Featuring Korio, Latteria Mozzarella Bar, Eggslut, Carrotsticks & Cravings (Dempsey), Five Guys, The New Ting
Jolie F
Jolie F

Last group dine-in before Phase I've-Lost-Track, so naturally we had to queue for 30mins and wait to get the food for another 30mins despite coming at 8.30. Staff were prompt and accommodating despite the bustle. Food - worth a try, okayish price, but would not go out of my way to have it. Here's the lowdown:

🥪 FAIRFAX: Indulgent, cheesy, creamy soft scramble, total melt-in-your-mouth along with the buttery brioche. The star among the sandwiches and rightfully so. If you can only have one thing, it has to be this!
🥪 BACON/SAUSAGE, EGG AND CHEESE: The ones to get if you want a gorgeous orange yolk porn. Also the ketchup in the B.E.C is quite something else.
🥪EGG SALAD: Served cold if that's your thing (it's not mine unfortunately). The egg mayo pairs well with the generous heaping of arugula but is slightly dry.
🍳SLUT: Potato and egg on buttered sourdough, and just that. Lacking dimensonality and I got bored of it really quickly. $11 is a tad steep too.
🧃OJ: $5.50 for what tastes like Minute Maid. Still paid for it because I just had to wash down the food.

Grown-up kids food in a charming Duxton shophouse. The fusilli is delightfully al dente, baked in a creamy, mild cheese blend with none of that off-putting smell. Served in a deceivingly small pumpkin - scrape some of that base for a sweetness that cuts through the rich pasta. Great for sharing!

Treated myself to this overflowing sandwich from Korio after crushing a particularly intense morning meeting. I want to say I love it, I really do, but it was just way too excessive. I waited 30 minutes, which is way too long for this simple combo of egg mayo + scallion + spam + cheese, even if it's made to order. While the flavours worked well together, I could only finish half of the sandwich before it got too overwhelming and greasy. Not too impressed by the service or the food. I ended up feeling worse after eating it. Go to one of the bagel places instead, they execute the concept far better.


Hiked up to the outskirts of Dempsey to try this al fresco, family-friendly, western home-style type brunch spot. Had the Green Shakshouka ($18 + $6 goat cheese), which was served in a soup bowl of spinach, kale, pesto and cream base, garnished with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. It looks weird but it’s absolutely worth a try. Hearty, nutritious, comforting. Portion is good. Sourdough for dipping is impeccable. Ambience is a bright, pastel, flowery farmhouse that's all around feel-good. I will be back to try the rest of the menu!!

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Pro-tip: Instead of a cheeseburger, get the grilled cheese ($8) + patty ($2) + whatever add-ons you like (FOC). You're basically getting a cheeseburger for ~$5 cheaper.

Messy, no-frills, grubby - it's an unrefined type of delicious. Pretty value too because of how highly customisable it is. Milkshake and fries were good but nothing to rave about, but this burger, all things considered, beats even the likes of Shake Shack/A&W. Though I did have to wait about 15 minutes because they had trouble fitting the toppings I wanted into the small grilled cheese. 😬

Pulled pork burger with coleslaw ($13.90).

This place is very much a typical western/fusion cafe (burgers, baked rice, pasta etc.) with a humble, unassuming old-school charm - coke bottles line the walls and you sit at board game tables that you can play on. Staff are nice. Empty on a Wednesday evening.

The sesame bun is thick and fluffy, and the easy-to-chew pork is generously soaked in a tasty BBQ sauce. This place doesn't skimp on fresh lettuce either. For this price? It's alright, but I personally would rather splurge on a quality burger to feel more satisfied.

This place is a good option if you're in the area and hankering for western fare. Otherwise, probably not worth a trip.

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Jolie F

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