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.
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.
Great service and the atmosphere was great and cosy. The mains like the Fish n Chips is the best and their desserts were great too.
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.
If you are craving for fish and chips, this is the place to go. They served the freshest fish i ever ate!
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 👍👍👍👍👍
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.