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The Mad Sailors – British Kitchen

Bugis Café $$ +100

About The Mad Sailors – British Kitchen

From fish and chips to ice-cream sandwiches, scampi to rarebit, lots of British comfort food is not quite the same in Singapore – if you can find it at all. The Mad Sailors in Bugis have set to righting that ship, though. Dishing up delicious, generous and fantastically affordable British fare from their cool location on Haji Lane, these guys have made many a Brit abroad and Anglophile an extremely satisfied and happy diner.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Mad Sailors – British Kitchen, Haji Lane 24, 189217 Singapore

Further Information

Rustling up some proper authentic British fare, The Mad Sailors is a welcome sight for anybody in Singapore missing the comforts of home or wanting a true taste of Auld Blighty. Set up in seriously cool digs on humming Haji Lane, with kitschy padded sofa benches, wooden tables and floorboards, exposed brick and moody lighting creating an atmosphere somewhere between an old captain’s mess and cool contemporary cafe, The Mad Sailors have nailed the look. But Bugis is a competitive area for modern, international and hipster joints, so you gotta come up big on the grub too – thankfully, that’s of no concern here. The Mad Sailors menu is dedicated solely to the tastes familiar to those with any experience in proper British eating.

The classics are done exceptionally well, with bangers & mash, shepherd’s pie and the ribeye roast dinner with gravy and Yorkshire pudding all firm favourites among Singapore expats. The international influence on modern British cuisine is well represented, too, and we reckon the cream cheese and salmon or salt beef bagel here in Haji Lane are as good as the granny-run Jewish joints on Brick Lane. Its location in the coolest part of Bugis is part of the attraction, of course, but it also means The Mad Sailors fair hums most of the time, so it’s always good to nab a spot ahead of time if you’re lining up some satisfying British grub morning, noon or night.

CHEF'S CHOICE

81 Reviews

4.3 /6 Very Good 81 Reviews
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: average
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 11:24

Fantastic food and great service! The fish and chips (dory, cod, and haddock) were tasty and just the right portion. The marmite honey chicken wings were marinated perfectly.

5 reviews so far 6
03.12.2016 10:02

If you are craving for fish and chips, this is the place to go. They served the freshest fish i ever ate!

1 review so far 6
02.12.2016 10:29

The mashed potato was soooo goooood. I love it. The restaurant recommended when you want eat halal food in Singapore. The place was so comfy to go with frienda 👍👍👍👍👍

3 reviews so far 6
16.11.2016 09:27

The food served was absolutely delicious. The staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs. The reservation process was also very smooth and easy to do so!

1 review so far 5
13.07.2016 09:12

The fish of the fish and chips was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside but a little bland in taste (with lemon and vinegar added) Potato pancakes did not turn out like expected (rosti) but came on a plate like some mashed potato with mixed spices and vegetable in it. The potato pancake was too dry despite having sour cream sauce on it. Berry slushy was awesome thirst quenching drink with a tinge of mint that is not over powering. Marmite chicken was alright. Also thought it would come as a fried dish but it was not but still tasted pretty okay. Apple pie was a surprise delight. Not too sweet and dry. It was a surprise that it goes well with the additional chocolate ice cream as well. A pity ice cream melt too fast in our climate. Service was excellent. Amazing staff who gave us choice of our seatings and knowing that is was my friend's birthday, they gave a complimentary cake. Kudos to the team!

2 reviews so far 6
26.09.2016 08:48

The cafe is quaint and perfect a place to read a book. Really love how they actually use recycled chairs. One point for being environmentally friendly. The lightings are not so intense and this is a good thing so that we really felt the vintage and nostalgic ambience. The owner (she looks like she's from UK), has a really big smile and she is very prompt in her service. My friend ordered a carrot cake and ohmygoshhhhh the flavour was so intense, it melted right through my heart. One bite sufficed them all. I ordered the Welsh Rarebit, a cheesy delicacy eaten by matsallehs! Even though it was served as a snack, it was filling for dinner. When the music started playing, it felt we were transported through time.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2016 00:38

The place was easy to find, just follow along the haji lane and you'll find the red scooter parked outside. The cafe texted me asking to preorder the food as there'll be a crowd so it's good that we could get the food faster in comparison to ordering the food once we're being seated at the cafe. The fish&chips was great(generous portion!) and I especially love the carrot cake! do get it if you drop by :) Oh, also the service was great!

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 17:07

Good food, staffs were attentive and friendly. Went there for break fast during the fasting month and the staffs ensured our food came right on time and while still hot. Yorkshire pudding in the "toad in the hole" was a pleasant surprise (as it was not mentioned in the description what it was) and went well the the sausages. Overall a satisfying dining experience.

1 review so far 4
14.06.2016 09:11

We enjoyed our dining- Eggs & Sensational Soldier, Marmite Honey Wings, Mash Potatoes, Toad in hole, Good O'English Fry-Up, Fish & Chip (Dory & Cod -which we prefer cod more), Gingerbread Man- which my mom liked & enjoyed most!!! Surprisingly my mom felt comfortable (which is very important for me 😃) with the ambience & food. Perfect place for chill & catch up with friends. Ms Hayley & Staffs provide an excellent service. will definitely be back for more. thank you 👍 p/s: few more variety of food will be better.

1 review so far 4
22.10.2016 07:06

Place very small. Lady boss very friendly. Was being seated in less 5mins despite the crowd n Q as I had mahe a reservation. Smart move to make. the customers order and pay 1st. We waited 1hr15mins for them to serve our orders. Food came hot and nice. Beef patty has a unique taste n so does the sausages. Very satisfied with their chocolate melt for dessert. Lady boss gave us complimentary brownies for being patience. :) . Price+taste+location+service-waiting time: quite satisfying and worth trying.

3 reviews so far 3
23.11.2016 10:09

Wrong move to have visited on a Friday night. It was far too crowded for our dining good, and as a result they ran out of fries, so we were served fish & chips with mashed potatoes (without sauce). The mashed potatoes serving was a little too abundant. Everything felt a little too messy... Space constraint was unbelievable, on top of the impossible waiting time. Hopefully things will get better when it is less hyped. Fortunately the servers were really nice people who tried their best to give us as pleasant a dining experience as they could manage. We'd like to visit again just maybe not anytime soon...

2 reviews so far 5
25.07.2016 12:53

Good service. Food was good and portions was quite big. Also, we were initially informed that there were 9 pieces of fried Mars Bar but was only given 6. We dismissed it without any second thoughts but the waitress came by a few minutes later and gave us a complimentary apple tart (?) to make up for her error. Appreciated the gesture.

2 reviews so far 6
02.09.2016 17:01

Had Dory Fish and Chips, Marmite Honey Wings and Mashed Potato among other things. The food was excellent, and the service was great. Was informed it may take awhile due to the crowd but food came earlier than expected. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be back soon!

1 review so far 6
28.08.2016 10:56

Was welcomed with a friendly smile and taken care of. Food was awesome! Big portions of Fish & Chips. Probably the volume of the music should be slightly lower or perharps, no need of one as there's live bands along the streets that already add-on to the environment.

1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 23:14

Food was excellent. Staff were friendly. Ambience on 1st floor was great. However, they could do a bit more deco on the 2nd floor, eg, adding curtains to the windows. The afternoon sun was "glaring" into the dining area. Music was nice but could have been softer on the volume. Overall, a great place to chill.

1 review so far 6
15.08.2016 07:13

The food portion was big enough n yhe food is fulfilling. Tried their fish n chips n the sauce was nice, different from the typical sauce from other shops.The service was very good too...ambience was cozy and theres even free wifi.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 12:04

The ambience and staff were great! However I had to wait for around 45mins for my food so that was a slight minus point. The dory fish and chips were soft and flaky, however were unaccompanied with tartar sauce. Other than that all was good!

1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 13:05

Sat on the second floor and the place was cozy. I loved how the items on the menu was true to its theme of the U.K! The quality of food was great too. Would highly recommend it to my friends for sure.

1 review so far 4
14.07.2016 00:47

really liked the authentic British food served; servers were quite pleasant; as a server was clearing and cleaning our table, she conveniently wiped remnants of food off the table onto the floor and that concerned my friends and I because that could jeopardise the cleanliness and hygiene of the establishment

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 10:59

The quantity of their food are just nice & me and my two friends are satisfy w the service & food! It is a must for local or tourist/foreigner to try their food!

4 reviews so far 4
19.12.2016 16:09

Food is good but the place seems to need more service staff especially when it got crowded in the later part of the evening. Also, they got our request to change an item wrong and our food took a long time to come. Otherwise, the overall experience was ok.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 21:04

The food was alright. But we enjoyed the ambience and the chill out vibes of the cafe. And the coffee smells amazing! Def going back to try something else from the menu!

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 15:11

Been here twice in a month, food is good, ambience is great. I've always felt that it's a great place to hang out and catch up with friends. Will be back!

2 reviews so far 5
12.06.2016 10:09

Service was a bit slow, this was probably due to the big crowd dining for Iftar. The members of staff were very apologetic and kept the customers updated on their orders. Overall, great food and customer service!

1 review so far 3
25.06.2016 10:10

It was a busy evening, so our food came really late. It was fine but they seem to keep forgetting about our orders and had to keep asking. Maybe a different system like taking notes could help them remember a bit better because we had to repeat our late orders 4 times before it finally came. The food was good nonetheless.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 07:11

Great ambience, good food and nice people! Definitely returning back there again. A place i would recommend to all youths who love to explore the different type of hipster cafes!

2 reviews so far 5
01.08.2016 09:17

Mad Sailors setting is so quaint and cozy, It feels like you are transported to another place or even era. The food is good. The Gravy Train Sainers and Bang Mashers are a must try.

1 review so far 4
12.11.2016 22:13

Ambience was meh, kinda underwhelmed especially since there was so much hype around it. Ordered the burger, and the party was like a giant, tough meatball that was too salty. Maybe their seafood options are better, but still, a subpar burger is disappointing.

4 reviews so far 5
16.10.2016 20:33

it was a great ambience kind of cafe. tried the fish and chips dory . it was great and tasty and taste of real ocean dory. hahaha. and fried mars was nice too

1 review so far 3
21.10.2016 09:00

Small and cosy place to chill with your friends. The food is not consistent. The first time I went, the fish and chips were good. Crispy and fresh fish! But the 2nd visit, the batter became soggy after only 3mins being served to us. Check your fish first when you receive your order.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2016 18:02

I simply love the friendly service as well as the lovely ambience over there, with the perfect food served, provided a cosy feeling none like other.

5 reviews so far 5
07.10.2016 08:28

Service was great, but waiting time for food was far too long. Took 50 minutes for all our food to come, saw a table leave too because of the long wait.

1 review so far 5
24.12.2016 17:53

Served good and delicious food. Will visit this place the next time around with my family. Nice cosy atmosphere. Would be nice if the server is able to take orders too!

1 review so far 5
01.10.2016 05:33

The food was good. Service fast. Servers attentive. Price reasonable. Seating arrangement could have been better but that's how the layout on the first floor is. Minor detail. Overall was good.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 10:15

The atmosphere and food was great, just a bit too pricey i think. Fish and chips was not bad. Great location and I really like how that restaurant name came about!

1 review so far 2
18.11.2016 06:23

Food tasted nice but it is ridiculous to wait an hour plus for our food to be served. It was my friend's second time coming here to accompany the rest of us who have not yet tried. She warned us about having to wait an hour the first time she came and thought of giving them a second chance but none of us will be coming back due to the service being way too slow.

2 reviews so far 4
07.01.2017 13:02

The marmite wings tastes better than it looks. The mashed potato taste a little too sour. The cods chips were ok. Liked the chips as its thick kind. Will return again if around the area

2 reviews so far 5
20.10.2016 08:09

Food was awesomely delicious. Place was like a scene from a harry potter movie. And service was just fine. I would definitely go again for the eggs royale.

1 review so far 5
17.10.2016 14:25

Good ambience good food. Price was okay for the quality of food. Would love to go there again and have their cheese n chips and fish n chips.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 11:58

Not bad at all.. highly recommended for people who loves seafood and the ambiance are also amazing. Good service though its self service, staffs were amazing n friendly

1 review so far 5
15.08.2016 01:34

It is too bad there was not much choice for us to choose from when we arrived. Wish we could have a full menu even at that hour.

1 review so far 5
14.12.2016 05:49

Friendly folks, eclectic vibe. Food could do with less salt though. Staff called to confirm reservation and informed that fish and chips was not available. That's useful :)

1 review so far 5
28.10.2016 09:34

Came slightly earlier, food was good. Made the wrong order, ordered another and was reminded of a promotion of 10%. Great ambience though price a little steep.

4 reviews so far 3
02.11.2016 08:20

Didn't like the space. It was a tad too cramped. It was not pleasant to have to keep walking in a cramped place to get our own utensils, take the condiments, make our order at the counter. Food didn't meet expectation but it was OK.

1 review so far 5
25.07.2016 10:45

Nice & Friendly Staffs. Awesome place for IG-ers Food is awesome. Drinks are refreshing. Chilling place to have your brunch with your friends or loved ones.

1 review so far 5
15.07.2016 09:42

Our first time there, food was great! We had the fish & chips (dory) and bangers& mash. Thoroughly enjoyed both dishes. Service was good as well.

1 review so far 5
30.07.2016 14:59

Good and amazing food, service and ambience! Thumbs up! Will definitely recommend this to my friends and family. Also, the place is quite convenient to find.

2 reviews so far 6
15.09.2016 11:06

It's a place that i am definitely going for the next time. Their food; thumbs up. The ambience was a must-go-try!

2 reviews so far 3
30.08.2016 10:52

The food was just ok and not as good as an English grub should be and quite pricey for what you are paying. Service was good but food could be better. A little of a let-down in comparison with their sister restos.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 15:57

The staff are friendly and helpful. And also the food is awesome and affordable. Recommend to try their british dishes. Especially the bangers & Mash