May 5, 2014

All-Day Casual Dining at Roosevelt's Diner & Bar

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of Dorsett Residences and located beside the exit of Outram MRT station, you may just miss it without knowing. But take a closer look and you will find an eclectic modern dining place that offers hearty all-day dining in a non-pretentious environment and at reasonable prices too.

Roosevelt's Diner & Bar prides itself on serving up a wide range of American-style dishes and drinks at affordable prices amid an industrial chic interior, which makes the ambience a tad cozier.

Food-wise, Roosevelt’s offers all-day breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, and salads - good old crowd pleasers which no doubt satisfy those Western cravings. We had the Garlic Prawns (S$12) for starters and while they were deemed a little spicy for the monkies, the wifey and I absolutely relished them!

While we were busy chomping on the crunchy prawns, Ash picked out Teddy's Big Breakfast (S$23), which consisted of the usual suspects of scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans and toast.

This is part of Roosevelt's all-day breakfast menu, which is served from 8.30am to 6pm daily. And the oldest monkie's verdict? It was simply delish!

Ayd, on the other hand, decided to go all gargantuan and ordered the Teddy's 100% Beef Burger (S$20).

And yes, it was enormous alright.

As with all burgers, the meat patty makes all the difference and with Teddy's, the patty was done just about right - juicy, tender and well-marinated all rolled into one. Considering its size, I recommend it to be good for sharing... unless the one you are sharing with is Ayd, who managed to walloped more than three-quarters(!!!) of the burger.

Ale, though was a much smaller eater. So she stuck with the Kids Menu choices, and had the perennial kids' fave of Fish & Chips (S$10).

All items from the Kids Menu are priced at $10, and include pasta, omelette, grilled ham and cheese, and even oatmeal. The one important thing that I learned from my dining experience at Roosevelt's is that all of the food ingredients are naturally hand-made, much like the fries which are not processed but made from freshly-cut potatoes.

The wifey had the Eggs Roosevelt (S$17), poached eggs atop chorizo sausages and potatoes. If there was a weak link to our brunch affair, this would be it. At best, the dish tasted rather bland and uninspiring.

Luckily, I ended up having the best dish (and Roosevelt's signature) - BBQ Baby Back Ribs (S$22 for half slab). And luckily for the wifey too, the serving was so huge that I just had to share it with her too.

This slab of ribs is by far, the best ribs I have ever tasted. The meat was falling off the bones at the slightest touch, and melted in the mouth with such incredible tenderness and a tinge of sweetness. Happy days.

And what's a full meal without some yummilicious milkshakes?

I have heard that Roosevelt's Salted Caramel milkshake (S$8) is da bomb but with my monkies around, chances are they will go for the more kids-friendly favourites. And so they did - Ash gunned for the Oreos & Cream (S$10) while Ayd settled for the Strawberries & Cream (S$8) milkshakes. Both were definitely above average, though I personally favoured the Strawberries one more.

And as if the monkies needed any invitation for desserts, they licked their lips in anticipation as the Chocolate Banana Waffles (S$12) found its way onto our table.

One can never go wrong with the chocolate and banana combo, even more so when there is a scoop of Vanilla ice cream involved. But the one dessert that really stole the thunder of the waffles was this.

The Flourless Chocolate Cake (S$8) was, as its name implies, flourless. But take nothing away from it, the cake was made of Dark Chocolate and its rich taste clearly showed. It was dense in texture, and the wifey and I thoroughly enjoyed it, together with its pairing of a scoop of ice cream.

And what better way to end our leisurely brunch than with a cup of Latte (S$4.80)?

The coffee's taste bordered on the neutral, not too robust nor was it too weak. I definitely had better coffee elsewhere, but nowhere is it worthy of being compared to horse piss either.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the food. Even more so that only fresh and top-quality ingredients are used to prepare the food, and the portions were more than adequate for every dish that we sampled.

Clearly, Roosevelt's has that kind of laid back vibe with that kind of something-for-everyone feeling. It is a casual dining place, with the sort of Western comfort food that puts a smile on everyone's face, adults and kids alike.

Useful Information

Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar
331 New Bridge Road
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
Singapore 088764
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-10pm | Fri & Sat 8.30am-12 midnight | Sun 8am-10pm
Tel: 6538 3518

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