Mischief Tasting Session

December 01, 2019 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Mischief Tasting Session
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-10 Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay


Opening Hours:
Daily: 5pm - 1am



https://mischief.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Emily.EatingThyme, Yong Kai, Sq Top, Mission SG Cafes, Purple Taste, msginginly, Epicurious Caniggia, With Rachelle, and Her Pen And Fork.



Food Line-Up
Food Line-Up



Burgers, Booze, And Bar Snacks

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 6
Budget about SGD $62++ per person.


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Established in February 2015 by celebrities Cynthia Koh, Michelle Chong, and Daniel Ong, in partnership with the team behind Rookery, Tab, and Suprette, the playfully named Mischief is a casual gastrobar that promises delicious fusion American style street food with South East Asian street flavours. A well-regarded beacon of nightlife within Singapore's Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay, Mischief celebrates the communal nature of street food, encouraging diners to eat with their fingers, dress as they wish, and have a good time.

Mischief Exterior
Mischief Exterior


Mischief Interior
Mischief Interior



Ambience at Mischief is casual and relaxed. The interior is largely taken up by a large bar counter and game machines, from electronic darts to air hockey to beer pong. As a result, indoor seating is limited. The unsheltered exterior hosts most of the seating, suitable for large groups. As the outdoor al-fresco area is exposed to the elements, rain or haze are problematic; staff say there's little choice but to run for shelter. Still, it's beautiful on cool evenings, and there are usually live bands performing nearby. Mischief also screens major sporting events, making it a great place to catch matches with friends.

Game Area
Game Area


Bar
Bar


Highball Decor
Highball Decor



Service at Mischief is efficient but transactional. Staff perform duties quickly, from seating guests to taking orders, but display cursory product knowledge of the menu, with little engagement. They are kept busy though, attending to many tables, so it's anything but relaxed for them. Cleaning up is performed quickly when diners leave, so the place usually looks presentable, however, I wish they would more regularly offer to clear finished plates from a crowded table (they occasionally do). There were times it was faster for us to help ourselves to fresh plates and cutlery, as opposed to waiting for staff to bring it over.

Seating Outdoors
Seating Outdoors


Seating Indoors
Seating Indoors



Food at Mischief is American inspired, with some South East Asian flavours. Think burgers, bar snacks, and beer. As a gastrobar, the menu largely comprises communal sharing plates portioned for groups, with quality being decently passable to good. Don't expect gourmet here, but do anticipate digging in with your hands. Quality and taste is fairly consistent, and the range of alcohol is varied enough to suit most. Prices for food are affordable and reasonable, benchmarked to most cafes, but drinks will naturally set you back. Budget about SGD $62++ per person for a hearty meal with several rounds of drinks.

Drinks Line-Up
Drinks Line-Up


Meal Flat Lay
Meal Flat Lay


Menu Food
Menu Food


Menu Drinks
Menu Drinks



The Beer Kronenbourg Blanc Tower (SGD $55.90) features 3 litres of this Belgian white ale. It has a bright golden colour, aromas of lemon citrus, mango, and grains, with a light, clean, crisp body that has sharp carbonation. Taste is of wheat, banana, orange zest, and coriander, sweet and fruity with a light touch of spice. Finish is light, lingering, and dry. Easily drinkable, perfect for warm weather.

Beer Kronenbourg Blanc Tower
Beer Kronenbourg Blanc Tower (SGD $55.90)



The Soju Yakult Tower (SGD $59.90) features 2 litres of this lovely refreshing beverage. It's made from a blend of soju, yakult, and soda water. While thin and watery in texture, it has a bright floral earthy sweet flavour. Rather addictive, great on warm days. Highly recommended!

Soju Yakult Tower
Soju Yakult Tower (SGD $59.90)



The Cocktail Upside Down Soju Slushie (SGD $26) features an entire bottle of soju, up-end into a yuzu slushie. This results in a refreshing, zesty tangy sour sweet beverage, whose bright and cooling notes make it perfect for warm days. You can't taste the alchohol here, which slowly creeps up on you. Good!

Cocktail Upside Down Soju Slushie (SGD $26)


Cocktail Upside Down Soju Slushie
Cocktail Upside Down Soju Slushie



The Cocktail Coronarita (SGD $22) features an entire bottle of Beer Corona, up-end into a strawberry slushie. This results in a refreshing, fruity sweet tangy beverage, whose bright and fizzy notes render it delicious and addictive. Voted our favourite drink during our visit. The beer is light enough that you can barely taste it, but it does lend a lively backdrop. Highly recommended!

Cocktail Coronarita
Cocktail Coronarita (SGD $22)



The Cocktail Mochatini (SGD $22) features a blend of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur, Kahlúa coffee liqueur, and fresh espresso coffee. Garnished with cocoa powder and crunchy cocoa pops cereal, this has deep robust notes of chocolate and coffee, being aromatic and toasty earthy chocolatey sweet on the palate, with a thick velvety texture. Good!

Cocktail Mochatini
Cocktail Mochatini (SGD $22)



The gut-busting Atomic Fries (SGD $14) features a base of medium thick potato fries that are crisp outside and fluffy inside. Coated in a piquant blend of sriracha mayonnaise, nacho cheese sauce, shichimi togarashi 7-spice mix, spring onions, and furikake seasoning. This results in a robust vegetal earthy salty spice flavour, with a short burst of fiery heat. Goes great with beer.

Atomic Fries (SGD $14)


Atomic Fries
Atomic Fries



All hail the Truffle Fries Maximus (SGD $18)! This classic combination features a base of medium thick potato fries that are crisp outside and fluffy inside. Coated in an addictive blend of tender button mushrooms sauteed with thyme, white truffle oil, truffle porcini mayonnaise, parmigiano-reggiano / parmesan cheese, and chopped chives. This results in a robust earthy sweet cheesy savoury flavour, with an intense truffle aroma. Can smell this arriving from afar!

Truffle Fries Maximus (SGD $18)


Truffle Fries Maximus
Truffle Fries Maximus



All things considered, the Crackling Pork Belly (SGD $12) is just decent. The tender strips of pork belly are roasted with Maldon sea salt, served with a side of crunchy juicy pickled gherkins with sharp sour vegetal flavour, and a grainy Thai style dipping sauce of whole grain mustard, garlic, white onions, chili, and oregano. Have had better elsewhere, but if you're here, this is an alright choice.

Crackling Pork Belly (SGD $12)


Crackling Pork Belly
Crackling Pork Belly



Loved the Buttered Clams (SGD $18), with the 500g of Korean flower clams having a plump, meaty tender chew. The rich gravy consists of a blend of white wine, sauteed garlic, lightly browned butter, salt, furikake seasoning, and parsley. This imparts a bold earthy milky salty savoury spice flavour to the natural sweet notes of the clams. The broth is drinkable, so delicious. Highly recommended!

Buttered Clams (SGD $18)


Buttered Clams
Buttered Clams



You won't stone with the Stoners Burger (SGD $24). A pair of fluffy soft toasted brioche burger buns, sandwich a succulent 150g wagyu minced beef patty, which is so juicy and tender. Completed with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, gooey melted cheddar cheese, a touch of rich tomato ketchup, crunchy bourbon infused dill pickle, and creamy smokey thousand island mayonnaise. Bite in and you get the big, bold, burst of meaty vegetal smoky savoury sweet salty cheesy flavours, so decadent yet comforting. Served with medium thick shoestring fries and crisp battered onion rings. Good!

Stoners Burger (SGD $24)


Stoners Burger


Stoners Burger


Stoners Burger
Stoners Burger



Not for the faint of heart, the fiery Mamacita Burger (SGD $20) is a spicy la chica. A pair of fluffy soft toasted brioche burger buns, sandwich a succulent 150g wagyu minced beef patty, which is so juicy and tender. Completed with soft pepper jack cheese, creamy sriracha mayonnaise, crisp shallots, crunchy spring onions, and a custom roasted chili blend. Bite in and you get a punchy hit of meaty savoury sweet spicy flavours, with a sharp lingering burn that numbs the palate. Served with medium thick shoestring fries and crisp battered onion rings. For serious spice freaks and chili hot heads only.

Mamacita Burger (SGD $20)


Mamacita Burger


Mamacita Burger


Mamacita Burger
Mamacita Burger



No secret that we're taken with the Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket (SGD $32). Served with sides of fresh crunchy lettuce and crisp shoestring fries, the star is the incredibly tender Grade A4 wagyu beef brisket, which is coated with a black pepper crust, infused with liquid smoke, and slow-cooked for 24 hours. As a result, the beef brisket turns really tender, coming apart with a light chew, and holds a robust depth of meaty peppery spice savoury flavour. Highly recommended!

Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket (SGD $32)


Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket


Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket
Slow Cooked Wagyu Beef Brisket



Hold your horses, because it's The Chicken Farm (SGD $48)! This 4-person sharing platter is perfect for bar snacks, served with house buffalo chicken wings, Singapore style prawn paste chicken wings, nacho cheese coated popcorn chicken, and nacho chips topped with salsa and guacamole. The respective chicken wings have moist tender chicken meat that comes off the bone easily, the buffalo chicken wings being sweet spicy in flavour, while the prawn paste chicken wings were savoury salty in flavour. The small nuggets of popcorn chicken alternated between moist and dry, but the creamy nacho cheese sauce lends it good depth of cheesy salty flavour. The nacho chips have to be eaten quickly while crisp, and the salsa and guacamole combination lends a bright refreshing vegetal sweet earthy flavour. Would order again. Good!

The Chicken Farm (SGD $48)


The Chicken Farm


The Chicken Farm


The Chicken Farm
The Chicken Farm



Overall, Mischief is a decent alternative to the more crowded nightlife spots elsewhere. The laid-back, casual, and relaxing atmosphere allows for actual conversations with friends (without overly loud music in the background). With a decent range of bar snacks and drinks, Mischief is especially good for large social gatherings, especially when they screen sporting events.


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