Roosevelt's Diner & Bar: NEW weekend brunch menu

It seems that the brunch movement in restaurants per se is strong. An exercise deemed necessary to sustain a good healthy business, especially in the local context. The endless deluge of eggs, waffles and pancakes, mostly mandatory menu items for weekend meals before the sun sets. 

Roosevelt's Diner and Bar for one, is a business that has thrived on serving an excellent menu line up of American comfort foods, ranging from the quintessential burgers to the crispy Southern Fried chicken; all of which had stuck to my heart like hot glue. Evident from my previous reviews (here and here); my love for Roosevelt's comfort nosh cannot be retracted. However, this time round, they've decided that they want a piece of that pie, breaking in an, all new weekend brunch menu.

For starters, if you're in dire need of a coffee. You're in safe hands. Beans are procured from Liberty coffee leaving an astringent taste in the mouth with a full bodied well rounded finish. If you're lucky, you'll even find a teddy hiding in your cup.

Off the 8 brunch menu items, my favourite has got to be the Spiced Potato Bacon Hash ($16). If you're like me, someone who detest the idea of potatoes and diving into a bowlful of carbs for breakfast, don't be silly. This dish is pretty opinion changing, and before you know it, your fork will be making love to this bowlful of spiced potato, bacon and house made relish. With crispy bacon in tact, the textural contrast is beautifully complex.

The Crab Cake Benedict ($21) definitely scores novelty factor points, but I would loved to have seen the chef less heavy-handed with spices to accentuate the sweetness of the crab flesh. Sometimes, less is more and Roosevelt's Diner has demonstrated that same firm belief , by removing the traditional hollandaise sauce in place of a garlic mayo that simplifies the dish.

And while I'm against Singaporean's tireless fascination with waffles, Roosevelts knocks it out of the park with their Breakfast Waffle Candied BLT ($14). Smoked ham, candied bacon, fried egg, homemade relish between two crisp waffle halves, whats not to like? Elements are all spot on, including the waffles which had a fragrant eggy aroma, crisp all over the shop from extra time spent in the waffle iron without being burnt. 

As I've reviewed before, the BBQ Baby Back ribs ($22) are stellar. Not the ''papi-chulo, OMG '' kind of celestial standards, but definitely makes for a good hearty meal. The meat is fall of the bone tender, covered by a sweet sticky glaze with a slight hint of smokiness. Accompanied by a bright corn salsa which does miracles in lifting the dish.

And finally we arrive at the pinnacle, the Brioche French Toast Waffles ($14); from what I've heard so far, opinions just fall into a great divide - you either love it or hate it. Fortunately for me, I fall in the former category, pledging my allegiance to the waffleised french toast. To set the bar straight, if you love your yeasted waffles as compared to the more commonly found baking powder leavened versions then you'll find this extremely satisfying. Just imagine, a soft buttery brioche laced with amaretto syrup and pressed into a hot waffle iron till it surrenders with brown grilled marks and rounded crisp edges; the centres still retaining that spongy framework. Top is off with a hefty scoop of silky vanilla ice cream and a torrent of delicious house-made berry compote, and you've got a winner in your hands. 

All die-hard brunch fanatics, take note - Roosevelt's Diner & Bar serves its brunch menu only on the weekends between 8 30am - 6pm and on Public Holidays. Be sure to make your reservations to avoid disappointment.

Roosevelt's Diner & Bar
331 New Bridge Road
#01-02 Dorsett Residences

Operating Hours: 
Mon-Thurs : 8 30am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 8 30am - 12am
Sun: 8 30am - 10pm

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