Brunch  (brnch)
n. A meal typically eaten late in the morning as a combination of a late breakfast and an early lunch.
For the longest time, brunch has been the quintessential lazy meal to me. What could be lazier than waking up late in the morning and then eating two meals combined into one? You get the best of both worlds as you’re able to combine your favourite foods from breakfast with your favourite foods from lunch to create one delicious, delectable meal! It’s also the perfect excuse to have just pancakes for lunch 🙂 However, in recent years, Sunday brunch has become a time for my family and me to relax and catch up with each other after the hectic school/work week. It has become an essential part of our family bonding time as we’re able to share how our week has been over a nice meal. And it’s still the perfect reason to have just pancakes for lunch!
Last week, we decided to head over to Roadhouse at Dempsey Road for our weekly Sunday brunch. We had been to Roadhouse before, but always for dinner and we thought that it would be a nice change to go there for brunch/lunch instead! I say brunch/lunch because we went at about 12pm, which is sort of lunch time already, isn’t it?
Roadhouse, previously Cafe Hacienda, is another venture by the Privé group. It has an extensive menu which is crafted around the Josper Grill, a hybrid grill-oven which is favored by many well-known chefs around the world. They have a regular menu, the breakfast menu (breakfast is served from 9am – 4pm on weekends) and the set lunch menu which are only available on weekdays (boy, are they value for money at 2 courses for $22, and 3 courses for $25!).
Upon glancing through the breakfast menu, my eyes were immediately drawn to the Fluffy Pancakes with maple caramelized banana, strawberries, pecan nuts & whipping cream ($14). However, surprising everyone, myself included, I ended up choosing something from the main menu instead! But it’s okay, there will always be a place in my heart for pancakes! Here’s a lovely picture of fluffy pancakes just for good measure 🙂
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Big Ass Onion Rings

Big Ass Onion Rings ($6): with sweet & spicy ranch sauce. These onion rings were indeed bigbigbigbigbig! They were nice and crisp on the outside, though a tad bit too oily. I don’t think I would order it again as I am more of a fries person rather than an onion rings person though.

Mushroom Melt Quesadilla

Mushroom Melt Quesadilla ($13): Button mushrooms, onions, guacamole & melted monterey jack cheese. So this was what I had instead of my beloved pancake as I was having an inexplicable hankering for mushrooms that day. And I do love quesadillas 🙂 The mushrooms were nicely marinated and juicy, which did bring a smile to my face when I first bit into some stray mushrooms that had fallen out of the tortilla. The tortilla was crispy enough, and it was indeed a perfect Quesadilla. But one problem I had with this dish was the cheese. I found the cheese so incredibly salty that I couldn’t finish the remainder of my quesadilla after eating the first 2 slices and ended up scraping ALL the cheese out of the remaining 2 slices before eating them. I don’t know if its because my tongue is very sensitive to salt or if its because the cheese was really very salty, but the cheese really ruined the dish for me.

Beef and Sweet Pepper Quesadilla

Beef & Sweet Pepper Quesadilla ($13): Minced beef, grilled sweet peppers, onions,
chopped tomatoes, guacamole & melted monterey jack cheese. My dad had this dish and he too mentioned that the cheese was slightly too salty for his liking. However, on the bright side, he said that the sweet peppers paired very nicely with the beef as it provided crunch to an otherwise texturally boring dish. He did mention that he would be ordering a burger the next time though, as he felt that if he wanted to eat some beef he might as well have a huge hunk of it on a bun rather than eat it minced.

Plain Jane

Plain Jane ($20): 170g Josper-grilled wagyu patty, homemade bun, pickles, ketchup, mustard (with cheddar, add $2). The Jopser Grill is ultimately the centerpiece of Roadhouse. So what’s so special about this hybrid grill-oven? Well, it burns top quality charcoal and makes it like an indoor barbecue. Chefs are also able to control the temperatures, allowing items to be cooked much faster and more precisely while sealing in the juices and retaining the natural smoky flavor of charcoal. My sister is a big fan of plain and traditional burgers without any of the ‘add-ons’ like bacon and mushroom (Well to be honest, it is a good way to let the wagyu patty just shine on its own). For her, a good burger is one that has 3 things: a bun, a patty, a slice of cheese. She doesn’t even like caramelized onions in her burgers (I know, the horror 0: )! So, she was very happy with this plain burger as it fulfilled all her criteria of a good burger. What’s more, she mentioned that the bun was very soft, which is a plus point for her! She likes her patty well-done, which could have compromised some of the juiciness that would have accompanied a medium-well patty, but hey it’s her preference 🙂 Nonetheless, the beef was still amazing and very nicely charred – definitely something to be said for this Josper Grill business.

Bacon Marinated Burger

Bacon Marinated Burger ($22): 170g Josper-grilled wagyu patty, homemade
bun, melted gorgonzola, streaky bacon, caramelized onions, garlic mayonnaise & sautéed mushrooms. My mum proudly claimed that this burger would be her ‘cheat meal’ of the week. And she said that the burger was worth every bite! She especially loved the bacon, as my mum has a thing for salty foods. She ordered the burger without the caramelized onions though, which was a pity as caramelized onions make everything taste better! She said that the medium-well patty was juicy and succulent – again the Josper Grill – and upon tasting the patty my dad sort of regretted ordering his beef quesadilla. GOOD BURGER, my mum exclaimed after the meal.
One bad point about the meal was that the serving sizes were rather small, and the few fries that came with the burgers were slightly soggy when it came to our table! However, the service staff was attentive enough (considering that we were sitting outside the main restaurant at the veranda) and the atmosphere was pleasant and homey, casual and chic, perfect for a Sunday brunch! My family and I enjoyed our first brunch experience at the Roadhouse and we’ll be sure to go back for brunch next time. I will probably be ordering the pancakes next time (: I would also go back to try the set lunches, which I find are very very value for money. Roadhouse is a nice place to go if you’re looking for quality food and homey atmosphere for some family time, evident from the number of prams parked outside the restaurant. You should note that if you’re planning on going at busy periods (dinner, lunch etc) you should call to make reservations!
13 Dempsey Road
Singapore 249674
Tel: 6476 2922 
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