Tucked within the Bukit Timah Saddle Club is this unpretentious, homely café – Riders Café – that allows you to soak in the tranquillity and take in the sights of nature (both the trees and the horses!). The last time I have been was probably a decade ago and I recall it being slightly different. This time, I made a visit in the evening and it’s a completely different experience. During the day it boasts brunch food and is family friendly. In the evening, it serves contemporary comfort food in a space that exudes a lovely old world charm, perfect for a date or just catching up with friends. Indeed, I visited on a weekday and found it so easy to unwind after a day of work.
But of course, I should also talk about the food that it has to offer.
First up, we had the Impossible Meat Kebabs (S$15) which were served with a side of spicy house-made peanut sauce with hints of lemongrass and kaffir leaves. A second side that we shared was the Kabocha & Kale (S$23) – one of my favourite dishes for the night! Might seem daunting to the non-veggies lovers, but this substantial looking dish is autumn on a plate. It highlights the tasty Japanese squash with fluffy texture and sweet notes. The kabocha is oven roasted till soft and creamy and the skin is charred but still edible. It is also accompanied with fresh zesty tabbouleh (a Levantine salad made from finely chopped kale, mint, parsley, tomato, onion and grains) with added pomegranate to give it that additional texture. Riders then finish it off with housemade Miso Tahini. This dish is a definite must-order for vegans and also enough “distractions” to convert the non-veggies to try something out of their comfort zone. Jan,