Amongst the whole row of restaurants and cafes along East Coast Road, sometimes you are too spoiled for choices and not sure where to eat. Even though this trip to Mad Nest was planned, you need not worry if any of the restaurants you are visiting along that stretch is full, because you can easily switch it up.
Mad Nest Restaurant intrigued me quite a bit when I was first introduced to it, what with the fanciful website design, and the super extensive menu – offering all-day Brunch items, Italian-Asian, Japanese, and Northern Indian food. All of that under one roof, MADNEST indeed!
I was still impressed, when I met up with my friends at the restaurant. The restaurant was sleekly decorated, with cushioned high tables on one side, and normal dining, simple tables on the other, with a white and simple backdrop, adorned with a couple of paintings. Service was the same old, nothing out of the ordinary.
Latte ($4+) :: Because I was really worn out, I decided to order a cup of latte for myself (I rarely have caffeine in the evening because they work wonders on me more often than not). Presentation was great. Taste, not so. It was the add-your-own-sugar kind. So I thought if you can’t impress with the overall taste, the only thing to impress with is the distinct taste of the coffee beans. But I guess they were skewed more towards being a restaurant than a cafe, I did not blame them for it. An ordinary cup.
Oishii Maki ($16+) :: As we were in a party of four, we decided to order a dish each off the four cuisines. First up, Japanese. Made up of grilled eel and roasted salmon, served with avocado and mayonnaise, these 8 pieces of gem probably shone the brightest that very evening. The overall taste of it gives out just the right amount of saltiness with a soft punch of sourness. Eel and salmon, two of my favorite toppings. Well done here.
The Mad Breakfast ($20+) :: Next in line, an item off the All-Day Brunch Menu. I was in-charge of ordering this, because well, I can and do have brunch items at any hour of the day. It fell way short when I tried it. The scrambled eggs looked promising but was nothing near acceptable. It was not salty, not creamy – it was plain mashed goo. To be honest, this has to be one of the worst scrambled eggs I’ve had. And that speaks a lot, considering the number of brunches I’ve had. The chicken sausages, the (not a) brioche, marinated mushrooms were barely edible as well. Don’t waste time on this.
Hae Mee Bisque ($23+) :: We gave in to this when our first choice, Chili Crab Pasta was not available. The waitperson recommended this and we just went ahead with it. Firstly, no, the prawn bisque sauce did not do any justice to the dish. And secondly, the slipper lobster tails were dry, and meatless. The meat was scarce, and we could hardly taste a proper chunk of it.
Naan with Butter Chicken Gravy + Paneer Saag Gravy ($9+ / $13+ / $13+) :: The last dish, this time from the Northern Indian menu. Let’s break it down to the naan and the two gravies. The naan was pretty good, save for the volume of oil involved. It was adequately flavored. The butter chicken gravy was acceptable, when compared to the paneer saag (spinach with cottage cheese). It went better with the naan and tasted less weird. There were also sizable chunks of chicken in it.
In a nutshell, I was not impressed with the food quality at all. It was a disappointment all in all. I hope it was only because we had chosen the wrong item off the menu. It would be a while before I head back there, unless something substantial changes along the way.
—> Note #1: Prices are only subject to 10% service charge. No GST.
Address: 378 East Coast Road
Telephone: 6348 6861
Opening Hours: 4pm – 1am (Mon – Thurs); 4pm – 2am (Fri); 11am – 2am (Sat); 11am – 1am (Sun)