Sauce Bar @ Esplanade

Hi

My name is Samantha Han and friends call me Sam or Semi. Food is a powerful bonding tool easily employed by anyone who will spend some time cooking and/or eating with their loved ones. Old friendships are refreshed and new acquaintances established. Happy cooking, eating and bonding!

And nobody does it better that night, than Rick and I.

Rick and I wore the same school uniforms. We knew each other pre-teens. He was lanky, smoothed face and fair. In short, he was a handsome chap. Not very talkative but can be humourous at times, this skinny boy has grown into a and man, has he grown… literally, ahem!  Don’t wring my neck next we meet if you’re reading this. It’s a compliment 😉

Somehow through our primary years, Rick was always an arm’s length away from me. He was seated either to my left, right or just directly behind, so we get to talk a lot. We are a generation that spoke dialects in school. We still do and are comfortable using it. Let’s just say I’m speaking his, Cantonese, than he mine. My children can understand very little dialect (not even their own) but are unable to speak. Generations X, Y, and Z of Singapore know very little dialects but they can converse in many languages i.e. English, Mandarin, French, German, etc… etc… You get my drift. I remember my children telling their teacher that theirs were English when asked about their dialect group.

Maybe it’s just me but I find that when friends communicate in dialects or even Singlish, we seemed more pally, like conspirators, especially in a company where there are others who do not speak the same. In primary school, a small group of us would hang out together often (due to speaking the same dialect); we had the same focus and like The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton, we belonged. We grew up, each gone to respective secondary schools, we disbanded and did not keep in touch. But the love and search for good food have brought us together again, through social media.

“Are you so and so from where and where?”
I’m lucky to have quite a few renewed friendships from Bonding Tool’s facebook page.
There’s also Kenneth from my secondary school days. Hmmm… maybe he would be my next meal, erh, I mean makan kaki 😉

So Rick and I are on each other’s radar and a couple of weeks ago, he invited me to Kings and Queen of Comedy Asia 2013. I gladly accepted it and we’ve got a date set on 4th October.

Photo courtesy of knqofcomedy.com<br />Click on picture to be directed to their website.

Photo courtesy of knqofcomedy.com
Click on picture to be directed to their website.

I met Rick at Sauce Bar @ Esplanade near where the show was taking place at the Esplanade Theatre. He was already having a mug of Asahi. I’d mindlessly strolled past the Sauce Bar twice (haven’t been there since Phantom of The Opera). I was calling Rick on the mobile to determine the exact location of Sauce when I turned to my left and recognised him at about 100 meters away. I waved at him gleefully while hurrying up my stride, apologising for being late.

As I plonked myself on the bar stool, I quipped insensitively, “Luckily, I can still recall you! Did you recognise me?” His unaffected answer was “Of course, I see you everyday on facebook”. The tall bar table fumbled. Rick offered me the menu. We discussed the items and placed our orders. The stand shook again and we changed to a proper dinner table, still in the al fresco with conspicuous umbrellas for lighting. The place seemed magical. I’m transported back to being a 9-year old.

Sauce Bar @ Esplanade

Sauce Bar @ Esplanade

Al fresco Bar seating.

Al fresco Bar seating.

Al fresco dinner table seating.

Al fresco dinner table seating.

Rick's Asahi turned warmed while waiting for me.

Rick’s Asahi turned warmed while waiting for me.

Sauce offers lots of Balls. This restaurant actually offers Singapore's first gourmet saucy meatballs-focused dinner menu.

Sauce offers lots of Balls.
This restaurant actually offers Singapore’s first gourmet saucy meatballs-focused dinner menu.

Housepour Chardonnay for me.

Housepour Chardonnay for me.

Meat Chips. You've had chips but have you had chips made of meat before?

Meat Chips.
You’ve had chips but have you had chips made of meat before?

Meat Chips were definitely Luncheon Meat!

Meat Chips were definitely Luncheon Meat!

Now, I have two questions on these delicious crunchy biscuit textured appetizer. 1. Were they gourmet luncheon meat from classy deli or canned food imported from China? If the latter, then... 2. Was it half or full tin for this amount we paid? I think I can replicate this at home using a vegetable peeler or mandoline.

Now, I have two questions on these delicious crunchy biscuit textured appetizer.
1. Were they gourmet luncheon meat from classy deli or canned food imported from China? If the latter, then…
2. Was it half or full tin for this amount we paid?
I think I can replicate this at home using a vegetable peeler or mandoline.

Crab Olore.

Crab Olore.

Crab Cakes packed quite densely with meat. We had Red Pesto sauce to go with it.<br />Came with Garlic Toasts, Salad Rocket and shaved Parmesan.

Crab Cakes packed quite densely with meat.
We had Red Pesto sauce to go with it.
Came with Garlic Toasts, Salad Rocket and shaved Parmesan.

Crab Cakes or Crab Meatballs?  These were densely packed with flavoursome gorund meat so much so that I could not detect any juicy flaky chunks of crab meat inside. They were dry but they weren't moist enough either so the Red Pesto was the saving grace albeit a little salty.

Crab Cakes or Crab Meatballs?
These were densely packed with flavoursome gorund meat so much so that I could not detect any juicy flaky chunks of crab meat inside. They were dry but they weren’t moist enough either so the Red Pesto was the saving grace albeit a little salty.

Don't you just love petite food?<br />They look so pretty and they don't make you feel guilty.<br />Eating all 3 may be equivalent to a standard burger but one can always whine, "I only had minis".

Don’t you just love petite food?
They look so pretty and they don’t make you feel guilty.
Eating all 3 may be equivalent to a standard burger but one can always whine, “I only had minis”.

Mini Burgers from Sauce Bar @ Esplanade.<br />These were Bacon and Pork on Sesame Seed Buns.<br />The <del>patties</del>, oops balls were juicy.<br />The seasoning were not over-amplified.<br />The overall mouthfeel wasn't greasy.<br />It was not as dense as the crab balls.<br />Meat was moist, buns soft.<br />I liked this maybe because the very sight of it had me at hello.

Mini Burgers from Sauce Bar @ Esplanade.
These were Bacon and Pork on Sesame Seed Buns.
The patties, oops balls were juicy.
The seasoning were not over-amplified.
The overall mouthfeel wasn’t greasy.
It was not as dense as the crab balls.
Meat was moist, buns soft.
I liked this maybe because the very sight of it had me at hello.

Rick hinted we had to get into the theatre early to avoid stampede as the Comedy ran full house on both nights. The show started at 8.30pm and ended at 11.15pm with a 20 minute intermission. It’s showtime!

The theatre before the crowd.

The theatre before the crowd.

The lights dimmed. I was engrossed with the jokes, but at the same time, I was enjoying the company of a lost and found friend. I laughed till my jaws ached and my eyes welled up a little, at the jokes and at my silliness. To be transported back to yesteryear when I could afford to be irresponsible, where I don’t have to watch my manners. After all, I was 9 years old again, here in my imaginary sandbox, at the corner of this theatre.

Audience starting to stream in row by row.

Audience starting to stream in row by row.

Rick paid for the supper and show.<br />He has grown up to be a fine gentleman.

Rick paid for the supper and show.
He has grown up to be a fine gentleman.

Thank you, my dear friend. Cheers, Rick!

Thank you, my dear friend.
Cheers, Rick!

Bonding Tool’s tagline: food is a powerful bonding tool – use it to create a meaningful relationship!

Since the renewal of friendship, food may have just ensured Rick and I are going to be “from cradle to grave” friends! There will be plenty of good good places to explore. Eating is a national sport for Singaporeans. Cheers to our common passion 😀

If you like saucy balls, Sauce Bar is the place to go.

If you like saucy balls, Sauce Bar is the place to go.

Sauce Bar
Address: 8 Raffles Avenue,
#01-10/12 Esplanade Mall,
Singapore 039802.

Tel: +65 6837 2959

Operating hours:
5pm to 1am (Mon – Thu);
5pm to 3am (Fri);
6pm to 2am (Sat) &
6pm to 1am (Sun).

Happy reliving 😀

P.S. Sorry I couldn’t provide the price of items. In my excitment I’d forgotten to take note. But I like to think I’m an affordable date. Jokes aside, you can see from the crowd that this place is not fine dining, this place is fun dining 😉

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4 Responses to “Sauce Bar @ Esplanade”
  1. Gorgeous place ,cheers for the good food and good times. Jalal

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Meat chips – an interesting concept. Sounds like you had a great time.

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