapore 179806
+65 65091453
Tue - Sat: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am, Sun: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, closed on Mondays

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
Sundays: Closed

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