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

Written by Davina

Determined to eat my way to happiness. :)

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