Riders Cafe @ 51 Fairways Drive

Hanging signage outside Riders.

Hanging signage outside Riders.

Riders Cafe is an extremely popular brunch spot hidden behind the lush greenery of Bukit Timah. What makes Riders so unique is in its location, being situated at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Riders not only serve up good contemporary food but provide one of the best & unique sceneries for a cafe/restaurant in Singapore.

Outside of Riders.

Outside of Riders.

Entrance to Riders & the Bukit Timah Saddle Club.

Entrance to Riders & the Bukit Timah Saddle Club.

About
What makes Riders Cafe one of the most popular places for brunch in Singapore is its location. It’s situated deep in the greenery of Bukit Timah, with most of its surroundings untouched by civilization. In order to get to Riders, it’s best to have a car or take a cab. Walking is not impossible, but not recommended as the route to Riders will be quite a long trek. If you’re thinking that Riders is somewhere near The Grandstand, you’ll be mistaken. (It’s somewhere near that area, but Riders is towards a different stretch of road.) The carpark for Riders is just outside the building, so it’s quite easy when you have a car.

Reservations
Riders Cafe is extremely popular with the brunch crowd and the place can get horribly crowded on the weekends. It’s best to make a reservation before heading to Riders. I called on a Friday to make a reservation for Saturday, which ended up being fully booked. Luckily there were openings for Sunday instead. Some reviewers have mentioned that they managed to get a table without a reservation, but it usually involves quite a bit of waiting.

Interior of the cafe.

Interior of the cafe.

A horse & jockey statue.

A horse & jockey statue.

Aesthetic
The interior of Riders Cafe is quite British Colonial. The whole place is painted white with dark wooden elements. Things are kept simple inside, with fans & hanging lamps. The place does not have much decor as it relies on the gorgeous scenery surrounding the place. Rows of windows fill both sides of the interior, allowing lots of Sunlight into the cafe and it also allows customers to view outside and look at the scenery. The place is surrounding by lush greenery, along with stables & some horse tracks. (The Bukit Timah Saddle Club is right there afterall.)  At certain times, you may get a chance to spot a live horse.

There is a stable nearby Riders that is opened to the public at certain timings only. You can basically walk inside and have a closer look at actual horses. (The smell is something else though.)

Menu of Riders.

Menu of Riders.

Food
Riders serves up the typical brunch food type dishes. Aside from their well-known Blackstone Benedict, they also have Brioche French Toast (another up-and-coming brunch dish) & Truffle Fries (the ever-popular starter). Their brunch menu is only available on the weekends, from 8am to 3pm with their Appetisers/Mains being only available after 11am. Prices for Riders are all quite above average, with most of their items hovering around the 15 dollar mark.

Sunrise Smoothie ($8) Orange Juice, Banana, Fresh Berries, Yoghurt, Honey This was not bad, it was not as sweet as I would have liked it though. It was a tad more sour, probably due to the yoghurt. It was quite thick as well.

Sunrise Smoothie ($8)
Orange Juice, Banana, Fresh Berries, Yoghurt, Honey
This was not bad, it was not as sweet as I would have liked it though. It was a tad more sour, probably due to the yoghurt. It was quite thick as well.

Grilled Octopus ($14) Grilled Paprika, Aioli I really liked this appetiser though it was priced a bit on the higher side. The octopus was grilled perfectly and together with the aioli, it was delicious.

Grilled Octopus ($14)
Grilled Paprika, Aioli
I really liked this appetiser though it was priced a bit on the higher side. The octopus was grilled perfectly and together with the aioli, it was delicious.

Blackstone Benedict ($16) Bacon, Tomatoes, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Sourdough One of Riders most well-known brunch item. They do have a variation of this dish called the "Pacific Benedict", that involves crab meat. This was pretty good. Nicely poached eggs, great bacon. I thought the tomato was perhaps a tad too big though, it ended up drenching the entire Sourdough and made most of the dish taste of tomato more than anything.

Blackstone Benedict ($16)
Bacon, Tomatoes, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Sourdough
One of Riders most well-known brunch item. They do have a variation of this dish called the “Pacific Benedict”, that involves crab meat.
This was pretty good. Nicely poached eggs, great bacon. I thought the tomato was perhaps a tad too big though, it ended up drenching the entire Sourdough and made most of the dish taste of tomato more than anything.

'The Usual' ($18) Two Eggs, Back Bacon, Breakfast Banger, Mushrooms, Tomato, Sourdough As the name suggests, it's basically the usual breakfast fanfare. My companion had this and she liked it. Of course you can hardly go wrong here.

‘The Usual’ ($18)
Two Eggs, Back Bacon, Breakfast Banger, Mushrooms, Tomato, Sourdough
As the name suggests, it’s basically the usual breakfast fanfare. My companion had this and she liked it. Of course you can hardly go wrong here.

Death By Chocolate Cake ($12) [15 minutes prep time] Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice-cream One of the most famous desserts you can ever have is the "Death By Chocolate Cake" at Riders. You will see this EVERYWHERE on Instagram relating to Riders. The dessert is definitely affectionately named because you simply CANNOT finish this by yourself. The chocolate cake is really rich, along with huge amount of chocolate sauce makes the dessert along the lines of those dishes at the "Heart Attack Grill" in America. It's a delicious dessert, but definitely not one to be eaten by a single person. (I do wonder if there was any deaths regarding to consuming this dish. I'm probably just over-exaggerating.)

Death By Chocolate Cake ($12) [15 minutes prep time]
Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Bean Ice-cream
One of the most famous desserts you can ever have is the “Death By Chocolate Cake” at Riders. You will see this EVERYWHERE on Instagram relating to Riders.
The dessert is definitely affectionately named because you simply CANNOT finish this by yourself. The chocolate cake is really rich, along with huge amount of chocolate sauce makes the dessert along the lines of those dishes at the “Heart Attack Grill” in America. It’s a delicious dessert, but definitely not one to be eaten by a single person.
(I do wonder if there was any deaths regarding to consuming this dish. I’m probably just over-exaggerating.)

Salted Caramel Brioche ($12) Crunchy Brioche, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean Ice-cream Now I actually felt like they should rename this to "Death By Salted Caramel". It was really salty, the first time I ever found salted caramel to be overly salty.  Apart from that, it was a pretty nice dessert, it's best to take bite with a mix of everything. Along with the "Death By Chocolate Cake", this was another dessert that is way too rich to have alone.

Salted Caramel Brioche ($12)
Crunchy Brioche, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean Ice-cream
Now I actually felt like they should rename this to “Death By Salted Caramel”. It was really salty, the first time I ever found salted caramel to be overly salty.
Apart from that, it was a pretty nice dessert, it’s best to take bite with a mix of everything. Along with the “Death By Chocolate Cake”, this was another dessert that is way too rich to have alone.

Riders is filled with great spots for photo-ops. This is one of them, with pictures of horse & jockeys on the wall from the Bukit Timah Saddle Club.

Riders is filled with great spots for photo-ops. This is one of them, with pictures of horse & jockeys on the wall from the Bukit Timah Saddle Club.

This is another one of Riders' iconic photo-op spots. A really old tree at the top of the nearby hill. Many have taken photos around, at, on or beside the tree.  Including I.

This is another one of Riders’ iconic photo-op spots. A really old tree at the top of the nearby hill. Many have taken photos around, at, on or beside the tree.
Including I.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you ever wondered where to go for a good weekend brunch, you should definitely give Riders Cafe a try. It’s in an excellent scenic location and they also serve pretty good brunch food. Riders is one of those iconic places in Singapore that you need to visit once in your lifetime. Do remember to bring along a camera for all those great photo-op locations.

Rating

Food
7/10
Aesthetic
8/10
Price
6.5/10
Service
7/10

Riders Cafe

51 Fairways Drive , Singapore 286965
(Nearest train station: None)
Contact: 6466 9819
Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
http://www.riderscafe.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/RidersCafe

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