[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]irebake has built a steady following of eastsiders who come for their sourdough breads, baked fresh from the full-scale wood-fired bread oven. Slip on your flip flops, bermudas and sunnies and mingle with them at the counter seats, or grab a table by the side-walk (the place gets crowded by lunch time).
Specific brunch items include hearty baked eggs with mushrooms and grilled bacon, and poached egg and avocado on toast with dukkah and feta. Substantial creations to tuck into include grilled veggie and mushroom sandwich with the mustardy kasundi and melted brie, as well as the grilled steak sandwich with burnt onions and spicy harissa. Wash these down with a shot of Jimmy Monkey Espresso Blend or a chilled Nitro-Coffee.
If that’s not enough, there are breakfast options too such as the breakfast set of charcoal-grilled woodfired sourdough milk bun with butter, two half-boiled eggs and kopi or tea for just $4.50. For an extra $1, you can have a serving of homemade Hainanese kaya. If you’re still peckish (although we doubt so), go for Firebake’s new daily bakes of Cheesymites (buns with richly flavoured cheese and Vegemite).
Brunch is available Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30am – 2.30pm (Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am)
237 East Coast Road, Level 1, S(428930), Tel: 9784-2950 / 6440-1228, www.firebake.sg
02: Fat Prince
[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]oping to nurse a hangover? Perhaps some hearty kebabs will do the trick. The trendy Fat Prince at Tanjong Pagar’s Peak Seah Street has recently introduced its Hangover Brunch featuring free-flow gourmet-style kebabs. Choose from five superb fillings swaddled in soft fluffy wraps. You’ll get tasty options like grilled halloumi cheese with smashed avocado, spiced macadamia and pomegranate molasses; succulent charred pork belly with smoked potato puree, apple, mint and raisins; and roasted lamb shoulder with pickled cucumber and yoghurt.
These are already pretty substantial to begin with, yet on top of that, you get to choose one a la carte brunch dish. Items include pumpkin seed granola served with orange yoghurt, nashi pear, mango and honey, and cured salmon pastirma with poached eggs.
If being hungover is not an issue, at $108 per person, the two- hour bottomless session offers unlimited kebabs, one complimentary brunch item, and free-flow wines or the gin based Prima Donna cocktail. Knock back a few of these and we guarantee you’ll have a very happy weekend.
The brunch is offered on Saturdays, 11.30am to 3pm.
48 Peck Seah Street, S(079317), Tel: 6221-3683, www.fatprincesg.com
[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]his bistronomy concept at the Botanic Gardens beckons with a unique brunch menu that goes beyond the usual eggs benedict and avocado toast. For a relaxing weekend meal, head to The Garage’s newly revamped Botanico and dine amid lush greenery.
If it’s too warm or wet, get a table indoors. Otherwise, stretch out at the outdoor terrace. The new menu melds modern European cuisine and Asian influences. Some interesting small plates from the Petit Brunch Favourites menu include Iberico ‘Chee Cheong Fun’. This is a modern spin on the classic rice roll – cannelloni is stuffed with barbecued pork belly, glazed with ginger soy and served with pickled cucumber. There’s also scrambled eggs served on sourdough with Serrano ham cooked in brown butter; and duck potato hash – potatoes sauteed with duck fat, garlic and rosemary, are partnered with honey smoked duck and a sunny side up. If you need a carb-fix, aim for the pastas and pizzas.
Botanico also offers a four-course set brunch menu at $60 per person (for minimum two person). Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 3pm.
[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n lazy weekends, most of us are hankering for wholesome brunch plates laden with organic eggs and rustic toasts. Drop by the new Merci Marcel on Club Street, and you’ll get these and many more options. Settle into one of the wicker chairs in the light-filled dining area and order your fill of scrambled eggs with earthy truffles and aged parmesan, or croque Marcel – rustic sourdough bread topped with organic Bayonne ham, fried egg and oozy French Morbier cheese. Or perhaps sweeten the palate with French toast composed of brioche with honey and a scattering of berries and toasted almonds. For something unique, try the Ravioles de Royan – a French dumpling pasta filled with Swiss Tête de Moine cheese (this is a speciality from their original Tiong Bahru outlet). Care for some cheese? Merci Marcel’s daily rotational cheese menu offers farmhouse cheeses sourced directly from artisan producers in Europe. Before leaving, browse around the retail area whose shelves are stocked artisanal and independent French brands of gourmet foods, drinks and lifestyle products.
The brunch menu is available Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
05: PS. Café One Fullerton and Ann Siang
[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]oak in the relaxing vibe at this PS. Café whose floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the sparkling Marina Bay. Expect generously portioned plates laden with big punchy flavours such as the chorizo chilli hash and poached eggs with confit potato, house pimento jam and potato skin. Made for huge appetites is the PS. Brunch Burger wagyu and US chuck, layered with vintage cheddar, smoked bacon, crispy onions, herb mayo, and fried egg served with crisp fries. Or the PS. Big Breakfast with two eggs (choose poached, fried or scrambled), roasted tomato, basil pesto, smoked bacon, buttered toast, baked beans with pork sausage.
Alternatively, forget about excess calories and go for the The PS. Fluffy Pancakes with homemade banana jam, blueberries, passionfruit curd and fresh cream. On languorous weekends, linger over brunch cocktails like classic Mimosa and Bellini or a refreshing mojito.
Another brunch option away from crowded malls is PS. Café Ann Siang Hill. This tranquil spot exclusively offers a free-flow wine brunch at $70 (from 12 to 3pm Saturdays and Sundays). Food items are separately charged.
1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, S(049213), Tel: 8812-3198