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Meals to wake up to

Meals to wake up to

What could make your day better than a hearty brunch on a lazy weekend morning? Here are some of those breakfasts that you might want to wake up to!
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Hokkaido Milk Toast, Homemade Kaya, French Butter, 63 Degree Sous Vide Egg. From Homeground Coffee Roasters along Joo Chiat Road; the space had recently been revamped to include more dine-in seats, proper dining tables, as well as with a more rustic look as compared to the minimalist design of the past.

Offering an entirely new line-up for its menu, the Level Up Kaya Toast is no doubt satisfying — presented in a style fit for a third wave coffee movement coffeehouse, it comes served in a platter which allows patrons to spread the kaya and butter on their own. The Hokkaido Milk Toast comes light, fluffy and slightly crusted on the exterior; the homemade Kaya carrying a hint of Pandan fragrance and a tinge of sweetness; not overly so however, while the butter adds a saltish touch to the bread and kaya for a flavour contrast. Paired with a sous-vide egg on the side, the egg comes all wobbly, jiggly and runny; just like the ones that usually comes served with your standard Kaya Toast at local coffeeshops. A great choice for something familiar and comforting in a different environment.

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From the newest Wild Honey outpost that recently opened its doors at South Beach Towers, taking up the space of now-defunct Ebi Tori Menzo which had since moved out quite some time ago. Perhaps one of the least exquisite-looking branch of the hugely popular brunch hangouts, the South Beach Towers branches is also one of their smallest around.

The "I Love NY" is pretty much where now-defunct Sacha & Sons really left off; featuring creamy scrambled eggs, smoked sturgeon and smoked salmon with caramelised onions, herb and garlic cream cheese, vine tomatoes and hand-rolled sesame bagels, the bagels gave a firm bite — not overly dense, but pretty substantial overall. Pairing well with the herb and garlic cream cheese, the cream cheese helps to make everything smooth and luscious with its distinct flavour, binding the scrambled eggs with the bagels when had together. Scrambled eggs were pretty fluffy; the smoked sturgeon and salmon helping to add a savoury note typical of cured meats to help provide the eggs some contrast. No doubt prices at Wild Honey for brunch had always came with a premium over that of other cafes; the quality still pretty much remains fairly decent — would however still prefer to head down to the other branches though, for how the South Beach Towers one seem to lack a bit of the vibes that the other two (i.e. Mandarin Gallery and Scotts Square) seem to carry.

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Perhaps one of the openings that had created much hype for the week, Fong Sheng Hao had opened their very first outpost in Singapore with the opening of PLQ Mall at Paya Lebar.

Visiting the outlet on the very first weekend of the mall's opening, the stall was very much out of everything else on the menu except for this item when we visited for dinner. Quite enjoyed this sandwich actualy; perhaps more fitting to be a more breakfast-y main rather than a light dinner — the toast comes pretty crisp and well crusted on the exterior, whilst it comes stuffed in the middle with the said special pork patty, omelette, and cheese. The special pork patty is pretty tender; of a decent thickness without being too thin, and carried a savoury sweetness that is almost akin to that of Taiwanese sausage without being too saltish nor fatty in the cut of meat used. The omelette comes folded in layers; fluffy and pretty fragrant, while the melted cheese promises an ooziness when one tries to pull the sandwich apart that is all so satisfying. An item that works well as a light bite for the morning or even as a tea break, it is little wonder why the place is consistently packed with a short queue even despite during dinner hours. Pretty worth the try if at PLQ Mall.

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Yet another day, and another day indeed at the newly-revamped Funan. Being one of the more popular options for specialty coffee in the mall, PPP Coffee no doubt holds strong to the reputation set by their parent, Papa Pahelta which had already been churning out quality cuppas ever since third wave coffee movement had hit our shores during its peak.

Also serving up small bites, the Cream Cheese Heibi Hiam is probably the simplest form of local fusion; just a sourdough that is crisp on the edges, yet fluffy and light in the middle that is spread with cream cheese and coming with a good portion of spicy dried shrimp, this was no doubt satisfying with its umami flavour profile and spicy kick that is ultimately comforting. Certainly works out for a more substantial tea time treat.

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Curried Scrambled Eggs, Potato Tostones. Visited Kilo Kitchen for their new weekend brunch menu which had was recently launched just two weekends ago. A pretty safe option to go for, the BBQ Grilled Thick Bacon is also rather satisfying; the slabs of thick bacon were juicy and succulent, savoury and smoky from the grilling process; a sheer pleasure for meat lovers. Whilst the curried scrambled eggs carried only a rather light hint of curry, the eggs were pretty well-executed too; creamy and runny being just moist enough and without being too wet. The Potato Tostones were also delicious; the chunky potatoes providing a good bite, whilst being well-seasoned with salt for flavour and also came with crisp curry leaves to further enhance the Asian theme of the other elements on the plate. A pretty quality brunch item; all that in a modern, chic environment that really works well for the lazy weekend brunch.

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Opened for a couple of months at UE Square where EN Bar was located, Fine Dining Bakery by Akira M. is a Japanese-style bakery that is run by Chef Akira who have had his background at Restaurant Joel Robouchon before setting up his very own bakery.

Coming in a set, the Sour Dough Sandwiches also comes with a mini soup on the side as well (not pictured). Served in the form of three open-faced sandwiches, the Sour Dough Sandwiches features toppings such as Onion, Hokkaido Mini Scallops and Smoked Salmon. Amongst the three, only the Onion is served toasted; the cheese being all melted and stretchy whilst going together well with the sweetness of the caramelised onions, while the toast gave a firm bite being dense whilst crusty on the outside. For the Hokkaido Mini Scallops and Smoked Salmon variants, the sourdough is served as-is; the bread being dense, yet fluffy without being particularly heavy, carrying a firm bite that held the bread well from crumbling while carrying a light tang from the fermentation process — pretty well-balanced especially for those who think that the sourish notes of the bread from now-defunct The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough is a little heavy-handed. The toppings are equally wonderful; the Hokkaido Mini Scallops came fried till golden brown with panko crumbs — light and crisp on the exterior while the scallops are fresh with a bite within, also coming with guacamole that was smooth, buttery and creamy. Smoked salmon was also fresh and briny; pretty generous in portion size, and topped off with onions for a slight zing that refreshes the taste buds.

A hidden gem in the heart of town which seems to be well visited by the Japanese community residing in the River Valley/Robertson Quay neighbourhood.

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Had really been wanting to try this ever since spotting it on the brunch menu at Brawn & Brains' newest branch at Katong.

No doubt something simple, but comforting at best — nothing pretentious about the pancakes here. Portion size is pretty generous, considering how the pancakes come in a stack of four; digging into the pancakes, one would find the pancakes pretty soft and fluffy, while a knob of butter tops them all. Like how they had provided patrons with a choice by offering berry compote and maple syrup on the side by default, allowing one to have the best of both worlds. If you are one who cannot do without some meat, go on to add Grilled Bacon on the side; crispy, savoury strips that is well-executed, it works as a great accompaniment for the complete brunch deal.

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Having been through a menu revamp recently, Prodigal Cafe's menu now focuses more on sandwiches and open face toasts.

Consisting of elements such as Double Cheese, Rocket, Smoked Paprika with Store Manager's Specialty Egg Mayo, the dish was no doubt comforting yet flavourful. The egg mayo is rich, with pretty big chunks of chopped up egg for texture; creamy, yet slightly sweet — matches well with the oozy, melted double cheese that provides a stringy texture and a savoury note which helps make the dish a little more filling, considering how it's spread evenly on the bread beneath the egg mayo. The inclusion of rocket, tomatoes and capsicum helps to cleanse off the richness by providing a bit of bitterness and a refreshing burst of zinginess, whilst also adding more texture. Comfort food at its best; something that touches the soul.

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Finally got to try the Sloppy Waffle at Prodigal Cafe over the weekend; something I had been eagerly waiting to try since a while ago. A perfect item for brunch, the Sloppy Waffle comes with all the right elements; scrambled egg, grilled boneless chicken thigh, cheese sauce, candied bacon and Sriracha (opted out of the Peanut Butter since I can't have that), all atop a plush, fluffy and crisp waffle. No doubt the waffle gets soggy from the various components after a while, but this is certainly substantial in portion size; fluffy, creamy scrambled eggs, juicy and tender chicken with crisp and sweet bacon all laced with a gooey, yet lightly savoury cheese sauce and Sriracha which provides a slight umami factor, it checks off all the boxes for a comforting brunch item for the weekend — just make sure you are hungry enough though!

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Checked out Carrotsticks & Cravings’ latest outpost at Rodyk Street; a more accessible location compared to their Loewen store.

Opted for the Manwich, which came with elements such as large herb sourdough, house roasted leg ham, cheddar, truss tomato seeded mustard, and a choice of side salad or avocado (we opted for the latter). The bread was crisp and provided a good chew, carrying tension with every bite, while the cheddar was all melted, gooey and stretchy, binding all the elements such as the thick cuts of ham altogether. The avocado helped to add a smooth, buttery texture that helps to neutralize all of what that is gong on in the sandwich. A pretty substantial portion, as compared to the other brunch plates available here — that being said, still pretty satisfying.

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The weekend special at Brawn & Brains’ outpost at East Coast Road — the brunch menu here is entirely different from their Guillemard Road branch; the latter serving up more wraps and sandwiches while the former serves up comfort fare. The waffle hash is essentially a crisp potato cake; somewhat similar to a Rosti but thicker, while the poached eggs were well-executed with runny yolk. Chorizo sausage was decent; snappy and moist without being overly salty, while the salad mix features strips of apples for a slight tinge of sweetness. Whilst simple, it is certainly a comforting brunch item to have.

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Roast Beef, Pickles, Tomatoes. From this new bagel specialty cafe located at NeWest, situated beside now-defunct Nasi Coco/Thrive Kitchen. Opted for the Sesame Bagel for this order; the bagel carrying a firm and chewy bite while it comes with a sprinkle of sesame and salt for flavour and some texture. Roast beef was decent; tender whilst not being too gamey, while the pickles cut through the meatiness with its zingy note. Slices of tomatoes help to provide a refreshing, juicy bite.

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