Recently I went back to The Bravery Cafe with Nobelle and Wilson to check out the newly introduced dinner menu. It actually has been more than 3 years since I last visited the cafe. With the white clothes laid over the wooden tables, it transformed the cafe into a different ambiance for dining in the night.
Garlic Crieam Mussel Stew 4/5
Mini Crab Cakes 3/5
I heard from my friends that the bravery cafe serves awesome crab cakes for lunch so I was eager to try their Mini Crab Cakes ($7.5) made using real crab meat, shaped into a ball, deep fried and dressed in herbed hollandaise sauce. Unfortunately the seasoning of the crab meat was on the heavy side. It was too peppery, masking the flavour of the crab meat.
Maryland Chicken 3.5/5
Moving to the mains, we started with the Maryland Chicken ($16) which comes with a whole chicken leg with BBQ sauce. The chicken was perfectly cooked to a nice tender texture and the BBQ sauce was also good. My slight disappointment is that it felt the sauce was just brushed over the chicken leg, it did not manage to gel together with the chicken. On top of that it lacked that smokey BBQ aroma. While the plating is elegant, the few pieces of red radish, edamame, pomegranate and edible flowers over balsamic reduction is quite pathetic.
Pan Seared Seabass 3.8/5
The favourite dish among us is the Pan Seared Seabass ($18) which comes with pesto cream, citrus sauce and white asparagus. The execution was quite spot on, with a good peppery crust on top of the moist fillet complement by the fragrant peso sauce. A slight disappointment is the white asparagus which was overcooked and soaky.
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb 3/5
Rounding up our dinner, we had the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb ($26.50) which is served with grilled brussel sprout, carrot puree, roasted garlic confit and mint veal sauce. We felt that the meat was slight over cooked and tomatoes somehow very salty.
Sirloin Steak 200 grams 3.5/5
Next we tried the Sirloin Steak ($24.90) which is about 200 gram, served with potato puree, brown sauce, sauteed mushroom and balsamic reduction. The doneness and flavour of the steak was there however once again we felt that it lacked the char aroma for that smokey finish. We realized later the cooking is done in a open kitchen just behind the counter. Probably the grilling was not done over high heat to avoid smoking the whole cafe.
I think the new dinner menu is on the right direction however it needed more refinement, especially on the char part. It can also be more generous with the sides. I personally prefer the dishes to be less elegant but more generous in portion and present in a more casual way, since the focus is on grilled items. This probably will fit the cafe's style and ambiance more.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
The Bravery Cafe
66 Horne Road
Tel: +65 94524785
Nearest MRT: Lavender (EW Line)
Mon, Wed-Thu: 9am - 6pm
Fri: 9am - 10pm
Sat: 830am - 10pm
Sun: 830am - 7pm
(Closed on Tue)
1) Alight at Lavender MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to V Hotel Lavender. Walk down Horne Road until you reach Jalan Besar stadium. The destination is just opposite Jalan Besar statium, along the row of shophouses. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]