Singapore / Lavender
The Beast might not be considered a cafe per se, but it serves a brunch menu that gives many cafes a run for its money. This bar bistro has a relaxed environment, a cool hangout where you would go for light-hearted conversations. Only on the Sundays, you could enjoy their sumptuous brunch items, which are not the typical eggs-on-toast kind of affair.
LOOK & FEEL
With this burly silhouette planted on its wall facing Victoria Street, it is really not hard to take note of this bistro with a wacky character.
It also has a Bloody Mary bar, for you to make any wild concoction of this popular cocktail. Unleash the beast, indeed.
It has done a great job in capturing the country feel with its decor, as though any minute you could expect a cowboy of the 70s running in for his serving of steak.
Its space on the second storey is the captivating one. It is cosy, casual and really comfortable.
And you will find yourself trying to pronounce each and everyone before you head upstairs.
FOOD & DRINKS
We tried the Lemonade and the Southern Sweet Tea which was made unnecessary immediately by Arnold Palmer, which was a mix of both. The combination was extremely refreshing, with a balanced taste of zest and sweetness.
Bacon Maple Glazed Donut was a good bet, as the savoury-sweet combination worked like magic on the spongy bagel-like texture. The bacon bits could have been better crispier.
This has got to be the best pulled-pork dish I have ever come across. The Pulled Pork Hash was nothing like what I had imagined. It was seasoned pulled pork with pieces of potato cubes, topped with a poached egg and an amazing homemade BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce was unique and key to this dish’s success. The flowy egg with a bit of everything was the taste of perfection.
I really liked the presentation of Mac & Cheese Burger, but sadly that’s about it. The Mac & Cheese “bun” was innovative, but we were disappointed by its taste. The beef patty was juicy, but it didn’t quite make up for the taste of the overall dish.
At this place we can get a taste of dishes we hardly see around, one of which was the Dutch Baby Pancake. A thin layer of soft and spongy pancake is served with caramelized bananas, maple syrup and vanilla cream. It was a simple fare, yet tasted really good. The serving size might leave some hungry still though.
Who was the genius who thought of fried Chicken on Waffles? This huge piece of fried chicken cutlet was extremely sinful but this was the last thing on our mind when we were presented this delicious indulgence. It was fried to the perfect crisp and juiciness, served with soft waffles and maple syrup to curb the oiliness. This is definitely huge enough for sharing, though the hungry boys would be happy to have one to themselves.
Last of all, we had the Peach Crumble to end off the meal. The juicy peach went really well with the crunchy cookie crumble and soft vanilla bean ice cream. On the whole it was pleasant and worth a try.
IN A NUTSHELL
I am now a fan of The Beast with its innovative offerings, and most of the dishes were memorable and left me craving for more. The only pity is that this menu is a available only once-a-week, so you have to make your reservations early to get an indoor seat, especially important for the hot Singapore weather.