Posts Tagged ‘all-day breakfast’

Refuel Cafe at Bedok Reservoir

Nothing gets me rushing out the house like a new cafe opening in the Eastern part of Singapore. Even though Singapore may be getting a little saturated in cafes as a whole, one can never have too many cafes in your own neighbourhood. I’m sure you’d agree with me on that, unless well, you live in Tiong Bahru.

This time round, it’s a new cafe in the Bedok Reservoir area that opened just last week! And will you believe it, I’ve already visited it twice! Once on Saturday evening at about 9.30pm where the kitchen had closed and we could only order drinks or cakes. We returned again the next morning to check out the brunch menu. The brownie with ice cream was nothing spectacular, but the brunch menu was really good, especially for the affordable prices charged!

Refuel Cafe - Brunch (2)

What we had for brunch!

Refuel Cafe - Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9 (3)

Refuel Pancake with bratwurst sausage and scrambled eggs $9.90

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Brunch at The Pool Grill, Marriott Singapore

We’ve all been so focussed about looking for the best cafes to have brunch that it came as a surprise to find out that hotels also serve brunch! The other day while having dinner at The Pool Grill at Marriott Hotel, I chanced upon their brunch menu and almost fell off the chair when I saw that they were serving eggs Benedicts and all day breakfasts. I don’t know if it’s just me, but is this a recent thing that hotels have also jumped onto the brunch bandwagon?

It’s actually not a bad idea to have brunch at a hotel. For one, you don’t have to fight for a table or ensure your elbow doesn’t knock into the next table’s drink glasses. You can even make a reservation. It’s certainly not the cheapest place to have brunch, but judging from the menu prices at Marriott, it’s not the most expensive that I have seen either! And because The Pool Grill is one of the featured merchants on The Entertainer App, you enjoy buy one get one free on all their main courses and egg based brunch dishes!

The Pool Grill at Marriott Hotel - Eggs Benedict $19 (1)

Eggs Benedict $19

See, I’m not kidding when I say The Pool Grill serves brunch!

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Harry’s Bar at MapleTree Business City

There isn’t all that much to eat at the MapleTree Business City where my office is located. The opening of the Labrador Park Circle Line Station doesn’t really help because it’s at least a 10 minute walk away and if you include the time taken for the return journey plus the train ride itself, you soon realise why venturing out is not for the faint hearted.

We are all quite looking forward to the opening of the Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) next to the PSA building. At least there will be a few more restaurants to choose from, and McDonalds! But I can tell you, no matter how many restaurants sprout up around this area, it’s never going to be enough, because that’s just how the human mind works. You want to know you have choice, even if you don’t ever exercise the choice.

For now, if we don’t want to leave MBC, we have a grand total of 3 restaurants to choose from: Crystal Jade, Astons Specialities and Harry’s Bar. Other non-food court options would be Cedele, FoodBarn, Starbucks, Subway and Killiney. You could make a lot of money if you opened up an eatery here. You would have a captive audience!

Anyway…

When we feel like we need a bit of cheering up, we head to Harry’s Bar. No we don’t go for the drinks, we go there for lunch. I have to say, the food there is surprisingly good. One doesn’t normally associate a bar with good food, but Harry’s strives to be different. It’s not greasy pub grub you get here, although of course you could if you chose the deep fried items.

Harry's - Daily Breakfast (2)

Harry's - Daily Breakfast

All of us like the Harry’s All Day Breakfast. It costs only $14 and comes with back bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and egg. The food tastes fresh and isn’t too oily. You can choose to have pork sausage or chicken sausage. The crusty bread goes very well with the breakfast.

Harry's - Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips $16 – Also one of their signature dishes and I’ve tried it twice already. The fish is usually of a substantial size. It moist, flaky and very fresh tasting. The fries are also pretty good too, the crunchy type that I like.

Harry's - Baked Fish (2)

Harry's - Baked Fish

For a healthier option, you can go for the Atlantic Salmon baked in a packet $16 – Not sure how this tastes but my colleague who tried this had no complaints.

Harry's - Satisfied Customer

A very satisfied customer

I like going to Harry’s at MBC for lunch. Going to Harry’s for dinner however is a totally different thing. It usually means I have to stay back late in the office and that sucks!

Harry’s @ MapleTree Business City

Address:
20 Pasir Panjang Road
#02-14 Mapletree Business City
Singapore 117439
Tel: 6570 5207
Fax: 6659 4511

Operating Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 11:30hrs to 12 midnight
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

http://www.harrys.com.sg/ (you can check out the menu here)

Cedele

Jun 8, 2010 @ 1:16

I am surprised that I haven’t done a post on Cedele after all this while. I saw it grow up from little old bakery shop called Bakery Depot at Siglap 10 years ago, all the way to what it is now, 2 bakeries, 13 Cafes and 4 Restaurants. I’ve always liked Cedele because of it’s use of healthy ingredients like nuts, whole grains and seeds in its breads. The one thing they should do more is to use more organic ingredients, without increasing their prices of course!

According to Cedele’s website, Cedele by The Bakery Depot was founded by Ms Yeap Cheng Guat in July 1997. After spending many years in the multi-nationals, Ms Yeap decided to put her baking passion to test. Well I think she certainly passed the test with flying colours, judging by how ubiquitous and popular the cafes are.

So what’s the difference between the cafes and the restaurants? The cafes serve soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries and drinks. The restaurants serve all of that, in addition to meal type dishes like rice dishes and pasta dishes. In my opinion, if you just want a simple sandwich, go to the cafe, or you might end up paying almost double for restaurant service on pretty much the same sandwich.

Something the restaurants also serve which I believe the cafes don’t, are the breakfast fry-ups and pancakes. I haven’t tried the pancakes yet but I will sometime soon. Something that is lacking in Singapore are really good pancakes. I have yet to come across a restaurant or cafe that is able to serve hot, fluffy and tasty pancakes looking exactly like the picture perfect photos you see on the discovery channel.

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Cedele Big Breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, 2 Sausages, Bacon, Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Cedele’s Big Breakfast $18 – 2 slices of brioche not featured in picture. I wonder how many eggs went into that yellow mass. The bacon was fried to a wonderful crisp, none of the floppy types for me please. Heart doctors out there better not look at this photo.

Cedele Seabass Sandwich

Seabass sandwich $15 – Served only in their restaurants

Cedele Beef Stew

Beef stew $10

Cedele Ginger Rose Tea

Ginger Rose tea $5 – refills of hot water free

Cedele Plain Ciabatta

Plain Ciabatta Sugar free, Egg free, Fat free – $4

(That means no sugar, no egg, no fat, and not that the sugar, egg and fat are free of charge, geddit?!)

Cedele Cakes

From top left clockwise – Carrot Walnut Cake, Chocolate Banana Expresso Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Cake, Blueberry Hazelnut Cheesecake, Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cheesecake, Caramel Sea Salt Cheesecake – About $6 per slice or about $40 per cake

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