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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters @Upper Thomson

Opened in October last year, Pacamara has gained popularity for its instagram-worthy delicious menu. Having gone through a process of repackaging, revamping and relocating, the shop appears to have been “born again”. The interiors are whitewashed and minimalist, just like a clean slate.

Why the name Pacamara? I’m guessing it was derived from their El Salvadorean Pacamara Arabica coffee bean. A standard mocha here would not go wrong. It’s interesting to note that their refrigerator offers a variety of juices, ciders, sodas, ales and stouts that is sure to please everybody. On the other hand, their hot brew tea from The 1872 Clipper Tea collection failed to impress my companions or me. Even with its fancy beaker/flask ware. So how did their food fare?

Truffle Fries: To be honest, what can go wrong with fries? I’m not that picky but I get turned off easily by oily fries. So oily that they leave behind pools of oil on your thumb and index finger. BUT thankfully, Pacamara serves awesome non-oily truffle fries. A little less on the salt would be perfect 🙂
Sweet Potato Fries: Seriously, I think we will come to a point when everything can be made into elongated fries. Well, if they are delicious, why not? These alternatives are a delight to your palette. Mildly sweet, they almost make you forget that you’re eating something fried and unhealthy. Be sure to order this to share with at least 3-4 people as it gets a little ‘je lak’ after the 5th one.
Ocean Mac & Cheese: This dish was simply heavenly. Oven baked gometi pasta with crabmeat and prawn, topped with smoked salmon. Every component of this dish was stellar and yet, interdependent. I loved how little seasoning was needed as the savoury cheese and sweet seafood chunks were sufficient to make one swoon with every bite. Once you feel that it’s getting too overwhelming, just pair the next spoonful with a bit of smoked salmon. Your sense of taste comes back to life. Truffle Benedict(Discontinued): Another of my favourite dish in Pacamara, but a shame that it was discontinued when a new menu was introduced 2 weeks ago. Firstly, it was the champion of weekend brunch shots. Taking over Instagram by storm, their eggs benny were photogenic and never failed to garner top likes. Besides its good looks, the eggs benny are actually delicious. Ranked second on my favourite eggs benny list, the truffle-infused hollandaise sauce was a home run. Breakfast Platter: For SGD22, the plate is packed with everything that you can ask for. Multi grain toast, smoked salmon, avocado, hash, thick cuts of streaky bacon, mushroom, tomato, greens and choice of eggs(poached, sunny side up or scrambled) Though the greens look lacklustre and could do with more effort or at least some dressing, the rest of the plate did not disappoint. As always, the breakfast platter makes a safe and reliable choice.

Before I found out that the eggs benny was discontinued, I was constantly craving for it. And now, I’m craving for their Mac & Cheese. If a cafe could serve food that is so impressionable and unforgettable, you know its a place worth visiting again and again.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters (Singapore)
185 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574333

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-11pm
*No reservations

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The Coffee Daily @Serangoon Gardens

I have a love-hate relationship with cafes situated in ulu and inaccessible locations. Without a car, it is a pain to travel there but yet, these places are usually less crowded and ideal for coffee chats.  The best thing about The Coffee Daily is their free WIFI and availability of power sockets. I may sound like a hobo but I’m sure you understand how we need to drag ourselves out the house to do some work. Be it having a project meeting, mugging for the exams or even setting exam papers, the cafe is the perfect working place(at least for the weekdays).The Coffee Daily serves pretty decent coffee. Creamy, rich and sweet, just how I like my coffee. Rarely do cafe goers order nacho chips at cafes. They reserve their tummy for the rich and heavy stuff. Unfortunately, their Truffle Fries were sold out on that day and we really needed something to munch on. Smoked Salmon: Ever been in a situation where you have to portion each bite of smoked salmon with your croissant carefully because you do not want to be left with a single piece of carbo? Well, you do not have to worry about that here. They serve a generous portion of smoked salmon that goes mighty fine with the creamy scrambled eggs and fragrant croissant. All Day Breakfast: Nothing can go wrong with a cafe brunch staple like this. Every component is prepared with passion and served fresh. And if you need to celebrate a happy occasion, go ahead and order their speciality waffles. They will be more than happy to provide you candles and some extra service.

The Coffee Daily
75 Brighton Crescent
Singapore 559216

Opening Hours:
Mon to Thu: 12pm–10.30pm
Fri: 12am–11.30pm
Sat: 9.30am–11.30pm
Sun: 9.30am–10.30pm
Tel: +65 6284 8894

Lady Antoinette has arrived.

IMG_6241Antoinette comes from the name Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, who was famous for her lavish and luxurious living. As the name suggests, the menu of this cafe pivots on French cuisine, particularly Parisian patisserie. Delicate, well-crafted cakes and pastries sit behind squeaky clean display glass panels, tempting shoppers that walk along the corridors. So what makes of their brunch menu?
IMG_6233Classic Eggs Florentine: Toasted brioche, wilted spinach, Serrano ham and Hollandaise sauce, this dish is arguably the cousin of Eggs Benny. All the ingredients complement each other resulting in a heavenly combination of flavours for each bite. The poached egg is done perfectly, yolk oozing out at the cut of the knife. But the star of this dish has got to be the Hollandaise sauce. Creamy and well-seasoned, this is one of the best sauce that I’ve tasted so far. IMG_6240The cafe is furnished with posh tables and chairs, and adorned with intricate ornaments, giving diners a lush and luxurious dining experience. Wouldn’t it be great to dine like the queen?

Antoinette
Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
#02-33/34
Singapore 238897

Opening Hours:
11am to 10pm (Last order 9pm)

Hatched

Brunch eateries have taken our sunny island by storm in recent years, giving many locals a chance to sleep in during the weekends. So its no wonder when an egg-inspired all-day breakfast restaurant pops up in suburban Holland Village, brunch-lovers start thronging over to satisfy their poached eggs craving.
IMG_9480Philly: I was having a bit of a meat craving that day, so I ditched my usual poached eggs for an omelette filled with strips of steak, peppers and onion. The steak might not have been as juicy or seasoned as I had fantasized, but it was good enough to please my tummy.
IMG_9484Papillote: The name of this dish comes from a French cooking method in which food is put inside a folded parchment paper and baked. Although I’m caught scratching my head wondering, it doesn’t stop me from recalling how the concentrated taste of salty smoked salmon is aptly tamed by the light and creamy flavour of scrambled eggs.

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Hatched
267 Holland Avenue
Singapore 278989
+65 6463 0012
Opening Hours: 9AM to 11PM (Last Order: 1030PM) (Tue – Sun).
Closed on Mondays

Five and Dime.

IMG_6132Nestled in the midst of the urban housing of River Valley Road, Five and Dime is at least 15 minutes away from the nearest MRT Station, Somerset. Yet, this eatery is not lacking in patrons on a late Saturday morning. Couples, friends and even non-locals are familiar faces among the crowds here to have their bellies filled with brunch. The setting is a two-storey shophouse that exudes a cosy and homely ambience. If you do get the chance to visit the second floor, you would be surprise to find an actual table tennis table right smack in the middle of the room. This extraordinary table does not only have decorative purposes but serves as a dining table for the customers. This peculiar interior might cut back on the eatery’s seating capacity but as a result, it provides opportunities for different groups of patrons sharing the table to interact. Not really a Singaporean custom, but the foreigners are often the ones to start the ball rolling.
IMG_6125Eggs Benny (Poached eggs on warm brioche with smoked ham, mesculun greens, breakfast potatoes and fruit salad): Personally, I felt that cured ham is far more superior than mere smoked ham in an eggs benedict as the taste level would be far more complicated with the hollandaise sauce and runny yolk. In addition, they could be more generous with their serving of hollandaise sauce. The eggs benny would definitely be more wholesome and stronger in flavour. But for its pricing, the eggs benny is definitely worth its price. You get what you pay for right?

wBig Breakkie (Choice of scrambled or sunny side up eggs with pork bacon, chicken chipolata sausages, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and thick toast): Nothing can go wrong with pork bacon and scrambled eggs, tasty essentials for a big breakfast. But I’m usually picky at brunch dishes. So things like soggy mushroom turns me off. According to Gordon Ramsay, the chef has definitely boiled the mushrooms, instead of sauteeing them with a fire that’s too low. And baked beans is just too weird for a typical Singaporean having brunch.

Overall, this eatery scores well with its service and interior design. However, its menu and food quality might lose out to competitions in the same industry. I am sure foodies such as Singaporeans are willing to pay the extra dollar for much better brunch. With its inaccessibility to top it all up, I’m sure I won’t be visiting Five and Dime anytime soon.

Five and Dime 
297 River Valley Road
Singapore 238338
Opening Hours: 
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 12am
Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Serving Time:
Lunch (Mon – Fri) : 12pm – 5pm
Brunch (Sat – Sun) : 10pm – 3pm
Dinner : 6pm – 9.30pm*
Supper: 10pm – 11.30pm*

P.S Cafe

IMG_4415The crowd on a late Saturday morning. Thankfully there wasn’t a need to queue at the Paragon branch. There’s something calming about the interior setting of this outlet. The cosy seating arrangement, the wooden tables, the intricate ornate pieces on each table or maybe the chalkboards displaying specials of the day. Perfect place to relax and enjoy your weekend brunch at. 
IMG_4410Eggs Benny: It seems like my mission in life is to try the Eggs Benedict dish in every brunch outlet. P.S Cafe has their own twist to this dish. Toasted muffin is used instead of the typical brioche bread and thus, the overall texture can be a little tougher than expected. This might not be the best version that I’ve tried but it definitely qualifies as comfort food for a weekend brunch. 
IMG_4408Portobello Mushroom: I’m a fond lover of sauteed mushroom. Portobello, swiss button, shitake or even enko. Hence, I couldn’t resist the temptation when I saw this dish on their brunch menu. After recovering from the initial disappointment of having only 1 miserable portobello mushroom on the plate, my objective palette loved how the fungi was seasoned perfectly and went well with the poached egg. Definitely not enough to fill an empty belly, but sure to tantalise your taste buds. 
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P.S Cafe @Paragon
Paragon Level 3
290 Orchard Road

Wild Honey

IMG_4388First introduced to Wild Honey on my birthday in 2009, I’ve witnessed how much this place has grown and blossomed into one of the most popular brunch places in Singapore. Located snugly in the posh floors of Mandarin Gallery, the small restaurant has a cosy and warm ambience. From wooden chairs to plush cushion seats to high table stools, patrons can be seen lounging in the restaurant chatting over brunch and a cuppa.  

Before you make your order, you need to take a good look at the menu first. The brunch menu is named according to regions and countries, with detailed description of what you can find on the plate.
IMG_4398European: My all-time favourite and a signature dish at Wild Honey, the Eggs Benedict. The eggs benny served here is a notch above other versions I have had. Slightly toasted brioche served with well-seasoned sauteed mushroom, prosciutto, perfectly poached eggs and delectable hollandaise sauce. Let me know if you know of a better eggs benny, otherwise, I’m settling down with this restaurant.
IMG_4400Parisienne: This is the restaurant’s special take on the Croque Madame or ham and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg. Prepare your taste buds for the rich flavours that this dish can bring. A savoury rendition of french toast stuffed with cured ham, gruyere cheese and Dijon mustard,  served with hollandaise sauce, this dish may just be too overwhelming for one to endure. I personally could barely complete half the dish.  

Wild Honey
Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
Third Floor

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Kith Cafe, convene and consume.

IMG_0412Kith (noun): One’s friends, acquaintances, and relations

This new cafe has entered the scene for almost half a year now, cooking up a storm in the brunch industry. Urbanlites, armed with their camera phones to Instagram, were seen thronging down for a good serving of breakfast and roasted coffee. Named one of the top ten All-Day Breakfast Places in Singapore by Epicure Asia and top five Cafes, Bars and Restaurants in Singapore by Monocle Magazine, I guessed it was time for me to check it out. 
IMG_0432Big Breakfast: We all picked this brunch dish from the menu unanimously, and we definitely do not regret our decision. Although I will only have one dish to review. Besides a spread of perfectly grilled savoury sausage, deliciously sinful bacon slices, woody mushrooms and a juicy tomato half, you get to choose how you want your egg done and the type of bread to go along. The scrambled was well done. Slightly runny and yet well-seasoned. The Brioche that I chose on the other hand was soft and well complemented by the butter. The more adventurous would be piqued by more unique choices such as multigrain or sourdough. 

IMG_0408I love how the outdoor section of the cafe has a simple open concept with the placing of just a few pillars and furniture. Located away at the secluded part of town at Park Mall, people heading for their morning breakfast will be treated to a little dose of tranquility and serenity. Why do I like this cafe? Because it is opened as early as 8am. So if you’re someone who likes to have your morning brunch without the crazy crowd, this is one place to check out. Excellent food, excellent service, what more can you ask for?

Kith Cafe (Park Mall)
9 Penang Road
#01-01E
8am – 10pm