Mad Sailors is a cafe that opened in mid-2016 in a shophouse on Haji Lane in Kampong Glam. According to their website, the name of the cafe was apparently inspired by the term “Mat Salleh” that is often used as a colloquial expression to refer to a Caucasian. The folks behind the Mad Sailors cafe aim to reminisce about their culinary travels across the United Kingdom, recreate British classics and serve them in Singapore at affordable prices.
The Mad Sailors cafe is a small, cozy restaurant in a corner shophouse, which provides it with the benefit of windows along the side. There is room for about 20 diners in the air-conditioned interior and a few more at the small tables outside. It is a quaint, atmospheric cafe. But across the narrow lane is the even more interesting looking Singapura Cafe. The huge wall mural is a photo-stop for anyone passing by.
There was some excitement when we were at Mad Sailors. Two attractive Korean celebrities (we assumed), with entourage on tow, were filming at the Singapura Cafe. We hade no idea who they were, but they certainly looked glamourous and provided some buzz in the area.
Keep Calm and Carry On eating – would be what the Brits will say, and that was what we did. We were disappointed to learn that on weekends, the regular menu only kicks in after 2.30 pm. So we had to make do with the brunch menu, which although interesting enough, did not have the British classics, such as fish and chips that we wanted to try. Here are pictures of The Mad Sailors’ new brunch menu, weekday set lunch and ala carte menus.
Mad Sailors menus
The asparagus and mushrooms on sourdough toast ($14) was a tasty dish. The bits of grilled asparagus and mushrooms was an unusual combination and provided an earthy taste with a pleasant crunch.
The eggs Benedict with turkey ham ($18) was a more regular brunch type of dish. Not bad but not much different from those served elsewhere.
Our final dish was the French toast ($14). This was a beautifully presented version of the common dish. We liked the thick brioche slices and the rich caramel sauce and maple syrup. The topping of berries added more sweetness and made it more attractive. Not a dish for weight-watches but quite enjoyable, especially with the strong black coffee ($5) served at the Mad Sailor cafe.
Overall, while we did not get to experience any British classics recreated Singapore style, the general ‘Mat Salleh’ food that we tried that day at Mad Sailors was satisfying. The Kampong Glam area is getting even more interesting with these new eateries such as Mad Sailors.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
The Mad Sailors – British Kitchen
24 Haji Lane
Tel: +65 8248 2853
Monday to Thursday – 12pm to 10pm
Friday – 12pm to 11pm
Saturday – 9am to 11pm
Sunday – 9am to 10pm