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This was an okay brunch dish! I liked the use of sourdough instead of the usual English muffin because it mopped up the sauce better. The yolks were nice and runny and they were quite generous with the amount of smoked salmon. Overall nothing that special though, was quite average, particularly if you’re paying full price. Was decent with the discount thanks to #burpplebeyond though!

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I’ve always been a fan of the food at Oriole, esp their mains, but this espresso hotcakes ($14) was such a let down- the only thing it really has going for it is its pretty appearance. My main gripe is probably that despite the homemade whipped espresso orange butter and maple syrup, the dish is incredibly dry and hence, it’s hard to eat more than half even when sharing with a friend. The espresso butter tastes more like ground coffee beans with only a faint aftertaste of orange, so the citrus doesn’t really help balance the heavy dish out too. Furthermore, the vanilla hotcakes themselves are also quite dense, although they are soft in the centre. The toppings of seeds, berries and granola seemed to be only decorative and didn’t add to the dish. This dish could do a lot better with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream for moisture!

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This honey cheese toast ($8.90) was not bad. The cheese was gooey and I liked the savoury combination with the honey (very Korean). However, I felt like for the price, it fell quite flat for me. Despite the cheese slices on top, this was quite mild tasting and the multigrain bread wasn’t particularly outstanding.

Thanks to Annabella from @pablo_cheese_tart_singapore for having us and @burpple for the #burppleeatup invitation!

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Their seafood is good, particularly the prawns in this dish, but definitely definitely skip the pasta! The spaghetti was very sadly close to limp and was quite underseasoned. Our mussels were also unfortunately raw. We did let the waiter know though, who said he’d convey the feedback to their chef. Would recommend just getting pure seafood dishes here!

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Tried Ah Hua Kelong’s brunch menu at their Serangoon outlet along Jln Riang, and used #burpplebeyond for our 1 for 1 discount. The fish and chips weren’t really what I expected, even though I had chosen the “whole fish” option. I had expected the fish to be filleted and not be an actual entire fried fish, like the type in a Chinese restaurant but a bit more battered.

Was a bit troublesome deboning everything, but the fish was not bad! It was pretty tender inside, although I felt it could have been seasoned a bit more. The fish is a fresh water one, locally sourced from their kelong (fish farm) and tasted alright, although not particularly sweet in my opinion. I liked that it came with a salad with sesame dressing though, which was tasty. The chips and salsa were also not bad. Overall interesting but not too sure if I’d get it again. Maybe if I chose the fillet option haha.

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I love love love @birdysallday’s beautiful, freshly baked Raspberry Almond Tart ($6)!!! Despite using raspberry, it wasn’t too sour and the almond slices on top complemented the berries well. I particularly liked the tart base, which was firm and did not crumble apart or become soggy. Since their tarts are made on a rotational basis, I would definitely come back to try their other tarts, which include flavours like lemon (looks gorgeous!!), and almond and strawberry.

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The hash consists of cubed potatoes, pimiento bell peppers, onions and the duck confit, which are mixed together, garnished with spring onions, and finally topped with a beautifully poached egg – the whites set, but the yolk inside flowy and soft. While I enjoyed the soft but not completely mashed texture of the potatoes, with the sweet bell peppers and onions, I felt that the hash could have done better with a sauce tying the components together as the egg did not sufficiently coat the entire hash.

Also, despite its name, I did not really see the duck confit as the main star of the dish, but rather just a meaty accompaniment to the hash. Not necessarily bad, but I wish it had been a bit more outstanding. Overall, this was alright, but it could do with some tweaks.

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This was actually my favourite dish because their scrambled eggs were so delightfully fluffy. I had never pinned myself previously as a “pay $9 for eggs at a café” type of person, but it was the most well-seasoned and creamy scrambled eggs I‘ve eaten outside. The eggs, sprinkled with paprika, generously coated the chewy toasted sourdough from Burnt Ends and went amazingly well with the poppy seed mustard that was spread on the toast. This was quite a welcome surprise, since the mustard was not listed in the menu and the combination actually worked quite well. The dish also came with a side salad of spinach, sliced radishes and cherry tomatoes, and other greens, which were tossed in a sharp citrus dressing.

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This is their Ciabatta Pizza ($4.50) and oh it is divine!! 🙌🏻 I originally came here hoping to get their lovely looking pastries (cruffins, croissants, danishes), but the owner told me that they had been sold out since 11am. (Update: my friend had gone another day and it was sold out at 9am...) I was sad but I got this instead and I am so pleased!

It’s a slice of sourdough, baked with a tomato purée, mild tasting cheese, cherry tomatoes and a basil leaf on top. Sounds simple, but it tasted amazing, especially after they kindly heated it up for me. The highlight here is definitely the sour dough- crunchy on the outside and soft inside with a substantial bite. (I left so many toast crumbs around me while munching on it.) It was warm and the tomatoes were juicy and went great with the oozy cheese. I confess this is my soft spot for food pairings - tomato and cheese.

Will try to come back here in the future to nab some of their pastries to try! It’s located behind Empress Market, near Farrer Road mrt (the circle line station, not the purple line one), so it’s quite convenient to get to.

I was quite sceptical of Breadtalk’s earl grey milk tea bun at first, but it turned out to be quite nice! The bread had a really strong earl grey taste and you can see the tea speckles. The pearls tasted like a chewy jelly (quite realistic) and the earl grey cream was really potent and thick. The filling sadly only occupied half the bread though, which was a pity.

Overall, I’m really impressed! Didn’t think bubble tea would work well in a bread at all so this was a pleasant surprise. It’s a really fun concept and definitely more palatable than the bubble tea toasts I’ve seen floating around in pictures, filled with tons of pearls inside.

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There is no better bread than this mentaiko baguette from DONQ... Its remained my favourite throughout- and fun fact: I once ate it after buying it for a while and it was a bit tough as baguettes are, so I almost dislocated my jaw, but it was still worth it!!!! Funny experiences aside, it’s really amazing. It’s soft and chewy inside but crispy outside and FULL of mentaiko, yet not too overpoweringly fishy. I would eat this everyday if I could.

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Atlas Coffeehouse is popular, but my dish was painful average. The dark sauce was a bit too thick for my liking and the arugula was definitely not fresh at all- some parts looked sadly wilted and quite old. That being said, the portion was really huge and the eggs were quite delightfully fluffy. The pulled pork was alright, but I didn’t particularly fancy it. On the other hand, the truffle fries were great and I loved the amount of cheese on them.

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