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Epicurious at Robertson Quay

Having been curious about Epicurious for quite some months, I finally managed to make a trip there for brunch with my parents. I’ve read quite a number of good reviews, including a TimeOut article rating Epicurious as having the best brunch menu in Singapore! With high hopes and hungry parents in tow, we arrived at about 11am.

The staff were flying about all over the place and we only managed to get their attention and a table a few minutes later. We were lucky, it seems we got the last table before a queue started forming. By the time we wanted to order, there was a queue about 5 deep (that’s 5 tables worth, not 5 people). The staff were flat out and no matter how much we waved, they were oblivious to it. And one staff was still trying to get more people seated. If you ask me, they should have the sense to serve the existing customers, then we can free up the tables sooner for those still in line!

Anyway, we finally managed to place our orders. I was already feeling quite pissed off by the service by then. Who on earth was the one who said this was a good place to have Brunch?

Things improved tremendously when the food arrived after a 20 minute wait. We were okay with the 20 minute wait because my parents had ordered the Baked Eggs with Toast Soldiers and it was already stated in the menu that it would take 20 minutes. I had ordered the Customised Big Breakfast and it arrived together with the Soldiers.

The Baked Eggs with Toast Soldiers (2 eggs with tomato and cream and choice of ham or mushroom or shrimp, covered with cheese and baked until gooey) was as good as the menu’s description. If not better. The cheese was absolutely baked to gooey perfection. It was like digging into a steaming treasure bowl, full of melted cheese, mushrooms, bread and eggs. The cheesy and eggy combination had me momentarily distracted from my own breakfast as I tried to attack some of my parents’ dish before it disappeared.  This is really comfort food at it’s best, and only $12!!!!!

As for my own “Customised Big Breakfast”, I was superbly pleased with it. It is 2 eggs scrambled or fried, served with buttered toast $6, and you choose sides such as tomato, chopped spinach, baked beans, cheddar, ham, chorizo, mushrooms, smoked salmon, bacon and sausage. I could have taken the Full Monty for $20, which gets you 3 eggs plus fixed sides, a coffee AND orange juice, but since I didn’t want the orange juice, the customised Big Breakfast suited me just fine and cost just over $12 for the items I chose.

The whole plate was laden with all the goodies I had chosen. Epicurious is really generous with the portions. When I chose sausages, I thought there would only be about 2, and look at the size of the cheese slice. I only wish for maybe a little bit more bread to mop up the goodness of the runny eggs. The eggs were fried just the way I wanted them. The whites were still crispy at the edges, but tender and fluffy all around, with a runny egg yolk centre. Delicious like anything!!

So what started out like a really bad morning was saved by the really good breakfast served. It says a lot when my parents proclaim that they will actually return. After all, they prefer beehoon soup, teochew porridge or nasi lemak for breakfast than the western fare we just had.

So I conclude with these tips. Go to Epicurious for very good Brunch food at very affordable prices. But don’t expect friendly service. I briefly googled and saw a lot of similar negative comments on the forums. Unfortunately I doubt that Epicurious will be upping its service, not for the weekends anyway. They aren’t crowded at all on the weekdays so it doesn’t make sense for them to hire more staff. And they will always have enough customers on the weekend thanks to the numerous expats living around Robertson Quay.

Epicurious Customised Big Breakfast

My very own customised big breakfast. The eggs and buttered toast are fixed, but be sure to order the delicious mushrooms and sausages at the very least!

Epicurious Baked Eggs with Toast Soldiers

Baked Eggs with Toast Soldiers, and choose from Mushrooms, Ham or Shrimp.

 Epicurious Flat White  Flat White $3.50 – So cute, served in a local old style coffee cup

Epicurious long queue of customers  Long queue of very patient diners – not just cranky old men serving good wanton mee or char kuay teow know best how to snub your presence

Epicurious breakfast menu

Epicurious weekend breakfast menu, served 9am – 1 am Those green eggs and ham sound delicious, and I saw a lot of people ordering eggs benedict too.

Riders Cafe at the Saddle Club

The Riders Cafe was almost empty when we arrived at 4.30pm. Only 2 other tables were occupied. We thought we could have our pick on where to sit, but no, the girl told us most of the tables were reserved. When were the other guests arriving we asked? 7pm? We had to assure her that we would be leaving within the hour before she reluctantly gave us the table that we wanted.

That settled, we perused the menu looking for something nice for tea. The place is indeed very like a tranquil country place, or as country as Singapore can get anyway. If you get a good spot by the window, you can watch the horses trot by in the car park once in a while. Or if you sit by the Verandah, you can watch the horses being groomed or hosed down. Despite Riders Cafe not being air-conditioned, it was cool inside the cafe thanks to the numerous fans.

RidersCafe - Tea Scones

We ordered the Tea Scones set for $8. It comes with 2 humongous scones, plum jam, butter and whipped cream. These are the most humongous scones I have ever seen in Singapore. They are of the doughy variety rather than the crumbly variety.

RidersCafe - Tea Scone with Plum Jam Everybody loved the plum jam and couldn’t get enough of it! I just wish we could get clotted cream in Singapore rather than whipped cream or butter. It just isn’t the same without clotted cream! And as far as I know, there’s only 1 place in Singapore that serves scones with clotted cream, and that is Regent Hotel.

RidersCafe - Glass of Coke RidersCafe - Vanilla Milkshake

I ordered a coke. When I am thirsty, no other drink can quench my thirst as well as coke. Was as tasty as any coke can be and for $2, it was a huge glass of coke. The Partner ordered a vanilla milkshake. It was nice but a little too sweet.

RidersCafe - Cafe Latte

The Cafe Latte was nice and strong. But, just not as good as Papa Palheta and Highlander. I probably will be saying these words for all other coffees I try from now on. Just can’t get over how good Papa Palheta and Highlander were. But don’t read this wrongly, the Riders Cafe cafe latte was still good in its own right.

RidersCafe - Iced Water

Free flow of iced water

RidersCafe - Main Seating area RidersCafe - The Verandah RidersCafe - More Seating RidersCafe - Seating Area facing the car park

Many nice spots in the cafe, just as long as the dreaded “reserve” sign is not put there. Well better make sure you call in advance for dinner because there was a “reserve” sign on practically every single table. This place must be packed to the gills at night, judging by the “reserve” signs.

Speaking of tables, we found the tables to be quite sticky. I wonder if they have had a good scrubbing lately, or at all? I could almost see a layer of grime on the table, which wasn’t noticeable at first because the tables are dark brown. Better bring your own wet cloth the next time?RidersCafe - Menu Board above counter

ridercafesignboard - Riders Cafe Sign Board

It may call itself a cafe, but the Riders Cafe also serves restaurant type dinner. When I went there, the specials of the week were Braised Beef Cheek, Fisherman’s Gioppino, Coq au Riesling, Sea Bream. Now those don’t sound like cafe food to me, don’t you agree? They also serve wines. The Partner was very keen to come back for dinner and enjoy the night settings. It must be very dark at night here so don’t come at night without private transportation.

Mimolette is right next door. When I come back here the next time, I would like to try Mimolette.RidersCafe - Horse trotting outside the Riders Cafe

Riders Cafe

51 Fairway Drive Singapore 286965

Tuesday – Sunday

8am – 10pm

Tel: 6466-9819

http://www.riderscafe.sg

Map of how to get to Riders Cafe

Map of Riders Cafe

As you drive along Fairways Drive, the slip road into riders cafe is very narrow. Drive slowly or you might just miss it. The signs for the Bukit Timah Saddle Club are bigger so look out for that instead.

Cafe Beviamo

I was going to say that I love Tanglin Mall because it houses a lot of shops you can’t find elsewhere, but I just discovered like 5 seconds ago that the Cafe Beviamo in Tanglin Mall that I love so much has opened a 2nd branch at Paragon. Still, that doesn’t take away the fact that I like Cafe Beviamo very much.

If you’ve been following my blog, you will realise that I pay a lot of emphasis on the decor of the place. I like to go to places that take me away from the mundane-ness of Singapore.  I like places that make me dream and leave me feeling inspired. It’s hard to explain and if you’re not that kind of person, you probably won’t understand what I am saying. Still, I try not to blog about places where the food is just not up to scratch. So if you’re a person that judges a place solely by the quality of the food, you can still read on. For me, I judge based on the whole package. Or better still, I like to think that I don’t judge, I just absorb and enjoy.

Cafe Beviamo CounterI like the open concept of Cafe Beviamo. You can watch the baristas brewing your coffee and preparing your meals. I also love the cookie jars placed on the counter. When I grow up, I want to have a huge kitchen counter where I will place endless bottles of cookies, chocolates and sweets just for my viewing pleasure.

Cafe Beviamo Scone and Latte

The thing I want to shout about here are the scones and the coffee. I like a good strong latte and Cafe Beviamo delivers just the right concoction. You can see from the colour of the foam on the latte. None of that coffee flavoured milk that many cheapo cafes offer, thank you very much. The scones are also delicious and buttery, just the right accompaniment for the coffee. I seldom order cake with coffee if you notice, because I only like chocolate cake and the richness of chocolate cakes ends up hindering me from tasting the full flavours of the coffee.

Cafes cafes cafes I love cafes! I should make a list of the top ten cafes in Singapore, 365days2play’s definitive guide to the top 10 cafes in Singapore….

What is the best place to have coffee in Singapore?

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