Posts Tagged ‘brunch’

Botanist (Cafe) – Pretty food, pretty plants, pretty good

I have been craving cafe food lately so I went back to look at my old pictures and realised that I have not been blogging about cafes in Singapore for the longest time! So to make amends, you will be seeing more cafe posts in the coming weeks! Hold on tight because there’s going to be a deluge of pancakes, eggs Benedicts, waffles, grain bowls, hot chocolates and flat whites coming at you! I’m sure you won’t mind, would you?

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Visited Botanist late last year when my friend was still pregnant and on early maternity leave. Run by the same guys who also run Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters and Alchemist, Botanist is probably well known in the cafe hopping scene because of its garden-like decor. Aside from Instagram opportunities, it is quite soothing to see the touches of greenery all around.

We had intended to visit more cafes but she popped soon after, about 2 weeks after this picture was taken! One hardly thinks about it but there’s a lot of nice cafe food that you can’t have while you’re pregnant. Think coffee/caffeinated drinks, dishes with runny yolks, smoked salmon, salad…. the list can be long depending on how strict you want to be!

Botanist - French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18 (1)

French Toast (fried brioche, rhubarb berry marmalade, fresh berries, almond flakes, poached pear, vanilla ice-cream) $18

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Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu beef at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch Buffet!

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These days with so many F&B restaurants sprouting up just about every other day, it’s not enough to simply serve decent food. Each F&B needs to boast its own unique selling point to entice customers to give it a try, and to keep them coming back. This is probably even more pertinent for buffets, where it costs a pretty penny to enjoy one, so people tend to be even more discerning.

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I think Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Borderless Sunday Brunch might have just hit on a winning formula via these 4 areas. Btw they call it borderless because you get to experience 3 different F&B outlets in 1 buffet, ie

  • Food Capital buffet restaurant – a buffet only restaurant on other days
  • Grissini Italian Grill Restaurant – specialising in antipasti and hearty Italian favourites, not forgetting the Josper Grill meats
  • Tempo Bar – signature cocktails

1. Free flow Foie Gras and Wagyu Beef

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Yes I kid you not. The rest of the buffet offerings is not as extensive as the name suggests, but then again, do you need an extensive buffet spread if you already have foie gras and wagyu beef in unlimited quantities????

2. Grilled meats from Josper Oven

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Speaking of the Josper Oven, that itself is another reason to check out Grand Copthorne’s buffet. The Josper Grill to chefs is like a Ferrari to car lovers. The Josper oven combines an oven and grill in one and is fired by charcoal and flavoured wood to bring out the aroma and texture of the ingredients.

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Paddy Hills

Paddy Hills is one of those cafes which serves full-fledged meals, as opposed to just pastries and coffee. With so many cafes in Singapore, more than 200 (?), gone are the days where a simple eggs benedict or an all day breakfast fry up will suffice. To have staying power in this fickle cafe scene, the focus is very much back on the quality and repertoire of the menu. Have your food Instagram friendly, but let that not be the only factor. Certainly for me at least, I would not have made the journey across from the Eastern end of Singapore to the West, if not for the promise of a unique experience. Food focussed Cafes, that’s what we need more of now, and that’s where you can bring your parents without them asking you “so where’s the food”?

Paddy Hills Lunch Menu

I must say Paddy Hills boasts a very interesting menu. There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try, although being an egg fan, I did wish that they could have included their sous vide egg into more of the dishes. I’m not one for mixing sweets with savoury though. I did so very much want to try the Orange Ricotta Pillows, but what’s a coconut ice cream doing in the midst of it?

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The Maze $22 – Creamy mash, lamb meatballs, cauliflower fritters, polenta chips, crumbled manchego & sous vide egg.

I ordered this, mainly because of the creamy mash, cauliflower fritters and sous vide egg. And they were so good and filling enough that I didn’t even touch a single lamb meatball! The creamy mash retained bits of textural chunks and had truffle oil or essence infused into it. The cauliflower fritters were delightfully crunchy and sweet. And the sous vide egg….wonderfully tender, almost like eating clouds. If you’re wondering, 5 lamb meatballs are currently sitting in my freezer, waiting for the day when I will thaw them out. 2 meatballs were consumed by my mother and the Partner that day. Not bad, for the price of 1 brunch I get two meals out of it!

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Hyde and Co : Cup of tea for you, Madame?

Stumbled upon this newish cafe Hyde and Co at North Bridge Road (opposite Kampong Glam) and instantly loved the place. I like the contemporary and stylish decor which reminds me of cosmopolitan cities like London and New York, none of the retro stuff anymore if you please. The other great thing about Hyde and Co is that they serve English Afternoon tea! Well it’s not exactly the full range, merely tea served in quaint pots and cups plus scones. But precious few cafes do this, so for now, Hyde and Co is high up on my list of must re-visit again cafes!

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Cup of tea to go along with the Earl Grey scones, madame?

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Antoinette Restaurant – Not just for desserts

Inspired by the famous last queen of France, Marie Antoinette, and exuding the style and private ambience of Marie’s favorite hideaway chateau, the Petit Trianon in the gardens of Versailles, a visit to Antoinette Restaurant, Pâtissierie & Salon de Thé lets diners embrace the same French elegance. Antoinette Restaurant was conceived by Chef Pang Kok Keong, with the 1st outlet at 30 Penhas Road opened in June 2011,  a second at Mandarin Gallery opened 2 months later; and the third and largest at 3100 square feet, opened in 2012 at Palais Renaissance.

Many people think that Antoinette is just a place for desserts, cakes and sweet treats, and indeed, they do serve these (my favourite being the Nougatine crepe!), however, there’s a whole repertoire of French inspired main courses waiting to be sampled as well in their recently revamped menu. Now, you needn’t just come during tea time, or after dinner. Anytime of the day would be just as good! The following are some of the dishes I tried at Antoinette Restaurant a while back. Can’t wait to return again!

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