French Toast

French Toast

Featuring One Man Coffee (Upper Thomson), Curious Palette, Paddy Hills, FOOK KIN, Bei-Ing Wanton Noodles, Hideout by The Local Box, 21Street 咖啡
Elaine Sun
Elaine Sun

Another hidden gem found at Roxy Square. Wanton mee here is the old school traditional style; the al dente egg noodles are the kind that i like, paired with their home-made char siu, which were nicely charred, tender and super tasty!

From Hideout Cafe by The Local Box; a new establishment from the folks behind The Local Box at Icon Village. Must say that the Soup Laksa with Soft Shell Crab is pretty well-balanced; not overly creamy but a good balance of both rempah spices and coconut milk — all accompanied with Mee Tai Mak for easy eating. The short noodles were slurpy yet chewy, whilst accompanied with fresh and plump shrimp and a reasonably fresh, Soft Shell Crab coated in a golden brown batter on the exterior that is crisp. $13.80 for a bowl of Laksa can be a little pricey, but the spot does make for an easy place to settle for some food whilst settling last minute Christmas shopping at Robinsons without exiting the building; not to mention this variant comes with Soft Shell Crab as well.

A Singapore taste that caters to even the Malaysian taste bud. As heard from my dining kaki. Have seen Fook Kin on many Ig posts and have to try it. We chanced upon it on Kiliney Road, and when I saw the sign, I had to rally the rest to try it with me. Succulent #charsiee and #siewyoke is the order of the day, with dishes such as #菜脯蛋, duck salad and salted egg lotus chips. What we love about it is finally it's round table dining, so we get to order and #shareshare. Come and you won't be disappointed. Can reserve one!

Homey ambience aside (great for weekday tête-à-têtes with friends), this west side cafe once again makes our list for its delicious, totally Instagrammable plates and creative cooking. Just check out their much talked about Berry Muffcakes ($20). An upgraded version of their once famous berry ricotta hotcakes, the gorgeous plate sees slightly dense muffcakes (a cross between muffins and hotcakes) topped with vanilla bean ice cream cubes, fresh berries, and chocolate crumbs. It's tasty but also rich and sweet, so don't hesitate to share with a friend or two. Balance off the sugar with Paddy Hills' stellar mains like the 黑 Rice ($22), a wok hei infused dish of squid ink rice drizzled with mentaiko mayo and served with flavourful fried chicken and egg, or the Green Papa ($26), which sees handmade herbed pappardelle slicked in a robust tomato sauce and topped with foie gras stuffed meatballs. On hot days, eschew coffee for the refreshing Autumn Iced Tea ($8), which surprises with umeshu jelly. Pro tip: Tucked in a quiet residential estate, this cafe is quite a trek from the nearest Haw Par Villa MRT station. Spare yourself the sweat and take a cab.
Avg Price: $40 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Rachel Xie

Tucked away at the end of a row of shophouses along Prinsep Street, this is one place you can catch up with your girlfriends in a gorgeous, laidback setting. Start with their excellent Syphon Coffee ($6.90) or a bottle of White Magic ($6.90) — a chilled blend of espresso, milk and cream. A favourite and convenient cafe option among nearby art school students and those in town (nearest MRT is Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station), the space can fill up quickly on weekends, so visit either before or after the lunch rush to ensure seats. Almost every table ends the meal with the much photographed Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($14.90) that we highly recommend sharing among a group of four or more. The beautiful creation features a thick pancake with perfectly caramelised sides in a skillet pan, a generous handful of berries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds on the side and topped with a scoop of milky vanilla bean ice cream. Add a drizzle of maple sauce for that finishing touch. For a proper meal, try the Crab Cake on English Muffin ($19.50) that comes with a wobbly sous vide egg and the yummiest truffle sweet potato fries!
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Hilary See

By day, this shared space along Upper Thomson Road is run by One Man Coffee, where you can have an affordable and substantial brunch with great coffee. After 5.30pm, Garçons takes over. Indoor seats are limited, so come early if you're in a big group. It makes for a great coffee pitstop too — be sure to get the Piccolo ($4) with an extra shot ($1) for an instant boost. Of all the items offered here, the clear standouts include the impressive Gashouse Egg with Bacon Jam ($12). Thick brioche with a runny egg in the middle is blanketed with melted cheese and served with a side of salty-sweet bacon jam. Be sure to have your phones nearby as you carefully slice through the centre to release a liquid gold river, you wouldn't want to miss out on all the flowy action. The Big Brekkie ($17) that comes wtih two poached eggs placed on sourdough rye, served with a side of superbly candied bacon, roasted cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms and baby spinach is made better with the addition of a chorizo sausage. End your meal on a sweet note with the Brioche French Toast ($12, $15 with vanilla ice cream), probably one of the most pocket-friendly in Singapore with the fluffy toast dusted with icing sugar, served with caramelised bananas, strokes of French cream and lashing of rich salted caramel.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastmaker Amanda Liu

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