It’s the weekend again, and that means it’s time for brunch. Located right in the center of Haji Lane, amidst the cute boutiques and beautiful murals, is The Mad Sailors, a quaint cafe serving up halal-certified Brit food – I’m talking Bangers & Mash, full English breakfast sets and the iconic Fish & Chips.
Upon getting seated, we desperately needed to quench our thirst (it was a hot day!), and The Mad Sailors had the perfect offering – the Berry Bena, a refreshing concoction of Ribena, lemon and mint.
Meanwhile, because I can’t last a day without coffee, I got myself an iced latte – the coffee was quite smooth, and bonus points for presentation with the coffee beans on top!
Now for the food. I was told that they recently revamped their menu, adding items such as the Crikey Crab ($12), which were basically battered mini crabs served with a house-made sauce. Even though the crabs were quite small, the body was quite meaty, so it didn’t feel too dry. A good dose of calcium as well!
Another new item was the Cheeky Git ($24), or should I say the most tender beef cheeks I’ve had in a long time. Served with French beans, house-made mash and onion gravy, this was definitely the standout dish for my Sunday brunch.
I’m not kidding, the beef was really melt-in-your-mouth soft! Here’s a close look at the meat that hopefully proves my point!
Now moving onto the classics – Fish & Chips. Here at The Mad Sailors, you have the choice of choosing what fish – Cod ($20), Dory ($18) or Haddock ($20) – you want battered and fried. As a quick guide, the cod (which I had) has a delicate texture, while the dory is more flaky and the haddock is firm/chewy, so it really depends on personal preference. I wished the fries had slightly more flavor, but nothing a little dash of extra salt won’t fix!
Finally, The Mad Scramble ($18), a dish so pretty that someone actually asked us what it was. I mean, look at how smooth that scrambled egg looks! Served with some smoked salmon over a slice of toasted sourdough, this is your typical Singaporean cafe food, just in case you wanted something lighter!
In general, this is definitely a place I would stop by again the next time I go for my monthly Haji Lane shopping sprees. I mean, good shopping, good food – weekends don’t get better than that!
The Mad Sailors
Address: 24 Haji Ln, Singapore 189217
Telephone:+65 8248 2853
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am to 10pm; Sat – Sun: 10am – 11pm
*Photography & Words by Davina Chang