Waterloo Street isn't the easiest place to spot, neither is it anywhere one would think to find a café restaurant. Yet it is in this quiet corner that you'd find a great bistro: The Betterfield. Specialising in European casual dining with an occasional fusion take, The Betterfield's a tiny space that boasts amazing flavours at shockingly great prices.
The menu's short and concise, with a few starters and mains. Desserts, usually consisting of some tarts and cakes, are displayed near the entrance. Coffee addicts would be pleased to know Betterfield gets their beans from Dutch Colony, and pulls a pretty decent cuppa.
The Ultimate Truffle Fries (S$12)
We started with this truffle fries to share. I don't know if these were the ultimate, but they were definitely delicious. The crispy fries were well-seasoned, lightly perfumed with truffles, and topped with grated parmesan. The accompanying truffle mayo contains both black and white truffles, making a fragrant and pretty good dip.
Secret Thai Chili Chicken (S$14.50)
If you had space for only one starter, this would be it. 8 drumlets and wings deep-fried to a perfect crisp, then generously coated in a stunning Thai chili sauce. Sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy, Betterfield had better keep mum about their secret sauce cause it is absolutely addictive. My only gripe with this starter was once you get past the crispy exterior, there was a lot of fat on the chicken, making it unecessarily oily and jelak.
The Duck Confit (S$20)
Think succulent, flavourful, tender fall-off-the-bone meat, hidden under delightfully crispy baked skin. The salty poultry was well balanced with a superb blueberry compote that's just the right amoung of sweet. Served with sautéed shrooms, spinach, and roasted potatoes, Betterfield's duck confit is possibly one of the best I've tasted.
Black Angus Ribeye (S$35 for 400g)
It doesn't look like much, but this is one of the best, most value-for-money steak I've tried. These thick, meaty slices of ribeye were grilled to a perfect medium, boasting a beautiful char and smokey aroma. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper the beef was juicy and absolutely delicious. While the honey mustard sauce was pleasant and did not overwhelm the beef, it's perfect on its own. One would be hard-pressed to find an equally well-executed ribeye at the same price range.
Lemon Meringue Tart
For desserts, we tried the recommended Oreo Cheesecake and a Lemon Meringue Tart, both of which were unmemorable. The former was decent, though umpressive; the latter had a nice meringue, and a overly firm - albeit delish - lemon curd. While there wasn't anything overtly bad, desserts paled in comparison to the earlier delights over dinner.
Some may find The Betterfield's offerings few; yet what they lack in quantity they make up for in quanlity. They may be a tiny bistro with few items to boot, but what they offer they do astonishingly well. So if you're looking for great European casual fare at pocket-friendly price, The Betterfield's definitely your place.
261 Waterloo Street #01-23
Weekdays: 11am-3pm; 6pm-10pm