Let me start by disclaiming that Riders Cafe is incredibly painful to get to without a car. The walk in is torturous. First you have to conquer a long, seemingly endless trail up the road. Then, you have to manoeuvre your way past some twists and turns before you finally see the cafe in the distance. All the while, you are engaged in an internal battle with your anger at yourself, for being stupid enough to want to save a few dollars at a taxi ride, and chose to walk this terrible, arduous journey to the west.
Finally, you arrive at the cafe entrance, feeling oddly victorious. You definitely deserve a good iced mocha after that workout.
Only, the waitress rushes to you with an apologetic look on her face (you know what’s coming next) and tells you, “we’re really sorry but the next available table is in an hour’s time.”
Angry Cheryl wanted to leave immediately and never return to this place (did all of their patrons walk that far in too??) but thank heavens we decided to wait around for a table. We spent the hour
trespassing visiting the horses’ stables and I was rather taken with one rather handsome stallion whose name was Fiero. But more on that later – first, the food!
Riders is one of the more atas cafes around, what with horses galloping outside the window and all (nope). Overpriced brunch never deterred girls from visiting a pretty cafe anyway heh heh.
We arrived too late for brunch (ends at 11am dear me), and had to go for their mains. Bit of a pity though, because I heard loads about their brunch menu. Please extend the time, Riders Cafe?
I chose a Portobello & Halloumi Burger with Onions, Rocket and Fries ($17). It was certainly delicious – the portobello was extremely well-marinated and each bite was bursting with flavour. Fries were pretty well-seasoned, although there is the option to top-up a few bucks and have the regular fries changed to truffle fries (YES).
But the star of the day was definitely this… the Riders Burger with Rocket, Brie, Relish, Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Fries ($17). Cj would not stop eating this. It was tender, it was juicy, it was perfection. The beef was medium, just the way we asked for it. I would highly recommend this!!! Until today (close to a year later), this is easily still one of the best burgers we’ve ever had. Hands down. (Except maybe Grill’d, but that’s in Australia so. Case closed.)
Iced Mocha not particularly special, was pretty alright. Cj told me to stop buying drinks just to take pictures (oops busted).
PANNA COTTA my one true love!!! Ugh just look at the picture. Silky smooth panna cotta under a treasure trove of fresh berries. It’s like a dream come true, it is. Cj was absolutely disgusted with how much I was stuffing myself, but in my defence, I only had 3/4 of the Portobello Burger so it’s all good… right?
Price Range ~$35 (main, drink, dessert)
Address Bukit Timah Saddle Club, 51 Fairways Drive
Tue – Thu: 08:00 – 21:00
Fri – Sat: 08:00 – 22:00
Sun: 08:00 – 21:00
Taro Points Riders Burger (and horses!)
Anyway because we had some spare time (understatement), we went about visiting the horses’ stables! Most of them were aloof and ignored us, but one particular fine one trotted up to me just as I was squealing “horseyyyy~” (I know, what I ridiculous thing to say to get the horses’ attention) and humoured me for a good ten minutes!! Guys, this is real, true love.