Named after the species of lalang surrounding the hut, Red Baron is not only a lovely place to spend a quiet weekend afternoon, it also serves fantastic food. All bread, cakes and other confectionary are made in-house. They couldn’t get halal certification (because they sell beer), but their food supplier is halal, and the cook is Muslim that day we went. Naturally, no pork on the menu.
The piece de resistance, homemade French toast ($7), brioche drenched in gula melaka, topped with caramelized bananas, and coconut ice cream (+$3), was fried to a dark beauty. The coconut ice cream might be lost in all the strong flavors, but still, this was delicious.
Although the striploin was cooked medium-well-done (we prefer it medium-rare), the Beefy ploughman ($12) had a surprisingly tasty cheddar, and when paired with sweet caramelized onions, the sandwich was a turn-on.
The flavors of cakes needed some improvement: all chocolate-based with the exception of lemon meringue tart ($7), their speciality, which was so-so. Curd aimed for a medium-sour, but wasn’t light enough, and the crust could have a thinner, cleaner bite. The first lemon tart I made tasted better than this, so…
They get their beans from Liberty Roasters. My excellent flat white ($5) was robust with a hint of chocolate, but Mr Fitness fancied his latte ($5) acidic and sour.
We wished we had brought books or newspapers to while away the Saturday afternoon. We were the only customers there, and they played soothing indie music. One of their partners is from Artistry, so Red Baron knows what it is doing–and everything it does is gold. No GST, no service charge, free parking on weekends, free wifi. We paid $39 for two persons.
Red Baron Gillman Barracks
45 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109455
T: +65 6334 6734
Decor/ Ambience: 9/10
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.