Yet another trip to Roosevelt’s Diner Bar by same people behind the refurnished Montana concept at PoMo! I guess that’s how the more seasoned cafes keep their reign in the saturated cafe scene in Singapore – by constantly improving their dishes and refreshing their menu.
It’s definitely heartening for diners like US to be able to enjoy the old favorites, and yet have a different experience all at the same spot. This time, Roosevelt has added more unique items to both their brunch and dinner repertoire.
While we did not see much of a change in their drink offerings, we were recommended to try their Affogato and the Salted Caramel Milkshake.
The new menu features the salad bowls (nowadays grain bowls are trending hor), as wella as other innovative dishes such as that of potato pancakes and truffle potato foam dish with croissant.
Oh boy, they were right when they said we should never judge a book by its cover. This dish was easily one of my favorite brunch dishes ever. Beneath the TRUFFLE potato foam were poached eggs (they use free range eggs), together with bacon bits, white truffle oil and finished off with torched parmesan.
Dip the crisp buttery croissant into the pot and let it soak up all the goodness in the pot. I couldn’t stop digging at it to experience that explosion of flavors in a single mouthful! Buttery, cheesy, with the textures of the runny eggs within. Perfect.
3. Beef cheek on potato pancake ($22++)
This looked incredibly photogenic. Haha! And of course, with poached eggs come the egg porn shot. They told us they took quite a while to perfect this dish, as they needed to catch the time to create that perfect poached egg.
So of course we were thrilled when we heard that.. Except.. No, they did not really perfect the time of poaching an egg. After some cheating and disguising, I’m proud to say that I made it look like they perfected it. HAHA!
I thought this dish was rather weak honestly. The potato pancakes – essentially, rosti, were not seasoned enough, and were overly filling with the accompaniment of a meagre amounts of beef cheek. The lack of seasoning on the rosti failed to bring out the flavors of the beef unfortunately.
I mean, when I see a dish named BEEF CHEEK on potato pancake, I really expected more protein than just sheer strands of it. The dish tasted flat, unfortunately.
We also had a new dish from their dinner menu:
4. Squid Ink Fish and Chips ($28++)
Haha, I think this whole black fish business is trying very hard to be in trend amongst the cafes in Singapore. While some uses charcoal, Roosevelt does it with a twist, using squid ink instead. But it doesn’t add much to the flavor one lah.
I still don’t get why cafes want to choose to make their fish and chips orh lu lu for novelty because it looks kinda… crude. They use sea bass as their choice of fish, and it had the stamp of approval from ALL OF US. No hint of fishy taste and it tasted super fresh and good. Probably one of the BEST fish and chips I’ve had so far.
Besides, they have managed to create their squid ink beer batter in such a way that the crispness of the dish remains despite the time taken for photography or even leaving it out for a pretty long while. Damn shiok I tell you.
For deserts, we had their signature CHURRO WAFFLE ($12++). I wished the texture of the waffle was more on point though. As a churro waffle, I felt that it lacked the crispness of the shell of a churro, but the flavors were there. The waffle was served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce. Not bad lah, okay lor.
I had a pretty good experience overall despite my complaints. I thought they all tasted rather good in general except for some, which could do with more finesse. With the numerous cafes in the area with crazy crowds, I feel that Roosevelt has been trying hard enough to keep up with the trend and I’m not too sure if it is enough especially with the kind of price point they are setting for their otherwise simple brunch fare.
We still saw a pretty substantial crowd at 4pm on a Saturday thought, so I might be wrong in that aspect! But if you’re in the area, be sure to consider Roosevelt for your brunch fix. I REALLY LIKE THE POTATO TRUFFLE FOAM DISH!
How to get there?
331 New Bridge Road,
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
Monday to Friday: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm (11.30pm on Friday)
Saturday: 10.30am to 11.30pm
Sunday: 10.30am to 10.30pm