12 Jun 2014 • 393 reviews • 55 followers
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.