Mon - Thu: 17:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 02:00
Sun: 17:00 - 01:00
Sauce at Esplanade Mall is a bar and grill dining concept established by the management of dance club The Butter Factory. Accompanying its vast range of drinks is a menu consisting of grilled meats, seafood and finger food.
Price is very reasonable for a bar at a prime location and ambience is good for chilling in the late night. They have very good buffalo wings do try them.
This was an absolutely terrible experience. My friend and I arrived at the restaurant at 640pm and at that time the restaurant was still relatively empty. They took our orders and 25 min later, the meatballs arrived. Friend ordered the beef balls in red pesto sauce and I ordered the crabalore with vodka and caviar sauce on top of spaghetti. The meatballs were of good texture but just a little too salty. Nevertheless, it felt like real meat and the pricing was very reasonable. However, the description of 2 sticks of baguette that came with the meatballs was probably incorrect because it was more like 2 very thin slices..
Another 15 min passed and we decided to enquire why our creme spinach wasn't here yet - to our horror, they actually did not have any creme spinach for the day! Nobody bothered to tell us anything.
When we tried to order more food, one waiter told us someone else would be with us as he cannot take any orders as he is just supposed to be serving dishes. That's fine except nobody came. We waved for a long time before someone else took our orders. We ordered garlicky mushrooms and calamari. We told them that we have a 8pm show to catch and they said it might take more than 15min. After 25 min, our food was not ready. We had to cancel the orders but that's not ok since we were warned. We asked for the bill and they took a super long time despite us telling them we are rushing. We went to the counter to hurry them and saw that the card and receipt were actually ready - just lying on the table but nobody brought it to us. As expected the bill was incorrect (as they charged us for the creme spinach that never came) and they told us to come back after the show to collect the card if we cannot wait...
It was a very unpleasant evening and we left hungry (since we did not have enough food) and yet with absolutely no appetite. The food and gin was not bad but it was not enough to compensate for the horrible service rendered.
Full Sauce Bar review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/06/sauce-bar.html
The sister bar of the Butter Factory, Sauce Bar has reinvented itself over the years, and is now positioning itself as a whimsical, vintage bar that specialises in meatballs. Located close to the waterfront and stage, Sauce Bar sometimes has additional ambience from bands that play nearby.
Ambience at Sauce Bar has always been its weak point. While the decor is very good, attractive and whimsical, the relatively open area does little to shelter from the elements. And at night, the interior is barely lit, the dim lighting makes photography difficult.
Service at Sauce Bar is inconsistent. With the experienced staff, I find them polite and helpful, but during peak periods, you'll normally have to wait quite a long time to be served. Attracting their attention is difficult as well. The junior staff aren't much help, apparently, they need to refer to the senior staff. I'm also slightly irked by having staff ask if you can settle the tab / bill immediately after being served.
Sauce Bar focuses mainly on bar snacks, and as such, have almost no main dishes. Portions are either appetizer size, or meant for sharing. Generally, I find food here to be tasty and creative, and the variety of meatballs with choice of sauce are especially good.
The Lyonnaise Potato (SGD $5) is a French side dish that originated from Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France. Made with thinly sliced, pan-fried potatoes and onions sauteed in butter and parsley, the dish is fragrant and savoury, with a strong caramelised onion flavour.
I tried the Meatballs Classic Italian With Firehouse Arrabbiata Sauce (SGD $14). The hand made beef and pork meatballs were tightly packed, but juicy within, and the fresh, tangy tomato sauce had a slight heat from the chili. Very good!
Loved the unique Lunch Meat Chip Is The New Chip (SGD $8)! The thinly sliced luncheon meat / spam is fried till crisp, but well drained so it isn't oily. A heart attack in a bucket, it's recommended to share this sinful delight.
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With a revamped meatball concept, is it time to revisit Sauce Bar? Food is decent and you don't exactly pay exorbitant prices. Esplanade is quite a prime location and I think the food prices are average. I would recommend the crabolore meatballs, and pair with the Green Market sauce. Vodka with Caviar sauce is also pretty unique.