Cafe Hopping

Cafe Hopping

I love coffee, I love brunches, I love desserts. Just a log of my cafe hopping adventures around the island.
Terence Ong
Terence Ong

The millennials’ favourite breakfast dish - avocado on toast. 🥑🥚🥖Clan Cafe does a great but pricey version of it. Smashed avocado, two poached eggs (additional $3++) roasted cherry tomatoes and rockets on sourdough. Sounds simple but the combination is on point. Squeeze some lemon if you like a sour flavour profile.

One of the few old-time brunch spots I haven’t explored until very recently. Symmetry is synonymous with quality, photogenic brunch items that still attracts long queues after being around for 7 years.

Eggs Benedict is a very mainstream dish these days but it’s apparently one of their popular items here. So why not.

The eggs for the Benedict-style dishes are cooked sous vide at 64C which explains the soft and runny texture of the eggs as compared to the poached variety.

The Eggs Benedict is wrapped with maple-glazed bacon and topped with brown butter Hollandaise, duxelles and caramelised onions. It’s a good rendition of this classic dish.

One of the few old-time brunch spots I haven’t explored until very recently. Symmetry is synonymous with quality, photogenic brunch items that still attracts long queues after being around for 7 years.

Eggs Benedict is a very mainstream dish these days but it’s apparently one of their popular items here. So why not.

The eggs for the Benedict-style dishes are cooked sous vide at 64C which explains the soft and runny texture of the eggs as compared to the poached variety.

The Crab Benedict came with avocado purée, ikura, tater tots and mesclun salad on the side. The luscious serving of crab paired with the runny egg yolk and Yuzu Hollandaise made this dish such a delight. 🦀

My regular go tos at Park Bench Deli are the fried chicken and patty melt but decided to try the Reuben Pastrami for a change. It’s basically a beef brisket pastrami sandwich with Russian coleslaw, gherkin (pickles), whole grain mustard and Swiss cheese. The beef pastrami is cured in brine for 14 days before being smoked and steamed. All of these are done in-house which I feel justified the higher price.

Although they use roasted rye bread, I never felt that the sandwich was dry or hard which can be occasionally the case with rye. The beef brisket pastrami is soft and not too salty. Together with the melted Swiss cheese that’s firm, chewy and nutty, the flavours and texture just come together perfectly. Perhaps they should make an Impossible version of the pastrami.

The other sandwiches are good and substantially cheaper than this. But still more expensive than what you’d pay at Amoy Food Centre. It’s one of those places I’d go if I want to treat myself to something delicious but not too heavy for lunch.

Can’t stop thinking about the delectable, photogenic pastries at Lee‘s Confectionery.

Located in a largely quiet area in Jurong East, the cafe exudes chill and minimalist vibes. Most of their pastries are a blend of East meets West as seen in the ingredients that are used. They are rotated seasonally and new creations are introduced from time to time. Even on my second visit I had yet to try the famous DALE matcha cake.

TART was essentially a refreshing take on the classic tarte au citron. Using an almond tart shell, it’s filled with lime cream and a spongy lime almond cake, instead of the obligatory lemon curd. Topped with whipped white chocolate ganache, it provides a sweet ending to the rather sharp and sour taste of lime.

What’s good about the tart here is that it isn’t unbearably sour. This makes it a refreshing treat for dessert lovers as many tarte au citron I had can be exceptionally sour. Credit must be given for the painstaking effort that’s put by the team into making and plating each dessert for each diner certainly puts in on par with many fine dining establishments.

Any dessert lover would definitely fall in love with this place. It’s worth the detour.

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Fridays are never too early for a good brunch. For those that are looking for where to eat, @thepopuluscafe is a place that I’d recommend.

Known for its rice and grain bowls, delectable brunch items, soft serves and coffee, I had The Populous Scramble which is a scrambled egg, bacon, fresh herb melange and feta croissant.

Don’t be deceived by the picture. It’s actually very wholesome and filling. The croissant was flaky on the outside while soft and buttery on the inside. Scrambled eggs were creamy and not too jelak (rich) that makes it easy for one to finish the dish without much issue. Bacon used here is back bacon although I personally prefer streaky bacon.

After all these years it’s been in operation, I’m still impressed by the menu selection and the quality of food here.

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Kafe UTU specialises in African food but they do serve extremely delicious brunch dishes here. I’m absolutely in love with the ricotta hotcakes here which is made with Hokkaido milk. It’s served with maple syrup, a very fresh selection of berries and a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Corn fritters, poached egg, haloumi, bacon. All my favourite brunch items in one plate.

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I’m absolutely in love with this dish. Creme brûlée French toast served with matcha ice cream, summer berries, popcorn and edible flowers. Absolutely a photogenic sight.

Truffle fries at P.S. Cafe has remained consistently good and the serving is generous. It makes up for the hefty price tag of $16++.

Soufflé pancakes are the hype these days and this fluffy soufflé pancakes ($14) is so good. It’s definitely worth waiting 45 minutes for this and I’ll be back for more.

Tucked on the 4th Floor of The Working Capitol, this is one of my hideouts if I want to escape from the hustle and bustle of weekday CBD lunches. I had the salmon and quinoa bowl ($15) served with an array of pickled vegetables. While I do eat pickles (or gherkins) and have no qualms with them, it may take awhile for non-pickle fans to get accustomed to the food here. Good thing is there is one-for-one with a Burpple Beyond here!

The camera always eats first. Instagram: @eaterries

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