A brilliantly Brit brunch at The Mad Sailors

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

Website: https://www.themadsailors.sg/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themadsailors/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themadsailors/

*Photography & Words by Davina Chang

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