Sauce Bar was opened in July 2011 at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and has an indoor area with long bar and large alfresco courtyard.
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For drinks after dinner
I usually like to end off a nice dinner with drinks. My friends and I dined at Marina Square before walking over to Esplanade to look for a suitable place to sit down and have a few drinks.
This was when we chanced upon sauce. Sauce was bustling with activity and was almost at full capacity as compared to the neighbouring bars. The waiter informed us that all seats were filled and only bar seats were available, as there was a group of us and sitting at the bar would make it difficult for conversation, we were hesitant to take the bar seats. The waiter understood our concerns and assured us that we could sit at the bar first and place our orders and we were on the priority list for table seats. And true to his word, we were. Even as others were queuing, the waiter helped us to secure the table seats instead of disregarding us as some restaurants would, afterall they have already secured us as customers and who doesn't want extra business. So the service was a plus. The exotically named drinks were all very interesting and a refreshing change from the usual ones found at other bars.
Whisky Bottle under a Hundred
My girl friend Aminah and I had just gotten to know these two dudes who had offered to bring us out for a drink after our dinner at Marina Square. We decided to check out the bars at Esplanade since it was nearby.
While wandering, we chanced upon SAUCE and decided on it as the ambience suited 'Monday blues'. The furniture was quirky and we felt at home.
Aminah and I loved playing drinking games, regardless the day - especially King's cup on our mobile. This day was no different. So we four figured it would be more practical to get a bottle instead of per glass. We ordered the Whisky on promotion; it was below a hundred bucks. I can only recall that it was a Japanese brand. It tasted alright. We also had nachos - best munchies to have while drinking.
We played till the bar closed and the staff were pretty much friendly. I would return for weekday drinking sessions with good company (not for the weekends as there is not much hype there).
$5 Asahi Beers!
Yes, as the title of this review reads, that's the whole draw of Sauce. At $5 NETT a bottle of Asahi beer all night long, it is one of the cheapest drinking holes you can find in this area. The whole reason why Sauce is so packed with youths now, rides entirely on this marketing promotion. The cocktails are adequate, but nothing spectacular.
As someone who used to WORK here (I was a bartender here when they just started), I can reveal that Sauce is definitely going through a lot of changes. $5 beers started in 2012 precisely because business was abysmal. Wondering why Sauce is even named Sauce? Fun fact: they used to have more than 10 different types of sauces to accompany their food dishes, but have since scrapped it because frankly the only sauces people appreciated were tomato and chilli.
The chefs have changed, ex managers fired and food menu has undergone a revamp. I recently caught up with Sous Chef Jeff, one of the rare few still remaining form my days there, who let me try the fried Ebi and Breaded Chicken (a tinge on the sharp garlic side, but marinated really well). Serving much less pretentious food and simplifying the menu seems to be the direction currently. Now to get their staff to look more alert hmm.
The theme of the place has yet to be finalized though, as the management team struggles to find its positioning in the Esplanade. Sauce is opened by the people behind Butter Factory if you didn't know. Nonetheless, it's still a pretty fun place to hang out, with it's laid back outdoor lawn picnic setting. And repeated as many times as required: $5 dollar beers. Unbelievable how much beer you can stomach when it's this cheap.
Overpriced and bad service.
I visited SAUCE once last month, and I don't think I'm going back again. Why? because it was a turn-off. My group of 4 went in there after our supper at Makansutra, after hearing so much about it.
First up, the prices of the drinks are really not worth it. For a few bucks lesser, other watering holes offer the same drinks. Secondly, the techno music was totally not suited to the ambience that SAUCE was projecting. Thirdly, the waiter who came to take our order was lethargic and plain uninterested. This was proven when we had to wait about 15 minutes for our orders.
It was an anti-climax ending to what had been a great outing. Never again, I told myself.