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Brunching Cafés

Brunching Cafés

The usual eggs, toasts, and the occasional fancy stuff.
Nobelle Liew
Nobelle Liew

As with every Crab Cake Benedict, the star's usually the crab cake which, I'm glad to say, The Bird totally nailed. It's a sizable patty of ONLY tightly packed crab meat and chives (no fillers here!): perfect when the plump chunks of crab taste absolutely sweet and fresh. But what's especially impressive about this dish is every element plays a role, and is holds equal weight in the success of the dish. Southerner's quintessential fried green tomato as the base here helps lend a lovely crunch to the dish, as well as some acidity to cut through the richness of the yolk. Same goes for their burnt lemon hollandaise: a bit of smokiness, a hit of citrus, and just enough butter and cream to hold everything together.


I honestly didn't know what to expect of Gallery & Co. For one it is after all a café in a museum, and when ever were museum eateries any bit decent? But prove me wrong they did, for the dishes I tried that day (yes I ate everything on the table) were all sedaaaaap. I wanna pick a favourite, but really I can't. The chicken grain bowl I had was so so yummy, the ricotta filo pastry a unique combination of sweet and savoury, and that otak taco mmmmmm 🌮🌮🌮 Coffee's good too, and while I can't say much for their cakes it's definitely a place I'd return to while the afternoon away.


Judging from the winning formula that's Lola's, who'd be surprised that Suzette follows suit with yet another brunch menu in what was to be a dessert bar? Not that it's bad for us anyhow. Launched just yesterday, their brunch menu's available from 12PM-5PM on Fridays to Sundays. Expect a stellar a Pulled Duck Burger featuring Lola's fab duck confit, a simple Fajitas Quinoa Bowl, and Lola's stellar French toast's that's now off Lola's menu and only available here!


Their take on a prawn taco had fresh prawns, coleslaw, and a mango salsa wrapped in soft tortilla wraps. Though the prawns were commendably crunchy, they weren't exactly sweet, nor well-seasoned. Have those plain prawns paired with a creamy but depthless coleslaw, an overly sour (not in a complex way) salsa, and a limp wrap, what you get is a one-dimensional and flat dish.


Just look at that thick, meaty piece of bacon, glazed with maple syrup, and sporting the sexiest crosshatch marks. Complete with a creamy scramble, well-toasted slices of bread spread with garlic sour cream, and sweet cherry tomatoes — hands down the best bacon & eggs brekkie I've ever had.


Hokkaido scallops, eggplant zaalouk, Spanish Migas — lovely ideas, and pretty good topped with a generous squeeze of lemon juice; but the hits were a tad too big to ignore. Scallops were rubbery and way overcooked, zaalouk was too sweet, and the iconic Migas tasted like plain ol' breadcrumbs. Really good ideas here, so all they really need to do is clean up on the execution.


These unassuming buttermilk biscuits are crisp on the outside, insanely fluffy, buttery, and moist on the inside, and come with a delicious serving of whipped honey butter. It's so good, there's no way you can stop at one — and this is coming from someone who doesn't even like scones/biscuits!

If you thought good brunch were all eggs, sausages, and whatnots, you're about to be proved wrong. This Yakitori Salmon is definitely not your typical brunch item, but was one of my favourites that meal. A generous slab of salmon, executed perfectly boasting a crisp skin and pinky insides, glazed with yakitori sauce, then served over a bed of coconut rice and finished with Vietnamese caramel. Fantastic fish aside, the coconut rice (think uber fragrant nasi lemak) was immensely addictive. So if you're heading down this weekend, you know what you shouldn't miss out on.


Finally dragged my butt to Bao Makers, and I must say I rather enjoyed myself! There's definitely more that can be improved on: chilli crab sauce could be thicker and sweeter, bulgogi could be less powdery/pasty, and salted egg sauce could do without the mayo. But on the whole, great effort, ideas, and fantastic bao dough 👍🏻

What I'd do for a good ol' lobster roll just about now. At $39, it's one of the more affordable ones around that doesn't entirely skimp on quality. While the lobster isn't the sweetest we've had, it's undoubtedly fresh, moist, and juicy - and there were a lot of it too. Sweet buttery brioche was also very commendable. Now all they have to do is tone down on the cream, and voila we'd have ourselves a winner.


Feta & Burrata: fluffy toasted Turkish bread, creamy burrata, sweet pickled onions, and little pomegranate rubies. It's light, tangy, and refreshing - a great way to start the meal.


So much promise with this one! This curried lamb scotch eggs boasted bombastic flavours, the spices hitting you with each bite. Breading's crisp, light, and not at all oily, and the molten yolk's just liquid gold. All it needs is a tad more seasoning (spices without salt is a huge no-no), and a better, tangier slaw.


Spending all my time eating (and eating) cause what else is there to do in small 🌞🌞 Singapore?

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