Daily: 09:00 - 23:00
Last Order at 22:30
Cafe Hacienda serves Western Cuisine. Their bar is opened from 17:00 to 01:00 from Sundays to Thursdays, and til 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
I came here on the recommendation of the girlfriend who told me that the Eggs Benedict was to-die-for. While this place doesn't accept reservations for weekend brunch, it's all right for walk-ins especially at 1pm or later. Tucked in a corner at Dempsey Hill (almost opposite PS Cafe), I would probably not have found the place were I not looking for it.
Having been to Prive before Hacienda, I was pleasantly surprised that Hacienda had the same kind of menu with similar food items and prices. In retrospect, it is understandable given that Hacienda is the sister restaurant of Prive. While the ambience isn't as amazing as that of Prive (it's hard to beat al fresco dining with a gorgeous marina view), it's pretty cosy too, with a whole shelf of cooking books and magazines for your pre-dining perusal. I would have to say that the breakfast somehow tastes better too.
Of course, I had to order the Eggs Benedict ($13.50). I was not disappointed. The dish came as two perfectly poached eggs with yellow runny yolks, atop of bed of flavourful ham and bacon on a nicely toasted English muffin, generously topped with Hollandaise sauce. Having tried a few Eggs Benedicts at various other places, I have to admit that this was one of the best I'd tasted. When I'd first ordered the Eggs Benedict at Prive, my order had been served cold, which was a disappointment as it detracted from the taste. Not so here; the eggs were nice and warm, and it made a big difference to the way they tasted. In case you want some greens, there is a serving of argula in the middle of both eggs too. The Hollandaise sauce was just right too; tasty but not overly sour (like the Hollandaise sauce at Riders) or cloying. And it also helped that the Eggs Benedict here are almost half the price of those across the road.
The BF had the full breakfast for $17. I didn't try his food, but according to him the scrambled eggs were very good. Rich and buttery.
Service-wise, this place was efficient. Wouldn't use warm or friendly, but if your baseline is someone who gets your orders and your food quickly, this is sufficient.
We'll definitely be back.
Café Hacienda is like a homecoming of sorts for F&B and entertainment industry stalwart Michel Lu and his partner Yuan Oeij, who were behind the defunct Brown Sugar. Understandably, we were kind of psyched about this café and so on a rather mundane weekday, trooped off to check out Lu’s latest baby for dinner. The café’s interior was nothing short of charming. White on the outside, and mauve-ish inside, with a long row of shelves crammed with interesting books, cute curios and knick-knacks, a sweet little dessert counter, and simple furniture, the scene seemed set for casual-perfect tuck-ins.
While we absolutely loved the Chocolate Crunch ($11), a rich, dream-like chocolate milkshake littered with mini chocolate balls, the mains were sadly only middling. The fish and chips ($16), while certainly not the dish for gastronomic inventiveness, was average and served with an over-tart malt vinegar that did nothing for it. The pizza marinara ($19), while delightfully crispy just the way we liked it, and strewn profusely with mussels, anchovies and squid. There was also some herb garnish which left a bitter aftertaste. The Mexican burger at $25 (which was huge, packed with a 200gm Wagyu patty, cheese and salsa) also failed to impress. The Wagyu patty looked dry, and although it still retained some juiciness when we bit into it, was not supported adequately with enough cheese, sauces and ingredients to make it truly kick-a**.
We hoped the sticky date pudding ($12) would somewhat elevate our experience, but it was over-drenched with toffee sauce, making it soggy. Still, this is a lovely place for a long chat and a cuppa, but for real grub, we think Café Hacienda may need more than its hipness to push it to greater heights.
I love how I can get great quality food at an affordable price at Dempsey Hill. Cafe Hacienda is like a second getaway from the hustle & bustle of town! I had the recommended mexican burger, plus the coffee milkshake. The mexican burger's patty was nicely done and very tasty, with equally tasty fries. I especially like how the burger's bun was glazed and toasted to a careful perfection. The milkshake is rich and yet easy to drink. Cafe H. is a really nice place to unwind with friends, or even a quiet PM by yourself with their collection of books.
I was there 2 weekend ago with my family. I ordered a pizza, it turn out like frozen pizza. My son order the mexican burger, which was over price and the meat was cold. We had pasta that looked like ratatuille and the rocket salad, the dressing was so sour ! The service was so so, very unexperience waitress. We were told that the ceft was from Priva Kepple Bay ! It was very expansive, not to mention the food was horrible ! My son asked to take him to Burger King after the lunch just to satisfy his craving for burger !