Pork Belly Cubano Sandwich ($14)
Roosevelt’s is a diner and bar with a huge American influence, conveniently located just outside the exit of Outram Park MRT in the Tanjong Pagar precinct. The laid-back ambience is a huge draw; the spacious and New York-style industrial chic interior exudes a welcoming feel. The all-day dining menu comprises familiar comfort food and a good selection of wines and whiskeys to complement. Young ones will not feel left out with the inclusion of a kids’ menu.
Owners of Roosevelt’s are no amateurs in the F&B business. They currently own more than 5 unique F&B outlets in Singapore and Malaysia, including Millesime, an award-winning French dining restaurant in Kuala Lumpur.
Roosevelt’s beverage directors are clearly wine connoisseurs. The wide range of single malt whiskies and an extensive wine list offer something for everyone. One area they might lack experience in, is choosing the right coffee blend to suit Singaporeans’ palates.
Their artisanal coffee does not please all. It is a blend of coffee beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Sumatra, freshly roasted every week and calibrated every morning. It is an acquired taste, thin and acidic –common overseas, but not widely accepted in Singapore. Individual palates access each brew differently. There isn’t one cuppa that pleases all. For instance, the only kinds of coffee I enjoying drinking are those that are sugar-laden or richly infused with chocolate (aka mocha) –don’t judge, I’m forever 16. Roosevelt’s coffee has its own audience, albeit the minority in Singapore.
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Roosevelt’s Salted Caramel Milkshake ($8)
Ditch the coffee and opt for the Roosevelt’s rich, creamy and sweet Salted Caramel Milkshake instead. You won’t regret it –just keep it from your gym instructor.
BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($22 for half, $28 for full)
Without starters, we jumped straight to mains.
If you’re feeling carnivorous, go for the full portion of BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Underneath the sweet and slightly tangy glaze that you’d be licking off your fingers is succulent and fall-off-the-bone-tender meat.
Southern Fried Chicken ($18)
In matters of good ole comfort food, nothing tops the Southern Fried Chicken that’s seasoned with a secret spice blend. The crunchy golden crust yields to a tender juicy core.
Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($19)
Generous chunks of fish, sea bass to be specific, are coated with beer batter and flash-fried to a delightful crisp. I personally love the choice of fish, something out of the norm. The quality and freshness of the fish will win the adoration of fish lovers.
Lemongrass Prawn Burger ($18)
We heard the beef burgers are decent, but since we didn’t have stomach space for two burgers, we settled on the Lemongrass Prawn Burger. The marvellously plump and succulent patty has a robust lemongrass fragrance with subtle aromatic hints of ginger and garlic. Binding the bun and vegetable elements with the patty is an enlivening lemon garlic mayo.
Eggs Roosevelt ($17)
The Eggs Roosevelt is their own unique take on the classic Eggs Benedict. Two perfectly poached eggs drizzled with hollandaise sauce sit on a bed of smashed potatoes, accompany by thickly sliced chorizo.
Apple Forest Berries Crumble ($8)
Dessert is not exactly the kitchen’s forte, but if your palate calls for it, the Apple Forest Berries Crumble that offers a gratifying intermingling of tastes and textures is the one that receives most votes.
For the imbibing enthusiasts, do not miss out on the Sunday brunch that happens from 11.am to 4pm. Think: free flow of house pour wines.
Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar
311 New Bridge Road
#01-02 Dorsett Residences
Mon to Thurs and Sun: 8.30am to 10pm
Fri and Sat: 8.30am – midnight