Concealed among the industrial buildings at Kallang, Backstage Cafe is a place to dine at if you want to be away from the city and crowd. With high ceilings and wooden fittings, the cafe gives off a laid-back and cozy vibe.
With a menu serving brunch, mains, cakes, desert and also coffee, we were pretty impressed with what they had to offer. We had a go at the coffee (which were handcrafted) but it didn't impress us as much as we set our expectations to. In short, it was slightly too acidic for our liking.
We had a go at two different pasta - Seafood Marinara and Squid Ink Spaghetti. The Seafood Marinara came served with chunks of salmon and fresh seafood and we enjoyed the sauce served with the al dente pasta. The Squid Ink Spaghetti however, was a complete lacklustre - it was dry and lacked seasoning.
The Breaded Chicken is something we liked very much and definitely recommend. Consisting of breaded chicken layers with mushrooms and cheese, served on mash, the flavours and textures came together delectably.
Another main we highly recommend is the Flaming Brandy Chicken. This special in house dish requires 40 minutes of prep time but we think the wait is well worth it. The tender spring chicken had brandy poured over it before it was flamed and the chicken meat was succulent and tender. Served with salad on the side, this is something we will definitely order the next time we are there.
A mix of Asian cuisine, the Roasted Pork Belly served with pickled vegetables wasn't too bad either. We however felt that the pork could have been more tender, even though the skin was crackling crispy. Accompanied by a Chinese chill sauce on the side, we are on the fence about this dish.
For desserts, we tried the Waffles with Maple Syrup which came burnt on the sides. Thankfully, the Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream made up for it with chunks of fresh apples in the flaky buttery pastry and vanilla bean ice cream. If you are a chocolate lover, the Lava Cake and Berry Compote is something worth trying as well.
Truth be told, even though Backstage Cafe offers quite a variety of dishes on their menu, there were hits and misses. The Backstage Benedict (Eggs Benedict) came with bread as hard as stones and wasn't at all worth mentioning. Therefore, we reckon picking the right dishes on your first visit will determine whether or not you will be coming back for a second.
158 Kallang Way
Performance Building, #01-06