There are many reasons why you can like The Bridge Café, which can be seen as a modern restaurant and bar too. Value for money food, lovely environment, and personable service.
Seated on Seah Street, having a near view of the iconic Raffles Hotel opposite, makes the seats near the door more amiable. It is so named because it is between North and South Bridge Roads.
I do like this place, otherwise I won’t return twice. Though the Bridge Café had not quite found its footing yet.
There was a typical bicycle outside the café, which is hipster for the first, mainstream for the 37th. A banner that read Bridge Café faced in, good for walk-in-traffic, not so for potential customers walkng along Raffles Hotel.
Wanting to find out more about the café, I wrote in, but didn’t exactly get a reply because “the café was still soft launch”. (To other new cafes reading this, a soft launch IS a launch. Surely you should have a 2-liner branding description or menu somewhere.) I digress.
Lunch sets when I visited were office-worker-friendly, $16.90 for a value lunch with a soup or salad, main and drink; and an executive lunch was at $26.90 with choice of a more premium main plus dessert of the day.
The Beef Cheek Stew and Fish & Chip were beyond the regular Singapore café standard, certainly value-for-money. Beef was fork tender soaked a rich seductive brown sauce over soft mashed potato, while the fresh seabass was crisply deep fried in a fluffy batter, all in an appropriate-sized portion.
Grilled Codfish from the higher priced set ($26 ala carte), was served with spaghetti squash and peashoot. Okay, it did remind me (in a good way) of a similar grilled cod during a wedding dinner at a hotel, plating, taste and all. That is to show their food can be almost hotel standard.
It was later which I found out that the Chef used to cook at one of my favourite restaurants in Dubai – La Petite Maison.
There were some hiccups when we visited: place not opened during the time it was supposed to, oven didn’t work thus we got a smoothie for dessert… and cups we drank from the night earlier were still somewhere in sight. BUT, service recovery was quick, and we still return because we believed in the place.
Being the only café, and a price-friendly restaurant along the stretch gave Bridge Café the slight advantage. And it happened to be cheaper than an equally new SELA (which also seems like it needs publicity) just next door.
Its neighbour could serve as a reminder that new openings are in fact dime in a dozen, and Bridge Café would need that one or two signature foods, and strong branding to even let people hear about it.
Bridge Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
31 Seah Street, Singapore 188387 (between City Hall and Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 63334453
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm (Tues-Fri), 10am-12am (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)