Posts Tagged ‘big breakfast’

Symmetry Cafe at Jalan Kubor

The Kampong Glam area is becoming more hip with the proliferation of cafes sprouting out. You might have heard of the popular Symmetry Cafe, as it was one of the front runners to locate in this area I think a couple of years back. Even back in 2012, seats were hard to come by, and it’s a statement to their food and coffee that the queues are no shorter even after all this time, and with the competition across the road.

An interesting thing to note, which I suppose most Chinese Singaporeans won’t realise is Jalan Kubor, which is the street where Symmetry Cafe is located, means Tomb street! Quite apt for a road name, as Jalan Kubor is a long street cutting through a Malay cemetery just across Victoria Street. Don’t worry, Symmetry Cafe is on the other side of Victoria Street, which for some reason is still called Jalan Kubor.

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There is nothing freaky about Symmetry Cafe, unless you want to count in those near life-sized dolls sitting outside the cafe all day long.

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Symmetry Cafe is one of those cafes that serves good food as well as good third wave coffee. The food menu here is quite extensive as compared to the average cafe these days, which is good because then there’s even more reason to visit, rather than just for cakes and coffee. The menu is on the expensive side though for a cafe, with most mains being $20 and above. We had the brunch menu when we were there but Symmetry Cafe serves lunch and dinner menus too.

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Rabbit Carrot Gun

Yes… the name is weird for a cafe I know, but apparently this is the British version of Scissors Paper Stone. Here’s how it’s played:

Gun wins over Rabbit : Gun shoots Rabbit

Rabbit wins over Carrot : Rabbit eats Carrot

Carrot wins over Gun : Carrot can be stuffed into the Gun

So my question is…why can’t the Carrot win over the Rabbit by stuffing it up the Rabbit’s….

Okay I’ll be good, won’t go down that road… Smile Smile

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Easties rejoice, for we now have another cafe in the Eastern part of Singapore. Rabbit Carrot Gun is along East Coast Road, you know the row of shop houses directly opposite 112 Katong Mall. When I was there a month back, they were still in the midst of renovating the next door unit to turn it into a British Pub. I should return to check it out again.

As for Rabbit Carrot Gun itself, the food is British inspired, because the owner is from the UK. I was there only for brunch on the weekend, so I didn’t get to peruse the main menu, but I think there are a lot of interesting items. The brunch menu is unfortunately, extremely limited. If you’re not the muesli, then there’s basically only the big breakfast or the eggs benedict in several ways. This is what we had.

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My father as usual had the eggs florentine, which is poached eggs served on a bed of spinach served with homemade hollandaise sauce. As he almost always chooses eggs benedict/eggs florentine at all the brunch places we go to, he is the expert when it comes to eggs benedict. The portion at Rabbit Carrot Gun was a little on the small side for the price. Also, the bread base looked rather plain, as compared to the homemade bread types or brioche that you can get elsewhere. The eggs florentine tasted quite okay, not too bad, but certainly not something you would be keen to return in a hurry. I suppose this would be good for people who like their eggs benedict mild, and not covered in a ton of buttery hollandaise sauce.

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Game Keepers Shooting Breakfast – Scrambled or Fried Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Fine English Pork Sausage, Sautéed Mushrooms & Grilled Tomatoes Served with Fresh Toast

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Spruce at Upper Bukit Timah FireStation

This was my 2nd visit to Spruce, but first visit to it’s Upper Bukit Timah Firestation outlet. My 1st visit was to the Spruce at Phoenix Park near town. As usual, I decided to sit al-fresco to avoid the air-conditioning. Also, it was drizzling slightly that day, and it was just a delight to be sitting facing the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that was shrouded in a slight haze. Living in the Eastern part of Singapore, which is bereft of Nature Reserves, I often feel, or try to feel like I’m not really in Singapore when I see so much trees!

We had gone to visit a photographer in Choa Chu Kang, and were famished by the time we got out. I didn’t actually have a clue as to where to eat, but thankfully, when we drove past the Firestation, I remembered Spruce was in there and we turned in.

Spruce - Eggs Benny (Corn Waffle, Back Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce) $15 (2)

Eggs Benny (Corn Waffle, Back Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce) $15

The most vegetarian option as usual, this was ordered by my father. They so kindly switched the corn waffle with brioche toast, and the back bacon with slices of avocado! An extremely healthy dish, unlike what I ordered…. Love the contrast between the feta cheese and tomatoes!

Spruce - Spruce Big Brekkie (eggs, Bacon, German Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Potato, Mushrooms and Foccacia Toast) $19 (3)

Spruce Big Brekkie (eggs, Bacon, German Sausage, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Potato, Mushrooms and Foccacia Toast) $19 Read more »

Food For Thought

A reader mentioned that Food for Thought serves up one of the cheapest breakfasts in town so of course I had to go check it out. For the record, I still think that Epicurious serves the the most value for money breakfast, but yeah, the queues can be frustratingly long on weekends.

There was not a soul when I went to Food for Thought on a Tuesday morning, although a few months back, it was jammed packed on a Saturday, which resulted in me having to dine somewhere else. I like the spacious feel of the place, and the glass walls which let lots of light in. They have a little corner with some stationery stuff for sale.

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Food For  Thought - Customised Breakfast

There are a few breakfasts to choose from, but basically you can customise whatever you want by choosing a basic set first and then adding on items, or simply customising from scratch. Do spend some time deciding on the best combination because sometimes it’s better to customise from scratch and some times it’s better to start with the basic set! Yours truly spent 10 minutes calculating the various permutations, mainly also because I was flexible with some of the dishes, which resulted in more permutations of course to get the best value for money breakfast!

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Devonport Deli Cafe in Auckland

After my bank breaking trip to Norway and Denmark last year, this trip to New Zealand is much more pocket friendly. New Zealand is really a very affordable country to visit. Restaurant and cafe prices are very similar to that of Singapore, and I would even hazard to say that the cafes are cheaper. I haven’t seen a latte that costs more than $4.50 here, even from the cafes in a crowded mall. And don’t get me started on food at the supermarket, it’s crazy! Meat and fruits are half the price! But more about that in the next post.

I thought I would be blogging daily during this trip, just like how I did it for the Norway trip. However, this being my 4th visit to New Zealand, I haven’t gone to any of the key tourist attractions except for the Auckland Zoo and Devonport. The highlight for this trip was actually for us to take our pre-wedding photos in New Zealand, and this we managed to do on Wednesday, after scrutinising and fretting over the weather reports daily. Can’t share any photos of that for now as they are still with the photographer. Yoo hoo photographer, if you’re reading this, where are the photos?

After the pre-wedding photo shoot, we finally had some time and peace of mind to do the more touristy stuff. Visited the Devonport area on Saturday. It’s across the waters from Auckland City central, so it seems to be more laid back and less crowded. The place looks quaint, with a number of buildings in the Art-Deco style. Lots of restaurants and cafes, and shops selling antiques, gifts and books.

Where to eat in Devonport Auckland?

We had lunch at the Devonport Deli Cafe. I didn’t google about any of these cafes before I visited. Heck I didn’t even google about Devonport before I visited. I just stepped into the cafe whose decor appealed to me the most. But that’s the great thing about food here in New Zealand. More often than not, the food (and coffee) will be good. Certainly for this entire trip, the food has surprised me on upside.

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Deli Breakfast $12.50 – Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash brown and grilled tomato on toast, plus a flat white

We thought this was a pretty good deal as the flat white on its own already cost $3.80. See I told you stuff is cheap(er) here. Loved the scrambled eggs, they had such great flavour! Also loved the hash brown, which for some reason tasted like meat, although the texture was that of potato.

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