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Badoque café, Singapore @ Simpang Bedok – Some brushing up needed!
Badoque (pronounced “Bedok”) is a Halal restaurant café that serves up western café food, Asian fusion and Mediterranean cuisine. Having seen it many times on Instagram, and personally walking past the café several times to see that it was always a full house, we knew we had to give it a try.
Badoque is located in Simpang Bedok, a popular “makan” spot, especially for Halal food. You’d be spoiled for choice by the various types of Halal eateries here, ranging from Western food, fast food to local cooked dishes or zi char.
We came on a weekend evening, and the area was packed. Stepping inside, we were greeted by the café’s modern decor – black painted walls adorned with framed pictures and pop-up alphabets, with the choice of an air conditioned or al fresco sitting area. The menu was vibrantly coloured, which is lovely, but it was also kind of hard to find what we wanted since the food items were all over the place. But we managed, and here’s what we thought of the food:
Naked Salmon ($22.00)
Crisp skin and perfectly cooked salmon served on top of some mash seasoned with herbs, sitting in a pool of appetizing tangy creamy lemon sauce – the three components were in perfect harmony.
Sausage Aglio Olio ($16.00) We know that an Aglio olio is supposed to be on the oilier side but this was dripping with oil. The pasta on its own was tasteless although there were plenty of fragrant garlic bits with chicken franks – the pasta not able to absorb the seasoning and tasted a little bland.
Barbecued chicken ($19.00) The chicken on its own was quite bland, lacking a barbecued fragrance – it was the barbecue sauce lathered over the chicken with some black pepper sprinkles that saved the dish to some extent. While the chicken was not too exciting, the potato wedges on the other hand were wiped out by my brother in no time.
Beef Ribs ($28.00) Probably the largest ribs we’ve ever seen, it would have been heavenly if not for the fact that it was rather tough and rubbery, making it kind of hard to cut and swallow. I was totally frustrated with my fork and knife, and had a strong urge to use my hands and to chew directly from the ribs. However, decorum ruled – and we were left to struggle with our ineffective utensils. In the end, more than half of the meat was still left on the bone, maybe my dad is right; it was an old cow at the wrong place.
The potatoes were equally tough. Like the chicken, there wasn’t much seasoning other than the barbecue sauce, and there wasn’t much barbecue sauce to begin with.
Potato Wrapped Prawns ($12.00)
The prawns were of the right texture, wrapped in potatoes which was rather adorable; a satisfactory appetizer.
Mango Yoghurt Smoothie ($8.50)
You should try the Mango Yoghurt Smoothie here, this special drink was thick and creamy – yumyum!
Mango Soda ($8.50) Maybe a little pricy, but seriously the Mango soda was refreshing with nata de coco bits added. We liked this a lot!
On the whole, we found the food portions here huge, so we were speculating that was probably what kept the customers coming back, especially since we find that the food quality here wasn’t exactly top notch. That said, if you intend to pay a visit to Badoque, we recommend giving the Naked Salmon, Mango Yoghurt smoothie and Mango Soda a try.
Badoque café, Singapore @ Simpang Bedok – Some brush up needed!
Add: 298 Bedok Road Singapore 469454 & 246 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574370
Hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm