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The Brunch Bunch

The Brunch Bunch

If you are going to get out of bed on weekends, then the brunch has to be worth it. Here is my compilation of the brilliant and the acceptable.
Veronica Phua
Veronica Phua

I assumed it would be the Italian cheese, a savoury version of the mozzarella, that would command this stage but the Shakshuka’s smoked tomato chutney snuck up and stole the show (price: $22). I have to admit though, I wouldn’t mind if it had a bit more body.
The default bread it comes with is housemade rye (pictured above) which is perfectly fine, but since I am not a fan of rye per se, I added on Pane de Campagne, an Italian crusty bread ($5). Also made in-house at @burnclubst, the four slices were deliciously dressed with dried herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. I preferred the texture of this dunked in the Shakshuka.

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We were happily enjoying our spread of brunch items when from out of the blue, Sous Chef Nadine kindly sent over this plate of Chicken Urfa Kebab served with grilled cabbage and orange salad with mango amba, tehina and toum.
I had actually tried it at the hosted media tasting a few weeks ago and liked it but didn’t dare order it this time as I had already picked a number of dishes for us. Nonetheless, once it landed on our table, it was very warmly welcomed.
After just one bite, we were smittened. I swear it was even more delicious than the serving I had at the media tasting. The tender, smoky chicken meat seemed extra juicy and I do love meat that’s executed well.

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From the selection of side items, I couldn’t resist ordering the bacon steak. It had been a very long time since I had it, and I dare say it’s gotten even better. Artichoke now marinates the slab of juicy fatty meat in shawarma spices which means it is no longer has the sweet taste of before. Instead, it is more aromatic and leans towards the savoury. After one bite, I quietly made a promise to myself to forget about sharing this the next time and just order one to enjoy all to myself.

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This was gorgeous - so vibrant in colour and packed with four (it was it five?) kinds of freshly-made mezzes with salad and pickles. The selection of mezzes are changed every week or so if I am not wrong.

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Despite not being into lamb, I had been swept off my feet by this Crispy Lamb Floss at the media tasting a few weeks ago. Naturally, I had to order it when I revisited Artichoke with family members for brunch last Saturday.
Although it was recommended for us to mix the extremely tasty dryish-style meat with the hummus and fried egg before eating, I actually liked them as separate components more. The aroma and complex flavours in the meat were more apparent when I ate it by itself.

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Anytime a Shakshuka appears on a menu, I will order it as T.H. likes it a lot.
We find Artichoke’s particularly delicious as the two eggs are simmered in a rich, thick tomato gravy beefed up with peppers, green chillies and skhug. There is wonderful oomph and body which is best savoured with the thick slice of grilled sourdough served alongside. What’s more, you get to choose between roasted lamb and halloumi cheese to be added in too. I think whichever you go for will not disappoint but my preference has always been for the cheese as I love the good chew it brings to the dish.

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The new weekend brunch menu has this for those with hearty appetites.
It comprises of eggs scrambled with tomatoes and capsicums, and served with stewed black beans, guacamole, “Tajadas” (plantains) and an arepa (Venezuelan corn bread). Which makes it a refreshing change from the norm.

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Mexican Head Chef Tamara Chavez has just launched a Weekend Brunch Menu that promises to take your tastebuds across the countries of Latin America. Whether your preference is to go light with small plates of tapas to share or hit the hearty portions of mains, there are choices aplenty.
As we perused the menu, a basket of complimentary fluffy bread drizzled with homemade Guajillo chili seed oil, thyme, Achiote oil and garlic landed on our table. We enjoyed munching on this while deciding on what to order.
I eventually picked the “Tortilla De Langostinos” ($32++), a gorgeous omelette chockfull of sweet and springy Tiger prawns from Argentina. It came crowned in onions and fresh “chalaquita” (Peruvian salsa). Love the bright punch the latter two brought to the dish.

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Between 8.30am and 11.30am on weekends (for now but they will change it to a daily affair in the next month or so), The English House offers a Breakfast Menu that lists seven items plus assorted sides. You can’t compare this place with typical cafes in terms of ambience and food as it is a restaurant, so there is a lovely air of formality about the service.
Whatever dish you order, you will be served complimentary sourdough bread and croissant with a few jams and “Le Beurre Bordier” (a famous French butter). Coffee or tea is also included in the price stated.
If you have a big appetite, the Traditional Full English Breakfast is a solid choice. It comes with a Free Range egg, sausages, bacon, portobello mushroom and grilled tomato.

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Braved the haze yesterday we did, to have breakfast with one of our nieces for her belated birthday celebration.
While Amanda ordered the signature Omelet Arnold Bennett swimming with smoked haddock, I chose to make up my own plate comprising purely of “sides”. My decision stemmed from the complimentary croissants and sourdough bread that were set down on our table along with three kinds of jam and “Le Beurre Bordier” (a famous French butter) as we were perusing the Breakfast Menu (all prices stated includes coffee or tea as well). I didn’t have a desire for additional carbs, hence, it was logical to choose fats and proteins instead. That’s how a plate of scrambled Free Range eggs, avocado and crispy bacon ($6++ per item, total: $18++) came to be for me. I thought the eggs were cooked very well - they’re creamy, soft and runny. And despite it not being very big, I got a whole avocado which was at its nanosecond window of ready-to-be-eaten perfection.

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One of the mains we fell hard for was the unique and very delicious “Omelette Arnold Bennett”. Created back in the 1920’s at the Savoy in London by its namesake, it contains smoked haddock swimming in its Parmesan-enriched custard-like egg. It has a golden crisp finish on the top and tastes superbly rich.

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S P O N S O R E D

@ChefAkiraBack creates food that reflects who he is - a very cool and confident mash-up of Korean heritage, strong Japanese influence and international style. This savvy combo has led to international success, shiny MICHELIN Stars included, for his numerous restaurants across different continents including @AkiraBackSingapore at JW Marriott South Beach.

Adorned with art by Chef Akira’s mother, the visually striking space feels both warm and welcoming. Although the restaurant has an à la carte menu suited for communal dining, they do omakase as well, which is what we chose and it was wonderful. I am thankful a few of the courses were thoughtfully sized down so we could taste a wider variety because missing out on any of the deliciousness trotted out that night would be positively criminal.

The standout for me from amongst the small bites was the sushi-like but classically Korean-in-taste “Yukhoe” featuring raw “Tajima” striploin wrapped in paper-thin Nashi pear. I also found the “AB Pizza” topped with raw tuna and king oyster mushroom, as well as the Eggplant Miso with mozzarella very appealing.

As for the big plates, I loved every course but the line-caught Pacific Halibut with soy beurre blanc and the Ji-dori Chicken were especially stunning.
For a novel dessert that guarantees a double take, look no further than the “AB Egg”. Exclusive to one MICHELIN-Starred DOSA in Seoul and Akira Back Singapore, it boasts a hyper-realistic shell crafted from Mannitol sugar.

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Can't cook to save my life but boy, can I eat! 😄 (I pay for all my meals unless otherwise stated)

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