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Monti Sunday Brunch – Unlimited brunch ala-carte style, eat until you drop!

Catalunya at Fullerton Pavilion which opened to much fanfare a couple of years back has closed, and in its place is now Monti by the 1-Group, which also houses other lifestyle brands such as 1-Altitude, 1-Rochester, UNA, 1-University, The Garage, The Summerhouse and 1-Host. Catalunya was sensational, not just because of the amazing food, but also because of the exuberant atmosphere. I was quite sad to hear that it had closed actually! You have to read my review of Catalunya here as well as watch the video where they deliberately smash plates onto the floor! So I was curious to know if Monti would live up to the high standards that Catalunya had set.

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I had the opportunity to check out Monti’s Sunday Brunch which is an Italian-style ala-carte buffet featuring the 1st ever Amp your Mojito and make your own Bloody Mary drinks booth.

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When you first arrive, a humongous seafood platter will greet you, comprising all the goodies of the sea, aka Alaskan king crab, tiger prawns, tuna tataki, salmon sashimi, fine de Claire oyster, mussels and clams. The menu says that the seafood platter is limited to 1 per table, however you can still order more oysters, tuna tataki, tiger prawns and salmon, so really the only big ticket item that you can’t have refills is the Alaskan king crab.

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Eggs Benedict

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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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Otto’s Deli Fresh at Raffles Holland V–One of the best Eggs Benedict in a long time!

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Otto’s Deli Fresh

Yesterday, Straits Times gave Otto’s Deli Fresh at the recently opened Raffles Holland Village a glowing review. I wouldn’t be surprised, because when I was there a couple of weeks back, I really loved the Eggs Benedict that I had. In fact there were quite a number of dishes that sounded really interesting and I would have liked to try such as the Norwegian Salmon Cappelini, Braised Beef Cheeks and Wagyu Beef Rump.

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Valrhona Hot Chocolate $9.50 with sea salt, crunchy pearls, hazelnut cream espuma

Actually, what first brought my attention to Otto’s Deli Fresh was their Valrhona Hot Chocolate drink, which I chanced upon on Instagram. It looked so decadently good, and festive in the striking red cup that I just had to make a trip to Holland Village. And the perfect opportunity came up after my good friend gave birth at NUH. Lunch at Otto’s, followed by a visit to see the newly minted little one. Would have tarpowed a cup for her too because we had actually planned to visit Otto together but she popped early. But alas, post-pregnancy confinement rules are complicated, and she was worried that hot chocolate might not be allowed.

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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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The Fabulous Baker Boy Cafe revamped!

The Fabulous Baker Boy cafe at the foothills of Fort Canning Park has gone through a renovation and is now more comfortable than ever before because it is now TOTALLY AIR-CONDITIONED! I visited once several months back prior to the renovation and despite the cafe looking really nice and like a place I would want to spend my time chilling out in, chilling out was the last thing on my mind due to the sweltering heat. This time round, when I visited with my colleagues, it was a much more pleasant experience, with us being able to look out into the gardens and to enjoy the views minus the heat.

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The Fabulous Baker Boy cafe is one of those cafes which I would consider to be all-rounded cafe, meaning they’re good at cakes, coffee and food! You can’t run away from the baked goods here, it’s quite obvious from the name of the cafe wouldn’t you agree? I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Chef-Owner Juwanda assembling his cakes together, and I could sense a serenity and contentment in him as his fingers deftly put together pieces of sponge and cream into the finished cakes. Quite different from when I’m trying to ice my cakes, I can tell you that.

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 Red Velvet Cake $9

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