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Chock Full of Beans Revisited

It’s been a while since I had brunch with my parents. Several weekends were burned just preparing for the photo-shoot and trip to New Zealand. And then of course I was away for the trip itself, so that was another 2 weekends.

My parents don’t quite fancy Western food, but brunch is something they don’t mind. My father will order Eggs Benedict 99% of the time while my mother’s eyes will hover all over the menu trying to find a healthy dish even though she secretly wants some meat. My mother is the healthiest in my family and eschews fatty food and meat if she can. But I mean what’s the fun in going for brunch if she’s going to order Eggs Benedict too? The eggs are poached, so she has deemed it healthy enough. The following is a typical scenario.

Daughter : Order this big breakfast

Mother : But it has fried sausages in it.

Daughter : Just order it. Or you want the Bircher Muesli instead?

Mother : Okay are you really sure I should order the big breakfast?

Daugher : Yes.

And later the plate will be clean. You see, it’s fine if I’m the bad guy.

I might have mentioned before that I really don’t like going back to the same place twice when there are so many new eateries to explore. This rule goes out the window when it comes to where to eat in the East. Is it just me or do Easties think that there is a severe shortage of cool cafes in the East of Singapore? I cracked my brain real hard and I only managed to summon up Chock Full of Beans, a small little cafe in Changi Village. My parents were game for it as we had a good dinner there the last time. I caved in for a lack of better suggestions, and also because it was brunch we were going to try out this time round.

Chock Full of Beans - Scrambled Eggs with mushrooms, swiss cheese and smoked salmon

Scrambled Eggs with 3 Fillings (I chose smoked salmon, mushrooms and Swiss Cheese) $12

The menu actually lists Omelette with 3 fillings, but I asked to have scrambled eggs instead, which Chock Full of Beans kindly obliged.

Chock Full of Beans - Grilled Tomatoes

Oh before I describe the eggs, let me first give a shout out to these lovely grilled tomatoes. They were just beautiful. Grilled perfectly such that they retained their juiciness, I love how the sweet taste of the tomatoes went so well with the smoky flavour of the bit of cracked black pepper.

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Mooshi Bakes Brasserie

If you were wondering what happened to Joo Joo, the Kushiyaki outlet opened by the people from Awfully Chocolate, well that no longer exists. In its place now stands a brunch type place called Mooshi Bakes. Actually Mooshi Bakes existed long ago beside Joo Joo, and was bakery arm of the business. This new brunch cafe just shares the same name.

Mooshi Bakes -

I’m quite glad that Joo Joo is gone because back then I thought the place was over priced for a casual non air-conditioned eatery. I’m quite glad that Mooshi Bakes has since realised the benefits of keeping their customers cool as well as keeping the noise from the roads out. Joo Chiat Road is literally 2 steps away from the front door! Other than the air-conditioning, the place looks pretty much the same. They’ve kept the same chairs and the black chalk board, more apt for a brunch place than a Japanese Kushiyaki place.

Mooshi Bakes - (3)

At first glance, the menu looks pretty enticing. They have the usual Big Breakfast, which they’ve named The Really Big Breakfast. That goes for $22 and is I believe the most expensive dish on the menu. The rest are not far though, with most going for about $16 – $18. I was torn between wanting to order the Really Big Breakfast and trying something more exotic like the Souffle Omelette. I’m greedy lah, I like the big breakfast because it comes with everything!

Mooshi Bakes - Souffle Omelette $18 (3) Soufflé Omelette with red cheddar and parmesan cheese sprinklings $18

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Casa Verde at Botanic Gardens

Recently, I received an email from a lady living in Australia asking me for recommendations for 2 “must visit” cafes in Singapore when she is here. After thinking long and hard, and taking into account proximity to tourist locations, I finally recommended Casa Verde at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I love Casa Verde because of its unique location. It’s right smack in the middle of the Botanic Gardens, which means you get to dine in lush greenery, with the sounds of some fountains to aid your digestion. The breakfast at Casa Verde is quite good, and very affordable. An English Fry-up aka Big Breakfast aka Gourmet Breakfast costs only $14! If you come before 11am, you get a drink thrown in as well. There are some local favourites like Laksa and Mee Siam too, but I’d rather go to a hawker centre for that.

Seating is a bit of a problem on the weekends when everyone descends upon this place, children, dogs and more. If you don’t mind not having the free drink, you can still enjoy the all day breakfast at other times of the day.

Here’s what we enjoyed for brunch some months ago. We arrived just after 11am so we had to order from the lunch menu.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs (2)

Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast (Choice of fried or scrambled eggs, mushrooms, back bacon, Cumberland sausages, has brown, grilled tomato & 2 slices of toasted country bread served with butter and preserves) $14 – You know I have this love affair with eggs, I just can’t resist posting close up shots of eggs. I think for $14, this is a pretty good deal! My favourite breakfast joint Epicurious still takes the trophy, but this is not too bad either. Only thing is, they don’t have baked beans.

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up

Casa Verde - Gourmet Breakfast with Sunny side Up (2)

This is also part of the Whole Day Gourmet Breakfast Set, just that I have chosen eggs done sunny side up instead of scrambled. I like it that the bacon used is back bacon. Streaky bacon just feels too oily and sinful for me when not cooked by myself.

Casa Verde - Toast with butter and jam

Lovely warm toast to go with all the eggs.

Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia Casa Verde - Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia (2)

Tuna Mayonnaise on Foccacia $12 – There are not that many pescetarian options at Casa Verde so my father was forced to order this despite not liking tuna all that much. In the end, the tuna mayonnaise was a bit too creamy to his liking. We have eaten really good tuna mayonnaise sandwiches before at Egg3 Cafe and this one at Casa Verde didn’t quite match up.

Casa Verde - Club Sandwich

Casa Verde Club Sandwich $12.50 – Loved the chicken within the sandwich. It was tender and flavourful. Tomatoes and lettuce tasted fresh and complemented the chicken well. Once again, the chef was rather heavy handed with the mayonnaise. If you don’t like too much of it, be sure to tell them in advance.

Casa Verde by Les Amis Group

Crowded crowded crowded! This was 1pm on a Sunday!

Botanic Garden

Dining amidst greenery is a really good way to spend a lazy weekend

Casa Verde (by the Les Amis Group)

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

Tel: 6467-7326

Sundays to Thursdays: 7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11.30am – 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 9.30pm)

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of Public Holiday

7.30am – 11am (Breakfast) 11am– 6pm (All-day Dining) 7pm – 11pm (Dinner – Last order at 10pm)

http://www.lesamis.com.sg (click here for menu and prices)

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Marmalade Pantry @ Ion

I’ve always liked the idea of going to Marmalade Pantry. Although I feel the menu is somewhat overpriced, and the service can sometimes be horrendous, I still like dining here once in a while. Dining at Marmalade Pantry gives me the “on holiday” feeling and it always feels a treat to come here, even though it’s just a casual restaurant. Maybe it’s the menu (Weekend Brunch Menu, Food Menu, Beverage Menu). They have a lot of all day breakfast/ brunch selections. And they also have a good selection of cakes, tarts and puddings, which they place prominently at the entrance of the cafe! Is it any wonder why you almost always have to line up like 1/2 hour before you get your seat?

Marmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toastMarmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toast (2)

Eggs any style $18 – I chose scrambled eggs, with grilled English sausage, sauteed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, home made baked beans and whole wheat toast. Can you see the ripples in the scrambled eggs. The texture was just right, firm yet somehow oozing with creamy goodness, although a little bit more salt would not be a sin. The sausages were a little salty on their own, but when eaten together with the scrambled eggs, they were a match made in heaven! The baked beans were also very good and I just love baked beans, even the Heinz ones from a can.

Marmalade Pantry Spice Grilled Lamb Sandwich

Spiced Grilled Lamb Sandwich $21 – With iman biyaldi (don’t ask me what this is), mint and radish on garlic flatbread. The dip was really nice, and the spices in the lamb were flavourful. The meat itself was tough and dry which was a pity. It would just be perfect if not for the dryness of the meat.

Marmalade Pantry Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $7 – Expensive for a latte, but I’ll close an eye given the size of the cup. Pretty good. Smooth and strong but not as good as my favourite coffee places such as 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery.

 

The Marmalade Pantry – good things to eat
Unit 03-22 Orchard Ion
2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

bistro & shop operating hours
monday to sunday 10am to 10pm

telephone 6734 2700
facsimile 6734 2279
tmp@marmaladegroup.com

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com

Robert Timms at Borders

A few weeks ago, my taxi zoomed past Wheelock and I caught a glimpse of the new Robert Timms cafe. I hadn’t realised that it had taken over the old Borders Cafe until Tiny Island mentioned it. I know the brand Robert Timms as a coffee purveyor originating from Australia. You can buy their coffee powder or beans from practically any supermarket in Singapore.

Maybe I’ve been on the lookout for more cafes to visit ever since I started my blog, but I find that in the past year alone, Singaporeans have gone beyond the caffeine-pumped watery liquid from chain-store cafes such as Starbucks to demand for good, premium, lovingly-brewed coffees from the likes of Papa Palheta, 40Hands, The Highlander and The Plain. So, I was quite interested to see what sort of cafe they would have.

We did have an opportunity to dine at Robert Timms last week. Unfortunately, we had to rush for an event in Orchard Road so we had to skip the coffee. Food-wise, I’m pretty pleased with the selections. They have an all-day breakfast menu going on, sandwiches, as well as the usual mains menu. The most expensive breakfast dish is only $14. Compared to dining at say Marmalade Pantry across the road at Ion, this is more affordable!

Robert Timms - Bratwurst Sausage and Scrambled Eggs on Bread

Bratwurst Sausage with Scrambled Eggs on wholemeal bread $10.90 – Even though I was quite shocked to see the sandwich sitting in the pool of baked bean gravy, I enjoyed every bit of the meal. The sausage was juicy and cooked just nice. I chose wholemeal bread but you can opt for other types. The wholemeal bread went very well with the tasty sausage. I also liked the texture of the eggs, although I thought they were slightly plain.

Robert Timms - Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – A humongous portion. The Partner could only finish the bottom piece. There was a lot of meat encased within that batter. And speaking of the batter, it had an interesting banana taste. We were kind of hoping the top one would be a banana fritter, but it was also fish.

Robert Timms (3)

Robert Timms (2)

Robert Timms all decked out and ready for Christmas. Their lollipop jar looks so inviting! If you click on the picture, you can see the prices of the coffee.

I’ll be back for the coffee!

 

Robert Timms

Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road Singapore 238880

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