By: Monica Pitrelli
Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar
331 New Bridge Road, #01-02
High-end spots around the Keong Saik area have been popping up more often than Indonesian forest fires. That’s why we’re stoked to see a casual little place bucking the trend.
Roosevelt’s may style itself in the American diner genre (US beef burgers, all-day breakfast and salted caramel milkshakes with Bobby Vinton crooning overhead), but it’s not your average diner that serves elderflower gin fizzes ($16) and Lourmarin seven-hour slow-braised lamb ($29).
Coffee is pulled not brewed, fries come in the truffle variety and a basic comfort food like mac and cheese gets a jumpstart with jalapeno, bacon and heaps of mozzarella, Parmesan and cheddar ($11). Creative liberties are taken by leaning across the Atlantic – the dinner menu has a truffle snapper pie ($19), while beer-battered fish and chips ($19) is available all day, every day.
Most notably, prices for food and drinks are quite decent. Wine starts at $5 per glass (note: this is for a short pour of 75ml) and desserts, like the memorable apple forest berries crumble, are between $5 and $10. Those in the mood to splurge can tap into “Teddy’s Secret Stash” for a bottle of Dom Perignon ($340) and fine wines from Pomeral, Chateaneuf du Pape and Priorat, to name a few.
Must-try dish: Jalapeño bacon mac and cheese