Although Singapore is not a big island, we are blessed with a melting pot of different cuisines. Hence, it is no coincidence that our national hobby is food hunting. Into the half of the year, we have seen some new openings of F&B outlets as well as a refreshed menu from existing restaurants. Stay with me as I shared 3 brunch options for you to check out this weekend.
Known for offering this beautiful full cream Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, previously people have been visiting this popular Hokkaido café, Baristart Coffee, for its coffee and its Cream Puff ($4.50) as the richness and the sweetness of the milk made the custard cream really decadent while the exterior is light, crisp and buttery.
Using the same Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, Baristart Coffee has recently rolled out brunch offerings which include Japanese-inspired French toasts to premium A5 wagyu yakiniku don. Think of Caramel Banana French Toast, Eggs Benedict French Toast and French toast with prosciutto and tomato balsamic sauce if you want something more fancy. If not, the Maple and Butter French Toast which is served with a soft serve is quite a blissful treat.
Known for its wood-fired sourdough bread made using European historical methods as well as contemporary dishes cooked with traditional European techniques, Firebake, the woodfired bakehouse and restaurant along East Coast Road has re-opening it doors earlier over the weekend from 9 am to accommodate to the breakfast and brunch crowd around the area.
Besides its signature breakfast offerings such as Milk Buns with Traditional Kaya ($3.50), Firebake Morning Buns with almond, lemon and cinnamon ($3.50), savoury Cheesymite of cheddar cheese with vegemite ($3.50) and Firebake Croissant rolls ($3,$3.50 with chocolate), Firebake has also introduced a list of new items.
Firebake Tartine ($18 for full portion – available for brunch & lunch) is great for people who wanted something light while burger lovers should not miss the Firebake Wagyu Cheese Burger ($18 – available for brunch, lunch & dinner) which is made from a lovely ratio of both lean and fatty parts of Australian Wagyu cooked medium-done and sandwiched between house-baked wood-fired sourdough potato buns, melted cheddar as well as a thick tomato-based beef sauce inspired by traditional pastitsada stew.
For those looking for something more substantial can consider the Grilled Argentinian Striploin
($28 – availalble for brunch, lunch & dinner) or the Seafood Risotto ($26 – available for brunch, lunch & dinner). Of cos, no journey to Firebake is completed without one of the most ordered item on the menu, Prawn Capellini Aglio Olio ($22). Oh yes, not to forget that there is also a new wine list with 50 wine labels, featuring a more prominent selection of French and Italian wines for those who are looking to pair your meal with some wines.
Firebake – Woodfired Bakehouse & Restaurant
237 East Coast Road, Level 1 Singapore 428930
Tel: +65 6440 1228
Operating hours: Tues- Fri 11.30 am – 10 pm (last order)
Sat – Sun 9 am – 10 pm (last order)
Closed on Mondays
When it comes to Italian cuisine with a modern twist, there is no doubt about it that I like to go to Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant @ Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Located beside the pool with heaps of natural lighting pouring in through those floor-to-ceiling windows, I bet this is one of the better way to spend a relaxing Sunday away especially with Chef Giorgio Maggionio’s new Sunday Brunch concept. If you are someone who likes to enjoy some bubbles during the weekend, don’t forget to go for the 3 hours free flow Nino Franco Prosecco ($48) for a more enjoyable Sunday.
Since it is Sunday, why not just sit back and relax. Go for the Affettati buffet which comes with a selection of Italian cold cuts and cheeses, assortment of pickles, preserved vegetables and homemade marmalades.
One also get the option to choose a choice of 1 or 2 dishes from the Antipasti, Primo and Secondo. To be honest, grab a few friends if you want to try more items. Some of my favourites include the Seared Hokkaido scallops and Cured Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. While I like how the Tajima wagyu beef oyster blade (Manzo) melt in my mouth, I found myself reaching to the Risotto too.
If tummy space allows, go for the Tiramisu. If not, Warm Berries Compote would be a refreshing way to end the delightful brunch. Oh yes, there is also a lovely selection of Petit Fours on top of the dessert to ensure that the brunch ends on a sweet note.
Choice of one dish and one dessert: $58
Affettati buffet, choice of one dish and one dessert: $68
Affettati buffet, choice of two dishes and one dessert: $78
Add-on 3 hours free flow Nino Franco Prosecco: $48
Time: 12 – 3pm