Badoque Cafe

March 21, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Badoque Cafe
298 Bedok Road

246 Upper Thomson Road


https://www.facebook.com/badoquecafeSG


American & Modern Malay Cuisine With Excellent Service

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 10
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $36 per person.


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Badoque Cafe is almost a food institution of sorts, and needs little introduction. Since opening their doors in Simpang Bedok in 2008, the halal certified Badoque Cafe has gained a loyal following, amongst both Muslim and non-Muslim diners, for their gargantuan portions of tasty food, and excellent service. The long queues at Badoque Cafe still persist to this day, even with the opening of their 2nd outlet at Upper Thomson in 2014, and they regularly make the lists of 'Best Halal Cafes In Singapore'.

Ambience at Badoque Cafe is modern casual, with elements of industrial chic. The bare concrete walls are livened through quirky posters, while decorative lights hang from the ceiling. The showpiece 'bar' displays bottles of cordial used in their creative mocktails, while the black marble top tables and colourful metal chairs are solid, and can be shifted around to create seating for large groups. Offering both indoor and outdoor al-fresco dining, Badoque Cafe can get noisy during peak periods.

Service at Badoque Cafe is excellent, a true highlight here, surpassing the service standards of some high-end fine dining restaurants! Staff are friendly and welcoming, able to hold conversations, creating an casual, comfortable atmosphere, almost like visiting a close Malay friend's house. They're observant and attentive, acknowledging you when you call, and actually stoop / kneel down to take orders (when you're seated, and there is space). Staff here are knowledgable on the current menu, able to make recommendations and provide basic information on dishes. Furthermore, they come around mid-way during your meal to check on how it's going, and get feedback.

I was also impressed that on my 2nd visit, the staff at Badoque Cafe recognised me, and actually addressed me by name! Order fulfillment can take awhile though, as you'll have to wait about 10 minutes or so during non-peak periods, and about 30 minutes or so during peak periods. Service recovery at Badoque Cafe is also executed with Finesse. On 1 instance, I had to quite long after asking for my bill, as the cashier was held up by other customers, so I walked over to make payment instead. Though it wasn't their fault, the cashier was extremely apologetic and courteous, and even offered a slight discount on the meal, which I didn't expect. I will return to Badoque Cafe on the basis of the great service alone!

Food at Badoque Cafe is primarily American, Italian, and Modern Malay cuisine. I understand the menu changes every 3 - 4 months, though signature dishes are permanently offered, making repeat visits worthwhile. Taste of their food ranges from average, to very good. Badoque Cafe is known for their portion sizes, which are huge / giant sized, 1 dish is usually enough for 2 small eaters to share, or satisfy 1 large eater for the rest of the day. Most people cannot even finish 1 dish by themselves! Prices are very reasonable as well, comparable to most other mid-range cafes, budget about SGD $36 per person for a meal here.


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The place is nearly always packed during meal times, due to the longer than usual waiting time for food, and the lengthy amount of time it takes people to finish their enormous portions. Around dusk, staff will start to place small lights on the outdoor al-fresco dining tables.

Badoque Cafe Layout


Table Evening Light



The colouful, vibrant menu has clear descriptions of the food, though only selected items have pictures. As the menu at Badoque Cafe changes every 3 - 4 months, it makes repeat visits worthwhile. Also, the dessert menu here may change daily, check with the staff for the desserts of the day.

Badoque Cafe March 2015 Menu 01


Badoque Cafe March 2015 Menu 02



The Pink Frangipani (SGD $8.50) is a creative mocktail ice blended, served in a glass jam jar. A mixture of blood oranges and lemonade, the taste profile is tangy, sour, and sweet, very cooling and refreshing! A sprig of mint adds a cooling lightness, while a scoop of vanilla ice cream tops off this pretty pink beverage. I find the actual quality of the ice cream to be rather average, but when stirred into the drink, it creates a milky texture that pairs very well.

Pink Frangipani 01


Pink Frangipani 02



The Badoque Mojito (SGD $8.50) is a refreshing, zesty mocktail of lime juice and mint, with a nice balance of sweet, sour, and tangy. But I was disappointed with this towards the end, as there is a lot of inedible sendiment and large chunks of seeds within, making it unpleasant to finish. Would be better if it was properly strained first.

Badoque Mojito 01


Badoque Mojito 02



Badoque Cafe has among the better versions of Hot Chocolate (SGD $7.50) I've had in Singapore. Their Hot Chocolate itself is rich and thick, with a deep chocolate flavour, and isn't overly sweet. Very warming and comforting, the large mug is topped off with chocolate fudge and chewy marshmallows, lending a layer of sweetness and texture. Highly recommended!

Hot Chocolate 01


Hot Chocolate 02



The signature Badoque Ribs (SGD $36) are a huge cut of beef ribs, on the bone, served on a bed of fresh vegetables such as carrots, long beans, and baby potatoes. The beef ribs are incredibly tender and moist, having been slow cooked overnight. It has a thick layer of fat, almost gelatinous in nature, which is easily removed if you don't like it. Presented in an American style, their home made barbecue sauce is tangy and savoury with a slight sweetness, complementing the beef ribs very well. So good I actually managed to finish everything, which surpised the staff! I honestly feel this might be the best beef ribs in Singapore! Highly, highly recommended!

Badoque Ribs 01


Badoque Ribs 02


Badoque Ribs 03


Badoque Ribs 04



The Ayam Rantau Abang (SGD $21), more commonly known in Malaysia as Ayam Percik, is a dish of grilled chicken, marinated in a spiced coconut milk dry gravy paste. Originating from Kelantan, Malaysia, Ayam Percik is usually made with chicken, tamarind juice, coconut milk, sugar, salt, powdered coriander, powdered cumin, turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, shallots, and chili. The chicken is marinated overnight in the dry gravy paste, then grilled. Here, their version is served with a fresh salad of crunchy cucumber, raw onions, and juicy cherry tomatoes, on a base of fragrant basmati yellow rice. The portion of half chicken is very tasty, with a earthy, nutty taste from the marinade, flavourful from the spices without being spicy hot, and still somewhat moist. The texture could be slightly better though, it was more firm then tender. Overall, an above average dish worth ordering.

Ayam Rantau Abang 01


Ayam Rantau Abang 02


Ayam Rantau Abang 03



The Iga Bakar (SGD $36) is dish popular throughout Indonesia, especially in Jakarta and Surabaya. Their version here features their signature, giant sized, oh so tender beef ribs, marinated in a sweet, savoury sauce. Served with the same fragrant yellow basmati rice and fresh side salad, the rice absorbs some of that delicious gravy, making it a delight to eat. The dipping sauce of sambal however, isn't as spicy or fragrant as I like, and can easily be skipped, as the sauce marinade is tasty enough on its own. A very good dish overall, I would order this again!

Iga Bakar 01


Iga Bakar 02


Iga Bakar 03



Update Sep-2015: The I Is Sicilian (SGD $24) features a large slab of fresh salmon, grilled perfectly, with slightly crisp skin, and tender, moist pink flesh that flakes off easily. The lovely fish is accompanied by roasted baby potatoes, string beans, carrot chunks, and a quarter pumpkin! Topped with a tangy sun-dried tomato pesto, the flavours work well together. Only drawback is the tomato pesto is slightly oily. Overall, still a very tasty dish worth ordering!

I Is Sicilian 01


I Is Sicilian 02


I Is Sicilian 03



Update Sep-2015: The Banana Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake (SGD $12.50) is a decent dessert. The cake slice is huge, and I like the rich chocolate flavour it has, cut through with some sharp sourness from the cherries studded within. I also like the lashings of caramel on the vanilla ice cream, but the banana flavour is very faint, I couldn't quite taste it through the other much stronger flavours. Good for sharing!

Banana Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake 01


Banana Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake 02



Update Dec-2015: Got a few fellow bloggers together to try out Badoque Cafe. Am happy to report the ambience, service, and food is consistently good. We wanted to try the Tomahawk Steak, but unfortunately, it was unavailable during our visit.

Beverages


Badoque Ribs 05


Iga Bakar 04



Update Dec-2015: The Iced Salted Caramel (SGD $8.50) may look plain and unassuming, but looks are deceiving. This delicious beverage is like a milkshake, thick and rich, good salted caramel flavour, yet isn't too sweet or cloying. It can be consumed without feeling too heavy in the stomach. Excellent!

Iced Salted Caramel 01


Iced Salted Caramel 02



Update Dec-2015: The Flounder Fish And Chippies (SGD $24) arrive in a large portion, and is well executed. The white flesh of the flounder fish is easy to flake off, and the batter is crisp with a satisfiying crunch, yet not oily. The huge amount of fries are well cooked, with a fluffy interior and a slightly crisp exterior, dusted with salt and pepper. The gherkins / pickles lend a juicy, slightly sour twist, while the spiced mayonnaise lends a depth of flavour. Really straight forward, above average dish. Despite the slight fishy taste in the fish, I still like it!

Flounder Fish And Chippies 01


Flounder Fish And Chippies 02


Flounder Fish And Chippies 03



Update Dec-2015: The first warning that the Kepak Bing Bing (SGD $12.50) is spicy comes from the menu... the caption for these juicy, crisp chicken wings marinated in Asian spices and chili translates to, "You'll have to ask forgiveness for 2 years of Hari Raya". The second warning comes from the staff, when placing the order, staff will ask if you're sure, as these are really spicy. It's the truth... these chicken wings are among the spiciest I've eaten! There is a distinct flavour of kecap manis / sweet soy sauce, mixed with a Singapore style prawn paste rojak dressing. Chef says this allows diners to still taste the flavours despite the spicy heat, which is controlled enough to burn, yet not overwhelm the palate. Highly recommended for chili lovers!

Kepak Bing Bing 01


Kepak Bing Bing 02


Kepak Bing Bing 03



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