BRIDGE Cafe, Restaurant & Bar – Modern European Food with Wallet Friendly Prices
Seah Street has a good variety of restaurants and bars that I have yet to discover. One of them is BRIDGE, which positions itself as cafe, restaurant and bar. What? Cafe, restaurant and bar are three different entities and it’s hard to have three different concepts combine into one.
So I walked into this cafe, restaurant and bar on a weekend afternoon. The exterior was unassuming and it’s hard to give a second glance in the middle of the day. Not as bright as I expected a cafe to be, too many bottles of wine at the counter and I am not ready for a drink in the mid-day.
We met the owner who gave up his banking job to go into F&B, with the aim of serving affordable fine-dining quality food. Ah, that probably explains the confusion in their positioning. To be honest, it didn’t impress me from the start. But after trying a few of their dishes, I changed my mind.
The menu is created by Consultant Chef Daniel Grobnik, who has 15 years of culinary experience and previously worked as Chef-de-Cuisine for the acclaimed restaurant Saint Pierre. Being trained in fine dining cuisine, Daniel has a good grasp of the local palate and creates a hearty European fare with a fine dining twist at BRIDGE. They pride themselves as serving “modern european” food at wallet friendly prices, sourcing ingredients from farms globally.
Its Egg Florentine ($15) is good enough for easy-on-the-palate brunch affairwith toasted English muffin, sautéed spinach, poached eggs and drenched with champagne hollandaise. Despite how common it is, I like that fact that chef tries to give it a twist by introducing champagne hollandaise which instantly lifts up the flavour for the creamy yellow sauce. Eggs were poached till perfection and when we slice open it, the yolk flows out like a golden lake. Pay additional $4 for smoked salmon on your Egg Florentine.
What impresses me the most, is its Beef Parmentier ($19) – a bright red homemade corned beef brisket on a bed of smooth truffled mash potatoes and garden herbs. Don’t get apprehensive by “corned beef” because the meat is brined in red wine for hours. When the tender and exceptional flavourful meat meets the truffled mash, it is a happy marriage altogether.
FYI, they import truffles straight from the sauce and use it to make their own butter and the dishes. So go for their truffle dishes because you are getting the real deal.
Another crowd pleaser is the Truffle- Honey French Toast ($13) feauring a soft vanilla-scented creme fraiche, berries, cinnamon sugar, drizzled with truffle-honey. The truffle honey has an aromatic truffle fragrance, balanced by the eggy french toast. We love it so much that I requested for more truffle honey.
Ended my brunch with a cup of cappuccino which has nothing to shout about. BRIDGE is promising and score points for its creative executive and comfortable pricing. The dishes are not fine-dining standard but is definitely better than many other cafes. I don’t mind coming back for dinner next time.
Bridge Restaurant, Cafe and Bar
Address: 31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387
Tel: +65 6333 4453
Opening hours: Tue to Thur 11:30 am – 10pm; Fri 11:30 am – 11pm; Sat 11am – 11pm; Sun 11am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Website: BRIDGE Cafe
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