The Bravery Cafe returns with a new Dinner Menu, and a new attitude.
My last visit to The bravery Cafe was in 2015, and I left with plenty of concerns. I found that the food and service fell short of the price of entry, with it’s weirdly cold attitude and average food. I later found out that a friend had even been cut by a piece of rusty furniture, only to face poor customer service from the staff in the unit. So, you can imagine how difficult it was for me to even consider going back.
2017, however, has been a heck of a year. I was told that The Bravery Café had launched a new menu for dinner. Y’all know me by now, and you know I’m a skeptic. But, 2017 is a weird year and if Donald Trump could become President, I didn’t see why The Bravery couldn’t turn their fortunes around either.
Their appetiser list was rather unique, with dishes like Stuffed Peppers and even a Garlic Cream Mussel Stew. For our appetiser, we skipped the fancy stuff and went straight for their Mini Crab Cakes ($7.50).
These savoury little things were crunchy on the outside, but filled with liquid goodness on the inside. Now, I must say that there will be a heat at the back of your throat when you eat this dish, and that’s because they used some black pepper for this dish.
I personally love the heat that comes with black pepper, so I’d definitely order this again.
At first glance, The Bravery’s dinner menu didn’t seem out of the ordinary. It’s a mix of pastas, meats and seafood, with standouts like Chicken Roulade and Lobster pasta. Now, I’m the type of guy that loves a good steak, so obviously, I zeroed in on the Sirloin Steak ($24.90).
This steak was surprisingly good in its medium rare state. The flavour was bold and beefy, with only a salt and pepper rub to give it a bit of spice in the flavour profile. I suspect that they found some source of grass-fed beef because even for a Sirloin cut, it was leaner than expected. I was also impressed at the way they plated and garnished the dish. The steak sat nicely on (and went well with) a bed of mashed potatoes, while the perfectly cooked carrots were laid out right next to the steak.
My dining partner went for the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb ($26.50), which is a real test of skill. Lamb is difficult to handle; Marination has to be right to cut out the gaminess , and the cooking process has to be carefully managed to keep the meat tender and juicy. The additional herb crusting just adds to the complexity of the job.
I stole a bite from Sheena, and let me tell you: This was something good. The herb crusting pulls double duty for this dish. It covers the gaminess of the meat and gives it an additional layer of texture. While I could detect only a faint smell of lamb, I most definitely tasted the meaty flavours of the lamb. I’m most impressed by the fact that the meat was juicy and tender. The Bravery certainly takes pride in its food!
A Different Take
With the new Dinner Menu, The Bravery deviated from the norm and took a big step to make things beautiful and bold, a reflection of the fact that The Bravery’s Management had to take huge steps to make things their own again. The ingredients are well chosen and cooked, while the plating is beautiful. This menu, and it’s resulting good taste, shows that the Bravery’s 100% Muslim-ownership is stepping up to make good on their name: It’s a focused, hearty take on café dinners, one you should definitely hop down to try.
What: The Bravery Café
Where:66 Horne Rd, Singapore 209073
Reservations: 65 9388 2973
– Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9.00am – 6.00pm
– Friday: 9.00am – 10.00pm
– Saturday: 8.30am – 10.00pm
– Sunday: 8.30am – 7.00pm