Weekend Brunch @ Da Paolo Pizza Bar

The Da Paolo group is no stranger to our local dining scene. Since their induction back in 1989, this homegrown wholly family-owned group is now fondly known for their unpretentious Italian fare, absolutely photogenic desserts which they display unapologetically on their counter tops and charming takeaways of gourmet salads and homemade pizzas that remain fresh even after you reach home.

With a restaurant, bistro, pizzeria and eight gourmet delis to the Da Paolo name today, the group does not rest on its laurels and is instead committed to improving their food, creating new dishes and revamping the menu constantly- all while retaining the classic flavors of Italian cuisine for their customers. The pizza bar in particular, located along the row of al-fresco dining spots in Chip Bee Garden has recently added Weekend brunch (9am-5pm) and all-day-breakfast items to their predominantly signature thin-crusted pizza- based menu.

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We dropped by one Saturday morning to have a taste of their exciting new items which include names like Popeye’s Breakfast $17, Pumpkin Pancakes $16, Croissanwich $22 and Chicken First $20– not your usual boring same-olds of Egg’s Ben and Big Breakfast. Food establishments really ought to get a little creative with their dishes and names to keep it exciting and fresh for the customers!

The Big Fry Up $20– Da Paolo’s version of the Big Breakfast was a hearty affair. With poached eggs, bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and hashbrowns, this plate was perfect for sharing. The components were individually well executed and had that spot-on grilled flavor to it. Those sauteed mushrooms with sweet caramelized onions were standouts though the eggs tasted as though chef had accidentally tipped a whole bowl of vinegar into the boiling water while he was poaching them. Too much!!

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The Royale Stack $19 was in fact Eggs Royale with hashbrowns and avocado interlaced with the smoked salmon instead of the usual muffins. Those hashbrowns were truly excellent- substantial, crisp, not oily and beautifully browned. Not usually a fan of them but these, I could not help reaching for more. Purists may not be too pleased with the Hollandaise sauce though, the consistency was a tad watery with an absence of the rich creamy buttery flavor that is an absolute prerequisite in my most sincere opinion.

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Because the Classic Tomato Bruschetta is too passé, we ordered the Specialty Bruschetta $13 that came with Parma Ham & Buffalo Mozzarella instead. No complains here, this was a great appetizer to the meal with the subtle sourish taste and smoothness of the mozzarella complimenting the saltiness of the thinly shaved parma ham, all atop crunchy grilled bread. Nailed it!

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Definitely not for everyone, this Goat Cheese Fritters & Capsicum Dip $15 had mixed feelings among the group because quite frankly, the distinct characteristic and almost pungent taste or even smell, is simply not for everyone. These fritters actually sparked off a heated conversation about goat’s milk, but I will leave that for another day. Personally, I have always been a fan of goat’s cheese with its full flavor so this one won my approval. The capsicum dip at the side had a refreshing roasted bite to it and I would have gladly dipped some nachos in them!

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I have yet to find a good pavlova in Singapore. Having tried the original one back in Australia, nothing that I have had here quite cuts it. Somewhat like meringue but with a spongy center despite its crisp exterior, making a pavlova is not as simple as whisking sugar and egg whites till shiny and popping them into the oven.

But the manager of Da Paolo recommended their Lemon Curd Pavlova $12 so we decided to give it a shot. The lemon curd had that tangy sourish but creamy taste which was exciting while the pavlova itself was a tad too flat for my liking. Overall, with the generous piping of fresh cream and berries, the dessert was rightfully delightful. Still not the best pavlova I have had…but it does come pretty close.

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Da Paolo’s Tiramisu $13 is supposedly one of the best in Singapore. But since I am not a fan of coffee, I am also probably not the person to comment on it. The others however enjoyed the layers of this Italian classic and especially the sweet mascarpone cheese mix dusted with a copious amount of cocoa powder. Certainly a good ‘pick-me-up’ for everyone.

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Overall, the Da Paolo Pizza Bar is a lovely place to enjoy a lazy weekend brunch. While most usually shun away from sitting outside, the fans, strategically located, surprisingly provided a cooling relief and respite from the heat so al-fresco seating here is highly recommended. Happy weekend everyone!

Check out my list of 10 Brunch Places in Singapore for more!

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44 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-46 Singapore 278116

Opening hrs:
Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 14:30
Mon – Fri: 17:30 – 22:30
Sat, Sun & PH: 09:00 – 22:30

Singapore

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