Late Plate @ Shaw Foundation Alumni House, NUS
NUS students will be more than happy to know that one of the most currently talked about brunch bistros in Singapore is conveniently tucked away in the corner of level 1 of the Shaw Foundation Alumni House at the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. With Australian Chef Roland Graham who has an impressive 35 years of culinary experience under his belt as the man behind the scenes, you know you are in good hands here at Late Plate.
Though only opened for barely a few months, Late Plate has already created for itself quite an impressive track record, serving up good all-day-breakfast food in sizeable portions at affordable prices with no extra GST and service charge. The bistro can get pretty crowded at lunch times and reservations are highly recommended especially for big groups. Alternatively, sitting al-fresco here can be a pleasant experience as well because the open area is largely shaded from the sun and relatively windy.
We came here for brunch on a Thursday and was greeted by a very friendly and personable lady at the counter who patiently and enthusiastically recommended certain ‘must-tries’ as well as what was popular here at Late Plate.
Eventually we decided on the Communal Dining Set for min 2 to dine which turned out to be awfully worth it. The communal set came with an individual soup + a salad to share + any main you choose (U.P. $12-16) + a dessert platter of 3 desserts to share and all for just $19.90 nett each!
This Cream of Carrot and Potato Soup is certainly the king of all cream soups. Comfort food at its best, this was soothing and warm with such rich carrot and potato puree flavour. It was not too filling or heavy either, making it a pleasure to drink right to the very last drop!
The ‘Porky’ On a Roll (original price $16.90) with honey glazed pulled pork ribs was supposed to be served on a baguette roll but the staff were flexible enough to allow me to change my type of bread to Dark Rye. The pulled pork ribs were delicious and each mouthful was bursting with flavour. The meat was so tender, sweet with the honey glaze and chewy, I enjoyed my sandwich very much. This also came paired with a handful of potato chips and homemade coleslaw.
The Topside Burger served with Steak Fries (which was originally $18.90), required an additional top up of $5 for the communal set.
Special mention to the Steak Fries which were real potatoes and good fries. Chunky, large, with the hand cut skin still on, I loved the rustic flavour of potato skins made even tastier with the smoked salt and dipped into the sweet chilli lime aioli provided.
Not forgetting the burger which was a couple of inches high, it was Aussie Pure Beef with caramelized onions, melted sharp cheddar, fried egg, romaine, tomato and beetroot sandwiched between two burger rolls. Eating this was certainly both a colourful and messy affair, because trying to bite through this was no easy task. So we ended up eating it layer by layer which was less than ideal but delicious nonetheless.
And finally ending off with a Dessert platter of Chocolate Mousse, Flourless Orange Cake and Fruit Parfait. It’s great to know that Late Plate not only serves up a mean breakfast plate, their desserts are pretty special as well. The Chocolate Mousse was whipped just fine, not too sweet, light enough and nicely chocolatey. Flourless Orange Cake was moist, crumbly and had great orange essence and flavour. The dollop of cream atop the cake was a nice touch. And the Fruit Parfait was our favourite! Creamy, sweet and filled with berries, this was the epitome of a summer dessert that was so refreshing.
This trio of petits fours were a great sweet end to the meal.
I am indeed very envious of the NUS students who have Late Plate literally at their doorstep. The food was great, desserts decent and service exceptional. West-siders will be pleased to know that they now have a new all-day-breakfast place to add to their list aside from the usual Dempsey and Rochester hangouts. Late Plate is definitely worth getting to for brunch and even if you wake up late, you will still be assured a plate… right till 6pm from Mondays to Wednesdays and 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
11 Kent Ridge Drive
#01-03 Shaw Foundation Alumni House
Tel: +65 8328 3127
Mon – Wed: 10am- 6pm
Thurs & Fri: 10am- 8pm
Sat: 10am- 4pm
Sun & Ph: Closed